Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 187


Dark Matter by Black Crouch | Half A King by Joe Abercrombie | Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick | Roses and Rot by Kat Howard | The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey | The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra | Luck, Love & Lemon by Amy E. Reichert | A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


Another week, another bout of tragedies all over the world. Is this the new normal? I pray not. This is the worst it’s been for as long as I can remember. It’s a dangerous time we live in.

Anyway, I’ll keep it short today. My reading mojo all but disappeared on me last week. I’m currently listening to the audio of A Court of Mist and Fury while reading The Sunlight Pilgrim and Dark Matter. I’m all over the place this week. I can’t find my groove and can’t decide which book to concentrate on.

I’ve got four more days of work then I’m on vacation for a week. So excited for the days off. I don’t think we’re going anywhere so I’ll be taking advantage of my break by reading and hopefully making some headway on the blog.

Thanks to Penguin Random House for my review copies of Dark Matter and The Sunlight Pilgrim.

Have a great week, y’all.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 186


Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley | Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch | The Rook by Daniel O’Malley | Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples | And I Darken by Kiersten White

Good Morning.

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty uneventful. I’d planned on tackling the backyard but it was too hot and muggy. I decided to stay indoors and design what I want to do instead. Lots of work to be done, starting with staining my deck. So hopefully, in two weeks’ time, when my husband is on his vacation leave, he’d be able to start on this project.

It has been such a heartbreaking, awful week. It seems like there’s always something happening in the States lately. I’m filled with anger and frustration. It has happened one too many times already that I fear the country is heading into civil war. How do you bridge the gap? I hope all the families’ victims will find peace and comfort during these trying times.

Read this Week:

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Air Awakens by Elise Kova was so-so. I don’t know if I’m going to pursue the series.

The Beast by JR Ward was amazing. I can’t wait to read Xcor and Layla’s book!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare was awesome. Gah. I am bound for heartache, I just know it!

738 Days by Stacey Kade was surprisingly good. I really enjoyed it.

Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples is so freaking awesome! I can’t wait to read the rest.

Reading This Week:

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I hope you’ll enjoy your books this week, everyone. Love each other fiercely.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 185


738 Days by Stacey Kade | Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff | Air Awakens by Elise Kova | Front Lines by Michael Grant | Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin | Zero Day by Jan Gangsei | The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | By Gaslight by Steven Price | Black Man, White House by D.L. Hughley | The Book Theif by Markus Zusak | The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Good Morning!

Happy Fourth of July to you, my American friends! I hope you’ll enjoy the festivities. Think of us during your day off today. Lol. My husband took the day off, too for some strange reason. I wish I could do the same but with my sick days last week, I couldn’t bear the thought of asking my boss. Anyhow, my work day usually goes by fast, and they’re going to meet me for lunch today so it’s not so bad.

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary by being in bed the whole day because we’re both still under the weather. We were going to go on a dinner date, but I told him we should postpone it. We don’t have our sense of taste back so it would be a waste of good dinner. My husband and I have been together for 22 years and married for 17 like I said. I can’t believe we’re still going strong after all these years and after all the shit I’ve put him through. He truly deserves a medal of valour.

So my book haul. Yes. Well, let’s just say it was my wedding anniversary present from dear husband. Yeah. Let’s go with that. Lol.

Read this weekend:

  • A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan

Books for Review:

  • By Gaslight by Steven Price
  • Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
  • The Sunlight Pilgrim by Jenna Fagan – eARC via Netgalley

Thank you, Penguin Random House Canada for these copies.

On the blog this week:

  • REVIEW: Radiance by Grace Draven
  • REVIEW: Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  • REVIEW: The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  • REVIEW: Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney

Have a great week, y’all!


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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 184


Good Morning.

At some point, I will feel guilty for my weekly bookstore jaunts. Today is not that day, however.

Last week was another great week for reading. But in the spirit of honesty, I’ve only managed to finish books that are on my Kindle or in my Audible library. Which is really making me feel awful about the physical copies I’ve been hoarding in the last few weeks. I have to rethink about my reading habits and what I can do to alleviate the space issue in my house. I’ll get back to you on that.


After I Do | Forever Interrupted | Maybe in Another Life | One True Loves

I know many of you are fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid. After a number of bloggers have sworn fealty to Ms. Reid, I knew it was only a matter of time. But it was the concerted effort of Nick and Nereyda that ultimately had me ordering all her books from Amazon. Though, in their defense, they didn’t have to work so hard to convince me.


Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar | This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

After the overwhelming 5-star reviews for Summer Skin by Aussies and bloggers from other countries, I stopped resisting and ordered a copy through Book Depository. It took a while, but at least I didn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping and duties. Really excited to read this book! I also ordered This Savage Song from there. The North American release of this book is not until July so it gives me pleasure to read it ahead of time.


Smoke by Dan Vyleta | The Fireman by Joe Hill | The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker | I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid | The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

And the rest of the books on this pile.

Last night, I started reading an old Joe Hill novel. The opening scene was seriously messed up that I didn’t manage to continue. I think you’re meant to read it in broad daylight. Lorna of Rabid Reads has recommended The Nightingale to me a couple of times already, but I keep forgetting it on my book order. So I finally picked it up. She said it’s a good historical fiction set in war and since I’m a huge fan, I knew I must have it.

I have another full week of blog posts again. I wrote like a mad woman on Saturday, so I managed to write a few reviews. I feel like I should break up the week with something other than a book review because I don’t want you guys to get bored. I’ll try to come up with something. I hope you’ll have a great week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 183


We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore | My Lady Jane by Hand, Brodi, Ashton | You Knew Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Leviathan | The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle | What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle | A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink | Hear by Robin Epstein | Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Hey, everyone!

How has your week been? I’ve been working long hours since I’ve hurt my foot. I can’t quite walk the mile yet, so bussing is out. I keep having to rely on my husband to drive me at zero dark thirty in the morning. Then, wait for him to pick me up after work. And that man has become a workaholic as of late, so I end up staying late as well. I really hope I get my foot back to its full capacity soon, because I’m not very keen on working 12-hour days.

I went with my cousins on Friday night to watch Me Before You. I thought the movie was cast well. I especially loved Emilia Clarke’s portrayal of Louisa. She’s so spot on! She’s quirky, a natural comedian, with a penchant for clumsiness. I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would, but my cousins sure were like faucets! My God. They were sobbing. They thought I was heartless. Little do they know that the book fucked me up so bad. None of them has read the book yet but I didn’t bother recommending it because I don’t want to be the reason they would need therapy for life. Overall, it was a great movie, but as clichè as it sounds, the book was better.

My haul this week. Yes. Let’s talk about that. Usual hi-jinx happened this weekend. It doesn’t matter how stern a talking to I give myself. All it would take is a little invitation from my husband to go to the bookstore and I’m a puppy panting with my tongue hanging out. So that’s what happened, It also happens that they had a 4 for 3 sale, so I had to get 8. I hate myself.

The good news is I got my reading mojo back. I’m so happy, y’all! I’m at nine books as of this writing which is so much more than I could hope for. I’ve slowly chipped away at my GR reading challenge. I’m only behind 6 books now instead of 10. Phew. I read 4 books this week alone and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I also have a blog tour this week for Burn, the fourth book in The Rephaim series by Paula Weston. I sure hope you’ll stop by and read my review.

Anyway, I hope you’ll all have a great reading week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 182


The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson | Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish | Before the Fall by Noah Hawley | Sing by Vivi Greene | This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer | Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers | Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick | Appealed by Emma Chase


On Saturday, I had bloggers from my city come over to take some books off my hand. All in all, they took home ____ books. They didn’t manage to take them all home because, well, it’s virtually impossible.  They promised to come back and grab some more, though. If not, I might just end up sending the rest to the library. Basically, I’m getting rid of the books that I’ve read that didn’t leave a lasting impression; books that I’ve got multiple copies of, and books that I have no intention of ever reading. I promise that I’m being smarter with the books I buy nowadays. But at this point, I don’t know how I’m going to manage to read them all. I really need to re-think owning hard copies or paperbacks and stick to audio or Kindle copies. Because it doesn’t make sense for me to get rid of physical copies only to buy some more.

Which brings me to this haul.

I hate myself.


Kiss, Kill, Vanish by Jessica Martinez | Sometimes it Lasts by Abbi Glines

I couldn’t resist bargain books. I like the premise of Kiss Kill Vanish so I had to pick it up. And even though I’ve parted ways with Abbi Glines years ago, I couldn’t resist this one.


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler | Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James

I would like to thank Penguin Random House Canada for these review copies. Two books that I’m dying to read! I’m sure I’ve talked about Hogarth Shakespeare before. Well, this month, they have Anne Tyler’s interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew – perhaps my favourite out of all Bill’s works. And of course, I don’t need to tell you   how much I’m dying to talk about Donald Drumpf on the blog, so I was so happy when I saw this book from PRHC’s email.

So as I was saying, I think I need to rethink my stance on ebooks. Or maybe have my earphones surgically implanted on my ear so I could listen to audiobooks all. The. Damn. Time.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 181


Alter Egos by Mark Landler | The Last Star by Rick Yancey | The Nest  by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney | The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Savage by Thomas E. Snigoski | Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes | Draw the Line by Laurent Linn | The Only Thing Worst Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson | Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee | Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

I know, I know. I’ve gone and pulled a disappearing act again. Sigh. What can I say? May has just been one of the laziest blogging and reading month I’ve ever had. I don’t know what to tell ya. I go through spurts of inspired weeks then absolutely terrible weeks where I can’t bring myself to finish a book or write something. Anyway, I’m sort of back. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write more and more importantly, read more.

So the stack shown above are two weeks’ worth of books. I’ve tried my best to steer clear of the bookstore, but I’m Icarus and the bookstore – the proverbial sun. It always leads to my ruin. I’ve been thinking about skipping all those weekly new releases posts on my feed. This way, I wouldn’t be tempted. But again, weakness and such. I’m sure I’ll fail over and over again.

I’ve got to say that I’m pretty excited about my stack. Especially  Girl in the Blue Coat and Girl Against the Universe. After reading Salt to the Sea, I’m addicted to YA Historical Fiction now. I also added a non-fiction to the pile  – which I’ve started and have been enjoying (in as much as one can enjoy a non-fiction work). Alter Egos is a book about a couple of Democrats whom I greatly admire and their political relationship over the years. Lots of discourse – especially with regards to the US’ foreign policy – and all the fun of politics.

Another month is drawing to a close and I’m nowhere close to erasing the deficit on my reading challenge. As of this writing, I think I’m 10 books behind. FML. How about you? How are you guys doing on your challenges for 2016? I sure hope you’re doing much better. I’m sucking big time. That’s why I decided to take advantage of Audiosync’s summer free audiobooks downloads. Here are the latest:

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 Half the challenge is actually finding the time to listen to them. Before I hurt my foot, I was able to take advantage of the commute and the amount of walking time. Because I’m still trying to nurse it back to health, my listening time has been virtually non-existent. I just need to find the time to listen to them when I’m at home – which is good because this would mean I will find menial tasks to do just so I can pop my earbuds in. Lol.

I hope you’ll have a wonderful week, dear readers and thank you for your patience. I appreciate all of you. Happy reading!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 180


Changeless by Gail Carriger | The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine | Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach | Far Gone by Laura Griffin | Flannery by Lisa Moore


I’ve been a complete sloth this past weekend. I was very motivated by Friday afternoon, somewhat energetic on Saturday morning, then completely lost my momentum by Sunday morning. It didn’t help that I didn’t sleep much on Saturday night. I mean, I went to bed at 9:30, but I woke up at 4 am. So all I did was laze around in the house; didn’t even pick up a book, nor did I do anything blog-related. But it’s Monday, and I always have a bit of time before I start work. I do a bit of blogging for half an hour before I “clock in”.

This past weekend, I tried not going to the bookstore but obviously failed. I picked up a couple of cheap books. I’m also very excited to finally read a Laura Griffin book. As you all know, I love reading romantic suspense but it’ll be my first time reading Ms. Griffin’s. I know she comes highly recommended, so I can’t wait!



This was such a great read. I can’t say enough about Ms. Sepetys’ writing. And her fictional account of World War II was so visceral. It was such a beautiful book and so I’m having a tough time writing a review.

I hope you’ll all have a great week!

Happy reading. 🙂

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 179


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.



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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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 178


Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey | Half A Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang | Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | When We Collided by Emery Lord | The Haters  by Jesse Andrews | The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian | The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater | A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab 


As you can tell from the books I’ve hoarded this week, my earlier plan to only buy what I want to read was thrown out of the window. In my defense, three of these books were bought by my husband from his work trip to Washington (When We Collided, A Gathering of Shadows, Half A Lifelong Romance). I went to the bookstore with my kids on Saturday with every intention of picking up one book and one book only (Tell Me Three Things), but best-laid plans and all that. Though I shouldn’t feel so guilty about going considering The Raven King was put out early. Still. I ended up with more books that I’d intended.

Playing Catch Up

I am, once again, playing catch up with you all. Now that my husband is home, I think I’ll be able to do more blogging stuff when I get home from work. I’ve given myself some talking to about Netflix and Gilmore Girls. I promised to keep my watching to a minimum of two episodes a night. I know it’s tough to keep to that promise, but I will try.

Being Busy

Work is going well. I’m just so happy fo finally have a structure again. Being off work and not knowing what to do with my time was tough. It’s funny how I kept wishing about being a stay-at-home mom before I lost my job. And when I was finally at home, I found out that I would rather be slaving away at a desk for 8 hours a day.

What about you? How has your week been? Have you read any of these books?

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