Hoarders [6]: Felt Sad, Bought Books


A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigette Kemmerer | These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibert | Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Hello, all. 

Pretty quiet week here on the blog. I usually do advance posts on the weekend but it was a busy one, so I was only able to post my review of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I was also in the midst of a doldrum week where being around people was a challenge, so I pretty much cocooned onto myself and tried to fight off the maudlin air around me. I did, however, read a lot of books in the last couple of weeks, which is good because I'm behind on my monthly goal of 20 books. As of this writing, I think I'm at 14. Still good, but I always shoot for 20 books every month. 

With that being said, I decided to pick up some books because it always cheers me up. Y'all can relate, I'm sure. To be honest, I went there with the goal of picking up Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson and Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. Obviously, that plan went out of the window. 

N E W   B O O K S   T H I S   W E E K

B O O K S    R E A D    T H I S    W E E K

So I'm obsessing over the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger and have been reading the books pretty much on the daily. I'm on book 4 and I believe there are 11 books. The week before that, I binged A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas all week. Then, read A Court of Silver Flames over the weekend - which is a whopping 760 pages. So that was fun. 

  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Exile by Shannon Messenger ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Everblaze by Shannon Messenger ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah. J Maas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Swing by Kwame Alexander ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken ⭐⭐⭐
  • Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That's my update for this week. I would just like to extend my sincerest sympathy to the victims of the Atlanta shooting. My heart goes out to the families of the victims, and if you're able, please protect those who can't protect themselves. This virus really has taken a lot out of us, but adding violence and senseless murder just escalate the problem and sets us back even more.

Hugs to all of you and stay safe, everyone. <3


  1. Oh some intriguing new books for you. I'm curious to see what you think of them. Happy reading

  2. I own 3 of the 5 books you added but haven't read any of them. I buy books so much faster than I can read them so I guess I can relate to buying books to cheer myself up. It looks like you have read some real gems lately. Have a great week!

    1. Girl, sameeee. Lol. #bookhoarderproblems

  3. When I'm down I like to buy books & clothes LOL I see you read Dark Horses and loved it, that one was a DNF for me this month. I hope you reach your goal of 20 books for March.

    1. Curious as to why Dark Horses didn't work out for you. It was one of the books I was looking forward to reading, so I read it right away.

  4. Big hugs from Las Vegas! My heart is heavy too. I don't go out that much anymore and if I do, it's to a specific place or a loved ones home. My heart goes out to the Asian community and to everyone hurting right now. :(

  5. 14 books is so awesome! I never read that many but I'm in awe of people who do haha! I'm sorry it was a doldrum week though, I hope this one is better. Heart So Fierce looks good, and I have Lore teed up to read soon...

    So shocked and sad about the Atlanta shootings...

    1. Definitely a good number, but I'm just an overachiever. Lol.

  6. I find books are a nice cure for being down, too. I hope you feel better, Joy! You have some pretty books there! 20 books a month? That's awesome! Looks like you had a nice series binge read. Love doing that.

    Yes, these shootings are something else! I just don't understand all this hate! Take care, Joy!

  7. I hope these books cheer you up, J! Another dark week with all the racism and bigotry rearing its ugly head yet again... Sending massive hugs your way. I've got to check Shannon Messenger books. I've been discovering BTS last week and watching of all the things reaction videos on them. They've been cracking me up. 😂😘

  8. Books always cheer me up too! I haven't read the Shannon Messenger books, but I'm curious now. Love a good MG book/series.

    The shootings in Atlanta are just horrific. People are so full of hate and it's just heartbreaking.


  9. Isn't it awesome that books can give us solace and comfort when we're feeling down? Disappearing into a good book always distracts me from my troubles :)

  10. It has been a weird week, I hope April is better for all of us. Happy reading Joy!


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