On the Night Table [17]: ARCs




Have you ever had one of those weeks where you had everything planned only to have it all go kablooey on you? Bah. This is why planning never works especially for  someone who is afflicted with some form of an attention deficit disorder. I had four books on the go last week, but only managed to finished one.  I wasn’t even able to touch a couple of them, but I am, however,  in the midst of An Ember in the Ashes

Because I’m completely useless when it comes to keeping track of book release dates, I’ve had to re-prioritize my reading queues.  So that’s what happened last week. I tell ya, a couple of years into blogging, I promised myself I will not submit to any type of reading pressure whatsoever. But look at me now. It’s different this time around, though. For some reason, I don’t feel nearly as overwhelmed. I mean the books that I’ve been getting for reviews are books that I wanted to read anyway, so it’s not like I’m forced to read them. I think that was the problem a couple of years ago.

As time goes by, I’ve noticed that I’ve become hungrier. I’m pushing myself to read more, not because of a goal, but for the simple fact that I can’t get enough. Has this ever happened to you? Have you reached a point in your book-loving life when reading has become as addictive as exercising is to gym rats? 

This week, the books on my pile are review copies. I wanted to get ahead because there are way too many books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. I wanted to catch up with In Death series, and read a few of Sandra Brown’s backlist.

  • Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca (June 9th release)
  • The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart (July 7th release)
  • Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (May 26th release)
  • Close to Hugh by Marina Edicott (May 26th release)
  • Deadline by Sandra Brown
  • Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
  • Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

I hope you’ll have a great week, everyone! What’s in your pile this week?


  • I haven’t been hearing the best things about Last Year’s Mistake. Usually I don’t let that stop me from picking up a book, but I think I may pass on that one. I received an ARC from S&S for The New Neighbor, and because it didn’t really appeal to me, I let my mom read it. She didn’t enjoy it . . . at all, so I’m really curious to see what you think! You might have noticed that I’ve commented on a couple of posts already. I’m behind in blogging and reading, (damn ACOTAR for putting me in a hangover!) so now I’m playing catch up, and doing some much needed blog hopping! lol

    • Lol. I know what that’s like. Oh and I’m sorry about The New Neighbour. I’m oddly looking forward to reading that one. I need a break from YAs.

  • lornak99

    I have always been a reader-can’t sleep unless I have first read some, But I know what you mean-I go through my Kindle and there are so many I want to read and probably a lot I may never get to but I really want to read them all!

  • You are awesome Joy. <3 I hope you will love these awesome looking books 😀 One book a week is still more than enough. <3 I read Illuminae a few days ago, and haven't felt like reading anything since, lol 🙂 Happy reading sweetie. <3 I'm so glad that you love reading these days 🙂

  • I just got a copy of Nowhere But Here and I just realized I better get to it soon with that release date coming up. I’m excited with the first YA Motorcycle Club read! Deadline was good, right? My husband just finished it last week and so we were talking about it a bit. Enjoy your books, Joy! 🙂

    • I’ve read a couple of chapters so far and it’s good so far. I’m crossing my fingers it stays good. Lol. And yes, Deadline was awesome!

  • I have been scheduling books around release dates lately, otherwise I put them off for too long. I hope you don’t get too stressed about it!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    • I’m not entirely behind, per se. I think I only have a couple of books whose reviews has to be up by the 26th, so I’ve got plenty of time. 😉

  • Joy just know that you are not alone in this. As many others have said, it happens. I’m in a reading slump right now and I know. IT SUCKS on an epic level!gahh!Just keep reading. Just keep Reading. Hehe

    • Oh it sucks when you’re in a slump. It does not bode well with hoarders like me. Lol. Thankfully, I haven’t been on one in a while (knocks on wood).

  • My motivation to read comes and goes, depending on what’s going on in the rest of my life. This is a really busy time of year for me, and I look forward to the summer, when I can get more reading done..
    Look forward to hearing your thoughts on Ember in the Ashes.
    Jen at YA Romantics

    • Thanks, Jen. Lately, I’m even more inspired to read so that hasn’t been a problem for me. I think my greatest enemy is time as always.

  • My reading is every very important to me

  • Looking forward to your thoughts on Nowhere But Here! I also read Last Year’s Mistake a week ago and thought it was entertaining, but didn’t love it. You are really on a roll with your reading/reviewing! I always want more time to read some of the older books on my shelf…hopefully this summer!

    • I wish I have more time, to be honest. But for now, I’m just working through my pile slowly. Good luck, Christina!

  • Yay I’m glad you’re not being pressured to read books you don’t want to read! And I also keep on upping my reading challenge count as well!

  • Christy

    -snort- The first two sentences of this post is pretty much my life. 😉 And I pretty much want to throw the review books I have now off a cliff. I mean, the ones with release dates for this month.

    • Ack. I’ve got a couple of books releasing for the 26th, but I’m confident I can put up reviews by that time…hopefully. One book is a bit massive, though and an Adult Fiction to boot. Wish me luck! and good luck to you, too!

  • When I came back from my blogging break, i told myself I wasn’t going to request books for review or accept them and look at me now… I have 3 months booked in advanced! I’m great at reading under pressure, except when I’m stressed by other commitments or in the midst of a book slump, which is what I’m having now, a mini book slump. *sigh* There is something so satisfying about being sent books to review or when a publisher just randomly sends you a book and it shows up at your door. It’s definitely an addiction. Probably not so good on the wallet, but there are worst addictions to have 🙂

    • Oh to be able to say I’m booked months in advance is nothing but an impossible dream! I can’t even imagine. Right now, I’m just happy if by Sunday, I have all my posts drafted for the coming week. Lol.

  • I definitely feel like reading obsessively sometimes! I can’t even believe that I’ve read almost 60 books this year so far. That’s pretty insane for me! And let me know what you think of Last Year’s Mistake. I thought it was a bit meh myself. >_<

    • I just started Last Year’s Mistake and I think I’m heading that way myself. It’s unremarkable so far. :/

  • Heyyyy did you like Ember? Or better, since you’re in the middle of it, how have you been liking it so far?! I’ve always wanted to read Sandra Brown but I always feel like I’m not sophisticated enough to read her :p I hope you have a better week this time around :*

    Rhea @ Rhea’s Neon Journal

    • Hi Rhea. So far, Ember is living up to the hype. I’m only a bit less than halfway, though. But I think I mentioned it somewhere that I’m not liking the developing romance right now. I’m hoping it will not go where I think it’s gonna go.

      Oh and don’t be intimidated with Sandra Brown’s books. She has some humble roots so she knows what readers like. Over time, her writing just kept getting better and better. I absolutely loved her books. I hope you’ll give them a chance!

      • I’m not too sure which romance you mean (there’s a love quadrilateral, eh?) but yep. I didn’t like any romance. And I’m definitely going to start reading SB soon 🙂

  • Tell me about it, Joy! I was actually ahead this weekend then I got sidetracked by Netflix! Gah! Hopefully I can still save the day and stay ahead

    • Hahhah! Netflix is an unchartered territory for me (thank God!). Good luck and happy reading this week, Braine!

  • I completely understand Joy! I had 3 books I was aiming to get through last week and only got to one as well. Work has picked up so my reading time has been limited. Boo. I can’t wait to see what you think of An Ember in the Ashes, I’m both excited and nervous to read that one. Excited because it sounds amazing, but nervous due to all the hype. So looking forward to your thoughts!

    • Thanks, Jenny! It’s been great so far, but not too happy with the developing romance all around. Bah.

  • Yep. I’ve definitely more addicted to reading too! I read so much more than when before I started blogging.
    I really enjoyed Nowhere But Here and I hope you do. I’ll be reading Last Year’s Mistake as well. I’m looking forward to it this week.
    Happy reading! 🙂

    • Thanks, Nick. It’s great when reading becomes an addiction. Though not so much as collecting/hoarding books. Hahah!

  • You have a great list of books you want to read, I hope you end up enjoying them all!

  • Oh man Joy, you have no idea how far behind I am with my review pile. I don’t even request anymore (unless it’s something I desperately want to read, and still I’m struggling. I’m trying to create a schedule but real life usually puts that to crap…I really need to sit down and get organising.

    • Oh Joy. It’s just because you’re still adjusting. School’s barely out and you’re employed already. It will take some getting used to, but I’m confident you’ll be able to get to that point in your life when balance comes easily. <3

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Oh yes, reading and breathing have practially become synonimous for me. I can’t sleep if I don’t read first, I can’t drive if I’m not listening to an audiobook and so on. And I think the stress-free blogging comes from so many years of doing it. Either you stop being too ambitious, or you burn out. That’s what happened to me. I’m much more relaxed about it all than I used to be.
    I have Nowhere But Here on my list too. I hope we both end up enjoying it.

    • Exactly! I used to say it was a chore, but I realize it’ll only be a chore if you let it. Good luck with Nowhere But Here!

  • I so agree with you. I am even more addicted to reading than I used to be. Happy reading!

    • Thanks, Cynthia. It’s great, isn’t it? I just can’t get enough. And I think blogging about it helps.

  • Oh happy reading lady! I would love to read more, I did that until this year where I’m doing my Ph.D and it’s taking a lot of time from me…

    • oh that’s awesome, Melliane! I didn’t know you’re trying to get your Ph. D. Can I just say that it’s great you’re able to read as much as you have been while concentrating on your education as well? You’re fantastic!