Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 111


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonnason •

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan • Killer Instinct by S.E. Green •

Dualed by Elsie Chapman • The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan•

Player One by Douglas Coupland • Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland

Hey everyone!

How’s your weekend so far? I’m absolutely ecstatic and nervous for the coming BEA. I’m anxious to meet a lot of bloggers, authors and industry people alike, but at the same time, I’m freaking out. I’ve never been very good at being friendly, so bear with me if you find some discrepancies between my on-line persona and the person you will be meeting in person. But heck, I’m looking forward to meeting you, anyway. 🙂

As for books, there’s nothing really that I’m dying to read, except maybe for Prototype but Dutton did not list it as one that will have a showing. So, if there’s any books that you think is worth lining up for, then feel free to leave it in the comments.

This past week has been a relatively so-so reading and blogging week.



This was such a lovely summer read. I quite enjoyed it. The story about a girl who had to find bravery within her in a bid to find her best friend who vanished without preamble. I always like finding playlists accompaniments on books, and this has a couple, at least. Bonus.



This novella shows us why our hero and anti-hero (which is which is your prerogative) became who they were. And in the centre of their plight, is Emma; the woman that inadvertently (and unknowingly) steered their respective destinies. Ms. Waters’ publicist said this will ease some of the pain of waiting for Prototype, but I respectfully disagree. It did not soothe anything; it just fanned the flame of my miserable want to murderous degree. July is too fucking far away.

15726915 God. Where to start with this book? I hated it with a passion. I had to take a breather on a couple of occasions while I was reading. I’ve never hated a group of characters as much as I hated these people. Sweet Brodee couldn’t save the story for me.

Net Galley Grabs:

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Started reading Stitching Snow, it’s Cinder-like, and so it’s quite addicting.

I haven’t touched Mortal Danger just yet. I have no clue what it’s about, but I wanted  Ann redeemed in my eyes, so I downloaded this one as soon as it came available.


Anyway, that’s it for me this week. I have reviews to write and Bloglovin’ posts to read!


  • I just got The Lovely and the Lost from the library on audio. I can’t wait for you review of Faking Normal and I want to know why you hated it – it’s such a different reaction than I’ve been seeing! And I’m hoping to get approved for Stitching Snow on NG *fingers crossed* glad to hear you are enjoying it so far!

    • Right? I don’t know what’s wrong with me! I’m so cruel!

  • I wish I could go to BEA! But, have fun! 🙂 Love and Other Foreign words looks really interesting, so I can’t wait to see your review. Happy reading, Joy!

    • Thanks, Marianne. Love and Other Foreign Words is so fun. 🙂

  • Yay BEA! I want to go so badly, but it’s just not in the cards. Maybe next year! I hope you have a great time and get lots of wonderful books! 🙂 I’m so excited to see you got Love and Other Foreign Words, and I hope you love it. Yet another person not liking Faking Normal? I think I’ll just put my copy aside for forever now. Have a great week Joy! 😀

    • Thanks, Rachel. I’m pretty nervous but yeah. Totally excited. 🙂

  • I keep going back and forth on whether I should read Stitching Snow. I really loved Cinder, but it’s definitely wayyyy outside my comfort zone and might have been a fluke. I’m definitely eager to read Since You’ve Been Gone, which I just downloaded on audio. I just love cute, contemporary reads on audio while I’m driving. Makes me happy. 🙂

    • Stitching Snow was Cinder-like but the ending was definitely not-so. It was a middle of the grade read.

  • I’ll be reading The Beautiful and the Cursed soon and I need to grab The Lovely and the Lost. I’ve been hearing amazing things about it.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone. I’m going to buy a copy for myself soon.
    I’m so sorry to hear you hated Faking Normal. 🙁 It’s definitely a hit or miss kind of book.
    Enjoy your reads this week! 🙂

    • Thanks, Nick. I wish I’d enjoyed it more than I did, but we just didn’t get a long.

  • Awwww, I’m so jealous that you’re coming to BEA! I wish I lived in the States just so I could go this event myself and meet you guys, too. Nothing more would make me so much happy to be in the company of books and fellow bookworms! I wish you all the best and that I hope you amuse and enjoy yourself greatly. Post pictures, please?

    And I’m sorry that you hated Faking Normal! I loved that book so it makes me sad you didn’t like it, but I understand where you are coming from.

    Also, I didn’t know Stitching Snow was out on Netgalley! I have to check this baby out.

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    • BEA is in everybody’s bucket list, so I thought I should get it out of the way now and move on to climbing Mt. Everest next. 🙂

  • oh goodness just noticed Antitype – I need to go read that asap!~

  • I am totally jealous of your Stitching Snow! It doesn’t even look available to request on edel when I check. Enjoy dear!

    • Net Galley has it available for request. I hope you’ll enjoy!

  • I’ve been eying Since You’ve Been Gone for a while now I’m glad to here that you enjoyed it. Can’t wait to read it for myself, I’ve loved all of Morgan Matson’s work so far.

    • I hope you’ll enjoy it, too, Mari. It was fantastic!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I have Since You’ve Been Gone on hold at the library so I’m glad you enjoyed it. As for Faking Normal: D: I’m so sad you didn’t like it! Ah, well.

    • I know! I’m sad too, Alise. But you are right, though. Brodee was a delightful character to get to know. I felt so much for him. 🙁 <3

  • Zoe

    These all sound like such great reads! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them Joy! Thanks so much for sharing and happy reading! <3

  • Oh, I HATE YOU JOY! lol, jk. <3 But SO DAMN JEALOUS. BEA? Ack. I hate you again. lol 😀 Just so jealous. Sigh. I hope you have the most of fun <3 *I want all the books, lol* Anyway. Lots of awesome books this week sweetie 🙂 I hope you will love them all.

    • Thanks, C. Lol! I’m just there to meet some peeps…getting the books would be an added bonus. 🙂

  • I’ll have to get a copy of Antitype! Didn’t know about it. I hope they have Prototype at the BEA for you, Joy!! Fingers crossed! Sorry Faking Normal didn’t work out for you, I probably would’ve DNF it. I just can’t stick with a story when I’m hating the characters. Tweet me if you get a copy of Prototype! I can’t wait to hear how things go there. 🙂

    • Dutton didn’t have Prototype listed! Boo. Anyway, Ms. Waters said she’ll send me a copy since I annoyed her enough on Twitter and on my blog. Lol.

  • Oh, you are going at BEA! Lucky girl!!! Lovely haul as usual, J., and I’m curious about Aguirre. I admit I don’t like her that much, so I’m looking forward to your review. Also glad to know to avoid Faking Normal. Enjoy all!

    • Yes! I think I will be meeting up with Victoria (your co-blogger). Well, I’m going to stalk her anyway. Lol.

  • That cover for Stitching Snow looks so pretty! I hope you enjoy it because it sounds so good! I hope you have heaps of fun at BEA, I wish I could attend. And don’t be silly, I think you’re wonderful and everyone else will too. 🙂

    • Thanks, Joy! <3 You are the sweetest. 🙂

  • Loved Faking normal and hope you did too. Happy reading and have a great weekend.

    • Actually, hated Faking Normal. Lol. And thanks!

  • Since You’ve Been Gone is a book I keep hearing so many wonderful things about! Now that I’m so busy with my dissertation, light summer reads are pretty much all I have the energy to read.
    And I beta-read Mortal Danger and thought it was pretty fabulous. And so very creepy!
    Also, I completely agree about Faking Normal. It just didn’t ring true to me.

    • Oh awesome! Then I must start on Mortal Danger right away!

      Also, it’s probably why I haven’t seen you around. Good luck, hun!

  • Great stack this week Joy, I’m really curious about Stitching Snow with its similarity to Cinder. Look at all those beautiful hard covers as well! Most of those are new to me, but I hope you do enjoy them. Enjoy your time at BEA, it will be awesome and fun!

    Here’s my STS this week.

    • Thanks, Jeann. It’s wonderful! It’s like Cinder but it has its own flavour, ya know?

  • BEA should be amazing. Hope you have an incredible time. I’ve not read any of the books you’ve mentioned this week. 🙂 But Stitching Snow looks great.

  • Nice haul! I´m curious about Love and Other Foreign Words. Have fun in BEA.

  • I’m curious about the Aguire book I confess. You had some nice ones this week, I hope you’ll like them all. Happy reading!

  • Christy

    Damn, I wish I was going to BEA. I’d love to get to annoy … I mean know you in person. lol. I need to investigate Stitching Snow …

  • I just started Love and Other Foreign Words…I’ve heard good things. I am glad you liked Since You’ve Been Gone…I’ll be reading that one next. Have a great time at BEA. I have always wanted to go. It sounds like an incredible experience. Enjoy your books!

    • I’m reading Love and Other Foreign Words as well. I’ve pretty much chuckled every other pages. Lol.

  • Killer Instinct was really good! I read it a few days ago and it wracked my brain!

    • Thanks, Stacey! That’s good to hear. 😉

  • Ooh, Stitching Snow is on NG? I’ll have to grab that one. Mortal Danger is one I haven’t touched yet either, though I’ve been hearing mixed reviews of it on the blogosphere and am not sure I’m going to enjoy it. Since You’ve Been Gone is one I’m glad to hear you liked — I plan to pick it up soon. Lovely haul, dear, and happy reading! 😀

    • Thanks, Keertana. I hope you’ll enjoy Since You’ve Been Gone. 🙂

  • Congrats on the books, I am so excited for you that you get to attend BEA! I know you will have a blast.

  • Hadn’t heard of Stitching Snow – it sounds really good! I’ll have to go check it out!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • It’s un-put-down-able for sure. I hope you’ll enjoy, Nicole!

  • I just found out about Antitype! Will be reading that ASAP. I’m posting my review on Archetype tomorrow too 🙂 you are awesome for recommending this Joy! I loved it!

    I wonder if Switching Snow is still available? I’ll check it out 😀 and I’m so jealous that you’re going to BEA!!! That’s on my bucket list, LOL.

    • Stitching not Switching. Seriously autocorrect!

    • OMG. Your review slays, Amir. Fantastic! I hope you’ll enjoy Antitype as well! <3

  • I’m going to be at BEA as well this year once more. I would definitely like to meet you. You got some amazing books that look interesting. Come visit me as well.


    • Thanks, Grace! I’ll be on the lookout for you. 😉

  • Stitching Snow sounds like a must read (and it has a really beautiful cover as well). I haven’t read Cinder but I’ve read good things about it so I really want to get my hands on it… anyway, hope to hear your thoughts on Stitching Snow soon 🙂

    …and have fun in BEA 😀

    • Stitching Snow is really wonderful, czai! And what is this business of not reading Cinder yet? O.O We need to remedy that!