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.

 

 

The DILF
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!

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 204

 


Yesterday by Felicia Yap | Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones | The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney | Missing by Kelley Armstrong

Hiya!

Can you believe that my last Hoarders post was about a month or so ago? I haven’t bought a physical book in a long time to the greatest relief of my floor joists and my husband! Haha. However, I haven’t stopped stocking up on e-books that are entirely inappropriate for the younger audience. Hehehe. Anyway, I griped and complained about the lack of book mail in my house lately then, all of a sudden I get several packages all at once all thanks to the wonderful people of Simon & Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, and HBG Canada. I’m so excited to read these!

Last Week

 

Ruby
by Cynthia Bond

Publication Date: Feb 10th, 2015
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

I had a tough time with this book. I was not in the right frame of mind when I read it so my judgment may be a little unfair. Honestly? It’s a tough book to read, to begin with. Couple that with my maudlin mood and it only made my experience worse. Ruby’s story filled me with so much misery that I couldn’t appreciate the beautiful writing. I might attempt to review this at some point.

 

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This was also another weird book. But I like how Mr. Hamid gave us a different perspective on the refugee crisis. Some would accuse him of being naive and careless with such a relevant and real global problem but I liked his take on it. Exit West is full of hope in a future when we can live in a world where accepting refugees in our homes is a normal thing.

 

Daddy’s Best Friend
by London Hale
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Confession: I unlink my social media accounts in Goodreads anytime I read and rate a book with a cringe-worthy title. This way, my family, and friends wouldn’t know the extent of my depravity. Want to know what the title of the next book to this series? DILF. DILF, yo. Lol. Incidentally, it came out yesterday but I’ve yet to read it. Anyway, it was fun. Lots of smexy times.

RAMBLING ON…AND ON… AND ON…

  • I’m slowly getting used to my husband’s new hours at work (he works the graveyard shift now and I FUCKING HATE IT).
  • Keanu Reeves walked by me yesterday (he was filming a movie in our hotel) and I didn’t have my camera with me.
  • I’m thinking of joining this FITBODY BOOTCAMP.
  • Movies I recently saw: The Wall (Matt Damon) and Maximum Ride (James Patterson YA series).  BARRY (A movie about Barrack Obama’s struggle with his ‘lack of blackness’ as a young man.)
  • Food I’m currently obsessing over: Cherry tomatoes.

Have a great week, everyone! Catch ya later.

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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


Hello!

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!

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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? 

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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


Hello.

LIFE LATELY

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.  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.

BOOKS AND THINGS

I met briefly with Kristie of Lost in Ever After to borrow her ARC of The Love Interest 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!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 201


The Rising by Bairbre Tóibín | Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton | The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie | The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christine


Hello.

How was your weekend? I can’t believe how fast time is passing by. We’re days away from April! Where did the time go? It’s Spring break this week so the kids have the week off – lucky buggers! I wish I can take the time off as well but alas, work and such. Speaking of work, there’s a great possibility that they’ll keep me on so I’m crossing my fingers. My contract ends mid-April, so this is good news! I don’t really want to go out there and look for a job again. Just thinking about interviews gives me the heebies. Wish me luck. 🙂

T H I S   W E E K’ S   H U B R I S

Aside from Traitor to the Throne which I ordered from Book Depository, the rest of my haul from last week were from publishers (much love to HBG Canada for The Rising and Simon & Schuster Canada for the Versailles books). The Enemies of Versailles will be stopping by on the blog on Thursday. There will be a giveaway and a post from Sally so I hope you’ll stop by next week.

T I M E L E S S    T O U R

Speaking of which, Simon & Schuster Canada approached me a couple of weeks ago regarding their historical fictions that are set to come out in the next couple of months. I decided to participate in each of the stops that will start on the 27th. I hope you’ll stop by and join us!

R E A D   T H I S   W E E K

When Friendship Followed Me Home was so good. I cried. Lucky Boy was also good. I also cried. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was fantastic. I get it now. I get the reluctant fascination. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil was fucking awesome. I read it twice. Back to back.  And I think I’m going to read it again because it’s Melina Marchetta and that woman owns my soul.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 200


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Love And First Sight by Josh Sundquist | The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop


Hey, all!

How have you all been? Thank you for visiting the blog last week. Truly appreciative of your visits and comments. 🙂 I went to the bookstore on Saturday with my husband for the purpose of picking up these four books. Even though I’ve been good, I knew ahead of time that I was going to break my buying ban for these. I’ve read and loved Etched in Bone (because I couldn’t resist downloading the audiobook). I’m so sad it’s over. Though, I feel like it would’ve been better if The Others defeated the HFL movement in this finale instead of in the fourth book. It would’ve been a better series-ender, in my opinion. Regardless, this series is still one of the best things I’ve followed over the years. So sad to see it end. *sobs*

I can’t wait to read the rest as they’ve all been on my wishlist this year. I’m especially pumped for The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

FEED MY READER

 

Ronit & Jamil was an Audible purchase. It was very short (1.29 hours) and the story felt incomplete. Disappointing. I requested Hello, Sunshine from Net Galley. Captive was free on Amazon.

READ THIS WEEK

  

  

The Girl Before was a fantastic mystery/thriller. Ronit & Jamil was too short. Close Enough to Touch was so good. Etched in Bone was good, too. This is Water was an eye-opener. By Your Side was meh.

That’s it for me last week. How was yours?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 199


The People In The Trees by Hanya Yanagihara | First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen | The Only Child by Andrew Pyper


Hello!

I’ve managed to stay away from the bookstore this past weekend so I don’t have too many to share with y’all. This is good, though. Gives my wallet a break! LOL. I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for my review copy of The Only Child. Looks to be another good one from the author of The Damned. Excited to read this!

I started First Frost last weekend, but I got sidetracked by other books. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I’m looking forward to continuing. The People in the Trees looks interesting and hopefully less angst-ridden than her other book (A Little Life). I saw these books at the bargain bin two weeks ago and couldn’t resist.

FEED MY READER

Undecided was on sale for like, $1.52 on Amazon so I downloaded it. The Girl Who Shot First was free the last time I checked. Oryx and Crake was on sale on Audible; Pretty Face was a request from Net Galley.

READ THIS WEEK

I’ve had a great reading week.

The Burning World completely eviscerated everything that was cute and fluffy about Warm Bodies. I swear to you, this world and story line got a makeover from hell. And it was fucking awesome!

Undecided was exactly what y’all have gushed about since it came out. It’s so good. I can’t believe I waited until it went on sale before downloading a copy. I’m definitely getting a physical copy. 

The Bastard Billionaire was good, too! It makes me want to read the rest of the books in the series. 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies Gah. My heart. Love, love this book to pieces. Norah’s plight was so heartbreaking. 

Illuminae Gosh darn, y’all. Had I known how freaking awesome this book is, I would’ve started long ago! Can’t wait to read Gemina. 

So yeah. This has been an amazing reading week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue this streak. What about you? How was your week?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 198


The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles | Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran | What Light by Jay Asher | Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson | City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle | Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama | By Your Side by Kasie West | Fates And Furies by Lauren Groff | When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi | The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer | The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie | The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz | You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris | Obama’s Legacy by Michael I. Days | The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius


Grazie!

As you can tell from this week’s pile, I haven’t done much but acquire more books than I can read in this lifetime. But most of these were birthday presents from a couple of weeks ago so I think I’m allowed. Ha. I won an ARC of the latest Tiffany Reisz from Olivia of Olivia’s Catastrophe blog (thanks, hun!) and I got three books for review: one from Penguin Random House Canada and two from Simon & Schuster Canada (much love!).

So grateful to everyone who wished me – however belatedly on my birthday! I’m doing my 2-3 posts a week thing on the blog so if you’re wondering where I’ve been, that’s my excuse. I’ve been reading a lot during my disappearance so that’s good. But I’m stuck on romance after a bunch of non-fiction from January.

Freebies From Hell

Last week, iBooks had an email out about some free romance series starters. I should’ve known that they’re only setting a trap for me. Those bastards can read me like the back of their hands. They know that I wouldn’t be able to resist reading the rest of the books in the series. So yeah, damn you, iBooks!

I guess you can say that I read a lot this week because I read the Dirty trilogy from Meghan March and read all the books from Songs of Submission from CD Reiss. I’m working on Barefoot with a Bodyguard at the moment but haven’t started Virtuous and Fair Game. It’s only a matter of time, I tell ya. My Kindle and iBooks are full of romance novels right now.

The Bane of My Existence aka, Net Galley

Feel free to call me out on my bullshit. I pretend to be mad at Net Galley when in reality, I’m so happy to get these books! Lol. I’m especially looking forward to reading Royal Bastards! It’s one of my most anticipated reads this year. I’m sure there are more books available for request since the last time I checked but I’m not going there until I read all of what I have so far. That’s just asking for trouble.

I’ll try to be more present this week. I have some time to read and catch up on what I’ve missed since we have Family Day on Monday (long weekend), so yay! I’d planned on not doing anything else but read.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Thanks for sticking around. 😀

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 197


Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman | Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson | Arrival by Ted Chiang | The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang | They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery


God.

Where to start today? This past weekend, I’ve tried and failed numerous times to try to get some semblance of normalcy in my life. I logged on to the blog, fully intending to write a couple of posts or visit Bloglovin’. But every time I try, my mind wanders South of the border thinking about the people who are being held at airports everywhere. Two weeks ago, I was overwhelmed with pride that I bore witness to Obama’s presidency. A week after that, I was inspired by the Women’s March. But today, I’m angry and frustrated. There are no other words for how I’m feeling right now. The madman at the White House lost all traces of human decency. And I hope he knows that he’s now in the running for Top Ten Most Hated Man in the history of the world (Hitler tops this list, incidentally).

I’m worried and disappointed that hatred is spreading far and wide. Even here in Canada where a shooting at a mosque In Quebec City occurred shortly after prayers. I never thought I would see the day that we will be front and center of this despicable act. We are better than this and I hope that they’ll find the perpetrators.  My heart goes out to the victims of this horrible violence.

I do have to try, though. Even if what I’m doing right now feels so insignificant and pointless. Perhaps I’ll be able to find some joy in this somehow and forget how incredibly dark and joyless the world has been lately.

Book Club

Last Saturday, we had our book club meeting at my house. We weren’t able to exchange gifts back in December so we did that. We also talked about the latest bru-ha-ha on Twitter and touched on politics as well. I got The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang and Arrival by Ted Chiang from Lauren of The Autumn BookshelfBoth books have been on my wishlist, so I’m so happy and grateful for Lauren’s generous gifts! It’s always great to see the ladies from my book club. 

On a more personal note

I didn’t finish any books this week. Sad, isn’t it? On top of everything else, it has been quite a whirlwind in my house. Last Wednesday, there were rumours circulating that a boy was going to bring a gun to school. So we kept my daughter until the administration could set us all at ease. It turns out that the boy was picked up at his home at 5 in the morning the same day. He was a former student who got expelled at the beginning of school year. It was very scary as this is a rare occurrence here in Canada. I’m glad it was all sorted out.

My son turned 10 on Thursday. I brought pizza and cupcakes for his class at his behest. And on the same day, my daughter had a dance recital. She introduced us to her boyfriend which freaked me out because she’s only 15 and I’m not ready for her to be dating. It bites, yes. But there’s nothing I can do about it. We’re not going to be one of those really strict parents whose kids end up rebelling. All we can do is guide her and let her learn her own life lessons. We’ll be with her every step of the way, regardless.

I think this is it for now.

Peace, love, acceptance and tolerance.

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 196


Frost Blood by Elly Blake | History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh | Poison Kiss by Breeana Shields | 11/22/63 by Stephen King | Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy | The Girl Before by JP Delaney


 Have you all come down yet from the high of this weekend?

I can’t. I haven’t. Oh, the feeling, y’all. But I hope we’ll sustain this momentum and keep reminding our American friends that the battle has just begun. #Resist

Anyway, I tried to read this weekend but honestly, who could?! I was so happy to see the entire world supporting human rights/women rights everywhere. I was weepy the whole day. I was sad that I wasn’t able to join the march that was held in my city. It would’ve been a perfect day for it too since we’ve been having such unseasonably warm weather in the last few days. I hope I’ll be able to go next time.

On Blogging

I decided to limit my blog posts to 3-4 per week. I write better (I think) when I have more time on my hands to draft a post. I hate putting pressure on myself when I’m writing and this way, I’ll have more time to read. Speaking of…

Read This Week

Keeping this short and sweet as I don’t know what else to say. I’m blanking out at the moment so get in formation, ladies and keep fighting the good fight.

Have a great week!

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