Confessions of An Addict [39]: Falling Behind and May Reads



It’s June 1st! Almost halfway through 2015, y’all. The passing of time is always a such a surprise to me. I can’t figure out why. Perhaps it’s because January doesn’t seem like forever ago, but just mere days. Here we are, six months to the day.

May was a good reading month. Not quite as great as April was, but I’m still way ahead of my reading goal. I’m working on my 95th book of the year (reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell). I read 17 books and am currently 33 books ahead of schedule. I didn’t quit on any books this month (hasn’t since 2015 started), but I did have a couple of 1-star reads.

I’ve been stalling writing a review for An Ember, mostly because I know it’ll be a scathing, ranting one. I really don’t have the energy to expend on writing a negative review at the moment. So perhaps it will remain unreviewed on the blog.

I finally started my quest on catching up with In Death series by J.D. Robb, and I’m happy to say that I’m glad I decided to take up this endeavour. It’s fantastic! I’ve read quite a few wonderful books in May, but if I had to pick the best one, I have to say it’s Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. I don’t have a review written for it yet, but I promise to post it some time in the next few days. Here’s the rest of the books I read last month:

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen behind on the blogging front. I’ve drafted only one post for next week this weekend. I usually have the week planned ahead of time, but I had quite a busy Saturday. I’m also a little behind on commenting. Please bear with me!

In other news…

I’m going to make a concerted effort to curb down purchases next month. I’m hoping there won’t be too many good books coming out in June. I’m also going to take advantage of my relationship with a few publishers who know my existence and perhaps request books that I absolutely want to read instead of always resorting to “panic-request”. Also, I’ve been really good with my Net Galley books, so perhaps I’ll take advantage of that one as well.

As a result, you may only see one or two Hoarders post this month instead of weekly. I think that if I train myself to do a monthly haul post instead of weekly, I will be able to avoid bookstore shopping every week.

June Releases I’m excited for:

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The Charley Davidson Series Giveaway is still running. It will be over tonight, so enter if you live in the States!

Happy reading, and have a great week, everyone!



  • You have read so many books this year! Ack! You are aaamazing Joy. <3 I've been too lazy to read for a long time, lol. But aw, I don't think that you are behind on blogging πŸ™‚ You post very often. <3 And I adore your posts. Hope you are having the best June so far πŸ™‚

  • I WISH I could be so ahead of my goal! I’m 10 books behind right now, I think?

    Aw, nooo, not An Ember in the Ashes! I want to love it, though!

  • Made You Up is one I am going to be reading in the summer so I am glad to see you were able to enjoy it so much! Looking forward to your review for that one πŸ™‚ And I think that the idea of requesting a bit more and hopefully buying less should be a good one. Looking forward to the next month!

  • Boo! Sucks to see that you didn’t like An Ember in the Ashes! BUT I’M SUPER EXCITED TO SEE YOUR REVIEW OF MADE YOU UP πŸ™‚ I’m really really really glad you liked it!

  • Oh, I’m sooo bad at keeping up with blogging! Especially because all I want to do at the end of a long day at work is go lie on the couch and read!

  • IΒ΄ll be waiting for your review of Made You Up, I read it and LOVED it. ItΒ΄s one of my favorites of this year.

  • Wow so many books! I’m happy if I manage like 4. But I’m a very slow reader…and barely manage 50 pages in German books…ups πŸ™

    Have a great day!

  • RO

    Kudos on finishing so many books and being on target already for this month! Like you, I’m hopelessly behind. Anna from Herding Cats suggested doing blogs in advance, but I wish I could be that organized! (lol) Right now, I’ll be happy to finish getting through e-mails, then responding to blog comments which I love! They make me smile. Happy week to you, Joy! Hugs…

  • Oh, you didn’t like An Ember in the Ashes? That’s so unfortunate. I heard the author’s going to write a sequel, which I was quite content about, since the ending leaves you hanging way too much.

  • I’ve always wanted to read An Ember in the Ashes, but I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it so much πŸ™ You’re not the first person who didn’t like it. I saw a couple of reviews from other bloggers who gave it a 1-star review. Aw πŸ™ By the way, I totally understand your not commenting back and lack of scheduled posts. Life gets in the way sometimes. No need to apologize πŸ™‚ <3

    Jillian @ Jillian’s Books

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    Sorry you didn’t really like An Ember in the Ashes. I feel like I’ve seen so many good reviews of it, so it’s interesting to hear someone that didn’t like it. I REALLY want to read Made You Up; glad you loved it. πŸ™‚


    • Oh Made You Up is soo good! i hope you’ll enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Good luck on restricting your buying. I know how it is sometimes, purchases just can’t be helped!
    Hope you get caught up on your blogging, I know what is like!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Giirrrllll you are not the only that is behind on your blogging and commenting. I’m so behind it’s sad. Goodness. But we must not stress out about it. Sigh. I’ve never requested a book from a publisher yet exactly only from Netgalley. So one say soon I hope to branch out. Tee hee I hope you get out of your blogging slump soon! β™‘β™‘

    • Thank you! I hope so, too. Net Galley is a fantastic source. i just have this propensity to over request. Lol.

  • I was actually really good with my reading challenge up until recently, but hopefully I will be able to catch up this month. I’m glad that you enjoyed Made You Up, as I’m hoping to read it pretty soon. And I really couldn’t get into An Ember in the Ashes, I may try again though. Good luck with trying to keep your book purchases in check, I have every faith in you that you’ll be able to do it!

    • You’re the only one, Jas. Lol. Heck, I don’t even have faith in myself. Lol.

  • It sounds like you’re having an amzing reading month – with some great books! I’m curious about your thoughts on Ember – those pst are hard to write. I actually enjoyed it, but I know it is very hit and miss for many. I also picked up Off the Page, so cute looking, but now I’m realizing I need to read the first book, lol. That’s what I get for cover buying πŸ™‚

    • Off the Page was fantastic! I do hope you’ll enjoy the books. πŸ™‚

  • So many books, so little time. A lot of the books in your haul is on my TBR. I’m well behind on my Goodreads challenge, but I hope I catch up soon!

  • I want to hear your thoughts on Ember! I’m not feeling the book yet, so I haven’t picked it up, but I’m curious about your thoughts.
    Way to go with your reading progress! You’re winning at it. πŸ™‚
    I’m excited for The Boy Most Likely To as well, but I think it comes out August, not June. Or is it coming out earlier in Canada?
    I hope you have a wonderful month ahead, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • *sobs* You are so right, Nick! It’s not out till August. πŸ™

  • I can’t believe the year is half over either, crazy! Summer is literally just around the corner. Yay for no books being DNF’d but boo for the one star reads.
    Happy Monday Joy!

  • Aw sorry to hear you and Ember didn’t get along, but I know it depends on fantasy preferences if liked or not based on positive vs negative reviews I’ve read

    • Yeah. That’s one of the factors as well. I really should stop forcing the issue and stick to what I know. Lol.

  • Wow- you had an awesome reading month! I am sorry that Ember in the Ashes wasn’t good for you. I am curious why! I have read some mixed reviews for that book. I am also excited for The Boy Most Likely To…love Huntley Fitzpatrick!

    • It was such a mess, Christina. And torturous at that!

  • Yes, it’s too easy to want to hoard and buy more books so we can feature it on the blog, isn’t it? I just went through a harsh realisation that many of the books I’ve hoarded on my shelf I have no interest in anymore. Wow, you have read so many books already Joy! A shame about Ember, I’m actually curious in why you didn’t enjoy.

    • Yes. Harsh, indeed. I really think it’ll help if I stop posting weekly book haul posts.

      Mostly, An Ember has the most annoying romantic trope that it overshadowed how great this book could be.

  • Woah! Looks like you read a ton of great books πŸ˜€ Sad that you didn’t like AN EMBER IN THE ASHES…I’ve heard only good things about it so I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on it for sure! Happy reading πŸ˜€

    • I know! I feel like an outsider…yet again. Lol.

  • 95 books already? That’s insane! I think I’m still around 60. πŸ™‚ So sorry you didn’t love Ember. I haven’t read it yet myself, but I’ve heard *mostly* okay things about it. On the other hand, I’m so stoked that you loved Made You Up! I can’t wait for your review to go up so I can agree with it. πŸ˜‰

    • Yes! I’m surprise, myself. 95 is huge and we’re only halfway through the year! And yes, An Ember was just. ugh.

  • You’ve been reading a lot, and I LOVE seeing Naked in Death on your list! I really hope you enjoyed it. Oh, and I had a feeling about An Ember, I read a few reviews and I just knew it wasn’t a book I’d like.

  • Good work on the reading this month!
    Ohh I wanna read China rich too, I liked book 1

    • Thank you! I enjoyed book one, too. πŸ™‚