Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 203

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley | The Chosen by J.R. Ward | You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik | Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Literally by Lucy Keating | Exit West by Mohsin Hamid | Saga Volume 7 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn


How was your weekend, y’all? Well, good news! They offered me a full-time, permanent position! Thanks to all of you who wished me good luck. My boss finally talked to me on Friday and asked me if I wanted to stay on. I’m so relieved, you guys! To not have to worry about going on job hunts and interviews make me so happy. I’m basically keeping the position I was doing and the person I did the maternity relief for is assuming a different role when she comes back in a week. So good news all around since I don’t have to train for another position. My boss did say they’re going to cross-train me in other areas sometime in the future so I’m looking forward to that.

This Weekend.

I started my Spring cleaning on Saturday. I aerated the soil on my front and back lawns in time for Spring growth, then I managed to talk my husband into cleaning out the garage. We got rid of a bunch of stuff and donated it to our neighborhood charity shop. Next weekend is a long weekend which means I’ve already got a few things lined up on what to tackle next. I’ve got some lawn furniture and planters to spray paint and a laundry room to organize. I also want to tackle the dirt and grime on our patio blocks, as well, the caked-on grease on hubby’s barbecue. I’m exhausted just thinking about what’s ahead. Lol. But adulting is exhausting as you know. 🙂

We had such a warm day on Saturday (it got up to 19 C) then the temperature plummeted to -2 the next day. Egad. I had to break out my winter coat again because the bitter cold wind was whipping all day yesterday. It’s supposed to stay frigid for the next two days. Let’s hope it’ll be warm by the time long weekend rolls in.

I went thrifting and found these:

I’ve always wanted to read a Tana French novel but I’ve yet to find the time. I found this Broken Harbor copy which looks practically brand new. Also a huge fan of Linda Howard so I try to find her backlist of books. They’re a rarity at my charity shop so really surprised to score these!

R  E  A  D    L  A  S  T     W  E  E  K

Promises to Keep was a learning experience. Strange the Dreamer was freaking amazing. The Unexpected Everything and I did not get along. The Chosen was really good.

 So that was my week. How was yours? 

  • * High five * Congrats on landing the permanent job Joy!
    Looks like you’ve got some good reads, I am so behind on my JR Ward reads!

  • Congratulations on your job, Joy! Job hunting can be time consuming and tiresome task, now you can spend all that time reading. I can relate to you feelings about windy and cold weather. We had snow on Easter. I just want sunny and warm days.

  • Yay! I didn’t know you were up for a permanent position. That is great! I hope that I get one by the end of May (still not sure, but my contract is good through the end of the year). I didn’t read The Chosen. I stopped after The Shadows. I’ve just gotten too bored with the series. I might give them another try later. Too many other books have my eye right now. I hope you’re having a great week.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • YAAAY 😀 Congrats Joy. <3 SO glad you got the job longer 😀 Yesss. And yay for getting bunch of books too 😉 They all look awesome. <3 Ahh. 19c? SO JEALOUS. But only for one day? HOW RUDE. lol. Wish I could get one hot day too 🙂 Hope you are doing good sweetie. <3

  • Congratulations on the permanent job! Super pleased for you 🙂

  • Congratulation on the permanent job, such good news! You made me tired just thinking about all the work you are doing and still have left to do-all while working. And you are right adulting is hard!

  • Congratulations!!!! I’m SO happy for you!! What great news. 🙂

    I’m going to start my spring cleaning tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to it. Even though I clean weekly, it needs a thorough deep clean.

    We had snow on Friday. WTF?! Thankfully it’s gone and the temps are better – more like spring, as it should be.

  • Greg Hill

    Congrats on the job! Yay that’s awesome. And Tana French is an author I’ve been wanting to try, I have The Secret Place on my TBR after seeing an enthusiastic review for it. Hoping to try it soon!

    Hope your long weekend is awesome. 🙂

  • Yay! Congratulations about having that permanent job! I am so happy for you <3 And it looks like you have some lovely new books to celebrate with as well. I've heard brilliant things about Gekerella. I'm glad you were able to love Strange The Dreamer as well!

  • Congrats on the job!

    Ugh, that sucks about The Unexpected Everything – the cover is just too cute!
    I really need to get back into Ward’s books.

  • Congrats on the job offer! I am so happy for you. One less stressful thing in your life. Spring cleaning started here a couple of weeks ago but I find myself getting side tracked. Enjoy all of your new books!

  • oh so many great books and congrats on the new job!! that is fantastic. I really want to grab up The Chosen, I have been hearing some great things especially since I enjoyed reading Beast so much.

  • I want Strange the Dreamer. WANT!!! 🙂

    YaY for the full-time position!! So glad you got the job!

    Ugh… don’t get me started on the weather. It’s been hard on my girl pup and me.

  • Congrats on the job! Yay! I used to read Linda Howard a lot, but I haven’t kept up with her books. I also bought Geekerella last week.

  • Oh no, how could a book with that many dogs on the cover go so wrong?! You had a very productive weekend! The most I accomplished was buying food, prepping a little for the week and finally picking up the sticks and branches from the front and back yard.

  • I absolutely LOVE Tana French! If you’re looking for a moody, atmospheric, character-driven mystery, then she’s a perfect pick. I remember being totally blown away by her talent when I read In the Woods.

  • Karen

    I’m exhausted just reading about your ambitious plans! lol

    I’m feeling soooo lazy lately but I need to get back into the garden and dig up the winter flowers and put in the heat tolerant kind.

    For What It’s Worth

  • kindlemom1

    Yay! So excited and relieved for you about the position, that is just awesome, congrats Joy! And you are off to a great start for your spring cleaning!!

  • Yay! I’m so happy you got the full-time part! That’s really exciting. 🙂
    Geekerella and You’re Welcome, Universe! Your haul is already epic. I’m also excited to see what you think of Tana French. I’ve read only one book by her, but I really enjoyed it. I definitely need to pick up more from her.
    I hope you have a great week ahead, Joy! 🙂
    Happy reading!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Congrats on the job! That is fantastic. I also have started doing some spring cleaning, but haven’t done too much outside yet. I need to – our patio is a disaster area from this past winter. What did you think of Matson’s book? It’s quite long and not my favorite of her novels. I hope you have a great week!

  • Woo Joy, I’m so happy for you! What an absolute relief. <3

    Have to laugh at the 19C – when it's under 25C here, we bring out the blankets and heaters and woolly clothing XD

    Will be interested to see what you think of the Tana French, I've read one of hers, and it took me some time to get through, but I thought the characters were well-drawn.

  • I haven’t read any but I hope you’ll enjoy your new books! have a lovely week

  • Omg great news! YAY