Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 126

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult | Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White | Mortal Heart by Rachel LaFevers | The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg | The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley


Hello.

How was your Halloween? Ours was uneventful. Other than a couple of kids complaining we didn’t give enough candies, it was as expected. Every year, we anticipate about two hundred kids and every year, we always run out of candies. The best one was a kid dressed as a hockey referee. He blew the whistle on my husband then proceeded to tell him ,”two minutes in the penalty box for not giving enough candies!” Kids these days, I tell ya. 🙂

My boy went out dressed as Thor and my thirteen-year-old dressed as…well, I don’t exactly know. Something to do with anime, perhaps. I know she made it. She scoffed and dismissed me when I asked her what kind of costume I should buy for her. Tsk. Tsk.

The Month that was…

Anyway, I forgot to mention that I was interviewed over at Paper/Plates blog. Amina has a regular feature called, At The Table With…and I was so honoured when she asked me for an interview. Check out her blog. She combines her love of reading with her love of food. She takes phenomenal pictures, shares wonderful recipes, and very insightful opinions about books and films. She also has a knack for finding web articles of interest. Her book reviews are paired up with yummy fares, deserts and sometimes, cocktail recipes.

I reached my Goodreads reading goal in October! I read 150 books and I’ve got two months left for the year. This is the first time that I’ve completed my goal since I joined the site in September of 2010.

Wow. I read 21 books in October! Holy cow! Bar none, the best book I’ve read this month was Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Please check out my review here. How was your month?

Read anything good lately?

IMG_7675This week, I read The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’engle. The Paying Guests was a huge book. Set in the 20’s, it follows the lives of  Frances and Lilian; two women who found themselves in the centre of a murder investigation. It was quite an eye-opener, to say the least. I’ll explain more in the review some time next week. Night Film was fantastic! One of my favourites of all time, for sure. And Both Were Young was a bit of disappointment, but it’s also one of those times when false advertising played a factor in why I didn’t like it so much.

I also started reading The Young Elites last weekend; and for a time or two, I thought I was going to be able to read the entire thing in one sitting. Unfortunately, I stalled. Quite severely. I hope to finish it this week.

Anyway, that’s been my week…my month.

What’s in your box of goodies this week?

  • I LOVE Jodi Picoult! I have gotten behind on her books and have several I need to read. How did this happen to me!?!? She is a master with tough subjects and pulling on my heart strings. I can’t wait to read your review of her latest! And I see you got a lovely Mortal Heart hardback! JEALOUS! I want one!! It’s definitely on my to buy list because I LOVED the arc so much! Awesome book filled week for you!

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  • Aw, it sounds like you had the best halloween. <3 LOVE what you shared about it 😀 I did nothing, lol, as it isn't that big here in Norway. But still big enough. Nephew had fun, anyway 🙂 ANYWAY. Gorgeous books 😀 Sigh. Mortal Heart. <3 I loved it so much. Gorgeous book. Happy reading Joy 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    It is always great to be interviewed! Makes you feel a bit giddy!

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I can’t wait for Mortal Heart and I definitely want to read Illusions of Fate myself. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on those two, Joy! 🙂

  • Congrats on completing your challenge! I think I’ll look up Night Film since you loved it so much. I have a feeling that The Young Elites will become one of my all time favorite series! I hope the second book tops the first one 🙂

  • Congrats on completing your reading goal!! That is just awesome.

    As for the kids, LOL, I love it. Kids are so funny. 😉

  • I plan on reading Mortal Heart soon. Love that series. Night Film seems like a mind screw and it’s a long book. That’s unfortunate The Elites isn’t capturing your attention like you expected. Hopefully it works out well for you, Joy. 🙂

  • I gave out candies and I loved the costumes both kids and the young at heart donned. I love anime and its cool your 13yo went that route, they have very interesting characters.

    I so want to read LeFevers, I heard it’s similar to Throne of Glass series and if so I’m sure I’ll love it as much if not more.

  • Wow, 200 kids? We get 0. Right now it doesn’t bother me but when the kids are older and stop trick or treating I know I will be bummed that we won’t get to be a part of Halloween anymore. We used to get kids at our old house and we like to do it all up and scare the trick or treater. 🙁

    ANYWAYS, I have never read a Jodi Picoult book. O_O. I also need to start the series by LaFevers. Have them all, just haven’t gotten around to it. And I hope you finish The Young Elites and enjoy it despite the stall. I loved that one a lot. 🙂

  • Faye M.

    Wow, you must’ve bought so many candies if you anticipated 200 kids! The last time I bought so much candies was when I was in 2nd grade… back in the Philippines, it was kinda the thing to hand out candy bags to your class if you had a birthday (or maybe that was just in my school? haha). That hockey referee kid was hilarious! I would have doubled over from laughing and adoring him.

    I bought the Young Elites, too! I only read a few pages of it though… it hasn’t grabbed me yet but I hope it will soon. Can’t wait to see your thoughts on it!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I haven’t reached my Goodreads goal and I don’t think I will. But I don’t really mind since each year I always surpass it anyways. My Halloween was uneventful as well. I was sick so really couldn’t do anything except stay at home and watch some Halloween movies. Nice haul of books! I haven’t read the Grave Mercy series but I think I will soon enough. Enjoy all your books!

  • Have a nice week lady and I hope you’ll enjoy all your new books! Happy reading!

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Mortal Heart looks so pweeety in hardback. And ohmygosh, congrats on reaching your GR goal! I am about 10 books behind *sobs quietly* I probably should lower my goal a bit, but it is a challenge…so here’s to challenging myself lol.

    Have a lovely week, Joy! <33

  • Congrats on reaching your Goodreads goal! This is my first year using this site, and thankfully I did reach my goal as well. I’ve heard so many good things about The Young Elites.. It seems like all of my blogger friends are reading this book right now. I have just had so many good books hanging out on my TBR shelf that I haven’t gotten around to it yet! I do look forward to your post when you finish it, I will read your review and either move it up on my list or remove it altogether! As for my month, I have no idea at this point. No new releases have really caught my eye, so I’ll probably just catch up with past releases that I haven’t had time for yet. Great wrap up of your month (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields.

  • Christy

    lol – the kid dressed as a referee. I would’ve thrown candy out in the yard and told him to fetch. Not really. Well, maybe. I requested Night Film when it was an ARC, and I think it’s STILL pending. Whatever. Yay for reaching you goal!