Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 219

Recursion by Blake Crouch | Lake Silence by Anne Bishop | Outfox by Sandra Brown | Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis | The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman | Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

I am all of a sudden inspired this week! I don’t know what happened. But I think my decision to be somewhat active on Twitter was the catalyst for me to start blogging again. As well, I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders recently. It’s the fact that I no longer have any deadline for reviews and no blog tours to participate in. After coming to the conclusion that I can never be the responsible blogger that I desperately aimed to be all these years, I was able to write some reviews for future postings and be an active blog commenter again. But in all honesty, it’s you, dear bloggers. Those who hasn’t given up on blogging even though our outlet is becoming less and less popular nowadays. YOU INSPIRE ME TO KEEP GOING. Because at this point, the comments no longer matter. There is no more competition.

Thank you so much for all your well wishes. I am feeling so much better. I just need to catch up on sleep so I can go back to my fitness routine. I managed to go to the gym 5 out of the 7 days this week, so that’s progress. Food-wise, still no appetite since my throat is still recovering.

BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk | I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You by David Chariandy | She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn | Literally by Lucy Keating | The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

My favourite reads of the week is a toss up between The Beauty That Remains and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.  

I’ve been supplementing my reads with audiobooks so I’m managing to read 4 or 5 books a week. Since I’m on a time crunch with a goal to read at least 25 per month, having my Libby app has been such a huge help.

How’s your week been? Read any good books lately?

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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 193

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Dark Storm by Christine Feehan | Pines by Blake Crouch | The Last Town by Blake Crouch | Broken Prince by Erin Watt | Paper Princess by Erin Watt | Kids of Appetite by David Arnold | The Reader by Tracy Chee | The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron


Hello.

I’ve been suffering from a bout of the worst flu I’ve ever gotten in my entire life, y’all. It’s been exactly 7 days. My hearing is very poor due to both my ears being infected. I’m on antibiotics at the moment which seems to be helping because my ears aren’t as disgusting as they were a couple of days or so ago. But it still hard to hear anyone so I’ve pretty much been reading everybody’s lips when they’re talking to me. I’ve missed at least 3.5 days of work because of this illness which sucks because our year end is coming up.

As for the blog, there wasn’t much I could do; I couldn’t compose a single sentence to save my life. Lol. My brain’s been fermenting on flu meds so I wasn’t going to push my luck.  I did try to do a bit of commenting yesterday but I’m still days behind.  The good news is, I was able to read some when my head was not spinning or my ears weren’t aching. So there’s that at least.

I didn’t want to go to the bookstore this past weekend on account of there are a few books coming out tomorrow that I’m looking forward to picking up but my husband wanted to cheer me up so we went yesterday. Ear ache or not, I wasn’t going to say no. Lol. I found out that the Dollar Store sells books and wanted to see what kind of selection they have. I picked up three (two Blake Crouch and one Christine Feehan all for $3 each).

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Those damn Audible sales always get me! I downloaded Easy Charm by Kristen Proby not knowing it’s #2 in a series but after listening to it, I was sunk. They’re enjoyable enough and easy to read but I find that most of the conflict in the books are just too manufactured and sometimes annoyingly unnecessary. She does sex scenes really well, but man, it got repetitive after a while. I didn’t like book #3 because I felt like nothing ever happened. It was the most boring romance/erotica novel I’ve ever read, to be honest.

I also downloaded My Life As A White Trash Zombie which is pretty cool take on zombies. Basically, these zombies have the ability to regenerate and be fresh as long as you keep feeding them brains. They only get rabid when they haven’t been fed for days. I enjoyed this one. But I’m not ready to commit to the series just yet.

Nutshell and The Couple Next Door were good! Review scheduled for this week.

I finally threw in the towel. I could not go on living without DNF’ing a book. It’s impossible and a waste of my precious reading time. So last week, I decided that I could no longer continue with The Swan Riders. The gist of my problem is my general apathy with the story. I didn’t care one way or another what happens to the characters or where the plot was going. It was also very bland so I think I’ve wasted enough of  my time trying to finish.

And finally, I re-read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire because I wanted to know what it was that made me love it the first time.  Good Lord. What in the hell was I thinking? Travis and Abby took codependent relationship to a whole another level of cray.  Oh, well. No taking back the 5 stars I gave it many moons ago! Lol.

How was your week?

Happy reading!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 188

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Hello.

As you know, I was on vacation for a week (a couple of weeks ago now) so I haven’t done a Hoarders post since. And because I had plenty of time on my hands during my time off, I found myself at a bookstore more than once. Also, my daughter’s been into thrift shopping nowadays, so I couldn’t resist picking up used books on her jaunts. The mail from publishers has been pretty epic as well. So my haul today is ridiculous.

BOOKS FOR REVIEW

Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap | The Gauntlet/Amma’s Voice Chapter Samplers from Salaam Reads | The Spawning Ground by Gail Anderson-Dargatz | Nutshell by Ian McEwan | The Swan Riders by Erin Bow | The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine | Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich | Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia | Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Thank you to Archipelago Books, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Penguin Random House Canada!

USED BOOKS

Never Too Late by Robyn Carr | Not Even For Love by Sandra Brown | Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts | Divided in Death by JD Robb | Three Fates by Nora Roberts | Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger | The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick | Dark Predator by Christine Feehan | N-W by Zadie Smith

HOT OFF THE PRESS

The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen | Whore by Nelly Arcan | A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore | When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin | A World Without You by Beth Revis | The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan | Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave | Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The blog turned 5 years old yesterday. I’d like to thank you all again for sticking with me. Some of you have been with me since day one and some, I’ve only gotten to know in the last couple of years. Regardless, you make this all worthwhile.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 179

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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.

READ LAST WEEK

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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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Blogging at 2 in the Morning

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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:

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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 171

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This Raging Light by Estelle Laure | A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray


It’s a bit weird to have gotten only three books in the last two weeks. Especially considering the season. I did get gift cards from family, but I spent it all on these three books and my Kate Spade organizer. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a lot of sale on books when I went soon after Boxing Day. I could’ve sworn there would be more. There were a lot of books for under $10, but there was not anything I wanted.

HUBRIS

Before Christmas, I was surprised to find a gift card from Indigo in the mail. There was a letter enclosed from Heather Reisman (Indigo’s CEO). As a thank you for my continued patronage. At first, I thought they were monitoring my purchases but upon closer inspection, I noticed that the gift card was addressed to Joy (Joyousreads). My membership card from them does not have my blog information, so I concluded that she sent me the gift card because I posted a number of reviews on Indigo/Chapter’s website. So there you have it, Canadian friends. If you want an incentive to post reviews online, that’s good enough reason!

NET GALLEY

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I read and enjoyed Status Update. Forbidden was meh.

STUCK IN LUMATERE

Gah. I wish these books would let me move on. Unfortunately, I keep finding myself reading and rereading parts of it until I didn’t realize I’ve managed to reread the entire series again. So yeah, that’s also why I haven’t been able to add more to the 206 totals at the end of 2015. I just love these books so much!

What about you? Did you get anything good?

 

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 169

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Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong | Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín


Hello!

How are you, folks? This warm December is tripping my brain into thinking that Christmas has gone and passed. When in reality, we’re about less than 3 weeks away! Love the Spring-like temperatures my city is experiencing at the moment, but it’s been a little scary as well. Yesterday, hubby and I did a little Christmas shopping without our coats on. I can hardly believe it. Thanks to El Niño, the paltry snow that accumulated in the last month or so have pretty much melted off. Really weird.

The past week, I’ve managed to return to my regularly scheduled programming. I have blogged and visited as much as I could. Let’s hope this week will remain the same.

READ

  • Winter [The Lunar Chronicles, #4] was a fantastic ending to a favourite series of mine. I’m so sad to see it ends, but such is life.
  • Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick tested my patience. You can read my review here.
  • Steal Me by Lauren Layne

ON THE BLOG

I posted four reviews last week and the 168th Hoarders Episode. I figure I’m fine with this kind of schedule. I wish I can do more, but nowadays, I only have the energy to write book reviews.

I’m looking for a blog redesign, y’all. So if you guys can recommend someone, I’ll be forever thankful! 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 167

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Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman | Checkmate by Malorie Blackman | Guitar Notes by Mary Amato | Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King | The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd | This is How it Ends by Jen Nadol


On Saturday, I finally decided to check out our library – specifically, I wanted to check out if they had any books for sale. Well, apparently, they always do. So for one hour, I went through their selections and found all six of these books for a bargain price of $5.80 (including taxes). Oh, how sweet it is! Technically, I could’ve gotten more because it’s $5/bag. So if you’re able to fill your bag with 20 books, you’re only paying $5 regardless. But I chose not to be greedy and only picked out the ones that I thought were interesting. 

I’ve managed to complete my Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman. And since I’ve not read a single A.S. King book, finding Vera Dietz amongst the stacks was a great find. Guitar Notes is rated highly on Goodreads, while The Carbon Diaries and This is How it Ends look to be those type of books that will require a bit more patience and understanding. I’m so excited to read these!

ON READING

Well, this past week was certainly a change from my previous weeks. Thank goodness! I managed to read 3 books and have written reviews for them:

  • THE GAP OF TIME by Jeannette Winterson was awesome.
  • THE LIAR by Nora Roberts was a hefty book that could’ve used a lot of trimming. It was unnecessarily long.
  • MIDNIGHT SUN by Jø Nesbo was a good follow up to his Blood on Snow series (however lacking).

ON BLOGGING

I know, I know. I only managed to write one review last week (The Gap of Time). But I promise that I’m back with a few reviews and a Confessions next week. I was still able to visit you, though, so that’s great, yeah?

HAVE A LOVELY WEEK!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 158

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The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly | Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith | Soulless by Gail Carriger | Blameless by Gail Carrier | An Empty Sekret by Lindsay Smith | Overruled by Emma Chase | Sustained by Emma Chase | Suite Française by Iréne Némirovsky | The Uninvited by Cat Winters | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone | Burn by Paula Weston | Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg


First things first: I would like to thank Random House Canada for sending me copies of The Mistake I Made and Bream Gives Me Hiccups. Whenever I get an invitation to review a few of their books, I keep having to fight off the urge to request them all. Thankfully, we’re only allowed to request 3 books at a time. Otherwise, I’ll be hoarding them all. So these two books are the ones that I’m just dying to read.

How have your week been? Mine was uneventful as usual. Work, home. Work, home. Rinse. Repeat. Pretty much. Our truck’s transmission broke this week *sobs*. We had to trade it in because there was no way I was going to pay $2,500 to fix it. It was time for an upgrade anyway, but now I have this car loan riding on our shoulders. Ugh. I hate being in debt. We’ve avoided having to pay any car loans for the last few years since we don’t buy new. But hubby wanted a bigger car for us and newer. Ergo, we’re broke. Let’s see if that’ll stop me from going to the bookstores from here on out.

Speaking of which, another massive haul again this week, for some reason. I definitely did not have a ‘shopping list’ when I went to the bookstore this past week. These are random picks, with three that I found in the clearance bin. Sometimes, I like to make myself feel better for  hoarding by saying, hey, these books were on sale! I sleep better that way. Lol.

Have you read any of these? 


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

 

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