Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 166


Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick | All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Winter by Marissa Meyer | The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | November 9 by Colleen Hoover | The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong | Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo | The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson | Cracked by Barbra Leslie


Hi there! Let me tell you what I’ve learned about myself this week. I’ve learned that I’m no longer going to stress out about jobs and careers. I’m going to be a stay-at-home mom who will be constantly looking for a job until I find the right one. I will not settle. I know what I’m worth and I know what I can do. I am not going to accept something if I know I’m not going to be happy doing it. So yes. I am, once again, unemployed. This is so funny, I want to cry. But. Like I said, I’ve accepted the fact that putting pressure on myself creates unnecessary stress that I can live without.  Stress that affects my family life, my love of reading, and blogging.

BOOK CRATE WPG (aka silver lining)

I am in talks with a friend of mine who wants to do an online business. She’s the crafty one, and I’ll be the business person. I’ll talk more about this once we’ve got everything set up. But basically, it’s a store that will cater to us, book nerds. We’re shooting to go live by December 1st, so I at least have that to look forward to.


I’m sad to say that I’ve only read one new book this week and have mostly been rereading a whole bunch of Julianna Stone’s and Kate Perry’s books. I’ve always said that the best way to kick your reading blues away is to read something fun, easy and romantic. These two authors are pretty much my go-to when it comes to contemporary romance. So aside from figuring out that I, myself am the cause of my own hell, I reread those books to put some spark in my reading. And it worked!


I would like to thank a couple of publishers for sending me some review copies. Simon & Schuster Canada for the ARC of Dangerous Lies. Penguin Random House Canada for the copies of The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong, Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbö, Cracked by Barbra Leslie and The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE and our thoughts and prayers to the people of France. May God be with you through these trying times.

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  • Rachel

    Best of luck with the job hunt! Do you have any more info on the bookish store? R xx

  • Good luck with the continuing job hunt, I hope the perfect thing for you comes up soon 🙂 in the meantime, I am totally curious about your online business!

    And I hope that you enjoy your new reads!

  • Nicole Hewitt

    I think you’re making the right decision when it comes to the job. I hope that you find something perfect for you!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Ohh, The Masked Truth looks so awesome 😀 I waaants it. <3 And YAAAAY! WINTER 😀 I hope you will read it soon sweetie. <3 Such a perfect book. Sigh. Happy reading sweetest girl. <3 And aw, I'm sorry about the job thing 🙁 But also happy for you about your decision. Best of luck finding the perfect one. <3 Hugs. You are the best 🙂

  • I AM DYING TO READ WINTER. I need to read it yesterday! It’s good to hear that you’ve figured out what you’re not going to settle for. Sometimes I feel like we’re selling our souls just for a job! Glad to hear that you’re sticking it out for what you enjoy – that’s what you deserve.

  • So very sorry about your job situation. Don’t settle! But of course it’s easy for me to say that while you are the one without a paycheck coming in. I hope it all works out and soon! The online thing does sound interesting! I just finished November 9 Saturday night or rather 5 am, Sunday morning. I loved it!

  • Glad you’ve decided to not settle and just look for a job you are happy with. Great decision!
    You’ve got some great books! Looking forward to your thoughts about Dangerous Lies!

  • Ksenia

    Hi, Joy. I haven’t stopped here for
    a while, sorry for that. I’m sorry to hear about your situation with job, but I
    think you made a right decision not to accept jobs that won’t make you happy. I’m
    sure you’ll find great job, you just need to relax and stop stressing out. I’m
    intrigued with your store…

  • I’m so happy to hear that you quit Joy, as strange as that sounds. You’ve been so stressed and unhappy with work and that’s just more stress you don’t need hun. The right position will come along soon enough, but for now, just enjoy the relaxation because you really do need it <3 <3

    Looking forward to hearing more about this bookish online business Joy, might be just what you need right now <3

  • Enjoy your time off Joy, I know that you’ll find something soon!

    I didn’t like Dangerous Lies all that much, so interested to hear what you think about it. Winter looks huge!! I still need to start that series sigh…

  • Heh, Winter doesn’t look too huge, compared with the other books here. In every other picture I’ve seen it looks incredibly massive, but here… maybe it’s not so massive? (Don’t worry, I know it is.)
    Oh, totally count rereads, Joy! Rereads definitely count with books read. Otherwise some of us’d get nowhere with our weekly, monthly and yearly reading goals. Rereads, in some manner, are life. Possibly not a truth universally acknowledged, but one all the same.
    Glad to hear you’re doing what is right for you. That’s fantastic and I’m endlessly proud. xx

  • Awww, don’t be so hard on yourself, Joy! I think taking your time to find the job that works best for you is the right way. Why stress yourself out with a job that hardly makes you happy? *HUGS YOU* And I’m really excited about this online project/business you’re brewing behind the scenes! Here’s to hoping it can be available internationally because I’d like to avail it when it’s out and about 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • Glad you’ve decided to stress less! Sometimes things just happen. I have November 9, and I’m curious to try Dangerous Lies!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m glad that you have decided to try and stress less about work and jobs. I think something will come when it’s meant too, and for now, I hope you enjoy being a stay at home and working on your new project and all that!


  • That’s okay, Joy. Sometimes these things happen, it’s great that you took it as an opportunity to learn something. That’s already a great takeaway not to mention the time you’ll be able to spend with your kids. I’m sure they’ll love having you around 24/7 esp your boy.

  • Joy, I’m so glad you’ve come to a decision that’s right for you. Stress is terrible, and it’s just not worth it. Happy reading as well – that’s a lovely haul you’ve got there – I am, of course, most excited for Winter!

  • kindlemom1

    I think you have definitely made the right decision being happy with what you do is so important to so many other things. Good luck with it and your new business venture! I can’t wiat to see what it is!

  • Melliane

    Good luck for reading and Happy reading lady!

  • All in looks intriguing. Hope you enjoy your books and have a great upcoming week.

  • And I read light historical romance, that always helps

  • You find your happy place. Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error, but like you said, you don’t have to settle. Good luck, Joy.

  • I’m glad you’ve made a decision that seems to settle you and the pressure. Beat that stress, because stress can only bring us down. And you’re right – find a job that will make you happy, and one that constitutes to your worth as well. For the books, I did like Dangerous Lies but we had a rocky start so maybe it will need some patience. Oh, and WINTER! My copy won’t be here until next week in the mail, so I shall have to be patient but I hope you love it! I also spy The Anatomical Shape of a Heart ^.^ I am three chapters in and already loving this flirting going on.