Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 165


Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson


It’s been one of those weeks, folks. I read one book (?) and was hardly ever around. My first week of work at my new company went off without a hitch. The person training me terrifies me a little, and though the job will be easier than my former job, I think, like everything else, it will take a bit more of getting used to.  I’m also still trying to help out at my old job by training my replacement, so most days, I’m working from 7 to 7. So if you notice my relative absence, it’s because I’m so exhausted that I hardly have the energy to blink.

I look forward to doing one of these posts at the beginning of the week because I’m able to vent about my personal life. I know I’ve lamented on this before, but I would really want to just stay at home and be a full time mom. Our kids are older now, though, so that’s one of the things that’s stopping me from fully convincing my husband to simplify our lives. It would take a lot to convince him though. He loves the lake house and if we’re to take any steps, the first thing to do is to sell it.


Last week, I drafted a Dear Readers letter after I read the comments on my Carry On review. I decided I’m not going to post it. Basically, I was a little (just an eensy-weensy bit) hurt about something. I did say I’m not a fantasy reader, so when I consider Carry On as a fantasy, I hope you’ll all forgive my naïveté. I never said I was an expert – in anything, in fact. I’m just a reader and my reviews are written to the best of my ability. Anyway, just. You know, take my reviews with a grain of salt. You will not like all the books that I’ll read and vice-versa. I don’t expect everyone to jump on the bandwagon just because I gave a book a high praise, but perhaps a consideration for future read. It’s one of the things that made me feel a little disheartened as well, so as much as I was tired from working too much, I was also a little down by that. BUT. I’m over it now. I just needed to take a good look at why I’m still here to begin with.


  • Brighter than the Sun by Darynda Jones. It’s a great bridge to the coming instalment. This is a compilation of Reyes’s take on the series so far. I did not enjoy seeing the abuse he’d taken from his “father”, but I loved every second of his perspective on how he sees Charley. Fantastic read!


I’m in the midst of reading Illuminae. I’m enjoying the humour the most. Jay Kristoff’s personality seems to come off of Ezra. I like the House of Leaves method of story-telling they’ve opted for, but I’ve got to say, I did not appreciate how this book started off like Amie Kaufman’s debut work. This book is massive, so chances are, it’ll probably be a week-long read for me.

That’s it for me, peeps.

I appreciate you all. Thanks for sticking around!
  • I feel like I’m super busy at the moment too, with my work and writing and all, and I’m just super tired, but it’s okay, because I enjoy it so much. I hope you get into a good routine with work and don’t have to stay on training at your old job for too long, so you can get back to other important things.
    Oh no, sorry you had a comment experience that made you feel sad, Joy. Glad you’ve been able to feel better about it. I tend to get real angry in the moment and, if I do anything about whatever has made me angry then and there, I regret it later.

    Hope Illuminae ends up being fab for you! Very excited to get my hands on it. Never fully read either authors work before. xx

  • Ksenia

    Good luck with your new job,
    Joy! It’s always take time to adjust to
    a new place, even if the job is easier. I’m glad you still find time to blog, especially
    with your helping with your replacement.

    I missed all the drama as always, I’m
    sorry about whatever and whoever made you feel dawn. Everyone has the right to have
    their own opinion, but I think that most of all everyone should be respectful.

    I already told you, that I plan to finally start Charley Davidson , so it’s
    good to hear that I have so many good books ahead.

  • karina

    I knew you’d ace this new job, J.! :))) Not a shred of doubt. And whoever made you feel disgruntled – don’t pay attention. You blog for yourself, and if someone doesn’t like it, they should just read something else, not try to correct your opinion. huggles xxx

  • Who’s been causing you sadness Joy? I’ll mess them up, don’t you worry about that.

    Honestly, if people are going to debate someone elses opinion, and that’s what it is, AN OPINION, come on. Pull your head in knobs. Isn’t Carry On classed as fantasy? Even if someone wants to challenge that, you’re free to say it’s whatever the hell you want Joy. That makes me really angry when I see people enter someone’s blog space to debate something as minor as a classification.

    You sound really exhausted Joy you poor darling. Those are incredibly long hours and considering you come home and being a mum as well. Please take care of yourself poppet and really looking forward to seeing what you think of Illuminae. It’s HUGE isn’t it <3 <3

  • So glad your new work is going okay, I know you were worried. As far as fantasy goes-I probably wouldn’t begin to know which books go where at times. To me most paranormal, other worldly, science fiction, etc. all belong under the fantasy umbrella in some form. I am sure there there are lots of others-I couldn’t begin to try and tell a blogger what is and isn’t fantasy!

  • Sino?! Sino nang aaway so yo?? Upakan na natin?!

    I feel a little pinch when that happens to me too. SOme people like to brandish that they know better and are not too nice when they correct you. I appreciate you trying to educate me, but let’s be polite.

  • Wait what? Everyone needs to respect the opinions of others 🙁 Anyways, I am excited to see your thoughts on Illuminae! It is a huge book (I had such a hard time holding it up), but surprisingly it was a very quick read!

    I hope you don’t get TOO burned out by your job! I understand it though, I often come home just ready to pass out.

  • Jazmen

    I don’t like when people are so sensitive and judgmental about an opinion. It’s yours to have. Sheesh. Have fun reading and ignore the crazies!

  • Adriana C

    I’m sorry that happened Joy……I love your blog and love your reviews! *hugs*
    Best wishes in your new job.

  • I’ve been busy too… life happens like that sometimes!
    I missed the Carry On incident… but I’m like you, not perfect…

  • I haven’t been around too much either (and I hope you haven’t forgotten me!), so I’m so sorry about the Carry On incident. 🙁 I still totally love you, as you know. I should probably get to Illuminae as well–gah, I’m turning into the slowest reader! D:

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  • I’m sorry that that happened! I hope things calm down with your work soon so you can get some rest. 🙂

  • RO

    As you already know, I’m a fan of your blog because you are YOU and give honest, thought-provoking and often hilarious reviews and opinions. Your pics are pretty cool too. I’ve given up on reading James Patterson lately because I’m never really sure if he’s writing or someone else is. (lol) BIG Hugs…Your buddy, RO

  • I’m sorry about what happened Joy *hugs* and I know that can put a downer on blogging. BUT, we (your readers) adore you and your blog – so don’t stop 🙂 Also, I’m glad you new job went well last week!! Yay! I’m looking at my massive copy of Illuminae and wonder if I’ll need something to hold that baby up when reading in bed at night, lol. It’s awesome and heavy 😉

  • I’m so sorry you were disheartened by some comments you received. I personally love your blog and enjoy your reviews. Don’t worry, your great 🙂

  • WHAT! People are writing mean comments? I must go check. SO NOT OKAY! (Also, first, I don’t think Carry On was like Harry Potter at all. Sure, a bit was the same, but it is that way with almost EVERY book! Hih. Carry On was better than Harry Potter. <3) And I still don't get why everyone says they skipped the Simon parts in Fangirl.. I LOVED those parts, lol 🙂 Okay. I read through all the comments. And I'm a bit unsure as to what hurt you.. but I don't blame you for being hurt, whatever it was. <3 If you wish to share with me, I would love to listen 🙂

    BUT YAAAY for getting such gorgeous books 😀 Illuminae is perfection. <3 As was Walk on Earth on Stranger 😀 Oh, how I wish you will love both books. <3 Hugs. Fingers crossed 🙂 Happy reading sweeted Joy. <3 Best of luck with the job 🙂 But aw, I also wish you could be a stay-at-home mom. <3 One day soon, hopefully 🙂 Fingers crossed for you. <3

  • I really enjoyed Walk on Earth a Stranger! I’ve heard amazing things about Illuminae and I’m quite interested in it now myself. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry about the comments on your review for Carry On! Reviews are our opinion, so don’t let it get you down. I’m sorry you’re working so much too. I hope that settles down soon…and it would be awesome if you could be a stay at home mom. I don’t even have kids, but I often think if I did that it would be nice to be around for them and to be able to do other things (like write more!)


  • I am really sorry that one (or more) of the comments on your review hurt you. I have been there. It is important to realize why you are doing this and also that not everyone will have the same opinion as you. Personally, I do try to be as respectful as I can when disagreeing with someone’s opinion. Not everyone will have the same views on things and I can appreciate that. I am glad that you are carrying on! (ha, see what I did there?)

  • I’m sorry that happened to yoi too Joy! Blogging isn’t easy and sometimes, it’s sad to day but things like that happen. 🙁 down at make it easier but just know that you’re not alone in this. Also, CONGRATS on the new job chica! And good luck getting your husband to let you start working at your dream job as a stay at home mommy! Teehee

  • Glad to hear that the new job is going well, but it still sounds like you are doing an awful lot at two jobs like that. I hope you do get a break at some point – a day when you can really take a breath of fresh air and push all responsibilities aside. Sounds like you need it <3

  • kindlemom1

    *hugs* I’m sorry that happened Joy. 🙁 It can be tough when we see things like that. Want me to kick them for you? 😛

    Glad your new job is going well but I had to LOL a little about your trainer terrifying you a bit. I think all her experiences, at least for me, are that way even if the person is as sweet as a kitten!

  • I’m sorry to hear you were hurt by the comments on your review, Joy. I hate when people make you feel bad about your own personal feelings on a review. This has happened to me too and it kind of makes it difficult to want to share your opinion, but I love your reviews! I am going to be starting Illuminae soon and I really can’t wait!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’m so sorry a comment on that review hurt Joy, that’s happened to me before and it was just so unexpected that I didn’t even know how to respond. So I didn’t. Like you said, these blogs are all our personal thoughts and feelings, and they’re going to be as varied as we are as individuals, so why judge? I don’t mind when someone disagrees with my review, to each his own, but don’t get down on me for loving something you didn’t.

    On a different note, so glad to hear the first week went off without a hitch despite the terrifying nature of the person training you, but hopefully you’ll be able to have a little more distance from them in the near future!

  • Hugs, Joy! You sound like you need a break and lot of love, so I’m sending you the latter virtually. <3
    I'm glad to hear that Illuminae started off well for you. You'll have to keep me updated as you progress along the book, because the twists!! They can get crazy. 🙂
    Happy reading and I hope you'll have a happier week!

  • I hope you get to used to your new job soon and be able to get some rest.

    Walk on Earth A Stranger!! I really want to get it but I’m on a ban and only set myself to buy two specific books (which I still can’t find the bookstore. ugh). Would love to hear what you think of it. Hope you enjoy your new books, Joy 🙂

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  • *Slinks off to look up House of Leaves*

    • *Returns from wikipedia* Sounds twisty and interesting!

  • I hope I did not say anything! i did didn’t I? I consider fantasy to be fantasy and then others considers a lot more to be fantasy while I am all meh. Then there is the whole PNR UF thing, and I am all why is one fantasy and the other paranormal, they are almost the same! Except one has romance

  • Booo … for work always bring us down and taking up fun time. That’s cool of you to help train your replacement though. As for Carry On, I don’t think I quit understand what it’s all about. I swear though, I’m going to end up breaking down and reading Illuminae. I was going to wait closer to the 2nd book, but I don’t know if I can. Have a GREAT week, Joy!

  • Kristie Matheson

    I didn’t know that Murder of An Angel is out yet. This has me all excited!!!!