Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 156


The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein | Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs | A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki | Death, Doom and Detention by Darynda Jones | Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones | What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi | Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid | Crash by Eve Silver

Do you go to the bookstore with a list? Or do you just go there blindly and browse until something catches your eye? I usually have a certain list in my head whenever I go, but this weekend, it was one of those spur of the moment thing. Β Also, Β I didn’t have any plans of going because I already ordered from Amazon (Darklight, books 2 & 3 by Darynda Jones). But my daughter wanted to pick up a planner so I got suckered into going. Riiiight.

Whenever I do one of these posts, I simultaneously go on Goodreads and check out the reviews for the books I picked up. I know. Some of you probably check out the reviews first before you pick up the books, right? Well, I’m quirky like that. All part of my charms…or insanity. Needless to say, I sometimes find myself in trouble with some of my picks. And I think this week, Never Always Sometimes is that book for me. God. Love triangle? Really, Joy? Really? Wish me luck, but I’ll probably end up ranting on Twitter again.

Have you read any of these books? How was your week?

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


  • Nice haul Joy! I go to the bookstor with my iPhone and the Goodreads App! Helps everytime!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • No list but anytime I am in a bookstore my IPhone comes out so I can read reviews on Amazon-that can get really hairy when I am at a used bookstore!

  • karina

    If I had a good bookshop nearby I would be tempted too, Joy! When we went to London I spent hours in Forbidden Planet. Can’t think how much I’ll spend there weekly if I was living close by πŸ™‚ Enjoy all!

  • The only book I’ve read out of these is Crash. I enjoyed it and it was a pretty good end to the series. But it also wasn’t crazy fantastic, as I was rocky with the whole series the entire time. I hope you enjoy it!

    I do want to read never Always Sometimes. I know there are a bunch of neg reviews but some of my friends swear by it.

  • Never Always Sometimes. I read the authors first book, which almost looks like the same book actually and although it was okay, it really did let me down mostly. No character development whatsoever. I really hope you have more luck with this one. It doesn’t sound promising though. I’ve heard What You Left Behind is incredible! Looking forward to reading that one too.

    I’m still yet to read Crash. I quite like the series too. It’ll never be the brilliance that is Ready Player One, but it’s still worth of filling that void. Hope you enjoy your lovely new reads little hoarder πŸ˜€

  • shootingstarsmag

    I tend to just visit a bookstore and look around, but at the same time, if I randomly buy a book, it’s usually one I’ve seen online already. I did like Never Always Sometimes – more than I thought I would at first, so I hope it’s not too terrible for you! I also really liked What You Left Behind.


  • That’s that moment when you’re walking around saying, overly loudly, “Oh DARN! I have to go to the bookstore?” I’ll admit I don’t go with a plan generally, but I work at a bookstore, so I muse over what I want all day before I pull the trigger. Adi Alsaid’s books are ones I haven’t found the motivation to pick up, because the reviews are so mixed. Maybe you’ll find you like it, though! πŸ˜€

    • I highly doubt it, Rachel. It just seems like it had everything I despise in YA lit. But, who knows?

  • Have fun with a love triangle, haha! They bother me like nothing else. I’m waiting for the PO to finally give me my second Darklight book…grrrrr. I wanna know what happens! What You Left Behind is sitting on my TBR, and I’ve heard good things about Never Always Sometimes. Enjoy!

    • Never Always Sometimes is the book with the love triangle, so going to need as much luck as I can get. πŸ™‚

  • Nicole Hewitt

    Good luck with that love triangle! Ha!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Loved Frost Burned and all the other Mercy Thompson books! Good luck with that love triangle! Ugh! πŸ™‚

    • Ugh. I wish I can go back to the store and return the darn thing. Story of my life. Anyway, I think you’re one of the ones who swears by Mercy Thompson series. So definitely going to read them soon.

      • Mercy Thompson is one of my all-time favorite UF series, Joy. If you can, try the audio version. Lorelei King is pure awesomesauce. I’d love to have a hard copy just to sit on my shelf, though. πŸ™‚

  • I do love Briggs πŸ™‚

  • I go in blind, that way I am always happy with my finds!

    • I like being spontaneous sometimes. But I seem to find crap books whenever I do. ;/

  • Stop dallying and start Briggs!!

  • What you Left Behind sounds good, hope you enjoy and have a great week.

  • kindlemom1

    I always go blindly just because it’s more fun for me that way. πŸ˜‰
    Great books! I hope you enjoy them all!

    • Thanks, Ali. Spontaneity never hurt anybody…sometimes. πŸ™‚

  • You know what you love more than love triangles? Characters who say one thing but do another. CUE TWITTER RANTS.

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

  • Aw, you are adorable πŸ™‚ Yay for just buying books. <3 I wish I could go to a bookstore and look at books πŸ™ Sooobs. Only one in my town. And tiny. And so few english books : so you are oh so lucky πŸ™‚ Gorgeous books. <3 Happy reading Joy πŸ™‚

    • Oh that sucks. But hey, you seem to have great luck with TBD, yeah?

  • Ah, I love the Mercy Thomson series. One of my favourite UF series. I’ve heard good things about Ruth Ozeki’s book, but not so much about Adi Alsaid’s. Happy reading!

    • I know! I know. Really must get going on that series!

  • I go in to the bookstore with a list, but then I usually end up discarding the list halfway through because I can be notoriously impulsive when books are involved. Other times I walk out empty handed because, even with lists in hand, I get overwhelmed by all of the choices. I fare much better when I’m buying e-books because I usually buy a balance of books I’ve never heard of and books that book bloggers recommend, and I am not distracted by stacks upon stacks of pretty books.

    • Interesting, interesting. Why didn’t I think of that? I wish I didn’t have such aversion to ebooks. Sigh.

  • RO

    Lately, I’ve been finding out about new books from you and a zillion other bloggers, so I definitely am checking out the reviews first before purchase, however, as a Book Nerd, I have been known to go into a bookstore or library with no plan at all. This of course gets me into trouble causing me to get waaay more books than I’m supposed to. (lol) Hugs…Ro

    • Book recommendations gets me in trouble, too. So perhaps we can’t really win with this problem. The only way for us to discover whether or not the book is worth buying is if we actually read it.

  • Grace Fonseca

    I tried so hard to go into the bookstore with a plan, but I don’t ever stick to the plan. Usually browse the shelves and find what I’m looking for.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    • I have the same problem, Grace. Even with a list, I still end up not sticking to the plan.

  • Ha – I’m often on GR in my favorite bookstore, but the internet is very slow there, so I’m always frustrated!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • That’s another problem, too! Hard to get a good signal in my bookstore. Lol.

  • Melliane

    yay for the Briggs book! I love this series. happy reaing!

    • Thanks, Melliane. I’m going to attempt to read the series again.

  • Ahaha well sometimes I am reading the reviews beforehand and either being excited or vicariously ignoring the bad reviews because I want it anyway, or I just pick up a book and check out the reviews afterwards. I do hope Never Always Sometimes doesn’t turn out to be all bad – or at least bad in a way that it is still vaguely enjoyable if you know what I mean πŸ˜› What You Left behind is one on my TBR so I am looking forward to hearing thoughts on that one!

    • Thanks, Olivia. I’m stubborn like that too. But I know Never Always Sometimes will probably remain unread in my bookshelf. Everything about it just seems so maddening!

  • I don’t usually have a list when I head to a bookstore, I rough idea of what books/genre I feel like reading and then have a browse around. Sometimes going in blind is great, but other times not so much. Hahaha looking forward to your rant – Never Always Sometimes sounds so…cliche. πŸ˜›

    • Ugh. I just read a couple of reviews from Aimee (Deadly Darlings) and Val (Innocent Smiley), and it doesn’t look like we’re going to walk off into the sunset hand in hand.

  • I sometimes have a list when I go to a bookstore. And I can’t always find what I want, and always end up buying extra things πŸ˜› it’s a terrible habit, really – but there’s worse to have!

  • I don’t have a legit, physical list when I go to a bookstore. I do have mental pictures of books I want in my head and if they’re available in the bookstore, I go grabby hands on them XP I tend to evem buy stuff that aren’t even in my mental list, anyway! Sigh, le struggles of a bookworm! AAAALSO, I am interested in knowing what you’ll think of Never Always Sometimes… it’s a high school story about clichΓ©s and I read somewhere that wasn’t your cup of tea. I think you’ll end up ranting on Twitter, too. Bahahaha!

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Ha! That is, if I do decide to read it. Nowadays, I’m trying my best to be zen and reading this book will probably be the opposite of that.

  • We don’t even have a bookstore anymore. I mean, there’s a couple used bookstores, and then places like Costco and Target that sells books. But a real bookstore … no. I miss them. I buy ebooks now anyway, but I still liked going in the store and buying them for other people.

    • What?! I don’t think I can live where you live. But then again, there’s always Amazon. πŸ™‚