Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 201

The Rising by Bairbre Tóibín | Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton | The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie | The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christine


How was your weekend? I can’t believe how fast time is passing by. We’re days away from April! Where did the time go? It’s Spring break this week so the kids have the week off – lucky buggers! I wish I can take the time off as well but alas, work and such. Speaking of work, there’s a great possibility that they’ll keep me on so I’m crossing my fingers. My contract ends mid-April, so this is good news! I don’t really want to go out there and look for a job again. Just thinking about interviews gives me the heebies. Wish me luck. 🙂

T H I S   W E E K’ S   H U B R I S

Aside from Traitor to the Throne which I ordered from Book Depository, the rest of my haul from last week were from publishers (much love to HBG Canada for The Rising and Simon & Schuster Canada for the Versailles books). The Enemies of Versailles will be stopping by on the blog on Thursday. There will be a giveaway and a post from Sally so I hope you’ll stop by next week.

T I M E L E S S    T O U R

Speaking of which, Simon & Schuster Canada approached me a couple of weeks ago regarding their historical fictions that are set to come out in the next couple of months. I decided to participate in each of the stops that will start on the 27th. I hope you’ll stop by and join us!

R E A D   T H I S   W E E K

When Friendship Followed Me Home was so good. I cried. Lucky Boy was also good. I also cried. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was fantastic. I get it now. I get the reluctant fascination. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil was fucking awesome. I read it twice. Back to back.  And I think I’m going to read it again because it’s Melina Marchetta and that woman owns my soul.

Have a great week, everyone!

  • Yay for getting such gorgeous books 😀 Traitor to the Throne is SO gorgeous. <3 (You do know that it is out in the US too now, yes? 😀 I have both, lol.) And aw, BEST OF LUCK sweetie 😀 I'm sure you will get the renewal. <3 Hugs.

  • Fingers crossed for your contract renewal. Job hunting isn’t fun

  • Traitor to the Throne is one that I’ve been meaning to get to for ages! And I’m interested to see how the historical fiction tour turns out, because it sounds awesome. Good luck with your job! Fingers crossed that your contract gets extended. 🙂

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I look forward to your thoughts on the Versailles series. I read book one, but never continued. Hope you have a great week!

  • Good luck on the job! I need to read All The Ugly and Wonderful Things.

  • I hope they keep you on at work. They’d be stupid not to. I’m so glad you like All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I hope you review it, because I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

  • I do hope your job decides to keep you on. Looking for a new job is just no fun. I have never read a book multiple times back to back. I must check out Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil to see what this is all about.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I hope your job keeps you on! I hate interviewing for jobs. I really do want to read Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Glad you loved it so much.


  • Wishing you luck – they would be crazy not to keep you!
    I still haven’t mustered up the courage to read All the Ugly Wonderful — maybe this summer?

  • *crosses fingers* Hope they keep you on! Love the pics… and I have a bookshelf… uh shelves you need to organize for me… *sad puppy dog eyes* 😉 I got enough of that this past week… 🙂

  • RO

    Keeping my fingers crossed on the FT thing at work, Joy! However, I really think you need to offer some courses on library or bookcase organization, girl! you’re fantastic at it! Do you coordinate your books by color, too? Yes!!!!

  • It’s a good thing you forgot your purse that day at the bookstore! Kind of, at least. Anyway, these are some beautiful looking books as well. I know time is going fast and it’s kind of stress-worthy as my exams are creeping closer and for some reason, the more I study the more unprepared I feel…

  • Looks like a great week for you. I wish I was on spring break too, or like you, that I actually got a spring break. Ha! Adulting sucks so much sometimes. *sigh*

    I’ve got my fingers crossed that your current job extends your contract and that you won’t have to interview or look for a new one.

  • Good luck – I hope you get to stay on at the job!!
    I’m so happy you enjoyed All the Ugly and Wonderful Things!

  • I haven’t read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things but from what I’ve heard, I find it so disturbing!! Maybe one day I’ll pick it up. I’m glad you’re still on your job! Hopefully they renew the contract and you stay longer 🙂

  • oh yes finding new jobs is a nightmare, its what I am doing right now and I can’t wait to find a solid job again.

    This historical reading tour sounds so fun….hope you enjoy it!!

  • Karen

    Good luck for getting that job keeping you on!

    All your reads last week look pretty intense. I’m keeping up with my March reading goals – one more book to go so I’m happy.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • Fingers crossed that they’ll keep you on, Joy! It sounds like you enjoy working there. 🙂
    I’m excited to see you loved the Marchetta! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it at first because it’s so so different from the rest of her titles, but I should have known she’d write another strong story. And wow you read it twice back to back! I obviously need to pick it up soon!
    Have a fabulous week, Joy!

  • Wow! Back-to-back reads—this is the second time in a week that I’ve seen someone say that they did that. A book has to be pretty darn amazing to inspire that! Good luck with the job—hope it works out for you!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    Good luck with your job! I hope you get to stay. I’m with you on interviews. The thought makes me want to vomit. I have a copy of Traitor to the Throne but I have to read book one first. I really do look forward to starting the series.

  • Contract jobs can be tough, since you’re never sure if your contract will be extended. I’m in a contract job right now. I have been since May. It got extended in December and will last through the end of the year. One of the full-time employees just quit, so there is an opening. I really hope I get it, but there are two other contractors who could get it too. I hope you enjoyed all of your books and the ones to come. Have a great week.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Gah I still need to read Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. I AM A FAILURE OF A MARCHETTA FAN, I AM.

    Historical fiction isn’t really my thing, but I do delve into it from time to time to broaden my horizons – will definitely be checking out your posts for some recs!

  • Those look good 😀

  • happy reading my friend and have a nice week!