Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 155


The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff | The Gracekeepr by Kristy Logan | Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner | Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Hello, readers!

A couple of weeks ago, after seeing stacks of new, un-shelved books on top of my bookshelf, I told my husband enough is enough. That he’s not to bring me to the bookstore even if I promise him sex for two days straight. Yesterday, the bugger took me to the bookstore because our boy was napping in the car. We were on our way to pick up a game for him at Game Stop. And hubby hated waking him up because the boy becomes a grumpy Gus when we do. So he thought it was a good idea to go to the bookstore first and he stays in the car while the boy naps. Ergo…these three books. Le sigh.

I did manage to resist picking up a book on account of it comes with a lovely bookmark.


I’ve heard some polarizing views on Compulsion, but I’ve never really been interested in reading it. This bookmark is pretty lovely. It has a silk ribbon and a tiny skeleton key. I didn’t buy it, though. I resisted. My self control works after all.

I got one book for review from the great people of Simon & Schuster Canada this week. I’ve never read a book by Jennifer Weiner before, so I’m pretty excited.

I cannot wait to read these books…I know, I know. I say that all the time. But I’m actually on a good reading run this past week, so who knows? Anyway, I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I know it’s Sunday, and tomorrow is Monday (groans), but I wish you all a productive work/school week, anyhow.

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

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 154


The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward | Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine | All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder | Oblivion by Kelly Creagh | The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

It’s August! Gosh. I can’t believe I will be blogging for 4 years now. It’s been quite an experience, and every year, I find a brand new appreciation to those who’d been doing this for far longer than I have. I wish I can tell you I’m going to hold a giveaway, but sadly, I’m not. Maybe next year? Still. I have lots of people to thank especially those who’d been with me since day one.

Anyway, consider this my July recap as well. July was a great month as far as reading goes.  I  read 21 books, but most of them were e-books, and romance novels. I read those like I eat potato chips. Last week, I read 9 of them. NINE! I can’t even. But that’s the thing about romance novels, once I start, I can’t stop. This doesn’t help my ever-growing TBR pile, though. My On the Night Table posts will probably stop for a while, until I can get a handle on the books that I have on my queue.

  1. Beauty and the Moustache by Penny Reid
  2. Love Hacked by Penny Reid
  3. Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan
  4. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  5. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  6. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Armada by Ernest Cline
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. Night Fever Books 1-4 by Jessica Hawkins
  11. One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart
  12. Burying Water by KA Tucker
  13. Becoming Rain by KA Tucker
  14. The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
  15. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  16. Incandescent by River Savage
  17. Affliction by River Savage
  18. Desertion by River Savage
  19. Last Breath by Jessica Clare
  20. Last Kiss by Jessica Clare
  21. Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Yes, yes. I’m a few books behind on reviews. I honestly don’t know when I can catch up, but I’ll try my damnest, anyway. Obviously, July was not as great blogging-wise. One of my goals in August was to get a review written before I even think about picking up another book. Fingers crossed.

July Favourites:


Most Anticipated August Release:


Friction / Sandra Brown Aug 15, 2015

I wish you all the best of August!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 153


The Godless by Ben Peek | The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernières | Villa America by Lisa Klaussman | Long Change by Don Gilmor | Stand-Off by Andrew Smith | Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker | Chasing River by K.A. Tucker | Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian | One Plus One Equals Blue by Mary Jane Auch | In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters


I never know what to write when I do my book haul posts. My life is pretty much the usual thing day in and day out, unless something huge happ…Oh. Oh. Oh.

This book. I don’t know if y’all remember, but about a year ago, I was contacted by Bruce of Silent Noise Publishing to see if I wanted to contribute some of my poetry in an anthology they were going to publish. The book is called, A Literary Assault on the American Mind [An anthology about the American Experience]. Well, it’s here! The feeling is so surreal. Four of my poems are included in this book among a whole slew of talented poets. It is now available for purchase, so I guess that’s huge, eh? I’ll be doing a post to promote this sometime next week.

Back to my book haul, I received four books for review this week: one from Simon & Schuster Canada (Stand-Off by Andrew Smith) and three from Random House Publishing Canada (The Dust that Falls from Dreams, Villa America, and Long Change). Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Because I decided to read the Burying Water series, I picked up Becoming Rain and Chasing River this week. I started Rain, but it’s going slow for me right now. I’ll push forward though, as I’ve been told it’s as good as Water. I also picked up a few books from the clearance section of my bookstore (One Plus One Equals Blue, Out of Nowhere, and In the Shadows of Blackbirds). I have a feeling I’m missing a book somewhere, but I can’t figure out what it is. Oh well.

Leave me a link to your post and I’ll come visit you! I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

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

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 152


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | The Fire Sermon by Frances Haig | Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed | The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling


Did everybody dust up their copies of To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for Go Set a Watchman’s release this week? Yes? No? Well I did. I wanted a refresher course because I read it so long ago. It’s nice to go back and reminisce all the things that I loved about that book. My indignation over Tom Robinson’s fate still rings true to this day; and my appreciation for Atticus Finch’s quiet magnificence seems to have grown by leaps and bounds. Scout is a character that is both illuminating and amusing. And at such a young age, this girl has taught me more about acceptance and bravery than any living person I know.

No review books this week. But you’ll notice I picked up a couple that are pretty old: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I decided to finally read those series because I think it’s high time. Originally, I planned on reading Harry Potter with my boy. But he refused to read  Harry’s books for some strange reason. So it looks like I’m going to have to fly solo on this one.

Anyway, that’s it for me this weekend. I hope you’ll have a great Sunday!

Hoarders, Books Edition links up to Talk Supe’s Bought, Borrowed & Bagged. 


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Hoarder, Books Edition: Episode 151


The Other Son by Alexander Söderberg | Armada by Ernest Cline | In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume | The Notrious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood | Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel | Safe with Me by Amy Hatvany | Revealing Us by Lisa Renee Jones


I’m back. I’m back. I’m back. Four of these books were sent to me by Random House Canada. They must’ve made a mistake by sending two copies of Armada and The Other Son. But thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you! I promise to share these books with you. 🙂

I can’t believe I only read one book this week! It has been a busy work week for me even though I only worked for four days. I just got back from my holidays, so of course my inbox was full. Hence, the unable-to-read thing week that I just had. Unfortunately, it was not reading week over at the cabin. I just didn’t have much luck with all the books I brought with me. I hope to remedy that in the coming days by working my way through that pile that I intended to read.

By the way, I switched to Disqus this week as I’ve gotten messages from other people saying they couldn’t comment on my blog. I hope  to eliminate that problem, but I got an email from someone saying that she was not able to comment as a guest. Boo hiss. Special shoutout to Jenny! Sorry you had problems with it. I’ll try my best to fix it.

Not going to keep y’all. I just wanted to say thanks for everything, and happy reading!



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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 150


The ImprobableTheory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher | Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway | Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews | One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart | Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark | Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas | The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler | Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider | Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams | Trouble by Nan Pratt | Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum | The Liar by Nora Roberts | Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal | Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman | Positive by David Wellington | I Saw a Man by Owen Seers | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


So. As evident by this massive book haul, the month of June can be chalked up to another month where I failed, quite miserably at that, to curb my book hoarding tendencies. My theory of not posting book hauls every week to staunch trips to the bookstore was a complete failure. It seems there’s very little I can do now but to embrace this addiction. Sigh.

I read 21 books in June, which is surprising to me, considering I thought that it had been a miserable reading month. I’ve had a couple favourites and a couple that didn’t really work for me. I didn’t have any DNFs, but I sure am adding more books to my set-aside pile.

Read in June
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
  • Last Hit [Hitman, #1] by Jessica Clare
  • Stranded with a Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #1] by Jessica Clare
  • Beauty and the Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #2] by Jessica Clare
  • A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas 
  • The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed [The Billionaire Boys Club, #3] by Jessica Clare
  • Once Upon a Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #4] by Jessica Clare
  • Romancing the Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #5] by Jessica Clare
  • The Deal [Off-Campus, #1] by Elle Kennedy
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
  • The Taker [The Taker, #1] by Alma Katsu
  • One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy
  • Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain
  • The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
  • Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
  • China Rich Girlfriend [Crazy Rich Asians, #2] by Kevin Kwan
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human [Knitting in the City, #1] by Penny Reid
  • Elements of Chemistry 1-3 by Penny Reid
  • Friends Without Benefits [Knitting in the City, #2] by Penny Reid
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Shorter Reviews

I’ve decided to trim my reviews to 300-350 words per post. This is because I realize that my readers may not have all the time in the world to spend reading a long-winded review. I will still be posting photographs with my reviews (for physical copies), but I’ll make it a point to be more straight-forward from now on. Which means, I’ll do my best to resist doing a synopsis in my own words.

On Romance, New Adult Novels…

From time to time, I like to revisit the reasons why I started blogging in the first place. I like to tell myself that THIS IS MY BLOG. I can do whatever the hell I want with it. But sometimes, that nugget of self-doubt and fear of not being accepted takes over everything that I lose a sense of what’s important. I easily forget that I’m blogging for myself and not for anybody else.

I always struggle with this. As you can tell from the books that I’ve read last month, most of them were romance novels. I find that I have a hard time composing reviews for these novels because there’s not a lot to talk about. I always end up repeating myself, and that annoys me.  To be frank, writing a review for romance novels is comparable to my hang ups and insecurities about my body. Believe it or not, I feel like I’m being judged by the books that I read. Irrational, I know. But totally true. That’s my revelation for the day. So what do you think? Do you want to read reviews for these books? God knows, I have a backlist to sort through. Lol.

I wish you all the best of July! And to my Canadian followers, Happy Canada Day!!!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 148


Close to Hugh by Marina Endicott | End of Days by Susan Ee | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones


I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I was when I got an email from Big Honcho Media about this book! (Squealed like a stuck pig is the perfect description.) I devoured it. I loved it. I want to re-read it. And I’m dying to read the next one!  Yeah. It was everything plus a bag of chips. I don’t know how I’ll survive waiting for the next book to come out, but I’ll f*ck, kill, marry anyone who can get me an advanced copy of book 9. For rizzle.

Incidentally, there’s an upcoming giveaway for this. The prizes are as follow:

  • Branded coffee mug

Right? How awesome is this! Stay tuned. 🙂

This week’s haul is not as massive (thank God!). I bought two and got two books for review: Eighth Grave After Dark and Close to Hugh, courtesy of  Big Honcho Media and Random House /Penguin Canada. I did not go to the bookstore this week, which is a good thing because I tend to overspend when I buy my books at the store as oppose to Amazon.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is this unknown book written by a little less known author. I’m sure only a FEW of you have heard of her. *winks*  A lot is riding on ACoTaR because I want this book to be the one makes me fall in love with SJM as many of you are. Please. Please. Please. Make this good. Wish me luck!

I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. To my fellow Canadians, Happy Victoria Day! In case you’re wondering, we did end up coming back to the city yesterday. There’s a bad storm heading our way that might bring snow. Ugh.

Happy reading, everyone!

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