Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 157


Friction by Sandra Brown | Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes & James Bullock | Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas | Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines | His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay | The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick | The Carnival at  Bray by Jessie Ann Foley | Children of Liberty by Paullina Simons

What prompts you to buy a book?

Nowadays, there doesn’t seem to be a legitimately valid reason. It’s the weekend, and since we’re in the city, the bookstore is always on the list of places to go to after our errands are done.

Favourite Author.

I suppose. Sandra Brown is on that list. As well, Huntley Fitzpatrick. I know the former is almost always a sure thing, the latter, I’m not so sure. But I’ve enjoyed Huntley’s books in the past, so regardless of the overwhelming lacklustre reviews for her latest, I know I have to see for myself. I really hope I’ll fare much better than most, though.


Once upon a time, I would read just about anything Elizabeth Hay puts out. But for the last several years, I’ve not had much luck with her books. I’ve always appreciated her uncanny way of writing fiction that almost functions as a self-help book, but nowadays, I’ve strayed far away from them.

Lisa Kleypas is mostly known for her historical romance books. But I’ve always loved her contemporary romance more than anything. The Travises’ is a favourite series of mine. Truthfully, I didn’t know there’s an instalment. As always, the blogosphere is a fantastic marketing machine.

Finally, Paullina Simons is a latest obsession. I’m not a fan of Alexander’s father, but that’s not reason enough for me to miss out on the genesis of The Bronze Horseman.

Blogger Recommendations.

This is the most effective way of getting people to the bookstore. A few recommendations for the same book, and I’m sunk. While the Carnival at Bray is a critically-acclaimed book, sad to say that I’ve never heard of it until last week.

Until Friday Night was a book that’s been getting some polarizing reviews. I bought it because I wanted to see if Abbi and I can put our tumultuous past aside and start anew. I’m determined to like her books again.

What made you decide to buy/order books this past week?

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

  • Adriana C

    Most of the time I buy books according to its rating on goodreads or recommendations or auto-buy authors.
    Nice haul. Enjoy your books.

  • Looking forward to see what you think of Until Friday Night!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • I bought several books this week, mostly because of bloggers I follow recommendations. Maybe at least one from emails I receive daily from book sites.The only author you mention that I have heard of is Sandra Brown, and I have read a few by her in the past. I hope you enjoy all of the ones you bought!

  • Yay for getting such pretty books 😀 I haven’t read any of them, but they do look great 😉 Happy reading Joy. <3 Yay for getting to go to the bookstore so often 🙂 I'm jealous, lol. Hope you will have an awesome week. <3

  • Abbi Glines started out pretty good, I liked her, but then she morphed into the typical NA author, writing the same storyline over and over then cashed in on a spin off series that was pretty much the same thing rehashed. I haven’t bothered to check her out since. So really looking forward to seeing what you think of that one, fingers crossed she’s moved on with something fresh.

  • I bought some books this week but within good reason! Living in a foreign country means I’ve had to order all my books online but I have FINALLY found a Dutch bookstore in town with an english section which is up to date! It made me so happy 😀

    I like your books though. Lots of contemporaries ^^ I have seen a lot going on about The Boy Most Likely To, so I am curious to know what you’ll think of that.

  • Great haul! And I love the pretty way you photograph your new books! 🙂

  • SB is usually a hit with me and I’m happy we both enjoyed Friction. I never knew Lisa Kleypas wrote contemporary. I’ll have to check out the series. I haven’t heard great things about The Boy Most Likely To, so I think I’ll pass. I have such a low tolerance for YA I don’t want to read something I think will annoy me. I hope you enjoy it, though, Joy. I can’t wait to hear what you think. 🙂

  • I’ve heard great things about The Boy Most Likely To (and I need to read the first one!), and mixed things about Until Friday Night. That author’s never done much for me personally.
    I bought books because I only had one book from a favorite author not on my shelf, and I had a $5 off coupon at Book Outlet. That’s always dangerous. 😉

  • :O <— That's my face after seeing the Carnival at Bray in your crate! And now my palms are all itchy because I'm nervous, and I just really, really hope you enjoy it.

  • Jazmen

    I really hope Until Friday Night is good. I haven’t heard anything good yet.

  • Eh..nothing. Did not buy any books last week 😉 Or the week before, or at all this summer

  • I wasn’t aware of THAT Simmons novel, I will have to check it out.

    I came here today with a specific reason and that is to let you know that you HAVE to pre-order THE SPARROW SISTERS by Ellen Herrick. You like Magic Realism right? It’s like Sarah Allen Addison’s, it’s genius really. Here’s an excerpt: http://ellenherrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/the_sparrow_sisters_excerpt_copy-2.pdf

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

  • I’ve seen too many reviews that make me pretty sure Abby Glines and I are never going to get on, ha. It sucks when the books of a trusty author suddenly stop working for you though – am experiencing that with Anita Shreve.

  • I haven’t heard of any of those authors so I hope you get back to liking their books soon! I always love to see your pictures because they’re just so glorious! 🙂 happy reading week boo! Xoxo

  • shootingstarsmag

    I first head about The Carnival at Bray in the Spring, so I’m curious to see what you think! I believe my library has a copy but I haven’t been able to read it yet. So little time.

    As for when I’m buying a book? Either I really love the author and need the next book or it’s something I’ve heard good things about – usually blogger recs and the like!


  • kindlemom1

    Isn’t it weird how a favorite can go from that to lack luster? I was the same way with Mary Higgins Clark I loved her books and devoured them all and then a few years ago I had to stop reading her, she just wasn’t the same. I tried again a few weeks ago with her latest book and it was the same, not bad but not her earlier greatness either. 🙁

  • I have a kindle copy of The Bronze Horseman and I’ve yet to read it! Eep! It’s mainly because it’s length is so daunting :-/ And yay Lisa Kleypas! Do you know she’s my all-time fave romance author? I absolutely love her…I’ll probably cry if I meet her in person. LOL. Brown-Eyed Girl was good, although not my favorite in the series. I still have to review it too! Damn funk, I can’t even write 😮

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I hope you enjoy your books! I thought The Boy Most Likely To was pretty entertaining….not my favorite of Fitzpatrick, but decent. I really didn’t enjoy Until Friday Night b/c of the disrespectful behavior towards women in the first 50 pages. So, I put it down. But I hear that it gets better if you stick w/ it, so I am looking forward to your thoughts. Have a great weekend!

  • Good lord, just th sight of books weakens my being and I almost always give in to my heart’s demands… last time I went to the bookstore, I spent like 2000 philippine pesos on books, and it wasn’t even on my agenda that day! I mainly buy on impulse, though, and titles friends have recommended/titles that interest me and have seen 5 star reviews for!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I really want to read The Boy Most Likely To and Until Friday Night! I read The Boy Next Door which I LOVED, so I hope I’ll enjoy TBMLT as well. I’ve never read an Abbi Glines book but Until Friday Night looks really good, so I hope I’ll like it.

    Hope you enjoy your new books! 🙂

  • Melliane

    Have a nice day and happy reading lady!

  • Yeah, Abbi and I didn’t have a very good introduction, so I’ve kind of shied away from her books. Lately, bloggers are for sure going to be the death of me when it comes to getting books. Ya’ll are evil.