Life Lately


By show of hands, how many of y’all missed me? ^.^

Sigh. So I think I mentioned it on my last life update that my dad had a heart attack and needed a bypass surgery. When everything was said and done, he ended up having a quintuple bypass surgery. Let me tell you, I didn’t even think that was possible and it was rough for all of us. Here in Canada, there are frailties in our health care system (even though it’s still worlds better than the US’). They don’t allow patients to linger in hospital beds. So if they think you can walk on your own in a matter of days after having such an intensive surgery, they’ll send you home. Well, after just two days, they sent him home only to suffer a relapse on the first night. He’s been confined to his hospital bed since suffering from a wide variety of complications. So that’s what I’ve been up to. Taking care of dad and making sure he’s eating the right stuff (saltless, sugarless, taste-less stuff). I’m also working so by the time I get home, I barely have time to do anything else.

On Reading

I’m still working my way through Trevor Noah’s memoir. I just don’t have the capacity to read anything else but Sandra Brown’s books nowadays. But I’ve found a good motivation recently to finish the book, so here’s hoping I’ll have a different book on my currently-reading shelf soon.

On Hoarding

I swear, I haven’t bought anything in a while. I have so many books I want to get, though. And there are currently 8 books on my Book Outlet cart. *sobs* I’m hoping Santa will be good to me this year and gift me with a bunch of gift cards from my favourite bookstores so I can get ready for 2017. Lol.

Here’s the last batch of books I got from the Black Friday sale at Book Outlet:

Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak | The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin | Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen | The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken | All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer | A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield | Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake | The Veil by Chloe Neill | Half the World by Joe Abercrombie | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Antigoddess by Kendra Blake | 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith | The Body in the Woods by April Henry | Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren | Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | All is Calm, All is Bright by Colleen Coble | The Penguin Book of First World War Stories | Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney | The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent | The Deserter by Paedar ร“ Guilรญn | Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry | Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam | The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | 500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald | Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Magic Shifts by ย Ilonah Andrews | Ungodly by Kendra Blake

Ridiculous, eh?

  • Heart surgery is always rough on family and friends. Best of luck to your father during the healing process.

    I’ve been away for a while, but I’m happy to see you are still going strong here. I know as well as anybody that life can mix things up.

  • Ahhhh, I really hope your dad is better now. <3 Giving you all all the hugs. So sorry things have been so bad ๐Ÿ™ Hugs. And gosh, YAY for so so so many amazing books ๐Ÿ˜€ That's the best mail, hih. <3 Happy reading Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Benish

    I’m so sorry to hearr about your father, I hope he’s doing much better now ๐Ÿ™‚ Praying for you & your family! Enjoy your new reads x Benish @ Beenazai

  • Oh Joy, I’ve definitely missed you! <3 I hope your dad and your family is doing well, he's so lucky to have someone like yourself by his side looking after him. Sending lots of positive vibes your way, I hope you can get some more time to make it through your massive TBR hehe. Lots of love xx

    • Thanks, Joy! I missed you, too. But I appreciate the little glimpses we get from you! I hope you had a great Christmas!

  • karina

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad, Joy! You must be on complete autopilot right now, sweetheart! huge hugs and wishing well to your dad xxxx on man, this sucks! ๐Ÿ™

    • Pretty much, K. I’m slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things, though. Dad’s now back at home in complete bed rest.

  • Karen

    Sending healing vibes your dad’s way. I know how hard that can be on everyone.

    That’s a lotta books! Enjoy!

    I wan to get Trevor’s book. I assume he’s the narrator? I might try it on audio. I’ve been meaning to give an audio book a try. I usually get too distracted but his book might work.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Thanks, Karen. Pops is doing so much better.

      Yes, Trevor’s the narrator. I wish I’d gotten the audio copy. This was sent to me by the publisher so no choice.

  • Joy, Iโ€™m so sorry about your
    Dad. I hope he’ll be able to go home for Christmas. Is it usual practice to
    send patients home in such short period? Two days seem like a very short period
    of time. In Russia patients who underwent bypass surgery usually stay at
    hospital 6 โ€“ 10 days, also they spend about 2 weeks in a rehabilitation center.

  • I hope your dad gets better Joy! Wishing him a speedy recovery.

    Look at all those books!

  • I’m glad that you are still able to tend to your father. What an ordeal for him! I wish him a speedy recovery.
    That book pile! What did you do? Bahahaha. Honestly, it’s great though. I am always a shade jealous of humongous book halls, although I really have more than I can read already. I hope you enjoy that beautiful stack of books.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks!

      I know right? But I regret nothing. Hahaha!

  • Greg Hill

    I am sorry to hear about your dad and wishing him a swift recovery. And best wishes to you too because it’s also hard on the caregivers! I get that health systems want to minimize coasts and get people out, but they go ridiculously overboard sending people home before they’re ready. Same thing here in the States. It’s ALL about profit here, seems to me, since we give our insurance companies so much power.

    Anyway best wishes. That’s an amazing stack of books! I see The Girl in the Woods in there, I wanted to read that one. And I’m sure 500 Days is interesting too.

    • Thanks, Greg. He’s doing much better. In a way, I’m glad that he’s suffered a relapse of sorts because his extended stay at the hospital helped him recuperate more properly.

  • So sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he gets better soon. I grabbed Trevor Noah’s audiobook, but I haven’t started it yet. I hope to start it soon. I hope you have a great Christmas. Enjoy the holidays.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Thanks, Melanie. I know it’s a bit late now considering Christmas seems like forever ago. Lol. But yeah, we had a great Christmas. I hope you had a great one as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • They are all about saving money here so I am sure they would have done that here too, even though we to have an excellent system :/

    • Scandinavian countries typically have the better health care system compared to us here. So, I believe you when you say that. It’s ALWAYS about money. Sigh.

  • Aw, so sorry to hear about your dad, that sounds like awful treatment. I even stayed 2 nights in the hospital after my c-section. Hope everything is better soon and you find more you time.

    Nereydaโ”‚ Nick & Nereydaโ€™s Infinite Booklist

    • Thank you, Nereyda. In a way I’m glad he’s had a relapse. Because now they had no choice but to give him time to fully recuperate.

  • Woah. Epic haul! Hope you dad is doing better soon.

  • I definitely didn’t see your last update, so I’m sorry to hear about your dad! I’ll be keeping him in my thoughts and hope for a fast recovery. Quintuple bypass is bonkers.

    You know none of us could blame you for taking advantage of that sale! Santa should know by now that you need those gift cards! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is mind blowing. Especially since he’s had two stents put in already.

      I’m hoping. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I need to go to your book outlet. Sounds and looks like my kind of place. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry to hear about your dad’s relapse. I do hope he is doing better now. ๐Ÿ™ ((HUGS))

    Yea, I’m not looking forward to the chaos that will ensue in 2018. At least I have healthcare for one more year. *sigh*

    • Oh, man. Book Outlet is the worst and best place for hoarders, I swear.

      Thanks, Melissa.

  • Sara Walker

    Oh Joy, I am sorry things have been so rough for you lately. Having a loved one in the hospital, I can only imagine how stressful that is. I hope for a speedy recovery for your dad.

  • Aw man, I hope everything works out for the best, Joy! You and your dad hang in there!

  • Omg that’s such a massive book haul!!

    Oh dear, that sucks with your dad. I hope he recovers well soon

    • Trust, I’ve debated on whether or not I should share. Lol.

      And thank you, Bec.

  • shootingstarsmag

    *raises hand* I’ve missed you! I’m sorry to hear about your dad and the relapse! I hope he gets better really really soon!

    Oh gosh, so many books! If I had the money, I’d be buying all sorts of books. There are TONS that I want.


    • Aw. Thanks, Lauren. I hope so, too.

      I know. It never ever ends. This wanting and needing. Sigh.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, Joy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now. I’m hoping for a full and speedy recovery!

    And yes, I do miss you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wishing your dad a full recovery! Don’t forget to take care of yourself too. You can’t take care of anyone else if you’re not well!! I’ve never tried the Book Outlet, I’m going to have to check it out. As always, love your posts! Merry Christmas!!

    • Thanks, Chantale. I hope you’ll have a Merry Christmas, too. I’m hoping my dad won’t have to spend it at the hospital, though. That would be the saddest thing ever.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he’s doing better. The health care system in the U.S. is pretty awful. They also push you out of the hospital as soon as possible. My aunt had a kidney transplant, and they wanted her to leave after one night in the hospital.

    • He’s still at the hospital, unfortunately. But he looks more like himself when we saw him yesterday, so that’s good.

  • I miss you! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he is doing okay and continues to improve. It’s good you are there for him! Holy wow – so many books – LOVE IT. Sandra Brown is a good comfort author.

    • Thanks, Brandie. I think he’ll be there for a while yet. But I’m hoping he’ll be able to go home for Christmas.

  • Oh gosh, I’m wishing your Dad a speedy recovery. That sounds a bit traumatic for everyone ๐Ÿ™ I had no idea they could do quintuple bypasses! Quad yes, but wow, it’s pretty amazing what modern medicine can do these days isn’t it?

    It bums me out hospitals are all about $$$ these days and care doesn’t seem to be the #1 priority, our public system is similar, they get you out ASAP and there’s forever complaints about the standard of care. It doesn’t help most hospitals are overloaded pretty much all the time either, and yet still get budget cuts. Ugh (oops sorry, that was a rant).

    Gosh look at all those books (and those boxes!) I hope they are all wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, hun. I mean, at least we live in a country where he didn’t have to pay a single cent for this surgery, but of course there are cons to that. I’m thankful, nonetheless that Canadians are giving equal care because the doctors are not thinking about whether or not they’re going to get paid for their services.

  • kindlemom1

    So sorry to hear about your dad but I’m glad that he is on the mend (so to speak) and that you are able to be there for him. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be. I really hope he heals quickly and is able to come home soon. Sending love, good thoughts, and hugs your way!

  • I hope your dad will get better soon! I want Book Outlet with an interesting shippi,ng for france!!!!

  • That just angers me that your dad was sent home after two days! So is he still in the hospital? My mom had open heart surgery for a hole in her heart, not near as bad as what your dad had, and was in the hospital for two weeks. And she was doing well, Of course that was before they started sending people home early like they do now.Health care is really screwed up!

    It would take me months to read the books in those stacks. Don’t know how you keep up with all of them. I hope you start feeling better about reading and I hope you have a good Christmas as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, he’s still there. He’s got some infection that they’ve been treating and this white blood cells have been up for the last few days. Sigh. It’s one thing after another, I tell ya.

  • Liv

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad! I hope he gets well soon! He’s lucky to have you by his side helping him out.
    Also, I’m super jealous of your stack of books! Its like an early Christmas present for yourself. Hope you enjoy them all!

    • Thanks, Liv. And thanks for stopping by. <3

  • Kara Lauren

    *raises hand* me me me, I missed you! I am so sorry to hear about your dad, that is just awful that they kick you out of the hospital bed before you even have time to heal!

    Don’t feel bad about buying but not having time to read as much, at least they will be there when you do have the time ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, who can turn down an awesome book sale?

    • Thanks, Kara. Oh well. What can you do? On the other hand, we didn’t have to pay for his surgery but on the other, I wish they’d gone the mile for him.