Hoarders [10]: Mid May Book Haul & Reading Update


Legacy by Shannon Messenger | Flashback by Shannon Messenger | Nightfall by Shannon Messenger | Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby | Later by Stephen King | Arsenic and Adobo by Mia. P Manansala | Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee | The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner | Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth | Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Hello, friends.

In my defence, four of these books were ordered before I decided I wasn't going to buy any books in May. And then Mother's Day happened and my family gifted me with some gift cards to spend at the bookstore. So here we are. I realized that the only way I can avoid buying books is if I avoid reading blogs. We all know that's not going to happen so I think I'm just going to gird up my loins every weekend because that's when I usually give in and drag my husband to go book shopping. Lol. 

L I F E   L A T E L Y

So what's been up with me besides reading like books are going out of style? Not much. I usually put up a weekly reading update, but since I've not really been blogging, my read pile is now a tall stack. As of this writing, I've read a total of 19 books in May. So once again, I will probably end up with 30 books for the month. 

You may not know this but I'm a competitive person. Every month, I try to enter into a fitness challenge of sort. For May, I joined a running challenge which involves me trying to run 100 kms in 20 days. I recorded 39 kms so far, so I've got a long ways to go. But I do try to clock 5 kms a day, and on days when I have the energy, I try to to do a 10 k run. 

My husband and I have gotten our first dose of Covid vaccine. My daughter is scheduled tomorrow, then my 13-year old is scheduled for the 28th.  Like I mentioned on my Tuesday post, we are on our third lockdown, so the province is pretty much speeding up the process of getting everyone vaccinated. Thank goodness! I just want life to go back to normal. I want to be able to go back to the gym and workout without a mask on. :(

M I D   M O N T H  R E A D I N G   U P D A T E

  1. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. ⭐⭐⭐⭐  I haven't tried to write a review for this book, but if you're not familiar with what it's about, it's a historical fiction/Romeo & Juliet retelling in the 20s. There's a monster roaming the streets of Shanghai that spreads a disease that makes them gouge their own throats to a bloody pulp. Very gory. Enjoyed it very much. 
  2. You Only Love Me When I'm Suffering by Jon Lupin. ⭐⭐⭐. This is a collection of poetry. I wish I enjoyed it more, but it was sappy for my taste. 
  3. Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander. ⭐⭐⭐⭐  Short. Succinct. Important. 
  4. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. This book is absolutely beautiful. It will make you want to connect with nature in ways that you've never been tempted before. The story focuses on a girl from Nunavut who goes through life full of wonder, rude awakenings, and acceptance. It's so spiritual, and even now, I'm having a tough time explaining what my experience was while reading this book. 
  5. The Whisper Man by Alex North. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  By far, my favourite Alex North novel. Mind you, he's only written two so far. So let's just say I loved this one more than The Shadows. I feel like this was more emotionally wrought because it's about how complicated father and son relationships are sometimes. And of course, it's also about a serial killer. So good times, good times. 
  6. Dante, Hell's Ankor #6 by Aiden Bates. ⭐⭐⭐  Not my favourite installment, but enjoyable, nonetheless. Basically, the start of Hell's Ankor and another club's amalgamation. But it was pretty boring. Lol. 
  7. From Blood & Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout. DNF. I haven't DNF'd a book in years, so this is big. Lol. I gave it up to page 220 until I gave up. It was pretty uninteresting, to be honest. But it's a popular book so maybe it's just me. 
  8. Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. ⭐⭐⭐⭐  I loved this one. It's about how to be a proper ally and actually listening to our BIPOC folks. 
  9. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. ⭐⭐⭐⭐  Gretchen Rubin spent a year with monthly resolutions to come up with her own definition of happiness. I guess you can say it's a self help book, but not really relatable in some cases. 
  10. Pride by Ibi Zoboi. ⭐⭐⭐⭐   Pride & Prejudice retelling in New York that talks about social caste, prejudices, discrimination, and gentrification. Loved it!
  11. Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   I posted a review of this book. Read it here if you like. 
  12. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. ⭐⭐⭐⭐   I bought this book last year from Book Outlet and so glad I finally got it off my TBR. I don't know why I waited! It has enemies to lovers trope, fantastical world based on an ancient Arabian myth, a huntress posting as a hunter to take care of her family and her village and a dark shadow that's taking over the kingdom. Whew. That is a lot. I've got the second book on queue from the library, so can't wait to dive in! 
  13.  The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   This was one heartbreak after another and I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment because I absolutely loved this tear jerker. I will attempt to write a review sometime. 
  14. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐   This was about a girl who forged identities and documents mostly for Jewish children in WWII. Loved this one, it's loosely based on historical facts, but mostly fictional. 
  15. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   This was bloody and gory and glorious. READ IT!
  16. Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera. ⭐⭐⭐⭐   I loved pretty much everything Adriana's queer romance so this was no different. She's written some diverse characters from different parts of the world. This one in particular centres around a couple in Ethiopia. One of the MC is from the States who works for US Aid and meets Elias. In most African countries, homosexuality is still illegal so there's a lot of hiding that our characters have had to do. 
  17. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. ⭐⭐⭐⭐   Eve is probably my favourite Brown sister. This was funny af. 
  18. HRC by J Allen & A Parnes. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   I've had this book since 2014, but I just picked it up last weekend. Kicking myself why I waited so long! Loved this. My review is posted here
  19. Last Call by Elon Green. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My very first True Crime novel. I'm absolutely hooked! This is about the killings of gay men in the New York area back in the 90s. 
O N   T H A T   N O T E

Thank you all for reading! Sorry this is way too long. I do have one last question for you: Would you be at all interested in a vlog? I've been thinking about things that scare me, and I think vlogging is of the scary territory so I'm wondering if I can actually garner up enough courage to do it. Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!


  1. Oh good luck for the run kilometer challenge!

  2. Oh how I wish I could read as fast as you! I did read a book a day for a while but I wasn't blogging or reviewing and both of these tasks cut into my reading time. Good luck on the fitness challenge! I was in a pretty good routine of going to the community center to work out daily before the pandemic started but I don't want to join again until masks and everything are over. I have not really watched vlogs but I know that a lot of people do. I have never really thought about doing it myself.

  3. That is so neat that you do those physical challenges and I totally get trying to not buy books and still ending up with a pile. Glad you loved Pride. I got that to read this year.

  4. Congrats on getting vaxxed! My husband and I are both fully vaccinated as are our two oldest. Our youngest two are halfway there. With the CDC's announcement about fully vaccinated people going without masks, there's been a massive unmasking where I live (even though tons of people still aren't vaxxed). It definitely makes me nervous.

    I'm glad you enjoyed THE FOUR WINDS. It's definitely a tough read, but it's such a memorable one!

    Vlogging is something I would never do, but I think you should go for it! I don't really watch book vlogs - I would watch yours, though :) And I think it's good to do things that scare you. Better you than me, ha ha.

  5. YAY for vaccines!! I'm in a bit of a blogging slump but I think it's because I haven't read too much.

    The fitness challenges sound great. After a year of being inactive, I'm desperate to push myself just a bit.

  6. That's an incredible amount of reading! I burned through 20+ last month and my brain said "no more!" haha

    I'm interested in hearing about how you like Plain Bad Heroines. It's a chunky one!

  7. Great news about the vaccine and those new books look great. Project Hail Mary is one I want to read as well.

  8. Gift cards are the best. And book shopping too lol. These Violent Delights sounds pretty awesome, and the Karin Slaughter book does too. Why am I gravitating towards the gory books this time? I don't know ha. Anyway good luck with the vlog if you do it. I've thought about doing that too but then it sounded like too much work. :)

  9. I did like your list of books and am trying to find a couple of them. Gave up book buying almost five years ago!

  10. Wow! Reading goals *lol* - you are amazing! Happy belated Mother's Day, sounds like it was wonderful. Nice book haul as well. I also DNF'd From Blood & Ash - I just don't get as much reading done these days, motivation and time is not there, so I decided that I'm no longer going to force myself to read through something that just doesn't work for me. I'd rather read what I like.

  11. When you're trying to avoid buying books but also loved ones give bookstore giftcards. hahaha. such a good feeling! And Yay for vaccine!! And here I thought getting a 2nd lockdown was too much for us. My parents are already vaccinated (my mom at full dose already). Tomorrow I'm getting vaccinated along with my sisters. So that's exciting haha


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