Hello.


Well, praise be Jesus! Look who came back from the dead! (Again).

How have you all been? I miss the shit out of every single one of you. 🙂 It’s been at least a couple of months of book-less and blog-less emptiness over here in my house, y’all. *sobs* On Friday night, I was all of a sudden overwhelmed with the need to start writing again. I managed to write 3 reviews that night and continued writing right through Sunday afternoon. In case you’re not aware, it’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada so I have an extra day to actually schedule some stuff for you. I’m hoping to get back into commenting again during the week and see what you all have been up to. Gah. I’m missing so much, aren’t I?

I’ve been sick this week so I stayed home on Friday and decided to request a bunch of romance books on Net Galley. I read four in two days. Lol. I’ll have to share my thoughts on them in the near future.

The Beauty and Obese

So what have I been up to? Well, on my last update to you I mentioned that I was taking the time to get fit. I’m happy to say that I’ve reached my goal of a 50-lb weight loss in 4 months! I still have another 25 to go and since it’s the last few pounds that are usually the hardest to lose, I’m most likely going to work my ass off even harder than before. One of these days, I’ll have to share my before and after picture. The changes still boggle my mind.

For the better part of the summer, I clocked some insane amount of steps. My gym had a team steps challenge that I participated in. My daily goal went from 10K to 30K with a couple of days where I took 40-50K steps. I freaking walked everywhere – like a mad woman possessed! I’m happy to announce that my team won. I ended up with 1.17M steps during the 45 days of the challenge. I’m also happy that it’s over because between the four classes a day and the walking, I was exhausted for most of the summer.

Rereads

I’ve also spent a lot of time rereading books. I honestly couldn’t start a new book during my time off. I went with the familiar or books that I’ve loved in the past. As pictured above, I reread a couple of Charley Davidson novels, Melina Marchetta’s latest, Sandra Brown’s Lethal, and The Hating Game. I reread a lot of romance novels as well.

The Downside

Because I haven’t been writing or reading, I think a couple of publishers have given up on me. They’ve sent me an email asking where my reviews are. Another downside? I went from being 25 books ahead of schedule to 12 behind. But I caught up soon enough. I neglected Goodreads so there were a few books that I’ve read before my break that I didn’t mark as ‘read’. I’m now a mere 2 books ahead of schedule. Lol.

Well, I think this is all for now. It’s gotten longer than expected. I just wanted to say hi and tell you all about my life so far. I also would like to send my love to all those affected by the devastating hurricanes, the massive earthquake in Mexico, and lastly, to the families of the victims of the Las Vegas terrorist attack.

I love you all.

  • Welcome back Joy! It’s great to see you around again. Congrats on the weight loss! Wish I had your motivation, that is amazing!
    I have been blah when it came to romances so kind of curious which books you devoured so quick lately!

  • It is so good to check in with you, Joy! Congrats on the weight loss…you really worked your butt off. I know it feels great. I lost 70 pounds the year I turned 30 and it was amazing. I would say to not let the blog stress you out. Post when you feel like it…we will be here 🙂

  • Wow – congrats on the 50 pounds. That’s such an amazing accomplishment. While I miss seeing you around, I completely understand that sometimes you need to take a step back and concentrate on something important to you. I’ve done it, and it’s really good to have a break sometimes!

  • Rachel

    Hello, stranger! Hope you are keeping well!

    WOW 50LBS?! That’s amazing! And here’s me all proud of my 15lbs loss! Lol Though did you say in this post you’re doing 4 workout classes A DAY?! HOW?! Amazing result though, looking forward to the transformation blog post!

    Great to see you back. And as for publishers asking for where reviews are, unless you’re being paid to review, that’s not part of the deal!!! Lol R xx

  • HELLO 😀 I miss you lovely girl. <3 Yessss for wanting to write blog posts at the moment 😀 YAY! I hope you are doing the very best sweetie. <3 And ahh, you are so busy lately 🙂 And I'm totally jealous of your weight loss. Ahh. YOU ARE AMAZING JOY 😀 Happy reading and training and living and just everything. <3

  • Welcome back and congrats on all those steps! I can’t imagine you had time for anything but walking? Maybe get a set of headphones and audiobooks!

    Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Yay! You are back! I haven’t been blogging at the rate I usually do…you get burned out from time to time and need to step back. I am so happy for you and the fact that you hit your weight loss goal. WOW! Congrats! I know how hard it is and what commitment it takes. Well done! I look forward to more posts! 🙂

  • Wow, it sounds like your break was very productive! If I were to take a break I’d likely sit myself down on the couch and watch old horror movies for weeks 😉 Fabulous job on getting healthy! I have to exercise regularly because my back will go out if I get lazy but it’s a struggle.

  • Everyone is allowed a break from time to time. Those publishers will come back to you, or you might even end up making some new connections. And as for being reviews behind, I am right there with you. We will catch up with time. Congratulations on all that serious work paying off in terms of getting healthy. You own it, girl 😀

  • Wow I can’t believe publishers actually emailed you to know where your reviews were. Wow. Well you don’t need them anyways because you needed that break. AND YOU’RE BACK. HI JOY. Also you caught up on your challenge really quickly. I am so glad I set my challenge to 1 book, because I think I would have been too pressured to even try.

    Anyways, glad you’re back! And yes I would love to see your before and after photos!

  • Karen

    Hiiiiiii!!!

    I miss you around here but at least I can still stalk you over on Instagram lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • Joyousreads

      Lol. Stalk away. 🙂

  • Jazmen Greene

    You know, you keep putting us to shame with all of your fabulousness. Losing weight putting us to shame! Glad to see you back!

    • Joyousreads

      Thanks, Jaz. <3

  • Welcome back Joy! I’ve missed you!

    It’s great your fitness journey is going so well (all those steps!) and I hope you’re feeling better now.

    There’s nothing wrong with re-reading books, they’re great comfort reads aren’t they? I’m always amazed at how much I forget when I read things again haha

    • Joyousreads

      Thank you! I’m happy to be back. 🙂

  • First off Happy Thanksgiving. My father is Candadian and most of my extended family lives in Alberta so I celebrate all the Canadian holidays too because I just love Canada.

    Good for you on your fitness goals…walking can really take a lot out of you right? I think more than running sometimes.

    I am so glad to have you back, sure have missed you!! 🙂

    • Joyousreads

      Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

      I’m so glad to be back too. I honestly miss interacting with my readers and friends.

  • Natalie

    Hello! Dude. I have totally missed you and 50 lbs is ammmmmazing!!! Good for you. I love rereading. I always turn to it when I find myself struggling to get through anything new. 💛

    • Thanks, Nat! I hope you had a great summer holidays with your husband. I have to catch up to what’s going on with you. Did you ever find a position close by? I hope you did. <3

      • Natalie

        I did! I found an amazing school and I’m home!

  • Welcome back! Those weight-loss results are nothing short of spectacular—good for you!!!

    • Thanks, Nicole. I was practically living at the gym. Lol.

  • Holy shit, Joy. That’s amazing. I can’t even begin to fathom walking 1M+ steps in 45 days. I’m still at the trying to get 10K daily and I’m freaking lazy. But congrats on that, that’s just freaking outstanding!

    I’m so glad to see you around again, I’ve missed you. You had me at romance novels, which ones have you been re-reading?

    <3<3<3

    • It was insane. My husband helped me though. He pushed me everyday. Lol. He wanted my team to win more than I wanted us to win. Hahaha.

      I’ve reread a bunch from Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland, Helena Hunting just to name a few.

  • Joy my darling! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been sick, same same. I’m at the tail end of the flu and only just getting back into reading. Your weight loss has been remarkable and such a testament to all your hard work and perseverance. An absolute inspiration. I’m stoked to hear you getting back into writing for the blog again, I miss you! I think it’s year of the blog slump. Most of the blogs I used to visit last year are all on a hiatus or just unmotivated this year. Myself included. I’ve been trying to push through it but looking forward to taking a big brake over Christmas and come back refreshed in the new year as well.

    • Kells!!! I miss you so. so much. How are you? I’m sorry I haven’t been around. But I’ll be sure to stop by your blog and see what I’ve missed. Oh noes. I know what’s that like. It’s hard to get motivated to blog when your blogging friends have been MIA. I sure hope you’ll be back, too. I miss your brilliance and your intelligent reviews. <3

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    YAY, you’re back! Congrats on all of your success with your weight loss goals!

  • I love too, get well soon. You have done pretty well if I do say so myself. Sorry for not visiting often.. babies are well… babies

    • Oh it’s all good. I know what that’s like. Though mine are already grown, they still want their mama for everything.

      i hope you’re well.

  • 4 in 2 days wow 😀 But then that must have been needed if you requested a bunch 😉

    Walking rocks

    • Haha. Yes. Thankfully, I requested the right novels. They were all good!

  • Hey Joy! Happy to see you there! I’m glad everything is ok for you. I hope to see you soon again! I don’t realize for the loss because well we use kg but I imagine it is a lot

    • Thanks, Melliane! I lost about 20 kilos. 🙂

  • Welcome back, Joy, and congratulations on your fitness accomplishments and goals! I totally understand being so tired. Sandra Brown re-read? Who can resist! 🙂

    • Rachelllllll! I can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to. I would imagine I missed a bunch of good books that you’ve read in my absence. Sigh.

  • Congrats on the weight loss! Glad to see you back–I hope you continue reaching any and all goals. Also, I’m swooning over that book photo at the top of this post. Lovely!

  • Good to see you back! Missed you!

    WTG on the weight loss!! Sounds like you are rockin’ it! You are amazing!

    Can’t wait to see more posts from you again!!

    • Hi, Melissa!

      I definitely missed you. I would imagine you’ve not been happy with what’s going on lately? Damn those idiots at the WH, Congress, and Senate. Grrrrr.

  • HIII, I’ve missed your posts so much! Congrats on losing weight and trying to live a healthier lifestyle – that’s awesome!!! *applauds* You should be really proud of yourself! <3 I've slowly been getting back into my working out and I'm really enjoying it!

    I've been so slack with reviewing lately it's a wonder I haven't received any emails from publishers! I need to try to get back on track but I've been so busy with school! 🙁

    It was great reading one of your posts again! <3

    • Hi Kyra! Thanks so much. It’s been tough writing reviews before I took a hiatus – I just couldn’t find a groove. Let’s hope we’ll both be cured of our book reviewing maladies. Lol.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Hey! Nice to see a new post from you. That’s awesome you lost so much weight in such a short time. I’m still on a hospital led weight loss program. I’m hoping to get more exercise in now that the weather is getting better, and I started two dance classes, so we’ll see. I’ve only lost around 45, but it’s a slow process. LOL Woah on the steps over the summer though! That’s crazy, but good for you!! Yay for re-reading books. I often want to do that but don’t make the time.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Hi, Lauren! Ohh I can’t wait to see your journey as well. We should totally share our experiences. 45 lbs is a lot! It’s such a great feeling, isn’t it?

  • Wow! You’ve been busy. That is a crazy number of steps you were getting. It is also amazing at your weight lost. Great job! I do think that sometimes taking some time away from the blog world is for the best. Just to recharge. I’m glad that it worked for you. {{hugs}}

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I have seen a bit of you on Instagram so I knew about your wonderful weight loss, but 50 pounds is amazing! I have missed these posts from you-a lot. Sometimes I guess you need to take a break and recharge so that’s a good thing 🙂 Glad you are back!

    • Thanks, Lorna. I’m trying to keep up slowly and hoping to do some advance posting. Wish me luck!

  • I’m so happy to see you back!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! 50 lbs is AMAZING. I’m super proud of you and how hard you’ve been working. I know it wasn’t easy and will continue to be hard to maintain. You are so awesome – I’m thrilled for you!!
    I’ve missed you a lot around here, but I understand what you were going through. I’m glad to see you making your way back to us. 😉

    • Thanks, Brandie! I want to be at your level where I can eat whatever I want without ever feeling guilty. I’m not there yet, but I don’t mind putting in the work at all. Your encouragement is always welcomed. <3

  • Joy!!!! I’m so happy to see a post from you. I’m really really proud of you for your weight loss. You’ve definitely worked your butt off.
    That’s so strange that those publishers demanded where your reviews are. I’ve never had that happen to me … Anyways, you keep doing you!

    • Thank you, Nick. I am so happy to be back in the blogosphere. I’m hoping I can keep a semblance of regularity now that I’ve broken the ice. Lol.

      Anyway, I know. It sucks but that’s ok. Less books for reviews, less pressure. <3

  • RO

    Joyous Joy, you and your wittiness have been greatly missed, and I’m thrilled to hear about life in general. Girl, you go with the weight loss. Sounds like you put in some serious work, and I need to take a page out of your book. You sure got in some reading quick! Those teacups look fab, by the way! Hugs…RO

    • Thanks, Ro! Also thank you so much for always checking up on me. You have no idea how much it helped. You brought smiles when I needed it. <3

  • kindlemom1

    50 pounds in 4 months is seriously amazing and you should be proud of yourself for sure! Congratulations!!! It is so good to see you though, I’ve been thinking a lot about you and have been wondering how you were doing with everything. 😉

    • Ali! I miss you. <3 Can't wait to catch up to what I've missed on your blog.

  • Hmmm … I think I remember you. 😛 Glad to see you posting. And I’m EXTRA glad your weight loss is going well and that you’re feeling good. <3

    • ^.^

      I hope you’re not affected by the fire going through Northern California. <3 Stay safe.

      • No, not this time. But some family have been hit hard by one up there. It’s crazy.