Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 119

IMG_7351 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt | Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan | Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
| Mean Streak by Sandra Brown | Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson | The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan | Assholes by Aaron James | Dangerous Girls by Abigal Haas

       I did say I wasn’t going to buy any books for the next six months, but we all know hoarders can’t be trusted in a bookstore. This happened when my husband took me record shopping. It just so happens that the record store sell books as well…okay, I lied. It’s more like, the bookstore sells records. And I saw all four of these books that I couldn’t resist. The rest were ordered on Amazon.

    You can tell I haven’t done much on the blog lately. I think I’ve only managed to do one post this week. That’s okay, though. I’m sorting my sh*t out. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to schedule some interesting posts for the coming weeks and as well, keep up with y’all on Bloglovin’. Once again, I ask for your continued patience.

Books Read:

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published: August 20th, 2013

On any given occasion, The Bone Season is the type of read that I probably would have a tough time getting through. It’s paranormal and fantasy, which are both something that I’m not a regular reader of. But listening to the audiobook while reading the hardback copy made it all worthwhile.

18298225On the Fence by Kasie West
Published: July 1st, 2014

Was there ever any doubt that I was going to enjoy this one? No. Kasie West does contemporary so well! I read this book one night when I was looking for a fast, light read. It did not disappoint. My only complaint was that I was zombie the next day.

Currently Reading:

15765699 Haze [Rephaim, #2] by Paula Weston
Published: May 22nd, 2013

I don’t do a lot of blog tours, so when I do, it’s kind of a big deal. I have been in love with this series since I read the first book many moons ago. So much so, that I ordered Shadows when it was first release in Australia. I’m about 75% done, and I’m so all over the place with my emotions.

18520398 The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
Published: July 29th, 2014

I love Lisa Schroeder. I love her verse novels. This one, however, is underwhelming so far. It’s lacking in substance and emotions, to be honest. If the book you’re reading can’t make you feel anything, then chances are, it’s not going to be a memorable read. Unfortunate, really.

I’m making my rounds on Bloglovin’ today, peeps. Sorry for not keeping in touch. 

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Hoarders, 117: The One Where I Came Back From the Dead

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One Plus One by Jojo Mojes | The Martian by Andy Weir | Landline by Rainbow Rowell |

Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist | The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka

The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan | Bittersweet by Miranda Beverley-Whittmore

Bird Box by Josh Malerman | Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike | The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard | Lucky Harbor (3 in 1) by Jill Shalvis | On the Fence by Kassie West

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta | The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

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The Lost Sun by Tessa Grafton | The Strange Maid by Tessa Grafton | Shimmer by Paula Weston

Thank you, Random House Canada for sending copies of books 1 and 2 of The United States of Asgard. Tour stop on August 10th.

Big, huge thank you to Jasprit of The Readers’ Den for this copy of Shimmer. You are the sweetest, Jas. Thank you so much!

Well, hello there!

Sigh.

I know, I know. I went away there for a while. Excuses will be the same ol’ crap that I’ve been going through for the last months. But. Them’s the breaks, eh? I mean, I’ve got a very demanding job, and family and kids, and…well, life. It just keeps getting in the way. I’m sorry if I haven’t been around. Initially, I was looking forward to having a very productive blogging/reading/reviewing week next week on account of I was going to be on holidays. However, that’s not going to happen now. I have to postpone my vacation until probably the middle of August. It’s just impossible right now. I need to win the lottery so I can stop this madness that I fondly call, “work”. Ay yay yay. The Struggle is real, ya know?

So what’s been going on with me lately? My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last week with very little fanfare. He was sick for days, so we didn’t get to do anything. Other than that, not a heck of a lot, to be honest. Though, I’ve been reading. My son got sick too, so in the midst of washing puked-on sheets and late night baths, a lot of sleepless nights were spent reading.

Books Read:

I’m happy to say that I’ve had  such a great reading streak while I was on mini-hiatus. The only two books that were not fun to read are books 1 and 2 of the Unwanted series by Natasha Anders. The rest were just fantastic! (Sorry for the formatting of these pics. WordPress and I have a very complicated relationship. Sometimes, it likes to play stupid games where it doesn’t do what I want it to do.)

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 Currently Reading:

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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I’m starting to see the joy of reading horror books. And this only after reading Bird Box. Since these books are now a tv series, I thought I’d check it out. They just happened to be on sale ($5) at my bookstore, so I was able to get books 1 and 2.

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. There will be a signed ARC and a bookmark International giveaway being held on the blog on the 27th, along with Collections and BookittyBlog. I’m excited to read this.

The Martian by Andy Weir. Well, I’ve started this and have liked the beginnings. Unfortunately, the constant talks about gardening and botany is starting to bore me. I’m going to pursue, because I think there is a lot of thriller to be had still with this book.

Well, thank you for sticking around, y’all. I’ll be doing my rounds today, so prepare to be stalked!

Have a great week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 115

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• Trouble by Non Pratt • Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball •

• The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston • The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings •

• Hexed by Michelle Krys • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo •

• The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick • After the End by Amy Plum •

• The Lost by Sarah Beth Hurst • Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller •

• Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson •

Hello, my loyal subjects.

How was your week? If you’ve been loyally visiting my blog, you can tell that I haven’t been around lately. And that’s because work is a life sucking hell, where I’ve taken permanent residence lately. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also promise not to bitch about it anymore, because seriously, I’m sick of hearing myself talk about it. Life is not about making the next dollar. It’s about BOOKS, man. Books. 🙂

The upside of work being a suckfest is that I couldn’t wait to escape. So I’ve been reading.

Books Read:

18621651 Gasp by Lisa McMann

This was a great ending to a series I’ve come to enjoy. I’m going to miss these kids! I’ve had my review drafted but because I’ve been having troubles stringing a few sentences together, I’ve stalled. I’ll have my review posted this week.


17333276 The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetra

Ahh…this was absolute perfection. I’m suddenly developing a taste for murder/mysteries. I can’t wait for October!


 

Currently Reading:

13450407 18527496 This week, I’m determined to finish the books that have been sitting on my Current Reads bookshelf on Goodreads. Starting with Infinite Sky. I’m also going to wave white flags on Cruel Beauty and Throne of Glass. I just. Can’t. Sigh.

Have a great week, everyone. And happy reading!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 114

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• Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson & Maxine Paetra • Take Me On by Katie McGarry •

• Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff • The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern •

• The Sound by Sarah Alderson • Searching for Sky by Jillian Connor • Gasp by Lisa McMann •

• Inked Armor by Helena Hunting •

Hello there. I’m sorry for the cheesy filter of my pic. I don’t usually use special effects on my Hoarders post, but I couldn’t resist. My husband got himself a Samsung phone and I wanted to try it out. Meh. Aside from the fact that it has a ginormous screen, nothing special about it. I’m still an iPhone girl. 🙂 Anywho, so how have you all been? The past week has just been the most stressful work week in my entire life. Gawd. I’ve gone home in tears, and seriously considered being a full time mom. If not for the pesky mortgage payments (we have two), private school tuition fees, wicked book buying vice, and horrendous travel budget, I’d have quit right there and there. This taking-over-my-former-boss’ job is killing me. But. Enough of that. I’m just glad the week is over.

So yeah. After BEA, you’d think homegirl will be staying away from bookstores! But noooooooo. Apparently, the piles of book she’d scored in NYC are simply not enough. Sigh. And this is why I could never quit my job. In my defence…actually. I got nothing.

Because my week has been a clusterfuck of epic proportions, I was not able to read anything. At. All. I do have some books on the go, though.

Currently Reading:

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Gasp by Lisa McMann is predictably awesome so far. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is boring me to tears. The Beautiful Ashes by Jeanine Frost is so-so so far.

Currently Listening:

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 Downloaded this audio from Sync. I’m not too far into it, but I’m hopeful that I’ll liked it.

Currently Obsessing Over:

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. 

I am so so so obsessed with this series on YouTube! OMG. How have I only found out about it now?! Have you guys seen this? It’s Pride & Prejudice set in the era of social media! Annnnddd it was all filmed a couple of years ago. Ugh. Seriously, where the hell was I when this was on?! It’s so freaking awesome. It’s better than any other modern interpretation of the novel ever written in the history of ever. The actors that played the roles were freaking phenomenal, and the story lines?! No words. No words. Except…I skipped the parts of George Wickham. Ugh. Hate him. And Caroline. They should be together! Watch this, y’all. I’d include a little YouTube video,  but my blog sucks. It only posts a link.  Buuuutttt click the link up there and it will bring you to the entire playlist of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 113

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• The Three by Sarah Lotz • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (signed) •

• Dust Lands by Moira Young (signed) • Now & Forever by Susan Collasanti (signed) •

• Wonder by R.J. Palacio • The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson •

•Letters to a Young Poet by Raine Rilke •

Ahoy there!

I skipped a Hoarders post when I was in NYC, but I’m back today! These are books that I purchased in New York, and books that I’ve gotten for review.

I picked up some signed books at Books of Wonder and some relatively cheap books at The Strands while I was there. Letters to a Young Poet is a highly recommended book by the kraft dinner ©. Whelp. If you’ve ever lost the inspiration to write, you need to fucking read that book. Seriously.

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How freaking awesome is this? Remember when I cried over being declined to read Prototype on Edelweiss? Well, MD Waters took pity on this fool and put me out of my misery! I won a tote bag from her blog but because she’s a freaking goddess, and have heard of the sacrificial goat I offered upon her altar, she sent me an ARC and a freaking t-shirt! I love her. HARD.

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Arrrggghhh! HAZE. I think I scared Sylvia over at Tundra Books when I replied to her email with some over-the-top enthusiasm for this book. You know I rarely do blog tours (I’m very selective), but I make exceptions for books that I really want to read. My stop is on September 19, but trust me when I say I’ll be reading this book as soon as next week!

I also got two books from Candlewick – which I’m pretty sure was sent  to me by mistake. They’re duplicate copies, so I’ll probably put them up for giveaway. Provided Candlewick don’t want them back, that is. 🙂

BOOKS READ:

blank-133x176-99d2cd1a7cf8ae9ed346e75dda60b54b.jpg I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: August 2014
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

So I’m not much a New Adult reader, so it wasn’t a surprise that I didn’t really enjoy this one. Nadia fell too fast for Ty, and I didn’t really see what made him that loveable. *shrugs* It was an okay read, I supposed.


18693715 Prototype by M.D. Waters
Publication Date: July 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I mean, was there every any doubt? You know how love triangles tend to annoy me to hell? Well, this one features one that was absolutely well done. I’m going to re-read this one so I can write a better review.


18629799 Through to You by Laura Barnhold
Publication Date: July 2014
Rating 3 out of 5

I think this book warrants a re-read. I have some misgivings about the characters, but maybe I was too quick to write them off. Despite my middle of the range rating, I was oddly engrossed with the story.


20409231 Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication Date: November 2014
Rating 2 out of 5 Stars

I am devastated. Completely devastated. I loved the first book, but sadly, this one was such a disappointment for me. I think I will re-read it again in the near future; give it another go. I owe it to Michael.


LISTENED TO:

13521399 Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publication Date: September 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This was a featured audio book from Sync YA. I loved the story so much, I’m gonna have to find the next book. This was my first audio and first James Patterson book. So happy I enjoyed it.


On the blog front, well, nothing is happening. I’ve been lazzzzzzzzyyyy. I’ve fallen off the Bloglovin’ wagon – yet again. Le sigh. I think the last time I checked, I’m behind almost 1,200 posts (shoot me now). Anyway, I’m going to do something about that this weekend. If it takes me a whole week to catch up, then so be it. Thanks for your continued patronage. 🙂

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Confessions of an Addict [20]: Bored Children were Bored

We try to spend our weekends at the cabin as much as we can. And when we’re there, we’ve got nothing but time, silence and each other to occupy ourselves. The closest semblance of civilization is about twenty minutes away and there’s no WiFi for the kids’ hand-held devices. In short, they tend to get bored and they make sure to tell us this sentiment at a 25-second interval. It’s the most tiring thing, second only to, “are we there yet?”

We were there this past weekend and things were pretty much status quo. After about the 2,234th time that they lamented how bored they were, I gave my oldest my iPhone and told her to do with it however she pleases. What was I thinking? She grabbed her brother to the backyard along with my book bag. I didn’t bother asking her what she was going to do with it. She knows the rules; she knows that the books are to be treated like it’s a third child and therefore, their sibling. It took them about half an hour to film and another hour to fiddle with the edits.

Before you watch the video, I feel that I should apologize or explain myself somehow. Please know that I don’t claim to be the perfect mother. We do our best to be the best parents we can. We make sure they mind their manners but give these kids enough freedom and they’re sure to shock and awe. I’m equal parts proud and mortified by what these two kids have managed to do with the iPhone.

Please excuse the following:

  • My six-year old’s milk moustache.
  • His affection for the word, booger.
  • His affiliation with the gang called, PEACE.
  • His spit on your screen. 

I’ve watched this video so many times and have debated whether or not to post; but, man. I can’t resist. I like that my daughter thought my blog was weird and my book haul, an abomination. My son has seen way too many You Tube videos since he’s asked that you subscribe to a channel. I have a channel but I don’t post videos. At all. Until this one, at least.

Again, sorry for everything. Lol. 

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