Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 225

The Children of Men by PD James | The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern | The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | The Binding by Bridget Collins | The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power | Calypso by David Sedaris | Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab | Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater | The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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:

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan | We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal | Middlegame by Seanan McGuire | Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler | Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum | An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim | The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper | Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman | The School for Good and Evil Series by Soman Chainani | Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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:

The Toll by Neal Shusterman | Regretting You by Colleen Hoover | Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe by Brock Clarke

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?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 224

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo | The Institute by Stephen King | The Diary of Frida Kahlo | The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates | The Coming Storm by Paul Russell | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Heartstopper, Volume 2 by Alice Oseman | Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky | I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi | The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young | Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi | What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefeldt | Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell | Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer | The Blacksmith Queen by GA Aiken | Well Met by Jen DeLuca | The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

So yeah, these are the books I procured in October. With the exception of What Makes Us, Quichotte, and Well Met, all of the books above were purchased. I keep having to strengthen up my resolve not to buy any, but we all know that only works for like ten seconds, then poof. I find myself magically transported to the bookstore. Sigh.

Much love to Penguin Random House Canada for the copies of What Makes Us, Quichotte, and Well Met.

NEWS! I reached my all-time goal of 2,000 books on Tuesday! I can now chill the eff out and actually digest the books I’m reading. Sheesh. Or maybe I should amped it up even more if I ever want to see the end of my TBR. *head desk*

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 223

Welcome to another edition of Joy Just Can’t Help Herself. *facepalm* This is my latest purchases from Book Outlet. They sure don’t make it easy for weak humans like me, do they? Sigh. Do you ever get that complete and utter happiness when you see a book you’ve been searching for a fraction of a price? Well, that was how I felt when I saw The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. But of course, you can’t just buy one book from Book Outlet, otherwise, you’ll have to pay for shipping and that would be a travesty.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo | The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman | Autumn by Ali Smith | The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst | Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover | Browse: The World of Bookshops | Winter by Ali Smith

I’m looking forward to reading all these, except for Ugly Love because I’ve read that one already. I think I only wanted it because I’m collecting her books. I’m actually pretty glad I decided to do this haul today. It reminded me of how much I want to read these books when I ordered them from Book Outlet.

L A S T W E E K

It was another great reading week, y’all. I read a total of 8 books — which, sounds utterly impossible but I had a day off on Monday so I was able to do some reading. Aside from a couple of 3 -star reads, it’s been a streak of good reads. My favourite is John F. Kennedy’s biography, for sure. Percy Jackson was awesome as well. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Here are all the books:

  • Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 4/5 Stars.
  • Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy 4/5 Stars
  • Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, et. all 4/5 Stars
  • The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon 5/5 Stars
  • The Lovecraft Compendium by H.P. Lovecraft 3/5 Stars
  • Color Me In by Natasha Diaz 3/5 StarsThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 5/5 Stars
  • The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai 3/5 Stars

Last week, I picked up a physical book from the library for the first time in years. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was! Lol. I borrowed Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer — which I devoured practically in one sitting. Then on Saturday night, I went and put a bunch of books on hold. I love that I will be able to peruse the books first before I decide to pick up a copy. That is, if the library has them.

So that’s my week. Sorry I’ve been sporadic in commenting. My work week has been hectic and I usually do my commenting when I have some time at work. Let’s hope next week will be a different story.

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Hoarders Books Edition: Episode 216

The Moor’s Last Sight by Salman Rushdie | Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie | Make Trouble by Cecile Richards | The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones | Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones | The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones | If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Hey, All. 

So November has come and gone, Christmas is upon us, and the end of 2018 is almost nigh. 

I wish I can say it had been a productive year – blog wise, but I would be lying. I have accepted the fact that blogging will be a sporadic thing for me now. I will blog when I can but remain a reading dynamo for the rest of my natural born life. 

Black Friday is always a great day to go hunting for book sales so that’s pretty much what this post is about. 

Book Outlet Canada had their 30% off sale and I took advantage. Though, if I may recall, I did not practice any self control in 2017. At the end of the day, I ended up with several boxes of books. This year, however, I managed to control the urge and limited myself to a box of 8 books. I do have another batch in my shopping cart but I’m going to have to postpone checking it out on account of: Christmas. 

I finally gave in and bought whatever books I’m missing for my Salman Rushdie library. As well, I’m only one book away from having all the Charley Davidson books in my possession. The 13th book comes out in 2019 which is not too far away now. If We Were Villains has been on my wish list forever so when I saw it at a discounted price, I snapped it up right away. 

I feel like Make Trouble by Cecile Richards deserves a post all on her own because it was ah-mazing. Once I get my thoughts in order, that is. 

I think this will be it for now. I have a million blog posts to get through. 

Happy reading!

xoxo

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Lazarus


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | What to Say Next by Julie Baxbaum | Now I Rise by Kiersten White


Helllooooooo

I know. I know. I went and thoroughly disappeared on you again. I’m still having the same problems that I’ve been having in the beginning of Summer. Sigh. I’m not having much luck adjusting and juggling all my commitments in one go. I have commitments to you, my dear readers; commitments to the generous publishers who continue to send me books, and commitment to myself to remain sane. This week, I finally found the resolve to divide my time as I see fit. I’m writing this post at 7:22 pm. I gave myself another half an hour to finish this post so I can schedule it for midnight. Then, I’m giving myself another hour to visit your blogs. After that, bed time for me for a quick nap as I have to give my husband a ride to work at 10:30 pm. Then, my actual bed time is at around 11:30 or midnight. I wake up at 5 in the morning the next day to do a back to back boot camp, then home to shower and be out of the house by 8 in the am. Phew.

As you can see, I barely have time to breathe, much less read. I’m at work until 4 in the afternoon, then back to the gym for another back to back boot camp by 4:55. The cycle begins again. So I’m trying out this new thing. Hoping that if I give myself time, I’ll be able to do everything that I’ve been neglecting to do in the last couple of months.

New on My Shelves

I got three books from Penguin Random House which I’m dying to read! However, I don’t know why I received Now I Rise since I avoided it when they sent me an email. I haven’t read the first book and because they’re door stoppers, it might take me a while. Regardless, I’m so freaking excited and thankful for these! I also got No Good Deed (which I reviewed yesterday) from Delacorte Press.

What Have I Been Reading?

Well, too many to mention. Right now, I’m doing my best to finish The One Memory of Flora Banks, then a few other books that I’ve started but haven’t really made any headway. I am, however, ensconced in the world of The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn! Hooray! I’m finally reading some Historical Romance. Actually, I downloaded the audio books. I’m so loving them all, you guys. ūüôā

The Beauty and Obese

Just an update on my weight loss journey. I decided to finally get healthy on May 15th. So far, I’ve lost 25 lbs and 2 sizes down. My goal is so far away, but every accomplishment that I make is the fire that continues to guide my way. A couple of months ago, my husband would help me up the three-step stairs in our garage that leads to our mudroom. I’m slow, sluggish and have the tendency to get winded so easily. I’m a different person nowadays. But like I said, I have a long way to go but I like the direction I’m heading.

Thanks again for being here. For wondering where I’ve been. For wanting me to stay. I ask for your patience again as I try to adjust to all these activities.¬†

Happy reading, friends!

 

 

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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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