On the Night Table [#8]: Space and the Japanese Circus.

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THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS by Kristi Charish


Hell’s bells. I’m feeling under the pressure here. I wanted to train myself into being a more disciplined reader, so I decided to plan the books I’ll be reading at the start of the week. Unfortunately, I’ve not been successful in clearing my reading queue before I start a new one.  I’m probably going to try and finish these books first before I post another OTNT. I don’t want to get too backlogged.

This week, I’m adding a couple ARCs that have slipped my notice. This Shattered World was published back in December, and Owl will hit the bookstores tomorrow.

I know a bit about the Starbound series, but very little about Owl and the Japanese Circus. I know it’s Urban Fantasy, which, if you’re familiar with the books that I read, is a rarity.  I’ve read a  recent review on Talk Supe, and Braine gave it high praises.  I’m hoping my being unfamiliar with the genre will not be a deterrence.

Last week’s night table…

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I only managed to finish one book from my pile last week. I knew going in that it was a bit ambitious. Especially when I’m the type of reader who gets easily distracted. I finished A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. It is such a wonderful read! I swear I laughed as hard as I cried. What an evocative, brilliant, unassuming novel.

I’m in the midst of Dark Triumph at the moment. I’m having a tough go at it because it’s been a long time since I read the first book. I need some sort of refresher.

Andrew Pyper’s The Damned is pretty freaking creepy. I just need to hunker down and try not to let my imagination run too wild.

What’s in your reading rotation this week?

On the Night Table is a semi-regular feature on the blog inspired by Book Journey’s It’s Monday, What are You Reading? meme.

  • Planning the books you’ll read during the week is certainly very… thorough. All I do is choose what format to read each time (if I read a physical ARC, I make sure to read a Netgalley book next, and so on). But sometimes it’s so hard because I just do what I want in the end, haha. Can’t wait to see what you think of This Shattered World!

    • Oh I’m having a rough go at it right now. I can’t seem to read fast enough. :/

  • I really try to do a little planning ahead, just so I know I’m reading enough review books, mostly. It’s hard, though, to stay focused! One day I’m in the mood for one thing, the next I want something else! Keep going with Dark Triumph, it’s so good! 🙂

    • I’m having so much fun with it. Definitely a different (and better) experience than Throne of Glass. 🙂

  • I’m reading ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – and ‘A Storm of Swords’ by George R.R. Martin.
    I don’t usually plan what to read. When I finish a book, I just pick up a new one I feel like reading in that moment. And it usually takes me more than a week to get through a book, because I have so much other stuff to do. I read for pleasure, not to be disciplined in it. There are so many other things I do in my life because I have to – work, studying, networking – so when I read, I want to do exactly what I want and not what’s expected of me.

    – Love, Felicia

    • Girl, those are some heavy readings! I hope you’re enjoying them. 🙂

  • Alright, I think I’m going to start Dark Triumph soon because I really don’t want to forget a thing about the plot and characters. Hmm, I absolutely did not enjoy (actually DNFed) These Broken Stars, but good luck with This Shattered World ;D

    • Dark Triumph is definitely much better than Throne of Glass (IMO). I haven’t started This Shattered World. Wish me luck!

  • I’ve only read Owl but I really enjoyed it as well so I hope you’ll like it. I’m curious to see what you think if it. Happy reading!

    • Oh that was you! I was trying to remember who’d read it besides Braine. It wasn’t coming to me. Ugh. I suck.

      Thank you, Melliane. I hope I’ll enjoy it, too. 🙂

  • I also have The Owl and have not read it yet! And I’ve only read 1 book this year. 1!!! Man, I’m sucking at reading lately. i’ve heard good things about that space opera YA series and I just 1-clicked the kindle version a few days ago since it was on sale for .99! It might take me awhile to read it though, I also have prioritize review copies I have right now that I’ve not read. Siiiigh, feeling the pressure! Good luck Joy!

    • Oh well. You’re a busy girl, so that’s understandable. 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Good luck with your planning! I don’t really plan what I am reading. I schedule a few things but the rest is random!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • I’m determined to stick to my plans. It used to irk me when I have to plan things, but I think this is the best way for me to get some stuff off my to-do-list. 🙂

  • I´m currently reading Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock and I also need to read When by Victoria Laurie.
    And all the books that you mention in this post I´ve only read and loved SThis Shattered World…is really good.

    • That’s good to know! I’ve been reading some conflicting reviews, so I’m a bit worried. Eeeep.

  • What to expect with UF:

    1. The romance is very watered down
    2. You’ll meet a lot of interesting creatures
    3. The action is non-stop so pay attention!
    4. There’s a lot of badassery
    5. It’s almost always a “Save the cheerleader, save the world” kind of thing.

    I hope you love not just the book but the genre!

    • 🙂 Thanks for the heads up, Braine. I started Owl and am enjoying it so far. It’s quite a difference!

  • I havent heard anything about owl either

  • Aw, I hope you’ll end up enjoying Dark Triumph more. <3 Fingers crossed. And yay for This Shattered World 😀 I loved it so much! And that sort-of-ARC version is gorgeous. Sigh. I wants it, lol 🙂 Happy reading Joy. <3 I hope you will feel better. <3

  • Okay – I really enjoyed both THIS SHATTERED WORLD & OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, so I’m crossing my fingers you enjoy these new adventures Joy!! *fingers crosses* : )

  • I have heard great things about both of these so I really hope you enjoy them both. This week I have decided that my TBR pile needs attention and no ARCs for me. We will see how well I hold up to that one. 😉

  • You’re awesome in planning out your books. I wish I could do that and stick to it but I’m more of a mood reader so I just reader whatever catches my eye that day. I’m excited to see what you think of This Shattered World. It really was phenomenal.
    Happy reading!

    • Sigh. I’m seeing the frailty of my planning…definitely no scheduled reading until I finish these books!

  • I do the same thing with planning out the week’s reads! It does help me to have a plan, but of course I’m not always able to stick to it. That used to cause me stress, but one of my resolutions for this year was to be okay with not having as strict a schedule on the blog. It’s only taken me 5 years to get to this point 😉 Looking forward to what you think of THIS SHATTERED WORLD!

    • I’m trying hard to reconcile myself with the fact that plans always has a way of going by the wayside, so I’m okay with that too. I know I won’t be doing any planning for the next few weeks until I read these!

  • This post reminds me that I have to read Dark Triumph while the first book is still relatively fresh in my mind. I hope you enjoy This Shattered World!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Jessica will be posting her review of Owl and the Japanese Circus in the coming weeks. I don’t know what her final verdict was yet, but hopefully Braine won’t steer you wrong. I can’t believe that it’ll be your FIRST experience with Urban Fantasy. Fingers crossed that it won’t be your last! I’m currently listening to Ensnared by A.G. Howard.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • Yes! Thanks for answering my question on Facebook. 🙂 I’ll be on the lookout for Jess’ review.

    • also, enjoy Ensnared!

  • Looking forward to your thoughts on This Shattered World. I put it down last month and haven’t picked it back up again, but I plan on reading it soon since I loved the first book in the series. Enjoy your books!

    • Thanks, Christina! I started This Shattered World, and am enjoying it so far. 🙂

  • What do you think of the His Fair Assassin series? It’s one I’ve seen around but haven’t looked into much. I’m guessing you can tell why I’m interested though – Throne of Glass – Celaena – Assassin… lol R x

    • …better than Throne of Glass! *ducks*

      • LOL!! I might need to give it a go then… *throws evils* R x

  • I also plan the books I’ll read next ahead of schedule and somehow it’s going good for me.
    I have a copy of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph but for some reasons I still don’t feel like reading them although I have been reading positive thoughts about the series.

    • Right? It’s such a good feeling when you’re able to get something off your list. 🙂

  • Christy

    When I saw the title of your post, I wondered what the hell you were reading. lol. I kind of felt like that at first while reading Dark Triumph, but thankfully I took good notes for Grave Mercy. So I was able to get a bit of a refresher. The only books I plan are the ones I request, and then it’s whatever I’m in the mood for.

    • Lol! Dark Triumph is reminding me of the type of fantasy novel I could love. So yes. I’m happy with these so far.

  • Haha there’s a reason why I never making reading lists for myself – I never seem to be able to stick to it. I feel like it’s so constricting, like I’m mentally telling myself “no, you can’t tell me what to do, self!” Yes, crazy I know. I hope you enjoy This Shattered World Joy! I wasn’t a fan of the first book but this sequel really impressed me. I felt like all the problems I picked on in the first was fixed. I read the first book of the His Fair Assassin series and quite liked it, keen to hear what you think of its sequels. Happy reading lovely! xx

    • It’s tough. But the reward is, that incredible feeling of accomplishment when I’m able to get a book or two off my list. 🙂

  • Owl is making the rounds and I am seeing only good things so I am curious