Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 155

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The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff | The Gracekeepr by Kristy Logan | Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner | Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave


Hello, readers!

A couple of weeks ago, after seeing stacks of new, un-shelved books on top of my bookshelf, I told my husband enough is enough. That he’s not to bring me to the bookstore even if I promise him sex for two days straight. Yesterday, the bugger took me to the bookstore because our boy was napping in the car. We were on our way to pick up a game for him at Game Stop. And hubby hated waking him up because the boy becomes a grumpy Gus when we do. So he thought it was a good idea to go to the bookstore first and he stays in the car while the boy naps. Ergo…these three books. Le sigh.

I did manage to resist picking up a book on account of it comes with a lovely bookmark.


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I’ve heard some polarizing views on Compulsion, but I’ve never really been interested in reading it. This bookmark is pretty lovely. It has a silk ribbon and a tiny skeleton key. I didn’t buy it, though. I resisted. My self control works after all.

I got one book for review from the great people of Simon & Schuster Canada this week. I’ve never read a book by Jennifer Weiner before, so I’m pretty excited.

I cannot wait to read these books…I know, I know. I say that all the time. But I’m actually on a good reading run this past week, so who knows? Anyway, I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I know it’s Sunday, and tomorrow is Monday (groans), but I wish you all a productive work/school week, anyhow.


This post links up to Talk Supe’s Bought, Borrowed & Bagged.

  • lol, you are awesome Joy πŸ™‚ Pfff, you can never not buy books πŸ˜€ NEVER. Your husband seems awesome πŸ˜‰ And these books do look great. <3 I hope you love them all sweet girl πŸ™‚ And aw, you are awesome for resisting to buy Compulsion πŸ™‚ I have heard some good things about it, but not buying it, as I don't think it will be that good :p Hah. Happy reading. <3

    • I think he’s pretty awesome, too. πŸ™‚ And yeah, I just don’t think the money I’ll spent would be worth the bookmark it comes with, considering I’m probably not going to read the book.

  • Natalie

    I’m seriously trying to put a kabash on my buying, too. I have SOOOO many books that I haven’t read and use my library religiously, so I really don’t need to buy more for awhile. I was a huge fan of Jennier Weiner when she first came out–and probably for her first four or five books, but haven’t enjoyed her books as much lately. I have Who Do You Love? but haven’t read it yet. Hopefully we’ll both love it. (If you’re interested in her older books I loved Goodnight, Nobody and In Her Shoes.)

    • It’s so hard, though. Every week, there’s always a new one coming out or someone will write a review for a book that I think I could like, so then I had no choice but to log on to amazon and start ordering. Such a weakling. :/

  • Oh, I really enjoyed Compulsion – so I’m going to be curious to see what you think! Yay for naps, lol. I remember a few times that my hubby would say the same and I came home with a bundle of books πŸ™‚

    • Ah. I didn’t actually pick it up. I resisted the impulse. πŸ™‚

  • I always have to remind myself that I’m not supposed to collect more books these days, and yet still I visit the book store from time to time too. I don’t know why I tease myself so. Oh, and if you like the book mark from Compulsion I feel compelled to mention that if you have a local cigar shop that many cigar boxes come with ribbons that make excellent bookmarks. Most store owners wouldn’t think twice about giving them away. I have repurposed a few of the colorful ribbons and have a half dozen lying around the house. Of course you could always just pick up some ribbon at a craft store but where is the fun in that?

    • Oh that actually sounds lovely! I would imagine it also has a faint smell of cigars. I love the smell of them…but I’m not a smoker. πŸ™‚ They just smell so sweet.

  • Jazmen

    I never read Jennifer Weiner either. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Th nerve! How dare he take you to the bookstore! He is a keeper for sure!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Awesome husband, haha! I just bought Compulsion on Book Outlet. The cover is so pretty!

  • Complusion sounds good, hope that you enjoy and have a great week.

    • Ah. I didn’t actually buy the book. πŸ™‚

  • Hahaha! That’s an awesome bribe! I guess you owe him an extra day now since he voluntarily brought you to a bookstore.

    • Oh I suppose. Sigh. I just hope he doesn’t expect me to drop frou whenever he wants to. Lol.

      • Hahaha you kinda have to now, Joy!

  • kindlemom1

    LOL I do love your husband. πŸ˜›
    At least you did have some self control though right? That’s progress!
    Congrats on the books. πŸ˜‰

    • πŸ™‚ What a coincidence! I love him, too! LOL. Yes, that’s progress. πŸ™‚

  • I think me and your boy are the same when it comes to being woken up. People in my family fear for their lives when they accidentally wake me up lmao! So NOT a morning person.. πŸ˜› Your husband is just too good a hubby to keep you from a bookstore. <3

    • I think anyone would be grumpy if waken in the middle of a short nap. Hahahah! He’s brutal though. πŸ™‚

  • RO

    I like Jennifer Weiner’s work, so happy reading! Your hubby totally rocks even though he messed up on the 2 day sex deal! (lol) As always totally love the pics! Happy Sunday!!!! Hugs…Ro

    • Thanks, Ro. I’ve never read one by her. So looking forward to it. And yes, he rocks. <3

  • These books are fewer than the usual amount though, and that is certainly something to be proud of! And you have resistance! I have heard a lot of great things about The Gracekeepers… and it just looks like the book Eight Hundred Grapes keeps popping up everywhere for me. I still have no idea what it is about, though xD

    • Ain’t that the truth! Little triumphs. πŸ™‚

  • I think I want to marry your husband, mine would quite happily start a bonfire with my books!!!

    • Hahah! He’s the best and worst enabler…depending on how you look at it. πŸ˜‰

  • Hahahha oh Joy you are hilarious with the husband thing! You did well with only 3 books though. Compulsion looks absolutely beautiful, I just love it!

    • I thought so as well. And what’s even better is that I didn’t pick up anything in the teen section!

  • These books…. 😱😍 Need them!! Enjoy and happy reading!

  • Have a great week! And happy reading πŸ™‚

  • Hahaha … that’s putting a lot on hubby. I’m sure he doesn’t want to turn an offer like that down. πŸ˜€ I don’t think I’ve heard of any of your books. Hopefully you get to read them.

    • That’s the problem. And why my house is overrun with books!

  • Grace Fonseca

    Compulsion has a lot of mixed reviews, but I always say read it. You never know until you try. You got some amazing books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    • That’s true. πŸ™‚ I shall try. Thanks, Grace!

  • I have read one by Jennifer Wiener and I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. I hope you have better luck with her. Enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

    • I hope I will, too. I’ve always been curious. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as well!