Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 137

feb 1


Burned by Karen Marie Moning | The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | All Fall Down by Ally Carter | All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Fairest by Marissa Meyer


Well, I was able to resist for a week, but now I’m back to my old ways. I didn’t get to go to my bookstore, but heck, my trusted Amazon account is just one click away!

The past week has been a blur of late nights at work.  On top of that, I’ve also been sick.  I’m glad I was able to schedule some posts ahead of time otherwise, you might not have seen much of me. I did visit some, though nearly as I’d liked.

This week should be good, so expect to see me often. I’m dedicating this weekend to writing some reviews, because God knows, I’m behind again. I’ve read some, too, but mostly short novels and fast reads so nothing substantial.


I read 25 books last month, 14 of which I’ve already reviewed. I have 11 books that I’ve yet to write a review, including Red Rising and Golden Son. Oh boy. I’m going to have a tough time writing those babies.

I bought 25 books this month, and received 1 book for review. I downloaded 4 books from Net Galley and have read and reviewed 2. I need to finish reading The Minnow by Diane Sweeney so I can review the book. It’s another one of those Aussie wonders.

I bought 12 books for my Kindle and have read most of them. You need to understand that my Kindle is my Guilty Pleasure bookshelf. I don’t let anyone see what’s in it. Anyway, about 8 of those are the Amour et Chocolate series by Laura Florand. And you all know how much I’ve been obsessed with this series in the last few weeks. I also bought The Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren, and Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire. Phew. I spent so much money last month!

I had three five-star reads for January: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown.




How was your January?

  • Excellent reading month! And as per usual, *drool* at those new books! What did you think of the latest offering from Jamie McGuire? I liked Beautiful Disaster, but felt Beautiful Oblivion was a bit of a let-down, not sure if I want to continue… R x

    • I haven’t read Beautiful Oblivion, but I did enjoy Beautiful Redemption!

  • You totally beat me, I was able to read 21 tho. I’m not on as good of a track this month but I’m hoping to pick up speed now that I’ve started maternity leave, but then the baby could come anytime probably close to the end of this month. I went nuts and bought a ton of books last month as well. I hope you enjoy the ones you grabbed including FAIREST.

    • Ah but you must’ve read a lot of books with more substance. Lol.

  • I hope you’re feeling better. Congrats on reading 25 books! Yeah Golden Son is troublesome to review! I can’t wait to hear what you thought of it. I only read eight books last month, but I loved almost all of them.

    • I read a whole slew of novellas this month, I think. And a few romance books – I tend to read those faster than normal.

  • Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

    I need to get a copy of I Was Here, but it will have to wait for a while, although I did grab a copy of Fairest. I couldn’t resist it.

  • Red Rising and Golden Son are EPIC. I’m so glad you jumped on the wagon, LOL. And–no pressure–but I’ll totally be stalking you 😉

    • Sigh. I don’t even think I should bother reviewing those books. I mean, what’s the point? My review would just get lost in the void. Lol.

  • Hahaha, that is a lot of books! I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of Fairest, but I’m trying not to spend so much money, so imma wait a bit. 🙂

    I hope you’re feeling better this week, though! Cold weather and being sick is no fun.

  • Sorry to hear that you’ve been sick/had late nights at work but glad that the week is looking up. I had a hard time writing my reviews for Red Rising and Golden Son so I sympathize with you there! And if only I could have your shelves… *sigh*

    • Lol! You are seriously in love with my bookshelves, huh? 🙂 I’ve been debating on whether or not I should even bother with writing a review for both books, because it looks like I would never be able to find the words, anyway.

  • Amazon and 1-click… too hard to resist! Enjoy your books!

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

  • DOES THAT MEAN YOU LOVED RED RISING AND GOLDEN SON BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. I mean you did read the sequel so I’m going to assume the best hahah.

    I also bought Fairest last month 🙂 I am very excited to get to it BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. And I really hope you love All the Bright Places too! 😀 😀 😀

    • Oh God. I don’t even know how to start reviewing those books! Intimidating doesn’t even come close!

  • WOOOOW look at those gorgeous books! I’m so envious, I wish we had the easiness of Amazon over in Aussieland. Glad to hear you’re feeling better Joy, I hope you continue to improve! Really keen to read All Fall Down, I’ve heard great things about it and I was a huge fan of her spy novels when I was younger. I just started The Mime Order, fantastic so far!!

    • Oh I can’t wait to get started on The Mime Order. Such a relief that it’s great so far, because anything less would just be an injustice!

  • Your “guilty pleasure bookshelf” – lol – I can relate! I’d be mortified if my Kindle every fell into anyone’s hands. When I first got mine, I downloaded hundreds of free e-books. At the time, I had no idea that books could be free, and I went nuts. Of course, I soon learned that 95% of the the ones I took the time to read were garbage, but going into my Kindle account to fully remove them one by one is so tedious that I have not been able to get rid of them.

    As for your January books, we must be on some similar wavelength this month, because I have read four out of the eight: The Girl on the Train (very engrossing and lives up to the hype), Fairest (it’s Marissa Meyer, so of course it’s good!), I Was Here (good, but not my favorite Forman book), and All Fall Down (my first book by Ally Carter. I wasn’t too impressed and don’t think I’ll continue the series. The writing was very “young.”)

    Enjoy them all, Joy!

    • I keep hearing some not-so-good things about Forman’s latest. I’m disappointed, to be sure. But that hasn’t really stopped me from buying a copy. Lol. I’m also in the midst of All Fall Down, and I can truly see where you’re coming from. It’s not a favourite of mine.

  • I finished The Mime Order a week ago, and I’m still not sure how I feel. Well, I’m sure, but . . . okay you’ll see what I mean in my review lol. I’m so ready to read both Fairest and The Girl on The Train. I have both, but since I’m doing the Swoonuary event, I won’t get to them until March. * cries silently *

    • Lol. I hear ya. I still need to do a post for this even that I’ve signed up for. I need to find some books first though.

  • Eeek! You are amazing for reading so much sweetie. <3 And I am all kinds of jealous of you for managing it, lol. You are the bestest 🙂 I'm sorry you have been sick, though 🙁 Hope you feel better. <3 And ack! So many amazing books 😀 Fairest is so so pretty. <3 I hope you love them all Joy 🙂

  • My hubby just read and reviewed both Red Riding and Golden Son and loved them too. It’s funny, I just couldn’t connect with Red Rising. It’s carrying on the tradition with him.loving books I hated. Wow, 25 books is a HUGE effort! I can’t wait to see both Pierce Brown reviews, I have a feeling there may be a little fangirling in there 😀

  • Ahh, so many good books in one place! I really want to read Fairest, All Fall Down and All the Bright Places. The Mime Order hasn’t quite caught my interest yet so I am curious to know what you think of it. And Karie is an author I have seen popping up a lot more lately…

  • ” I’m back to my old ways.” LOL. That’s how I always feel about a week after I try to get out of a habit too. It seems like everyone is sick 🙁 So many awesome books here though!

    • Oh man. Must be world-wide epidemic! And thanks. 🙂

  • You got so many books that I’m tempted to get! All Fall Down, All the Bright Places and Fairest all look so pretty~ A finished copy of The Mime Order!! Can’t wait for you to start it 😀

  • I’m so excited to read Burned and I Was Here and I’m curious to see what you make of Mime Order. Great haul, Joy! 🙂

  • Burned!! I hope you love both Iced and Burned, Joy! I can’t wait to hear what you think. You read a lot of books last month! I’m interested to hear what you thought of Jamie McGuire’s books. I read and loved Beautiful Disaster but wasn’t too thrilled with the follow-up books, and Beautiful Wedding pretty much soured their romance for me all together. Sometimes and author should just leave it. Oh well. 🙂

    • It was enjoyable enough. Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s nice to see a different kind of Maddox. Don’t get me wrong, he’s pretty intense, too. But not as, unlike Travis. 🙂

  • Added Red Rising to my wishlist! All my friends seem to give it a 5 star rating 🙂 The Mime Order was delicious despite being very long. Lovely haul, my dear spendrift! Enjoy all. You seem to be hard at work with all the reviews, well done, J. 🙂

    • Thanks, hun. You definitely have to give Red Rising a go. Can’t be missed!

  • HOW is it possible to read 25 books in a month? That is very close to a book a day. I am impressed ! Also, obviously a new follower to your blog. I have to see how you can keep this up 😉

    • Oh I’ve read some short novels this month, one of which is a graphic novel. 🙂

  • Fairest sounds good. Hope that you enjoy and have a great week.

  • 25 books is more than what I read. You should be proud of yourself Joy. I can’t even touch that. Glad you are feeling better.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    • Thanks, Grace! I really am feeling better. 🙂

  • That’s why you were MIA! I’m happy you’re feeling better!

    25 books, not bad, Joy! Curious what you’ll think of Burned…

    • I need to read Iced first. I’m really hoping that I’ll love it, too. 🙂

  • You did amazing with your reading, yay! And congrats on all the great books as well!

  • Gosh how do you read so many, I really don’t have nearly the enough time I want to read all my books. The most I get to read a month is 7! Lol. I read and reviewed All Fall Down last month and I really enjoyed so I hope you do too. So many great reads, Happy Reading Joy! 🙂

    • Thanks, Emma. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since forever. Lol.

  • Wow! You read so many great books last month!
    Great stack this week – I need to get so many you have here: Fairest and All the Bright Things! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these – we seem to have the same tastes and outcomes 🙂
    Enjoy your day!!!

  • Sobbing at the gorgeousness of the hardcover books. Happy reading, Joy!

  • Wow 25 books is impressive Joy! I managed to read 16, which is probably like the most I’ve ever read in a month. I too got a copy of All the Bright Places, the reviews have been great so far for it, so I hope we both end up enjoying it! I also hurry up and read Iced, so that I can start Burned! I hope you enjoy all your reads Joy 🙂

    • You did fantastic this month, Jas! I mean, 16 books is probably my normal count for the month, too. I read way too many short novels in January, ergo, the high count. 🙂

  • Great book goals Joy! I’m really digging the photography you used to show your haul this week! I’m looking forward to All The Bright Places.

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • The Girl on the Train!! I want to read that book, too 🙂

    • Me, too. I’ve been looking forward to reading it since it was released. 🙂

  • Wow! You got a lot of reading done this month. Impressive! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Girl on the Train and I Was Here. I really liked Girl on the Train (not as good as Gone Girl, but good) and I haven’t read Forman’s latest, but I want to. I hope it isn’t too sad. I hope you are feeling better and happy reading!

    • I’ve been reading some great reviews on Girl on the Train. I can’t say the same for Gayle’s latest, however. I just hope I’ll like them both. 😉

  • So many great books! I have Red Rising on my TBR list,

  • I’m quite anxious about Burned, the reviews are quite mixed so I don’t know… I hope you’ll enjoy all your new books. Happy reading!

    • I know! Me, too. I think Braine and Rachel have given it great feedbacks, though.

  • January has been pretty cool so far~ I think I read less than you, around 15 or so I think? But still a better month compared to November and December last year! And I just know how hard it is to review both Golden Son and Red Rising. I have no idea how I did mine either, and up to this day, I don’t think I’ve ever given the books justice enough! AND FAIRESSSSST. You need to read and review it right away !! 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Ah. But you probably read books with a bit more substance than I did. Lol. My reading choices was a bit sporadic in January. 🙂

  • SQUEEE it always makes me so happy to hear when non-Aussie bloggers read Aussie titles! The Minnow was a beautiful book, and I’m keen to hear your thoughts on it. You bought so many amazing books, Fairest, Girl on the Train which I want to read as well, Mime Order! I can’t wait for some of these copies arrive! Also, make sure you bring tissues when you read All the Bright Places.

    • I’ve always been a fan of Aussie contemporary works. I used to order them and pay an exorbitant amount on custom fees. Lol. No regrets, though.

  • Happy reading 🙂 Nice new books