Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 140


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler | A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes | When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling | Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons | I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios


It’s been a busy week. If you must know, I’m less than two weeks away from another holiday. This time, I will be away for two weeks. Two weeks! As fantastic as that may sound, it means that I need to get ahead of my all my tasks at work. It’s not working out so great, to be honest. On top of this madness, I’m also trying to do some advance postings on the blog – which, I’m also failing at. I think I just need to sit down and plan out my days and nights. So as much as I hate that I’m about to sing the same tune to you all, there really is no way of getting around it. Here goes…

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for not being around.Β It’s just been a horrendous couple of weeks, and the next week and a half will be even more so. I’m in a pressure cooker at work, and it’s basically affecting blogging at the moment. Reading remains the same. I finished three books last week, and I’m about midway on the fourth Charley Davidson book (seriously guys, this series is awesome!).


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I’m continuing to enjoy Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. I swear, it keeps getting better and better! The Firebird was fantastic, and I’m suddenly developing a mild case of addiction to Ilona Andrews.

So this has been my week. I hope yours was less hectic than mine.

Happy reading!

  • Lovely books, J.! And great reads this week! Where are you going for holidays? πŸ™‚

  • A two week vacation, can I come with you? I haven’t had more than a two DAY vacation in… 9 years. I wish I was joking.

    I read I’ll Meet You There last week and LOVED it! I hope you will too!

  • I still haven’t read anything from Schwab, but IΒ΄ve rad great reviews about her books, so I plan on reading soon one of her books,
    Enjoy your books.

  • I’m not surprised you’re developing an addiction to Ilona Andrews! Their writing is brilliant. I only got through the 2nd Charley Davidson book, but I want to get back to it. I’m always cracking up while reading. Two weeks holiday sounds amazing, Joy! I hope you have a wonderful time. πŸ™‚

  • Don’t apologize! I know how taxing blogging can end up being and it’s great that you’re taking a break <3

    I love I'll Meet You There and I hope you do too. THE HYPE IS REAL.

    My Stacking the Shelves + Montly Recap here.

    – Nova @ Out of Time

  • Aw, you don’t have to apologize! Blogging comes second to real life. If you don’t get a bunch of posts scheduled before you go on vacation, no one’s going to hold it against you. Don’t kill yourself trying! πŸ˜‰

    Well, I guess I need The Firebird. You got me interested and now that I know it was fantastic… πŸ™‚ I hope you like all of your new books, Joy–especially I’ll Meet You There! πŸ˜€

  • I bought I’ll Meet You There too, and I can’t wait to read it! Sorry you’ve been so busy – I definitely get that. I’ve been feeling this way over the past few months too.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Eileen @ BookCatPin

    I’ve been super busy with some work changes too so I definitely get what you mean! I’m struggling with finding time to read, write reviews and schedule posts. Hopefully it’ll get better and hope you enjoy your holiday!! I love your book haul! A Darker Shade of Magic is most excellent and I’m excited to try I’ll Meet You There and The Glass Arrow!

  • That is a pretty awesome haul, Joy! I hope you’ll enjoy ADSOM. IMYT and The Glass Arrow. I loved both of those! Also, I’m curious to see what you think of When The Heart was Wicked! It looks interesting, but I want to see someone whose opinions I usually agree with give it a shot first.
    And you need to relax a little, Joy! Don’t stress out too much over the blog!
    Happy reading!

  • Hahah it’s ok I’m also having trouble keeping up with posting and other blogs. And YAY I’m glad you liked The Firebird! I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on it πŸ™‚

  • Precious

    I’m super excited for I’ll Meet You There + Glass Arrow!! I hope you enjoy reading these books. And I hope you get more time to blog! πŸ™‚ Life is hectic sometimes, I understand. Happy Monday!

  • Aww Joy, I hope work isn’t working you too much into the ground! Take a break every once in a while, and get excited for your holiday! I spy A Darker Shade of Magic!! I really want to read that…hopefully it gets published in Australia

  • I looooove The Edge Chronicles by Ilona Andrews and am so excited to read The Glass Arrow myself. I also adore I’ll Meet You There so I’m curious to see what you make of it. Great haul, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I love coming to your blog because you never fail to find books that I’ve never heard of or seen, and they always sound so good. QUIT MAKING ME SPEND MY COINS WOMAN! lol. Eeeek, finally we hauled some of the same books. I haven’t started The Glass Arrow yet, but I may get to it this month, I’m DEFINITELY READING A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC like ASAP, and I’m praying you like I’ll Meet You There! Oh and girl quit apologizing, we understand that life gets in the way! You’ve been doing a pretty good job at updating the blog, so handle your biz Joy, we’ll be here when you get back πŸ™‚ Enjoy you’re holiday!

  • I’m so bad about advance posting. It sounds like such a great idea, but I can never make it work. I just try to figure out one week at a time, and often I’m writing a post the same morning it’s supposed to go up.
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • This is a great haul! I read The Glass Arrow and enjoyed it a lot, so I am looking forward to knowing what you think of it. I have been hearing good things about A Darker Shade of Magic and the Distance Between Lost and Found, but am not sure about those yet :/ So maybe your opinions will help.

  • Christy

    Bwahaha … welcome to being addicted to Jones and Andrews. You’ll start going through withdrawals once you’re finished with that last Charley Davidson series.

  • Life is busy sometimes, so we understand!
    Have fun preparing for your trip!

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

  • Fire bird and meet u there sounds good and hope you enjoy! Have a great week.

  • I adore the Darynda one πŸ˜€

  • Wooohooooo vacation! Hey, don’t be so hard on yourself! I wasn’t busy much at all this week and only completed one book.Work stress always bleeds into the personal life in ways, it’s a fact of life. Maybe after a relaxing holiday you’ll come back and be inspired to blog!

  • No worries Joy, I totally understand about work taking over your life, just keep counting down until you’re finally on your holiday! I am the worst at staying on top of my blog posts, I always plan to schedule them a few days before, but end up doing them the night before! I have heard great things about Glass Arrow, so I hope you enjoy it and the rest of your books too! πŸ™‚

  • I need to binge read a series too. I did promise I’ll start Kate Daniels next. Sigh. Maybe this week!

  • Aw, hugs. <3 It's okay πŸ˜€ You do not need to blog/comment all the time; taking a break sounds like a good thing πŸ™‚ And YAY for two weeks vacation πŸ˜€ Sounds amazing. Hope you'll have the best time πŸ™‚ And yay for gorgeous books too. <3 Really enjoyed The Glass Arrow πŸ™‚ Did not like I'll Meet You There :p curious to know what you think of it πŸ™‚ Happy reading Joy. <3

  • You never need to be sorry, life happens and we all understand! I hope you get everything done that you need to in time for your holiday and I hope you have a fabulous time on holiday!!!

  • I’ll Meet You There is supposed to be really good. (:

  • I heard abotu the Arrow book but I haven’t read it. happy reading!

  • Awww Joy, it definitely sounds like you need to wind down! That holiday couldn’t come sooner. Don’t apologise, it’s hard to consistently keep up blogging all the way through so we all need to take breaks sometimes! Have a wonderful week.

  • Aw, just relax and enjoy every day, Joy! We totally understand that you’ve been busy, and even if we miss you, we’re okay. <3

    Anyway, I love all the books in your haul. *grabby hands*

  • So many great books on your list! I really loved I’ll Meet You There. It was so awesome. Some of the others are on my TBR. πŸ™‚

  • I’LL MEET YOU THERE AND GLASS ARROW! I don’t know about the rest but I’m looking them up! πŸ˜€

  • Well, I’ll have to admit that I dnf’d The Glass Arrow, even though I was super excited to read but dnf’d it super quickly so maybe it gets better. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on I’ll Meet You There because I’m debating buying it or not. Also, I read One Man Guy… but didn’t love it as much as you did. It was okay. Wanted to warn you in case you read my review, so you don’t feel super disappointed. :p

    • Lola girl you better pick I’ll Meet You There! lol. I love this book so much, so I hope you guys end up liking it !