On the Night Table [21]: Back to the Grind


Happy Monday!

I’m hoping this week will be better than the last. Like I mentioned yesterday, I only read one book. Thankfully,  The Witch Hunter was enjoyable enough. I really want jump start my reading mojo again; so this week, I’m tackling a couple of books from Ernest Cline, and one from a well-seasoned author – which I, unfortunately, knew very little of – Owen Sheers.

I’m in the middle of Ready Player One, which is as excellent as everyone said it would be and beyond everything I’d ever expected. I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as have been. Considering it is a bit of a Sci-Fi.  The setting is an Utopian world that predominantly runs on virtual reality, and we all know my brain doesn’t really work well when I have to imagine something as futuristic. The actual world itself is a wasteland, with the people dependent on  food vouchers. In other words, war, famine, chaos. You know, all the good stuff. 🙂

I probably shared this misconception with a lot of readers, but I was under the impression that Armada is the sequel to Ready Player One. I was wrong. It could be set in the same world, but don’t quote me on that.

I Saw a Man has been on my reading queue for a couple of weeks now. I thought I’d try to tick it off my TBR list this week. It’s a short novel, but I think I’m in for a rough, emotional ride. I’m oddly looking forward to reading this.


I’m looking for some good New Adult recommendations, guys. Give me something good!

What are you reading this week?
  • I feel really out of it-I have never heard of these authors. I am glad you are enjoying your reads though 🙂

  • Best of luck with these books Joy 😀 Fingers crossed you will end up loving all of them. <3 They do look pretty interesting 🙂 Hope you are having an amazing week so far sweet girl. <3

  • I think I need to join you and get into Ernest Cline’s books, too. I think I read Armada is somehow related to Ready Player One? But, like you, it’s quite possible I’m wrong. 🙂 Never heard of Owen Sheers!

    • Yeah, not so much in the same world, but sort of in the same vein. It’s fantastic! I hope you’ll get to read these books soon!

  • READY PLAYER ONE! Ohhh, how I LOVE THAT. BLOODY. BOOK! It’s been one of the few books that both hubby and I both loved. I loved the retro references woven throughout as well. I was surprised how much I loved it too. Really looking forward to seeing what you think of it Joy.

    As far as I know, Armada isn’t set in the same realm, it’s just a similar type of virtual science fiction storyline, but pretty sure the two books are both completely separate entities. I’ve requested it on Netgalley, but they knocked me back *sigh* so now I’ll have to wait as patiently as I can until it’s released. Torture I tell you, TORTURE! *flips table*

    • I just finished Armada. Holy hannah! It’s amazing! Even more so that RPO…maybe even-Steven. Either way, both brilliant!

  • I’ve never heard of Owen Sheers, but Ready Player One sounds familiar to me. Hope you enjoy his books.

    For a New Adult recommend: Shatter by Erin McCarthy was really good, IMO. Misunderstandings by Tiffany King was another good one for me. 🙂

    • Thanks for the recommendations, Rachel! You know what I like. 😉

  • Oh, I’ve heard such wonderful things about Ready Player One, but I’m really not all that into scifi, so I’ve sort of been avoiding it. 😛 I might pick it up one of these days just to see if it lives up to the hype – what did you think about it?

    • I’m not into Sci-fi either, but this book read like it’s not Sci-fi. It’s fantastic!

  • Jazmen

    I heard Ready Player One was great, so I’m glad to hear your receiving it so well. Hope you have a great week, and happy reading!

    • I just finished it, and I swear I hardly blinked. It was that good! I hope you’ll have a great week, too!

  • I’ve also heard all the hype around Ready Player One but haven’t read it yet. I’m glad you are liking it because I’m not the biggest fan of sci fi either.

    • Believe the hype, Alise. It pays off. 🙂

  • Hopefully more books this week 😀

    • I hope so too! Well, I just finished one, so two more. 🙂

  • I do want to read Penny R, got the first book FREE and lots of peeps are just mad raving about it.

    • OMG. B, you must. YOU MUST. It’s soo good!

  • RO

    I like reading about futuristic stuff, but sometimes it’s a little difficult for me to picture it my head. Sounds like a good one, though. Right now, I’m almost done Child 44 which literally will keep you on the edge of your seat. Still in spy, thriller and suspense mode before heading back to romance. BIG Hugs…Ro

    • I’m with ya, Ro. But trust me, it’s fantastic. My advise? download the audiobook. Will Wheaton does a great job narrating.

  • Ready player one, now that’s a book I’ve heard a lot of good things about! I hope it continues to go good for you. 🙂 and yayyy for New Adult. (I’m pretty sure you said you never really cares for it but you’re slowly coming around to it?)

    • Yep. You’re right. I never much cared for them, but I’m slowly developing a taste. 🙂

  • Kelly has been telling me to read this book, Read Player One. I might read it soon, after my priority books. I really love how you photograph your books <3

    • Oh gah! don’t even mention all the priority books waiting for me. *sobs* But hey, when you get the chance, listen to Kelly!

      • When I took a break, I was so glad that I didn’t have to read any priority books. Yes, I will listen to her! XD

  • I need to read an Ernest Cline book soon because I keep hearing so much rave for his books. They do sound very unique though, so I should give them a shot soon.
    As for NA recs, that’s a hard one, but I really liked Megan Erickson’s Bowler University series, Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up and The Friend Zone and the Burying Water series by K.A Tucker! They are must reads.
    Also, I just finished Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy which was phenomenal! It’s a M/M NA romance + hockey book that comes out on July 28th!
    Happy reading, Joy!

    • Not quite sure about Armada yet, but Ready Player One is ah-mazing! Thanks for the recs, Nick! I’ll be sure to check them out. 🙂

  • Haven’t heard of these book until now, hope they’re good as they sound. New Adult recommendation? Hm, not much luck with that genre lately. My recent 5 star rating is the newest installment in the In the Company of Killers series J. A. Redmerski. Not sure if you can define it as NA though.

    • I hope so, too! Company of Killers sounds good already! And I’m familiar with the author, so bonus! Thanks, hun!!!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I read Ready Player One years ago. I got it from Netgalley before it was even released. I remember loving it so much, but at this point, the details are pretty much lost so I should find the time to reread at some point, preferably on audio. Happy Monday to you too!

    • I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. Who knew something so amazing is collecting dust on my shelves?

  • I haven’t heard of any of these reads Joy, I hope you enjoy them!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • kindlemom1

    Good luck with your reading, I hope they all turn out to be good ones!

  • Benish

    Emmy & Oliver was sooo good, I really hope you enjoyed that one 😀 I actually hated The Witch Hunter, I disliked the heroine very much – for NA books you can try out Mud Vein by Tarynn Fischer and the Burying Water series by K.A Tucker, it’s more adult though. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    • I liked it. 🙂 And yeah, Elizabeth was a bit hard to take at first, but she grew on me. Lol. Definitely checking out those KA Tucker books!

  • Okay, I just added Ready Player One to my wishlist, so next time I’m looking for a random read, it’ll be there. I would suggest the Burying Water series by K.A. Tucker, but referring to them as NA leave a bad taste in my mouth. They’re all adult in their mid and upper 20’s with jobs and stuff. But everyone else calls them NA for some weird reason. Black Iris by Leah Raeder! Holy shit that book is crazy good. Read that no matter what.

    • Audiobook, Christy. Audiobook. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Wil Wheaton’s voice as well. 🙂

      • Wil Wheaton narrators it? Ha – I just may have to give the audio a try.

  • Melliane

    They’re all new to me but I’m curious to see your reviews. Have a nice week and happy reading!