Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 116


• The One and Only by Emily Giffin • Abroad by Katie Crouch •

• To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han • The Falconer by Elizabeth May •

• Fan Art by Sarah Tregay • Allies & Assassins by Justin Somper •

Hello, dear readers.

It’s been a wet week here in my city. In fact, I’m writing this post on a very dark, very stormy Sunday morning. The power’s out, and we don’t know how long it’s been out. It’s equal parts exciting and kinda scary outside. I’ve never seen such a day out here in the country. The wind is whipping something fierce, and the clouds just us ugly. My favourite ambiance for reading, to be honest.

It’s Canada Day on Tuesday, so to my fellow Canadians, Happy Canada Day! I’m taking Monday off, which means I get a four-day-weekend. Really need this break.

Last week, on my regular run to the bookstore (Tuesday or Thursday), a friend of mine, Christine (she works at Chapters), gave me a couple of books that she had duplicate copies of. Abroad by Katie Crouch and My One and Only by Emily Giffin. She’s so freaking awesome! I’m excited to read these, even if I don’t know much about them. I’m familiar with both authors, mind you. Katie Crouch was infamous for pretty much poking fun at YA authors – or something like that. I can’t remember now. Read the article. I’ve read Emily Giffin’s books many moons ago, which started my love affair with contemporary romance. I haven’t had much luck with the rest of her books, but I”m excited to read this one, nonetheless.

I haven’t had a good reading week, sadly.

Books Read:

18527496 Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

This was a disappointment in the Romance department, but the friendships are its strong suit. There was no chemistry to speak of between the love interests.

18594377 The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

I love, love this book for one reason: Daxworth Cranston. If you haven’t read this one yet, then you’re missing a whole lot. Seriously. That Southern man-boy had me breaking out my smelling salts. Le swoon.

Currently Reading:

875578511970096 City of Heavenly Fire will probably take forever and a day (give or take) to read. I’ve been trying to get through it since I got the copy but it’s as if, I’m prolonging the agony. I just don’t want to say goodbye. :'(

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank is a book that I downloaded for free in iBooks. I’m liking it so far, so we’ll see how it goes.


Currently Listening:

13477676 Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Thank you, Sync. This is a hard-hitting book about a troubled teen whose plans for the day includes a murder-suicide. Gripping story.

That’s my week, everyone. I hope you’ll have a great one! Me? I’m just looking forward to not doing anything for the next couple of days. 🙂

  • Great haul! I hope you get to read better books soon. Anyways great haul! The Falconer looks so pretty there. I hope you enjoy City of Heavenly Fire (seriously, that thing’s huge. Bigger than the Bible, maybe? xD) I have yet to read it but I’ll get to it… eventually.

  • Those hardbacks do look lovely together! Hardbacks have a certain quality to them, I think, and they look really lovely together! I hope you enjoy all of these books!

  • Great books Joy! Hope your week gets better…It’s super HOT in California right now and I just came back from Disneyland I’ve been so far off from reading. I can’t wait to head back, maybe just picking up a book you really want to read could help?

    Happy Reading!

  • I’ve had quite a few of those days this winter, J. When power just runs out because there is no sun for days. But now, it’s summer, so our batteries always have charge 🙂 It’s good to be off-grid, especially in storms. Here they are spectacular… Lovely, beautiful books as usual and I’m just catching p on the last couple of weeks. Enjoy all, sweetheart!

  • I’m very excited about your thoughts on Fan Art, I had no idea it’s LGBT and I think the premise is simple yet heart warming. And interested with The Falconer too! I hope your reading week’s been better Joy!

  • Happy belated Canada Day! I’m just getting back from vacay, so I have TONS of catching up to do and countless ARCs that are screaming ‘read me!’ Hehe 🙂

  • I agree! Rainy days are my favorite reading weather too. No noisy kids playing outside.

    Oh, how I wish I have a friend who works in bookstore too. I would like to work in a bookstore just for the reason that I can read books for free. But I don’t think the bookstore employees are allowed to read them and most of the books are covered in plastic. So yeah, I gave up that dream. I will just work hard, save up money and buy more books. 😀

  • I’ve been waiting forever for “City of Heavenly Fire”, but I just couldn’t get to it.That book is HUGE! I think I need to get my shadowhunter-self on before I dive inside that book. Those book spines above are so beautiful!

  • Rainy Days are perfect for reading!! But otherwise, boo weather. The Falconer is at the top of my TBR list! I hope to read it this month. The Chapel Wars is somewhere up there too, as well as Forgive Me Leonard Peacock on audio! 🙂

  • I love your haul this week! That pile is perfect for summer and the kind of weather you’re having there. And The Chapel Wars it sounds so fun!

    Stay safe and I hope you’ll have a great week 🙂

  • I know the do-nothing feeling! That’s what I’ve been doing between summer sessions, but classes start on Wednesday so it’s not much longer. 🙂 Friends who give books are the best!! Ooh, I hadn’t seen anyone review Chapel Wars yet, but gotta love swoony boys. I hope you’ve enjoyed your extra day off and your week is great, Joy!

  • I most definitely need to pick up a copy of The Falconer!!

  • Pretty books. *_* I can’t wait to get my hands on The Falconer! Our local bookstore doesn’t carry it. ;( The Chapel Wars looks adorableee!

  • The weather there sounds awful Joy, I hope you and your family are doing okay, I’m usually a fan of the rain, more so when I’m indoors reading! I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so I can’t wait to see how you get on with it. I also need to get a copy of The Chapel Wars soon, its sounds like an adorable read also I need to meet Daxworth soon! Happy reading lovely!

  • I cannot wait for The Chapel Wars to be available in my country, it sounds freaking amazing! Happy Canada Day, I hope you make the most of your day off and get some much needed reading time x

  • Faye M.

    Haha! I totally feel you! I think I did that with Words of Radiance… it was a huge book (1000+ pages!!!!) but I read so, so, so slowly, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to read the next installment until 2016 (huhuhu). And you have The Falconer! I’ve been highly interested in that one for a long time now, but haven’t bought a copy of it yet. Hopefully I get to visit the bookstore soon and they have that book waiting for me 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  • I enjoyed Fan Art and hope that you do too

  • Christy

    It’s 106 here today. I love the sun and heat, but I wouldn’t mind a big storm sweeping through. Minus the power outage.

  • Ohh, yay 😀 Lots of awesome books sweetie. <3 Sigh. I really loved The Falconer. *Crossing fingers that you will too* And City of Heavenly Fire. Sigh. YOU MUST READ IT. It is perfect. I hope you will think so too 😀 Also, Emma and Julian are adorable. Sigh. AND OHH! I want a storm like that, lol. But sad face about no power 🙁 That is depressing. But yeah. I want a big storm too, lol. Hope you are okay, though. <3 Happy reading Joy 🙂

  • I read Forgive Leonard Peacock last year and I really liked it. It´s a sad story 🙁
    Great haul and enjoy your books!

  • Oh I had a great tume with The Falconer, I’m quite curious to see what you think about it. Happy reading!

  • Oh, I spy Fan Art! Yay~ And you’re reading Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock! (I just finished it today!) Happy reading~

  • I hope you have a nice day off! Congrats on all the books, I think I have heard good things about almost all of them.

  • You’ve definitely made me want to pick up Chapel Wars now! 😉 I adored Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and hard-hitting is exactly how I’d describe it, so I hope you love it. Wonderful haul and I can’t wait to see what you make of these titles! 🙂

  • I hope your power comes back on. Its the worst when that happens. You got some great books this week.

    Books of Love

  • Great books! Sometimes life can get in the way of reading right? I’m struggling to keep up with books at the moment as well 🙂