Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 191


First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips | The Call by Paedar Ó Guilín | Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney | Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin | Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson | Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult | The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Nostalgia by MG Vassanji | The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Joon

How have you all been? It has been one of those weeks where I can read for days but I can’t write to save my life. So other than a recap for the month of August, it was dead quiet here on the blog. I did have a great mail week, though. Penguin Random House sent me a package of awesome. So that made up for the sucky week.

I also downloaded some audiobooks and ebooks because I’m weak and lacking the ability to say no. In my defense, these five books only cost me less than $25 so that’s okay, I guess. Shhhh.


Cooper | Menagerie | Chasing Fire | Hide | Crash

Cooper is book #6 of The Family Simon by Juliana Stone. I didn’t realize I’m two books behind in this series. I guess I need to get book #5. Menagerie and Chasing Fire were on sale at Audible for $3.95. I started Chasing Fire but I think I’ll have a better time reading my hardcover copy because I’m not feeling the narrator.

And oh, where do I start with Crash and Hide? I totally blame Rowena for these books. She had Crash listed on Books She’ll Never Touch and of course, that’s like a red flag to the bull. I downloaded Crash and read it in a couple of hours. After that, I’m hooked. These books are messed up, and the characters even more so. I don’t even know where to start. It’s like watching a spectacular train wreck and I can’t look away.

In spite of the radio silence this week, I read like a maniac. Five books! And considering September barely started, I’m excited to finally have a good reading stride. I’m now 9 ahead of my Goodreads goal.

 OMG. You guys. YOU. NEED. TO. READ. SLEEPING GIANTS. I have no words. NO. WORDS. I’ll try to write a semi-coherent review soon. I don’t know if I can, but I’ll do my best.

Here are the rest of the books I read this past week.


In case you missed it, I announced the winner of my $100 Amazon gift card giveaway. Congratulations, Sara! Make sure you take a pic of all the things you’ll buy with your winnings. 🙂 Thank you all for entering and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my blogging and reading adventures.

Have a great week, everyone!

  • karina

    I was eyeing The Graces but I’m still not sure I want to read it… Menagerie is amazing, hope you enjoy it!

  • WOW that is an amazing haul! I’ve seen a lot of hype for The Graces recently so I’m keen to see some reviews for it! And I’m so jealous of everyone who’s received The Sun is Also a Star ARCS because it sounds right up my alley! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I’ve also heard a lot of great things about Sleeping Giants so I’m definitely going to check out your review!

  • Yay for having read so much lately 😀 You are awesome. <3 And yaaay for getting lots of gorgeous looking books. I have an ARC of The Graces, which I'm pretty curious about 🙂 It looks so pretty. I hope you will love all of these sweetie 🙂 And ahh, Menagerie. I loved that so much. It's awful and perfect, lol 🙂

  • Crash and Hide look like thrilling reads.
    I hope you like Menagerie, I really enjoyed it myself and Vincents new world.

  • Natalie

    Five books is awesome! I’m definitely excited to read The Sun is Also a Star and meant to read Menagerie last year. Happy reading!

  • I get in moods where all I want to do is read and just can’t get myself too excited to write posts as well. I wish Penguin Random House would send me a box of awesome! I am a bit jealous 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you think when you listen to Menagerie – I loved that one!

  • I need the new Maas book. If I remember correctly you’re not a fan of that series right? 😀

  • Ah, Menagerie. I have checked this one out 3 times and never got around to reading it. I do wonder if the audio is good…

    Have a great week!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Congrats to Sara for winning! Yay for lots of fun new reading. I’m on vacation, so not getting a lot of reading done. Sigh. Just don’t have time.


  • ohmygosh, I WILL READ SLEEPING GIANTS RIGHT AFTER MY CURRENT READ!! I PROMISE!! I’m really looking forward to The Sun is also a Star just because it’s Nicola Yoon (admittedly I don’t even know what it is about! hahaha).

  • The Sun is Also a Star – ahh I seriously can’t wait for this book! I’m hoping I get approved on NetGalley. Have a great week! 🙂

  • I really want to read Sandra Brown’s books after reading your review for Sting. I love Nora Roberts’ books! I haven’t read them in a while so I need to get back into them. I want to read The Couple Next Door! I love the cover, even though it’s very simple. I think I have The Sun Is Also A Star to arrive soon for the tour so we’ll see 🙂
    Genesis | Latte Nights Reviews

  • Now I’m super curious about Crash too. What is it about books like this that make us feel like we can’t look away?

    • Okay – just satisfied my need to crane my neck at this book with a very spoiler-filled review. I think that’s all I needed. LOL!

  • Oh that’s nice, many different books there! happy reading!

  • RO

    Congrats to Sara the winner! I see two of my fave authors, Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Both are great storytellers. Hugs…

  • I loved Smoke Screen! I hope you did, too, Joy! Enjoy all your books. 🙂

  • I absolutely loved Menagerie. It’s such an interesting book, and very different. Glad you had a great reading week!

  • I really want to read Sleeping Giants, I’ve heard SUCH GOOD THINGS! I’m also super excited for The Sun is also a Star as I LOVED Everything Everything! Enjoy! 🙂

  • I went to Amazon as soon as I ready this to look up Crash and Sleeping Giants. Sleeping Giants isn’t in Kindle form? I read an excerpt on Amazon. Sounds so good! The only one I’ve read of yours is the Nora Roberts one. It was pretty good I thought. Have a good week Joy:)

  • Happy reading!

  • Five books already? I wish I had your reading mojo. And here I was pleased with the two I had accomplished within four days xd Oh well 😀 Looks like some new lovelies here are so, so I hope you enjoy them all!

  • Karen

    My reading pace has picked up significantly but writing reviews??? Still a struggle.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I’m in desperate need of The Sun is Also A Star. Seriously, my life depends on reading it as soon as the UPS guy leaves it on my porch. I hope you enjoy all of these. Happy Sunday!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Sleeping Giants. I am impressed you read five books this week- way to go! I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your books!

  • Yessss I am so glad that you enjoyed Sleeping Giants! I’ve heard so many things about it, have you read World War Z at all? Is it like that, because that one put me to tears.

  • I saw Rowen’s post too, but damn, now I want to read Crash. You two got my curiosity going. Wow, I didn’t expect you to like Sleeping Giants that much. Can’t wait to get your thoughts on it.

    • Whaaaat? I just read that Drew Jordan is a pen name for Erin McCarthy. Interesting.

      • Whoa. Really? OMG. You need to read these books, Christy. I’m curious to see what you think of them.