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. 

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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!

Comments

  1. Oh good luck for the run kilometer challenge!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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. :)

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  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!

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  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.

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  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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