Towards the end of November, I was feeling pretty good about my November spending. After all, I only managed to buy 9 books so far at that time. But then, Book Outlet happened:
To be fair, I never spend more than $100 for books from Book Outlet, but I think it’s more about space as an issue at this point. Also, Black Friday sales came and went and found myself hoarding 18 more books from Book Outlet. *facepalm* I’ll just have to try better in December.
I also received some books for review in November:
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Ambur of Thomas Allen & Sons for Regretting You and Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? I bought a copy of Thunderhead just so I can read The Toll, and of course, a new Colleen Hoover is always welcomed. I started reading Calvin Bledsoe but I’m not too far into it to tell you about it.
So these are the books I hauled in November. Have you read any of these?
I may have mentioned how much time I’m spending watching book tube videos lately. One of the pitfalls of diving into the abyss that is book tube is that it makes me salivate over books, therefore forcing my twitchy fingers to order stuff online. Once again, I found myself clicking my pay cheque away with an order from Book Outlet. So here are the books that somehow found their way to my house. *facepalm*
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting | All Our Todays by Elan Mastai | All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover | And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Housseini | American Panda by Gloria Chao | Contagion by Erin Bowman | The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace | Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (not in the picture)
I’ve read The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting — which was overwhelmingly disappointing; All Our Todays by Elan Mastai, and Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones. I know I have to re-read Summoned again because I realized I haven’t written a review for Net Galley.
R e a d L a s t W e e k
I read a total of 9 books last week. My favourites being, The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir and Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. I also finally picked up a Historical Romance from Ms. Beverly Jenkins. I didn’t realize it was book 3 of her Old Westseries, but that’s okay. No need to read the series in order, I don’t think. I downloaded book 2, which is Breathless so I’m going to listen to that sometime this week. I enjoyed Tempest, truly. I love how the heroine completely defied all the norms you would expect from a woman of colour especially at that time. I’m looking forward to broadening my reading horizon in this genre. I re-read Red, White and Royal Blue in audio form — loved it! The narrator did Henry’s accent justice. Anyway, here are the rest of the books:
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty | Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown | How to Stop Time by Matt Haig | When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton.
The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir | Tempest by Beverly Jenkins | Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones | Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
So that’s my reading update/book haul last week. I hope your week is going swimmingly well so far. Happy Hump Day!
One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell | The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais | Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian | Normal People by Sally Rooney | Severance by Ling Ma | The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert
Just a little housekeeping: In case you haven’t noticed, I changed my blog theme yesterday so don’t be alarmed if things are a little different. If you’re looking for the comment section, you can find it on top just to the right of the blog post date and below the post title. Click on the comments, and away you go. Thank you!
Truth be told, most of these books were found through booktube. Honestly, watching booktube isn’t conducive to my financial health. *facepalm* Since I started watching them, I ended up placing an order through Book Outlet, bought a couple of indie books, downloaded a couple of romance novels, and ordered quite a few books from Amazon as well. But I promise myself I’m not buying any more books. *fingers crossed*
I read 9 books in total last week. To be fair, I was sick for a couple of days so I didn’t go to work. I wasn’t able to listen to any audiobooks because my ears were plugged as they were. I’m so sick of being sick, y’all. I feel like I’ve been saying that all summer long. I got my husband and my boy sick as well. I’m thankful that it’s the long weekend and my boy doesn’t start school until Wednesday. This at least gives him time to recover.
Here are the books I read last week:
Outfox by Sandra Brown (4/5) was about a serial killer who victimizes rich women. I enjoyed this one as to be expected.
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali (4/5) was so beautiful and sublime. It’s about these two teens in 1953 Iran who met and instantly fall in love but circumstances happen and they got separated. Sixty years later, they meet again. Love, love.
On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (4/5) is a memoir written by a Vietnamese-American poet who wrote a letter to his mother who can’t read or write. So I think his intention was to relieve himself of every sad and bad experiences he suffered under the hands of those he loved — including that of his mother.
How to Knit A Love Song by Rachel Herron (4/5) was a quirky contemporary romance set in Small Town, USA. Those are the best ones, aren’t they?
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (4/5) was so sad and hopeful and I just loved it.
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas (4/5) was a romance featuring an older man and a younger woman. There’s a 19-year gap between them. What’s worse is that he is her boyfriend’s dad. Really enjoyed this one.
A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh (4/5) is a Canadian lit about this former gay hockey player — his trial and tribulations, loves and heartaches. I enjoyed this one, too.
How to Knit A Heart Back Home (3/5) is the sequel to How to Knit A Love Song. It’s not as strong as the first book, but it was still enjoyable.
Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting. (2/5) I thought for sure I would enjoy it, considering it’s a trope I enjoy the most reading: second chance romances.
Man, this post got away from me. Sorry it’s too long.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa | Books for Living by Will Schwalbe | Ziggy, Stardust & Me by James Brandon | Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane | The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones | The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci | Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis | About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis | The Mothers by Brit Bennett | Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk
Last week was probably the most active I’ve been on the blog this year. It really feels good to be back. Can you believe that I’m even motivated to film a video? I don’t know…whenever I watch booktubers, it blows my mind how much easier it looks. But then I’ll make an attempt and I get so flustered and anxious once the camera starts rolling. Lol.
I did try to film one last night for my Instagram story but since you’re only allowed a maximum of 15 secs, I kept getting cut off. So I abandoned it altogether. If any of you have any suggestions on how I can post a 7:46 minute-long story on Instagram, please let me know.
On to my bookhaul. Y’all, I went ham on book buying last week. I hate myself. I was doing so well, too. But that’s it for me. I will try to keep my purchases down to a minimum for the next little while. I got one book for review (unsolicited) from Candlewick Press. It’s called The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones — about this boy whose best friend disappeared. But when he decided to come looking for him, he encountered a group of men who escaped from prison. It’s a short book so I’m going to endeavour to write a review for it before its release date of September 10th.
I read three books from the pile above last week:
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. This is a Japanese book translated by Phillip Gabriel, which tells the story of Nana the Cat and his owner Satoru. This was such a sad, beautiful piece of literature, y’all. I cried. For reals.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane is a book about two families who are irrevocably entwined. I loved this one, too. The story focused on Peter and Kate and how they were forbidden to be together because of their respective families’ roles in the tragedy that happened when they were only fourteen years old.
Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk. This is a pulp fiction in its rawest form about a private detective who gets entangled with a case of hi tech espionage and mayhem. I also love that she’s a bookstore owner and a refuge for abused women by day.
OTHER BOOKS READ LAST WEEK:
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert | Kids of Appetite by David Arnold| The Day He Came Back by Penelope Douglas | Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert | Bad Influence by Stephanie London | Bad Reputation by Stephanie London
That’s it for my update this week. I hope you’ll have a week full of awesome books and great weather!
Recursion by Blake Crouch | Lake Silence by Anne Bishop | Outfox by Sandra Brown | Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis | The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman | Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
I am all of a sudden inspired this week! I don’t know what happened. But I think my decision to be somewhat active on Twitter was the catalyst for me to start blogging again. As well, I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders recently. It’s the fact that I no longer have any deadline for reviews and no blog tours to participate in. After coming to the conclusion that I can never be the responsible blogger that I desperately aimed to be all these years, I was able to write some reviews for future postings and be an active blog commenter again. But in all honesty, it’s you, dear bloggers. Those who hasn’t given up on blogging even though our outlet is becoming less and less popular nowadays. YOU INSPIRE ME TO KEEP GOING. Because at this point, the comments no longer matter. There is no more competition.
Thank you so much for all your well wishes. I am feeling so much better. I just need to catch up on sleep so I can go back to my fitness routine. I managed to go to the gym 5 out of the 7 days this week, so that’s progress. Food-wise, still no appetite since my throat is still recovering.
BOOKS READ THIS WEEK
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk | I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You by David Chariandy | She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn | Literally by Lucy Keating | The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
I’ve been supplementing my reads with audiobooks so I’m managing to read 4 or 5 books a week. Since I’m on a time crunch with a goal to read at least 25 per month, having my Libby app has been such a huge help.
Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures) by Cain, Postlewait, Thomson | The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr | Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zenter | Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles | The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon | Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
They said you can’t force inspiration, and that you have to let it come organically as if you haven’t spent a few hours of your day thinking about how much you sorely miss the process of creation. I envy those whom, after all these years, are still chugging along and not neglecting their creative outlets. This is my attempt to get back into the swing of things for the millionth time.
Life hasn’t really slowed down. And as the summer approaches, it will only speed up a little bit more. Do you ever notice that? In Canada, most especially, Summer passes so quickly. It’s here and then it’s not. Soon, my daughter will be starting her uni courses. And my son will only have one more year of grade school left before he moves on to high school. Where has time gone?
Over the course of my unofficial hiatus from the blog, I’ve found myself reading and re-reading most of Melina Marchetta’s books. The comfort they bring me takes me back to the days of discovering how much I love her words. Her fantasy series in particular is on an endless circulation. I simply can’t move on. But in the midst of my manic Marchetta binges, I have managed to read a few here and then. At the moment, I’m still on pace to reach my goal of 150 books for 2019, so regardless of my recent obsession with re-reading Ms. Marchetta’s books, things are still going well.
I hope I’ll be able to keep a semblance of order and consistency here on my blog. I really miss writing and interacting with you all.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab | To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas | Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles | Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack | Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | Shade by Pete Souza | Make Blackout Poetry | One Day in December by Josie Silver
My first Hoarders post of the year! Let’s hope I don’t make a habit of this. This pile includes the books I got for Christmas which, sadly consisted of only two books: Shade by Pete Souza and Make Blackout Poetry. Mind you, there were only three books on my list last year, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. (The other is Michelle Obama’s Becoming – sold out. Womp. Womp.).
A friend of mine from the gym lent me two books before the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to read them: One Day in December, and the other, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. There’d been so much talk about how awesome One Day in December is so I borrowed it from her after she raved about it.
READ THIS WEEK:
Ru by Kim Thúy was a memoir of a Vietnamese woman’s journey from being one of the boat people fleeing strife in Vietnam to her life as a migrant in Canada. This was such a short book and I’m sad to say that her story wasn’t was affective as I’d hoped it would be.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult was your typical fare from this author. It was sublime, sad, completely immersive and if you’re not watching, it would hit you where it would hurt the most.
The Immortalists was a popular book last year but I didn’t pick it up until I saw it on my Libby app. It was a good read but not earth-shattering.
That’s my semi-update for the week. Let me know what you got up to in my comments below!
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie | Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie | The Trust by Ronald H. Balson | Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my newly discovered authors and their works. I’ve been on the hunt for those books and so happy to say to finally have these in my arsenal. I am, however, still on the lookout for the first Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series, Saving Sophie. I’m sure I can easily order it online but money’s tight so I’ve resorted to finding books from the thrift shops.
I’ve started The Satanic Verses but since Rushdie’s writing is a bit cerebral than what I’m used to, it’s taking a bit of time. I would really like to start on the Balson series but I need to find Saving Sophie first.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make any headway with the books I’d planned last week. Heck, I haven’t even crack open any of the books. I’m determined to get them done this week, however.
Books Read Last Week:
I adore Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. It was such a lovely, delightful book about food, family, and love. Fall by Kristen Callihan was awesome as well. Jax Blackwood was so angst-y and sexy – just the kind of guy I love reading about. 🙂 All the Missing Girls’ format just didn’t work for me. It was confusing as heck. Lastly, The Lost Symbol completes my Dan Brown library, and will be looking forward to reading more from him.
That’s it for my week, everyone. I hope yours was great as well.
Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore | Vox by Christina Dalcher | An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green | Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram | Seafire by Natalie C. Parker | International Guy Vol. 2 by Audrey Carlan | The Fling Club by Tara Brown | Hard Sell by Lauren Layne
Hello, dear readers.
Welcome to an overdue book haul post.
These are just some of the books I’ve received for review recently. I have a few more but I don’t want to bore you with an unnecessarily long post. Besides which, I’ve already read a few of those and even some featured in this post. These books are from Simon & Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, and Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd – thank you so much for the continued patronage even though I’ve been a horrible partner as of late. Rest assured that I’m slowly trying to get my act together.
From Net Galley:
Believe it or not, I’ve already read these as well. I downloaded these books last week and because two of them are romance, I read them quite fast. Romance reads tend to be like an open can of Pringles for me. Lol. Also, holy hell. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave! A much-awaited series ender. I devoured it one night. I’m freaking mad at myself because, not only do I have to wait till I can get my hands on a hard copy, I also need to wait for Beep’s series. Gah.
I will be a part of a re-read blog tour for the Charley Davidson series in November so keep your eyes peeled for that. I think I’m supposed to read book nine.
Anywho, I hope you’re having a great reading week.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner | The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo | The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski | White Fur by Jardine Libaire
Ugh. Work kicked my ass last week! I did not have a moment to spare and by the time I get home, all I wanted to do is to park my carcass in bed and get under the covers! I’m hoping things will be different this week. Weather is cooperating at least. We’ve been having sunshine and pretty sultry temperatures. Not great for my hair but I’ve been taking advantage and getting my steps in.
READ LAST WEEK
I loved Louise Bay’s books except for The Ruthless Gentleman. I didn’t see any ruthlessness from the character, to be frank. Heart Berries was an astounding novel. So fierce, fearless and powerful.
And with that, my Goodreads reading challenge deficit is now a surplus! I’m one book ahead of my goals which makes me so happy! I didn’t think I’ll get here but here we are.
Unfortunately, my reading plans didn’t pan out so well in the last couple of weeks so I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I’m still working on finishing the couple of books on my TBR (Blood Fury by JR Ward and The Break by Katherena Vermette). I just added another book to my reading queue as well – All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. I should just give in and download the audiobooks for the first two as I’m getting tired of seeing them on my pile.
Anywho, let me know how your week has been, peeps.