Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 115


• Trouble by Non Pratt • Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball •

• The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston • The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings •

• Hexed by Michelle Krys • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo •

• The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick • After the End by Amy Plum •

• The Lost by Sarah Beth Hurst • Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller •

• Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson •

Hello, my loyal subjects.

How was your week? If you’ve been loyally visiting my blog, you can tell that I haven’t been around lately. And that’s because work is a life sucking hell, where I’ve taken permanent residence lately. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also promise not to bitch about it anymore, because seriously, I’m sick of hearing myself talk about it. Life is not about making the next dollar. It’s about BOOKS, man. Books. 🙂

The upside of work being a suckfest is that I couldn’t wait to escape. So I’ve been reading.

Books Read:

18621651 Gasp by Lisa McMann

This was a great ending to a series I’ve come to enjoy. I’m going to miss these kids! I’ve had my review drafted but because I’ve been having troubles stringing a few sentences together, I’ve stalled. I’ll have my review posted this week.

17333276 The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetra

Ahh…this was absolute perfection. I’m suddenly developing a taste for murder/mysteries. I can’t wait for October!


Currently Reading:

13450407 18527496 This week, I’m determined to finish the books that have been sitting on my Current Reads bookshelf on Goodreads. Starting with Infinite Sky. I’m also going to wave white flags on Cruel Beauty and Throne of Glass. I just. Can’t. Sigh.

Have a great week, everyone. And happy reading!

  • I also want The Murder Complex and Ruin & Rising. I’m still on the waiting list for Ruin & Rising in our local bookstore. I am tempted to buy it online now but the shipping will also take 2-3 weeks so I guess I’ll just wait for the waiting list.

    I have been busy with my work lately too. It was stressful so I wasn’t able to read more books than I intended to for this month. But I need to work on it because if I don’t, I don’t have money and if I don’t have money, I can’t buy new books.

    Gasp – I’m planning to read that series after I’m done with the Dreamcatchers. It’s been sitting in my shelf for the 3 months and I’m still not finish with that series.

  • Too bad you couldn’t get into Cruel Beauty or Throne of Glass! but alas, some books are not for everyone! I hope you enjoy all of the books you bought! I particularly wish I could “borrow” The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet ;D

  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet!! I LOVED the Youtube series so I’m crossing my fingers the book will be available here as well. If not, I’d just beg my mom to order it online for me.
    And you’ve raised the white flag on Throne of Glass? Does this mean I’m not the only one who doesn’t care for it? haha

    Anyway regarding work, hang in there Joy! Hope you’ll have a good week!

  • this is a great pile of books—haha! I’m completely jealous and super excited to hear your thoughts on all of them!

  • Ruin and Rising! I just picked up my copy on Sunday as well. I don’t know when I’ll have time to dig into it though since it’s now a purchased book instead of a review book and I always give my review books priority lol.

  • I agree Joy, reading all the books definitely helps when work is really crazy, I hope you get to read some brilliant upcoming books. Look forward to hearing your thoughts about Catch a Falling Star. Happy reading Joy!

  • Oh some pretty ones, I was curious about Hexed I confess. I hope you’ll like them all. Happy reading!

  • Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    Well, hooray that you can see that light! That’s got to be a relief!

    I’ll be curious to see what you think of The Murder Complex. I rather liked it. 🙂 And Ruin and Rising! My poor college student is coming out and can’t afford it right now, but SOON. 🙂

    Have a great week Joy!

  • Trouble and Lost sounds good, hope that you enjoy!

  • Christy

    Work, the ultimate suckfest. lol. I gave up on The Lost. I don’t think it would’ve been bad, we just weren’t jiving. So you need to read it and let me live vicariously through your experience.

  • Oh no, I just googled the lizze bennet diaries… you might not see me for a few days… 😛

  • I have been resisting the Lizzie Diaries and I really don’t think I will be able to hold out for much longer. Darn you. 😛

    Glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully that tunnel isn’t too long. 😉

    Great haul this week, congrats!!

  • Lots of awesome books sweetie. <3 I have only read Ruin and Rising of them all, though (A) But oh. I loved it so much! I really hope you will read and love it too, hih 🙂 It is pretty awesome. Happy reading Joy. <3 (I'm very unsure about The Murder Complex.. as I have heard some bad things 🙁 But I do own it, so reading it sometime ;p)

  • It’s you! You’re the one! I spent my ENTIRE afternoon and evening yesterday watching episodes 21-100 of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. OBSESSED. Thanks a lot. But seriously, they’re pretty awesome, right? I think they might be my new favorite P&P retelling. And yeah, sure, those other books look good too, I guess. 😉

  • I’m excited to hear Gasp was a great ending. I enjoyed the first two books. I’m interested in your thoughts on Rules for Breaking. I enjoyed the first one. I didn’t see your review for the first one. I’ll have to look and see if you posted one. Enjoy your books, Joy! I hope your work situation improves. That can really suck the life out of you. Thankfully we have books where we can change the channel and decompress! 🙂

  • I passed on Lizzie Bennet diaries and am now regretting it. Sorry that you didn’t enjoy Stitching Snow – I’m always a little wary of new books that seem to be capitalizing on the success of other ones. It’s hard not to compare. Hope you find more time to read soon. I was in that situation and then this weekend I was able to start catching up!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • nice haul(: I’m pretty interested in reading The Rules for Breaking as well as LOST 😀

    you DNF Cruel Beauty? orr are you stalling it? ohwell… I’ve been meaning to read it. hopefully, I’ll like it though~

  • Great books. I look forward to reading your review of Catch a Falling Star!

  • AHHH YOU HAVE RUIN AND RISING (not that I’ve even read Siege and Storm, but that will be fixed soon). I’ve also heard that Trouble and The Murder Complex is really good, so I hope you enjoy those as well. AND LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES! I’ve watched about half of the vlogs (haven’t finished sadly), so is the Secret Diary a companion to those? I’m just assuming, but it looks like it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It really means a lot! I’ll be looking forward to more of your posts, hopefully, right? 😀 The end of the tunnel is near!

  • Aaahhh I want the Lizzie Bennet Diaries in my haaaaand. I’m so obsessed with this right now Joy, what have you done?? o.O

    And I’ve never read anything from James Patterson but this series is intruiging me, I do love murder mysteries plus we somehow have a freakishly similar taste in books. Ha!

    And I am your loyal subject *bows*