Hello, October!


Hello!

I know, I know. I’ve gone and flounced on ya again. I’ve run out of excuses – not that I’m looking for any. I’m just…life, yanno?

Yesterday, I was thinking…You know, October sounds like the perfect month to get back on the horse again, so I figured, why not?

Let’s start off with how I’ve fared with my stacks of books, shall we? I’m happy to announce that I’ve met and surpassed my Goodreads goal for the year. I started off with 100 books, but I’m well on my way to reaching 150 before the year is out. All thanks to a recent discovery: the library audiobooks. I went ham on all the physical books that I had in my possession and borrowed their audio counterparts. I haven’t put a dent on my stacks, but I sure have made some progress.

I even managed to read and reread some favourites. I borrowed the entire Charley Davidson compilation; read and re-read The Love Quotient, started some series that I’ve always wanted to read (The Mercy Thompson series was a dud, btw. I flounced on the books), and finally, finally read the first book to the Harry Potter series (it was a’ight). Overall, the reading has been great even if my blogging and reviewing books has been dismal.

However, I wrote a few reviews even though I was on hiatus.

As far as September went, and based on the pic above, you would think it had been a great month. But I only read 11 as opposed to my usual average of 15-20 books. The ratings are as follows:

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – 1 star out of 5.
  2. The Royal We by Heather Cocks – 3 stars out of 5
  3. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse – 2 stars out f 5
  4. Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton – 5/5
  5. Home After Dark by David Small – 4 stars out of 5
  6. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – 4 stars out of 5
  7. Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks – 4 stars out of 5
  8. Ripper by Isabel Allende – 5 stars out of 5
  9. Inferno by Dan Brown – 4 stars out of 5
  10. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx – 4 stars out of 5
  11. Boomerang by Noelle August – 3 stars out of 5

My favourite read of the month was Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe. It was so incredibly real, full of heart and kindness but not in the most obvious way. I absolutely loved it.

My least favourite read was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I just didn’t gel with the characters. If you’re familiar with John’s work, you should already know that his characters are way too intelligent to function most times. /sarcasm. They’re perfectly flawed, and inscrutibly hard to pin down. I had a hard time empathizing with Aza’s mental quirks/disorders. It got to a certain point where I found her annoying – which is unfortunate, because it makes me sound like a heartless bitch who can’t sympathize with someone who has her numerous mental issues. I’m probably not going to write a detailed review because I would most certainly end up ranting.

So, I apologize for the word vom. I wanted to keep this short but I had so much to talk about. I hope I’ll be on my best behaviour and keep this thing going, but you never know, yanno?

Thanks again for everything. For hanging in here with me.

Looking forward to visiting you guys!

 

 

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Hoarders, Book Edition: Episode 209


Free Space by Sean Danker | Firebug by Lish McBride | God-Shaped Hole by Tiffany DiBartolo | Devil’s Cut by JR Ward | Seeing Red by Sandra Brown | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Origin by Dan Brown

Hello.

I can’t even remember the last time I did a Hoarders post! I haven’t been buying too many books, to be honest. It’s so bad that a few of these were from our summer trip in Toronto! The horror. I’ve only read a couple of these books – that’s how bad I’ve been at reading as well. Incidentally, both books were quintessential of the authors’ work. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown and Origin by Dan Brown (no relation. Ha). I did, however, request some books from Net Galley.

I reviewed The Trouble with Twelfth Grave on the blog already. Hard Cover will be up sometime this week (loveeee this book, btw). I read Wish You Were Mine but it’s so unremarkable that I probably would have to re-read it just so I can write a review.

Audible

Pucked Over was good. As well, both Vi Keeland’s books. Sorely disappointed with Penelope Ward’s Gemini. I think it might have been an early work, as I can tell it’s not in the same calibre as her newer novels. Needless to say, I’m not continuing with that series. Basic writing, flat characters, and often times, cheesy dialogues.

Currently

Missing
by Kelley Armstrong

I have about a quarter left to this book. I’ve managed to read a good chunk of it this weekend with a few starts and stops. It’s suspenseful af, to be honest. It’s very good, though. I think it’s the fact that I have no idea who the killer was makes it more sinister. As well, the setting adds to the scare factor. I can’t wait to finish it. Hopefully, tonight after I hit “publish”. 🙂

 

 

The Break
by Katherena Vermette

So I’ve been struggling with this one. I borrowed this copy from a friend of mine at the gym because she swore by it, and it’s a prized-winning literature. It’s set in our city but the story is tough to read at times. It’s so interesting to read about a place in which you have a familiarity. It’s easy enough to follow but the stories of the characters are hard to get through.

 

Well, I think I’ll bid farewell for now. I have a full schedule on the blog. (Trust. I can’t believe it either.) I wish you all a lovely week! 

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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. 🙂

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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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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Good News

Well, I found a job! I’m so glad my job search is over, guys. It’s been a difficult couple of months and all I have to say is, thank the good Lord above. 🙂 I have made a promise to myself to persevere, work hard, and enjoy this position because it could open up doors for me. It’s only a term of one year, but who knows what will happen, right? I just want to put all the bad things of the last couple of months behind me.

Blisters, Bussing, and Fitbit

The job is downtown and since the parking costs an arm and a leg, I decided to start taking the bus instead. My feet are covered in blisters because the bus stop is a bit of a walk (15 minutes from my house and another 15 to get to my place of employment from the bus stop downtown). But the best thing about taking the bus is that it gives me a bit of time to read and the walking helps me reach my 10K steps goal per day. By the time I get home, I’m exhausted but happy and relieved that I’m my own person again.

Missing in Action

Sorry for the lack of posts, guys. Like I said, I barely have enough energy by the time I drag my carcass home. I’m sure it’s only temporary. I just need to give my body some time to adjust to all these activities. Also, I need to find comfortable shoes! Today, I wore one of those Skechers memory foam walking shoes, but it still gave me blisters. Gah.

Moving Out

Like I mentioned last week, we started emptying out the cabin. *sad panda face* So this weekend, that’s what we’re doing. I’ll try to write some when I have the time this weekend, but I’m not making any promises. I tried to catch up on Bloglovin’ posts last night, but I only managed to read two-days’ worth of posts. I’ve got Monday’s and Sunday’s and Saturday’s to get through yet, so bear with me. That’s it for now, I think. I just want to give you guys a quick update in case you send out a search party for me. Lol.

Happy reading, y’all!

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 142

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Train Man by Hitori Nakano | Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass | The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera | Vendetta by Catherine Doyle | The Collector by Nora Roberts | A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas


Hello.

Yes, I know. This is kind of an untimely post. I usually do my book hauls on Sundays, but since I’ve been pretty much absent lately, I thought doing a book haul post is a good ice breaker.

I’m currently on my second week of vacation here in the Philippines. I haven’t been able to find a good, reliable internet connection – hence, my absence. Our stay has been a whirlwind of seeing one relative after another and reconnecting with friends that I’ve not seen in years. It’s been an absolute delight, albeit an exhausting trip so far. But it’s all worth it. I don’t know when we’ll be able to come back, so I am trying to  make the most of it.

Incidentally, I met Joy of The Bookshelf Intruder last week as well. She’s so great! I can’t believe she was more than happy to meet with some strange Canadian blogger with her little boy in tow. I’m always excited to meet bloggers, but I must admit that I was even more so to  have met someone from this country.

This week, I’ve decided to book us into a hotel instead of staying in my family home. I’m feeling a little inspired and hopeful that I’ll be able to write some posts today.

Back to the book haul, these books were purchased at a couple of bookstores that I’ve always wanted to check out since I’ve booked my flight: National Bookstore and Fully Booked. I am a little underwhelmed by the selections on both stores, but I was told that I have to go to certain franchise locations to find the best place with the most selections. Regardless, I’m happy that I’ve checked these off my list.

So that’s what’s been going on. I hope you haven’t forgotten about me.

Thanks for your patience, dear readers. I love you all. 🙂

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