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


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 184


Good Morning.

At some point, I will feel guilty for my weekly bookstore jaunts. Today is not that day, however.

Last week was another great week for reading. But in the spirit of honesty, I’ve only managed to finish books that are on my Kindle or in my Audible library. Which is really making me feel awful about the physical copies I’ve been hoarding in the last few weeks. I have to rethink about my reading habits and what I can do to alleviate the space issue in my house. I’ll get back to you on that.


After I Do | Forever Interrupted | Maybe in Another Life | One True Loves

I know many of you are fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid. After a number of bloggers have sworn fealty to Ms. Reid, I knew it was only a matter of time. But it was the concerted effort of Nick and Nereyda that ultimately had me ordering all her books from Amazon. Though, in their defense, they didn’t have to work so hard to convince me.


Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar | This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

After the overwhelming 5-star reviews for Summer Skin by Aussies and bloggers from other countries, I stopped resisting and ordered a copy through Book Depository. It took a while, but at least I didn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping and duties. Really excited to read this book! I also ordered This Savage Song from there. The North American release of this book is not until July so it gives me pleasure to read it ahead of time.


Smoke by Dan Vyleta | The Fireman by Joe Hill | The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker | I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid | The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

And the rest of the books on this pile.

Last night, I started reading an old Joe Hill novel. The opening scene was seriously messed up that I didn’t manage to continue. I think you’re meant to read it in broad daylight. Lorna of Rabid Reads has recommended The Nightingale to me a couple of times already, but I keep forgetting it on my book order. So I finally picked it up. She said it’s a good historical fiction set in war and since I’m a huge fan, I knew I must have it.

I have another full week of blog posts again. I wrote like a mad woman on Saturday, so I managed to write a few reviews. I feel like I should break up the week with something other than a book review because I don’t want you guys to get bored. I’ll try to come up with something. I hope you’ll have a great week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 180


Changeless by Gail Carriger | The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine | Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach | Far Gone by Laura Griffin | Flannery by Lisa Moore


I’ve been a complete sloth this past weekend. I was very motivated by Friday afternoon, somewhat energetic on Saturday morning, then completely lost my momentum by Sunday morning. It didn’t help that I didn’t sleep much on Saturday night. I mean, I went to bed at 9:30, but I woke up at 4 am. So all I did was laze around in the house; didn’t even pick up a book, nor did I do anything blog-related. But it’s Monday, and I always have a bit of time before I start work. I do a bit of blogging for half an hour before I “clock in”.

This past weekend, I tried not going to the bookstore but obviously failed. I picked up a couple of cheap books. I’m also very excited to finally read a Laura Griffin book. As you all know, I love reading romantic suspense but it’ll be my first time reading Ms. Griffin’s. I know she comes highly recommended, so I can’t wait!



This was such a great read. I can’t say enough about Ms. Sepetys’ writing. And her fictional account of World War II was so visceral. It was such a beautiful book and so I’m having a tough time writing a review.

I hope you’ll all have a great week!

Happy reading. 🙂

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 179


On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duvis | A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison | Unbecoming by Jenny Downham | The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Belated Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! I hope you know how much your existence is very much appreciated. The world will literally stop dead on its tracks without all of you. Who will find all the missing socks, shirts, pants, sense of humor, and heads if all you lovely people aren’t around? It was a normal day for me. No day off to speak of, but that’s totally my choice. If I have to wait for anyone to do the dishes, do the laundry and clean the house, we will all live in a pig sty. Also, I don’t tolerate clutter and messes all that well, so I’m the one who suffers the most if the housework gets neglected. I did all that and managed to schedule some posts on the blog.

Good news! My cast is off! Good Lord. You can’t imagine how good it feels to have it off. On Wednesday night, as I was getting ready for another night of itchy, smelly, restless sleep, I consulted with my cousins (who are nurses, btw) and asked them if Urgent Care would take my cast off if I told them I’m 60% sure I have gangrene on my foot (long story that involved a metal chopstick). They said it’s probably not advisable but try anyway. I went there at 8 at night and eventually got seen at 4 in the morning. I was determined. I figured  I can’t do another week of this smelly hell. So I sat there and waited. I didn’t get much sleep, so I called in sick on Thursday. It feels soooo good, you guys! I’m still walking a little daintily, but anything is better than being in a cast.

My Mother’s Day celebration is pretty much what we’ve been doing every year. Husband takes me to the bookstore, I get to play queen for a day or two, then it’s business as usual. We had lunch on Saturday and had a backyard barbeque on Sunday. All in all, a great weekend. There was a moment of sadness there because it was our first weekend without the choice of heading to the lake. But it’s time to move on and I’m helping my husband cope with that. Anyway, I hope you all had a great weekend.



I had such a weird reaction to this book. My review will be up this week. I’m slowly getting into the groove of things again, so expect more posts from now on…or not. Lol.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 177


Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney | Shift by Hugh Howey | Scarred Souls by Tillie Cole | We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry | The Beast by J.R. Ward | Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield

It’s been a miserable weekend as far as the weather goes here in my city. It’s been raining and cold. But it was a perfect weekend for bookworms like us, isn’t it? We were supposed to finish up packing the cabin so we can move everything out by the time my husband gets back from his work trip to Washington next Saturday, but he didn’t want to drive up in the rain. So we ended up staying in. The best thing about this weekend in was that I decided to pick up some books that have been on my shopping list for a while.

So while I should feel bad about buying more books knowing that I will have to make room in the basement for the ones from the cabin, I really couldn’t. I’m not going to give myself a pat on the back thinking that I deserve these books. I’m not going to make excuses for breaking my book buying ban either. I’m just going to let things be and see how I feel after everything is said and done. I think it’s going to be a phenomenal place once I’ve got all my books shelved and organized. We’ll see.

I would like to thank HBG USA for my copy of Alison Sweeney’s Opportunity Knocks, and Penguin Random House Canada for my copy of Eligible.


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I’ve officially cancelled BEA this year. I know I’m not going to get my money back because they’re nonrefundable, but I don’t have any other choice. I’m sad, but remaining employed is a priority right now. Lol. I’m sure there’ll be other opportunities in the future.

I hope you’re all enjoying what’s left of your weekend. My husband is away next week, which means I’m going to be miserable. Bah. Heck, I’m already miserable. *sobs*

Happy reading!

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Blogging at 2 in the Morning


My day usually begins at 6:30 AM regardless of what day it is. I get up, get my boy ready for school then get him and my husband out the door by ten to seven. I used to be a part of the population who starts the day frantic. By the time I get to work, I’m frazzled. Well, nowadays, things are different. Since revamping my daily routine, I’m finding more ways to be productive. But some days, like today, waking up at 2 AM for no apparent reason other than my mind is too loud, shoots that productivity all to hell.

That’s okay, though. It’s given me time to draft this post. I wasn’t really going to post any Hoarders post until my INBOX/OUTBOX at the end of the month, but I thought I might as well do one now. So this week, I managed to read two books (both for reviews) and have recently found my historical romance stash. Granted, I’ve already read them, but I have this urge to re-read them to see if I may be persuaded to venture towards that romance sub-genre. Here are the books I got:




These books are all from Penguin Random House Canada. I did buy Marked in Flesh but I haven’t taken a picture of it. I still have to get Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, but I probably have to wait to pick up a copy until I can make some good headway on my TBR for review.

I had to take these photos from my Instagram because I haven’t had the chance to take a group photo of my books yet. Like I said, I wasn’t going to do this post, but I’ve got time on my hands now. Lol.

Still nothing on the job front, unfortunately. I’m trying not to panic because BEA is coming up. My hotel is booked. My registrations are paid for. I’m redeeming my points for my flight. Technically, I can still go. But if I were to take a new position say – next month, my future employer might not appreciate my taking some time off so soon. I guess I’ll just have to disclose that before they decide to hire me.

Anyway,  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and weekend. I have another interview tomorrow (I had three this past week). Wish me luck!


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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 168


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine | The Widow by Fiona Barton


I guess this will be my November recap as well <insert I can’t-believe-it’s-December-already>. Well, I for one, am looking forward to ending 2015 with a bang. I’m finally settled with a job where I can see myself doing for years to come. Hopefully, this is the last time you’ll ever hear about it. Lol. Thanks for listening to my whine and cheese.

This week, I’m thankful to have received these two books from the two publishers that are nice enough to know I exist. Simon and Schuster Canada and Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m looking forward to reading both these books. I have been doing well with these review copies. I’m halfway through Dangerous Lies and then I can tackle the last three in my pile (which includes these two). Go, me!


  • The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong was a 5-star read.
  • Hello? by Liza M. Weimer was as wonderful as everyone claims it to be (4 stars).
  • The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones was ho-hum fantastic (5 stars. Review tomorrow)

It has been a great week overall.



You have no idea how happy I was to get approved for these books! I didn’t think they would, but thanks so much to Net Galley, St. Martin’s Press and Spencer Hill. I read them and loved them!


  • Walk on Earth, A Stranger by Rae Carson
  • The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson
  • The Liar by Nora Roberts
  • Such a Dance by Kate McMurray
  • Midnight Sun by Jø Nesbo
  • The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
  • Hello? by Liza Weimer
  • The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

As you can tell, it has been a slow reading month. With all the things I’ve gone through for the past couple of months, I was a little preoccupied. But I’m back and looking forward to starting strong in December and finishing the year on a good note.

I hope your November has been a great month! Happy reading, everyone!



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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 164


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer | Play Dirty by Sandra Brown | The Anatomy of Curiosities by M Stiefvater, B Yovanoff and T Gratton | House by Christina Lauren | Honor Bound by Sandra Brown | Black Widow by Margaret Stohl | Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales | First & Then by Emma Mills | The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore | Before We Were Strangers by Reneé Carlino | Thursday’s Child by Sandra Brown | Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher | Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

Crazy, right? Ah well. What did you expect? We went away for a few days, so of course a stop at a bookstore was bound to happen. So this is what I got.


Yeah. Our annual trip to San Diego was different this time around, as we brought our kids to their first live game. Unfortunately, we all saw them  LOSE in the most heartbreaking fashion. I kid you not, I cried all the way from the stadium back to our hotel. It was the most painful loss I’ve ever witnessed. And I can’t even be mad at the Steelers, because, dammit. Our defence forgot to show up! Gawd.

Anyway, enough about that. I always make it a point to stop by a B & N any time we’re away. This time, we went twice. I bought a whole slew of books which negated all the self-control I’ve exuded prior to this trip. I convinced the family to visit the newly-opened San Diego Central Library as well, which was a great experience as I don’t think we’ve all been to any library all at once.


There was a used bookstore at Horton’s Plaza that I religiously check out.  It just so happens that it had several Sandra Brown books! I picked up three. I read one already and well on my way to finishing the second one.


Sorry about the lack of posts and the tiny hiatus, ladies and gents. It was difficult to draft any posts while I was away because by the time we were back in our room, I was completely bushed. California was having a hot and humid Fall when we were there, so I barely have enough energy to think. The heat kind of sapped all our energy, to be honest.  I’ve been doing my rounds, so please bear with me.


I start my new job today. And I’ve been sick to my stomach thinking about it all weekend. You’d think I’m going for a job interview again, but no. It’s my first day. I’ve been so nervous all week that I’ve been dreaming about it. I’m so terrified. Terrified I’m going to fail. Terrified I’m not going to be able to do the job. Terrified they’ll think I’m such a hack. All my excitement over starting anew is gone. It’s now replaced with dread.

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Before We were Strangers by Reneé Carlino
  • Thursday’s Child by Sandra Brown
  • First & Then by Emma Mills
  • In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

How was your week?



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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 163


Sebastian by Anne Bishop | Hollow City by Ransom Riggs | Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter | The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Hoarders, Books Edition links up to Talk Supe’s Bought, Borrowed and Bagged. 


Well, I managed to abstain this week by not buying more than what I’d planned to get at the bookstore. Five of these books were from the thrift shop. Five books for $20 is a steal, I say! I figure, I’ll ease myself out of buying new. That is, until I’m able to stop buying altogether. What can I say? I’m a work in progress.  *grins* My books this week are a varied lot, if I may so myself. And some of these I’m really surprised to find. Anyway, here they are:

I don’t really know anything about Anne Bishop’s Sebastian, but since I’m familiar with her other books, I wanted to check it out. One of the blurb mentioned how romantic and erotic it was, and honestly, I’m all, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! Hollow City is fairly new…isn’t it? I haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s but I do own a copy of it for future devouring. Deep Kiss of Winter looks like a two-books-in-one type of deal from  Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole. Christmas stories? I don’t know.  A little close to the season, so yay.  I’ve always wanted to read The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine, and to be honest, I think I may already own the book (I just don’t know where it is).  I’m surprised to see it at the store for a bargain price. I’m a huge collector of Penguin vintage – especially this cloth-bound edition. There was no way I was going to pass up on Little Women

Last, but certainly not the least: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I was literally vibrating from excitement at the bookstore. I read it as soon as I got to the car and read through until 3 in the morning. You guys. This book is freaking amazing! It has that Harry Potter vibe. I think Carry On will inspire me to finally check out those books.

E N   R O U T E

Just so you know, I might not be around this weekend. My family and I are on our way to San Diego for our annual Chargers pilgrimage. This year might be the last time as there are rumours circulating of a possible move to Los Angeles. It sucks. But we decided to bring the kids with us so they can see them for the first time (and possibly the last time *sobs*).

R  E  A  D

  • The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
  • Glory in Death by JD Robb
  • The Darkest Night [Lords of the Underworld, #1] by Gena Showalter

I’m off next week as I get ready for my new job. Oh my God, you guys! I’m nervous and excited. Wish me luck!

H A V E  A  N I C E   W E E K E N D!



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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 160


The Night Watch by Sarah Waters | Night Owls by Jenn Bennett

Another frugal week for me. I’m bracing for just these type of weeks on the book buying front.  Things are changing in our lives. Changing in such a way that I either continue working or really think about downsizing. I’ve been completely uninspired, unmotivated to work nowadays that I am seriously considering an early retirement. Of course, we can’t afford it, but my husband and I have been talking about selling our house in the city and moving to the lake house. He’ll have an hour commute and longer still during the winter. So much to consider, but I really am tired of working.

The kids started school this week as well. My oldest started high school. I was terrified, anxious for her, but she managed to make friends already. So at least she won’t have to worry about being alone. She seems to be enjoying it, which is good. My boy started grade 3 with tears in his eyes because a couple of his friends switched schools. Plus, he said he will miss me. Gah, that boy! Anyway, he got over it fast. 🙂

I’m still trying to catch up to all my On the Night Table posts, so I might not have one for a bit still. I’ve been reading a whole lot of books which is good. Because I’m slowing down on the purchasing front, I might just make a dent on this TBR pile. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

This post links up to Talk Supe’s Bought, Borrowed and Bagged.



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