In Which There Were No Books

This is a bit sad.

Last week, I made the grave mistake of telling my husband that if I ever get the urge to go to the bookstore, I gave him the permission to pull me back. Ever since then, his favourite word is, “no”.

He’s no fun these days.

So instead of my regular Hoarders post, today, I’m just going to give you guys an update of what I’ve been up to this past week.



The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black took me out of my misery. The Dinner by Herman Koch had me wondering what gave me to urge to read it in the first place. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan left me thinking, “what the hell is your point?”

Β What to read, what to read.

10576365Well, I’ve started on my winter reading list last week, and am currently working on the second book of the five: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I don’t know how I ended up with a paperback, a hardback, and an iBook copies of this book, but there you have it. No excuses why this book shouldn’t take any precedence over all my books.


Next week on the blog:

Reviews for the following books:

  • The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black
  • Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Throwback Thursday: TBD. I haven’t decided what to feature for my classics review. I’m thinking about reading Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, but I’m not sure yet.

The book that will end my eight day book buying ban:

22078240Β For the first time ever, Saga’s first 18 issues will be released in hardcover! You guise. You don’t know how much this makes me happy! Even though I own the 18 issues already, I’m still super, super stoked that I will be able to hold them in my greedy little hands! Gimme, gimme, gimme! Rest assured, I will be at the bookstore come Tuesday duking it out with my fellow nerds. Ha.

So that has been my week.

I hope yours has been relatively…better than mine. Because a week without going to the bookstore is bleak, y’all. I have the shakes.

  • Aw, lol, no books? HOW DEPRESSING. But hopefully you will be going to buy many more this week (A) Lots of books. Happy reading Joy. <3 But ack! You enjoyed The Coldest Girl in Coldtown? I hated it so so much, lol, a one star for me ;p But now I am all kinds of curious about your thoughts on it ;p Hope you are having an amazing week sweetie. <3

  • I can’t let myself buy the hardcover of Saga because I own the volumes already and I have to be money conscious these days. So glad The Coldest Girl in Coldtown pulled you out of the funk! I loved that one!

    • I can’t afford to buy a copy too, but you know me. Completely without self control. Lol. Thanks for visiting, Tabitha. πŸ™‚

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    LOL. I thoroughly enjoy your commentary about you and your husband, Joy πŸ˜‰ Ooh, does this mean The Coldest Girl in Cold Town is a good read then? I’ll been dragging my feet about reading it, I haven’t read the best reviews. The Darkest Minds was pretty good! I’ve also been curious as to what all the hype is about Saga, I should check it out soon.

    • Thanks, Alise! πŸ™‚ The Coldest Girl in Cold Town was a surprisingly good read. You should definitely check out Saga!

  • I loved The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! I bet you’ve been hearing that a lot lol. I’m so excited for her new book πŸ˜€ And I need to start The Darkest Minds soon!

    • I loved it, too. I didn’t fare so well with The Darkest Minds, though. :/

  • I can’t WAIT to see what you think of The Darkest Minds, I loved that series more than chocolate. When you think about it, it’s not all that different from the typical YA dystopian, but the characters are all brilliant and has that spark that most in the genre seem to lack.

    I wish my hubby would listen when I insist I’m on a buying ban. I’m trying to read a stack more of the books I already have on my shelves before buying any more first. Being the gamer that he is, he tends to encourage me to buy them in the hopes that clearly I won’t annoy him instead. Men, gotta love them. if you didn’t, you’d be up for murder.

    Thanks for sharing Joy <3

    • Uhm yeah. Things didn’t end well with The Darkest Minds, unfortunately. Lol.

      Oh well. Dem’s the breaks. πŸ™‚

  • You’ve done so well with a buying ban Joy, it’s really hard to do when all we want to do is get the latest releases we’ve heard so much about! I’ve wanted to read Coldest Girl for a while, glad to hear it pulled you out of your slump, plus I’ve heard Darkest Minds is amazing. Enjoy and I hope you survive your buying ban!

    • Well, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town was amazing. The Darkest Minds was going well until I was hit by a seemingly incongruous love triangle. Ugh. I almost DNF’d it, but since was more than three quarters done, I didn’t want it to be a complete waste of my time. Le sigh.

  • I feel for you. So much xD

    – Love, Felicia
    ( )

  • ah yes, no isn’t a good word… I’m curious to read your reviews!

    • Nope. He sounds like a cranky toddler. Lol.

  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! I took that out from the library but didn’t have a chance to read it so I had to return it. ALSO HOW MANY FORMATS DO YOU HAVE IT IN WUT? Hahaha.

    • The Coldest Girl was pretty fantastic! And yes, I have The Darkest Minds in 3 formats. Oy vey.

  • Christy

    LOL – Wait, are you making a list of what you’ll buy as soon as the ban is up? You’re too funny.

  • Ah, so hard to be on buying bans, hand in there

    • It’s been rough. And it’s only been 8 days!

  • My boyfriend does not ban me from buying books but he does remind me to buy just up to two a month because he knows I already have a lot of unread copies. He also tells me to stop reading during transit because I have poor eyesight.

    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown looks awesome. After reading My True Love Gave to Me, I absolutely adored Holly Black’s writing style so I’m definitely checking this out.

    • I’m always reading on a car ride. Lol. That’s probably why my glasses are as thick as a coke bottle.

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I’ve heard the The Coldest girl in Coldtown is pretty good! Hope it was a great read!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I need someone to regulate my ARC grabbing habits! Sometimes I’m relieved when I get declined, LOL.

    • Since I don’t request much ARC, when I get declined, it hurts. Like, a lot. Lol.

  • you know what? I THINK YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND MAKE THE CUTEST COUPLE EVER. i ship you guys more than i ship joshifer (which means a great deal). the darkest minds is pretty unique, but i didn’t LOVE it like many others did. curious what you’d think! have a great week =)

    • Lmao! No one has shipped us before. I don’t think my teen even does…most days. πŸ™‚

  • LOL! I’m NEVER giving my husband that power. He tells me to stop reading and watch television enough
    as it is…

    • What? Who does that? Tell him there is a reason why the television is called the “idiot box”! Lol.

  • Ha! It’s dangerous to tell husbands things like that! I’ve definitely learned my lesson with that one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Right? I just found out the error of my ways.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever read one of your hoarders post Joy where there have been no books, here’s hoping your husband will let you go on a spree soon! I loved The Darkest Minds, so I hope that you end up enjoying it too! πŸ™‚

    • Me either. I hope this does not become habitual. Ack.

  • Don’t you hate it when they pick inconvenient times to actually listen to you? πŸ˜›

    • Right? I mean how many times do I have to tell him about the wet towel on the bed?! Ugh.

  • ooh I’m just reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown at the moment and I’m really enjoying it πŸ™‚

    • I enjoyed it, too. Looking forward to reading your review!

  • I loved The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, too, Joy! Holly Black has a unique style of writing that works for me. Your husband’s favorite word it “no”? Well, that could work to his disadvantage. So many great things can happen with a “yes”! Lol! πŸ™‚

    • Lol! Oh I know what you’re talking about. Payback is a b*tch. πŸ™‚

  • I need someone to tell me know… and that someone is my lack of funds haha. You still had a great week of reading though! And I keep hearing so MANY AMAZING things about Saga that I just… I’m gonna totally run out and buy the hardcover compilation of the issues so far. I can’t resist. Why did you have to tell me this was coming out?!!? WHY?!?! So glad you did though because I can’t wait to get it and start devouring this comic.

    • Whoops. Sorry about that. Join me in my misery! Lol.

  • I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and I loved it. So good. I have had The Dinner on my TBR list for a while. Judging by your comments, maybe I should rethink that. Haha. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on both of the books.

    • Er, you might enjoy it anyway. It’s just one of those reads where the behaviours of the characters didn’t make sense to me.

  • Haha! I can’t believe you told your husband to tell you no. That’s a great tactic though. Unfortunately, there’s no one to stop me! Haha! πŸ˜€
    You’ve read some interesting looking books! LOL at your comment on Sweet Tooth though!
    I hope you’ll like The Darkest Minds. I personally really enjoyed it.

    • I’ve been enjoying it so far…oh but it’s so stressful! Lol.