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 210


The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody | American Heart by Laura Moriarty | The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty | The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce | Meet Cute by Various Authors | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | How To Stop Time by Matt Haig | theMystery.doc by Matthew McIntosh


I surprised myself this week by going to the bookstore, picking up a bunch of books, then putting them all back on the shelves because I wanted to buy a $50, 1660-page behemoth of a book. Yeah. I’m talking about theMystery.doc, of course. You know I’m a huge fan of mixed-media type of novels, so as soon as I saw the lone, plastic-wrapped copy, I had to get it. #bookhoarderproblems

Such a sad, sad weekend for Canada and the hockey world as we learned about the tragic accident that took 15 lives of junior hockey players. My husband and I were at the Winnipeg Jets hockey game on Saturday night and experienced the moving tribute our Jets team and the Chicago Blackhawks gave for the entire community of Humboldt. A group of young men chasing their dreams only to end so soon. Really heartbreaking. The response from the entire world has been so wonderful, though. <3 Faith in humanity, restored for sure.


I received another copy of I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman in the mail courtesy of Penguin Random House. I’m going to read it soon then will hopefully run a giveaway for the extra copy. I’m a little worried as it hasn’t been receiving the best reviews, but still. I’m looking foward to reading this.

As per usual, I’m all over the place. I have no idea how to take control of my TBR – especially my for-review books. I need to find a way to handle it as I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed again. Last week, I was able to make some headway with the books that I’ve started. I think I just need to train my brain to stick to one book at a time instead of randomly starting a new one. I know some of you probably solves this issue by having a bullet journal but just the thought of taking some more of my precious time to organize and write makes me want to jump off a bridge. Gah.

Anywho, I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I literally have no idea how my week is going to go as I’m starting a new fitness routine. Blog posts are yet to be drafted (apart from this) and books remain half read. But don’t worry.

I’m fine.

JUST FINE.

Really, really fine.

 

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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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Hoarders, Book Edition: Episode 209


Free Space by Sean Danker | Firebug by Lish McBride | God-Shaped Hole by Tiffany DiBartolo | Devil’s Cut by JR Ward | Seeing Red by Sandra Brown | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Origin by Dan Brown

Hello.

I can’t even remember the last time I did a Hoarders post! I haven’t been buying too many books, to be honest. It’s so bad that a few of these were from our summer trip in Toronto! The horror. I’ve only read a couple of these books – that’s how bad I’ve been at reading as well. Incidentally, both books were quintessential of the authors’ work. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown and Origin by Dan Brown (no relation. Ha). I did, however, request some books from Net Galley.

I reviewed The Trouble with Twelfth Grave on the blog already. Hard Cover will be up sometime this week (loveeee this book, btw). I read Wish You Were Mine but it’s so unremarkable that I probably would have to re-read it just so I can write a review.

Audible

Pucked Over was good. As well, both Vi Keeland’s books. Sorely disappointed with Penelope Ward’s Gemini. I think it might have been an early work, as I can tell it’s not in the same calibre as her newer novels. Needless to say, I’m not continuing with that series. Basic writing, flat characters, and often times, cheesy dialogues.

Currently

Missing
by Kelley Armstrong

I have about a quarter left to this book. I’ve managed to read a good chunk of it this weekend with a few starts and stops. It’s suspenseful af, to be honest. It’s very good, though. I think it’s the fact that I have no idea who the killer was makes it more sinister. As well, the setting adds to the scare factor. I can’t wait to finish it. Hopefully, tonight after I hit “publish”. 🙂

 

 

The Break
by Katherena Vermette

So I’ve been struggling with this one. I borrowed this copy from a friend of mine at the gym because she swore by it, and it’s a prized-winning literature. It’s set in our city but the story is tough to read at times. It’s so interesting to read about a place in which you have a familiarity. It’s easy enough to follow but the stories of the characters are hard to get through.

 

Well, I think I’ll bid farewell for now. I have a full schedule on the blog. (Trust. I can’t believe it either.) I wish you all a lovely week! 

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Lazarus


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


Helllooooooo

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 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 207


Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith | When It’s Real by Erin Watt | Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts


Slow As Molasses

Another sad, sad reading week here for me. Honestly, I’m disgusted with myself. So far, I’ve only finished one book in the last two weeks. Which sucks because I have so many books in my to-be-reviewed pile. In an attempt to spark some reading inspiration, I went to the bookstore yesterday just to see if it would make me want to get back to reading again. Wish me luck that it will do the trick.

On A Health Kick

Still on my health kick. I’ve realized a couple of things about why dieting never worked for me in the past. I’ve been so restricted to salads and chicken breasts. Time and again, I get bored, hungry, then quit. This time around, I decided that I can’t do this shit again. So anytime I get a craving for specific food, I find a healthier recipe. This weekend, I made pesto sauce. I used avocado instead of olive oil. I made some spirals of zucchini, added shrimp and cherry tomatoes. It was divine! If you have any other healthier alternatives to some decadent food let me know!

Fit Readers

I’ve been doing double fit body boot camps for two weeks now and I’m loving it. I’ve been sick this week but I didn’t let that stop me from working out. I have a fitness assessment on Thursday so I’m excited to see any progress. It’s been a whole month since I started this journey.

June 5 Monday 10,669
June 6 Tuesday 9,057
June 7 Wednesday 14,521
June 8 Thursday 11,820
June 09 Friday 8,354
June 10 Saturday 13,935
June 11 Sunday 13,944
Total Steps for the Week: 96,224

Well, this is it for me this week. Let’s hope I find something good to read soon. Sigh.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 206

 


How to Survive A Summer by Nick White | Skitter by Ezekiel Boone | Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka | Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward | The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti | Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

(Books courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada & Simon & Schuster Canada)

Hello. 

The start of a new month always brings me hope for better things to come. It also inspires me to correct my mistakes from the previous month. I completely spaced out in May hence the lack of posts and the very seldom visits you got from me. I would like to change that in June. I gave myself a pep talk along the lines of being physically active again is not an excuse to slack off over here. So I give you permission to give me a slap on the head if I start falling asleep on the job again.

Did any of you go to BEA? Relatively quiet on the social media front. No drama to be had – which is always a good thing. Lol. After I saw a few haul posts on IG, I started to tell my husband that I’m definitely going next year but then I remember that I’m sort of protesting the US’ new administration so I immediately scrap that idea.

Still haven’t been able to get my reading mojo back but I managed to finish Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I just about gave up on it, to be honest. It was confusing af.  There were so many points of view and for a  while, you don’t know where the story was heading. I persevered and mildy enjoyed it. I think it would’ve been a good suspense story if she’d managed to pare down the POVs.

Stop by tomorrow for my review of Only Child by Andrew Pyper. Man, this book is so creepy. It’s his take on three well known classics melded into one:  Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula. My reading slump came at a bad time because my review is supposed to go up tomorrow and I’ve just started reading this over the weekend. It’s a good thing that this book is so compelling!

Anyway, this is it for me, folks. Let me know how your day is going so far.

Happy reading!

 

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 205

 


American War by Omar El Akkad | Into The Water by Paula Hawkins | The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr


 It saddens me that the last thing I posted on the blog was also a book haul. But what can I say? I’m currently struggling to write book reviews and there’s nothing I could do about it. I used to have discussion posts on the ready for when I’m running behind with book reviews but unfortunately, the creative well is currently dry. So yeah. As much as I want to post something else other than a book haul and an update, I got nothing. You can’t bleed a stone, you know what I mean? Sigh.

I got three books from Penguin Random House Canada that I thought I’d share with you all. I still haven’t bought any physical books as of late. It’s not for the lack of trying, mind you. On Saturday, I went to the bookstore and had three books on hand when I had an accident. I was trying to reach for a copy of A List of Cages when it fell on my face. Let’s just say there was a blood bath as I got a deep gash on my nose because of it. I’m so mad, y’all. I didn’t even have any intentions of going to the bookstore in the first place but hubby so sweetly nudged me to go. I think it’s the bookstore’s way of expressing their disappointment in me for being away for so long. So yeah. I didn’t buy anything this weekend again.

R  E  A  D    L  A  S  T    W  E  E  K

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


I’ve been meaning to read this since I got it. I’m a huge fan of books set in WWII so this fits the bill perfectly. It was very interesting. I was kept in constant suspense in a way that the fate/lives of the characters were always hanging in the balance.

 

At Attention
by Annabeth Albert
Publication Date: April 10th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


I have enjoyed a few of Ms. Albert’s books so I had to request this one on NG as soon I saw it crop up on blogs. It was to be expected. I enjoyed it and will be looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

 

 

The DILF
by London Hale
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


*Snorts* I had to get it. You know what’s weird? I didn’t notice the age difference between them. Ms. Hale didn’t really put that much focus on that aspect of their relationship so I wasn’t mortified as I was with the title. Lol.
 

 

This is it for me. I’ve got so much book reviews to write but I really don’t know where to begin. We still have another day off so here’s hoping I’ll be able to write or at least read.

Have a great week, everyone!

 

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