Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 222

I may have mentioned how much time I’m spending watching book tube videos lately. One of the pitfalls of diving into the abyss that is book tube is that it makes me salivate over books, therefore forcing my twitchy fingers to order stuff online. Once again, I found myself clicking my pay cheque away with an order from Book Outlet. So here are the books that somehow found their way to my house. *facepalm*

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting | All Our Todays by Elan Mastai | All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover | And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Housseini | American Panda by Gloria Chao | Contagion by Erin Bowman | The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace | Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (not in the picture)

I’ve read The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting — which was overwhelmingly disappointing; All Our Todays by Elan Mastai, and Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones. I know I have to re-read Summoned again because I realized I haven’t written a review for Net Galley.

R e a d L a s t W e e k

I read a total of 9 books last week. My favourites being, The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir and Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. I also finally picked up a Historical Romance from Ms. Beverly Jenkins. I didn’t realize it was book 3 of her Old West series, but that’s okay. No need to read the series in order, I don’t think. I downloaded book 2, which is Breathless so I’m going to listen to that sometime this week. I enjoyed Tempest, truly. I love how the heroine completely defied all the norms you would expect from a woman of colour especially at that time. I’m looking forward to broadening my reading horizon in this genre. I re-read Red, White and Royal Blue in audio form — loved it! The narrator did Henry’s accent justice. Anyway, here are the rest of the books:

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty | Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown | How to Stop Time by Matt Haig | When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton.

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir | Tempest by Beverly Jenkins | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones | Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

So that’s my reading update/book haul last week. I hope your week is going swimmingly well so far. Happy Hump Day!

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 220

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa | Books for Living by Will Schwalbe | Ziggy, Stardust & Me by James Brandon | Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane | The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones | The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci | Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis | About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis | The Mothers by Brit Bennett | Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk

Last week was probably the most active I’ve been on the blog this year. It really feels good to be back. Can you believe that I’m even motivated to film a video? I don’t know…whenever I watch booktubers, it blows my mind how much easier it looks. But then I’ll make an attempt and I get so flustered and anxious once the camera starts rolling. Lol.

I did try to film one last night for my Instagram story but since you’re only allowed a maximum of 15 secs, I kept getting cut off. So I abandoned it altogether. If any of you have any suggestions on how I can post a 7:46 minute-long story on Instagram, please let me know.

On to my bookhaul. Y’all, I went ham on book buying last week. I hate myself. I was doing so well, too. But that’s it for me. I will try to keep my purchases down to a minimum for the next little while. I got one book for review (unsolicited) from Candlewick Press. It’s called The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones — about this boy whose best friend disappeared. But when he decided to come looking for him, he encountered a group of men who escaped from prison. It’s a short book so I’m going to endeavour to write a review for it before its release date of September 10th.

Thank you, Sylvia Chan of Candlewick Press for this finished copy.

I read three books from the pile above last week:

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. This is a Japanese book translated by Phillip Gabriel, which tells the story of Nana the Cat and his owner Satoru. This was such a sad, beautiful piece of literature, y’all. I cried. For reals.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane is a book about two families who are irrevocably entwined. I loved this one, too. The story focused on Peter and Kate and how they were forbidden to be together because of their respective families’ roles in the tragedy that happened when they were only fourteen years old.

Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk. This is a pulp fiction in its rawest form about a private detective who gets entangled with a case of hi tech espionage and mayhem. I also love that she’s a bookstore owner and a refuge for abused women by day.

OTHER BOOKS READ LAST WEEK:

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert | Kids of Appetite by David Arnold| The Day He Came Back by Penelope Douglas | Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert | Bad Influence by Stephanie London | Bad Reputation by Stephanie London

That’s it for my update this week. I hope you’ll have a week full of awesome books and great weather!

Happy reading, y’all.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 218

Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures) by Cain, Postlewait, Thomson | The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr | Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zenter | Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles | The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon | Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Hello.

They said you can’t force inspiration, and that you have to let it come organically as if you haven’t spent a few hours of your day thinking about how much you sorely miss the process of creation. I envy those whom, after all these years, are still chugging along and not neglecting their creative outlets. This is my attempt to get back into the swing of things for the millionth time.

Life hasn’t really slowed down. And as the summer approaches, it will only speed up a little bit more. Do you ever notice that? In Canada, most especially, Summer passes so quickly. It’s here and then it’s not. Soon, my daughter will be starting her uni courses. And my son will only have one more year of grade school left before he moves on to high school. Where has time gone?

Over the course of my unofficial hiatus from the blog, I’ve found myself reading and re-reading most of Melina Marchetta’s books. The comfort they bring me takes me back to the days of discovering how much I love her words. Her fantasy series in particular is on an endless circulation. I simply can’t move on. But in the midst of my manic Marchetta binges, I have managed to read a few here and then. At the moment, I’m still on pace to reach my goal of 150 books for 2019, so regardless of my recent obsession with re-reading Ms. Marchetta’s books, things are still going well.

I hope I’ll be able to keep a semblance of order and consistency here on my blog. I really miss writing and interacting with you all.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 217

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab | To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas | Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles | Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack | Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | Shade by Pete Souza | Make Blackout Poetry | One Day in December by Josie Silver

My first Hoarders post of the year! Let’s hope I don’t make a habit of this. This pile includes the books I got for Christmas which, sadly consisted of only two books: Shade by Pete Souza and Make Blackout Poetry. Mind you, there were only three books on my list last year, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. (The other is Michelle Obama’s Becoming – sold out. Womp. Womp.).

A friend of mine from the gym lent me two books before the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to read them: One Day in December, and the other, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. There’d been so much talk about how awesome One Day in December is so I borrowed it from her after she raved about it.

READ THIS WEEK:

Ru by Kim Thúy was a memoir of a Vietnamese woman’s journey from being one of the boat people fleeing strife in Vietnam to her life as a migrant in Canada. This was such a short book and I’m sad to say that her story wasn’t was affective as I’d hoped it would be.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult was your typical fare from this author. It was sublime, sad, completely immersive and if you’re not watching, it would hit you where it would hurt the most.

The Immortalists was a popular book last year but I didn’t pick it up until I saw it on my Libby app. It was a good read but not earth-shattering.

That’s my semi-update for the week. Let me know what you got up to in my comments below!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 215


The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie | Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie | The Trust by Ronald H. Balson | Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my newly discovered authors and their works. I’ve been on the hunt for those books and so happy to say to finally have these in my arsenal. I am, however, still on the lookout for the first Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series, Saving Sophie. I’m sure I can easily order it online but money’s tight so I’ve resorted to finding books from the thrift shops.

I’ve started The Satanic Verses but since Rushdie’s writing is a bit cerebral than what I’m used to, it’s taking a bit of time. I would really like to start on the Balson series but I need to find Saving Sophie first.

Reading Updates:

Unfortunately, I didn’t make any headway with the books I’d planned last week. Heck, I haven’t even crack open any of the books. I’m determined to get them done this week, however.

Books Read Last Week:

I adore Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. It was such a lovely, delightful book about food, family, and love. Fall by Kristen Callihan was awesome as well. Jax Blackwood was so angst-y and sexy – just the kind of guy I love reading about. 🙂 All the Missing Girls’ format just didn’t work for me. It was confusing as heck. Lastly, The Lost Symbol completes my Dan Brown library, and will be looking forward to reading more from him.

That’s it for my week, everyone. I hope yours was great as well.

Happy Reading!

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 214


Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore | Vox by Christina Dalcher | An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green | Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram | Seafire by Natalie C. Parker | International Guy Vol. 2 by Audrey Carlan | The Fling Club by Tara Brown | Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

Hello, dear readers.

Welcome to an overdue book haul post.

These are just some of the books I’ve received for review recently. I have a few more but I don’t want to bore you with an unnecessarily long post. Besides which, I’ve already read a few of those and even some featured in this post. These books are from Simon & Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, and Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd – thank you so much for the continued patronage even though I’ve been a horrible partner as of late. Rest assured that I’m slowly trying to get my act together.

From Net Galley:

Believe it or not, I’ve already read these as well. I downloaded these books last week and because two of them are romance, I read them quite fast. Romance reads tend to be like an open can of Pringles for me. Lol. Also, holy hell. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave! A much-awaited series ender. I devoured it one night. I’m freaking mad at myself because, not only do I have to wait till I can get my hands on a hard copy, I also need to wait for Beep’s series. Gah.

I will be a part of a re-read blog tour for the Charley Davidson series in November so keep your eyes peeled for that. I think I’m supposed to read book nine.

Anywho, I hope you’re having a great reading week.

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 213


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner | The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo | The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski | White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Heyyyy.

Ugh. Work kicked my ass last week! I did not have a moment to spare and by the time I get home, all I wanted to do is to park my carcass in bed and get under the covers! I’m hoping things will be different this week. Weather is cooperating at least. We’ve been having sunshine and pretty sultry temperatures. Not great for my hair but I’ve been taking advantage and getting my steps in.

READ LAST WEEK

I loved Louise Bay’s books except for The Ruthless Gentleman. I didn’t see any ruthlessness from the character, to be frank. Heart Berries was an astounding novel. So fierce, fearless and powerful.

And with that, my Goodreads reading challenge deficit is now a surplus! I’m one book ahead of my goals which makes me so happy! I didn’t think I’ll get here but here we are.

Unfortunately, my reading plans didn’t pan out so well in the last couple of weeks so I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I’m still working on finishing the couple of books on my TBR (Blood Fury by JR Ward and The Break by Katherena Vermette). I just added another book to my reading queue as well – All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. I should just give in and download the audiobooks for the first two as I’m getting tired of seeing them on my pile.

Anywho, let me know how your week has been, peeps.

Happy reading.

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 212


Circe by Madeline Miller | Only Human by Syvail Neuvel | The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel | Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong | Folded Notes from High School by Matt Doren | The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian | All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for my copies of Only Human & Aftermath. As well, to Ambur Hostyn of Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd. for my copies of All The Little Lights & The Optimistic Decade. Much love to Penguin Teen Canada for my copies of Folded Notes and The Foreseeable Future. 

Hello.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We had our Victoria Day here in Canada so just getting off a three-day weekend. I had planned on catching up and doing some blog-hopping but that didn’t pan out. I also did a mini-readathon of sorts to finish the books I’d started from a while back. I managed to finish these two from my pile:

Heart Berries is a beautiful memoir about a Native American woman who struggled with mental illness while coping with her difficult relationships with her mom and the man with whom she couldn’t seem to cut ties. It’s at times funny, emotional, heartrending, and frustrating. I enjoyed this slight but equally powerful book.

How to Survive A Summer by Nick White was also incredibly moving. It’s about a conversion camp for teens and what the main character went through. It was a tough read, to say the least.

So for last week, I managed to read a total of four books in total. Hot Asset by Lauren Layne was a fun read but to be honest, I was more interested in finding out why Ian Bradley was being set up more than the romance. Overall, I liked it.

Seeing Red is a quintessential Sandra Brown so of course, I loved it.

On the Blog This Week

Reviews of Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot.
Books from the Backlog featuring: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

Currently Reading

I’m working on reading my review copies so from last week, so I still have Love & Luck and The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder. But I might reinforce these reads with audiobooks. In the meantime, still working on finishing Blood Fury by JR Ward. It seems I’ve been reading this thing for years. Sigh.

I hope you’ll have a great week of reading, y’all.

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 211


A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Torro | Hero At the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton | The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren


Hello.

How’s your weekend so far? Well, I’m drafting this post on a Saturday (the week past) because I’m trying to catch up. I had this scheduled last week but that was a hectic week for me and my family that I didn’t get to actually write the post. I only downloaded the picture but didn’t touch it.

Life Lately

So yes, it’s been an incredibly busy week for us. One of the reasons why I wasn’t able to drop by your blogs was that I was trying to reach a fitness milestone at my gym. I set out a goal to be the first person to have taken a thousand classes, so I did. I reached it two weeks before my one year anniversary.

I battled with all kinds of aches and pains throughout but the reward of bragging rights made it all worth it. Lol. Besides the fact that it helped me lose 50 lbs and gain an incredible amount of self-confidence in the process, that is. My next goal is to lose more. I need to lose 20 more lbs but I’m having a tougher go at it this time. My self-control with food on the weekends isn’t as great as it used to be. So losing a couple of pounds during the week is usually negated by the time Monday rolls around. Story of my life.

Ah Spring. The sounds of birds, the open windows, the annoying allergies. It’s been awful this year, to tell you the truth. I often wake up with puffy eyes and stuffed up nose. I can’t go outside so my step count stats are suffering. Sigh.

On Reading

I’m continually making great strides. With the help of audiobooks, romance novels on my Kindle, and actually finding an efficient way to use my time, I’m able to get back on the saddle again.

On Blogging

I’ve actually sat down and created a schedule for myself. I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a full schedule for May. That is, I’m hoping I’ll be able to sit down and draft the posts I wanted to go up.

This is it for me, y’all. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my stack. I’m keen to read the James Comey tell all first but I have a few books to get through first.

Happy reading!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 209


Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot | Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade | Come From Away by Genevieve Graham | Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley | Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore | Emergency Contact by HK Choi | The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton | I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman | The Color of Bee Larham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris | Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone | Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Hello from the Other Side

Heh. January was my last post on this blog. Not gonna lie, I’ve thought about quitting because I just couldn’t find the time. But somehow, the generous publishers that I work with keep sending me books. And who am I to say no? I’m sure I could just as easily quit and post my reviews somewhere, but I feel bad for abandoning y’all. You’ve been so patient with me. And I still get pinged from my readers in social media so to quit is just not in the immediate future at the moment. Also considering there’d been so many, I heard, that have quit, I just couldn’t find it in me. So here we are. Hoping, yet again, that it will stick this time. *fingers crossed*

New on My Shelves

The books above are all for reviews. Mostly from Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Canada. Thank you, most gracious, most generous benefactors. I owe you a few reviews. I’m slowly getting back into it again. So please bear with me again. I’d also like to thank Big Honcho Media for sending me two copies of Emergency Contact along with a few swags. I was so suprised to find a box of goodies in the mail. I was tasked to send one of the copies away so I held a giveaway on my Instagram page. There wasn’t much entries – which made me sad, but I get it. I don’t have much clout there and since Instagram changed the algorithm, my giveaway post didn’t receive much attention. Lucky for the winner, though. 🙂

Life in General

Not much, to be honest. Just trying to trudge through this long winter but the end is in sight, hopefully. Also trying to do this reading and blogging thing again. I was able to read a few books in the last couple of weeks that reduced my reading goal deficit from 19 to 11. I have a ways to go but I think this is it for real this time. This is when I finally found a way to get back on the horse. Spring is coming too so I can take advantage of my walks by listening to audiobooks.

Still working out like crazy. In three weeks’ time, I will have attended 1000 classes since joining my gym. I’m up to 920 classes as of this writing. Even I can’t believe this number. Admittedly, the last few months have not been good food-wise. So even though I’ve been working out like crazy, I’ve gained a few pounds, lost muscle and gained fat. Ugh. So I’m nipping this in the bud. I’m going back to basics. High protein, low carb. Lesson learned that I need to have a good balance or I will easily fall back to my old habits.

Anyway, thank you, as always, for sticking around. I will be doing some blog visits as soon as I get some posts scheduled. 🙂 Have a great week, everyone!

 

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