Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 175


Morning Star by Pierce Brown | She’s Not There by Joy Fielding | The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse | The Twelve by Justin Cronin | Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson

Greetings and Salutations!

How are y’all? I had a better week. Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. There’s nothing on the horizon yet, but I have an interview lined up on Monday. Let’s hope it’ll lead to something great. Because I was pretty much at home this past week, I was able to read some, write some and comment. This might be a good opportunity to find some blogs to follow, so I’m going to take advantage.

Much Love

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Canada for my review copies of Shes’s Not There and Shylock is My Name. I’ve always wanted to try Joy Fielding’s work so I was happy when I saw her latest from PRHC’s email last month. Also, Shylock is My Name is the latest in Hogwarth Shakespeare’s series. This is Howard Jacobson’s interpretation of The Merchant of Venice.

Binge Reading Kit


The highlight of my week was receiving this box from Penguin Random House Canada. As you know, I recently read and reviewed The Passage by Justin Cronin. Words cannot express how much I loved it. I loved it so much I picked up a copy of The Twelve as soon as I turned the last page of The Passage. Lo and behold, this arrived a few days later. Bonus: ARC of the third book in the series! OMG. I was flailing like a fish out of water. Lol. Included in this box was gum, night light, Red Bull and popcorn for snacks. Perfect binge reading necessities!

Anyway, show me what you got. Leave me a link or what have you. Otherwise, I’ll come by soon.

Happy reading, loves!



  • That’s such a lovely package that you got sent Joy! It’s such a lovely surprise! I hope you had a good interview, otherwise keep going!

    • Thanks, Jeann. Keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

  • That is so cool that they sent you that beautiful care package on doing such a great job!
    And I hope your interview goes well Joy!

    • Thanks, Naomi. It went okay, I suppose. Lol.

  • Hope your interview went well today! I plan to re-read The Twelve soon. There was so long between book than I need it. Plus, I re-read the Passage a few months ago and saw so much more. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

    • Well, it went. I’m not having a good vibe, to be honest. Plus, I need to take an aptitude test. bah! Oh I’m so excited about this series. I’m in the midst of The Twelve. I’m nervous as heck.

  • That box is too awesome! Couldn’t go to a more deserving person, in my opinion. 😀

  • Oh wow, what an awesome surprise Joy, how lovely of them! So worthy too, your review was incredible! Sorry about the job hunting and hope things are feeling a bit more promising this week hun. That wonderful dream job is just around the corner and there’s no doubt you’ll be an asset to anyone who’s lucky enough to hire you <3

    • Thanks, Kelly. <3 Just came back from a job interview, but I'm not feeling a good vibe from it. *sad panda face*

  • your new books from Random House Canada sounds interesting but can we just please talk about MORNING STAR!? I still don’t have a copy but soon.. definitely soon since I just pre-ordered it from the local bookstore.

  • Melliane

    I just love the box! many great things for you! happy reading!

  • What a great box! A binge reading kit is the perfect idea. I need to read that Pierce Brown series.

    • Isn’t it? I can think of a few series that I can gift to someone. 😀

  • kindlemom1

    City of Mirrors! So excited for you! I still need to read The Twelve but I can’t wait to dive in!

    Good luck with the interview on Monday, I hope it goes well!!!

    • Oh I know! I just need to get all my review obligations out of the way, then I’m going to tackle The Twelve. I can’t wait.

      And thanks, Ali!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I really love that binge reading kit! It would make a cute gift for someone; might have to create my own version! Yay for an interview tomorrow. I do hope it goes well.


  • Glad this week was better for you! Hope the perfect job opportunity comes your way soon!

  • What a great box to get in the mail. I used to read Joy Fielding years ago, but it’s been awhile. I hope you enjoy her work.Good luck with your interview, I hope it goes well Joy 🙂

    • Oh nice! Do you have any good recommendations for me?

      • I am bad about remembering book titles and it’s been awhile. I know I liked them because I read several..sorry.

        • Hahah! I’m the same. Don’t worry about it. 🙂

  • I’m glad you’ve had a better week – good luck for your interview! I’m also in the midst of trying to find employment, and it can be pretty darn disheartening.

    • Thanks, Hannah! Good luck with your job hunt as well. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. <3

  • I enjoyed the defiant and hope you do too — have a great upcoming week.

    • Thanks, Brandi. I think I still need to read the rest of the books from this series. Lol. I picked it up because it was on sale. 😀

  • I’m glad you’ve had a better week this week! That box from Penguin Random House is fabulous!

    I hope you enjoy your new books! 😀

  • I’m glad you’re week was better, Joy. Crossing my fingers that good things await you this week! <3
    Seeing Morning Star reminds me I need to get that whole series.
    And that binge-reading kit is amazing! How fun and nice of the pub to send that out. 🙂
    Happy reading, Joy and have a lovely week!

    • gasps! you haven’t read them yet? Oh, I hope you will soon, Nick! And thanks. 🙂

  • Great haul. I’ve heard really great things about the Pierce Brown books, but I haven’t tried them yet. I hope you enjoy all of your books.

    • Thanks, Melanie. I hope I will, too. 🙂

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I’m glad this week was better for you. I hope each week it gets better and better. That’s an awesome package from Penguin. Enjoy!

    • Thanks, Christina. One can only hope. Lol.

  • That’s a nifty little care package Penguin Random House put together. I had no idea they did stuff like this. I mean, I know people get boxes of books, but I had no idea that they sometimes got popcorn too.

    I’m really interested in Shylock is My Name. It’s part of that Hogarth Shakespeare project, right?

    • Isn’t it cool? I thought it was timely that I just finished The Passage. I’m so glad I enjoyed the book or I would have a different reaction. Lol. And yes, it’s an Hogarth Shakespeare instalment. 🙂

  • Yay for getting lots of pretty books 🙂 That box looks pretty awesome. <3 I also have Morning Star, but have yet to read the first book, lol. But so curious about them 😀 Sooooon I shall read them all. Probably 🙂 Happy reading Joy. <3 And wishing you the best of luck tomorrow 🙂 You can do it. <3

    • I hope you’ll read them soon, C and I hope you’ll enjoy the books. <3

  • Ohh parcel! Nice

    • Right? I thought it was nice of them, too. 🙂

  • Sounds like the week went okay and I am glad to hear it! And that reading time kit looks wonderful! Enjoy all three of those books and happy reading. I’m also excited to read Shylock is My Name! I wanted to read it so badly after your review of The Gap of Time 😀 I know a lot of Pierce Brown fans are loving Morning Star as well, so it sounds like a good conclusion to the series.

    • Thanks, Olivia! <3 I hope you'll enjoy the books from The Hogarth Shakespeare series. <3