Book hauls, Sunday post

What I’ve Been Reading & What We’ve Been Talking About: Week 43, 2018 Sunday post #78

Can you believe this week I actually had a day when I finished work AT THE NORMAL TIME? 😂 I know, me neither. But the weird part is that when I stop working, I suddenly don’t know what to do with my life. Which only means that I’ve been working overtime for too long! Anyway, I’ve been reading good stuff though! And I have all sorts of blog ideas, but no time to actually write the posts. The day will come!

~ What I’ve Been Reading ~

The first book I’d like to show you this week is Creatures of Want and Ruin. I mean, I might have showcased it already, but I guess I will not stop? It releases in the middle of November, and it’s a sequel to Creatures of Will and Temper which I loved with all my heart and you can read the review here. (I have the hardest time remembering both the names. Most of the time I stop at ‘Creatures’, unable to remember any of the names. I swear I remembered the first one just fine. With the second name, my brain just doesn’t cope 😂) Anyway! The first one still remains my favorite because there was swashbuckling, sword fighting and petticoats! It had a lighter tone too, but that’s the idea, I think – judging by the name and the cover, the sequel is meant to be darker – and as the first book talked about the benign kind of demons, this one is decidedly only about the evil kind. I’m about halfway in, and enjoying the book so far! For fans of the first part, I can truly recommend it. Of course, big thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Molly Tanzer for the review copy.

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I’ve also been reading this wonderful middle grade – The Eleventh Trade! It’s sooooo touching and engrossing. A heart-wrenching, but warm and quite optimistic story about a boy who lost everything and had to flee the country with his granddad, and now has to try to make a life anew in a country which fears people of his religion and heritage, a country where things are strange and where thieves can do whatever the hell they want, it seems. Something important is stolen, and the kid has nothing else left to do than just try and get it back the hard way – the honest way, no matter what kinds of dishonest things have been done to him and his family, because he knows that the only way he can make anything work in a place where he’s at a disadvantage merely by being who he is, is to be honest and… hope for the best. It’s an incredibly touching story about how the world is made of small people, and how those small people make a big community that can help. That you’re (hopefully) never alone. I’m absolutely loving The Eleventh Trade, and I thank Bonnier Zaffre and Piccadilly Press so much for this wonderful review copy.

[ Goodreads ]

~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~

This week has been relatively quiet on my blog! But I am still proud of the content because I’ve introduced several #NewBloggers, and you can meet them here, in the #NewBloggersWelcome edition 6!


~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week~

Next week we have the State of the ARC! So link up, it’s coming out on Wednesday, the 30th. And I will also have a review of Battlestar Suburbia, a scifi that’s incredibly funny and enjoyable, on Friday.

  battlestar suburbia

~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~

Angie Empress Orchid

So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?

As usual, I’m linking up with the Sunday post meme at Kimba’s book blog and Stacking The Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews.

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2 years ago

I had a few ideas this week for blog posts, but I can’t find the time to write them down too (and do all the research and create headers and dividers). I need to figure out how to slow down time. Or maybe someone can create a time turner. I haven’t understood yet how it hasn’t been invented. =P

Creatures of Will and Temper and Creatures of Want and Ruin seems such a great series. Any book that talks about monsters and demons needs to be on my TBR pile. THANKS for sharing.

Wishes of a good week.
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Natalie @Natflix&Books

Yay for finishing work on time! It’s definitely important to eke out time for yourself. Both Creature books sound intriguing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the second one. Happy reading!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
2 years ago

Yay for finishing work at a good time. I hear you on blog ideas and such and having no time to do them! Hope you find the time and have a great week!

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

I enjoyed the first Molly Tanzer book, but I sadly wasn’t approved for Creatures of Want and Ruin But I’ll be looking forward to your review!

Laurel-Rain Snow
2 years ago

I am curious about Angie. Thanks for sharing your books, and enjoy your week; and thanks for visiting my blog.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Ya for getting out on time from work. I hope it continues and you find lovely ways to fill that time.

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

It’s always a struggle to find time for work, life and blogging. Some weeks are better than others. I always enjoy your posts. And you have some wonderful looking new reads. I’ll be watching for your thoughts. Have a lovely Sunday:)

2 years ago

Yeah for ending work on time. That must have been the best day this week.

2 years ago

Yay – I’ve just been able to request Creatures of Want and Ruin on Netgalley – fingers crossed I’ll get approved. Thank you for your recommendation:))

Avery Delany
2 years ago

I was just thinking about how atrocious my state of the ARC is going to be because I ended up accumulating so many ARCs this month! haha

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I have a hard time coming up with things for my posts. I guess I just might not be good at it. I don’t know. I hope you have a great week.


2 years ago

Sounds like you’ve had too much overtime! Glad you got a break from it this week. And I hope your new books are great this week. 🙂

Maureen B. @Maureen's Books

That Molly Tanzer books looks beautiful. I haven’t heard about that author before. I’ll have to check them out! 😉
I read a really fun and romantic Christmas book this week.. I loooove Christmas! And this book was just perfect. Sigh..
Enjoy your reading and have a great week!

CG @ Paper Fury
2 years ago

Ooh I’m definitely intrigued by The Eleventh Trade and that cover is all sorts of cute too!! Also overworking is so..easy…to do sometimes. But I hope you keep getting to finish at the normal times now!!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

My week was quite okay but without any reading. I am not able to read more than two-three pages these days. I really hope to finish my current read soon.
It is good that now you are a little bit relaxed from work. I can understand not having time to write blog posts. I skipped yesterday’s Sunday post of mine 😀

Barb (boxermomyreads)
2 years ago

I am glad I’m not the only one who struggles with the titles to those creature books. I really am interested in both of them. And yay for getting off work on time. Seriously, it must suck that it happens so infrequently. Hope you have a wonderful week!