Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 195

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild | Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge | The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber | Against A Brightening Sky by Jaime Lee Moyer | The Novice by Taran Matharu | Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn | The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace | The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken | Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven | Disillusioned by J.S. Cooper | Under the Skin by Michel Faber | Ruby by Cynthia Bond | Possession by A.S. Byatt


I just realized that I included a copy of Another Day in the Death of America in this haul when I’ve already mentioned it on my last Life Lately update. Lol. I swear books are everywhere in my house that I can’t tell what’s up from down anymore. Anyway, aside from Another Day, the rest are books that I ordered during Book Outlet’s Boxing Day Sale. So you can’t say that I’ve broken one of my resolutions already. Technically, these books were bought in 2016 but the package came just last week.

Back to the reality for most of us, I suppose. Β Kids are going back tomorrow so they’re not happy about that. Hubby was working day shifts the entire week so we had a date night which doesn’t happen often because of his schedule at work. That was really nice.

This month, I decided to only read books that have been sent to me for review. I really want to read the books that I’ve been buying and I want to get ahead. I don’t have too many, anyway so that’s a good thing.

My bullet journaling is not going well, to be honest. If you guys ever plan on starting one for your blog and reading activities, make sure you know which format to use beforehand. I’ve had many a restartΒ but I’ve finally settled on one. Keeping it simple, primarily existing of lists. Ultimately, I only really want to keep track of my inbox and outbox anyway, so it’s good for now. Perhaps I’ll show you flip through one of these days.

On Tuesday, Little Heaven by Nick Cutter will be featured on the blog. I’m a part of the tour and Simon & Schuster Canada is sponsoring a giveaway for the book. I’ve been reading it the whole weekend, and let me just tell you that it’s freaking creepy. This is my first Nick Cutter book but I do own Troop which I’ll probably dust off my shelf after I finish reading my for review pile.

I think this is all for now, dear readers. My bed is calling me.

Happy reading!

  • Yeah, I started a bullet journal for books, first it was for quotes, then it was review summaries and my TBR and now it’s nothing. wHat would I do without goodreads lol? I would love a flipthrough! Hope you have a lovely month, it sounds like you’re blasting through your TBR!

  • I’m so bad at bullet journaling! I always forget to update it and then I’m just a mess ,lol. But I think I’m going to take it up again soon, maybe before college starts for me!

  • I’ve been doing both, ARC’s and books I bought, it gives me a breather and makes it more enjoyable I think.

    I finally did settle on my own planner. Sorry the bullet journal has been a little rough, I just recently went with that format myself. I found this pretty notebook from another reader on etsy and her designs are really pretty. I am looking into getting a chicsparrow wide or foxyfix to stick it in. I recently got a travelers notebook in pocket for planning and stuff and I think that is the system I decided to go with, it’s been the longest I have used so far

  • I read Illusioned and really liked it! But for some reason I never picked up Disillusioned (although, I’m pretty sure I got an eARC of it, but never read it).
    I totally get what you say about the bullet journaling. But I found that it’s okay to change up the format and do something different. That’s why I’m totally fine with the different formats I’m using πŸ™‚
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • Yay for getting such gorgeous books πŸ˜€ I did love The Storyspinner. <3 Must re-read it soon, so that I can finally read the sequel.. ack. But ugh, I hated The Novice πŸ™ Best of luck with it, haha πŸ˜€ Happy reading Joy. <3 I hope this month will be awesome for you.

  • Possession is one of my favorite books of all time. I always try to get people to read it, but when I begin describing it: “it’s about these two literary scholars who are writing about these two Victorian poets…” I can tell that I lose people right away. It’s SO good. Research in libraries CAN be suspenseful!

    • Ack. That’s what pulled me in as soon as I read the synopsis! How could a book lover not be enticed by that? Speaking of which, have you read S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst? It’s the same story within the story kind of thing where two people correspond to each other by writing their messages on the book. And the book itself is packaged and formatted like nothing you’ve ever seen before. I was going to link my post about it but since moving from Blogger to WordPress, the images didn’t come out right. I’ll have to show it to you on Instagram.

  • My bullet journal is actually going pretty well. I planned mine like a month or two ago (i’m too excited for this! haha).

    Hope you have a great week, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • Lucky you! But you’re very artsy, Czai. You should show us what you’ve got so far. I’d love to see it!

  • Greg Hill

    Back to the normalcy seems like after the holidays. Nice haul there. I think it does help sometimes to switch it up- review copies or bought copies, it’s so easy to get behind. Hope you have a good reading week. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Greg. I’ve made a promise to myself not to go crazy when publishers send their catalogues. But I know that’s going to be a difficult task. Lol. Keeping my fingers crossed, nonetheless. πŸ™‚

  • Applause! I’ll be curious to see how you’re doing on your next post! Slow and steady, and all that. πŸ™‚

    I like your resolution to get ahead! I’m trying this whole year to both be on top of things and chip away, at least a bit, at my old stuff. We’ll see how it goes!

    • Thanks, Rachel. So far so good. I’ve also decided to listen to the audio books that I’ve downloaded and never got to last year, so I’m full steam ahead. πŸ™‚

  • I used to journal a lot, but I pretty much do all my stuff electronically now. But maybe if I went old school it would get my creative juices flowing again.

    • It’s somewhat relaxing, but if one’s not careful, they could end up a whole lot more stressed because their list is growing and nothing’s getting done. #personalexperience Lol.

  • I completely understand your kids. It’s been a real pain to go back to work after the holidays. I just can’t get situated and I feel so blah. I’m hoping that turns around though.

    Great haul you’ve got there, Joy. Happy reading!

    • It seems that they were away longer this time. Usually, they’re back after the New Year. I think it’s because their last day of school was like right to the bitter end before Christmas. Anyway, so far so good. πŸ™‚

  • Oh nice haul. I hope you enjoy Against a Brightening Sky. I really liked that one.

    Poor kids! πŸ™‚ Totally remember what that was like after a nice vacay.

    • I now own the trilogy but I haven’t read the books. Hahaha. So messed up.

  • I can’t say I was happy going back to work so I understand ur kids πŸ˜‰

    • Sammmmme. I wish we’d win the lottery so I can do this all day long. Lol!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I am so impressed you bullet journal! I love the concept but it seems like it would be tough to find the perfect format, but I would actually love a post on how you use bullet journaling for blogging! I know a lot of journalers use theirs for tasks/as a calendar but that’s what I use Google Calendar for, so I’m really curious to see exactly how it works for you.

    Anyhow, I hope this month is a good one for you, Joy, and Happy Reading!!

    • It is. I’ve ripped up so many pages because I couldn’t decide on what to do. Ultimately, it’s supposed to be a reading journal but I’m still at a loss on how to incorporate all the info I want on there. Sigh.

  • I do so love the cover for Bad Romeo, even though the angst smothered me, haha. Great little haul!

    • Gah! I knew this one was going to be angst-y and a half. *cries*

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s great you had a date night! I have not tried bullet journaling, but I think the concept is cool. Instead, I’m trying to use a better planner this year to keep track of all sorts of things! πŸ™‚ I’ll be curious to see what you think of Possession. I’ve never seen anyone else read it.


    • Next year, I think I’m going to cry and customize my planner to include all the cool stuff about books. Won’t that be cool?

  • I’m going back to school tomorrow as well, so I know how your kids feel. And nice that you got enjoy a date night with your husband as well. Hope the bullet journaling works out better for you now that you’ve found your format. And I actually haven’t heard of any of these books before D:

    • I hope you’re having a great week so far, Olivia!

  • Ah bullet journaling– it’s everywhere these days! As awesome as it sounds, I don’t think it’s a system that would ever work for me. It’s a touch TOO organized for me, I think.

    • It takes away from your reading time and I get too caught up with trying to keep to what I’ve planned on doing. Never works, tbh.

  • Natalie

    I was super gung-ho about bullet journaling for, like, one solid week. Lol. I love looking at other people’s, but decided it’s not really for me. I need to read Possession. I was supposed to for uni my senior year, but was SO over required reading at that point that I just didn’t. Happy reading!

  • What a lovely book haul! I’ve definitely reduced my book buying in the last few months, and am focusing on the ones I have or receive for review. Although it is only 8 days into the new year, ha, so I guess we will see. Have a wonderful week ahead <3

  • You had me at ‘creepy’. Looking this Cutter book up now.
    It’s hard to get back into a routine. Last week was tough – I eased the blow by taking a few extra vacation days. I am dreading tomorrow.
    I hope you have a good week!

    • It’s ginormous, Brandie. I hope you’ll like it. πŸ™‚

  • I don’t know too much about the books you picked up from the Boxing Day sale. We ordered a nice pile of books as well but all but 2 were for my daughter….of course, I can always borrow them. I have Little Heaven coming up soon and I am glad to hear that you seem to be liking it. I always enjoy creepy!

    • Those Book Outlet sales will be the death of me, I swear!

  • Karen

    My goal for 2017 reading is to make a serious dent in my physical TBR pile. I did pretty well with e-books in 2016. I started counting them to see what I had but just when I think I’m done, I find a pile in another room. lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • I want to do that as well. We’ll see how it goes. I’m doing the same with my audio books and so far, it’s going well. πŸ™‚

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Ohh! The Storyspinner. I am dying to read that one. I look forward to your thoughts. I have never tried bullet journaling, but I have heard good things. I am a list person for just about everything and I hear it’s similar? I hope you have a great week!

    • Similar, yes. But most journalers out there are pretty creative! I could watch and read their posts about their bullet journal for hours!

  • Yay for the Bad Romeon in your haul! I adore that story! Chemistry between main characters is out of this world amazing πŸ™‚

    • I hope I’ll be able to handle the angst!

  • I’ve not heard of the Nick Cutter book, but you have me interested. I like creepy. Can’t wait to read your review of it. I can be bad about tackling review books verses my own. Currently, I have two audios and one ebook for review. Both my ebook and audiobook currents are library books. Oh well. I’ll get to my review books soon. Yay! for date night. Hope you have a great week.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Yay for books! Good luck with getting your review ones out of the way πŸ™‚

    Ugh journals. I have two this year, I usually give up after a month though; but I want to give it a proper go. I have one for my bag and the other lives on my desk so I know what I have coming up (the theory is this will make me more organised, although to be fair; I’m pretty well organised in my head – it’s just I sometimes overlook minor things).

    • I hate two as well. Hahahah! As if my life is that disorganized. Oh, wait.

  • I liked the Jaime book. happy reding and have a nice week!

  • read and journaling. You are living my dream life at the moment. I have given up writing stuff with pen and paper, but I miss it.
    at the moment using Onenote, I think it is cool but i cannot doodle on it (not touch screen)

    • Hahaha! It takes away from precious reading time, but it’s oddly relaxing.

      • i think read and journal is showing what you learn from reading something right? or learn something from life. it ain’t all bad.