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.

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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.



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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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 201

The Rising by Bairbre Tóibín | Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton | The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie | The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christine


How was your weekend? I can’t believe how fast time is passing by. We’re days away from April! Where did the time go? It’s Spring break this week so the kids have the week off – lucky buggers! I wish I can take the time off as well but alas, work and such. Speaking of work, there’s a great possibility that they’ll keep me on so I’m crossing my fingers. My contract ends mid-April, so this is good news! I don’t really want to go out there and look for a job again. Just thinking about interviews gives me the heebies. Wish me luck. 🙂

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Aside from Traitor to the Throne which I ordered from Book Depository, the rest of my haul from last week were from publishers (much love to HBG Canada for The Rising and Simon & Schuster Canada for the Versailles books). The Enemies of Versailles will be stopping by on the blog on Thursday. There will be a giveaway and a post from Sally so I hope you’ll stop by next week.

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Speaking of which, Simon & Schuster Canada approached me a couple of weeks ago regarding their historical fictions that are set to come out in the next couple of months. I decided to participate in each of the stops that will start on the 27th. I hope you’ll stop by and join us!

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When Friendship Followed Me Home was so good. I cried. Lucky Boy was also good. I also cried. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was fantastic. I get it now. I get the reluctant fascination. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil was fucking awesome. I read it twice. Back to back.  And I think I’m going to read it again because it’s Melina Marchetta and that woman owns my soul.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Life Lately


By show of hands, how many of y’all missed me? ^.^

Sigh. So I think I mentioned it on my last life update that my dad had a heart attack and needed a bypass surgery. When everything was said and done, he ended up having a quintuple bypass surgery. Let me tell you, I didn’t even think that was possible and it was rough for all of us. Here in Canada, there are frailties in our health care system (even though it’s still worlds better than the US’). They don’t allow patients to linger in hospital beds. So if they think you can walk on your own in a matter of days after having such an intensive surgery, they’ll send you home. Well, after just two days, they sent him home only to suffer a relapse on the first night. He’s been confined to his hospital bed since suffering from a wide variety of complications. So that’s what I’ve been up to. Taking care of dad and making sure he’s eating the right stuff (saltless, sugarless, taste-less stuff). I’m also working so by the time I get home, I barely have time to do anything else.

On Reading

I’m still working my way through Trevor Noah’s memoir. I just don’t have the capacity to read anything else but Sandra Brown’s books nowadays. But I’ve found a good motivation recently to finish the book, so here’s hoping I’ll have a different book on my currently-reading shelf soon.

On Hoarding

I swear, I haven’t bought anything in a while. I have so many books I want to get, though. And there are currently 8 books on my Book Outlet cart. *sobs* I’m hoping Santa will be good to me this year and gift me with a bunch of gift cards from my favourite bookstores so I can get ready for 2017. Lol.

Here’s the last batch of books I got from the Black Friday sale at Book Outlet:

Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak | The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin | Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen | The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken | All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer | A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield | Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake | The Veil by Chloe Neill | Half the World by Joe Abercrombie | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Antigoddess by Kendra Blake | 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith | The Body in the Woods by April Henry | Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren | Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | All is Calm, All is Bright by Colleen Coble | The Penguin Book of First World War Stories | Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney | The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent | The Deserter by Paedar Ó Guilín | Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry | Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam | The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | 500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald | Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Magic Shifts by  Ilonah Andrews | Ungodly by Kendra Blake

Ridiculous, eh?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 194


Four Letter Word by J. Daniels | Bedmates by Nichole Chase | Heartless by Gail Carrier | Searching For Always by Jennifer Probst | The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas | Sometimes A Rogue by Mary Jo Putney | For This Life Only by Stacey Kade | Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Meltaltown by Kristen Simmons | Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge | Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel | Replica by Lauren Oliver | Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews | Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley | Alex + Ada by Jonathan Lune & Sarah Vaughn | Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland | Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland| Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Yes, I know. This is a ridiculous pile. Trust me, I’ve already cut myself off. Like, I went to the bookstore on Saturday for the sole purpose of buying two books (Melina’s and Alex + Ada) and came home with only those. That’s progress, folks. Because in the past, whenever I go to the bookstore with the intent of picking up specific books, I always end up with a new set of TBR pile. So I think I’m learning how to say no.

Anyway, four of these books are for reviews (three from Penguin Random House Canada and one from Tor Teens), so it’s really not that bad…okay, that’s a lie but, whatevs.

So I’m back. I have a few days of Bloglovin to sift through – please bear with me. The last time I checked, I think I have Tuesday, Monday and the previous weekend to read. Lol. How about you? Do you make a conscious effort read past Bloglovin’ posts? I know it’s tough, but I am a Catholic so feeling guilty is like a natural instinct for us. Lol. Especially with everyone being so nice and supportive for my need of a break.


I also got this wonderful box from Hello, Book Lover – which I talked about at length in this post. I can’t wait to devour this book. It sounds like a good mystery about two sisters (obvs). I’m excited to try out the teas as well even though I’m a rare drinker. Are you a subscriber? What has been a good subscription box that you’ve subscribed to lately?


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The Hating Game is so good, you guys. I have a review coming up this week. Wrong and Right are so much fun. However, I wasn’t bowled over by Bittersweet and Idol. The Sun is Also A Star was brilliant but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did her debut novel.

That’s it for now, I think. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Also, Happy, Happy Birthday to my main squeeze. I know you get email notifications whenever I upload a new post but I don’t know if you read them. But I want you to know that you are the Darcy to my Elizabeth. You’re not perfect; you’re cranky at times, but you’ll do everything for me, our kids and even our families. So thank you. And I love you. Most ardently. <3

Have a great week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 193


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


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 192


Menagerie by Rachel Vincent | Monsters: A Love Story | The Wine of Solitude by Irène Némirovsky | A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson | The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis


Did you have a great week? I had a very long one for some reason and considering it was only a four-day week, I swear, I didn’t think it was going to end. The kids officially went back to school. We have a grade 10 and a grade 4 in our midst. I can’t believe how fast they’re growing. *sniffs*

On Friday night, I attended a book club meeting with fellow Winnipeg book bloggers. It was our first get-together so we picked our initial book (This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab). It’s great to talk to other people about the same obsession we all have in common so I was excited to be a part of this book club. And of course, because the meeting was held at a bookstore, I couldn’t resist picking up a few.

If you’ll remember from my last Hoarders post, I mentioned downloading a copy of Menagerie by Rachel Vincent. Well, I ended up loving it so much that I had to get a physical copy. I was also coerced into getting a copy of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I remember why I was so against this book and it had to do with the supposed love triangle I’ve been reading from the reviews. They insisted that it wasn’t much of a love triangle, anyway so I might love it too so I decided to check it out. Crossing my fingers that I’ll enjoy this.

Read this week:


Cooper by Juliana Stone was a fast read – enjoyable but not remarkable. I’ve reviewed Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts last week and hope to write one for Menagerie soon. This book was so good, guys. If you haven’t read it, you should pick up a copy for yourself. It reminds me of The Others by Anne Bishop if the Human First League won. It was difficult to read at times but all in all, it was fantastic.

I hope you’ll have a great week ahead.

Happy reading!


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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 191


First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips | The Call by Paedar Ó Guilín | Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney | Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin | Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson | Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult | The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Nostalgia by MG Vassanji | The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Joon

How have you all been? It has been one of those weeks where I can read for days but I can’t write to save my life. So other than a recap for the month of August, it was dead quiet here on the blog. I did have a great mail week, though. Penguin Random House sent me a package of awesome. So that made up for the sucky week.

I also downloaded some audiobooks and ebooks because I’m weak and lacking the ability to say no. In my defense, these five books only cost me less than $25 so that’s okay, I guess. Shhhh.


Cooper | Menagerie | Chasing Fire | Hide | Crash

Cooper is book #6 of The Family Simon by Juliana Stone. I didn’t realize I’m two books behind in this series. I guess I need to get book #5. Menagerie and Chasing Fire were on sale at Audible for $3.95. I started Chasing Fire but I think I’ll have a better time reading my hardcover copy because I’m not feeling the narrator.

And oh, where do I start with Crash and Hide? I totally blame Rowena for these books. She had Crash listed on Books She’ll Never Touch and of course, that’s like a red flag to the bull. I downloaded Crash and read it in a couple of hours. After that, I’m hooked. These books are messed up, and the characters even more so. I don’t even know where to start. It’s like watching a spectacular train wreck and I can’t look away.

In spite of the radio silence this week, I read like a maniac. Five books! And considering September barely started, I’m excited to finally have a good reading stride. I’m now 9 ahead of my Goodreads goal.

 OMG. You guys. YOU. NEED. TO. READ. SLEEPING GIANTS. I have no words. NO. WORDS. I’ll try to write a semi-coherent review soon. I don’t know if I can, but I’ll do my best.

Here are the rest of the books I read this past week.


In case you missed it, I announced the winner of my $100 Amazon gift card giveaway. Congratulations, Sara! Make sure you take a pic of all the things you’ll buy with your winnings. 🙂 Thank you all for entering and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my blogging and reading adventures.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 190

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The Scorpion Rules | Blow by Heidi Mclaughlin | The Farther He Runs by Lynda Aicher

Your eyes do not deceive you. This week’s book haul is by far, the sanest one I’ve had in my five years of blogging. Aside from The Scorpion Rules, Blow and The Farther He Runs are from Net Galley. So I’m pretty proud of myself. It helps that there’s nothing I wanted to read from the list of new releases this past week. It’s probably going to be slow from here on out – I’ll try my best at least.

I downloaded The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow from Audible because I have the sequel on my September ARC pile. Honestly, it was 14 hours of my life I’ll never get back. Sigh.

I also read Blow by Heidi Mclaughlin already but this book will not be out until sometime in November, I think. So I probably will not post the review until closer to the release date. I’m looking forward to reading The Farther He Runs but that’s not going to be out until December.

It has been a quiet week here on the blog but I’m glad for your visits. Just a quick reminder that my blog anniversary giveaway is ending soon, so if you haven’t entered, do so now.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 189


Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel | Sting by Sandra Brown | Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood | A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin | Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake | Vicarious by Paula Stokes | P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

I’m currently experiencing a funk of sort.  I usually do advance postings during the weekend, but since it’s Summer, they’re pretty much relegated to family barbecues. We seem to be having them on the regular lately. I’ve also decided to put my Fitbit to good use so I’m exhausted when I get home from work. On my lunch hour, I spend my time walking and then when my husband picks me up from work, he drops me off miles from home. So yes. All I want to do when I get home is to sleep. So I’m sorry for not having anything new on the blog.

That being said, can I just say that the books above are all gorgeous? I just want to read them all but I know I can’t because I have so many books for reviews. I need to find the motivation to read them all after I finish all the ones I’ve started. And you’re not seeing doubles; I do, indeed, own two copies of Sting and Nevernight because I’m the stupid one who pre-orders copies then buy them on release days at the bookstore. Idiot.

I’ve already read P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. My daughter saw the book I was reading, scoffed, and said, “Mom, that book looks so cheesy.” I told her I will not tolerate book-shaming in my house. Lol.

Peer Pressured – Books that I picked up because you told me to.

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From the Thrift Shop:


Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King | The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux | Letting Go by Maya Banks | Giving In by Maya Banks | Taking It All by Maya Banks

Gah. My daughter needs to stop coercing me to go thrift shopping with her. Seriously.

Reading Update:

I am not reading anything at the moment. I know I need to get going on those ARCs, but I just don’t know where to start. I suppose I should pick by chronological release. Sigh.

Happy reading, y’all.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 188



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.


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!


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


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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