On the Night Table [29]: Back On the Saddle


Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones | Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

It sure feels like I’ve been away for so long! How have you all been? Sorry for the short disappearing act there over the weekend. We were at the cabin for the first time in weeks. I lost my internet connection ever since Apple upgraded to Yosemite, so I have not been able to blog while were there. Long tedious story. Any who, if you’ve noticed that I didn’t have a Hoarders post this past weekend, it’s because I didn’t buy any books. I’m trying my best to stay away from bookstores nowadays as money is tight, and I’m trying my best to help my husband keep to our budget. He did promise that I can get a couple of books this week though. I know it’s not very feminist of me to have to depend on my husband for money. But that’s not true at all. It’s this thing called, “marriage”. Where you not only marry the person you love, but it also means the marriage of two incomes. So if you know what’s good for you, don’t get married! Haha. Kidding. 🙂

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with my personal life.

I have been reading quite a few books while I was fully immersed in reality. That’s at least the good news. I haven’t been distracted enough to stop reading. Goodness knows I don’t need a reading slump right now. Sigh. Sandra Brown once again occupied much of my time, but I’ve also read some wonderful books that I can’t wait to share with you all. As of this writing, I have 6 unread Sandra Brown left in my shelves. Which means, I have to prowl the thrift stores for more. Wish me luck!

  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichart
  • Overruled by Emma Chase
  • Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
  • Standoff by Andrew Smith
  • Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker
  • Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg
  • The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly
  • Night Owls/The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Where There’s Smoke by Sandra Brown
  • Sustained by Emma Chase
  • The Witness by Sandra Brown
  • Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown
  • Smash Cut by Sandra Brown

Audible had a few books on sale for $4.95 each so of course I dare not resist downloading a couple. I’ve been hearing a lot about Sawyer Bennett, so I’m excited to listen to the first book of her Cold Fury series. I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis so I was so pumped to find this first book to her Wilders series. I’m going to listen to these two this week as well. Have you read these?

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As for the books I chose this week, I’ve decided to finish Ms. Darynda Jones’ YA series. I enjoyed the first one, so I’m looking forward to reading the instalment. Suite Française was a recent book-to-film movie that I’ve not seen. I thought I’d do the next best thing and read the book.

That’s it for me! I’ve got some reviews this week including a couple of 5-star reads. A post about all the whys Sandra Brown’s books are so addictive. On Friday, please come back as I’ve recently taken pictures of my colour-coded shelves.


  • Woah you read a lot of books. Woah. I’m proud of myself when I read three books in a week! I might have to try a Sandra Brown, I have people at work asking for her books allll the time. 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week, Joy!

  • Having no internet is a good thing sometimes! You have done well to limit your spending.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • I didn’t know she had a YA series, I may have to check it out. If I would read more from my tbr list I would probably not be buying so many books either. One click is so addicting 🙂

    • Hahaha! Thankfully, I don’t do well reading off my Kindle, so the one-click thing hasn’t been an issue for me. 🙂

  • Melliane

    I’m curious about this Darynda series, happy reading!

  • That’s alright, and I’ve seen your shelves, you’re giving BAM & BnN a run for their money. If money gets super tight, you can always liquidate your assets… aka BOOK! lol

    • I was thinking about that! I just don’t know how to. :/

  • I need to pick up Jones next YA book! I only read the first one, but enjoyed it. I feel you on the book budget – I’ve been dealing with that, too!

  • Ahhh I loved that trilogy from Darynda Jones! I devoured them in less than a week. I hope you enjoy it! YAY on staying away from the bookstore. I was less successful :/ It’s so hard because I have sooo much credit at my used bookstore for trading in my old books. Half priced books are so hard to say no to!

    • I wish we have such a thing here. Half Price Books would be like a Disneyland!

  • Yay for sticking to your guns this week and staying on your book budget. I laughed because it is so true-> “It’s this thing called, “marriage” I hope you enjoy the latest installment of Darynda Jones’ YA series, Joy!! 🙂

    • I wish someone told me that 16 years ago! lol.

  • Hahahaha sucka! That’s what you get for getting married. Ick, I’ll never do that. My tastes change too often and I don’t like to share. LOL.

    • Lmao! Oh well. It’s not all that bad. He’s got his uses. *winks*

  • I am on the same boat. I try not to complain about how many books I can buy, but he can see my irritation and usually gives in haha. Our budget has been saved this month though since my mom bought me some as a gift lol X)

    • I wish it was my birthday. You know for the first time in my life, I think I’m gonna have to create a “wish list”? Isn’t that sad?

  • It sounds like you have had an awesome weekend. <3 Thank you for sharing about it sweet girl 🙂 All the books seems awesome. And ohh, yay for buying no books last week 😀 But also heartbreaking, lol. Glad you get to buy some this week 🙂 (I suggest Walk on Earth a Stranger. <3 I LOVED IT.) Happy reading Joy 🙂

  • You have read so much! I am looking forward to hearing thoughts on a lot of those book, especially Night Owls ^^ And CONGRATS for not being able to buy any books this week. I know you have been working hard at that reduction rate and you are so rocking it at the moment 🙂

    • Night Owls was amazing! So much love. So much love for that book!

  • kindlemom1

    At least you have been reading lots, that is awesome and better than I can say lately. I wish we had a cabin to have a little getaway, we have been thinking about it for years and I really think it would be so much fun!

    • Yes. The good thing is, I’m sort of making a headway on my TBR pile. So maybe this being on a book-buying-diet is not such a bad thing, eh?

  • I should try her YA series but I am scared

    • I understand. It’s not really in the same caliber as Charley’s books.

  • I’m excited to see what you think of Night Owls and Sustained! I just finished reading Surviving Ice myself over the weekend and as expected, I loved it!
    I hope you have a lovely week ahead and go you for not buying any books this week! 🙂

    • ack. Sustained! OMG. Jake is to die for! And Chelsea…and the kids. I’m so in love with that book! I think I’ve read it at least 3 times already!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Ooohhhh can’t wait to see what your 5-star reads are Joy! And I completely understand trying to stick to a budget – I try to be conscious of that as well since my husband is someone who never buys anything for himself, so I don’t like to be buying tons of books. Though if he liked reading more, I’d buy him some too and then I wouldn’t have to feel guilty. Damn him 😉

    • My husband is the same. I have to force him sometimes. But. That’s why he’s the financial guy in our household. He’s got way more control than I do.

  • Jazmen

    I keep telling my friend how much I would love to go to cabin, it just seems so cozy. Hope you had fun! And I hope your next books are great!

    • Thanks, Jaz. I especially love our cabin during the fall. Right now, it’s not that cold yet, but when October comes along, that’s when I’ll get the full effect. 😀

  • I love Apple products but it always seems like those updates always have some sort of diabolical thing hidden in there. But staying at a cozy cabin without internet sounds better anyway…

    • Right? I know I lose my files/pics somehow whenever an upgrade is available.

  • Hope you enjoyed family time at the cabin! I haven’t been around either. The school started so I’m back teaching and being “a responsible adult”. I’ll have to try Jones’ ya series too some day.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    You haven’t been buying any books? You, book buyer extraordinaire? Well done! I know you always say you won’t, but then you end up buying some anyway. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed your time at the cabin and I can’t wait to read your opinion on some of these titles.

    • I know right? I’m looking around my house thinking of things to sell just so I can buy some books. Lol.