Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 135


FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson| REBORN by Jennifer Rush | WILLOWGROVE by Kathleen Peacock | MARKED by Sarah Fine


Gawd. What a boring week it’s been. I’ve got nothing to share apart from it’s cold. Winter in Winnipeg is brutal. So yeah. Sorry if I’m going to keep mentioning how cold it is. Since no one wants to brave the frigid temps outside, we haven’t been doing much outdoor activities. Which is a good thing because it’s stopping me from going to the bookstore. However, I find myself trolling Amazon a lot. I suck.

Anyway, these books are the ones I really want to read, like, ASAP. Reborn, especially. I’m dying to read Nick’s story!



Station Eleven. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. You guise, read these books, stat!

Worth the Risk was predictably awesome. I’ve been dying to read this book since I finished reading Worth the Fall. And holy hannah! Did I ever break the rule on reading books with scantily clad men on the cover this week. Lol.

This week’s commentary:

Are you telling me that if your favourite author tells you that she won’t be able to write the next book to your favourite series because her publisher dropped her, you will not do your damnedest to help her make it happen? Much of the uproar is about Stacey Jay basically holding the future of the second book  (which, is not even written yet) over her readers’ heads if they don’t donate. And that she’s asking for money that she hasn’t even earned yet. But isn’t that the purpose of starting a drive on Kickstarter? To fund the production of a certain product for public consumption? Don’t authors get advances on their publishing deals? I don’t work in the industry, but I’m pretty sure it’s basically the same thing.

If Melina Marchetta started a Kickstarter drive to fund her livelihood while she’s writing a book, you damn well should know that I will donate into that shit. Authors need food. Authors need to pay for the bills just so they can sit in their dark corners and write that award-wining novel about gnomes (or unicorns). I haven’t read Princess of Thorns, but I weep for those who loved it and want to read more of it. Stacey Jay may have been pushy, but yo. She did not force your hand. You didn’t want to donate? Fine.  But I guess it’s a moot point now, isn’t it?

*drops mic*


  • Haha, I get you about the cold. I’m in upstate New York and it is below ten for sure. My phone refuses to give me a weather report though, so the actual temperature remains a mystery.

    As far as people spending their money and then saying, “Oh, you made me make the conscious decision to give you my money! I hate you!” they need to learn how to take responsibility for their actions and money.

    • At the same time, I can see why Stacey Jay came across as pushy and why she left a bad taste in their mouths. Still, we all could choose to be nasty or nice. The world needs tenderness. Sigh.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • I’ve just never understood why, if someone doesn’t like something, they just can’t leave it alone. How hard is it simply to close the browser, without threatening someone or calling them names? It’s one thing to fight against the injustices of the world, but an author asking to be paid so she can support her family while she writes a book that you want? Why is that such a bad thing, if people want to donate to it?

    I think you’ll hate me for saying it, but I wish it were colder here. Admittedly, it was in the mid-sixties yesterday, so that’s a pretty vague statement. Can we trade? I’ll give you some warm air and you give me some cold? At least you’re getting lots of reading done!

    • oh man. trust me, you wouldn’t want this cold. Bitter. Bitter cold.

      I don’t know. The thing is, it’s the same people right in the thick of things, you know? I’m just tired of them. I think I’ll take their advice and mute them. Or just…unfollow them.

  • I enjoyed the Mist Born series by Sanderson… I should really read more of his books. Wow, I can’t believe the whole fiasco with that author! When I self-publish my book in August, I’ll be using crowd funding. I don’t have any capital to invest into my book; therefore, I desperately need help! That’s what crowd funding is there, for after all. Some people are just so dreadfully ignorant!

    • I’d like to think that the book loving community is generally supportive of authors, so I’m a little surprise with the way this thing escalated.

      Good luck! 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I read Warlord over the break too. Keen to see what you think.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • I need to write a review for it soon. 🙂

  • I´m currently reading Willowgrove and I like it so far.
    enjoy all your books.

    • Thanks, Adriana. 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying Willowgrove.

  • I just picked-up my copy of FIREFIGHT and I’m excited to dig into it soon. I’m jealous of your copy MARKED by Sarah Fine – I think I’m going to one-click that baby. Hope you enjoy all your reads : )

    And, to the sad stuff happening with Stacey Jay 🙁 Princess of Thorns was my first bookby her, and I really enjoyed it and just picked up Beast by her. So sad about what is going on – I had no problem with her kickstarter idea.

    Stay Warm : )

    • I think the best thing about all this ugly mess is that a lot more people want to read her book. I know it gave me the encouragement to do so. I’m enjoying Princess of Thorns so far.

      Well, I hope you’ll enjoy Marked once you succumbed to the temptation. Hehehehe.

  • seeing Reborn right there reminded me that I still need to grab a copy of Erased.. hopefully that will be soon.. I’ve been seeing Station Eleven with people saying that everyone should read it.. and now, I’m really thinking about looking for a copy of it.

    Hope you enjoy your new books, Joy. Happy reading! 🙂

    • Really, really good! Post apocalyptic novels and films are a weakness of mine. So Station Eleven is a wonderful addition to my obsession. Lol.

  • I still need to read Steelheart, but I’ve heard such great things about it! I’m curious to see what you’ll think of its sequel. Sarah Fine also seems like an incredible author, and I definitely plan to read one of her books sometime soon. I hope you enjoy all of your books, Joy 🙂

    • Thanks, Montana. Steelheart is a must read. I loved it. You must try Guardians of Shadowlands by Sarah Fine. So so good!

  • Eileen @ BookCatPin

    It’s super cold here too so I understand! I’m really curious to check out the Kathleen Peacock series! I heard it’s about werewolves and I haven’t read any werewolf-centered books yet 😀 I completely 100% agree with you on the Stacey Jay situation. It’s so sad that people took it to such an extreme level. I’m still really excited to read Princess of Thorns!

  • danielyoo14

    I’ve been meaning to read Steelheart forever. Heard it’s amaizng.
    Hope you enjoy the books!

  • Christy

    Whoa … guess I missed the whole Stacey Jay thing. I can imagine what it was like though. People can be assholes. I mean, I’M an asshole, but at least I’m a logical asshole. lol. Hope it warms up for you!

    • Yes. Logical assholes are the best kind of assholes. You kill me, Christy. Lmao!

  • My fingers are itching for Reborn right now. I want to just click the kobo buy button and devour all of these beautiful books. Too bad I don’t read books as fast as I drink my Starbucks lattes because my only trips outside this week have ended with me seeking shelter at a Starbucks. Canada’s winters are killer.

  • Send some cold over here, it’s 80F *sobs* What is winter? I’m not sure.
    I tried to get into the Altered series but couldn’t, I do want to try again though. It seems everyone is buying Firelight, I really need to read something by Brandon Sanderson soon.

    • Worth the risk looks like it will be a good one. Hope you enjoy and have a great week.

      • I enjoyed it. I hope you’ll give it a chance. Though you should start with Worth the Fall. 🙂

    • *sobs* I’ll take those 27 C, thanks. Aw and I’m sorry you couldn’t get into Altered. I love that series!

  • I have Steelheart, but haven’t read it yet. I’ve heard great things about the series. I haven’t heard anything about the Stacy Jay drama–I’m a bit out of the loop lately–but agree that people can either contribute or not without creating needless drama. I’ve never read anything by the author–and will probably skip reading the copy of Princess of Thorns I do have if I’ll never find out what happens next. I hope you stay warm!

    • You should read Steelheart if you ever need a break from your contemporary reads. 🙂

  • Totally agree with you about the kickstarter thing. Just people making senseless drama that’s for sure.


    • I am too. I just need to find the time to read it. #booknerdproblems

  • I’m so out the loop and hadn’t heard about the Stacey Jay madness. I agree with you on Kickstarter, it isn’t a bad thing to use and people don’t have to choose to contribute. I can’t believe folks got ugly about it. Ridiculous. Sometimes I just get so disappointed with people in general because of crap like that. Sad to hear her next book got dropped. I’m listening to Firefight now! And you know it prompted me to think of a discussion post to write lol.

    Enjoy your goodies and stay warm! My toddler is sitting on my feet right now keeping them warm. Ok I admit I put my feet under him when he say on the couch next to me. Can’t help it, he’s a little furnace.

    • Hahah. Awesome. I do that to my son, too. He’s turning 8 in a couple of weeks, and I’m worried that he’ll not want to cuddle with me anymore. *sad panda face*

  • I don’t get the Princess of Thorns thing? Is there a link I can check out to read more information on that?

    • I hope that by now you’re able to catch up on all the dramas. If not, and if she hasn’t deleted the post, you can read all the sordid details on Stacey Jay’s website.

  • Awesome stack of books this week. Firefight is a book that I’m looking forward to. Steelheart was so good.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  • I’ve actually never read anything by Brandon Sanderson, but I’ve heard so many good things about him, so I don’t know why I haven’t. I should check him out on Goodreads. Any suggestions for what book I should start with?

    – Love, Felicia

    • Oh but you must! Especially if you’re a huge fantasy/Sci-fi reader!

  • I haven’t heard of this issue with Stacey Jay at all! I’ll have to look into the details because I didn’t even realize it was a problem–thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Worth the Risk, though–I can’t wait to read it!–and I’m so curious to see what you think of Marked! 🙂

    • Worth the Risk was great! And I can’t wait to read Marked. 🙂

  • I actually got a new book this week! I sort of promised myself not getting any this month, but it was one I ordered in December, it just took the shop this long to find it (I wanted a specific edition/cover of And Then There Were None) And that reminds me, I should take a pic of it for IG…. it’s so pretty~

    Also, I just wanted to say that I totally agree with you about the Stacey Jay “situtation”. I don’t get the … outrage, if they didn’t like the Kickstarter, well, nobody forced them to pay, and I bet there were people who loved the first book and wouldn’t have minded donating so they can read more 🙁

    • And I’m just seeing it now after publishing my comment…. because I’m blind or.. something… But you got FIREFIGHT!!!! I’m reading it now(so good!!), but I got the audiobook and unless it takes up actual space, I ehem don’t count them 😛

      • I love audiobooks. Looking forward to your review. 🙂

  • Wait what series? Funny, Stacey Jay’s books are like always getting held up. I know her Annabelle Lee got “cancelled” after book 2 as well. Also I don’t get the donation thing, it’s scammy to me. Self published authors don’t ask for donations and if her fans are clamoring for it then isn’t that already guaranteed sales?

    • Here’s how Kickstarter works: You set a target goal. If the target goal is not met, those people who pledged money will not have to fork out a cent of their hard-earned dollars. I guess my point is, it’s not a scam if she doesn’t meet her goal. And with her goal of $10,500, there was a possibility that she might not have been successful. But the whole thing escalated into ugliness that she quit. I don’t blame her. People are just nasty. We can no longer be civil and courteous while expressing our opinions. Some called her names. Some are even posting her personal information.

      It is true that she could’ve gone the self-publishing route, it’s probably why started the Kickstarter drive. She needed the funds to publish it. I really can’t speak on her behalf. I’m not even going to guess why she didn’t try that.

  • It’s been freezing over here too, we didn’t get any snow as usual, but such strong winds, that I feel at times I’m going to be blown away. But I’m glad the weather didn’t prevent you from getting some great books! Unfortunately Marked didn’t work out for me, but I’m hoping you’ll have better luck with it. Happy reading! 🙂

    • Ohh. Okay, i’ll be lowering my expectations on Marked. Lol.

  • Hugs. <3 The cold is awful. Cold here this week too. -21c outside right now :p It's pretty brutal. But being inside is pretty good 🙂 And yay for pretty books. <3 I had some issues with Willowgrove 🙁 but I did like it, and it is preeetty. <3 And yay for Reborn 🙂 I read and loved book one ages ago, but haven't read book two yet. Eeek. Soon 😀 I hope you'll love all the books Joy. <3 Happy reading sweetie 🙂 And aw. All that drama. Sigh. If I had read Princess of Thorns, I probably would have donated 🙂 but then people got mean and nasty and she shut it down, which is a bit depressing. Sigh.

    • I wish I didn’t have to go to work. I wouldn’t mind these temperatures as long as I’m inside my warm house…reading. Lol.

  • I have only read one Sanderson book but I really loved it. I should try more, I keep hearing great things about his work. Happy reading!

    • Thanks, Melliane! Definitely a must. especially if you enjoy high fantasy. 🙂

  • I have read Station Eleven and The Chocolate Heart. Man, those books were SO good! Glad you enjoyed them too.

  • Ohh, pretty books! You have to let me know what you think about Marked. 🙂

    And ugh, the Stacey Jay drama’s really depressing. I loved two of Stacey’s books (including Princess of Thorns) and it sucked so much to see readers bashing her for starting that Kickstarter, even going as low as stalking her. 🙁

    • Will do, Aimee. 🙂

      And the controversy made me want to read Princess of Thorns. I’m really hoping to like it, so I can at least help her boost it.

  • I’ve read a lot into the whole Stacey Jay drama and I’m just disgusted by the behaviour over it. Kickstarter is exactly that, offering them an advance of your money and you are NOT guaranteed the product! Who cares what the money is being used for as long as you get the end product.

    • I’ve always thought that our community is a supportive community. So when this type of thing happens, it really saddens me. And it makes me mad to think that their words have the power to discourage writing.

  • Worth the Risk was fantastic, I loved it! So happy you did too. And wait, what is this about Jay? How did I miss that?