February Inbox/Outbox

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It’s that time again when I bring you an update with all the things that happened in the past month. Reading-wise, I can’t say it’s been great. Now that I’m not working again, I’m having a tough time getting into the swing of things. Even though I’ve got plenty of time on my hands, I’m unable to get some reading done. I think it may have to do with worrying about being unemployed. I hate not being a productive human being. I don’t like relying on my husband too much, so it’s been on my Β mind pretty much 24/7. I really hope I find a job soon. It’s been almost three weeks. Sigh.


  1. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  2. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  3. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  4. Black Apple by Joan Crate
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  6. She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
  7. The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse
  8. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  9. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  10. Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
  11. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  12. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren


  1. Worth it All by Claudia Connor (Review this week)
  2. Patient Zero by Jonathan MaberryΒ 
  3. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  5. He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  6. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  7. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  8. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
  9. The Widow by Fiona Barton (Review this week)
  10. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Review this week)
  11. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  12. Priest by Sierra Simone
  13. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (Review this week)


Holla. Steady as she goes. Now that I’m slowly embracing this minimalism movement, I’m having an easier time saying no to book shopping jaunts. Yesterday, my dear husband asked me if I wanted to go and I declined. One of the traits that minimalism teaches you is, being able to discern what you need versus what you want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to buy books, but I’m going to make sure it’s a book that I truly want. I’m keeping track of the book releases by visiting blogs that have a weekly New Release feature. I’m also going to steer clear of thrift stores for the time being because I don’t need to accumulate more books. Let’s hope I can keep this up.


Speaking of minimalism, so after I did an announcement post about a new blog I wanted to do, I had a sudden realization that starting another one might be counterproductive with what I’m trying to achieve. Another thing that I’m slowly learning about this movement Β is that it teaches you to reduce the things that occupy your time and your mind on a daily basis. I realized that another blog might be an added stress or pressure for me on top of trying to keep up with this blog. So if you don’t mind, I might do a random post about it on here rather than worrying about another one to maintain. What do you think? Thoughts? Suggestions?

In any case, I started purging my house last week. I thought it would be overwhelming for me, but I found that if I concentrated on one particular space, it would not be so bad. I started with my desk drawers. Then, I moved on to the two bathrooms we have upstairs. Tomorrow, I’d planned to tackle our pantry. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to keep the clutter away by putting things back as soon as I’m done with them. Procrastination has always been a big hindrance to keeping clutter away, so if I keep reminding myself to do things right away, I’m well on my way.


I finally signed up to have a Netflix account. Bad idea. Bad. Very bad. I got caught up with The Shadowhunters. I started The 100 and quit right after they killed the character I love. I watched movies. In short, I wasted a lot of valuable reading time. Thankfully, I think the lovin’ is gone. I’m only going to watch when I absolutely have nothing else to do.

Anyway, that’s been my week, my month. How was yours?

  • I think it makes more sense to post here then to start a whole other blog – I agree that that would go against your minimalist goals! πŸ™‚

  • It’s your blog and I think you should be able to post about whatever you want to post about-just my first thought. Two blogs would be a handful, especially when you go back to work. I wish I could get motivated to even clean out a drawer! You are doing great. I hope you get some good news on the work front and also that you have a good week!

  • Yes… two blogs may be a bit stressful… I struggle with the one I have!
    Looks like you have done well with your review books! Well done.

  • Jazmen

    I’m really sorry to hear you’re back to looking for work. I’ve known that struggle for far too long. So I thank GOD everyday I have one. It was really tough. But I know that you’ll find something soon. Don’t fret. I’m sure your husband doesn’t mind helping. He knows you’re going to be back on your feet in no time.

    Netflix is like going to the library, you know how you can’t just pick up one book and leave with 20. That’s how Netflix is you cannot watch one episode of anything!

    Here’s to better weeks and better months πŸ™‚

  • Precious

    I see lots of Justin Cronin there!! Should I try him out? Oh and, Morning Star – everybody is excited about this. I can’t seem to convince myself to start the series, though. πŸ™

    Yay on Netflix! I’m strictly into social media and books lately. But hope you enjoy it!

  • Melliane

    I need to read hounded! Ah Netflix lol

  • “One of the traits that minimalism teaches you is, being able to discern what you need versus what you want. ”

    -> discounts and sales would tell me otherwise LOLLLLLLLLLLL. But of your intake hauls, I recently found out about The Immortals and I’ve been meaning to expand my repertoire of urban fantasy so perhaps I need to get that book too. I’m also still waiting for you to finish Making a Murderer (or did you finish it?) Damn I’m getting old — my memory is failing me.

  • I really hope you get back in the swing of things Joy! I actually have phases of Netflix and reading, in that one day I don’t want to read, and the next I do, and then I’ll spend a week watching Netflix, etc. I also wish you the best of luck with the job searching!!!!!

    I see that you read Morning Star.

    And I’m glad you are following through with minimalism! I would loooove to have a cleaned out pantry!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m actually pretty good at not watching Netflix too much. To be honest, I need to keep up with certain things MORE. haha I’m not a huge TV watcher. I think your minimalism sounds great, and yeah, feel free to post about it here. I’m curious! Glad you are doing well so far. That’s great.


  • kindlemom1

    I have been wasting a ton of valuable book time watching Netflix lately, it both sucks and is great. πŸ˜‰
    I love that you are doing this though (not just Netflix but the whole minimalist thing as well), it really is awesome!

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    Well, it still looks like you rocked the month! I’m also doing the library thing as much as possible. Still, my bookshelves keep getting more crammed (and I’m being good… unless the darn ebook is free). Good problem to have, I guess. I’m doing more different blog posts on my blog besides books. It was supposed to be that way in the beginning but just became a book blog and now I’m going back. So, it is all good. πŸ™‚

  • Oh no Netflix!

  • My mom is quite into minimalism and she’s trying to persuade the rest of our family to get into it. When we moved from South Africa to the UK we got rid of quite a lot though. I sold/donated 100+ which was hard but they weren’t books I was ever going to read/reread and it felt like such a weight off my shoulders so minimalism definitely makes you feel more free! πŸ™‚

  • Aw. All the hugs Joy. <3 This post is so lovely. Thank you for sharing it all sweet girl. I'm so sorry you haven't felt like reading lately : I totally get it, though. I have it like that so often. Sigh. And aw. I really do hope you will find a new job soon. Sniffs. Crossing all my fingers for you. <3 You will get one. And it will be the best one yet, I'm sure πŸ™‚ I hope you are doing good sweet girl. <3 (I still think you need to watch the other episodes of The 100. I do think you will love them. <3 Hugs.) Anyway. You are the best πŸ™‚

  • How are you liking the Shadowhunters show? I wasn’t a fan of the books, and it seems like people either love it or hate it. I have Netflix, but have yet to watch anything besides a few random House Hunters episodes the other day. I feel I’m on the verge of getting sucked into Outlander though, haha!
    My possessions are very minimal, except for books, a small amount of photography equipment, and dog stuff (with two – soon to be three – dogs, it’s kinda unavoidable). That’s pretty much the only material things I like having!

    Good luck on the job front!

  • What did you think of Shadow Hunters?

  • Good luck on your job hunt. I don’t think there is anything wrong with posting a random post on this blog. It’s your blog, do what you want with it. Good luck on decluttering your house. That is something that I would love to do, but DH doesn’t let me throw anything away. I’m trying to stay away from buying new books too. I’m trying to use the library as much as I can and ARCs that I get from publishers.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Good luck on the job front. I hope something pops up soon. I hear you about Netflix. It takes up a lot of my free time if I am currently into a show. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Dark Days Club…currently reading it! I hope you have a good week.

  • I’m impressed that you managed to turn down a book shopping opportunity! And impressed that your husband offered πŸ˜€ Also, it’s good that your outbox had more on your inbox! The first step to beating the TBR is often a small one but it gets better after that. It’s always good to declutter and I hope you can sort everything out the way you want to and find a job soon, Joy x

  • I know if I signed up for Netflix, I’d get no reading done. I keep avoiding it no matter how much everyone says I need it. Lol.

    I’d love to see your minimalist posts on here! You’re purging of stuff is making me think my house could use a good purge session. I try to do it twice a year, and it’s about that time.

  • Yes! I would love to see you post about your minimalist movement on here, Joy! πŸ™‚ It could turn into a fab lifestyle book blog.
    Oooh Netflix!! It is a bad idea. Haha! I’ve binge-watched so many shows since I got it. I know what you mean about not liking the feeling of being unproductive. I hope something good comes your way.
    Good job with the TBR pile too! Have a lovely week, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • Pffft please, post away! I for one will enjoy reading those posts! I love it when bloggers branch out into a bit of something else to do with their lives πŸ™‚ erm, in a non-stalkery kind of way. I keep trying to de-clutter and totally fail at it, so maybe I’ll get some inspiration! See, totally selfish of me πŸ˜‰

    Netflix is such a time-suck. I don’t watch much on it but the things I do watch I binge watch and then wonder what to do with the rest of my life (have you tried Sense8? It’s a really slow starter but episode 3 or 4 it just clicks).

  • Yeah, I can see why having a whole other blog would sort of defeat the purpose. Haha- I wonder what character your upset about on The 100. Give me a hint.