Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 202

Welcome to the latest edition of my hoarding madness. These are the books I got this week.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren | Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland | Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson



How was your weekend? Since hubby usually has the Fridays off, I took it off as well to spend time with the kids because it’s their last day of Spring break. Β I thought we would make a family day out of it. Unfortunately, nothing I wanted to do panned out. My husband had a work meeting from 8 to 10, then my daughter made plans with one of her friends. My boy didn’t want to go see Beauty and the Beast with me because he thinks the movie is “lame”. So I pretty much hung out in my bedroom for most of the day until everybody got home.

I wasn’t there when my boss had a meeting with HR about my position. So my office mate sent me a text while I was having lunch with hubby that there’s some good news waiting for me when I get in on Monday (sometime later today, I guess). Wish me luck! I love the people there. Most of them are lifers, pretty much but they treated me like I’m part of their family since day one. Admittedly, this job is not that challenging but I don’t really mind. It’s time I start thinking about retirement and since they offer a good package, I think I’m going to stick it out.


I met briefly with Kristie of Lost in Ever After to borrow her ARC of The Love InterestΒ on Friday. I started reading it right away. I wish I can say this is worth all the hype but unfortunately, it’s not looking good. My review will probably be up in the next couple of weeks but it’s a dud so far. So disappointing.

I started reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. You guys. This book is so good. The world-building is astoundingly vivid; the characters are larger than life and the plot, simply amazing. I don’t know how else to explain this book but man, you have got to read it! Yet again, I find myself loving a fantasy book. I’ve been having such a great time immersing myself in worlds that are more often, beyond my imagination.

Ackkkk Alex, Approximately. You don’t know how much I’ve pined for a copy of this book! I wish I can read it right now but I have a few obligations and books I’ve started that I need to finish. Dying. Dyingggg to read this book! Also, Waking Gods. Whelp.

I’m reviewing Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham on the blog on Tuesday as my stop for Simon & Schuster Canada’s Timeless Tour. I hope you’ll stop by.

Well, that’s it for me. I hope you’ll have a great week!

  • That looks like you’ve acquired so many good books lately! I can’t wait to read Alex, Approximately as well, because I enjoyed the authors other book so much as well! Oh, and I have heard everyone raving about Strange The Dreamer. You’ll be next πŸ˜€

  • You’ve found some fantasy! Hooray! And now I suppose I’ll have to pick up Strange the Dreamer. I’ve been going back and forth on it. I hope you were happy with your news!

  • oh I am sorry the day did not go for you as well as you liked, but I am still hoping you had a good weekend and all. I want to read Strange the Dreamer. I haven’t read anything by her yet tho so a little nervous. Looks like I dodged the bullet on The Love Interest

  • Sorry your day off didn’t pan out πŸ™ That’s what usually happens to me too. I’m determined to see Beauty & the Beast this weekend. Last weekend we were snowed out.

  • I just saw Laini Taylor last night and I’m excited to read Strange the Dreamer now!!

  • Sara Walker

    I want Strange the Dreamer and I want it now! Haha. I need to wait a couple weeks. But believe you me, it will be mine! I hope you got good news at work, Joy. Enjoy all the books!

  • Ahh, I’m so jealous you’ve got a chance read Strange the Dreamer. I can’t wait to read it! I saw Beauty and the Beast with a friend and her son and really enjoyed it. It’s too bad your planned day didn’t work out the way you wanted it to but at least you had some good news related to your job.

  • I wish I lived near you! I’ve been trying to get someone to go to B and the B with me. Clearly I need new friends irl. I’m waiting for the library to get me Strange the Dreamer!

  • Oh sorry you planned a family day but it didn’t work out. But awesome about work, huh. Hope you love the news. Also, I’m looking forward to read Strange the Dreamer too. It sounds like a great story. Sorry the Love Interest didn’t work for you though. Enjoy the rest of your week πŸ™‚

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I hope you received some good news. Fingers crossed! I look forward to your thoughts on Alex, Approximately. I have high hopes for that one. Have a good week!

  • I hope you got some good news yesterday! And don’t you hate it when your plans fall through? Sorry that happened. I hope you got some reading done that day. Or any day :). Looks like you got quite the book haul. Not familiar with them so I will be interested in what you think. Have a great rest of the week Joy!

  • Greg Hill

    Waking Gods and Alex, Approximately are two I want to read, and I’ve been thinking about PAper Girls too. Nice haul! And congrats on good things at work!

  • Best wishes for the job news, Joy!

    I’m eager to hear what you think of Alex Approximately. Keep us updated! πŸ™‚

  • Sorry the family day didn’t work out well! Good luck on the job!

    Laini Taylor has been on my TBR for months. Maybe I need to read this one!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Aw, I’m sorry the day off with the family didn’t really work out. Yay for good news from work though! I really want to read Strange the Dreamer – I need to get a copy. I love Laini Taylor! Bummer The Love Interest isn’t really panning out so far.


  • Sorry your day off with the family didn’t work out the way you wanted. It happens. I have to sit my teen down once a week and have her tell me all of the things we have to do that week. I can’t keep up with it and then all of her last minute plans.

    I need to start reading Waking Gods and I want Strange the Dreamer. Enjoy!

  • I cannot wait until I read Waking Gods! I’m so excited! And I’m reading Strange the Dreamer, and I totally agree. IT IS SO GOOD.

    Ughhh that sucks about The Love Interest. I was so looking forward to it. And YAY TO JOB NEWS. But sad about your Friday. Beauty and the Beast isn’t lame, ok? I hope you get to watch it at some point!

  • I hope it was all good news! It sounds like a great place to work. We also so need to live closer together. I’d totally go to B&B with you. I have yet to see it as well. πŸ™

    I NEED Strange the Dreamer! I love her writing and I’m excited you have been enjoying the book.

  • Jasprit

    I’m glad to see that you’re enjoying Strange the Dreamer Joy, I just really struggled with that book. And I pre-ordered my copy of Alex Approximately and just checked Amazon and now they don’t know when it’ll be back in stock, so I’m tempted to order it from TBD, but they always take so long with their books and I don’t know if I can wait that long! And that;s great that you have something good news to look forward to when you go to work today! I hope you have a great week! πŸ™‚

  • I’m curious about Alex, Approximately…and is Strange the Dreamer the start of a series. I hate series commitments…
    I hope you got fantastic news today!!!!

  • YAY for getting lots of gorgeous books πŸ˜€ They all look awesome. <3 Happy reading Joy πŸ™‚ And aw, I hope the job news was the most awesome πŸ˜€ Eeee! I still haven't gotten to see Beauty and the Beast either. Sniffs. Soon, I hope. And oh. Strange the Dreamer.. I finished it yesterday.. and I did not love it πŸ™ Not once. Sooooobs. Feel so disappointed, haha πŸ˜€ So curious for your review, though. <3

  • I’m seeing Laini Taylor tonight, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

    So sorry you weren’t able to have family time after all ): And fingers crossed about the position!!!

  • I can’t wait to hear what the good news is. Good luck!! It’s great to work in an environment that’s positive. And you work with your hubby, how cool!

  • I’m so happy to hear you love your job and good news can only mean one thing, right?? Keep us updated!
    Oh that’s such a bummer that The Love Interest is a dud. I was so curious about it.
    Anyways, ditch all the books and read Alex. It’s worth ditching the books for!
    I hope you have a fabulous week ahead and I hope you can drag someone with you to Beauty & The Beast!

  • kindlemom1

    Oh I hope everything turns out great at work! Funny how sometimes our best laid palns for time off don’t always work out huh? I hope you get a chance to see Beauty and the Beast though, it was fantastic and definitely worth it. πŸ˜‰

  • Karen

    Hopefully you have gotten wonderful news at work by the time you read this!

    I hope you like Alex!

    For What It’s Worth

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I have an ARC of Love Interest too, I’m so sorry to hear it’s not worth the hype! Ugh, I’m not looking forward to diving into it now… :/ But yay for Strange the Dreamer! I’m in the midst of midterms but I’ve been sneaking in only about a chapter a day, but it’s so, so good and the writing makes me want to melt into the pages and escape. I just love Laini Taylor.

    Good luck and a tentative early congratulations for the good news you’re about to receive on Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week and I’ll definitely be stopping back on the blog! πŸ™‚

  • Fingers crossed!

  • I hope everything will be great for your job! happy reading and have a nice week

  • Good news? Yay! They better offer you a permanent position. I’m reading Waking Gods now and it’s interesting so far. But omg, hurry and get to Alex! So good! <3