On the Night Table [15]: Current and April Reads

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First things first: This week’s reading choices.

The Girl at Midnight has garnered some pretty promising reviews as of late. Many of which spoke of how much Grey’s writing can be compared to Laini Taylor. So of course, I wanted to read this one right away.

Emery Lord is fast becoming a rock star of contemporary YA, and that’s only after her debut work. I really enjoyed her Open Road Summer, and have looked forward to reading whatever she’s got coming.

Life After Life was such an interesting book. It combines Historical Fiction with some paranormal elements. This book is about Ursula’s brother, Teddy. Who may or may not share Ursula’s ability. I’ve been dying to read this since I got wind of it. I think I may have featured it on the rare Waiting on Wednesday way back when.

Books Read this Week
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab (review to come)
  • Naked in Death by JD Robb (review to come)
  • Algorithm by Aaron Karo (review to come)
  • Mirror Image by Sandra Brown (review to come)
  • The Collector by Nora Roberts

April – The Magic Number

Last month was a fantastic month for me. Blogging-wise, I was able to do at least 20 posts for the month. I read 20 books andΒ am more than halfway on my Goodreads reading goal of 150. I averaged about 3.6 star-rating, highest being 5 and lowest being 2. I’m hoping to keep to this pace because God knows, I need to put a dent on my reading pile. Sigh.

Books Received for Review

  1. Blood on Snow by Jo NesbΓΆ
  2. Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Revenge of the Kremlin by GΓ©rard deVilliers
  4. The Fearless by Emma Pass
  5. Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca June Publication
  6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon September publication
  7. The New Neighbour by Leah Steart June Publication
  8. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone June Publication
  9. Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone Review soon
  10. Algorithm by Aaron Karo Review soon
  11. Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash review soon

Top Three Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in May

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That’s been my April. How was yours?
  • You are reading so many books. Hmph. I’m jealous, lol πŸ™‚ Anyway. Yay for reading these πŸ˜€ They all look awesome. <3 Happy reading Joy. I hope you'll love them all πŸ˜€ But oh. Reading The Novice.. yeah. I hated that book πŸ™ Really hated it. Ugh. Though I gave it 2 stars. I think. Probably. So best of luck with it, lol πŸ˜€

  • I really want to read The Girl At Midnight. I have heard so many great things.

  • Loved the quick wrap up Joy! I have indeed read a lot about the Girl at Midnight being compared to Laini, hopefully it lives up to it’s named. Interested in A God in Ruins too, I haven’t heard of it before but am digging your description. A good month overall!

  • I haven’t yet read Girl at Midnight but like you said, there has been great reviews out about it. Haven’t heard the comparison between Laini Taylor but that’s awesome, I’m even more excited now! I really liked The Start of Me and You!

  • Can’t wait to hear what you thought of Mirror Image. I’ve just started a Sandra Brown (The Alibi) I’m real excited about. I can’t really read anything that I have to do a coherent review on right now because I’m hosting a baby shower for 60 people this Saturday and that on top of working has completely monopolized any functioning brain cells I have. I’m soooo overwhelmed right now! Thank goodness for audio books, and the fact that I didn’t commit to too many review books for this month. You’ve had a great month with 20 posts, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • This May I would like to read the first book in the Darynda Jones series. And I need to add some of them that are new to me.

  • Yaayy you read twenty books as well πŸ™‚ I read two of the three books in the bookish picture. The Start of Me and You was cute, but I found the characters shallow. Maybe you might like The Girl at Midnight, I actually DNF it. On the bright side, they covers are beautiful? *hides*

  • THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT *swoons and faints*
    There was something about that book that I utterly fell in love with. It wasn’t that it was extraordinary or a new concept, but it was beautifully written and a centuries old war between birds and dragons? Ohhh, just delicious. I can’t wait to see what you think of it Joy.

    Wow, that’s a whole lotta review copies, I think I’d be rocking in a corner somewhere. Thankfully you’re an efficient reader and will probably breeze through those. Have a wonderful week of reading poppet <3

  • I looooved Lord’s sophomore novel, more so than her debut, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Impressive reading list for the month, Joy!

  • Sounds like you’re going to be busy this May, Joy! So many books to read! I just read Naked In Death myself and was semi-impressed by it, although I do see the potential… I’ll have my review for that one soon on Not So Literary sometime this week! As for me, I’m juggling so many books right now I don’t even know what to pick. Currently focusing (or attempting to anyway) on Summoner: The Novice.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    • Redux: I hope Kate’s book is awesome. I know you’re a fan

  • I hope you love Girl at Midnight and The Start of Me and You. Both those books are favorites of mine this year!
    Your April sounds like it was fantastic.
    I hope your May will be just as amazing.
    Happy reading!

  • I have seen a lot about Girl At Midnight, I can’t wait to see what you think about it as well. And the Eighth book! I’m so excited for it. Jones has never let me down when it comes to Charley and Reyes. πŸ™‚

  • Yay for an awesome month πŸ˜€

  • RO

    Wow! Reading that many books last month and reaching your blogging goals are awesome. I wish I could be as organized as you to get the pile down. Yet it keeps growing, and growing…(lol) Happy Monday!

  • Curious to see what you think of Girl of Midnight. And I did like The Start of Me and You, but I liked Open Road Summer more.
    Happy reading!
    Jen at YA Romantics

  • Ohhh! You have The Start of Me and You. I absolutely adored that book! I hope you enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite books of the year!

  • I didn’t know there was a sequel of sorts to Life After Life, this is fabulous news!!! R x

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I am insanely excited about Eighth Grave as well. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive. I wish the post would work a bit faster. As for the rest, I also have Girl at Midnight on the way and I’m pretty excited about it. I don’t much care for Laini’s books, but hopefully I’ll enjoy this one, no matter how similar it may be.

  • I’m looking forward to Novice! Very much!

  • I’m reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and unfortunately Laini’s writing isn’t my thing. πŸ™ But I’m still definitely reading The Girl at Midnight once I get a copy. πŸ™‚

    20 books, girl? That’s awesome! Lend me your reading speed… My parent have been eyeing my growing physical TBR pile for a while, haha.

    And I really hope you enjoy The Novice! I’ve had my eye on it for a while. πŸ™‚

  • Christy

    Damn, 20 books. Nice!

    Yesssss! 8th Grave is almost here!! I can’t wait.

  • *Jumps up and down happily* I actually spotted one of the books I just added to my TBR, The Novice. I’ve heard good things about it so I’m super anxious to get my hands on it…well, my eyes on it since it is in fact an E-book. πŸ™‚ and I plan on branching out from NA and start reading suspense and more sci-fi and YA. Any suggestions?