On the Night Table [32]: February Reads


Coming in late in February, I know. But with all the stuff that happened at the beginning of the month, reading was the farthest from my mind. So this week, I thought I might as well do one of these posts since I’m still unemployed and I might have a better chance at actually sticking to this list. These books are all for reviews, and I’m feeling a little bad for not giving them any attention sooner than I should’ve. But it’s all good, here is now and all that. I really want to get these out of the way so I can concentrate on the ones I’ve been eyeing on my shelves.


I just started reading Dark Days Club over the weekend, but I didn’t get too far ahead. The Widow is Penguin’s book club choice and since I’ve not read it, I’m not even able to join in the conversation over at Goodreads right now. Fail. Pillars of Light is supposed to be romance – right up my alley.Β Black Apple is Β historical fiction based on the Aboriginal children that were taken from the homes by the government to get schooling outside of the Reservations. I’m curious about this one because it’s a heated topic of conversation in Canada right now.


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It’s been a great week for reading. I finally finished The Impostor Queen after a very slow start. City of the Lost was a great mystery from the queen of Canadian mysteries herself. He Will Be My Ruin was surprisingly good despite the lack of romance. Patient Zero was soo good. I cannot believe I put off reading this book. I’m hunting for the next book now.

I’ve been behind on my Goodreads Challenge, but I manage to keep pace this week! Let’s hope I can continue the streak.

What about you? What’s on your night table this week?


Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about embracing Minimalism in my life. I’ve been reading up on it. Though whenever I see the piles of books everywhere in my house, I can’t help but feel like I’m dying inside.


A Life Minimized is a blog that’s currently in the works. If you’re interested in this lifestyle, give it a follow so you can join me in my quest to declutter my life. Β There is no post yet, but you can at least, read the ABOUT ME section.

  • I know you’re a big fan of minimalism which is interesting that here’s a movement around it. Hope you end up enjoying Dark Days Club Joy!

    • I’m almost done with it, but I’m not gonna lie, it’s a pretty boring book. :/

  • Minimalist? When I moved across three states a few years ago I got rid of things I had been holding onto for years. Good Will got so much stuff and I can’t remember how many trips it took. Kind of cathartic! It was upsetting but also felt good in a way. Good luck with that!

    • Thanks, Lorna. My husband said the same thing to me, only I can sense the sarcasm in him when he said, “good luck with that”. Lol.

  • I’m really glad you enjoyed Patient Zero so much. I desperately need to continue the series. Have you read the Benny Imura series already? These take place before that series, but they’re connected with Joe.

    • Ohh I haven’t read those! But I think I have the first three books. It’ll be interesting to see how they’re connected!

  • Melliane

    some interesting ones. Curious to know what you think of them. Yeah sometimes I feel like I have too many books and give some to keep a number not too big

    • Still thinking about how to tackle my books. I’m thinking I’m just going to bring all of them in the basement. Lol.

  • I’m dying for City of Lost after you bringing it to my attention, Joy. Glad to hear you enjoyed He Will Be My Ruin more than I did.

    Minimalist? How will you ever part with all your books? πŸ™‚ Although, just having a Kindle copy has been fine for me lately. I just can’t add to my physical copies unless it’s a knock-out read.

    • Ack. It’s so hard. I don’t know what to do with them. An empty bookshelf is a sad bookshelf. *sobs*

  • Patient Zero looks really good! I’ve heard a lot of buzz around The Impostor Queen.

  • How did you like The Impostor Queen? There has been so much hype for it, but I’ve just started it and agree with you about the slow start.

    • I managed just fine. I swear that book was sitting on my currently reading shelf on GR for like, 6 weeks. Just try to get past the point where she escapes the temple and you’ll be fine! πŸ™‚

  • I love Sarah Fine, I need to read The Impostor Queen still. And ooooh, I love lifestyle blogs. I’ll keep checking to see when you post πŸ™‚

    • I’ll make an announcement. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Nereyda!

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    Minimalism is a good thing that I have not achieved. πŸ™‚ I am curious about the Tucker book and you have me curious about Black Apple. When I’m in the mood for that kind of book I may have to pick it up.

    • I’m going from being a hoarder to someone who embraces minimalism. This should be fun. Lol. Wish me luck!

  • I have heard great things about Tucker’s series, but haven’t read any besides Breaths

    • Oh you must try some of her other books, Brandi!

  • HA! Minimalism is not my jam, although I’m impressed with people who can accomplish it. Both style and philosophy… I’m all about busy prints, bold colors, and lots of stuuuuuff. Okay, I could definitely dial down on the stuff.

    • Trust me, I’m the same way. But I think I’m ready to see how this will change me as a person. πŸ™‚

  • kindlemom1

    You have a lot of great books to read and have read a lot as well! I’m just finishing He Will Be My Ruin and I really have liked it despite it not being quite as good as I was hoping. I think I might have read far too many reviews so I figured things out sooner than I should have I think, but still, good read. Good luck with all of your reading!

    • It really is an interesting read. I’m glad KA Tucker was brave enough to step out of her norm, but at the same time, I really liked her formula from before. Lol.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I seriously LOVED reading The Dark Days Club so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it, Joy!

    • I’m midway, Keertana. I’m enjoying it. I’m curious to see the extent of Lady Helen’s abilities and her role as one of the 8.

  • I can’t wait to see the new blog when it’s up and running Joy, I’ve been trying to downsize and declutter my life lately too and it’s no easy task. It would be awesome to be able to share it with someone <3

    Black Apple has me really curious. It reminds me of what happened in Australia with the Aboriginal children as part of the Stolen Generation. They would remove children from their homes and place them in care or with white families. It went on for over 60 years and started at the turn of last century. It sounds so incredibly similar, so I can't wait to see your thoughts on it.

    • Oh yes. That’s what’s going on here in Canada right now. Aboriginal families wants their culture back. It’s basically a part of a bigger problem right now stemming from younger generations of Native Canadians that have lost their identities.

  • If I’m a minimalist, its not by choice, I’m just very picky with my furniture (or in my case lack thereof, I blame it on my fondness for pillows), lol. I’m totally intrigued by the idea though. City of the Lost is on my tbr and I definitely want to read it sometime this year. I just finished He Will Be My Ruin last week and it was such a good book. Black Apple sounds really interesting. We talked a bit about that topic in my anthropology culture class so that sounds really interesting. I’ve heard some great tings about the Dark Days Club so I hope you enjoy it!!!

    • That’s one of the things that I want to change about myself. I rarely deliberate about things that I buy – books, furnitures, or what have you. I find that I accumulate stuff that most aren’t even opened, used, read. So yes. You’re well on your way, Taylor. πŸ˜€

  • It seems like you’ve been able to do quite a bit of reading lately. And I’m glad you finally conquered The Impostor Queen as well! I am pretty intrigued to hear more of your thoughts about Patient Zero. Yesterday I finished my buddy read of Shadow and Bone, which I loved. Gonna order the next two books in the series stat! And I started A Study in Charlotte this morning and I am already 50% of the way through. Whoops… better do some schoolwork now πŸ˜€ I’ve been reading Emma for about a month and a half. I’m thinking of DNFing it, but I also, secretly, don’t want to. *le sigh*

    • Woot! I’m so glad you enjoyed Shadow and Bone ( I did too). And yes, gah. It was painstakingly slow at first, but it picked up eventually. Lol.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’ve been hearing really great things about The Dark Days Club lately Joy, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it! And I might have to check out Patient Zero – though I’m slightly concerned it might be gory. I don’t do well with gore:( If not though sign me up!

    Can’t wait for the new blog!

    • Funnily enough, Patient Zero isn’t nearly as gory as I first thought it would be. So give it a try sometime. πŸ˜€

  • I love the idea of being a minimalist. I think I’m already sorta practicing it, but I’m sure I have room for improvements. I’ll definitely follow along! I hope you enjoy your reads. I really want to read The Widow soon. I’ve heard it’s really good.

    • Before I started reading about it, I was always under the impression that minimalism is only restricted to the way one decorates their living spaces. Recently, I found out that it also embraces the way we treat our bodies. I thought it was pretty interesting.

  • OH my, I thought you found a job already. I remember a post where you mentioned that? Gah!

    Maybe you can find a way to make pseudo furniture out of your books so they’re still functional even after you’ve read them. Hehehe

  • Ooh I really want to read The Dark Days Club – it looks so good! I’ve also heard wonderful things about The Impostor Queen, so looking forward to reading that too! πŸ™‚

  • All the hugs. <3 Yay for reading some great books πŸ™‚ And ohh, curious to hear what you think of The Dark Days Club. <3 I still haven't read it : BUT SOON. I hope. I'm super excited about it πŸ™‚ Yet a bit nervous. Hope to love it :p I hope you will have an amazing upcoming weeek Joy. <3 Happy reading too πŸ™‚

  • I’m hoping to read The Dark Days Club very soon! I’ve heard good things. I saw on Goodreads that you liked The Impostor Queen. I’m really happy to hear that. Did you see Sarah Fine’s announcement about the sequel? It’s going to be told in the POV of another character with another romance.
    I was just reading about minimalism the other day and I’m very interested in it. I was thinking if/when I get my own home, I will certainly adopt a minimalism lifestyle. It’s good for the environment and for me because there’s probably less cleaning to do. So I’ll check out your blog for sure.
    Have a lovely week, Joy! <3

    • I did enjoy it, though it took me a bit to warm up to the story. It had a slow start, but I ended up liking it. It’s tough to figure out where to start. I figure if I start at one room at a time, I’ll be able to get a better handle on what I need to do.

  • The Dark Days Club is amazing. Highly recommended this one, take a bit to get into if your not prepared for it. But overall, I loved it. Reminds me of shadowhunters but it something extra to it. Hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Emma. That’s what I keep hearing. πŸ™‚

  • I’ve read good things about Dark Days Club. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve been thinking about grabbing He Will Be My Ruin (even though I haven’t read any K.A. Tucker book).

    • If you’re into mysteries, He Will Be My Ruin will work for you!

  • When It comes to books I want more but general stuff, no I like clutterfree, not too minialism though

    • I probably would be taking advantage of e-books and audiobooks more in the future.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m curious about the minimal lifestyle. You always hear how much healthier and happier people are when they eliminate clutter. Yay for getting so many books finished; good luck on your challenge and your current review copies!! I really want to read The Dark Days Club. It sounds fantastic!


    • It’s so interesting. And the general consensus is that it helped people see what matters most in their lives.