Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 198

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles | Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran | What Light by Jay Asher | Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson | City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle | Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama | By Your Side by Kasie West | Fates And Furies by Lauren Groff | When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi | The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer | The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie | The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz | You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris | Obama’s Legacy by Michael I. Days | The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius


As you can tell from this week’s pile, I haven’t done much but acquire more books than I can read in this lifetime. But most of these were birthday presents from a couple of weeks ago so I think I’m allowed. Ha. I won an ARC of the latest Tiffany Reisz from Olivia of Olivia’s Catastrophe blog (thanks, hun!) and I got three books for review: one from Penguin Random House Canada and two from Simon & Schuster Canada (much love!).

So grateful to everyone who wished me – however belatedly on my birthday! I’m doing my 2-3 posts a week thing on the blog so if you’re wondering where I’ve been, that’s my excuse.Β I’ve been reading a lot during my disappearance so that’s good. But I’m stuck on romance after a bunch of non-fiction from January.

Freebies From Hell

Last week, iBooks had an email out about some free romance series starters. I should’ve known that they’re only setting a trap for me. Those bastards can read me like the back of their hands. They know that I wouldn’t be able to resist reading the rest of the books in the series. So yeah, damn you, iBooks!

I guess you can say that I read a lot this week because I read the Dirty trilogy from Meghan March and read all the books from Songs of Submission from CD Reiss. I’m working on Barefoot with a Bodyguard at the moment but haven’t started Virtuous and Fair Game. It’s only a matter of time, I tell ya. My Kindle and iBooks are full of romance novels right now.

The Bane of My Existence aka, Net Galley

Feel free to call me out on my bullshit. I pretend to be mad at Net Galley when in reality, I’m so happy to get these books! Lol. I’m especially looking forward to reading Royal Bastards! It’s one of my most anticipated reads this year. I’m sure there are more books available for request since the last time I checked but I’m not going there until I read all of what I have so far. That’s just asking for trouble.

I’ll try to be more present this week. I have some time to read and catch up on what I’ve missed since we have Family Day on Monday (long weekend), so yay! I’d planned on not doing anything else but read.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Thanks for sticking around. πŸ˜€

  • Rachel

    Sigh, I love your haul posts and pretty pictures. Make me all warm and fuzzy inside lol See you read and loved Illuminae. I have that one waiting for me. Flicked through it but was worried I wouldn’t like the format. EVERYONE seems to love it though! R xx

  • Ahhh, so so so many books πŸ˜€ YAY! They all look gorgeous Joy. <3 And oh, I cannot wait to read Strange the Dreamer. I have high hopes for it πŸ™‚ Hope you love it lots. <3 I hope you are having an amazing weekend sweet girl πŸ™‚ Happy reading too. <3

  • Ha, I used to be a sucker for those damn freebies and 1 dollar books. I have sooo many books on my kindle and I’m just like when the fuck did I get this and most importantly…why???
    I hope you have been reading a lot lately, posting every day is so hard so I’m glad you foind a new schedule you like and lets you actually read.

    Nereydaβ”‚ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • Wow, and I thought I was bad at getting too many books at once. I am a mere novice in comparison!
    Happy reading πŸ™‚

    • On the other hand, I just sent in a couple of reviews…so maybe?

  • NetGalley gets me every time, too. I’ve had to stop requesting books from them because I had no self-control! Ha ha.

    I did get a physical galley of Royal Bastards and I’m excited to read it. I hope you enjoy all your new books!

    • I just submitted two reviews on there. I’m trying to fight off the temptation…

  • Sara Walker

    Whoa Lady, so many books! Those freebies get me as well sometimes. It’s hard to resist. They are hardly ever good reads though. Resist, Joy, resist!

  • You crack me up, Those first “freebie” books in a series are a serious trap! And one I am continually falling for.

  • Karen

    I was really bad about 1 clicking Kindle deals last week πŸ™

    I really need to get back on track as I have several Netgalley books that need to be reviewed in march.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • I have no self-control when it comes to freebies! Lol.

  • Yay for all those glorious new books!

    Oh man, freebies. I have SO MANY first of a series novels on my kindle right now (mostly romance or paranormal romance lol). I know what they’re doing, but I download them anyway!

  • RO

    Dang it, Joy! I’ve been off-line working on a project to get my business started and so sorry I missed the BIG day, and hope it was fab! Any reason to snag some free stuff is alright with me, so kudos! Happy Happy Birthday, and hope it was as special as you are! Hugs…

    • Aw. It’s all good, Ro. Thank you! <3 Good luck with your business. Looking forward to reading more about it. πŸ˜€

  • Glad you had a great birthday with lots of books. I really want to read that new Tiffany Reisz book. I’m a huge fan of her work. I hope that you enjoy all of your books and have a great week.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Thanks, Melanie. The time travel thing is intimidating – a little bit. I hope it’s good!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Happy Belated Birthday Joy!!! Sorry I didn’t wish you before! I’ve been falling into the black hole of university work and just seem to be behind on everything from homework to blogging so forgive me. But I am so excited to see what you make of so many books in your haul this week!!! I hope you have a fantastic week ahead, dear!

    • Thanks, hun! It’s all good. You’re busy with school and conquering the world. πŸ˜€

  • Ooh I’ve recently added Under Rose-Tainted Skies to my TBR!! It sounds so good and I really hope to get it soon πŸ˜€

    ~Karina @ A Reader Under The Sea

    • I’ve looked forward to owning a copy since it came out. I hope we’ll both enjoy. πŸ˜€

  • So many glorious books! I’ve been curious about Strange The Dreamer. I’ve never read anything by that author but I heard she’s good!

    • Oh yeah. She’s very flowery, though. And her novels tend to be ginormous!

  • shootingstarsmag

    So many books! I can’t blame you though. I’m curious about You Can’t Have My Hate. I’ll be curious to read your review! And gosh, Netgalley is really getting me lately too! I need to get caught up again.


    • That’s quite a powerful novel – slight, but very impactful.

  • I love Net Galley-too much. I do try and limit myself but sometimes it’s too hard. And me and the one click function on Amazon are on a first name basis. Too many books to ever read I know. It looks like you got quite the book haul. I read Kasie West when I find them on sale, but I can’t remember if I’ve read the one you have. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your weekend of reading and Family Day.

    • I’m only too familiar with that one-click button function on Amazon. πŸ˜€ I’m glad I’m not the only one. Hahaha!

  • Greg Hill

    Royal Bastards is one I’m really excited about too. Enjoy your long weekend and happy birthday!!

    • Thanks, Greg! Though, I’m kind of disappointed the cover is not changing. Oh, well. I guess it’s what’s inside that counts, yeah? πŸ˜€

  • Lots of amazing books here! Seems like you had a fantastic birthday. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! It was very low key but yeah, awesome. πŸ˜€

  • I’m interested in hearing what you think of Tiffany Reisz’s The Night Mark. I was hesitant to request it because of the whole time travel thing. I’m not a huge fan of that. I’ve never heard of Royal Bastards but I’m going to look it up after hearing it’s one of your most anticipated reads.

    Have a lovely Family Day, and rest of the weekend, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • I feel the same way about time travelling, Rachel. It’s a hit and miss for me. So might take me a while to pick it up. πŸ˜€

  • ahhh, so many books. I wish I get that much books on my birthdays. hahaha! I’ve been hoping to get Under Rose-Tainted Skies. Soon, I guess. I’d also love to know your thoughts on City of Saints & Thieves. Saw it on the bookstore and I thought it was interesting.

    • Aw. I hope you’ll get lots of books on your birthday, czai. My husband is worst/best enabler ever. LOL.

  • You know I have a love hate relationship with Netgalley. They do offer some sweet reads though so I am grateful for that, and some of the best books I have read have been from there, books I probably wouldn’t have cared to try out otherwise. I just love adding books to my library whether its physical and e books.

    • I definitely have a better luck on NG rather than Edelweiss. But it’s very tempting to go over board.

  • Jasprit

    I always ask for giftcards for my birthday, just so I can buy all the books! Also my sister never know what I’m in the mood for, so its just easier that way lol. You have a ton of amazing books to look forward to Joy. I also got a copy of Seven Days of You and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Strange the Dreamer. Happy reading! πŸ™‚

    • I don’t even ask. I just go to the bookstore and tell him he’s getting me a stack of books whether he likes it or not. LOL.

  • Romance freebies get me every time, and it’s even worse when those ebook freebies are the first in a fantasy series with like 8 books. I’m looking at you, Pippa Da Costa! Hahaha. I hope you enjoy Royal Bastards, it looks really good!

    • I know right? It’s so easy. Basically, I dowloaded/bought a total of 10 books after I dowloaded the freebies. OMG.

  • Happy reading, Joy! Thanks for sharing!

  • because I;m in Australia, I don’t get some titles, but Netgalley is my version of heaven..

    • Right? I can spend the whole day in there and browse. Lol.

  • So many great new books! I am really curious about Strange the Dreamer. I don’t remember seeing that one on NetGalley so lucky you! I am glad that I am not the only one trying to acquire more books than I could possibly read.

    • It’s massive. I think i got the invite from HBG Canada that’s why it’s not really up on NG.

  • wow that’s a lot of books! happy reading!

  • Did I wish you a happy belated bday? I honestly do not know, if not congrats! πŸ˜‰

  • Grace Fonseca

    You got some great books. Yes Netgalley can be quite tempting indeed.

    Grace @ Books of Love