On the Night Table [10]: Zombies, Charley, Spells, and a Dystopian Nightmare.


I must admit that this week’s reading choices is a bit all over the place, but hey, that’s just the kind of reader I am. I just don’t see any enjoyment in reading the same books in the same genre week in and week out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. What can I say? I like testing the waters from time to time. πŸ™‚

So this week, I have an audiobook copy of Feed by Mira Grant – a series that’s been shoved down my throat by trusted sources. I don’t know why I’ve been obstinately set against starting this series. I’m a couple of chapters in, and I’m liking the flow of dialogues between siblings so far; as well, the frantic pace normally found with these types of books.

As you know, I’ve recently discovered the comedic schtick of one, Charley Davidson. I’m working on the fourth book of this series aptly titled, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. Sometimes, I find myself writing down all the zings Charley comes up with. She’s brilliantly sarcastic. Spastically funny, and so wrong sometimes. I want to hang out with Ms. Darynda Jones. Seriously. I think we’ll have a great time. πŸ™‚

Admittedly, I don’t know much about When My Heart was Wicked by Tricia Stirling. I fell in love with the cover, and the synopsis was a little vague. I’m looking to be surprised.

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood three years ago. It was all kinds of messed up, and I enjoyed it. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons is apparently a hybrid of that book and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill! I have my doubts, obviously.

These are the books on my night table this week.

What’s in your pile?
  • I’ve heard such awesome things about Feed as well, I don’t know why I haven’t read that one already either, being a zombie fan and all. The Glass Arrow is being likened to Blood Red Road? I loved the Dustlands trilogy, now I’m even more excited to grab a copy. When My Heart Was Wicked, that is one of the most swoonworthy covers I’ve seen in a loooooooong time, even if it’s crap, at least you’ll have a pretty cover on your shelves πŸ˜€

  • oh, that’s cool! I love Charley Davidson! But I attempted reading The Glass Arrow and, I don’t know, it wasn’t for me. Haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale tale though, that one sounds… unique. Blood Red Road was good πŸ™‚ Nice aquisitions!!

  • OMG I just picked up Feed too πŸ˜€ Everybody is recommending the book EVERYBODY. And I dig the Charley Davidson series too ~ so good. I’m working on re-reading the series again so I can read the newest book without being startled.

  • Pandora really liked the Glass Arrow, so I definitely want to give it a shot. I don’t mind reading the same genre but at the end of last year, I tried mixing things up a bit and it’s spilled into this year and I love that it’s lasting because that’s how I discovered Redeployment. But I always go back to what I love and that’s the Fantasy genre. πŸ˜‰

  • Rashika enjoyed The Glass Arrow a lot, so I’m expecting to like it as well! We rarely get standalone dystopias these days, and that fact alone is enough to make my go grabby hands at it. I hope you enjoy that book and the rest, Joy! And HEY! It’s fun to test the waters from time to time; I do it, too! /wink wink

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I really need to get myself a copy of The Glass Arrow. And read the finale of her last series.

  • Zombies! πŸ˜€
    This is funny, because there are zombies on my nighttable too – The Walking Dead comic books!

  • That is a nice selection if books. I need to read the Charley Davidson series… love a good witty characters.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Variety is the spice of life, right? I get in moods for kinds of books, but reading all different kinds is more fun. πŸ™‚

    I haven’t read a thing about When My Heart Was Wicked, but boy is that cover pretty! It’s tiny, so it won’t be a huge wast of time no matter what. πŸ™‚ I forgot I was excited for The Glass Arrow! It sounds fantastic, but I’m not convinced either… Will definitely be on the lookout for your review!

  • Wow, LOVE the cover to When My heart was wicked! I didn’t get a chance to read it but I hope you enjoy it. Also <3333 The Glass Arrow. GO LOVE IT.

  • When My Heart was Wicked does have a pretty cover. I hope it’s good!

  • I go with the flow too, I can’t just stick with one genre! Although I do binge on a particular series when I’m on a roll. I agree, the cover of When My Heart was Wicked’s absolutely gorgeous! And I just love how you construct your photos Joy, makes me want to do the sane thing! I’m just too lazy!

  • I gave up a long time ago trying to pick a favourite quote in the Charley Davidson series; every zinger is better than the last. Darynda Jones never fails to make me LOL. I wasn’t aware that The Glass Arrow was a spin on Atwood’s book. Heuh! Not sure if I’m mentally prepared for another The Handmaid’s Tale…

  • Yay for reading a bunch of gorgeous looking books πŸ˜€ They all look awesome. <3 I hope you'll love them all Joy πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed you'll like The Glass Arrow πŸ™‚ I enjoyedi t. <3 Happy reading sweetie πŸ˜€

  • Charley is a fun girl. I need to continue with that series. Also, I really hope you enjoy The Glass Arrow. And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on When My Heart Was Wicked. That cover is everything!

  • I adore Charley! You always have a good time when Charley and Reyes are involved!
    I hope these all turn out to be good reads for you!

  • I love Charley as well! I’ve had my eye on both The Glass Arrow and When My Heart Was Wicked – so I can’t wait to see what you think. The covers are of course gorgeous. Enjoy!! πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh YESSS I am so glad you’re reading FEED! One of my favourites of all time! I still need to read Charley, hopefully soon! Thanks for sharing, Joy!

  • Great list of books! I really want to read The Glass Arrow. I hope it lives up to some of the hype.

  • Wohoo more Darynda! I am waiting for book 7 in pb πŸ™‚

  • Oh I love Charley! I need to try Feed, I love what she writes under the Seanan McGuire name so I should try this one too.