Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 173


The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones | Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning | More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera | Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit | All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds | Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay | Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill


Even though life has been hectic lately, the instinct to buy books is still in full force. And I blame a couple of books for prompting me to pick up more than I should: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones and Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning.Β I am absolutely hopeless when I’m in the bookstore, so regardless of the pep talk I give myself before going in, I always manage to snag a few books that were not on my shopping list to begin with.

In all fairness, More Happy than Not was a book I’ve been dying to read since I’ve seen it around the blogosphere. As well, Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. This year, I wanted to add more non-fiction to my arsenal – specifically about feminism and biographies of interesting people as well. I also have this morbid insatiable curiosity about American politics so I’ve started unearthing some books about that.

My project will be officially done this week, so I think I’ll be able to get back to the swing of things soon. I’m sorry if I’ve been MIA. I promise to get back to you all soon.


I don’t understand why we’re so quick to jump on our fellow bloggers’ throat when they disagree with our own opinions. I hope it will not come to a point when we’ll let our fear of ridicule silence our thoughts about blogging and books. Nick and Nereyda confessed to their honest opinions about a lot of things, but some of us have taken offense. I just want to say that somebody’s opinions are not facts. You can either take it in stride or debate with them in a civilized manner. To Nick and Nereyda, keep doing you. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you love. Your blog is your own and you have the right to write whatever it is you want to write.



  • Rachel

    Yay! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Bad Feminist and Uprooted! More Happy Than Not is one I’ve been wanting to get my hands on too. R xx

  • I hope you enjoy your new reads. I get what you mean… sometimes you just have to buy them!

  • I quit reading the fever series after reading them all back to back up to Iced. I just recently bought Iced when it was on sale, but still not sure about whether I really want to read it or not-so many not so good reviews.-but I can never pass up a bargain! I hadn’t heard of most of the others though except the Ninth Grave one. Hope you enjoy. As far as the blogger thing-I don’t know what happened, but a persons blog is their opinions and should never be attacked! Unless it’s promoting child porn or murder or something! Enough said.

    • Aw. Now I’m a little worried I won’t be able to like Iced, Burned and Feverborn. I’ll have to see how it goes.

  • I can’t wait to hear what you think of Feverborn. The Dirt on Ninth Grave wasn’t my favorite in the series, but still good. πŸ™‚

    • I still have to read Iced and Burned, so we’ll see. πŸ˜€

  • Ninth Grave was excellent as usual. I used to read a lot of non-fiction, including political books. Now I’m pretty much over it. lol

  • Hey Joy! More Happy Than Not was a really good read for me, so I hope that you love it as well. And I have been wanting to read Uprooted for the longest time, but just never got the chance to get a copy. I also liked Anna and the Swallow Man, so I’m excited to see your thoughts on that as well.

    Thumbs up to your PSA. The whole thing stressed me out because it was going pretty well in the morning, but by the end of the day, it was just blown out of proportion. I’m just glad that there are so many supporters.

    • I can’t freaking wait to read it! After I get through my piles of review copies, that is. Lol.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I don’t know what happened to Nick and Nereyda but in general, I agree that bloggers should be allowed to state their opinions. If you don’t agree, fine, but don’t attack people.

    On another note, I really loved More Happy Than Not, so I hope you like it too!!


    • I’m dying to read it! I’ve been wanting to get a copy for a long time but I keep forgetting. Lol.

  • I need to read More Happy Than Not! I also need to catch up on the Fever series and the Charley series. So many books, so little time! Enjoy!

    • I’m not even sure if I can read it or not. It seems I have to read Iced and Burned first? Ack.

  • I did happen to catch some of the Nick and Nereyda backlash. While some of the comments on their “notorious” post made me cringe, I think it’s also important to realize that sooooo many other bloggers (anonymous and named) mentioned things that frustrated them as well, and many of them were similar to Nick’s and Nereyda’s. While the way they wrote about these things turned them in to a bit of a spectacle, I do think there is still value in their opinions.

    On a more positive note, I think I desperately need to read Uprooted this year. I have heard nothing but positive feed back about that book, and I could go for a very well-written fantasy novel right about now.

    • I also think that Nick and Nereyda probably hit a nerve and that’s why they were offended. Who knows?

      Right? I’m not a fantasy reader myself, but I can no longer drown out the uproars. lol.

  • I’ve beenhearing not so great feedback for Feverborn… want to read Uprooted!

  • kindlemom1

    I always love your positive attitude Joy! Keep on doing what you love. <3

  • Through other people’s blogs I have been hearing about the drama although it took me until basically yes. I know we always say people have the right to share their own opinions, but when they do we aren’t polite? That seems double sided to me! I think they have the right to say what they think, and like you mentioned we should be civilised in our comments on their thoughts. As for the books, I know a lot of people have been going crazy over Feverborn! I have added the first book in the Dirt on the Ninth Grave series to my TBR now, so we’ll see how that goes for me when I read it ^.^ More Happy Than Not was already there!

    • Attacks are never cool. Let’s all be level-headed about it and think for a moment before indignation take over us.

  • I can’t control myself in the bookstore either. I picked up Dirt on Ninth Grave and Feverborn (which so far is ok but I liked Burned better), which I can’t wait to get your opinion on. Luckily I had a gift card from my b-day swag so I didn’t hurt myself too much but I am liking all of the books I bought so far so at least I have good taste,lol.

    I actually really liked Nick & Nereyda’s post. I felt that they were brave but also totally in their right to talk about problems that they with the community on their own blog. But it goes to show why so many people submitted their confessions anonymously because we can’t express our opinions without some form of backlash.

    • So I need to read Iced and Burned before I can read Feverborn then?

      • IDK, I’m going to say no. I think you might be able to get away with it, however if not. I think you can get away with not reading Iced (I skimmed it really), It’s kind of a standalone. But Feverborn picks up where Burned left off and a few somewhat important things happened in Burned that might be a bit confusing but there is a guide in the back of Feverborn that will explain it (I think). If not, I’m sure it is mentioned in a spoilery review on Goodreads somewhere, lol. Also now that I’m thinking about it the first chapter is a bit expository and will explain it well enough.

        Jeez this paragraph is weird. I’m trying not to give too much away and I fear I might have confused you, lol. Basically, I’m going to say no but there are some things you might want to know that might be confusing in Feverborn. I don’t want to give anything away in case you want to figure it out yourself but if you don’t feel like reading Iced or Burned, I wouldn’t mind explaining anything to you.

        • I don’t know. I know there was a lot of not-so complimentary reviews for Burned, so I’m scared now. Lol.

          • Oh yeah. Everyone was mad because they didn’t want another Mac book but I’ve read worse, than Burned. You can definitely go into Feverborn without reading them. I know people who read Burned without reading Iced. If you want any info from Burned, I totally wouldn’t mind telling you.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’m so curious to see what you think of Feverborn Joy! I didn’t love the direction she took things in Burned because I loved Iced and I really wanted to get Dani’s story in the trilogy originally planned, and I’m not sure about the way her character was handled in Burned. I’m hoping Feverborn works better, so you’ll have to let me know what you think!

    And I agree completely with your PSA. This community is very quick to judge and unwilling to forgive any perceived negativity or missteps and that’s a shame. Honesty should not be something that earns scorn, but rather discussion. That’s the whole point of blogging (for me) – to discuss books and authors and this world of fiction I love:)

    • Well said, Jenny!

      Now I’m nervous! KMM put me through the wringer when I read her Fever series. Eeeep!

  • I’m so excited for ninth grave so I hope you enjoy it! I think its so dumb that people were offended by Nick and Nereyda’s blog post. It was their honest opinion and kudos to them for being brave enough to speak out . πŸ™‚

    • I adored it! Love, love that series. <3 I've actually re-read it at least once now. Lol.

  • I bought WAY more books that I shoooould have this month! I was trying to explain it to someone. Owning a book… It’s different than knowing that you can check a book out from the library or that the book is out there somewhere, etc. Owning a book means than you own the *story* in a way. And that physical closeness mirrors the closeness of the book and story to your heart and mind. Does that make any sense?? And then there’s an aspect of lending out books to friends and family… There are so many good reasons to have a personal library!

    • Totally makes a lot of sense! I’ve never been able to put it into words, but you’ve hit it dead on. πŸ˜€

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I do adore your book hoarding, Joy! More pretty photos for me. I need to catch up on the Charley Davidson series ASAP because I want to be raving about the books along with you all. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on More Happy Than Not. I’ve heard some really good things.
    And Uprooted too. Very interested in your thoughts! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the support, Joy! <3 It means so much. It might come as a surprise but the support we have gotten has been much much much stronger than the backlash. In any case, this whole thing has just made me realize that I surround myself and am friends with some of the loveliest and kindest people!

    • I’m actually pretty surprise you haven’t read them, Nick! Honestly, you need to get on the Charley train!

      And you’re welcome. I adore you both and what you’re doing in your blog. Your honest opinions and your courage to speak out makes you even more aces in my books! <3

  • I’ve heard Uprooted is really good and I’ve been wanting to read it.
    Enjoy your books and I hope you have a good week!

    • Dragons. Dragons. I haven’t read about those in a while, so we’ll see.

      Thanks, Brandie!

  • I hope that life slows down a little bit for you, Joy. I know how it feels when things get crazy. As far as your comments about bloggers and their opinions, I completely agree. I’ve been in the middle of some stuff about a certain narrator that was arrested and people victim blaming. It has been ugly. It makes me sad to see some of the comments going around. I hope you enjoy your books.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Thanks, Melanie. I just need to get past this month, then I think I’m good to go. <3

  • Jazmen

    Joy, hope you have a great week. I wish I had my own place and the money to buy books as I feel. I just don’t right now. BUT, soon–for sure! Hope all you grabbed is great! And on another note, I am a firm believer in saying whatever you feel–which is why I decided to add in the tag line honest reviews to my blog. I’m honest and I will make no apologies for it. More people need to try it–and be a little less judgmental would be great too!

    • There’s always Kindle! But I don’t have the money either so my book buying expeditions have slowed down some. Lol.

  • Gorgeous post Joy. <3 All the hugs. Yaaaay for getting lots of pretty books lately πŸ˜€ That is always the best. But aw. Uprooted. I sort of haaated it, lol πŸ˜€ So curious to see what you think of it πŸ™‚ Happy reading sweetie. <3

    • Aw man. That’s not good. I thought for sure you’ll be one of those who’d enjoy it! I must read your review!

  • Melliane

    yay for Charley and I Wonder what you’ll think of the KMM one. happy reading!

    • Thanks, Melliane. Well, I’m afraid I’m going to postpone reading the KMM book since I’ve not read Iced and Burned yet. Bah.

  • No idea who NN are, but yeah, people are so fast with that

    • πŸ™‚ Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Book List. They’re great!

  • YearningtoRead

    YES! So excited to get to Feverborn in the next week or so…..plowing through my reread. I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

    Excellent haul! <3

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

    • I need to read Iced and Burned. Gah. And thanks for stopping by, Sierra!