On the Night Table [31]: January Reads


For the better part of 2015, I have been somewhat successful with sticking to a reading schedule. Admittedly, I also put an added pressure on myself by posting one every week. This year, I decided to do some changes. I’m no longer going to post one every week. Instead, I’ll decide what to read for the entire month ahead of time, prioritizing books I’ve gotten for review regardless of their publication date. I’ve noted the date of publication for each review copy on my organizer so I can better keep track of my priorities.

So here are the books I wanted to read for this month. And if by chance I finish these off halfway through the month, then I can dig out my copies among my neglected piles all over my house.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Published back in September. Most of you have probably read this already, but you know how I’m always fashionably late. Especially if the book is from the fantasy genre.

He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker.  For review from Simon & Schuster Canada. This book will be out February 2nd. I adore this author and have had successes from her books in the past. I can’t wait to read this!

The Widow by Fiona Barton. For review from Penguin Random House Canada. A bit of suspense thriller in time for Valentine’s Day. Oh, the horror.

Compulsion by Martina Boone. I started this book back on my Christmas break, so I’m more than halfway through. I’m not gonna lie, the heroine is irritating.

Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine. For review from Simon & Schuster Canada. I can’t seem to find a good stride with this book. Hopefully, I’ll have it read by the time this post goes up.

Read in December

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This is the saddest month of reading for me. And can you believe that I was on holidays for the latter part of December? This is what happens when you’re way ahead of your Goodreads Reading Challenge. You stop reading. Five books? So pathetic! In my defence, Winter was so long. But holidays, you know? I should’ve done better. Sigh.

Good luck with your January reads, peeps!


  • I didn’t get a lot of reading done in Dec/Jan either, despite not doing a lot at home!

  • I absolutely can’t wait for you to read Six of Crows and love it as much as I did! Looking forward to your thoughts on the KA Tucker book.

  • I’m so stoked for He Will Be My Ruin. They say it’s her most suspenseful read yet! And can I just say how much I love this picture and that light that just bounces off? Good gosh, your photography is always fantastic 😀

  • karina

    Good luck with your reviewing goals, sweetheart! I haven’t read any of these either 🙂

  • I’m probably one of the few who hasn’t read Six Of crows as well Joy, Fantasy and I just don’t seem to get along. I do have a copy, but it’s been so hyped that I generally wait until the buzz does down before cracking it open. I can’t wait to see what you think of it though. I need to get my shit together and started a blog planner. I do pop sticky notes with release dates on the spines of my review copies so I can see what needs reading and when, but I’ve barely read anything in the last week and hoping I don’t have a slump already. Well there goes 2016 😀

  • Bec

    SIX OF CROWS!!! That book is amazing. The characters and plot are so good. I’ve also heard great things about The Imposter Queen

  • Jasprit

    I really need to get organised like you Joy and make a reading list for January, Six of Crows was fantastic, so I really hope that you end up enjoying it as much as I did. Also Joy five books is still a great amount for December, especially with the total amount of books that you manage to read in a year!

  • Aw, five books in December is still good sweet girl 🙂 And yay for planning on reading such pretty books this month 😀 Eee, I really, really hope you will love Six of Crows. <3 I loved it oh so much. It's perfect. Happy reading Joy 🙂

  • I’m doing the same thing now. I have a list of all the books I have and when they publish and from that I’ll read what I want with a mix of my own stuff. It’s working out so far. Wow. You must be a fast reader that’s probably all I could manage on a average month of reading, lol. Great post.

  • Melliane

    i heard a lot about these I confess, I hope you’ll have a nice time. happy reading!

  • Jazmen

    I can’t wait to see your reviews of these. So many of them are on my TBR!

  • I just started He Will Be My Ruin. I hope its good and we both enjoy it! Five books in December? You must have been busy with friends and family. Definitely not a bad thing. 🙂

  • Waaaaait. I thought you said you couldn’t get into Six of Crows! I do hope you enjoy it. I know you liked Shadow and Bone (ish) but trust that this is infinitely better. But it’s okay if you hate it, at least you’ll have Tucker to fall back on so you don’t slump LOL.

  • I can’t wait to read He Will Be My Ruin! This is a great way to prioritize!

  • Ah, like a wrap up post! I have decided to do this as well on my blog since last month simply to keep track of all my reading and challenges. I have been reading quite a bit but I wish I had more time. I’ve gone from having all the reading time in the holiday to practically none which frustrates me because I don’t feel like I am finishing any of the books I want to get done DD: Anyway, I like the looks of your reading list. Hope you enjoy Six of Crowns and Compulsion especially!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I don’t think I read a lot during the holidays to be honest, so it’s all good! I read more this past week though so that’s nice – I’m off to a good start on my various challenges and just reading in general.


  • I am the hugest Grisha Trilogy fan out there, but I have to confess I’m struggling with Six of Crows. I tried twice to read it but am having trouble getting into it. So I look forward to reading your review. And yeah, I’m usually all about the Southern Gothic vibe, but Compulsion wasn’t really for me. I agree with you about the main character…..
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • You can do it!

  • you just reminded me that I still haven’t bought Six of Crows.. must get to that soon. Hope you enjoy your them all! 🙂

  • I too am cutting back on the amount of reviewing/blogging I am doing this year. I have started going back to school and don’t have as much time to give. Looks like you have some yummy looking books planned out for January. I especially can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Widow. I love thrillers for Valentine’s Day!

  • I KNOW! I SO agree with this post girl! Sometimes it’s hard to work around everything in your life so this year I’ve made it a point to focus on the important things while at the same time finishing all that I have to get done! Good luck boo! I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS! <3

  • Good luck with your new reading
    planning, Joy! I hope it would help you enjoy books more. I plan to read Six of
    Crows, too; though probably not in this month. And I’ve just finished Steal Me
    and absolutely loved it.

  • I’ve heard great things about He Will Be My Ruin! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • I hope you enjoy them all 🙂 I haven’t read Six of Crows yet either, so at least one person will be later than you are to get to the party 😉

  • kindlemom1

    I’ve decided to cut out a lot of pressure I’ve been putting on myself as both a reader and blogger this year as well. I love the idea of doing this for the month instead of the week. You have some great books lined up and I hope you like them all!

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I hope you’ll enjoy Six of Crows and He Will Be My Ruin. I’m especially excited to hear your thoughts on the latter! I hope it will be amazing for you.
    And I think you did good with your reading. Technically, you read 6 books because Winter is so big! 😉

  • 5 books is still a good month! I’m lucky to read that many by the end of the year. I do really well in the beginning, but start slacking off around September.
    Love your January TBR! I’m getting ready to start He Will Be My Ruin today, and I’m excited. I’ve heard great things and I haven’t read a book by this author in a long time.
    I’m the same way about books like Six of Crows. I want to read it, but I’m always behind, especially books in that genre.

  • I really need to read Six of Crows! I got it out of my library but then I returned my library books to focus on my review copies. Meh. I’ll read it once I have my review pile under control! 🙂

  • Well look at you getting organized. 😛 I’m going to start the new Tucker book tonight or tomorrow. I expect great things from it. lol

  • I am in the middle of two books right now-one of which is over 1000 pages-but when I am done I am reading He Will Be My Ruin-I love K.A. Tucker books so much! Haven’t read any of the others you have here. Hope they are good reads for you 🙂