Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 160


The Night Watch by Sarah Waters | Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Another frugal week for me. I’m bracing for just these type of weeks on the book buying front. ย Things are changing in our lives. Changing in such a way that I either continue working or really think about downsizing. I’ve been completely uninspired, unmotivated to work nowadays that I am seriously considering an early retirement. Of course, we can’t afford it, but my husband and I have been talking about selling our house in the city and moving to the lake house. He’ll have an hour commute and longer still during the winter. So much to consider, but I really am tired of working.

The kids started school this week as well. My oldest started high school. I was terrified, anxious for her, but she managed to make friends already. So at least she won’t have to worry about being alone. She seems to be enjoying it, which is good. My boy started grade 3 with tears in his eyes because a couple of his friends switched schools. Plus, he said he will miss me. Gah, that boy! Anyway, he got over it fast. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m still trying to catch up to all my On the Night Table posts, so I might not have one for a bit still. I’ve been reading a whole lot of books which is good. Because I’m slowing down on the purchasing front, I might just make a dent on this TBR pile. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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



  • Awwww glad to hear the young ones are doing well at school! It sounds like you need a change or a holiday. I hope something allows you to find peace Joy!

  • I completely relate to wanting to early retire, which I actually did at 55. I have to say I love it, but I also know that it’s not for everyone. I hope you get it all figured out for the best for you and your family. Glad your children settled into school okay!

  • Adriana C

    I hope everything works out fine for you and your family.

  • Jazmen

    I hope everything works out for you! Life is tough. Good luck with everything!

  • I am in awe of your restraint. September is my biggest book buying month, LOL.

    I’m glad your kids seem to be doing well, and good luck with your moving/job-or-no-job decisions. I hope your weekend helped you de-stress ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hard to make big decisions like that. I hope it all works out.
    Have a great week!

    Naomi @ Naomiโ€™s Reading Palace

  • Busy busy life! Hope you get some down time to relax. But from one mother to another we both know that will last five minutes lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I’m trying to pull some more books down from my shelf that I already have and more from the library which has so many new books if I’m just patient for about a week on new releases. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Night Owls! Also, my daughter started HS last year – and I had so many angst moments myself in worry – but that are so reilient when they know how much Mom and Dad love them. Good luck and hang in there ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oooh, I’ve been wanting to read both of those books! Hope you’re enjoying them.

  • Night Owls has such a nice finished cover! All raised and golden and fabulous. I like it a lot. I got an arc and itโ€™s got a spray-tag on the cover, as a publicity scheme, so thatโ€™s interesting, too, but this is just so pretty! Iโ€™m surprised you have that edition, though, because I thought it had a different title outside of Australia. Maybe thatโ€™s only in the US/UK-? Itโ€™s called The Anatomical Shape of a Heart.

    I was pretty unhappy with it, unfortunately, but Iโ€™m excited to see what you think! Do let me know! xx

  • So how’s the JBennett book coming along? I hope it’s a strong one, I’ve loved her adult novels and I think this is her first YA? I hope it’s a strong debut!

  • Natalie

    I was, like, only two books, do my eyes deceive me? Good luck on making the decision on the work front! That’s definitely a biggie!

  • Night Owls has a really nice cover! Yay for frugal buying!

  • Yay for not buying so much ๐Ÿ˜‰ But still got pretty books. <3 Enjoy
    them all sweet girl. And aw, yay for your kids being in school again ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you are having an awesome weekend sweetie. <3

  • kindlemom1

    I slowed way down in the purchasing department as well because I realized if I keep buying at the rate I was, there is no way I will ever get to any of the books I want to read. And you know what? It has been so much fun reading books that I have owned for years and haven’t gotten to until recently. I have loved a lot of them and am kicking myself for waiting so long to read them.

    So it seems to be working out, at least for now. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Glad the first week of school went well for your kids! I’m always nervous when it comes to that but my kids did well too so yay for that!

  • Decisions like this are always tough. When our twins were born, my husband decided to give up work to look after them. Money is tight but we are happy. Good luck with your decision.

  • Melliane

    I so want to try the Jenn Bennett book, I loved all her work. happy reading!

  • Night Owl sounds good, hope you enjoy and have a great upcoming week.

  • Oooh, a lake house would be divine. So quiet and surrounded by beautiful scenery. One of my goals in life is to be able to move out of the city (and own my own house). There are a lot of lakes around where I live, but really I just want a house in the more rural/country part of my county, where it’s quiet and there is a lot of green grass.

  • Going back to school is always a big thing! I am glad your daughter had a good first day at high school – that’s always a promising sign. And the one starting third grade sounds so sweet ^.^ I am looking forward to your thoughts of Night Owls! I have heard so many amazing things about it!

  • Aww your kids sounds so cute, I love hearing about your family Joy ๐Ÿ™‚ I just got into the workforce, so I’m definitely a fair few years off from retirement haha, plus the Australian government keeps pushing the retirement age back -_- Glad to hear you’re making a dent in the TBR!

  • Both of these look gorgeous! I just recently realized that Night Owls is the same book as The Anatomical Shape of the Heart! LOL
    Oh I feel ya on the working thing. We talk about me quitting work all the time but it’s just not in the budget yet if we don’t want to stay home all the time. My paycheck is mostly the “fun money”, vacations, home renovations, frequent date nights lol…and we love our fun just too much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Night Owls sounds amazing! I actually saw it at a shop the other day and I so badly wanted to buy it but I’m on a book-buying ban! Enjoy! <3

  • Happy reading this week!

  • I’ve recently gone from working full time to part time (cut my hours in half), and I think it’s the best thing I’ve done. Money is a bit tighter, but I’m so much more relaxed. Of course, not working at all would be preferable, but I’d have to marry rich to do that ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’m sure whatever you guys decide to do, it’ll be the right decision. It’s always daunting to make a huge life change, but a change of scenery is as good as a fresh start!

    Your post reminded me to order Night Owls, I’ve gone with the Kindle version (which, although not important, I am pleased has this cover because it is so pretty!) I have no physical space on my shelves left. I feel so weird buying digital books sometimes. Technology is super but real books will always be best. And that was me going on a tangent, oops!

  • Aw, the babies are growing up. Good luck with that. ๐Ÿ˜› That cover of Night Owls makes me want to run my hand all over it. Very enticing. lol

  • Oh my gosh your daughter started high school?! Look at you with grown children looking all young and spicy mamacita! You have such an adorable family. I honestly despise the cover and title for the US edition of Night Owls. The international version is so freaking cute with the gold lettering and the bus! I have an e-arc, but I’m definitely buying the INT edition from TBD! I’m excited to see what you think because EVERYONE has been loving this one!