On the Night Table [14]: Darker Shade of The Collector Solving Galgorithm in a Three-Day Summer.


I’m so excited about my reading pile this week! First, I found my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic in a pile of books meant for the cabin. Second, ARCs of a couple of contemporaries from Simom & Schuster; and third, The Collector by Nora Roberts Β to which, I’m more than halfway through (like, like, like).

I’ve also started A Darker Shade this weekend, and I all I can say is, Β Ms. Schwab is such a phenomenal story teller. I haven’t started the ARCs, but I can already tell I’m going to love it. Three-Day Summer has a Woodstock vive; and Galgorithm sounds so quirky and cute.


apr 27 on the night

Red Queen was a disappointment and a half. The Shadows was tiresome. The Fearless was relentless. Simon was unbearably cute. Mad About You was hilarious.

Since you didn’t get an update from me this weekend, here’s a couple of pictures of what my weekend was like:


I got my deck ready for summer. So now…


I have a new favourite reading spot!

What was your weekend like?
  • That deck looks like a glorious reading spot! And I can’t wait to read your review for ADSOM!

  • Your reading spot looks absolutely heavenly, soaking up the sun and reading, what could be more perfect? Keen to hear what you think of Fearless! I wasn’t a fan of Red Queen as well.

    • Thanks! Living in Canada doesn’t give us too many warm Spring days, but we’re taking advantage of what we can for sure. πŸ™‚

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I hope you are enjoying your reads this week joy, considering some of the disappointments you had last week. Love the deck πŸ˜‰

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • What a lovely reading spot! I really wish I had a comfy place outside to read, especially now that the weather is nicer. πŸ™‚ Glad you’re enjoying A Darker Shade of Magic!

    • Thanks! Unfortunately for us, the weather turns chilly quite fast. Like, as soon as the sun disappears. But, I’ll take it!

  • Yes I agree Schwab is genius! And I am right there with you on Red Queen being disappointing. Enjoy your reads you are so far ahead on your reading goal!

    • Thanks! I was surprised to see I’m actually 27 ahead of my Goodreads goal. *pats own self*

  • Le sigh over the book photos, and I LOVE your reading spot. Some day, Joy, some day I will have a little nook of my own! I’ve been hearing SUCH mixed reports on Red Queen that I’ve just avoided it altogether now! R x

    • I could barely write anything redeemable about the book, but hey. maybe you’ll like it better since you like fantasy?

      Also, thank you!

  • I’m sorry you were disappointed in Red Queen πŸ™ I personally loved it, but, oh well, you’ll have time to redeem yourself with the loving of A Darker Shade of Magic (looooove it). Oh, I have Three Day Summer as well. Let’s hope it’s a good one!

  • I can’t say I’m surprised to hear you were disappointed in Red Queen! Even I didn’t like it much. πŸ™‚ But ohhh I can’t wait to hear what you think of A Darker Shade of Magic! I’ve heard it’s so wonderful and I keep meaning to grab a copy at the store. Your deck is so pretty! I have a feeling your family has to drag you back inside. πŸ™‚

  • Really nice reading spot πŸ˜€ I’m sorry you got disappointed with Red Queen. I’ve been seeing positive reviews on it and bloggers encounraging me to read it whenever I post it. Crossing my fingers it’ll be better for me.

  • Aw man, sorry to hear Red Queen was a disappointment, I have heard such good things about it

    • I know. It just wasn’t as good as some may have led me to believe. Lol.

  • How awesome is your deck though.. It looks like the perfect reading area, hope you enjoy your new finds πŸ™‚

  • lornak99

    i am so jealous! I want your deck πŸ™‚

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I have my copy of The Collector right here on the table and I plan on starting it the second I finish my current read. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! I mean, obviously Nora can do no wrong, but it’s still great to have confirmation.

    • I just finished it. It made a fan out of me. πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll enjoy, Maja!

  • That deck looks like the perfect reading spot!! Enjoy!!

  • Yay for being able to read outside in the sunshine, I love it and truly my favorite place to read in the summer is outside on my front step while my girls play. πŸ™‚

  • FINALLY YOU FOUND ADSOM, and yes Victoria is a beast with the storytelling! When I’m done catching up on these ARCS, Simon will be one of my first reads. I’ve heard so much about this book, and allll are amazing praises, so I can’t wait to begin. I’ve actually seen so many reviews where readers were a bit disappointed with Red Queen! Some say it was amazing, some say it was boring and not much happened. I guess I’ll see for myself in either June or July.

    • Aw. Why so long of a wait? Those darn reading obligations!

  • Awesome deck, I love it! Perfect for reading, Joy! I am so glad you are liking The Collector. Personally I loved it. And yay you found ADSOM. Hopefully will be reading my copy in May sometime!

    • I think it was your review that convinced me to finally give Nora Roberts a chance. So thanks for that!

  • I’m sad you didn’t like Red Queen, but it happens. But yay for Simon! I adore Simon so much. I’m waiting to get it on audio so I can listen to it and experience the cuteness all over again. πŸ™‚
    I hope you’ll enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic. I was pleasantly surprised by the book.
    I’m also currently reading Three Day Summer and I’m quite enjoying it so far.
    Looks like you had a fun time over the weekend and had some nice weather. I’m jealous!!
    Happy reading, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • I see that you’re reading Three Day Summer already. I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts.

      Thanks, Nick!

  • Ahh, you have such an awesome life. <3 Your deck looks GORGEOUS πŸ˜€ And yay for such awesome books! <3 I'm glad Simon was cute πŸ™‚ But oh. Red Queen. I actually gave it three stars. But if I think back, I should maybe have given it 2.. sobs. I was really disappointed by it too πŸ™ BUT YAY for finding A Darker Shade of Magic πŸ˜€ I cannot wait for you to read it! <3 You must let me know what you think of it πŸ™‚ Happy reading Joy. <3

    • Thanks, C! Really love Simon. I think you’ll enjoy him, too. πŸ™‚

  • Jealous! it rained here so no reading outside in the cold πŸ™

    • It rained the whole day here today. Good thing hubby had the insight to bring in the cushions.

  • Christy

    Heh – You reads went from bad to good. There are so many fixed opinions of Red Queen.

    Now that looks like a nice reading spot. Wear sunscreen! πŸ˜‰

  • yay some nice books for you! Happy reading lady!!!