Library Haul

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson | Wild Country by Anne Bishop | The Field Guide to The North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe | Meet Cute by Helena Hunting | Say You Love Me by KA Tucker | Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne | The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I hope your week is going well so far. It’s Tuesday, and with the week I had last week, I sure hope mine is going much better. (I’m writing this post on Sunday afternoon.) Work was awful. I got blamed for shit that absolutely had nothing to do with me, and my boss won’t listen to my explanation. Ugh. But I’m trying my best not to let that get to me because I used to take everything to heart. I end up acting rashly and it usually never ends well for me.

Anyway, last week was a relatively good reading week:

  • Quichotte by Salman Rushdie was a such a slog to get through. So much so that I DNF’d it. I mentioned it before that he’s a bit more verbose and cerebral for my taste, but I wanted to give his book another chance. Unfortunately, I lost my patience somewhere along the way.
  • A Higher Loyalty by James Comey was a great book. For those who’s not familiar with Comey, he was fired by Trump as the FBI director because he wouldn’t pledge loyalty disguised as mishandling of the investigations into Clinton emails. *eyeroll* This was a fascinating read; one that made me want to take a shower soon after. Because in this memoir, Comey discussed The Steele Dossier. And if you’re not familiar with that, Google it. Or don’t. Unless you want to upchuck whatever last meal you just had. 4/5 stars.
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi was great as well. Hailed as a copycat of Six of Crows, this one features a group of misfits who has their own agendas but decided to band together to get to their own respective goals. Severin, the token Danny Ocean of the crew, has one goal in mind, to restore his name as a Patriarch of his House. I absolutely loved this. It was suspenseful, smart, full of magic and puzzles to solve. 4/5 Stars.
  • The Institute by Stephen King. Prodigies were regularly abducted and honed to become some sort of super weapons in this latest by the King of Horror himself. The methods, however, are the stuff of nightmares. This was only my second Stephen King novel. I wouldn’t go running to the bookstore to buy all his books, but I will be definitely on the lookout for something similar. 5/5 Stars

As of this writing, I managed to read 3 of the 5 books I set out to read on my last On The Night Table post. I’m about to read the fourth, which makes me very happy because I have a few library books I need to read before the 21st.

Keeping this short. Happy reading, everyone!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 217

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!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 213


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

Heyyyy.

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.

Happy reading.

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 193

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Dark Storm by Christine Feehan | Pines by Blake Crouch | The Last Town by Blake Crouch | Broken Prince by Erin Watt | Paper Princess by Erin Watt | Kids of Appetite by David Arnold | The Reader by Tracy Chee | The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron


Hello.

I’ve been suffering from a bout of the worst flu I’ve ever gotten in my entire life, y’all. It’s been exactly 7 days. My hearing is very poor due to both my ears being infected. I’m on antibiotics at the moment which seems to be helping because my ears aren’t as disgusting as they were a couple of days or so ago. But it still hard to hear anyone so I’ve pretty much been reading everybody’s lips when they’re talking to me. I’ve missed at least 3.5 days of work because of this illness which sucks because our year end is coming up.

As for the blog, there wasn’t much I could do; I couldn’t compose a single sentence to save my life. Lol. My brain’s been fermenting on flu meds so I wasn’t going to push my luck.  I did try to do a bit of commenting yesterday but I’m still days behind.  The good news is, I was able to read some when my head was not spinning or my ears weren’t aching. So there’s that at least.

I didn’t want to go to the bookstore this past weekend on account of there are a few books coming out tomorrow that I’m looking forward to picking up but my husband wanted to cheer me up so we went yesterday. Ear ache or not, I wasn’t going to say no. Lol. I found out that the Dollar Store sells books and wanted to see what kind of selection they have. I picked up three (two Blake Crouch and one Christine Feehan all for $3 each).

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Those damn Audible sales always get me! I downloaded Easy Charm by Kristen Proby not knowing it’s #2 in a series but after listening to it, I was sunk. They’re enjoyable enough and easy to read but I find that most of the conflict in the books are just too manufactured and sometimes annoyingly unnecessary. She does sex scenes really well, but man, it got repetitive after a while. I didn’t like book #3 because I felt like nothing ever happened. It was the most boring romance/erotica novel I’ve ever read, to be honest.

I also downloaded My Life As A White Trash Zombie which is pretty cool take on zombies. Basically, these zombies have the ability to regenerate and be fresh as long as you keep feeding them brains. They only get rabid when they haven’t been fed for days. I enjoyed this one. But I’m not ready to commit to the series just yet.

Nutshell and The Couple Next Door were good! Review scheduled for this week.

I finally threw in the towel. I could not go on living without DNF’ing a book. It’s impossible and a waste of my precious reading time. So last week, I decided that I could no longer continue with The Swan Riders. The gist of my problem is my general apathy with the story. I didn’t care one way or another what happens to the characters or where the plot was going. It was also very bland so I think I’ve wasted enough of  my time trying to finish.

And finally, I re-read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire because I wanted to know what it was that made me love it the first time.  Good Lord. What in the hell was I thinking? Travis and Abby took codependent relationship to a whole another level of cray.  Oh, well. No taking back the 5 stars I gave it many moons ago! Lol.

How was your week?

Happy reading!

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