September Wrap Up

Another incredibly productive month in September. I read a total of 33 books – physical, ebooks, and audiobooks combined. There were two slight volumes (Finding Langston, and I’m Afraid of Men) that were less than 200 pages, but other than that, I thought this has been a legitimately fantastic month. Here is the list of the books read in September:

  • Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty ****/5 Stars
  • How To Stop Time by Matt Haig ****/5 Stars
  • When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton ****/5 Stars
  • Texas! Sage by Sandra Brown ****/5 Stars
  • Tempest by Beverly Jenkins ****/5 Stars
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean-Weir *****/5 Stars
  • Eloquent Rage by Britney Cooper ****/5 Stars
  • The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones ****/5 Stars
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston *****/5 Stars
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandi ****/5 Stars
  • Fence, Volume 3 by C.S. Pacat ****/5 Stars
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary *****/5 Stars
  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie **/5 Stars
  • Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick ****/5 Stars
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Montfegh *****/5 Stars
  • Finding Langston by Lesa Ransome-Cline *****/5 Stars
  • I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya ****/5 Stars
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher ****/5 Stars
  • Breathless by Beverly Jenkins ****/5 Stars
  • Odd One Out by Nick Stone */5 Stars
  • Call Them By Their Names by Rebecca Solnit *****/5 Stars
  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin ****/5 Stars
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin **/5 Stars
  • The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin ****/5 Stars
  • Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins ****/5 Stars
  • The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci ***/5 Stars
  • The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett ***/5 Stars
  • Beard With Me by Penny Reid ****/5 Stars
  • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta *****/5 Stars
  • How To Bang A Billionaire by Alexis Hall ****/5 Stars
  • Bear Town by Frederik Backman *****/5 Stars
  • Under Currents by Nora Roberts *DNF
  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais ***/5

I finally read a western type of Historical Fiction last month and I absolutely adored it. I’m hoping to pick up a few more when I go to the thrift shop one of these weekends. Old West by Beverly Jenkins was a fantastic trilogy. It features strong women and the men who love them. I was curious to see how Ms. Jenkins would explore the issue of race in that era and I was not disappointed. In particular, one of the women was a witness to a crime but because she was black, her testimony was readily nullified.

I have one DNF this month, which is Nora Roberts’ latest, Under Currents. It’s about a couple whose pasts were mired in domestic abuse. I honestly couldn’t get through it. The violence was a bit too visceral for me. I think I got through one chapter and that was it.

FAVOURITES

Beartown by Fredrik Backman | My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh | The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean-Weir

How was your month?

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Read in October


Homestretch!

October certainly has been one of my most productive month this year as far as reading goes. I’m making good use of my Libby app, and because I haven’t been buying an Audible books, I’m storing up some good credits on my account. Aside from that, I’ve started using my Kindle again and have been requesting books from Net Galley. I still have a long ways away from putting a dent on my TBR but I’ve resolved to read until I go blind…or die – whichever comes first. Lol.

I read 28 books, which is perhaps, the most books I’ve read in a single month this year or ever. I read a few romance novels during the last few days of the month due to the discovery of Audible’s Romance Package. I’m so stoked to find some awesome books in there! Needless to say, I’m freaking all over the place this month.

  • Dangerous Minds, Knight & Moon, 2 by Janet Evanovich 2/5 stars
  • Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson 5/5 Stars
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 3/5 Stars
  • One Small Thing by Erin Watts 1/5 Stars
  • Parasite by Mira Grant 4/5 Stars
  • The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman 4/5 Stars
  • The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman 5/5 Stars
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 3/5 Stars
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 4/5 Stars
  • Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell 4/5 Stars
  • The Husband Hour by Jaime Brenner 4/5 Stars
  • Better Not Pout by Annabeth Gilbert 4/5 Stars
  • Rend by Roan Parrish 4/5 Stars
  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones 5/5 Stars
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan 4/5 Stars
  • Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie 5/5 Stars
  • Fling Club by Tara Brown 1/5 Stars
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram 5/5 Stars
  • What If It’s Us by Albertalli & Silvera 3/5 Stars
  • Circe by Madeline Miller 4/5 Stars
  • The Wild Heir by Karina Halle 3/5 Stars
  • Youth in Revolt by CD Payne 4/5 Stars
  • Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan 3/5 Stars
  • Throb by Vi Keeland 4/5 Stars
  • Pucked Love by Helena Hunting 4/5 Stars
  • Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely 4/5 Stars
  • Egomaniac by Vi Keeland 4/5 Stars
  • Mister O by Vi Keeland 4/5 Stars

Picking a favourite read this month is tough. It’s a toss up between Joseph Anton, Once We Were Brothers, and my perennial favourite series by Darynda Jones. My most disappointing read was an Erin Watt contemporary offering (One Small Thing). This book just made me furious. The bullying antics of practically every single person sickened me. Ugh.

If I have to recommend a read this month besides my favourites, I say make sure you check out Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram and The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman. Fair warning, The Italian Teacher is not a romantic book so you should get that notion of your head right now. Still, it was an outstanding masterpiece that tells the story about a father’s influence – good or bad to his son from boyhood to adulthood.

This month, I also managed to binge watch a few shows on Netflix while accomplishing my great reading feat. I got through 4 seasons of X-Files before Netflix Canada pulled it (Netflix Canada sucks balls). Also four seasons of Buffy, a couple of World War II movies, and all nine seasons of The Office. I’ve been busy.

So let me know how your month went, lovely people. And I hope your Halloween night will be filled with treats not tricks.

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Life Lately: A Very Slow Month


Oh, man. May has been insufferably slow here on the blog. This is what happens when you have an obsessive personality. You can only focus on one thing and one thing only. Sigh.

So I’m not sure if you’re following me on Instagram but I mentioned how I found my fitness motivation again a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been eating healthy, going to boot camps, and walking whenever I get the chance. I’ve been pretty active. But now, my reading has suffered. I seriously have not picked up anything of substance for a couple of weeks now. And even though I’ve read a few good books that I’ve not reviewed, writing chops have taken leave as well. Oh, the struggle.

But it is June! I’m trying to figure shit out. I’m trying to make use of my time properly. My workouts are scheduled and I figure, if I can do the meal preps for the week on weekends, I might have some time to read and blog after the gym. Let’s hope.

Sadly, I only read a few books in May.

  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files, #2)
  • A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau, #1)
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  • Exit West by Hamid Mohsin
  • Library Principle by Helena Hunting
  • Felony Ever After by Helena Hunting
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Again, my apologies for being scarce everywhere. I do hope June will be better. Let me know what you got up in May, and thanks for your continued patronage!

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Life Lately


A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong | Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakes | Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham


Hello, lovely readers!

Oh, dear. It’s the last day of 2016, folks! I can’t say I’m going to miss it. It’s been such a brutal stretch for everyone, to be honest so I’m sure you’ll forgive me when I say, good riddance. Besides the fact that the world is probably going to hell in a handbasket, the health scare that pops went through really tops the shit-flavoured cake I’ve been force-fed this past month. But I’m happy to announce that he’s doing well. He’s at home taking it easy and recuperating well. If I haven’t thanked you yet, please know that your kind words, prayers and well wishes are all very much appreciated.

I’ve decided to flounce out of blogging over the last couple of weeks because I figure y’all would be busy during the Holidays anyway. So I didn’t do much but read as much as I can. I reached my Goodreads reading goal way ahead of time and have managed to go over and above my target. However, I wasn’t able to beat the number I posted last year. But that’s okay. At least I made it! How did you do?

Books For Review (above)

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me a copy of A Darkness Absolute. Last year’s City of the Lost was one of my favourites, so I was really happy when they sent me a copy of the sequel. I can’t wait to see what Casey and Sheriff Daulton get up to this time around.

I also got a couple of books from Simon & Schuster Canada which I’m so excited about. I’ve already read Close Enough to Touch (so good!), and looking forward to reading a new historical romance from Genevieve Graham. I have been eyeing her books for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to them. Thanks so much for sending me these books, dear publishers! These were sent to me at the beginning of the month which I haven’t shared until now.

Last Haul of the Year


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | What I Told My Daughter by Nina Tassler | Blood Vow by J.R. Ward | Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer | Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge


I’ve already read Between the World and Me which I will talk about briefly on my Top Reads of 2016 post (going up tomorrow). I picked it up last week and have read it twice just because. I also picked up Another Day in the Death of America which, if you’ll remember was included in my Christmas wish list. Well, no one really gave me books for Christmas so I had to buy it myself. That’s okay. I posted the list late so none of my family members knew which books I wanted. That’s all on me.

December Reads

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m feeling low, I tend to seek out books that give me comfort. More often, that’s Sandra Brown. And since I’ve more or less polished off most of her backlist, this month, I sought Romance instead. So I gluttoned myself with Lauren Layne and Sawyer Bennett. And they did the trick. I read 17 books this month and most of them romance novels.

Thanks for the wonderful year, everyone! It’s been tough for all of us but amidst all our disagreements and dramas, I know we’ll stick to each other no matter what. I will make myself scarce in the social media (except Instagram) so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see my shadow on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy New Year and please be kind to one another most especially to yourself. <3

 

 

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Life Lately

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Sigh.

With the unfortunate news of the FBI Director’s attempt to influence the American election, the changes Book Expo is about to implement, and the rumors that HarperCollins will only be sending physical ARCs to Booktubers and Bookstagrammers, this past weekend can only be summed up in one word: it sucked. Now, before I get people riled up, I don’t care all that much about BEA ridding of the book blogger con altogether, nor do I care about the ARCs that I wasn’t getting from HarperCollins in the first place. I only care that the book bloggers’ role in the publishing industry is being marginalized and underappreciated – disrespected, even.

Some of us have been doing this for years. It’s become a responsibility and a job most of do not get paid for. We do our part to keep the hype machine running. So the exclusion stings. Last week, Jenny of Supernatural Snark decided to leave the book reviewing blogosphere, and I’m not gonna lie, after the weekend spent feeling sorry for myself, and questioning whether or not it’s even worth the effort anymore, I’ve been contemplating on following her footsteps. It’s not because of the ARCs, never that. After all, HarperCollins don’t even know I exist and I certainly didn’t start blogging because of them. It’s just…it really hurts to feel rejected.

I think it stings more because the last time I attended BEA, there was a panel on the popularity of book tubers who basically said readers would rather watch book tubers than read blog posts. And this past weekend, it hurts to come to terms with the fact that a publishing house such as HarperCollins in one way or another gives that claim some credence.

But we are a resilient, forgiving bunch, aren’t we? We are also not revengeful. We’re not going to quit buying their books just because we want them to feel the same sting of rejection. At the end of the day, we need to recognize our reasons for blogging in the first place. If you’re like me, I use my blog as an outlet. I have things to get off my chest which just happens to be feelings – good or bad – over a book. If my opinions helped someone decide to buy, borrow, skip a book, then my job here is done. And that’s all I have to say about that.

OCTOBER

I’ve had a slow month but I’m about 7 books away to reaching my Goodreads goal of 150 books for the year. November, I think is going to get even slower. I feel like I need to reevaluate this book blogging thing. I’ve been feeling uninspired lately, anyway. I want to find a steady ground so I can decide what I want to do once and for all. I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading, but I feel exhausted and burned out. I’ll keep y’all posted.

BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER

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I hope you’ll have the best of November, dear readers.

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August Inbox/Outbox

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Hello.

Another month has gone by so it’s time again for a monthly TBR check in. When I started these posts, I was sure that it will help me get a better handle on the out of control accumulation of books in my house. But I’m now resolved to the fact that the mountain is always going to be bigger than me and that I can never defeat it. Nowadays, I do these posts because I can at least gauge how much harder I have to work at ticking off all the books I’ve gotten for reviews.

Admittedly, this month was not a good month for getting through books that publishers have sent me. But the best thing about August is that I was able to get one book off my bucket list – which is Game of Thrones. I don’t know if I’ll ever write a review for this door stopper because I probably won’t have anything new to offer. What else is there to be said?

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I read 14 books this month, which is a good number from my perspective. I’m still ahead on my Goodreads goal but is still down from last year’s numbers.

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Easily, my favourite read this month is Sting by Sandra Brown. I’ve always loved her books, but I was so hooked on Sting. It had a great mystery, thrilling suspense, and a sexy romance. Everything I’ve come to love about Sandra’s books only amplified a hundred times. No joke.

My most disappointing read for this month was The Scorpion Rules (review to come).

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I never realized how insane August had been for book hauls. My. God. At the end of the day, I added 27 more books to the pile after reading 14. I want to weep.

  1. Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap
  2. The Gauntlet/Amma’s Voice Chapter Samplers from Salaam Reads
  3. The Spawning Ground by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  4. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  5. The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
  6. The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
  7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  8. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
  9. Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia
  10. Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
  11. Never Too Late by Robyn Carr
  12. Not Even For Love by Sandra Brown
  13. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
  14. Divided in Death by JD Robb
  15. Three Fates by Nora Roberts
  16. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  17. The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
  18. Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
  19. N-W by Zadie Smith
  20. The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen
  21. Whore by Nelly Arcan
  22. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
  23. When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
  24. A World Without You by Beth Revis
  25. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  26. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  27. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  28. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  29. Sting by Sandra Brown
  30. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  31. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  32. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  33. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  34. Vicarious by Paula Stokes
  35. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  36. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  37. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  38. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  39. The Scorpion Rules
  40. Blow by Heidi Mclaughlin
  41. The Farther He Runs by Lynda Aicher

Tell me I’m not the only one with this problem, y’all. Tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this is normal.

 

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INBOX / OUTBOX: June Rewind

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Hello.

July! My gosh. June just came and went like a flash. I swear it was just yesterday that I was ruminating about May and how pathetic I did for the month. June was definitely a change of pace – reading and blogging wise. As of this writing, I’m at 20 books for the month and I’ve managed to do some advance postings right up to the second week of July. I could keep going if I want to participate in some weekly features but I got sidelined by a case of summer flu. It sucks. I missed a couple of days of work and I’m hacking like a crackwhore who smokes about 2 packs a day. Anyway, I only have three more books to review then I’m caught up. But even with the great reading streak I’ve been having, the health of my TBR is not getting any better, I’m afraid.

INBOX

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  2. Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  3. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. Summer Skin by Kristi Eagar
  8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  9. The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
  10. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  11. Smoke by Dan Vyleta
  12. We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore
  13. My Lady Jane by Hand, Brodi, and Ashton
  14. You Knew Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Leviathan
  15. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  16. What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle
  17. Hear by Robin Epstein
  18. A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
  19. Wanderlost by Jen Malone
  20. The Summer Before War by Helen Simonson
  21. The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
  22. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  23. Sing by Vivi Greene
  24. This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  25. Assassin’s Heart by Sara Ahiers
  26. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
  27. Appealed by Emma Chase
  28. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
  29. Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines
  30. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  31. Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James
  32. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  33. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
  34. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
  35. Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  36. The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe
  37. Radiance by Grace Draven
  38. The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  39. Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
  40. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  41. Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe
  42. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

OUTBOX

  1. Eligible by Curtis  Sittenfeld
  2. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
  3. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  4. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
  5. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  6. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
  7. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
  8. Truth or Beard It by Penny Reid
  9. Burn by Paula Weston
  10. The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe
  11. Everything I  Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  12. Radiance by Grace Draven
  13. The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  14. Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James
  15. This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  16. Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney
  17. The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward
  18. Appealed by Emma Chase
  19. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  20. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

TBR DIFFERENTIAL: +22

Yikes. Anyway, I’ve also managed to write reviews for most of these books aside from the last four (go me).

If you notice that the blog has been suffering from a case of an identity crisis lately, well, it’s not all in your head. I tried to change the look of my blog but it turns out I’m as useless as ever when it comes to that kind of stuff. Twice, I lost my commenting platform – both WordPress and Disqus. So I had to upload another design and kind of tweak it. I’m so sorry for the cringe-worthy look at times. I’m hoping that I can find someone kind enough to help me fix it. I’ll pay in kind words and promise you my fealty till the end of times. In short, I’m too broke to pay. So you know, I can like, tell everyone how awesome you are. *winks*

So I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far. I know a few of you have taken breaks from blogging and I’m kinda hating you for it (kidding. I don’t really hate you. Mostly, I’m jealous). I have no life so blogging is the only thing I look forward to. I don’t have to yell at you to pick up the dirty laundry or put the toilet seat down. Or tell you for the fucking last time that our garbage day is Wednesday so you bring it out then so we don’t have two-weeks’ worth of filth reeking in our garage. Wait. Where was I?

Have a great summer!

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INBOX/OUTBOX

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May sucked donkey balls.

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I can’t believe I only read 3 books in May. THREE. BOOKS. Okay, four. But The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly was a re-read. So I don’t think it counts. Certainly not towards my Goodreads Challenge – where I’m sorely lagging behind by 10. I mentioned yesterday that I made like a sloth this month and completely disappeared for a week. I just…I don’t know. I was feeling maudlin and didn’t really feel like doing anything. Needless to say, I’m scared to see what my TBR Differential is like in May.

INBOX

  1. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duvis
  2. A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Iveson
  3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  4. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  5. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Changeless by Gail Carriger
  8. The Season of Me and You by Robin Constantine
  9. Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
  10. Far Gone by Laura Griffin
  11. Flannery by Lisa Moore
  12. Alter Egos by Mark Landler
  13. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  14. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  15. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  16. Savage by Thomas E. Snigoski
  17. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
  18. Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
  19. The Only Thing Worst Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
  20. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  21. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  22. 100 Miles Sideways by Andrew Smith
  23. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolf
  24. Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
  25. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

TBR DIFFERENTIAL: +21 and I don’t want to talk about it. >.<

BEST OF MAY: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN JUNE:

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I wish you all the best of June! Summer is upon us so lots of outdoor reading. Have a fun summer, y’all!

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March Inbox/Outbox

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Hello.

Another quiet week here on the blog. If you must know, I’ve been uninspired lately. I’m still busy trying to find work, as well, it looks like we might have a buyer for the cabin which is great and awful at the same time. We’ve accepted an offer last weekend and today, we’re going to find out whether or not it’s a go. This makes me sad, but at the same time, it relieves a lot of financial pressure for me and my husband. I’m really thankful, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve failed.

Anyway, it’s all a part of the process of simplifying our lives. I told my husband that this is not the end of our dream. We’re still young and he’s in a really good place with his job. Once I find work, it’ll be even sweeter because we will only have one mortgage to pay for. Getting rid of a second mortgage will help us in the long run. I know it is the best idea right now, so we just have to keep reminding ourselves that. I will miss going there on the weekends that the weather is nice, though.

So March has been a little weird. Heck, the last two years have been weird, to be honest. I feel like there are pieces of our lives that are moving without us. Do you know what I mean? Like we’re all bystanders of those little events and we have no control. I just want to get off this ride because, heck, it sucks. Siggggghhhhh.

INBOX

  1. Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford
  2. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  5. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  7. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  8. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  9. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  10. Tangled by Emma Chase
  11. Twisted by Emma Chase
  12. Tied by Emma Chase
  13. Mr. and Mr. Smith Helenkay Dimon
  14. Beta Test by Annabeth Albert
  15. Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
  16. The Last Round by Emmy L. Montes
  17. Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
  18. Hard Rider by Lydia Pax
  19. The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
  20. Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
  21. January by Audrey Carlan

OUTBOX

  1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (review to be posted next week)
  2. Mr. and Mr. Smith by Helenkay Dimon (review to be posted)
  3. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey (review to be posted)
  4. HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
  5. Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
  6. Tangled by Emma Chase
  7. Twisted by Emma Chase
  8. Tied by Emma Chase
  9. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  10. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  11. Black Apple by Joan Crate (review to be posted)
  12. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (review to be posted)
  13. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  14. The Last Round by Emma Montes

TBR DIFFERENTIAL: +7

Obviously, I didn’t do a very good job in March. I’ve acquired more than I’ve read. Mind you, the e-books that I’ve downloaded were free at the time, so I didn’t really spend too much money on books this time around. I guess I’ll take that as a win. Lol.

How was your March?

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Let us bask in the glory that was my bookshelves in the cabin:

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February Inbox/Outbox

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Hello

It’s that time again when I bring you an update with all the things that happened in the past month. Reading-wise, I can’t say it’s been great. Now that I’m not working again, I’m having a tough time getting into the swing of things. Even though I’ve got plenty of time on my hands, I’m unable to get some reading done. I think it may have to do with worrying about being unemployed. I hate not being a productive human being. I don’t like relying on my husband too much, so it’s been on my  mind pretty much 24/7. I really hope I find a job soon. It’s been almost three weeks. Sigh.

INBOX

  1. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  2. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  3. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  4. Black Apple by Joan Crate
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  6. She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
  7. The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse
  8. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  9. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  10. Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
  11. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  12. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

OUTBOX

  1. Worth it All by Claudia Connor (Review this week)
  2. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry 
  3. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  5. He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  6. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  7. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  8. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
  9. The Widow by Fiona Barton (Review this week)
  10. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Review this week)
  11. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  12. Priest by Sierra Simone
  13. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (Review this week)

TBR PILE DIFFERENTIAL: -1

Holla. Steady as she goes. Now that I’m slowly embracing this minimalism movement, I’m having an easier time saying no to book shopping jaunts. Yesterday, my dear husband asked me if I wanted to go and I declined. One of the traits that minimalism teaches you is, being able to discern what you need versus what you want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to buy books, but I’m going to make sure it’s a book that I truly want. I’m keeping track of the book releases by visiting blogs that have a weekly New Release feature. I’m also going to steer clear of thrift stores for the time being because I don’t need to accumulate more books. Let’s hope I can keep this up.

A LIFE MINIMIZED

Speaking of minimalism, so after I did an announcement post about a new blog I wanted to do, I had a sudden realization that starting another one might be counterproductive with what I’m trying to achieve. Another thing that I’m slowly learning about this movement  is that it teaches you to reduce the things that occupy your time and your mind on a daily basis. I realized that another blog might be an added stress or pressure for me on top of trying to keep up with this blog. So if you don’t mind, I might do a random post about it on here rather than worrying about another one to maintain. What do you think? Thoughts? Suggestions?

In any case, I started purging my house last week. I thought it would be overwhelming for me, but I found that if I concentrated on one particular space, it would not be so bad. I started with my desk drawers. Then, I moved on to the two bathrooms we have upstairs. Tomorrow, I’d planned to tackle our pantry. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to keep the clutter away by putting things back as soon as I’m done with them. Procrastination has always been a big hindrance to keeping clutter away, so if I keep reminding myself to do things right away, I’m well on my way.

NETFLIX AND GORGE

I finally signed up to have a Netflix account. Bad idea. Bad. Very bad. I got caught up with The Shadowhunters. I started The 100 and quit right after they killed the character I love. I watched movies. In short, I wasted a lot of valuable reading time. Thankfully, I think the lovin’ is gone. I’m only going to watch when I absolutely have nothing else to do.

Anyway, that’s been my week, my month. How was yours?

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