On the Night Table [28]: Giving Up and Giving In


In the spirit of full disclosure, I suck. Like, seriously. I suck. Lol. Can you believe I had another photo session with Stand-Off and After the Red Rain again this weekend? It had me thinking about how these posts can sometimes be counter-productive. For the most part, it gives me a much needed motivation for the week. It also acts as a reminder for those review books that I’d planned to read, but didn’t get to. But other times, it also reminds me how un-fun it is to schedule my reads. So yeah, it works and it doesn’t.

August was a complete fail for my On the Night Table posts. There were several books that I didn’t get to because I got distracted by other books. Hopefully, September will be a better month.

Speaking of August, here are the books I read this past month:

  • The Closer You Come [The Original Heartbreakers, #1] by Gena Showalter
  • The One You Want [The Original Heartbreakers, #0.5] by Gena Showalter
  • The Hotter You Burn [The Original Heartbreakers, #2] by Gena Showalter
  • I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
  • Death and the Girl Next Door [Darklight, #1] by Darynda Jones
  • Long Change by Don Gillmor
  • Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
  • Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff
  • Amplified by Tara Kelly
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Friction by Sandra Brown
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
  • The Alibi by Sandra Brown
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Standoff by Sandra Brown
  • Chasing River [Burying Water, #3] by KA Tucker

It’d been a pretty fantastic month, otherwise. I hit my Goodreads goal; I’ve got some posts lined up, and I’m motivated to try and beat my 2014 Goodreads Challenge total of 188. I think I’m on pace, anyway.

Most Coveted Books in September:

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How was your August?


  • Oh hey, I didn’t know you read Saga! I’ve tried it twice now, but haven’t been able to get into it. I recommend you try Rat Queens, which I WAS able to get into and now flail about regularly. It’s epic and fantastic and they curse spectacularly.
    I went looking for your review of Winger, since I saw you were reading the sequel now, but YOU HAVEN’T POSTED A REVIEW. JOY WHAT IS THIS. I want to know all of your thoughts (or at the very least a nice review sized bite) on that book so I can discover whether I ought to read it/would like it. PLEASE POST A REVIEW OF IT! xx

  • I am very easily distracted by books too. Then I get nervous about my have to read books. You have quite the list there of books read in one month-one of which is over 800 pages-I think that one would probably take me a week alone!

  • lol, you are too cute ๐Ÿ™‚ But aw, I’m sorry you haven’t felt like reading your supposed to read books ;p Hope you’ll get to chance to read them now then ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy reading Joy. <3

  • It happens Joy! I don’t read everything I plan to either! Better luck this month!

    Naomi @ Naomiโ€™s Reading Palace

  • Nicole Hewitt

    You don’t suck. That’s just the way things go sometimes – and that’s okay. Just remember that you’re blogging for you! Hey, feel free to link this post up to my August monthly wrap-up round-up!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Ksenia

    I canโ€™t schedule my reads. I CANโ€™T.
    Iโ€™m โ€œI choose right this moment โ€ reader. Glad it mostly works for you. You
    still manage to read a lot in September. Good luck with your reading challenge!
    And Iโ€™m dying to read After You.

  • Adriana C

    Congrats for hiting your goodreads goal!
    From the books that you read this month Iยดm adding to my wish list some of them.

    • Great! I hope you’ll enjoy them, Adriana!

  • Geez, that’s a whole lotta books read Joy. I’ll be lucky to reach 150 this year, and that’s being hopeful. I always arrange my to read shelf at home with the next 10 books or so that I want to read, then pick up something else entirely. I’m getting to the point where I’m unmotivated and just a bit meh about blogging and reading at the moment, so I need a new plan to get back into the swing of things too.

    • Gah. I do the same thing! I might have to stop doing these posts for a while since I’m not the most staunch scheduler. Lol.

  • Melliane

    I’m really curious about the first one. happy reading!

    • Thanks, Melliane. I’ll keep you posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Some great books read this month!

  • Basically me. I plan TBR piles every month and I never stick to them haha!

    • Hahahah! We should start a club. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I am also the type who schedules reads. Sometimes it aligns with what I’m in the mood for, sometimes it doesn’t. It sucks because the Type A In me is screaming. However as long as I’m reading and knocking off a title in my TBR, I’m good.

    • Word. I’m at that point where I’m past caring. Lol.

  • Summer is usually the time when I kick some serious butt on my summer reading goal, but this summer has been more complicated and I’m behind. I’m excited about all the new fall books – I’m a huge Back to School nerd.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • There are some fantastic books coming out in the fall, for sure. Which doesn’t bode well with the books I’ve acquired in the summer. Lol.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I can see how these posts would be both motivating and stressful Joy, as they give you a goal but also act as a blatant reminder if you didn’t reach said goal. You’ve read a ton of books this month though, way more than me, so I think you’re rocking the month of August! Hope September is a win for you as well!

    • Thanks, Jenny. It was a surprisingly productive month. I hope your September will be awesome as well.

  • kindlemom1

    Great reads lined up! I’ve heard great things about the Coconut Cake one, I hope you like it and the others as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    August wasn’t that great of a reading month for me, but then again, most of summer was that way so I’m looking forward to a great fall full of lots of reads. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • shootingstarsmag

    I read the first two collections of Saga, so I need to get up to date. Love that series! You read a lot this past month – nice!


    • You most definitely should! Things are getting more interesting!

  • That’s a great list of books that you read in August. I first read The Bronze Horseman a couple of years ago and it’s been a favourite ever since.

    • Thank you! It’s a new favourite. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I love to schedule my reads, but then that is how I work ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Don’t worry, I suck too. lol. Well, I’d say your month on the blog wasn’t very suckish. And hooray for meeting you GR goal!