Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 150

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The ImprobableTheory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher | Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway | Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews | One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart | Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark | Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas | The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler | Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider | Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams | Trouble by Nan Pratt | Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum | The Liar by Nora Roberts | Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal | Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman | Positive by David Wellington | I Saw a Man by Owen Seers | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


Phew.

So. As evident by this massive book haul, the month of June can be chalked up to another month where I failed, quite miserably at that, to curb my book hoarding tendencies. My theory of not posting book hauls every week to staunch trips to the bookstore was a complete failure. It seems there’s very little I can do now but to embrace this addiction. Sigh.

I read 21 books in June, which is surprising to me, considering I thought that it had been a miserable reading month. I’ve had a couple favourites and a couple that didn’t really work for me. I didn’t have any DNFs, but I sure am adding more books to my set-aside pile.

Read in June
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
  • Last Hit [Hitman, #1] by Jessica Clare
  • Stranded with a Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #1] by Jessica Clare
  • Beauty and the Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #2] by Jessica Clare
  • A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas 
  • The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed [The Billionaire Boys Club, #3] by Jessica Clare
  • Once Upon a Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #4] by Jessica Clare
  • Romancing the Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #5] by Jessica Clare
  • The Deal [Off-Campus, #1] by Elle Kennedy
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
  • The Taker [The Taker, #1] by Alma Katsu
  • One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy
  • Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain
  • The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
  • Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
  • China Rich Girlfriend [Crazy Rich Asians, #2] by Kevin Kwan
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human [Knitting in the City, #1] by Penny Reid
  • Elements of Chemistry 1-3 by Penny Reid
  • Friends Without Benefits [Knitting in the City, #2] by Penny Reid
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Shorter Reviews

I’ve decided to trim my reviews to 300-350 words per post. This is because I realize that my readers may not have all the time in the world to spend reading a long-winded review. I will still be posting photographs with my reviews (for physical copies), but I’ll make it a point to be more straight-forward from now on. Which means, I’ll do my best to resist doing a synopsis in my own words.

On Romance, New Adult Novels…

From time to time, I like to revisit the reasons why I started blogging in the first place. I like to tell myself that THIS IS MY BLOG. I can do whatever the hell I want with it. But sometimes, that nugget of self-doubt and fear of not being accepted takes over everything that I lose a sense of what’s important. I easily forget that I’m blogging for myself and not for anybody else.

I always struggle with this. As you can tell from the books that I’ve read last month, most of them were romance novels. I find that I have a hard time composing reviews for these novels because there’s not a lot to talk about. I always end up repeating myself, and that annoys me.  To be frank, writing a review for romance novels is comparable to my hang ups and insecurities about my body. Believe it or not, I feel like I’m being judged by the books that I read. Irrational, I know. But totally true. That’s my revelation for the day. So what do you think? Do you want to read reviews for these books? God knows, I have a backlist to sort through. Lol.

I wish you all the best of July! And to my Canadian followers, Happy Canada Day!!!

  • Oh Joy, you really do love to buy books, huh? I’m hugely amused but I’ll stand by your side and encourage you as you try to keep it in control. But you do read a lot of books, and WHAT IF YOU RAN OUT? I’m really not helping, am I? *sighs*
    I think it’s really important to hold onto the fact you need to write for yourself and write about the things you love. I read reviews for books my friends are passionate about, I’m interested in or haven’t heard of before. Romance and Adult isn’t really a huge priority for me at the moment, but if you’re raving about a review I’m not going to ignore it, no matter the genre. x

  • A MASSIVE HAUL indeed Joy! Oh how I wish I could trim my reviews to just 300 words. I’ve tried, and unfortunately, have failed miserably. I’m a chatty person in general, so maybe that’s why my reviews are so damn long lol.

  • lornak99

    I enjoy contemporary romances but I have problems reviewing them as well. Unless they are paranormal or romantic suspense, it is hard to do, so I can relate. It’s your blog, you can do anything you want to with it! Enough said!

  • Happy Canada Day, Joy! I think you shouldn’t give a rat’s arse to what someone might think about your reading tastes. This blog is your baby, you write reviews to keep yourself fulfilled. And shorter reviews is a good idea, it makes the task much less daunting 🙂 huggles xxx

  • I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day! That is quite a haul. I have trouble with my book buying habit, too. I just cannot resist! I absolutely loved The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly. It’s amazing. I need to read Extraordinary Means and Daughter of Deep Silence.

    I always feel like I need to write these long winded reviews…and since I rarely feel like writing them lately, I just haven’t been writing anything. It is important that we remember that our blogs are our own. You don’t need to pander to anybody. Write what you want about the books you enjoy reading. You are awesome and nobody would judge you (and if they did, then they are jerks, so who fucking cares?).

  • OH MY WHAT A HAUL
    Where to start with this awesomeness? So many books here that I would love to try like Extraordinary Means, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and the Secret Lives of Minnow Bly. I have a copy of The Liar which I got after reading so many of your positive reviews of Nora Roberts books, so I hope we both like that one. And I also have Finding Aubrey and Emmy and Oliver which I am looking forward to. But mostly, I can’t wait to see what you will think of Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. She is one my FAVOURITE authors of all time, and that series is one of my favourites of all time too. You’re in for quite the story.

  • You have so many amazing books this month! Emmy & Oliver was such a cute, fast-paced read. I’ve heard great things about both Trouble and Made You Up, and that they do a great job discussing difficult topics. I hope you enjoy all of your books 🙂

    I also do like reading the occasional review for romance novels. I don’t read too many (and mainly historical fiction ones whenever I do), but I’m always curious to see reviews for them. I’ve been motivated to pick up some amazing ones based on reviews I saw for them.

  • I usually have a hard time reviewing plain romance novels because most of the time the thoughts are generic as well. Emmy & Oliver was one of my favorite, you haul looks amazing 🙂

    • Thanks! Exactly what I’m saying. How often can I say swoon-worthy romance in my reviews? After a while, I get tired of reading my own. Lol.

  • Bring on the romance reviews! I totally feel judged for reviewing them too but, honestly, they help ME pick out good romance books and no one should judge me for my reading choices. Those are my personal choices and I have a right to read what I want and post what I want so I say go for it! 🙂

    Also: I hope you LOVE The Summer of Chasing Mermaids since it’s one of my favorites and I really enjoyed Emmy & Oliver as well. Happy Reading! 😀

  • Wow 21 books is amazing Joy, withe the amount you read, you probably get through your tbr pile quite quickly, so I can totally understand the need for you to buy more books 😉 Happy Canada Day! 🙂

  • Lauren Becker

    I think it makes sense to feel judged by the books you read. I sometimes do as well, or there are books I feel weird bringing out into public with me. haha

    But as for your other comments on reviews, it IS your blog and you should do what you like. You can always lump some reviews into one post or do those “twitter” style reviews some people do if you feel like you only have a tiny bit to say. 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • That sounds like a good idea, actually. Goodness knows, I’ve been piling on so much romance novels for the last couple of weeks.

  • Happy Canada day Joy 😀 I hope you are having an awesome time. <3 And yay for getting so many books, lol 😀 You are awesome. Daughter of Deep Silence was a four star for me, so I hope you will love it too 🙂 But aw, I don't mind long reviews. <3 Yours are awesome 🙂

  • Because I’m so classy and eloquent, fuck them. You read whatever takes your fancy, be it bodice rippers or Ikea flatpack guides. When you get to our age, you DO read romances. Even when reading other genres, I still need romance thrown in there. I review mostly young adult, and that’s what I primarily read (I missed out on the love of reading through my teens and twenties, so making up for it now), but I read lots of other books in between. The thrillers that your reviews convince me to buy, even a few bodice rippers too. Ooh la la. I love classics. I think your reviews are spot on as it is and they aren’t long at all but short and to the point. I always have the same lack of confidence when it comes to mine too, I just tend to throw words down and hope they sort themselves out. I love your reviews Joy and really hope you won’t be messing with the format <3

  • This haul is just heaven! How you enjoy all of them Joy, cannot wait for your review on Trouble!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

    • Thanks, Patrick! I can’t wait to read Trouble. I found it on sale for like, $6. Lol.

  • Joy – I always enjoy your thhoughtful reviews and love seeing the variety you post. As far as romance, I will not every complain 😉 I just ordered (my first) big haul thanks to a Book Closeout coupon so I’m joining your hoarder club and will embrace it with a smile and emptier wallet, LOL! 🙂

    • Thank you, Kim! Lol. Welcome to the club! <3

  • Happy Canada Day to you!
    I just want you to know, you’re not alone with the hesitation to discuss romance novels on the blog! Most of the time, I don’t even keep track of the romance novels I’ve read on Goodreads. I’m not sure who I think is going to judge me for reading those (90% of my acquaintance doesn’t even know what Goodreads is), but I still feel a little squeamish about it. I certainly talk about them in person with a lot of my reading friends!

    • Thanks, Sarah!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one having this problem. And I think this is not the first time I’ve discussed it on the blog. Which goes to show you how badly I’m doing this. Sigh.

  • The Summer of Chasing Mermaids! I hope you love it! <3
    And sometimes, I feel the same way as you do, Joy. Not that I'll be judged for reading romance, just that people don't want to read reviews for romance novels on my blog and I've been losing readers. But you know what? Reading romance makes me happy and I'm more than happy to share my love about them because I know there will be a few readers willing to still read the blog.
    Have a wonderful, July as well, dear! 🙂

    • I’m excited to read it! Lately, I find that romance novels make lifts up my foul mood as well. So I keep reading them. I just have to get over myself and start really, truly owning this blog. This, after four years of having it. Sheesh.

  • Romance is one of my very favorite genres Joy, but there’s of course still a stigma attached to it that the books are only reserved for sad and lonely women who need to live vicariously. I call bull. There are some AWESOME stories out there and we should all be able to read whatever makes us happy:) ROMANCE FOR THE WIN!!!!

    • I’m definitely finding more fantastic romance novels out there. I just have to find my review-writing mojo.

  • That’s an interesting comparison Joy, if you’re insecure about something it often leaks into another part of your life. I do think shorter reviews are easier to digest, but sometimes a longer review is needed you know, depending on the book. What a beautiful new book haul! So many pretties.

    • Thanks, Jeann. Also, shorter reviews are sometimes much tougher to do than longer ones. After all, one has to find a way to fit all their thoughts in one post. But I really want to try it.

  • *Swoon* That photo is so delicious! As for reviews for romance novels, I find myself being repetitive with YA contemporaries sometimes, and I’ve debated doing mini review round-ups for some because I struggle to get a whole review out of them. They could be 4* reads, and I’d still struggle. Just because it’s enjoyable doesn’t mean you can drag extra meaning out of it, you know? I think it’s entirely up to you, if you struggle to write them, don’t force them. But at the same time, it can be nice for your readers to get recs, so even a line or two would do 🙂 R x

    • That’s exactly what I mean. There are only one or two ways to talk about a romance novel. I wish I were a more creative, more verbose reviewer.

  • I love reading reviews of all sorts of books, Joy! I know what you mean though. Sometimes I feel like I’ve written the same review 10000x but for completely different books. D: I don’t get tired of reading your reviews though–in fact, I specifically remember purchasing this one book RIGHT AFTER I read your positive review. 🙂 I think it was Love and Other Foreign Words (which I ended up loving too). Good luck, lovely!

  • so many books!! I just bought Made You Up a couple of days back. Really hoping to read it soon especially after reading several encouraging reviews (including yours!).

    • I hope you’ll enjoy Made You Up! It’s so fantastic.

  • Read what you want, we do not judge you. But ugh, I know! I read a book and my coworker was all are you reading a book with a nekkid guy on the cover again? So what!

    • I’ve been blogging for years now and this particular stigma still bothers me for some reason. :/

  • You’re like the only blogger who’s posts I read fully. I would love to hear your opinion on all of the books you read. Perhaps if you find full reviews hard to do, you could make a post of mini reviews.
    Happy Canada Day! 🙂

    • Oh man. Thank you. 🙁 That’s so sweet of you!

  • Ah yes that’s a lot of books and I confess that many are new to me. I’m quite curious!

    • It was a crazy month for book hoarding for sure. :/