Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 206


How to Survive A Summer by Nick White | Skitter by Ezekiel Boone | Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka | Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward | The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti | Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

(Books courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada & Simon & Schuster Canada)


The start of a new month always brings me hope for better things to come. It also inspires me to correct my mistakes from the previous month. I completely spaced out in May hence the lack of posts and the very seldom visits you got from me. I would like to change that in June. I gave myself a pep talk along the lines of being physically active again is not an excuse to slack off over here. So I give you permission to give me a slap on the head if I start falling asleep on the job again.

Did any of you go to BEA? Relatively quiet on the social media front. No drama to be had – which is always a good thing. Lol. After I saw a few haul posts on IG, I started to tell my husband that I’m definitely going next year but then I remember that I’m sort of protesting the US’ new administration so I immediately scrap that idea.

Still haven’t been able to get my reading mojo back but I managed to finish Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I just about gave up on it, to be honest. It was confusing af.  There were so many points of view and for a  while, you don’t know where the story was heading. I persevered and mildy enjoyed it. I think it would’ve been a good suspense story if she’d managed to pare down the POVs.

Stop by tomorrow for my review of Only Child by Andrew Pyper. Man, this book is so creepy. It’s his take on three well known classics melded into one:  Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula. My reading slump came at a bad time because my review is supposed to go up tomorrow and I’ve just started reading this over the weekend. It’s a good thing that this book is so compelling!

Anyway, this is it for me, folks. Let me know how your day is going so far.

Happy reading!



  • I wish I could go to BEA, just for the experience honestly! It’s a bit hard to get there from AUS though haha

  • Adriana C

    Hi, I was curious about Into the Water but now I need to read some reviews of it first. thanks
    Enjoy your new books.

  • I started Girl in the Water, but stopped. Just too many POVs for me and the reviews I’ve seen have been mixed. Hoping to love the new Sarah Dessen. And I hope that in a few years (with a new administration maybe) you will come to BEA. It was much quieter this year as they cut back on blogger passes. I was only there briefly, but I always enjoy it!

  • I have noticed too that things have been a bit quieter, maybe its summer and everyone is going on vacations. I am not going to complain though, I like it quieter and less stress, and I like seeing more stuff about blogging and books than all the drama in politics that can be a downer at times. But yes I so want to go to BEA next year, I have never been before.

  • Greg Hill

    I haven’t heard much about BEA, that’s true. I’ve actually seen quite a bit about ALA since I know some bloggers are going there instead. Interesting about Into the Water. I thought Girl on the Train was okay but it didn’t wow me, so was curious how people would receive this one. Thinking I probably won’t rush to get it.

  • Huuugs. Best of luck with blogging Joy 😀 YOU CAN DO IT. <3 And if not, no worries at all 🙂 It's awesome to be doing other things too. <3 I am so bitter about not being able to ever go to BEA and such, lol 🙂 I want all those books and swag so much. Ahhhh. But not getting it. Rude 😀 Anyway. Yay for getting so many books from publisher 😀 That's awesome. Happy reading sweetie. <3 Hope you'll feel like reading a lot soon 🙂

  • It’s so hard finding balance, isn’t it? I tend to get these little productive bursts and then I get lazy or focus on something else. One of these days I’ll get it together. Anyway, don’t beat yourself up over it!

  • I completely understand anyone not wanting to come to the US right now. The number of people coming to visit has drop quite a bit according to the numbers that I’ve seen. I don’t know what con I will go to next year (if I even go to one). I will probably wait to see which ones my friends are going to. That is the most fun, so I like to see how many I can hit at once. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • The Only Child sounds good! Have you watched Penny Dreadful on NetFlix? Or whatever channel it originally was on? It’s kind of like that with Dr. Frankenstein and Dracula and others like Dorian Gray. It was so good and I binge watched it. Getting active does take time especially if you are working and dealing with a house and children etc. I can see why you got behind. You need to quit being mad at yourself because there’s just so many hours in a day!

  • The Only Child sounds really interesting!

  • I still need to read Skitter. Don’t beat yourself up for taking a break from the blog. We all need that from time to time. I would love to go to BEA but I would never hear the end of it if I took a trip like that by myself.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I have Only Child on my wish list, so I’m curious to see what you think. Compelling is good! I see you have How to Survive a Summer; I’ll be interested to see what you think. Honestly, I had to DNF but part of it might just be my current mindset. It’s more of a literary book than I expected I guess? I’ll still have a “review” of sorts up soon.


  • Oh the Only Child does sound creepy. Sorry about Into the Water. Too many POVs. Yep, had one of those. *sigh*

    Hope you have a fun June!

  • Jazmen

    I love when I’m gone and come back and find out you’ve been gone, too. It makes me feel like I’m not alone. This post made me laugh for some reason, you’re so snarky in a good way. Looking forward to your reviews! 🙂

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    Your reading mojo will come back eventually when it’s ready. It’s such a bummer when it goes but it’s also nice to get into new things too. I’ve never been to BEA. Maybe someday.

  • Ooh, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the new Sarah Dessen. I can’t wait to read that one. Happy reading, Joy! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  • I so want to go to BEA next year! This year’s Instagram stories of the people who went had me feeling so jealous and envious (sad, I know). Everything looked amazing! I was so close to buying Into the Water last Sunday. I’m glad I didn’t. And wow, The Only Child sounds freaking fantastic! Can’t wait for your review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • I’m heading to ALA this year instead of BEA. I haven’t seen many posts about BEA—I need to go find some!

  • I’ve stayed away from Into the Water because I’ve heard all the POV’s are too confusing. It doesn’t sound like one I’ll be able to handle.
    I was just feeling this morning like I need a break from everything blog and book related. I’m starting to feel a burnout and I don’t know if I’m just tired from life and my blog is what will suffer first.

  • Karen

    This is the first year I’m not going to any of the book cons. I’m kind of bummed about it but then I look a tall the books I still have (unread) from past cons and I know it’s the right decision. I hope to go to one next year though.

    For What It’s Worth

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Ahhh! I can’t wait to read Sarah Dessen’s latest novel. I pre-ordered a copy and can’t wait to check it out. I hope you enjoy The Fortune Hunter. It wasn’t my favorite of her novels, but I enjoyed it. Sisi, The Empress of Austria, is a really, really compelling character. I hope you had a great weekend!

  • That photo is so beautiful. I can’t stop staring at it!
    I want to know all your thoughts about the Dessen book. I’ve disliked her most recent stuff, but I’m curious about this one.
    I wish I had gone to BEA, but the $$$$ wasn’t something I could afford right now. Especially because I cashed it close to $1.5k for flight back home for the summer. Anyways, I hope you have a great week ahead! 🙂

  • Still haven’t read Into the Water – but I’ve heard many a similar complaint to yours. Sigh, I was looking forward it it, but multiple POVs are hard to pull off.

  • sometimes it is complicated between everything to be really active. happy reading my friend!

  • RO

    No slaps on the head this month, girl. I just want you to mail me that gorgeous teacup! Love ya! Hugs…RO

  • There has not been much drama lately….eeeeek it is coming then

  • I’m glad that I am going to be seeing more of your posts this month 🙂 It seems like a very nice and controlled haul here! I really like the looks of those spines but I have to admit, I don’t know many of these authors at all.

  • Well, as for me, I have not been active when the year started and maybe until next year bc graduating feels and thesis! I have not read any from Paula Hawkins and I think her books are not for me right now. Anyway, I noticed on tour banner that your domain is (dot) com not (dot) ne.

  • I think a few of us need a smack for slacking. We’d end up like the Three Stooges. 😂 I didn’t even realize BEA was going on. Seems like it was quiet this year.

  • kindlemom1

    I can’t wait to read your review for this, it is a lot to meld together so I can’t wait to see what you thought about it and if it worked for you. I didn’t do so well blogging wise for May either but like you said, a new month right?