Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 180


Changeless by Gail Carriger | The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine | Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach | Far Gone by Laura Griffin | Flannery by Lisa Moore


I’ve been a complete sloth this past weekend. I was very motivated by Friday afternoon, somewhat energetic on Saturday morning, then completely lost my momentum by Sunday morning. It didn’t help that I didn’t sleep much on Saturday night. I mean, I went to bed at 9:30, but I woke up at 4 am. So all I did was laze around in the house; didn’t even pick up a book, nor did I do anything blog-related. But it’s Monday, and I always have a bit of time before I start work. I do a bit of blogging for half an hour before I “clock in”.

This past weekend, I tried not going to the bookstore but obviously failed. I picked up a couple of cheap books. I’m also very excited to finally read a Laura Griffin book. As you all know, I love reading romantic suspense but it’ll be my first time reading Ms. Griffin’s. I know she comes highly recommended, so I can’t wait!



This was such a great read. I can’t say enough about Ms. Sepetys’ writing. And her fictional account of World War II was so visceral. It was such a beautiful book and so I’m having a tough time writing a review.

I hope you’ll all have a great week!

Happy reading. šŸ™‚

  • I’ve been feeling a litlle sloth like myself. I am determined to get on top of it all this week though!

  • I think you will like Laura Griffin as an author. I have read two of her Tracer books recently and really enjoyed both of them. One of them is probably still available of Net Galley if you are interested-Deep Dark. Is the one you have a Tracer series book? I want to read more of them šŸ™‚

  • That’s okay. My Friday afternoon and Saturday morning is nothing but sleep. I do my readings and blogging stuffs later then till Sunday morning. Mostly I don’t do them, just sleep. Haha. I have seen Salt To The Sea in our local bookstore and didn’t hold any interest to it. But maybe next time. šŸ™‚

    Yani from Paper Boulevard

  • I always seem to want to watch TV and not read on the weekends so I totally understand. I still need to give Sepetys’ writing a try. I’ve only heard positive things about her books.

    • Yes! I feel like you’re going to enjoy it a lot. šŸ™‚

  • Totally twinning over the weekend Joy. I had a horrible nights sleep so woke up early and then ran out of steam and couldn’t move. Everyone has been praising Salt to the Sea and I can’t wait to read it too. But really looking forward to seeing what you think of Thanks for the Trouble. I really enjoyed it, but it’s an interesting read that’s for sure.

    • I am absolutely going to do the same this weekend. Lol. I hope you will, too. šŸ™‚

  • karina

    I feel like that most of the time:-) all I want is to lounge about and read, but it only happens when I’m ill these days. So I am envious! Enjoy Carriger and Griffin, J.!

    • Have I mentioned how your colour is becoming? Must be all that fresh air and outdoor work! <3

  • Aw, hugs. <3 I hope you are doing good sweet girl šŸ™‚ And yay for liking Salt to the Sea so much šŸ˜€ I also enjoyed it a lot. Yesss. And yay for lots of other pretty books too šŸ™‚ None for me, hih, but they do look gorgeous. Happy reading Joy. <3 I hope you are having the best week šŸ™‚

    • Thanks, C. Considering it’s another Friday, it’s been a great week. šŸ™‚

  • After reading Salt to the Sea, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘when can I get Ruta Sepetys’ next WWII novel?’ It was so great (and I cried so much when the ship was sinking especially for the Shoe Poet!!).

    • Oh, I know. So sad. I love Shoe Poet and the little boy. ;'(

  • Brittany Jackson

    I’ve had Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray on my shelf for ages now, but I just haven’t had the time to pick it up. Plus I feel like it’ll be a book that’ll be challenging to get through, emotion wise. The new covers for her books are SO gorgeous, though. I can see why you had to snatch it up!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

    • It was tough on some spots, but I love how Ms. Sepetys balanced it out with bursts of lighthearted humour.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I feel like I need to emotionally prepare myself before I pick up Salt to the Sea Joy! I’ve heard it’s amazing, but I know it’s going to be a hard read feels-wise, so I’m working my way up to it. And being a sloth is what you’re supposed to be on the weekends, so yay you:)

    • Oh it’s gorgeous, Jenny. I hope you’ll give it a go!

  • Jazmen

    I pretty much had the same weekend–and I feel no shame. Lol. I hope these new roods are good. I never heard of some of them so it will be interesting to see what you think.

    Everyone keeps saying Ruta is a great writer, but my aversion to war stories keeps me away–I may consider it.

    • Thanks, Jaz. The weekend is upon us again, so let’s have a synchronized lazy Saturday – with pants. šŸ™‚

  • Oh crap, I just remembered I’m supposed to read SttS this month for book club. Dang it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • I really need to get my hands on Salt to The Sea. Everyone loves it!

  • I need to read Ruta, I haven’t seen a bad review for this one

    • It’s a great read. I hope you’ll give it a go.

  • Oh, I’ve really been meaning to read The Salt and the Sea. I’ve read a really lovely review of it and really, I’ve heard such good things about Sepety’s work. It sounds really well written, strong and also terribly bittersweet/heartbreaking. I hope you do end up writing a review for it, Joy, because it’d be so interesting to hear your thoughts on it and see what you made of it (although I can tell it was clearly one you enjoyed a great deal, which is so encouraging to hear).

    It can be so difficult to find time to blog, especially when you’ve got all these other things you also have to/want to work on, and it’s worse when you *do* have time but just don’t feel the… want to, I suppose, which is really something I’ve been struggling with since late last year. I just haven’t wanted to be doing this, and the time it takes is time I want to spend elsewhere. *sighs* But I think I’m working out a way of keeping it enjoyable, and I think it could be working. xx

    • I know! I have a couple of her books that I haven’t read. I just need to find them. Lol.

      I’d planned to write some last night, but that damn Gilmore Girls binge fest threw that plan out. Sigh.

  • I so want to read Salt to Sea! I hope to get to it this year.

    I also enjoy Laura Griffin. I haven’t read Far Gone but I do hope it is as enjoyable as I’ve found her other books.

    • Awesome! i hope you’ll enjoy it, Melissa!

      It’s good to hear! I’ve been reading reviews of her books on Goodreads and it sounds like she’s got the Sandra Brown thing down to pat. I can’t wait!

  • Salt to the Sea was amazing! I just finished it before the weekend and I’m still in a reflective haze. Her writing is absolutely beautiful!

    • I know. She has the unpretentious prose that I enjoy in brilliant authors. šŸ™‚

  • You and your hoarding!!! Seriously, you must have $5000 worth of books at home! Awesome hoarding, though. You must read The Season of You and Me soon and tell us how it was šŸ˜€

    • Lol. The other day, I posted your comment about your assumption that I was a 20-year-old student who does nothing but buy books on my personal Facebook. Everyone agrees with you. Lol.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Salt to the Sea! I’m so wary of diving into books I know are going to be sad, so I haven’t gotten around to it yet but I’m looking forward to your review! Also, great haul! I love the cover of Flannery, though I’ve never heard of it, and Gail Carriger is always so much fun to read!

    • I think you’ll enjoy this one, Keertana. It’s a bit sad but it’s not going to destroy you. I haven’t heard about Flannery either. Mostly, I was drawn to the cover. Lol.

  • Hadn’t heard of this book before but sounds really interesting! Gonna put that on my to-read list, haha.

  • kindlemom1

    I think I do that every Sunday with the whole, loss of motivation thing. šŸ™‚ Congrats on the book, I’ve heard great things about it.

  • Ooookay, I think I’ll have to pick up Salt to the Sea, even though I’LL PROBABLY CRY.

    • Yes, do. I’m curious to see what you think of it.

  • Salt to the Sea. What an amazing book – I’m glad you enjoyed it! YES, Laura Griffin!! I love her. I hope you do too! Have a great week!

    • It was, it was. Very well-written. And even though there was a whole slew of points of view, it didn’t bother me one bit.

  • I can’t wait to further hear your thoughts about Salt to Sea because it is so high up on my list and I just love the sound of it all in all. Also, I have Thanks for the Trouble and seeing as I did really like his first book I am excited for it. I really REALLY want to read The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine. Hopefully you’ll like it :3 Hope your motivation can return to you!

    • Sigh. I don’t quite know where to start with that one. I think you’ll love it, Olivia.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Salt to the Sea is one of my favorite books of the year – so powerful! I am glad you enjoyed it. I also want to read The Season of You and Me…my e-galley wouldn’t download to my kindle. šŸ™ I have heard great things about it though. Enjoy your books!

    • Thanks, Christina! Bummer about your e-galley.

  • Melliane

    I liked the Carriger one! I didn’t know about the others. happy reading

    • Oh, good to know, Melliane! I really need to read the series soon.

  • Lol, sometimes you just need that time to do nothing around the house though! So glad to hear that you enjoyed Salt to the Sea, I’ve heard great things about it!

    • Sundays, usually. I really need to unpack all the boxes sitting in my basement, though. It’s driving me up the wall.

  • I’ve heard great things about Laura Griffin too. And I want to try Tommy Wallach. I know Kelly really enjoyed the one you picked up.
    I feel you on the lazy feelings. I’ve been so lethargic lately. I don’t even have a reason to feel so lazy.
    And ahhh! So happy you liked Salt to the Sea. Just thinking about the book makes me want to cry a bit!
    Have a great week, Joy!

    • I need to snap out of it, though. I’ve had a few ideas on what to blog about this week, but I didn’t get to write anything because I’m such a lazy cow. Bah.

  • We all have those lazy days, weeks šŸ™‚