Hoarders, Book Edition: Episode 209


Free Space by Sean Danker | Firebug by Lish McBride | God-Shaped Hole by Tiffany DiBartolo | Devil’s Cut by JR Ward | Seeing Red by Sandra Brown | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Origin by Dan Brown

Hello.

I can’t even remember the last time I did a Hoarders post! I haven’t been buying too many books, to be honest. It’s so bad that a few of these were from our summer trip in Toronto! The horror. I’ve only read a couple of these books – that’s how bad I’ve been at reading as well. Incidentally, both books were quintessential of the authors’ work. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown and Origin by Dan Brown (no relation. Ha). I did, however, request some books from Net Galley.

I reviewed The Trouble with Twelfth Grave on the blog already. Hard Cover will be up sometime this week (loveeee this book, btw). I read Wish You Were Mine but it’s so unremarkable that I probably would have to re-read it just so I can write a review.

Audible

Pucked Over was good. As well, both Vi Keeland’s books. Sorely disappointed with Penelope Ward’s Gemini. I think it might have been an early work, as I can tell it’s not in the same calibre as her newer novels. Needless to say, I’m not continuing with that series. Basic writing, flat characters, and often times, cheesy dialogues.

Currently

Missing
by Kelley Armstrong

I have about a quarter left to this book. I’ve managed to read a good chunk of it this weekend with a few starts and stops. It’s suspenseful af, to be honest. It’s very good, though. I think it’s the fact that I have no idea who the killer was makes it more sinister. As well, the setting adds to the scare factor. I can’t wait to finish it. Hopefully, tonight after I hit “publish”. 🙂

 

 

The Break
by Katherena Vermette

So I’ve been struggling with this one. I borrowed this copy from a friend of mine at the gym because she swore by it, and it’s a prized-winning literature. It’s set in our city but the story is tough to read at times. It’s so interesting to read about a place in which you have a familiarity. It’s easy enough to follow but the stories of the characters are hard to get through.

 

Well, I think I’ll bid farewell for now. I have a full schedule on the blog. (Trust. I can’t believe it either.) I wish you all a lovely week! 

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Lazarus


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | What to Say Next by Julie Baxbaum | Now I Rise by Kiersten White


Helllooooooo

I know. I know. I went and thoroughly disappeared on you again. I’m still having the same problems that I’ve been having in the beginning of Summer. Sigh. I’m not having much luck adjusting and juggling all my commitments in one go. I have commitments to you, my dear readers; commitments to the generous publishers who continue to send me books, and commitment to myself to remain sane. This week, I finally found the resolve to divide my time as I see fit. I’m writing this post at 7:22 pm. I gave myself another half an hour to finish this post so I can schedule it for midnight. Then, I’m giving myself another hour to visit your blogs. After that, bed time for me for a quick nap as I have to give my husband a ride to work at 10:30 pm. Then, my actual bed time is at around 11:30 or midnight. I wake up at 5 in the morning the next day to do a back to back boot camp, then home to shower and be out of the house by 8 in the am. Phew.

As you can see, I barely have time to breathe, much less read. I’m at work until 4 in the afternoon, then back to the gym for another back to back boot camp by 4:55. The cycle begins again. So I’m trying out this new thing. Hoping that if I give myself time, I’ll be able to do everything that I’ve been neglecting to do in the last couple of months.

New on My Shelves

I got three books from Penguin Random House which I’m dying to read! However, I don’t know why I received Now I Rise since I avoided it when they sent me an email. I haven’t read the first book and because they’re door stoppers, it might take me a while. Regardless, I’m so freaking excited and thankful for these! I also got No Good Deed (which I reviewed yesterday) from Delacorte Press.

What Have I Been Reading?

Well, too many to mention. Right now, I’m doing my best to finish The One Memory of Flora Banks, then a few other books that I’ve started but haven’t really made any headway. I am, however, ensconced in the world of The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn! Hooray! I’m finally reading some Historical Romance. Actually, I downloaded the audio books. I’m so loving them all, you guys. 🙂

The Beauty and Obese

Just an update on my weight loss journey. I decided to finally get healthy on May 15th. So far, I’ve lost 25 lbs and 2 sizes down. My goal is so far away, but every accomplishment that I make is the fire that continues to guide my way. A couple of months ago, my husband would help me up the three-step stairs in our garage that leads to our mudroom. I’m slow, sluggish and have the tendency to get winded so easily. I’m a different person nowadays. But like I said, I have a long way to go but I like the direction I’m heading.

Thanks again for being here. For wondering where I’ve been. For wanting me to stay. I ask for your patience again as I try to adjust to all these activities. 

Happy reading, friends!

 

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 208

 


Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | Letters to the Lost by Bridgid Kemmerer | The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion | The Golden House by Salman Rushdie


In the Summer of My Discontent

Hi, guys. I know, I know. I’m still missing in action for most of the week in the blogosphere. I don’t know what tell ya. I can’t bleed a stone. I simply can’t find a good stride between juggling all the things I’ve got going on in my life. Because I’ve been sick, I’ve also missed time so of course, work has been hectic. I’m thankful that I’m still 19 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge, otherwise, that’s another pressure on my shoulders. I know I’m missing out on so many posts but just…thanks for your patience and continued patronage. I appreciate you.

The Beauty and Obese

Meanwhile, I just got my recent fitness assessment and it looks like my hard work for the last month has paid off. I lost 15 lbs and have managed to lose 10% body fat by working out; by walking, and keeping track of my macros. I’m fast becoming a boot camp worshipper and a calorie counter nut job (I’m not even sorry). My goal is to lose 50 lbs by October, but if I keep pace with this kind of weight loss, I might be able to reach my goal even before that. I’m absolutely floored when my trainer told me my new numbers. Even she couldn’t believe it! Especially since I lost 3 points of Visceral Fat in just a month of working out religiously.

Fit Readers

June 12, Monday = 14,645
June 13, Tuesday = 14,366
June 14, Wednesday = 16,542
June 15, Thursday = 15,592
June 16, Friday = 17,673
June 17, Saturday = 18,638
June 18, Sunday = 17,505
Total Steps for the Week: 100,316

Currently Reading

I am in the midst of reading all three books. So far, I can only complain about the repetitiveness of The One Memory of Flora Banks. Otherwise, I’m enjoying them all. I haven’t finished a book for a couple of weeks now. I also attempted to read Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren but I returned the audio book. It is not one of their best work, in my opinion.

This Week…

I don’t know, in all honesty. I’m hoping to finish any one of the books above so I can write a review. Otherwise, my priority is to catch up on Bloglovin’. I’m missing so much!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 207


Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith | When It’s Real by Erin Watt | Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts


Slow As Molasses

Another sad, sad reading week here for me. Honestly, I’m disgusted with myself. So far, I’ve only finished one book in the last two weeks. Which sucks because I have so many books in my to-be-reviewed pile. In an attempt to spark some reading inspiration, I went to the bookstore yesterday just to see if it would make me want to get back to reading again. Wish me luck that it will do the trick.

On A Health Kick

Still on my health kick. I’ve realized a couple of things about why dieting never worked for me in the past. I’ve been so restricted to salads and chicken breasts. Time and again, I get bored, hungry, then quit. This time around, I decided that I can’t do this shit again. So anytime I get a craving for specific food, I find a healthier recipe. This weekend, I made pesto sauce. I used avocado instead of olive oil. I made some spirals of zucchini, added shrimp and cherry tomatoes. It was divine! If you have any other healthier alternatives to some decadent food let me know!

Fit Readers

I’ve been doing double fit body boot camps for two weeks now and I’m loving it. I’ve been sick this week but I didn’t let that stop me from working out. I have a fitness assessment on Thursday so I’m excited to see any progress. It’s been a whole month since I started this journey.

June 5 Monday 10,669
June 6 Tuesday 9,057
June 7 Wednesday 14,521
June 8 Thursday 11,820
June 09 Friday 8,354
June 10 Saturday 13,935
June 11 Sunday 13,944
Total Steps for the Week: 96,224

Well, this is it for me this week. Let’s hope I find something good to read soon. Sigh.

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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)

Hello. 

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!

 

 

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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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