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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#fridayreads: Frankly In Love by David Yoon

Hello.

I hope y’all had a great week. I’m ushering in the weekend that has rain, rain, and more rain in the forecast with the latest by David Yoon. We truly are in our Fall season and I’m all for it. I want to get my chores out of the way tonight so my weekend will be free for reading, blogging, and drinking coffee!

I read some this week, but I’m definitely slowing down some. I finished three books – which is far less than my normal and I’m okay with that. It’s been a crazy work week so I’m pretty exhausted by the time I get home. So I haven’t been able to draft some posts and have not been able to visit y’all. I will try this weekend, though. Anyway, here are the books I read this week:

The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci | Beard with Me by Penny Reid | The Lady Roque by Jenn Bennett

The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci was a bit of a disappointment. If you don’t know, it’s a hybrid of Hunger Games and Gladiators in a way that it’s a fight to death until the eventual winner gets to marry The Savior. The Savior is basically a goddess; one who possesses magic and is considered to be a divine creature of the land. I love how bloody and gory it is; as well, the magic and fantasy elements to the book. But the hero annoyed me. I’m not going to get into this too much. Watch out for my review some time next month.

Beard with Me by Penny Reid is book #6 in the Winston Brothers series. It is the origin story of Billy and Clare. This was such a heart pincher of a book. If you’re not familiar with this series, the Winston brothers are 4 hillbillies that grew up in the mountains of Tennessee. They are wild, bearded, and oh-so-swoony. I’ve looked forward to reading Billy and Clare’s story since book 1. And unfortunately, this is not their book yet. However, this is their beginning — back when they were teens. It is a heart pincher because if you’re following this series, you know that Clare ended up marrying someone else (but was a widow by book 1). I think book #7 comes out in November, if I’m not mistaken, and that is their — fingers crossed — HEA.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett. Sigh. I think I’m sticking to Ms. Bennett’s contemporary novels from now on. This one bored me to tears. It was not my cup of tea. So sad because it had all the potentials to be a favourite of mine, but it fell short.

What are you reading this weekend?

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Life Lately.

We’re halfway through August already. Can you believe it? My kids are freaking out some because summer is drawing to a close. My eldest starts university and my boy will be in year 7 come September. Our summer has been uneventful. Aside from my daughter turning 18 and her graduation, we’ve pretty much become homebodies — all of us.

I have been plagued with injuries and illness all summer long so health and fitness suffered a great deal. I am, however, reading a lot. And when I can, writing reviews that I’ve yet to post.

I missed my 8-year anniversary on the blog back in August 6th, but that’s okay. I haven’t given up yet. Reading-wise, I’m determined to reach my goal of 2,000 books read all time this year. I’m currently 92 books away.

READING UPDATES

I’m currently reading this one. It’s a darkly comedic crime fiction featuring an 11-year old girl and her recently released from prison father on the run from an Aryan gang. I’m enjoying it so far.

This started out well, but it’s petering out to something lacklustre. I hope it improves but I’m running out of pages.

I hope you’re enjoying your week and your current read. 🙂

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 215


The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie | Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie | The Trust by Ronald H. Balson | Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my newly discovered authors and their works. I’ve been on the hunt for those books and so happy to say to finally have these in my arsenal. I am, however, still on the lookout for the first Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series, Saving Sophie. I’m sure I can easily order it online but money’s tight so I’ve resorted to finding books from the thrift shops.

I’ve started The Satanic Verses but since Rushdie’s writing is a bit cerebral than what I’m used to, it’s taking a bit of time. I would really like to start on the Balson series but I need to find Saving Sophie first.

Reading Updates:

Unfortunately, I didn’t make any headway with the books I’d planned last week. Heck, I haven’t even crack open any of the books. I’m determined to get them done this week, however.

Books Read Last Week:

I adore Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. It was such a lovely, delightful book about food, family, and love. Fall by Kristen Callihan was awesome as well. Jax Blackwood was so angst-y and sexy – just the kind of guy I love reading about. 🙂 All the Missing Girls’ format just didn’t work for me. It was confusing as heck. Lastly, The Lost Symbol completes my Dan Brown library, and will be looking forward to reading more from him.

That’s it for my week, everyone. I hope yours was great as well.

Happy Reading!

xoxo

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Life Lately: Early Onset of Winter Ennui

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Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward | Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff | About Grace by Anthony Doerr | Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican | Last Mile by Katie Ashley | Empire by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridward | Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong | The Brillian Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow | Beastly Bones by William Ritter | Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith | The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton | The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford | Conquest by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridward


Hello.

I’ve been trying to film a video for the last two weeks, but it’s all crap. I think I’m sticking to regular blogging for now until I find the courage to show my face to the world. Anyway, these books are a small part of the haul I got from Book Outlet. And when I “a small part”, I mean I have three more boxes that I still have to show you guys. Like I said, I’ve been a bad, bad girl.

How’s your December so far? Mine is off to a crappy start. On Wednesday, my dad was rushed to the hospital with breathing problems. It turns out, the stents that were put in his right and middle arteries are both 90% narrowed. So he’s going to have his second bypass surgery on Wednesday. My dad is 72 years old and he’s been a smoker since he’s a teenager. Everyday, I’ve waited for such a phonecall from my mom, but I’m never ever going to be ready for when it happens. Needless to say, I’ve been out of sorts this week. He looks like himself when we saw him on Saturday, though, so it’s good to see.

Winter is finally here. White stuff on the ground is here to stay. I hope it’s not going to be a bitterly cold winter, though but I highly doubt it.  I’ve put up my Christmas tree, wrapped most of my presents on Saturday night but I’ve got a few more that I have to buy for. It’s hard to get excited about Christmas nowadays. But honestly, when was the last time you were excited about Christmas?

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This week, I read three books that have been sitting on my TBR for a while now. Thanks to an Audible sale, I was able to finally get them off my shelves. I know there are only two books in the picture, but I can’t seem to find my copy of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s been a good reading week despite all the suckiness that happened this past week.

Well, I think this is as good an update as any. I hope you’ll have a fantastic week!

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On the Night Table [39]: Reading Updates

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Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff | Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich | A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin | The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan


 Hello.

How was your weekend? This is kind of random but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how much I wanted to have another baby. My husband is totally against this idea, though citing his age (he’s 44) and that he’s an old man who can no longer do the sleepless nights and the sport of chasing a toddler around. Every time I am around babies, I melt. So on Saturday, I was so happy when I got to babysit my cousin’s baby while they attended a wedding. She’s six months old, very sweet and very beautiful. She was such a good baby, though. She only cried when she was tired. Other than that, the kids adored her.

Yesterday, I basically sat around and tried not to think about the coming work week. Not that it’s going to be a crazy maelstrom of pushing paper, it’s just it’s been slow lately so I’m bored most of the time. What about you? What did you get up to this weekend?

I don’t know why I do this to myself. I literally started all these books this weekend except for The Sunlight Pilgrims. In my defense, this is what happens when you live in a place where a book is within your reach in any random rooms of the house. And even worst when a book is so good that you’re unable to put it down after a couple of chapters. So yes. This week, I found myself reading four books all at the same time.

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The Sunlight Pilgrims is going really slow for me. It’s really weird because this novel is about the coming ice age, and for some reason, I’m not sensing any urgency and alarm from the characters of this book. This is really unfortunate because I was really excited for this. I’m close to halfway; the snow just started falling. Let’s hope the white stuff will light a fire on the story’s slow as a sludge plot line. I’m on page 103 of 272.

Jonathan Unleashed is a weird one. It’s a contemporary fiction about this man who found himself saddled with a couple of dogs. These dogs are currently showing him facets of his relationship that he may have been in denial all these time. It’s interesting, sure. But I’m a little put off with his state of mind. There’s a telling immaturity about him that makes him seem lazy. We’ll see how it goes. I’m on page 64 of 275 of an ARC.

Curious Minds is my baptism of fire into the world of Janet Evanovich. This is a brand new series – which I’m so happy about. I’ve always wanted to read her books but I don’t have the time to invest and read the backlist of her number of series. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her books! After flipping through this novel, I found myself unable to look away. I’m in danger of yet another sleepless night, folks. This one’s about an eccentric billionaire and an analyst from a finance company who find themselves in cahoots to solve the disappearance of a financier. I’m really into this. I’m on page 48 of 323 of an ARC.

A Song of Fire and Ice has always been on my bucket list. I’m happy that I finally got around to picking this up. I decided to read this with the help of an audiobook because my ginormous copy is the size of a textbook. I’m loving it. I saw the first 6 episodes of the tv series, so most of the stuff I’m reading rings a bell. I can’t wait to get into it further; I’m on page 117 of 674.

So that’s what I’m reading this week, folks. I hope you’ll have a lovely week.

Happy reading!

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