Hoarders, 117: The One Where I Came Back From the Dead

2014-07-12 20.25.06

One Plus One by Jojo Mojes | The Martian by Andy Weir | Landline by Rainbow Rowell |

Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist | The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka

The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan | Bittersweet by Miranda Beverley-Whittmore

Bird Box by Josh Malerman | Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike | The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard | Lucky Harbor (3 in 1) by Jill Shalvis | On the Fence by Kassie West

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta | The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

2014-07-12 20.24.26

The Lost Sun by Tessa Grafton | The Strange Maid by Tessa Grafton | Shimmer by Paula Weston

Thank you, Random House Canada for sending copies of books 1 and 2 of The United States of Asgard. Tour stop on August 10th.

Big, huge thank you to Jasprit of The Readers’ Den for this copy of Shimmer. You are the sweetest, Jas. Thank you so much!

Well, hello there!


I know, I know. I went away there for a while. Excuses will be the same ol’ crap that I’ve been going through for the last months. But. Them’s the breaks, eh? I mean, I’ve got a very demanding job, and family and kids, andโ€ฆwell, life. It just keeps getting in the way. I’m sorry if I haven’t been around. Initially, I was looking forward to having a very productive blogging/reading/reviewing week next week on account of I was going to be on holidays. However, that’s not going to happen now. I have to postpone my vacation until probably the middle of August. It’s just impossible right now. I need to win the lottery so I can stop this madness that I fondly call, “work”. Ay yay yay. The Struggle is real, ya know?

So what’s been going on with me lately? My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last week with very little fanfare. He was sick for days, so we didn’t get to do anything. Other than that, not a heck of a lot, to be honest. Though, I’ve been reading. My son got sick too, so in the midst of washing puked-on sheets and late night baths, a lot of sleepless nights were spent reading.

Books Read:

I’m happy to say that I’ve had ย such a great reading streak while I was on mini-hiatus. The only two books that were not fun to read are books 1 and 2 of the Unwanted series by Natasha Anders. The rest were just fantastic! (Sorry for the formatting of these pics. WordPress and I have a very complicated relationship. Sometimes, it likes to play stupid games where it doesn’t do what I want it to do.)

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ย Currently Reading:

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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I’m starting to see the joy of reading horror books. And this only after reading Bird Box. Since these books are now a tv series, I thought I’d check it out. They just happened to be on sale ($5) at my bookstore, so I was able to get books 1 and 2.

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. There will be a signed ARC and a bookmark International giveaway being held on the blog on the 27th, along with Collections and BookittyBlog. I’m excited to read this.

The Martian by Andy Weir. Well, I’ve started this and have liked the beginnings. Unfortunately, the constant talks about gardening and botany is starting to bore me. I’m going to pursue, because I think there is a lot of thriller to be had still with this book.

Well, thank you for sticking around, y’all. I’ll be doing my rounds today, so prepare to be stalked!

Have a great week!

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  • Awesome haul! Seems everyone is getting Landline ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy reading!

  • Congratulations on your 15th! Woot! <3 <3 I'm so sorry that your husband was sick for days, though. Maybe do a make up date? ๐Ÿ˜€

    I really want to live in your bookshelf. Those books you got are love. And Landline! <3 Have an awesome weekend, Joy!

  • Sabrinamk

    Sorry to hear that things are so stressful. I’ll be sending good vibes your way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, I’ll be reading Landline this week (so excited!) and I can’t wait to see what you think Of Metal and Wishes!

  • it’s pretty understandable why you’ve been away.. it’s quite late but still Happy Anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜€

    aand nice set of new books.. I’m eyeing on a few of them, gotta check them out on goodreads~~ especially Bird Box… I keep on looking at that cover, makes me want to read it..

  • Aaah, I want SHIMMER so badly! I just want to know what’s going to happen, period, and all the reviews keep hinting at SWOON and now I just need to knowwwww! I can’t wait to see what you think! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sorry life has been crazy right now. I am totally with you there. Hope that things get better soon!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Naomi @ Nomiโ€™s Paranormal Palace

    Congrats on your anniversary. Hopefully you can make up for it when you finally get your break!
    Enjoy your new reads, the Tessa Gratton books look great!

    Naomi @ Nomiโ€™s Paranormal Palace

  • The Martian just strikes me as Cast Away in space and I just can’t bring myself to read it. I hope you enjoyed STEELHEART. I’m having a hard time at work as well. We need to hire two new people, one person just quit today and no resumes in sight. Oh the pain.

  • I hope your husband and son is now doing well and life getting in the way of blogging is totally understandable. We’ve all been there. I feel like I’m the only person who have not read Rainbow Rowell yet. I have Fangirl on my Kindle so I need to read it soon. And I’ve actually read Natasha Anders’ The Unwanted Wife which I enjoyed in a way, reminded me of Harlequin Presents books. But A Husband’s Regret was just an okay read for me and the blurb of His Unlikely Lover’s just doesn’t interest me that much. I’m also interested in The Strain, especially when it’s going to be a series soon. I saw the trailer and it’s pretty awesome!

  • Welcome back!
    LOVING of Metal and Wishes. I tried the Heiresses but had to put it aside as it was making me tired. I’m nervous now about Landline as I’ve read some reviews that made me think it might not be for me..
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Holy books, and happy belated anniversary! I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better. I’m also making the rounds this morning, so consider my Joyous Reads stalking complete. Hehe Until next time!

  • I was starting to wonder what happened to you! It’s been a little lonely visiting your blog and seeing nothing but eeek. You sound like you reallly need a vacation. And a hug. *hugs*

    But hey you did get a lot of reading done so at least some good came out of this???

    Also HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY! It sucks you guys couldn’t do more but hey, 15 years! ๐Ÿ˜€
    *throws confetti*

    I hope that this week will be better and that things will calm down some so you’ll get some breathing room ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Happy anniversary! And I’m glad to hear the sickness is gone. At least you’ve been getting some reading done, and good stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was curious about The Martian, but I really don’t think I could handle a bunch of botany discussion.. Eek. I hope things calm down for you soon Joy so you can get some vacation in!

  • Aww, I hope you both able to celebrate your anniversary properly when you are on vacation at last, Joy!Otherwise it’s all work and no play ๐Ÿ™ You can always run away to us if you want to hide for a few months in a middle of nowhere. Gorgeous books, my dear! And big hugs xxx

  • Christy

    Ooo you really got a lot of great books. I read The Strain last week and liked it a lot. I’m pretty excited to watch the first episode tonight. Happy Anniversary. Hope everyone is feeling better.

  • Shimmer sounds good! hope you enjoy and have a great coming week.

    Happy anniversary as well!

  • What a coincidence! I also just came back from the dead, only I didn’t really have any time to read at all. I really enjoyed The Lost Sun, it was different and very interesting, I hope you will too.
    Good to see you blogging again, and it’s so very good to be blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SHAME ON YOU! For leaving me, lol ๐Ÿ˜€ Just kidding. <3 I'm glad you got a little break. That is always good ๐Ÿ™‚ And ohhh. So many gorgeous books. <3 I have not read any of them.. but I also own Landline ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks so pretty! I hope you loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aaand.. I still need to read my ARC of Sleep No More! Ack. Soonish. I hope. Anyway. Happy reading Joy. <3

  • Happy Anniversary. We all need to take some breaks every once in a while.

    Books of Love

  • wow that’s a lot of books, I hope you’ll like them and I hope you had a wonderful time with your husband on your anniversary.

  • Even though it is late, Happy Anniversary!
    Glad everyone is healthy again. Being sick during summer time is never a good thing.
    Congrats on all the books!