Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 222

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 West series, 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!

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 212


Circe by Madeline Miller | Only Human by Syvail Neuvel | The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel | Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong | Folded Notes from High School by Matt Doren | The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian | All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for my copies of Only Human & Aftermath. As well, to Ambur Hostyn of Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd. for my copies of All The Little Lights & The Optimistic Decade. Much love to Penguin Teen Canada for my copies of Folded Notes and The Foreseeable Future. 

Hello.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We had our Victoria Day here in Canada so just getting off a three-day weekend. I had planned on catching up and doing some blog-hopping but that didn’t pan out. I also did a mini-readathon of sorts to finish the books I’d started from a while back. I managed to finish these two from my pile:

Heart Berries is a beautiful memoir about a Native American woman who struggled with mental illness while coping with her difficult relationships with her mom and the man with whom she couldn’t seem to cut ties. It’s at times funny, emotional, heartrending, and frustrating. I enjoyed this slight but equally powerful book.

How to Survive A Summer by Nick White was also incredibly moving. It’s about a conversion camp for teens and what the main character went through. It was a tough read, to say the least.

So for last week, I managed to read a total of four books in total. Hot Asset by Lauren Layne was a fun read but to be honest, I was more interested in finding out why Ian Bradley was being set up more than the romance. Overall, I liked it.

Seeing Red is a quintessential Sandra Brown so of course, I loved it.

On the Blog This Week

Reviews of Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot.
Books from the Backlog featuring: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

Currently Reading

I’m working on reading my review copies so from last week, so I still have Love & Luck and The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder. But I might reinforce these reads with audiobooks. In the meantime, still working on finishing Blood Fury by JR Ward. It seems I’ve been reading this thing for years. Sigh.

I hope you’ll have a great week of reading, y’all.

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 211


A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Torro | Hero At the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton | The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren


Hello.

How’s your weekend so far? Well, I’m drafting this post on a Saturday (the week past) because I’m trying to catch up. I had this scheduled last week but that was a hectic week for me and my family that I didn’t get to actually write the post. I only downloaded the picture but didn’t touch it.

Life Lately

So yes, it’s been an incredibly busy week for us. One of the reasons why I wasn’t able to drop by your blogs was that I was trying to reach a fitness milestone at my gym. I set out a goal to be the first person to have taken a thousand classes, so I did. I reached it two weeks before my one year anniversary.

I battled with all kinds of aches and pains throughout but the reward of bragging rights made it all worth it. Lol. Besides the fact that it helped me lose 50 lbs and gain an incredible amount of self-confidence in the process, that is. My next goal is to lose more. I need to lose 20 more lbs but I’m having a tougher go at it this time. My self-control with food on the weekends isn’t as great as it used to be. So losing a couple of pounds during the week is usually negated by the time Monday rolls around. Story of my life.

Ah Spring. The sounds of birds, the open windows, the annoying allergies. It’s been awful this year, to tell you the truth. I often wake up with puffy eyes and stuffed up nose. I can’t go outside so my step count stats are suffering. Sigh.

On Reading

I’m continually making great strides. With the help of audiobooks, romance novels on my Kindle, and actually finding an efficient way to use my time, I’m able to get back on the saddle again.

On Blogging

I’ve actually sat down and created a schedule for myself. I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a full schedule for May. That is, I’m hoping I’ll be able to sit down and draft the posts I wanted to go up.

This is it for me, y’all. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my stack. I’m keen to read the James Comey tell all first but I have a few books to get through first.

Happy reading!

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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 196


Frost Blood by Elly Blake | History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh | Poison Kiss by Breeana Shields | 11/22/63 by Stephen King | Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy | The Girl Before by JP Delaney


 Have you all come down yet from the high of this weekend?

I can’t. I haven’t. Oh, the feeling, y’all. But I hope we’ll sustain this momentum and keep reminding our American friends that the battle has just begun. #Resist

Anyway, I tried to read this weekend but honestly, who could?! I was so happy to see the entire world supporting human rights/women rights everywhere. I was weepy the whole day. I was sad that I wasn’t able to join the march that was held in my city. It would’ve been a perfect day for it too since we’ve been having such unseasonably warm weather in the last few days. I hope I’ll be able to go next time.

On Blogging

I decided to limit my blog posts to 3-4 per week. I write better (I think) when I have more time on my hands to draft a post. I hate putting pressure on myself when I’m writing and this way, I’ll have more time to read. Speaking of…

Read This Week

Keeping this short and sweet as I don’t know what else to say. I’m blanking out at the moment so get in formation, ladies and keep fighting the good fight.

Have a great week!

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Life Lately

Helloooooo

By show of hands, how many of y’all missed me? ^.^

Sigh. So I think I mentioned it on my last life update that my dad had a heart attack and needed a bypass surgery. When everything was said and done, he ended up having a quintuple bypass surgery. Let me tell you, I didn’t even think that was possible and it was rough for all of us. Here in Canada, there are frailties in our health care system (even though it’s still worlds better than the US’). They don’t allow patients to linger in hospital beds. So if they think you can walk on your own in a matter of days after having such an intensive surgery, they’ll send you home. Well, after just two days, they sent him home only to suffer a relapse on the first night. He’s been confined to his hospital bed since suffering from a wide variety of complications. So that’s what I’ve been up to. Taking care of dad and making sure he’s eating the right stuff (saltless, sugarless, taste-less stuff). I’m also working so by the time I get home, I barely have time to do anything else.

On Reading

I’m still working my way through Trevor Noah’s memoir. I just don’t have the capacity to read anything else but Sandra Brown’s books nowadays. But I’ve found a good motivation recently to finish the book, so here’s hoping I’ll have a different book on my currently-reading shelf soon.

On Hoarding

I swear, I haven’t bought anything in a while. I have so many books I want to get, though. And there are currently 8 books on my Book Outlet cart. *sobs* I’m hoping Santa will be good to me this year and gift me with a bunch of gift cards from my favourite bookstores so I can get ready for 2017. Lol.

Here’s the last batch of books I got from the Black Friday sale at Book Outlet:

Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak | The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin | Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen | The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken | All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer | A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield | Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake | The Veil by Chloe Neill | Half the World by Joe Abercrombie | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark | Antigoddess by Kendra Blake | 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith | The Body in the Woods by April Henry | Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren | Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman | All is Calm, All is Bright by Colleen Coble | The Penguin Book of First World War Stories | Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney | The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent | The Deserter by Paedar Ó Guilín | Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry | Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam | The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | 500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald | Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon | Magic Shifts by  Ilonah Andrews | Ungodly by Kendra Blake

Ridiculous, eh?

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