Life Lately: Early Onset of Winter Ennui


Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward | Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff | About Grace by Anthony Doerr | Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican | Last Mile by Katie Ashley | Empire by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridward | Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong | The Brillian Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow | Beastly Bones by William Ritter | Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith | The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton | The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford | Conquest by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridward


I’ve been trying to film a video for the last two weeks, but it’s all crap. I think I’m sticking to regular blogging for now until I find the courage to show my face to the world. Anyway, these books are a small part of the haul I got from Book Outlet. And when I “a small part”, I mean I have three more boxes that I still have to show you guys. Like I said, I’ve been a bad, bad girl.

How’s your December so far? Mine is off to a crappy start. On Wednesday, my dad was rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. It turns out, the stents that were put in his right and middle arteries are both 90% narrowed. So he’s going to have his second bypass surgery on Wednesday. My dad is 72 years old and he’s been a smoker since he’s a teenager. Everyday, I’ve waited for such a phonecall from my mom, but I’m never ever going to be ready for when it happens. Needless to say, I’ve been out of sorts this week. He looks like himself when we saw him on Saturday, though, so it’s good to see.

Winter is finally here. White stuff on the ground is here to stay. I hope it’s not going to be a bitterly cold winter, though but I highly doubt it. ย I’ve put up my Christmas tree, wrapped most of my presents on Saturday night but I’ve got a few more that I have to buy for. It’s hard to get excited about Christmas nowadays. But honestly, when was the last time you were excited about Christmas?


This week, I read three books that have been sitting on my TBR for a while now. Thanks to an Audible sale, I was able to finally get them off my shelves. I know there are only two books in the picture, but I can’t seem to find my copy of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s been a good reading week despite all the suckiness that happened this past week.

Well, I think this is as good an update as any. I hope you’ll have a fantastic week!

  • Oh, sweet girl. I really, really hope your dad is doing better. <3 Crossing all my fingers that he will live for many years more. All the hugs ๐Ÿ™‚ And aw! I WISH TO SEE YOUR FACE. I need you do make a video ๐Ÿ˜€ I'm sure you are awesome. <3

  • So sorry about your dad, I hope everything turns out okay.
    I could never film myself, I’m way too embarrassed and I’m pretty sure I sound like a 12 year old.

    Nereydaโ”‚ Nick & Nereydaโ€™s Infinite Booklist

  • I’m sorry about your dad and I hope things went well yesterday. It is really hard to get into the Christmas spirit as an adult. I’m mostly bah humbug every year. It’s just not as fun as it used to be!
    Winter arrived in Ohio today. We have some snow coming down, and it’s going to just get worse by the weekend. I am ready to hole myself up at home with a book and some wine.

  • Natalie

    You father is in my thoughts and prayers. It makes me sad to hear you sound so down lately. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Thank you, Natalie. It’s going to be a sleepless night here for me. He just went through an 8-hr long surgery. He had a quintuplet bypass. I don’t think i’ve heard of anyone having done 5 all at once.

  • Haha! I don’t think I could video myself talking about books either, unless I down a bottle of wine first, but I’m sure it’d be awful! Blood Kiss! So jealous! I am so behind in my JR Ward reading!
    Enjoy the rest of your boxes of books! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Ah well. Vlogging is not for the faint of heart, for sure. Downing alcohol might be a good idea! Lol.

      • It sure will loosen the lips to allow the words to flow!!

  • 3 boxes?!! You went crazy with their sales! I didn’t even buy books lol
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad ๐Ÿ™ I hope he can recover and that his surgery goes well too <3
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • Yep. Totally, absolutely, nuts over hauling these much books. Sigh. Thank you. Surgery is today so definitely praying and hoping for the best.

  • Best wishes to your dad, Joy.
    Not matter how old our parents get, no one can be ready for such health scare.

    Winter is definitely here in
    Moscow. We had a blizzard yesterday.

    • Thanks, Ksenia.

      We are having a 3-day winter storm. Today is day 2. Unfortunately for us adults, there’s no such thing as snow days. Sigh.

  • I’m so sorry about your dad Joy. I hope his surgery goes well and he’s feeling much better soon. Sending hugs and warm wishes to you.

  • I hope your dad’s surgery goes well. <3

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I hope his surgery goes well and all will be okay. I know we always worried about my uncle because he smoked a lot and was always having heart attacks. He seems to be doing okay at the moment though.

    Sorry you aren’t excited about Christmas! I’m excited about aspects of it, but mostly just to see my nieces and nephews because kids make holidays better. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Thanks, Lauren. I hope so, too.

      I think I’m just looking forward to having some days off, to be honest. Other than that, I’m pretty much meh.

  • Greg Hill

    Huge bookhauls are the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry to hear about your dad though, and best wishes for a good procedure for him. Hope all goes well and he goes through with flying colors. Hang in there, and hope you have a good week.

    • They are – only when they’re free! Lol.

      Thanks Greg.

  • Hope your dad gets better soon, and that your month turns around. Hugs.

  • Sending healing vibes for your dad! I hope he is doing better. At least they know what the problem is and I hope everything comes out fine.

    I’m making most of my pressies (hope they like them) so we will see if I get done. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, hun.

      Gah. I wish I were that creative and crafty. It’ll be cheaper for me, for sure.

  • Oh no, I hope that he will be ok

  • Karen

    I haven’t even attempted Christmas gft shopping yet. We’re supposed to have a cold snap later this week so maybe that will help. I did put up a small tree today but I’m never big on decorating.

    Sending good wished for your dad.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Oh, boy. You’re cutting it close, Karen! I’m anxious for you. Lol. But then again, you probably don’t have a big, ginormous family like I do. Gah.

      Thanks, Karen.

  • So sorry to hear about your dad. Glad that he seems to be looking better. Hopefully, the bypass goes well. I still haven’t put up my tree. We have the decorations outside and that’s it. I hope this week is better than last.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Aw! I hope your December starts getting a lot better for you! :(just remember the reason for the season lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s AWESOME that you’ve started wrapping your presents! Our tree is up and I’m wrapping presents as I get them so I won’t get too behind sooooo yeah. We’re rooting for you girl! And I’m praying for your dad!

  • Sorry that things have been tough for you lately. I’ll pray for peace for your dad’s surgery—I know how scary these things can be! My dad’s also been a smoker and he has diabetes, and I know what you mean about kind of waiting for that call. Though my grandma (his mom) has managed to live to be 96 so far, so he’s got good genetics on his side!

    The Book Outlet is a dangerous, dangerous place for us book lovers. I made a purchase there as well, but I managed to limit it somewhat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Nicole.

      I wish someone would’ve warned me about the hazards of shopping at Book Outlet. I have another cart of 8 books right now. Whelp.

  • Sorry to hear about your Dad. Praying for a speedy recovery!! I’m headed to Tennessee with my Dad, he’s having surgery later on this week. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!!

    • Thanks, Chantale. I hope your Dad’s surgery goes well.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your father’s health scare. Heart surgery is frightening. I hope he does really well with his bypass surgery. Book Outlet is really hard to resist. It is not good for book hoarders like me. I bought a bunch but most of them went into my daughter’s room so they don’t count right? I will be thinking of you on Wednesday.

    • Thanks, Carole.

      Lol. I have to find a place for my haul. I feel so daunted.

  • I’m always excited about Christmas. It’s really family time for us, and my older sisters fly home, so it makes me extra happy and honoured. I really love the atmosphere. I’m not a fan of cold though. And it’s okay, maybe the world wasn’t ready for your beautiful face yet <3 I really liked Dreamstrider so I hope you will be able to as well!

    • I think I just need to find a more positive perspective like you, Olivia. Sigh.