Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 126


Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult | Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White | Mortal Heart by Rachel LaFevers | The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg | The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley


How was your Halloween? Ours was uneventful. Other than a couple of kids complaining we didn’t give enough candies, it was as expected. Every year, we anticipate about two hundred kids and every year, we always run out of candies. The best one was a kid dressed as a hockey referee. He blew the whistle on my husband then proceeded to tell him ,”two minutes in the penalty box for not giving enough candies!” Kids these days, I tell ya. 🙂

My boy went out dressed as Thor and my thirteen-year-old dressed as…well, I don’t exactly know. Something to do with anime, perhaps. I know she made it. She scoffed and dismissed me when I asked her what kind of costume I should buy for her. Tsk. Tsk.

The Month that was…

Anyway, I forgot to mention that I was interviewed over at Paper/Plates blog. Amina has a regular feature called, At The Table With…and I was so honoured when she asked me for an interview. Check out her blog. She combines her love of reading with her love of food. She takes phenomenal pictures, shares wonderful recipes, and very insightful opinions about books and films. She also has a knack for finding web articles of interest. Her book reviews are paired up with yummy fares, deserts and sometimes, cocktail recipes.

I reached my Goodreads reading goal in October! I read 150 books and I’ve got two months left for the year. This is the first time that I’ve completed my goal since I joined the site in September of 2010.

Wow. I read 21 books in October! Holy cow! Bar none, the best book I’ve read this month was Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Please check out my review here. How was your month?

Read anything good lately?

IMG_7675This week, I read The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’engle. The Paying Guests was a huge book. Set in the 20’s, it follows the lives of  Frances and Lilian; two women who found themselves in the centre of a murder investigation. It was quite an eye-opener, to say the least. I’ll explain more in the review some time next week. Night Film was fantastic! One of my favourites of all time, for sure. And Both Were Young was a bit of disappointment, but it’s also one of those times when false advertising played a factor in why I didn’t like it so much.

I also started reading The Young Elites last weekend; and for a time or two, I thought I was going to be able to read the entire thing in one sitting. Unfortunately, I stalled. Quite severely. I hope to finish it this week.

Anyway, that’s been my week…my month.

What’s in your box of goodies this week?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 125

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas | The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters | The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters


How have your week been? This week was a sad week for us, Canadians. What happened in our nation’s capital is virtually unheard of. My heart goes out to the family of our fallen soldier. Tragic, tragic loss. It just goes to show that no matter how gun laws are regulated, there will always be another factor why such a senseless violence occurs.

On the blog front, I’m happy to say that things have gone back to normal. I’m hoping that I can keep at this for a longer time than my usual blog breaks. As you can tell, I didn’t really buy too many books this week. Just three: a couple of adult titles, and one YA. I’m also slowly, but surely working my way through my review pile (I really suck at this). I don’t have much left to read and review, so that’s great. I’ve been able to visit blogs this week as well, which is great. I really hate falling behind on comments.

Read anything good lately?



Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life was a daunting read but I enjoyed it, nonetheless. The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley was epic. I absolutely loved it! Both books were at least 500 pages, hence the reason why I only managed to read two.

How was your week?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 124


Sublime by Christina Lauren | Night Music by Jojo Moyes | The Professional by Kresley Cole | Pulse by Gail McHugh | My True Love Gave to Me | Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch | Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Mad about Sandra.

This week was a Sandra Brown kind of week on the blog. I’d say I’m sorry, but hey. Her’s were all that I was in the mood for, nothing much I can do about that. I did manage to sneak in a couple of YAs. I read Push by Eve Silver and Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch; both weren’t great, to be honest. I was supposed to have Jeyn Roberts on Monday here, but something must’ve happened on their end. I didn’t get her post until Friday. So I might post it some time this week.

Twenty dollars in my pocket.

I went on a spending spree at a thrift shop this week as well. I managed to snag some books that cost me a total of $20. Pretty good deal, if you ask me. But that doesn’t bode well with the dwindling space situation in my house.


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson | The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova | The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons | Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen | The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry | Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong | The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

 Read any good books lately?


The Quiet Dell and Low Pressure were both engrossing reads. Push and Snow Like Ashes, however…sigh.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 123


Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson | Immortal by J.R. Ward | Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios | Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick | The Young Elites by Marie Lu | The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi | Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen | Magnolia by Kristi Cook | A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall | My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Where the hell have I been?

This always happens. I go away for a little R & R and I have a hard time getting into the swing of things. It’s like a jet lag, even though I only went down to the States. San Diego was fantastic, by the way. We won. Actually we killed them. 31-0 for our San Diego Chargers! So so happy we won. Looking forward to seeing them again next year!

Anyway, that’s where I’ve been. And of course, because I went away for a couple of days, my desk was a disaster area. I have not been able to do much blogging and visiting, for that matter. I’m back, though. So I’ll be by your blogs this weekend. 🙂

Read any good books lately?


As a matter of fact, I have. Because I’ve been away and have had some down time, I managed to read a few books. I definitely enjoyed Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Magnolia by Kristi cook, and Envy by Sandra Brown. The rest of what I’ve read are just so-so.

Unfortunately, Not a Drop to Drink by Mindi McGinnis was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be. I barely got through two chapters before I set it aside. I’m not giving up on it just yet, but I’m putting those books off for now.

I’ll stalk y’all later!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 122


Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish | Winterspell by Claire Legrand |
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer | The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts |
Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson | In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis |
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion | Rooms by Lauren Oliver

What’s new?

Well, it’s that time again. Fall, football and California. Husband and I go on an annual pilgrimage to San Diego to watch our beloved Chargers play. This year, they’re playing the
New York J-E-T-S. It’s gonna be a hot one! California is in a spell right now, so I can only imagine the amount of sweat that would be pouring out of me come game time tomorrow. But hey, I don’t mind sweating. I just hope we’ll get a dubya. 🙂

I’m a part of the blog tour for The Bodies We Wear. Jeyn Roberts will be stopping by on the 13th with an On the Night Table post. So exciting! I hope you’ll be able to join us.

Read any good books lately?


Mean Streak by Sandra Brown was fantastic! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. I had a buddy read with Rachel of The Reader’s Den. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, this book is sooo good.

The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. Honestly? As much as I enjoyed the first book, The Eternity Cure was a pain and a half. It made me so freaking mad! And it’s not because it was badly written. It’s the opposite, in fact. She wrote her villains so well that I had to take breathers while I was reading the second book. At this point, I don’t know if I’m going to read Forever Song. I need to step back and decompress.

Also, not in this picture is Rooms by Lauren Oliver. This was another fast read, but that doesn’t mean it was a good one. It was brutally boring. Sorry.

What am I reading?


This series comes highly recommended, so I brought both books on this trip.

I hope to check back with y’all after the game. 🙂

#Chargers #BoltUp

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 121


Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix • Visions by Kelley Armstrong • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld • Sway by Kat Spears • One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington


We are just having the warmest Indian Summer I’ve ever experienced since moving to Canada 19 years ago! I’m weirded out because the heat doesn’t compute with the colours of fall. Seeing people in shorts in September is just…wrong. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I’m just. I guess all these talks about global warming is getting to me.

Once again, my staying away from bookstore did not happen this past week. Even though I only got five books, it’s still five books too many. I suck.

This week, I read…



This weekend, I’m reading…




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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 120


The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes | The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey | I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga | Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang | The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera


I lamented about how terrible the past week was for people trying to curb their book buying binges. I meant to pick up Rick Yancey’s instalment to The 5th Wave but I ended up with six other books simply because they were calling my name. You all know what that’s like. 🙂 So after  I gave myself a stern talking to, I squee’d to my heart’s content because I’m really excited about the books I’ve gotten this week.

What’s New?

Not a whole lot. The last two weeks, I gorged on Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. I really enjoyed the books; which is surprising because I’m not a reader of the genre.


I also finally finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.


And. Rachel of The Readers’ Den made me read a book she thoroughly enjoyed (I did, too!). The ladies of The Readers’ Den are a good book pusher, I tell ya. 🙂


What am I reading?


Is that It?

Pretty much.

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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:


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.

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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, Books Edition: Episode 118

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California by Edan Lepucki | Invinsible by James Patterson | Prototype by M.D. Waters

Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon | The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey | Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry | Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater | Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid | Wild by Alex Mallory

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg & Rod Bradbury

V is for Villain by Peter Moore

The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffet

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta | Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover | Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brenzenoff

Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown


The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

The Book of LIfe by Deborah Harkness | Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry | The Seeker by R.B. Chesterton

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Breathe, Annie, Breath by Miranda Kenneally | Conversion by Katherine Howe

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Ripper by Isabel Allende | Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters

The Fall by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan | Journey to the End of the Night by Louis Ferdinand-CĂ©line

In which I promise not to buy another book for at least six months…

What? I so can do it!

It’s been at least a month since my last Hoarders post. Since then, I’ve accumulated a ton; including some that I’ve procured from our trip to St. Louis. Sadly, I haven’t been doing much reading. But hey, I’ve been doing my part to be out and about in the blogosphere (yay!). This is possibly, the first time that I’ve acknowledge how ridiculous this is (the hoarding). So I promised myself I will not be buying any books until I’ve managed to take a big bite out of my pile. It’s hard, you know? The minute my husband asks whether or not I want to go to the bookstore, I can’t garner up enough strength to say no. He’s the worst (and best) enabler ever.

Books Read:

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Currently Reading:

17235026 The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. It’s taking me a while to finish this one but that’s all on me and not the book’s fault. I am seriously loving this but I get into those type of moods sometimes when I easily get distracted. But this is such a great book. It will have you thinking that not all monsters are evil in nature. Sometimes, humans are worse.

Currently Listening:

19661080 Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz. I’d like to thank HBG Audio for sending me a copy of this audiobook. I’m not gonna lie, my experience with Melissa de la Cruz hasn’t been great but I was actually pretty curious about her latest work. This is the Blue Bloods series in adult fiction, and while I haven’t read those, I’m willing to jump right in. Well, so far, I’m loving it! I’m halfway and I can’t get enough.

Also, can you believe I missed my 3rd year anniversary?!

What the heck? But. I have an itch to change the blog format again, so who knows? Maybe I’ll do something to coincide the change (when I get to it) and the anniversary at the same time. 🙂

Later, peeps!

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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!


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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