Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 205


American War by Omar El Akkad | Into The Water by Paula Hawkins | The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

 It saddens me that the last thing I posted on the blog was also a book haul. But what can I say? I’m currently struggling to write book reviews and there’s nothing I could do about it. I used to have discussion posts on the ready for when I’m running behind with book reviews but unfortunately, the creative well is currently dry. So yeah. As much as I want to post something else other than a book haul and an update, I got nothing. You can’t bleed a stone, you know what I mean? Sigh.

I got three books from Penguin Random House Canada that I thought I’d share with you all. I still haven’t bought any physical books as of late. It’s not for the lack of trying, mind you. On Saturday, I went to the bookstore and had three books on hand when I had an accident. I was trying to reach for a copy of A List of Cages when it fell on my face. Let’s just say there was a blood bath as I got a deep gash on my nose because of it. I’m so mad, y’all. I didn’t even have any intentions of going to the bookstore in the first place but hubby so sweetly nudged me to go. I think it’s the bookstore’s way of expressing their disappointment in me for being away for so long. So yeah. I didn’t buy anything this weekend again.

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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I’ve been meaning to read this since I got it. I’m a huge fan of books set in WWII so this fits the bill perfectly. It was very interesting. I was kept in constant suspense in a way that the fate/lives of the characters were always hanging in the balance.


At Attention
by Annabeth Albert
Publication Date: April 10th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I have enjoyed a few of Ms. Albert’s books so I had to request this one on NG as soon I saw it crop up on blogs. It was to be expected. I enjoyed it and will be looking forward to reading the next one in the series.



by London Hale
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

*Snorts* I had to get it. You know what’s weird? I didn’t notice the age difference between them. Ms. Hale didn’t really put that much focus on that aspect of their relationship so I wasn’t mortified as I was with the title. Lol.


This is it for me. I’ve got so much book reviews to write but I really don’t know where to begin. We still have another day off so here’s hoping I’ll be able to write or at least read.

Have a great week, everyone!


  • Adriana C

    Hope your nose is well.
    And also, you aren´t alone, this year had been bad for me, because I haven´t write enough reviews as I should but I just can´t.

  • This is me right now. I’ve read three books that I’m absolutely struggling to write about right now, and I’m frustrated by that. I have this laundry list of non-review post ideas as well, but the thought of sitting down to write sounds like such a bummer that I’d rather do dishes instead. (At least my kitchen is super clean, right?)

  • Curious about your take on Into the Water. I just couldn’t get into it. And lol for DILFs. I guess it’s only fair that there is such a thing….

  • The DILF. I must have that one! I’m feeling the same “the well has run dry” feeling. I am so unmotivated to write at the moment. I think I’m burned out from the daily deluge of dreadful news.

  • Holy hell, you and I could probably be related! I can so see the book on face thing happening to me!! lol
    I do like the cover to DILF! Sounds like a fun read!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    OMG you were attacked by a book! I need to grab The DILF still. I don’t love these books but I like them and they are super quick to get through.

  • I’m struggling to catch up on writing reviews at the moment too Joy. I’m still loving to read but the review side has been sliding while our Aussie group is launching a new blog and getting our shit together. I figure something will have to give eventually.

    I really want to read Into the Water as well so looking forward to your review but what on earth is a DILF? Ohhhhh, just Googled and wouldn’t have picked that. Well colour me intrigued now.

  • Greg Hill

    Yikes, sorry to hear that! I have the same problem with discussion posts, BTW. Sometimes they come to me and other times not so much lol.

    I hope Into the Water is good. I keep hearing mixed things but I was curious…

  • You know, I did think that A List of Cages was a smack you in the face read. Thanks for confirming it. 😉

    I love Annabeth Albert’s writing, and that series, in particular is a favorite of mine.

    Good luck getting those creative juices flowing again!

  • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! It’s okay to take a break from the blog. I do it all the time – I just lose steam and there’s nothing wrong with it!

  • I am not feeling that inspired to write my reviews either. So I can relate a bit. To top it off, I am away from home for three weeks and I left my prescription computer glasses at home. I don’t think I will be able to even write one until I get home. Good thing I had a few in reserve. Your injury looks so painful. I hope it heals fast! Have a good rest of the week!

  • It’s okay! We all run a little bit dry every now and again… I am definitely experiencing that myself at the moment as well. But don’t worry, s’all good because I love your book haul posts as well.

  • RO

    Yikes! Your dilemma is one of the reason I rarely do book reviews anymore. Between thaty and reading for fun, and regular life, I was seriously overwhelmed, and this was before I started blogging! (lol) So I feel your pain. All you can do, is what you can do, right? We love ya! Hugs…

  • Ouch! That sounds incredibly painful!

    Don’t sweat it about in depth posts or reviews. Take your time!

    Ahahaha, I can’t get over the DILF title. Lol.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh no, I’m sorry about your poor nose!! I’m really curious about Everyone Brave is Forgiven – hopefully I can read it soon. And I LOVED At Attention so I’m glad you liked it too.


  • Sara Walker

    Booooo to getting hurt, Joy! And by A List of Cages (which is my favourite read of the year). I read The Dilf this weekend, I am glad you enjoyed it. We missed you on Saturday!! I hope you have a good week.

  • Oh no! I can’t believe that book attacked you like that. How horrible! I hope you are better now. Sometimes you just aren’t feeling it in terms of the blog. It happens. Enjoy your new books!

  • they’re all new to me I confess. Happy reading!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Sorry about your bookstore injury. Yikes! Bookworm problems. I hope you are ok. I look forward to your thoughts on Everyone Brave is Forgiven. I really want to read that one! Have a great week.

  • I love reading your book haul updates, Joy and those quick reviews are great, so I’ll be here no matter what/when you post. 🙂
    But oh my gosh, girl. That bookstore injury sounds awful! I hope you’re okay! Clearly the bookstore missed you.
    Haha love your thoughts on The DILF. I was mortified by the title too, but I can’t get enough. The 4th book in the series will be about a priest and the sex shop owner! How scandalous! 🙂
    Have a good week ahead, Joy!

  • Keep on writing short ones 🙂

  • Hugs. <3 No worries about not posting more 🙂 I totally understand not feeling up for it. But hope you are doing good at least. <3 And ahh! That bookstore accident sounds awful o.O Hope you aren't too badly hurt. (Saw on instagram; looks so painful.) And aw, no books that day either, for comforting? RUDE. Hopefully you'll want to buy more books some other time 😀 But yay for getting publisher books. <3 Hugs. Happy reading Joy and happy healing too 😉