Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 174


Black Apple by Joan Crate | The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky | Black Apple by Joan Crate


I would like to thank HBG Canada and Simon and Schuster Canada for these review copies.

Dear Life, You Suck

I sure hope you all had a better week than I did because I’m not gonna lie, life just kicked the living shit out of me this week. I was unexpectedly let go from my job for reasons that didn’t make any sense to me. If it was a book, it would’ve been littered with plot holes. In all honesty, I feel betrayed and completely devastated because I never saw it coming. I was there for three months and in those three months, I was praised, given a hefty raise and made to feel like I was set for life. They made me feel like I was the best thing since sliced bread. On Friday, I got a call first thing in the morning and was told that the partners have decided I’m not the kind of person they see to help them move the company in the direction they want. It was a rough week to begin with bookended by this unexpected bad news.

But I’m not the type of person to dwell. So after a good cry, I went job hunting right away. I sent my resumes out and have already gotten a couple of prospects. The problem is, this devastation have taken a toll on me. I feel like no matter how hard I work or how much I gave, it’ll never be enough. I’LL NEVER BE ENOUGH. Going for job interviews is hard. My anxiety level goes through the roof. But I can’t not work. And so I must do it.

Sorry for my absence.

I’m sorry for not being around this past week. Like I said, it was a bad week so I was not able to write any posts. At least I was able to do my rounds yesterday, so in that aspect, I’m caught up. I turned 42 on the 4th. I went on a date with my husband and have managed to eat dinner sans my iPhone. That’s a first.

On Audio, Net Galley

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Thanks to Net Galley and Loveswept for my copy of Worth it All. I follow very few romance series out there and The McKinney Brothers is one of them. I read and enjoyed this installment, though not as strongly as the first book.

Audible had a first in the series sale a couple of weeks ago that I simply could not pass up. I heard The Passage (5 Stars) and Hounded (4 Stars) the last two weeks and have enjoyed them immensely. The Passage was insane, you guys. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to add it to your MUST READ SERIES. I have no words how amazing it was! Hounded has been on my radar forever and a day. I snapped it up and heard it immediately. It was as everyone claimed it to be: FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to dive into the next book!

Anyway, sorry this was a bit longer than normal, and thanks for reading – as always.



  • Oh damn. That company’s actions leading up to the dismissal is really misleading. I’m really sorry that happened to you. I’ll be sending good vibes your way with the new job prospects though.

  • Awww… That is a real kick in the ass Joy, especially since they were treating you well. I hope you find something better soon!
    I look forward to your review of Worth it All. Loving that cover!

    • Thanks, Naomi.

      My review goes up next week. Stay tuned!

  • I’m so sorry you’re going through this. But I admire your resilience in getting back in the field with resumes and interviews despite the kick in the head. Those actions speak loudly.

    • Such is life. I learned that if it’s too good to be true, then it must be.

  • Are you freaking kidding me? What the hell man? They suck hard. Eff ’em. You’ll find something better. Happy belated birthday!

    • I know. It hurt so much because everyday, I go to work feeling like I have the best job in the world, you know? But oh well. Dusted myself off. I can find something better.

  • NO. NO. WHAT. I am so sorry that happened Joy, especially since it was completely out of the blue. I wish you better luck on your job hunt and interviews, I really hope that this never happens again, because that was so uncalled for 🙁

    • Thanks, Val. They have their reasons, I suppose. But it was a wake-up call to never ever feel complacent.

  • Adriana C

    Belated happy birthday Joy! and I hope you find a new job soon.
    Thanks for the recommendation of The Passage.

  • WHAT! I am so, so sorry Joy 🙁 They are assholes. What. I can’t believe they did that to you. NOT COOL. Just. I’m so sorry sweet girl 🙁 I totally get that you are upset. I would be heartbroken too. Ahhh. But you will be okay. <3 I know you will. All the hugs. I hope you will be able to find a new job, an even more perfect one. Fingers crossed for you 😀 And aw, yay for getting lots of pretty books from publisher. <3 Hugs. Hope you love them all sweetie 🙂 I also had a crappy week. I hope this new one will be better for both of us 🙂

    • I totally was. But I’m looking forward to what this hiccup will bring me. I believe that God has better plans for me. <3

  • I am so sorry Joy for the loss of your job. They sound kinda crazy-giving praise with one hand and taking it all away with another. Sucks! Good luck with your job hunt! I have heard so many good things about Kevin Hearne-I really need to try his books someday.

    • Thanks, Lorna! I’m over the hurt – mostly. But sometimes, I feel a little twinge in my chest when I think about that day.

  • Bummer, Joy! I hope your job hunting reaps fantastic results!

    I love The Iron Druid Chronicles and I think Luke Daniels narration is amazing. The series is wonderful. I can’t wait for the next McKinney brothers story. I got a copy, too, I just need to finish a few others before I dive in. 🙂

    • Thanks, Rachel. I’m lucky enough to live in a city where there’s an abundance of opportunities, so I’m not letting that get me down.

      Yeah. I love his narration! He made Atticus sounds even more fun. 😀

  • I’m so sorry about your job! That’s beyond shitty. I hope the job hunting goes smoothly!

    Hounded looks so good! Off to check it out.

    • Thanks, Amanda. I’m having good luck with the job hunting, so let’s hope it’ll lead me to something good.

      Hounded was fun! I hope you’ll give it a whirl.

  • Nicole Hewitt

    NOOOOO!!! Oh, gosh, Joy – I’m so sorry about this. You have had such a rough time when it comes to jobs. Ugh!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Right? It’s been a roller coaster of a ride. But I believe that God has plans for me and my family. So I’m trusting HIM.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m so sorry to hear about your job. Gosh, that’s rough, and them not giving you a legit answer isn’t great either! That’s good you’re getting back out there and applying though, even though it makes you anxious. I hate it too!


    • Thanks, Lauren. This, too shall pass. But I need to buckle down and do what needs to be done for my family.

  • kindlemom1

    Oh no, I’m so sorry you had such a crappy week. That is terrible, I think I would have been super cunfused as well as to why you were let go, that doesn’t even make sense. 🙁 So sorry Joy. *hugs* Happy Birthday though, I hope you were able to have a nice one despite everything else.

    • Thanks, Ali. It’s been one of the worst, to be honest. But I’m slowly getting over it. It doesn’t hurt nearly as much as last Friday.

  • Aw, Joy, that’s really crappy. I hate when people send mixed messages like that. It’s crazy that they do not appreciate you, but I am sure that you find another employer who does. 2015 was a really rough year for me, and I peeked cautiously into 2016 and … it’s kind of a mix so far. But I am keeping the faith for both of us!

    • That’s the thing. I thought they really appreciated everything that I’ve done, because they told me so everyday. And then that week, all of a sudden, I couldn’t do anything right. I just think they didn’t give me a second chance. But if it’s perfection they want, then I really am not the person they need.

  • That is f_d up! Sometimes life does not make sense

  • Ah Joy, I’m really sorry to hear about your job. I hope you find something even better! Thinking of you. <3

  • Aw girl sorry to hear about the rough week, and hope that you find a good job

    • Thanks, Brandi. Keep your fingers crossed. 😀

  • Wow, what a shitty thing for them to do to you, I’m so sorry for your struggle Joy 🙁 I hope you find a job that you enjoy and one that appreciates you!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope you find a job you love soon. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way.

    • Thank you, Christina. I need all the luck. 🙂

  • I’m sorry you’re having a rough week, losing your job like that sucks (and you’re right, totally full of plot holes!) it sounds like they were making excuses and that perhaps it wasn’t YOU, but last in, first out perhaps? 🙁 I hope you’re able to find something else soon, and get your confidence back <3

    Belated happy birthday!

    • That’s what my husband said, too. That maybe they were looking for excuses to let me go. I just feel like they didn’t give me a chance to correct my mistakes, or make amends for whatever it is I did wrong. But I’m over it. I can’t force people to like me. I can only be me.

  • Oh Joy, I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through this all week. That is absolutely terrible, it sounds like the company was leading you on this whole time! What ever happened to company loyalty? And even the praise and everything, it really sounds like it came from nowhere. Best of luck with the job hunt lovely. I hope you will get something soon, you’ve had a pretty bad run with all of this! *big hugs*

    • Thanks, Jeann. I’ve learned my lesson. I can’t be complacent nor can I assume anything. Thanks for the good luck wishes.

  • Melliane

    I need to try the Hearne series! Have a nice week and I’m really sorry for your job, I hope everything will get better…

    • Yes, you must, Melliane! It’s great. 🙂

      Thanks, hun!

  • Oh Joy *MASSIVE HUGS* I wish I could give you a hug in real life but over the internet will have to do. Sorry to hear that about your job, it’s pretty horrible of them to give you such false expectations. I think you’re better off without them, knowing that they as an employer can pull the rug out from under you like that. Not a great environment to work in, and you’ll be better off. I KNOW you will find a place that appreciates you and understands all the hard work you put in, don’t worry! I will be crossing all my fingers and toes for you, and hopefully you’ll have some better news next week <3 <3

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY <3 <3 So glad you managed to have a lovely dinner with the hubby, you deserve the best. 🙂 🙂

    • (HUGS) Thank you. I appreciate your kind words, Joy. I really believe I’ll find something better with a company who will appreciate my skills and qualifications.

      Thanks for the birthday greets. <3

  • Sounds like it has been pretty rough lately. Happy belated birthday Joy! I hadn’t know it was your birthday but I hope it was a good day and that you were able to enjoy dinner. Oh, and that you had a lovely dinner as well ^.^ It’s such a shame about your job and I can see how that would be so confusing after everything seemed to be going so well. But remember it is THEIR loss and NOT yours and that you can go and find a new job and kick butt at it. Don’t you dare think you’re not enough because you always will be. It’s more so their issue of not seeing it and seeing your worth.

    • Thank you, Olivia. <3 I'm lucky to have a husband who has my back and will offer me the strength I need to get past all the shitty things in life. And my blogging friends, like you, who is always there with kind words whenever I need them. <3