Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 145


The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre | Irresistible by Liz Bankes | The Madmen of Benghazi by Gérard deVilliers | Chaos in Kabul by Gérard deVilliers | Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham | Ru by Kim Thúy | Like No Other by Una LaMarche | The Fearless by Emma Pass


It’s one of those weeks when nothing really happened in my droll life. Though, I must admit that it’s a good thing. I don’t think my poor heart can handle all the excitement of riding in an ambulance and playing a crash test dummy for fun. Anyway, all is well.

This week, I got one copy for review from the fantastic people over at Random House Canada. I started reading The Fearless by Emma Pass, and I must say, I’m intrigued by this band of soldiers wreaking havoc in all the land. Let’s see how intense this is going to be, but so far, I’m so into it.

I mentioned in my review of Revenge of the Kremlin how much I enjoyed what I’ve read of Malko Linge so far. So much so that I bought the only other two that’s been translated in English. I was so excited when I found them at my bookstore! I can’t wait to dive into these books.

I managed to keep in touch with the lot of you, and posted some reviews this week. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself. *beams* Considering how insane work had been, I’m pumped that I was able to write something coherent before my brain turned to soup. Goodness knows, work has been known to do that to me.

Buyer’s Remorse

Oh man. I bought Irresistible because the cover attracted me so. As I was reading up on the reviews on Goodreads, I soon realized the error of my ways as the book feature two of my most hated character flaws: doormat girl meets douchebag boy. Sigh. Wish me luck.

E-books. Yes. I do buy and request them from time to time.

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I read Beautiful Secret on the day of its release. I enjoyed it enough, but not as much as I did its predecessors. I requested copies of Some Kind of Normal and Every Last Word from NetGalley. Thanks so much to Sourcebooks Fire and Disney-Hyperion for these copies!

So that’s the kind of week it’s been. How was yours?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 144


Before I Go by Colleen Oakley | We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach | Galgorithm by Aaron Karo | Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash | Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca | Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | The Outcast by Sadie Jones

I tell you, if it’s not health issues, it’s something else. Yesterday, I tried to play chicken with the bus (spoiler alert: the bus won. The bus will ALWAYS win). It’s a good thing that I was going slow, and he was going slow, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be here. It was morning;  I haven’t had coffee yet. And I know that that’s not an excuse, but I swear to God, I never saw the bus coming. Anyway, I’m fine. The car, however, might’ve seen the last rays of the sun. May it rest in pieces.

This week hasn’t been the greatest, reviewing and reading wise. I’m a slave to my job, so I didn’t do too much reading. Needless to say, I did poorly on my assignments this week. On the other hand, Kate Perry’s Summerhill series pretty much took up most of my nights. The earlier instalments are definitely so much better than book #7 that I reviewed on Thursday. I might review them still as Morsels, or intermittently over the next few weeks. I stalked her author profile on Goodreads and found a few books of hers that I haven’t read. So, yay! 🙂 I really like her romance novels.

I would like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for the three ARCs that they sent me: Last Year’s Mistake, Galgorithm, Three Day Summer. They all sound fantastic! Perfect spring/summer reads. 🙂

There’s not going to be an On the Night Table post for Monday, as I have yet to finish a couple on my queue. I’m halfway through Empire of Night, though. I’m determined to read A Darker Shade of Magic as well.

That’s it for me. I hope you’ll have a great weekend!


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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 143


Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong | Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø | The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart | Everything, Everything by Nicola Joon | Revenge of the Kremlin by Gérard de Villiers | Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor | The Shadows by JR Ward | Kalahari by Jessica Khouri | Me Being You is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy | No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss


I’m officially back from holidays for a week now though I’ve only been to work for a day. I had a scare the other night that involved my husband calling 911, and me riding shotgun in an ambulance. The combination of the lack of sleep and lack of sustenance did me in. Basically, I woke up at 2 in the morning on Wednesday and couldn’t get back to sleep. After an hour or two of reading, the world started spinning. I really thought there was an earthquake. Have you ever had a severe case of vertigo? I thought that was it for me. I couldn’t move my head left or right because my world tilts as soon as I’m jostled. Everything is fine now though I’m not so confident about driving. I’m scared I’ll have an episode and get into a car accident. So I’m going to get chauffeured for a week or so until we’re certain everything is really fine.

Remember when I slaughtered a virgin goat and offered it as a sacrifice to the ARC-giving goddess? 

While I was away on holidays, Random House Canada/Penguin Canada emailed me and asked me if I would like to review some books. Rhetorical question? Trick question? Of course I said hell yeah! They sent me four: Empire of Night; Everything, Everything; Blood on Snow, and Revenge of Kremlin. I love that they sent me two adult fictions and two YAs. I read Blood on Snow this weekend and loved it; I’m halfway through Everything and have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. So thank you, Random House of Canada for the books! And it totally works! Lol.

Also in the mail was a copy of The New Neighbor from Simon and Schuster Canada. I started reading this one until I realized it’s not out for publication till July. This, after reading 5 chapters! That’s how engrossed I was with the story.

This has been my haul this week. Any of these in your pile? Let me know what you got this week as well! Thanks for visiting while I was away. 🙂


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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 142


Train Man by Hitori Nakano | Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass | The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera | Vendetta by Catherine Doyle | The Collector by Nora Roberts | A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas


Yes, I know. This is kind of an untimely post. I usually do my book hauls on Sundays, but since I’ve been pretty much absent lately, I thought doing a book haul post is a good ice breaker.

I’m currently on my second week of vacation here in the Philippines. I haven’t been able to find a good, reliable internet connection – hence, my absence. Our stay has been a whirlwind of seeing one relative after another and reconnecting with friends that I’ve not seen in years. It’s been an absolute delight, albeit an exhausting trip so far. But it’s all worth it. I don’t know when we’ll be able to come back, so I am trying to  make the most of it.

Incidentally, I met Joy of The Bookshelf Intruder last week as well. She’s so great! I can’t believe she was more than happy to meet with some strange Canadian blogger with her little boy in tow. I’m always excited to meet bloggers, but I must admit that I was even more so to  have met someone from this country.

This week, I’ve decided to book us into a hotel instead of staying in my family home. I’m feeling a little inspired and hopeful that I’ll be able to write some posts today.

Back to the book haul, these books were purchased at a couple of bookstores that I’ve always wanted to check out since I’ve booked my flight: National Bookstore and Fully Booked. I am a little underwhelmed by the selections on both stores, but I was told that I have to go to certain franchise locations to find the best place with the most selections. Regardless, I’m happy that I’ve checked these off my list.

So that’s what’s been going on. I hope you haven’t forgotten about me.

Thanks for your patience, dear readers. I love you all. 🙂

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 141


DSC00016Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop | The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkowski | Mosquitoland by David Arnold | Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon | The Collector by Nora Roberts | Confess by Colleen Hoover | We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamada Ngozi Adichie

I always do this.

I preorder a book, but on the day of its release, I’m encumbered by impatience. So I end up going to my bookstore and picking up a copy anyway. And that, my friends, is why I have two copies of Vision in Silver. Le sigh.

This was last week’s purchases. I wanted to post it before I left for my holidays.

I have been waiting patiently for the release of Vision in Silver. By the time this post goes live, I’m most likely halfway done with this book.

The Winner’s Crime is a book that’s been getting a wide array of reactions lately. I know I wanted to read it because I enjoyed its predecessor.

Mosquitoland sounds like a book that’s going to go either way for me. And while I like how harmless it looks, I know this is going to be one of those books that will probably punch me right in the sternum.

Confess is a no-brainer. I love this author. The Collector by Nora Roberts was reviewed by Sarah of One Curvy Blogger, she loved it. I thought I pop my Nora Roberts cherry by reading this one.

We Should All Be Feminist is brain food. We should all read this book. 

I’ve been working really hard to curb my book expenditures, but there are books that I just can’t afford to pass up, yanno?

What’s new in your shelves this week?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 140


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler | A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes | When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling | Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons | I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios


It’s been a busy week. If you must know, I’m less than two weeks away from another holiday. This time, I will be away for two weeks. Two weeks! As fantastic as that may sound, it means that I need to get ahead of my all my tasks at work. It’s not working out so great, to be honest. On top of this madness, I’m also trying to do some advance postings on the blog – which, I’m also failing at. I think I just need to sit down and plan out my days and nights. So as much as I hate that I’m about to sing the same tune to you all, there really is no way of getting around it. Here goes…

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry for not being around. It’s just been a horrendous couple of weeks, and the next week and a half will be even more so. I’m in a pressure cooker at work, and it’s basically affecting blogging at the moment. Reading remains the same. I finished three books last week, and I’m about midway on the fourth Charley Davidson book (seriously guys, this series is awesome!).


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I’m continuing to enjoy Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series. I swear, it keeps getting better and better! The Firebird was fantastic, and I’m suddenly developing a mild case of addiction to Ilona Andrews.

So this has been my week. I hope yours was less hectic than mine.

Happy reading!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 139


SHADOW WOMAN by Linda Howard | DEADLINE by Sandra Brown | RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard | CALCULATED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand | EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED by Sara Shepard | TAKEN by Kelli Maine


I’m on a mini-vacay with my hubby, but that doesn’t stop me from acquiring books. In fact, a visit to a bookstore is always a part of our itinerary where ever we may be. So yesterday, I managed to find myself some books without getting into too much trouble. And this is all thanks to some clearance tables set up at B & N. Only two of these books are new releases (Red Queen and The Last Time…), and the rest were on sale.

I haven’t mentioned it, but I’ve been on the hunt for JD Robb’s In Death series. I think I may have found 10 on the last count, and there are 40 of these books out! Gah. I also found a hardback copy of Deadline by Sandra Brown, who is a favourite author of mine. I already have a copy of this one in paperback, but I collect the hardback copies, so I had to pick it up. The other two books are ones I’m not familiar with.

Have you read any of these?


This week, I managed to read some since I had some time during our flight.

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ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter was okay. I had some problems with it, but I’m still curious to read more about this series. I’m hoping things will improve in the next book.

HERO by Samantha Young was also a bit of a dud. It’s not like it was bad, it just wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.

ONCE UPON A ROSE by Laura Florand was fantastic! Matt and Belle/Layla are such a cute couple. 🙂



ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack was not as enjoyable as I initially thought it would be, so I don’t think I’m going to continue with this series. I rated it 2/5.

A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER by Kresley Cole was fun. I downloaded the second book right away. I think I need to read the prequel to this series!

So far, I’ve been able to visit your blogs sporadically, but hopefully, I’ll be back to regular programming next week. 

Happy reading!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 138

DSC_1004 OBASAN by Joy Kogawa | RAIN by Virginia Bergin | IF I FALL, IF I DIE by Michael Christie | THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton | NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Ciara Geraghty | HOLY COW by David Duchovny | THE RAVEN by Sylvain Reynard | THE SKY SO HEAVY by Claire Zorn


How’ve your week been? Well, my birthday came and went quietly. I turned 41 last Wednesday with very little fanfare. This has been the tradition, it seems like. It’s all good, though. I’m not complaining. I’m thankful for every blessings I get every day so another year of having this wonderful life is all the gift I need. 🙂

Next week, my husband is on the hook for a pair of Manolo Blahniks. No ifs and buts about it! Ha.

I didn’t read too many books this week. I only managed to finish one book which is a huge tome, to be honest! We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas pretty much took up most of my time. No surprise there considering it’s a 620-page book. It was a labor of love type of read as it was the story of a family that spanned years and years. I thought I wasn’t going to be able finish, but I ended up loving it. There may have been tears as well.

I’m Vegas bound for the Valentine’s weekend with the hubby next week, but I’ll be around regardless.

Have you read any of these?


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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 137

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Burned by Karen Marie Moning | The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | All Fall Down by Ally Carter | All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Fairest by Marissa Meyer


Well, I was able to resist for a week, but now I’m back to my old ways. I didn’t get to go to my bookstore, but heck, my trusted Amazon account is just one click away!

The past week has been a blur of late nights at work.  On top of that, I’ve also been sick.  I’m glad I was able to schedule some posts ahead of time otherwise, you might not have seen much of me. I did visit some, though nearly as I’d liked.

This week should be good, so expect to see me often. I’m dedicating this weekend to writing some reviews, because God knows, I’m behind again. I’ve read some, too, but mostly short novels and fast reads so nothing substantial.


I read 25 books last month, 14 of which I’ve already reviewed. I have 11 books that I’ve yet to write a review, including Red Rising and Golden Son. Oh boy. I’m going to have a tough time writing those babies.

I bought 25 books this month, and received 1 book for review. I downloaded 4 books from Net Galley and have read and reviewed 2. I need to finish reading The Minnow by Diane Sweeney so I can review the book. It’s another one of those Aussie wonders.

I bought 12 books for my Kindle and have read most of them. You need to understand that my Kindle is my Guilty Pleasure bookshelf. I don’t let anyone see what’s in it. Anyway, about 8 of those are the Amour et Chocolate series by Laura Florand. And you all know how much I’ve been obsessed with this series in the last few weeks. I also bought The Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren, and Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire. Phew. I spent so much money last month!

I had three five-star reads for January: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown.




How was your January?

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