Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 91

Hello there.

Listen, you’re probably tired of reading this, but I don’t think I will ever stop saying it. I’m sorry for the lack of post – yet again. I’ve been incredibly distracted this week and I’m blaming these books shown below:
Wreck this Journal and Vicious by V.E. Schwab are both highly addictive. Victor Vale, the character in Vicious had become an inspiration for my latest obsession: blacked-out poetry. The whole week, I’ve been resisting the urge to raid my bookshelves for books that I didn’t like just so I could go to town and deface its pages. I know, I know. It’s against everything I stand for and the thought of violating the books, no matter how I much I despised them is like committing the Original Sin. I shall try and resist.

I have been experiencing a bit of a disillusionment with YA. I don’t seem to have the patience to read them nowadays. Between the immaturity and seemingly banal thoughts of the characters, I’ve found myself questioning if perhaps this is the beginning of the end of our love affair. I sure hope not, because I have a ton of these books in my shelves.

I just need to be reading more. Perhaps I’ve just been picking the wrong ones? Β Even though I’ve only been focusing on Vicious, I have picked up unread books and skimmed them only to put them back on the pile because they failed to grab me. I really hope I’ll get over this slump soon.

I’ll be doing something different this week, though. I have decided to make reading goals. I want to read three books per week and will be pre-selecting them before the start of a new week.
So my choices this week are a couple of Colleen Hoovers (since I loved Finding Cinderella so much) and a book called, Not Exactly a Love Story by Aubrey Coulombous. Anyway, wish me luck.Β 

  • I just finished Vicious and it is SO good.
    As for Teardrop, I've heard bad things about Lauren Kate's Fallen, but I'm willing to give it another chance.
    Enjoy all your lovely books! (:

  • I feel somewhat trapped at times by YA, simply because I have a YA blog. It can definitely get repetitive, and a lot of the bad ones (I've read a lot of bad dystopia this year) just blend together in a nightmarish mish-mash in my head.

    I've got ARCs of Teardrop, Across a Star-Swept Sea, and Delia's Shadow that I still need to read, and as they've all already been published (I think), that should give you a hint of my level of enthusiasm.

    I'm happy to say that Vicious was very good, though!

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

  • Man, I need to jump on the VICIOUS train. I really liked THE ARCHIVED, so I have high hopes for that one.

    I've been disillusioned with YA recently, too–I've been struggling since July, I think. That's not to say I haven't found books I've enjoyed here and there, I have, but I have to shore myself up to start one everytime and I'm striking out with a lot of them, too. I just DNFd 4 books in a row, for example.

    And, um…just read the first chapter of TEARDROP. I think that's all you'll need. πŸ˜›

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  • I'm so excited to read Vicious and Delia's Shadow – I've heard amazing things about both, so I'm hoping they love up to the hype. Fantastic haul!

  • Ohh, not everyone liked it, but I thought When the World Was Flat was great! And I liked Delia's Shadow very very much. It was just what I needed at the time.
    And FINE! You've convinced me. I'll read Vicious asap. Blacked out poetry? I totally need to know more.

  • I can totally relate with your getting sick of YA. Sometimes the characters are just annoying and immature and you wish you could reach into the book and slap them. Usually, alternating YA with some other books or highly rated books seem to help. I've heard a lot about Vicious, and I absolutely LOVED Hopeless by Colleen Hoover! Enjoy your new reads Joy.

  • I need to get a copy of Vicious, IΒ΄ve heard great things about it.
    Enjoy your books this week.

  • Everyone I know seems to have loved Hopeless, so I really hope you end up enjoying it too Joy. I think I need to go about setting myself reading tasks too, as I don't seem to be getting any reading done either. The First Affair was a lot different to the books that I usually read, but still entertaining nonetheless. Happy reading Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I'm sorry to hear you're not so keen on YA right now! πŸ™ I think it's inevitable to get a bit tired of certain types of books if you read a lot. It happens to me every so often too.

    I am so curious about Vicious! I've heard so many good things about it. And I'm dying to get myself a copy of Across a Star-Swept Sea! I'm waiting to spend the money until I'm absolutely desperate… πŸ™‚

  • I tend to get burnt out on YA sometimes, but I throw in some adult books and I'm good. Coincidentally I just emailed you about an adult book and I think it might be one that could pull you out of your funk! Hopefully it sounds like one you would enjoy anyway. Sometimes just stepping back from YA helps a lot.

  • I feel the same way about YA. I usually read adult books anyway but mixing things up a bit usually helps. So even if I do read a YA book, I always have to read an adult one afterwards because otherwise it gets a bit too much.

  • Teardrop sounds great! I love the idea of a plot that incorporates Atlantis. For Darkness Shows The Stars was also amazing, so I hope you enjoy the sequel πŸ™‚

  • I love the pictures of your books- so artistic! I have also been gravitating towards more adult books than usual…perhaps I am in a YA slump as well. I really want to read Delia's Shadow, Across a Star-Swept Sea and Teardrop. I hope you enjoy all of your books and thanks for visiting my STS.

  • Haven't heart of Vicious before will need to check that out. πŸ™‚

  • Perhaps you are in a little YA slump. You just need to find THE one to break that πŸ˜€ I can't wait to read Vicious and Teardrop sounds interesting. Happy reading! (And I'm following you on Instagram now, I'm Mel_1704)

  • Oh I loved delia's shadow, it was a really great book! Happy reading, you had a lot of wonderful books.

  • I don't blame you for not blogging. <3 sometimes we all just need a break. Sigh. Anyway. I have loved seeing your pictures of the wreck this journal πŸ˜€ Love. And ohh. I do wish to read Vicious. But feel like the hardcover is too expensive, lol (A) Anyway. Lots of awesome πŸ˜€ I hope you enjoy it all Joy. <3 happy reading πŸ™‚

  • Oh, Vicious, how I want to read thee! :))) Great touch with black and white pics, J.! I'm loving it.
    Totally understand your feelings on YA, that's why I stopped reading much of it. On the other hand there are still pure gems that can be found in this genre. Try The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. So so good! Have a good week, sweetheart x

  • I get like that too with any genre and need to take a break from it. I've been taking a break from angels for a couple years now. lol. Unless it's a review book I need to read, I rarely plan what I'll read. I currently only have 2 review books to read for Dec and Nov, so it has been nice being able to go through my kindle and have my pick. I almost started reading Hopeless a couple weeks ago, but I'm still hesitant.

  • I have very low patience for YA books with immaturity but I don't always mind the simplicity depending on what i'm in the mood for. I am careful with the books I pick but it's hard to avoid completely. Anyway, I've head great things about Vicious, Across a Star Swept Sea, and the Colleen Hoover books so hopefully they will be alright πŸ™‚ Love the pictures of the books!

  • Ok I'm very intrigued….what is Wreck this Journal???

  • Wreck this joural! Very creative like that idea

  • There are times when I feel like I'm starting to tire of YA, but then there is always something around the corner that will remind me why I love these books so much. It is possible that you're just not picking up the books that might work for you – that's usually the case for me. However I'm glad to hear Vicious is addictive. I still need to pick up my copy of that! I love the sound of it and can't wait to read it. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  • Love the black and white photos this time! I've always wanted a Wreck this Journal but I didn't think I had enough time/was creative enough to really finish one. I'm feeling the same about YA lately but it's still a favorite genre so I'm going to keep with it. The YA books you got do seem awesome though, I hope you like them!

  • I enjoyed When The World was Flat very much… maybe you will too? Young Adult is my favorite genere, and I'd hate to fall out of love with it one day. Enjoy your reads! That's a great new goal, I may have to try it!

    -Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

  • I'm almost done with Vicious and am LOVING it. It's so good. I think it's normal to have certain genres appeal to you in waves. Sometimes I love Chick-Lit and sometimes I want it to die, and I've felt that way about mysteries and dystopians, too. (At the moment I'm so over dystopians, but I'm sure some book will come along to snap me out of it.) I'm excited to read Teardrop and Across a Star-Swept Sea. The covers are so similar and both so pretty. Great haul!

  • I've seen what you've been doing to your journal on Instagram. It's awesome!

    I know what you mean about YA books. I don't think I'll stop reading them, but lately I just would much rather read New Adult books. πŸ˜‰ Speaking of that, I really need to get around to reading Hopeless and the rest of Colleen Hoover's books. I'm glad you enjoyed Finding Cinderella. πŸ™‚