Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 210


The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody | American Heart by Laura Moriarty | The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty | The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce | Meet Cute by Various Authors | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | How To Stop Time by Matt Haig | theMystery.doc by Matthew McIntosh


I surprised myself this week by going to the bookstore, picking up a bunch of books, then putting them all back on the shelves because I wanted to buy a $50, 1660-page behemoth of a book. Yeah. I’m talking about theMystery.doc, of course. You know I’m a huge fan of mixed-media type of novels, so as soon as I saw the lone, plastic-wrapped copy, I had to get it. #bookhoarderproblems

Such a sad, sad weekend for Canada and the hockey world as we learned about the tragic accident that took 15 lives of junior hockey players. My husband and I were at the Winnipeg Jets hockey game on Saturday night and experienced the moving tribute our Jets team and the Chicago Blackhawks gave for the entire community of Humboldt. A group of young men chasing their dreams only to end so soon. Really heartbreaking. The response from the entire world has been so wonderful, though. <3 Faith in humanity, restored for sure.


I received another copy of I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman in the mail courtesy of Penguin Random House. I’m going to read it soon then will hopefully run a giveaway for the extra copy. I’m a little worried as it hasn’t been receiving the best reviews, but still. I’m looking foward to reading this.

As per usual, I’m all over the place. I have no idea how to take control of my TBR – especially my for-review books. I need to find a way to handle it as I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed again. Last week, I was able to make some headway with the books that I’ve started. I think I just need to train my brain to stick to one book at a time instead of randomly starting a new one. I know some of you probably solves this issue by having a bullet journal but just the thought of taking some more of my precious time to organize and write makes me want to jump off a bridge. Gah.

Anywho, I’m flying by the seat of my pants. I literally have no idea how my week is going to go as I’m starting a new fitness routine. Blog posts are yet to be drafted (apart from this) and books remain half read. But don’t worry.

I’m fine.

JUST FINE.

Really, really fine.

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 209


Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot | Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett | Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade | Come From Away by Genevieve Graham | Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley | Songs of Love and War by Santa Montefiore | Emergency Contact by HK Choi | The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton | I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman | The Color of Bee Larham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris | Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone | Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Hello from the Other Side

Heh. January was my last post on this blog. Not gonna lie, I’ve thought about quitting because I just couldn’t find the time. But somehow, the generous publishers that I work with keep sending me books. And who am I to say no? I’m sure I could just as easily quit and post my reviews somewhere, but I feel bad for abandoning y’all. You’ve been so patient with me. And I still get pinged from my readers in social media so to quit is just not in the immediate future at the moment. Also considering there’d been so many, I heard, that have quit, I just couldn’t find it in me. So here we are. Hoping, yet again, that it will stick this time. *fingers crossed*

New on My Shelves

The books above are all for reviews. Mostly from Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Canada. Thank you, most gracious, most generous benefactors. I owe you a few reviews. I’m slowly getting back into it again. So please bear with me again. I’d also like to thank Big Honcho Media for sending me two copies of Emergency Contact along with a few swags. I was so suprised to find a box of goodies in the mail. I was tasked to send one of the copies away so I held a giveaway on my Instagram page. There wasn’t much entries – which made me sad, but I get it. I don’t have much clout there and since Instagram changed the algorithm, my giveaway post didn’t receive much attention. Lucky for the winner, though. ūüôā

Life in General

Not much, to be honest. Just trying to trudge through this long winter but the end is in sight, hopefully. Also trying to do this reading and blogging thing again. I was able to read a few books in the last couple of weeks that reduced my reading goal deficit from 19 to 11. I have a ways to go but I think this is it for real this time. This is when I finally found a way to get back on the horse. Spring is coming too so I can take advantage of my walks by listening to audiobooks.

Still working out like crazy. In three weeks’ time, I will have attended 1000 classes since joining my gym. I’m up to 920 classes as of this writing. Even I can’t believe this number. Admittedly, the last few months have not been good food-wise. So even though I’ve been working out like crazy, I’ve gained a few pounds, lost muscle and gained fat. Ugh. So I’m nipping this in the bud. I’m going back to basics. High protein, low carb. Lesson learned that I need to have a good balance or I will easily fall back to my old habits.

Anyway, thank you, as always, for sticking around. I will be doing some blog visits as soon as I get some posts scheduled. ūüôā Have a great week, everyone!

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 208

 


Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | Letters to the Lost by Bridgid Kemmerer | The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion | The Golden House by Salman Rushdie


In the Summer of My Discontent

Hi, guys. I know, I know. I’m still missing in action for most of the week in the blogosphere. I don’t know what tell ya. I can’t bleed a stone. I simply can’t find a good stride between juggling all the things I’ve got going on in my life. Because I’ve been sick, I’ve also missed time so of course, work has been hectic. I’m thankful that I’m still 19 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge, otherwise, that’s another pressure on my shoulders. I know I’m missing out on so many posts but just…thanks for your patience and continued patronage. I appreciate you.

The Beauty and Obese

Meanwhile, I just got my recent fitness assessment and it looks like my hard work for the last month has paid off. I lost 15 lbs and have managed to lose 10% body fat by working out; by walking, and keeping track of my macros. I’m fast becoming a boot camp worshipper and a calorie counter nut job (I’m not even sorry). My goal is to lose 50 lbs by October, but if I keep pace with this kind of weight loss, I might be able to reach my goal even before that. I’m absolutely floored when my trainer told me my new numbers. Even she couldn’t believe it! Especially since I lost 3 points of Visceral Fat in just a month of working out religiously.

Fit Readers

June 12, Monday = 14,645
June 13, Tuesday = 14,366
June 14, Wednesday = 16,542
June 15, Thursday = 15,592
June 16, Friday = 17,673
June 17, Saturday = 18,638
June 18, Sunday = 17,505
Total Steps for the Week: 100,316

Currently Reading

I am in the midst of reading all three books. So far, I can only complain about the repetitiveness of The One Memory of Flora Banks. Otherwise, I’m enjoying them all. I haven’t finished a book for a couple of weeks now. I also attempted to read Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren but I returned the audio book. It is not one of their best work, in my opinion.

This Week…

I don’t know, in all honesty. I’m hoping to finish any one of the books above so I can write a review. Otherwise, my priority is to catch up on Bloglovin’. I’m missing so much!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 207


Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas | Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith | When It’s Real by Erin Watt | Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts


Slow As Molasses

Another sad, sad reading week here for me. Honestly, I’m disgusted with myself. So far, I’ve only finished one book in the last two weeks. Which sucks because I have so many books in my to-be-reviewed pile. In an attempt to spark some reading inspiration, I went to the bookstore yesterday just to see if it would make me want to get back to reading again. Wish me luck that it will do the trick.

On A Health Kick

Still on my health kick. I’ve realized a couple of things about why dieting never worked for me in the past. I’ve been so restricted to salads and chicken breasts. Time and again, I get bored, hungry, then quit. This time around, I decided that I can’t do this shit again. So anytime I get a craving for specific food, I find a healthier recipe. This weekend, I made pesto sauce. I used avocado instead of olive oil. I made some spirals of zucchini, added shrimp and cherry tomatoes. It was divine! If you have any other healthier alternatives to some decadent food let me know!

Fit Readers

I’ve been doing double fit body boot camps for two weeks now and I’m loving it. I’ve been sick this week but I didn’t let that stop me from working out. I have a fitness assessment on Thursday so I’m excited to see any progress. It’s been a whole month since I started this journey.

June 5 Monday 10,669
June 6 Tuesday 9,057
June 7 Wednesday 14,521
June 8 Thursday 11,820
June 09 Friday 8,354
June 10 Saturday 13,935
June 11 Sunday 13,944
Total Steps for the Week: 96,224

Well, this is it for me this week. Let’s hope I find something good to read soon. Sigh.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 206

 


How to Survive A Summer by Nick White | Skitter by Ezekiel Boone | Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka | Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward | The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti | Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

(Books courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada & Simon & Schuster Canada)

Hello. 

The start of a new month always brings me hope for better things to come. It also inspires me to correct my mistakes from the previous month. I completely spaced out in May hence the lack of posts and the very seldom visits you got from me. I would like to change that in June. I gave myself a pep talk along the lines of being physically active again is not an excuse to slack off over here. So I give you permission to give me a slap on the head if I start falling asleep on the job again.

Did any of you go to BEA? Relatively quiet on the social media front. No drama to be had – which is always a good thing. Lol. After I saw a few haul posts on IG, I started to tell my husband that I’m definitely going next year but then I remember that I’m sort of protesting the US’ new administration so I immediately scrap that idea.

Still haven’t been able to get my reading mojo back but I managed to finish Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. I just about gave up on it, to be honest. It was confusing af. ¬†There were so many points of view and for a ¬†while, you don’t know where the story was heading. I persevered and mildy enjoyed it. I think it would’ve been a good suspense story if she’d managed to pare down the POVs.

Stop by tomorrow for my review of Only Child by Andrew Pyper. Man, this book is so creepy. It’s his take on three well known classics melded into one: ¬†Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula. My reading slump came at a bad time because my review is supposed to go up tomorrow and I’ve just started reading this over the weekend. It’s a good thing that this book is so compelling!

Anyway, this is it for me, folks. Let me know how your day is going so far.

Happy reading!

 

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 204

 


Yesterday by Felicia Yap | Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones | The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney | Missing by Kelley Armstrong

Hiya!

Can you believe that my last Hoarders post was about a month or so ago? I haven’t bought a physical book in a long time to the greatest relief of my floor joists and my husband! Haha. However, I haven’t stopped stocking up on e-books that are entirely inappropriate for the younger audience. Hehehe. Anyway, I griped and complained about the lack of book mail in my house lately then,¬†all of a sudden I get several packages all at once all thanks to the wonderful people of Simon & Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, and HBG Canada. I’m so excited to read these!

Last Week

 

Ruby
by Cynthia Bond

Publication Date: Feb 10th, 2015
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

I had a tough time with this book. I was not in the right frame of mind when I read it so my judgment may be a little unfair. Honestly? It’s a tough book to read, to begin with. Couple that with my maudlin mood and it only made my experience worse. Ruby’s story filled me with so much misery that I couldn’t appreciate the beautiful writing. I might attempt to review this at some point.

 

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This was also another weird book. But I like how Mr. Hamid gave us a different perspective on the refugee crisis. Some would accuse him of being naive and careless with such a relevant and real global problem but I liked his take on it. Exit West is full of hope in a future when we can live in a world where accepting refugees in our homes is a normal thing.

 

Daddy’s Best Friend
by London Hale
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Confession: I unlink my social media accounts in Goodreads anytime I read and rate a book with a cringe-worthy title. This way, my family, and friends wouldn’t know the extent of my depravity. Want to know what the title of the next book to this series? DILF. DILF, yo. Lol. Incidentally, it came out yesterday but I’ve yet to read it. Anyway, it was fun. Lots of smexy times.

RAMBLING ON…AND ON… AND ON…

  • I’m slowly getting used to my husband’s new hours at work (he works the graveyard shift now and I FUCKING HATE IT).
  • Keanu Reeves walked by me yesterday (he was filming a movie in our hotel) and I didn’t have my camera with me.
  • I’m thinking of joining this FITBODY BOOTCAMP.
  • Movies I recently saw: The Wall (Matt Damon) and Maximum Ride (James Patterson YA series). ¬†BARRY (A movie about Barrack Obama’s struggle with his ‘lack of blackness’ as a young man.)
  • Food I’m currently obsessing over: Cherry tomatoes.

Have a great week, everyone! Catch ya later.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 202

Welcome to the latest edition of my hoarding madness. These are the books I got this week.


Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren | Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland | Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson


Hello.

LIFE LATELY

How was your weekend? Since hubby usually has the Fridays off, I took it off as well to spend time with the kids because it’s their last day of Spring break. ¬†I thought we would make a family day out of it. Unfortunately, nothing I wanted to do panned out. My husband had a work meeting from 8 to 10, then my daughter made plans with one of her friends. My boy didn’t want to go see Beauty and the Beast with me because he thinks the movie is “lame”. So I pretty much hung out in my bedroom for most of the day until everybody got home.

I wasn’t there when my boss had a meeting with HR about my position. So my office mate sent me a text while I was having lunch with hubby that there’s some good news waiting for me when I get in on Monday (sometime later today, I guess). Wish me luck! I love the people there. Most of them are lifers, pretty much but they treated me like I’m part of their family since day one. Admittedly, this job is not that challenging but I don’t really mind. It’s time I start thinking about retirement and since they offer a good package, I think I’m going to stick it out.

BOOKS AND THINGS

I met briefly with Kristie of Lost in Ever After to borrow her ARC of The Love Interest¬†on Friday. I started reading it right away. I wish I can say this is worth all the hype but unfortunately, it’s not looking good. My review will probably be up in the next couple of weeks but it’s a dud so far. So disappointing.

I started reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. You guys. This book is so good. The world-building is astoundingly vivid; the characters are larger than life and the plot, simply amazing. I don’t know how else to explain this book but man, you have got to read it! Yet again, I find myself loving a fantasy book. I’ve been having such a great time immersing myself in worlds that are more often, beyond my imagination.

Ackkkk Alex, Approximately. You don’t know how much I’ve pined for a copy of this book! I wish I can read it right now but I have a few obligations and books I’ve started that I need to finish. Dying. Dyingggg to read this book! Also, Waking Gods. Whelp.

I’m reviewing Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham on the blog on Tuesday as my stop for Simon & Schuster Canada’s Timeless Tour. I hope you’ll stop by.

Well, that’s it for me. I hope you’ll have a great week!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 200


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Love And First Sight by Josh Sundquist | The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire S√°enz | Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop


Hey, all!

How have you all been? Thank you for visiting the blog last week. Truly appreciative of your visits and comments. ūüôā I went to the bookstore on Saturday with my husband for the purpose of picking up these four books. Even though I’ve been good, I knew ahead of time that I was going to break my buying ban for these. I’ve read and loved Etched in Bone (because I couldn’t resist downloading the audiobook). I’m so sad it’s over. Though, I feel like it would’ve been better if The Others defeated the HFL movement in this finale instead of in the fourth book. It would’ve been a better series-ender, in my opinion. Regardless, this series is still one of the best things I’ve followed over the years. So sad to see it end. *sobs*

I can’t wait to read the rest as they’ve all been on my wishlist this year. I’m especially pumped for The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

FEED MY READER

 

Ronit & Jamil was an Audible purchase. It was very short (1.29 hours) and the story felt incomplete. Disappointing. I requested Hello, Sunshine from Net Galley. Captive was free on Amazon.

READ THIS WEEK

  

  

The Girl Before was a fantastic mystery/thriller. Ronit & Jamil was too short. Close Enough to Touch was so good. Etched in Bone was good, too. This is Water was an eye-opener. By Your Side was meh.

That’s it for me last week. How was yours?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 199


The People In The Trees by Hanya Yanagihara | First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen | The Only Child by Andrew Pyper


Hello!

I’ve managed to stay away from the bookstore this past weekend so I don’t have too many to share with y’all. This is good, though. Gives my wallet a break! LOL. I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for my review copy of The Only Child. Looks to be another good one from the author of The Damned. Excited to read this!

I started First Frost last weekend, but I got sidetracked by other books. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I’m looking forward to continuing. The People in the Trees looks interesting and hopefully less angst-ridden than her other book (A Little Life). I saw these books at the bargain bin two weeks ago and couldn’t resist.

FEED MY READER

Undecided was on sale for like, $1.52 on Amazon so I downloaded it. The Girl Who Shot First was free the last time I checked. Oryx and Crake was on sale on Audible; Pretty Face was a request from Net Galley.

READ THIS WEEK

I’ve had a great reading week.

The Burning World completely eviscerated everything that was cute and fluffy about Warm Bodies. I swear to you, this world and story line got a makeover from hell. And it was fucking awesome!

Undecided¬†was exactly what y’all have gushed about since it came out. It’s so good. I can’t believe I waited until it went on sale before downloading a copy. I’m definitely getting a physical copy.¬†

The Bastard Billionaire was good, too! It makes me want to read the rest of the books in the series. 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies¬†Gah. My heart. Love, love this book to pieces. Norah’s plight was so heartbreaking.¬†

Illuminae¬†Gosh darn, y’all. Had I known how freaking awesome this book is, I would’ve started long ago! Can’t wait to read Gemina.¬†

So yeah. This has been an amazing reading week. Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue this streak. What about you? How was your week?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 197


Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman | Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson | Arrival by Ted Chiang | The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang | They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery


God.

Where to start today? This past weekend, I’ve tried and failed numerous times to try to get some semblance of normalcy in my life. I logged on to the blog, fully intending to write a couple of posts or visit Bloglovin’. But every time I try, my mind wanders South of the border thinking about the people who are being held at airports everywhere. Two weeks ago, I was overwhelmed with pride that I bore witness to Obama’s presidency. A week after that, I was inspired by the Women’s March. But today, I’m angry and frustrated. There are no other words for how I’m feeling right now. The madman at the White House lost all traces of human decency. And I hope he knows that he’s now in the running for Top Ten Most Hated Man in the history of the world (Hitler tops this list, incidentally).

I’m worried and disappointed that hatred is spreading far and wide. Even here in Canada where a shooting at a mosque In Quebec City occurred¬†shortly after prayers. I never thought I would see the day that we will be front and center of this despicable act. We are better than this and I hope that they’ll find the perpetrators. ¬†My heart goes out to the victims of this horrible violence.

I do have to try, though. Even if what I’m doing right now feels so¬†insignificant and pointless. Perhaps I’ll be able to find some joy in this somehow and forget how incredibly dark and joyless the world has been lately.

Book Club

Last Saturday, we had our book club meeting at my house. We weren’t able to exchange gifts back in December so we did that. We also talked about the latest bru-ha-ha on Twitter and touched on politics as well. I got The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang and Arrival by Ted Chiang from Lauren of The Autumn Bookshelf.¬†Both books have been on my wishlist, so I’m so happy and grateful for Lauren’s generous gifts! It’s always great to see the ladies from my book club.¬†

On a more personal note

I didn’t finish any books this week. Sad, isn’t it? On top of everything else, it has been quite a whirlwind in my house. Last Wednesday, there were rumours circulating that a boy was going to bring a gun to school. So we kept my daughter until the administration could set us all at ease. It turns out that the boy was picked up at his home at 5 in the morning the same day. He was a former student who got expelled at the beginning of school year. It was very scary as this is a rare occurrence here in Canada. I’m glad it was all sorted out.

My son turned 10 on Thursday. I brought pizza and cupcakes for his class at his behest. And on the same day, my daughter had a dance recital. She introduced us to her boyfriend which freaked me out because she’s only 15 and I’m not ready for her to be dating. It bites, yes. But there’s nothing I can do about it. We’re not going to be one of those really strict parents whose kids end up rebelling. All we can do is guide her and let her learn her own life lessons. We’ll be with her every step of the way, regardless.

I think this is it for now.

Peace, love, acceptance and tolerance.

 

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