March Inbox/Outbox



Another quiet week here on the blog. If you must know, I’ve been uninspired lately. I’m still busy trying to find work, as well, it looks like we might have a buyer for the cabin which is great and awful at the same time. We’ve accepted an offer last weekend and today, we’re going to find out whether or not it’s a go. This makes me sad, but at the same time, it relieves a lot of financial pressure for me and my husband. I’m really thankful, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve failed.

Anyway, it’s all a part of the process of simplifying our lives. I told my husband that this is not the end of our dream. We’re still young and he’s in a really good place with his job. Once I find work, it’ll be even sweeter because we will only have one mortgage to pay for. Getting rid of a second mortgage will help us in the long run. I know it is the best idea right now, so we just have to keep reminding ourselves that. I will miss going there on the weekends that the weather is nice, though.

So March has been a little weird. Heck, the last two years have been weird, to be honest. I feel like there are pieces of our lives that are moving without us. Do you know what I mean? Like we’re all bystanders of those little events and we have no control. I just want to get off this ride because, heck, it sucks. Siggggghhhhh.


  1. Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford
  2. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  5. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  7. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  8. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  9. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  10. Tangled by Emma Chase
  11. Twisted by Emma Chase
  12. Tied by Emma Chase
  13. Mr. and Mr. Smith Helenkay Dimon
  14. Beta Test by Annabeth Albert
  15. Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
  16. The Last Round by Emmy L. Montes
  17. Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
  18. Hard Rider by Lydia Pax
  19. The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
  20. Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
  21. January by Audrey Carlan


  1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (review to be posted next week)
  2. Mr. and Mr. Smith by Helenkay Dimon (review to be posted)
  3. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey (review to be posted)
  4. HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
  5. Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
  6. Tangled by Emma Chase
  7. Twisted by Emma Chase
  8. Tied by Emma Chase
  9. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  10. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  11. Black Apple by Joan Crate (review to be posted)
  12. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (review to be posted)
  13. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  14. The Last Round by Emma Montes


Obviously, I didn’t do a very good job in March. I’ve acquired more than I’ve read. Mind you, the e-books that I’ve downloaded were free at the time, so I didn’t really spend too much money on books this time around. I guess I’ll take that as a win. Lol.

How was your March?


Let us bask in the glory that was my bookshelves in the cabin:



  • I picked up Lady Midnight while I was away. Looking forward to it.
    Sad to see your cabin going, but hopefully the financial burden will be better.

  • Natalie

    I’m so sorry you are going through a rough patch right now. I’m sure it is hard to give up your beloved cabin, but I’m sure it will be so nice to feel the weight of financial burden lifted. Good luck on your job search! I’m sure something as amazing as you will come around soon.

    • It is very hard, but I’m sure there’s something better in the horizon for us.

  • I’m sorry to hear about the cabin Joy, I knew it was your happy place but relieving the pressure would definitely be worth it. I totally hear you when it comes to hoarding books more than reading! Love these posts!

    • It’s for the best. It will get better once we see how easier it is on our pockets. Lol.

  • Rachel

    Hey, I hope things start to fall into place for you soon! Those book shelves are gorgeous, and will look just as wonderful wherever they may go to next!

    I just read 20 Questions for Gloria last month and thought it was a pretty good read. I haven’t gotten my hands on Clare’s new book yet, I still need to read TID series yet, and want to do that before delving into another one! I read Obama’s Dreams From My Father last month, and would love to read more by him. Dreams From My Father was rather long-winded, and could have benefited from a heavier-handed Editor, BUT I love Obama and his “voice” in the text. Hope you have a great reading month! R xx

    • Thank you, Rachel. I’ve wondered if listening to him narrate his own book would be fantastic. I’m looking forward to reading his books, anyway.

  • Oh those bookshelves are so lovely, I’m sorry you have to let your cabin go but less stress is always a good thing. I hope there’s a job that finds you soon. I’m not sure what it’s like there, but the job market here is absolute trash at the moment. Industries are shrinking and no one is hiring πŸ™ of course that has to turn around at some point; it’s just a matter of when.

    • I will miss those bookshelves the most. I’ve been wracking my brain for places to put them in my house. Well, there’s a lot of jobs here, but I suck at interviews so that’s probably why I’m not getting hired. Sigh.

  • Oh, Joy, it’s just a phase in
    your life. I’m sure tomorrow things would be better. I’m sorry you have to say
    good-bye to your lovely cabin. It’s hard to sell a place which held great memories.

    • I hope so, too. As much as I loved being at home and not doing anything, I’m ready to go back to work.

  • I’d have bittersweet feelings about the cabin as well, but de-stressing your life is important too.

    Marked in Flesh! I should get a hard copy of all the books, because I seriously love that series! πŸ™‚

    • I know. It’s what I’ve been saying to convince myself. I’m sure I’ll be over it soon.

      I’m so happy you enjoyed Marked in Flesh. I haven’t read it yet. Sigh.

  • OMG, your bookshelves look awesome! I’m so lazy to color code mine…
    I loved Salt to the Sea, hope you did too!

    • Lol. I had to get my kids to help me sort them out. I’m going to miss looking at those shelves.

  • Those bookshelves are fabulous! I know it has to be hard to let go of the cabin. I am sorry that you are having to go through this. My inbox always seems to exceed my outbox. It is hard because I want all of the books! It looks like you picked up some great books this month and read quite a few as well.

    Carole @ Carole’s Random Life

    • Thanks! Right? Though in my defence, my spending has considerably gone down and the books I download are free. So I call that progress. Lol.

  • So sorry to hear about the cabin – I know you guys have been struggling with that decision for awhile now. Sending you thoughts, prayers and lots of hugs!

    • Thanks, Nicole. We finally bit the bullet. It was only a matter of time.

  • Money issues SUCK. Have you ever read up on Dave Ramsey? He helped us 20 years ago…his whole thing is helping people find “financial peace,” if that’s ever possible. My prayers are with you…hope it gets better very soon.


    • I must check out his books. Once upon a time, when my husband and I were just starting, Robert T. Kiyosaki helped us as well. He helped us find focus financially, so reading another self-help would probably help us.

  • OMG! Come do my bookshelves! πŸ™‚

    ((HUGS)) I hope that things get better for you! Sorry about the cabin. πŸ™ I’d have a sad if it were me as well. πŸ™

    • I’m ready to give up. Sigh. I had another interview today. It was horrid.

  • Oh, sweet girl, you have not failed. <3 Hugs. Money will always be an issue in this world. Sigh. I'm so sorry about the cabin : And about the work. I really, really hope you will find a good one soon πŸ™‚ Hugs. And aw, yay for getting so many books, hiiih πŸ˜‰ Never stop getting books. <3 I loooved Lady Midnight. And I liked Salt to the Sea a whole lot too πŸ™‚ Happy reading sweetest Joy. <3

  • I can understand the mixed feelings you have about the cabin, Joy, but it does sound like you have made some really amazing memories there. Maybe selling the cabin means something more exciting for you! I hope you get some good job-related news too soon, Joy! <3

    I finished listening to Salt to the Sea earlier this week and it was stunning and so poignant. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. It's my favorite book of 2016 and I doubt any book will come close to it.

    Take care, Joy! <3

    • I need to read your review. I’m a little worried that it will be waterworks since everyone seems to have the same reactions to it.

      Thank you for your kind words, Nick. I’m going to just move on from this because there’s nothing else I could do about it.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’m sorry to hear about the cabin Joy! I know how much you loved going there on weekends. I’m glad though that you already have an offer and that its sale will relieve some financial burden, that should take a little of the pressure of finding work which is plenty stressful all on its own. Sending good thoughts your way my friend!

    • No more sorrier than us, trust me. We love that place. πŸ™

  • Denise Baer

    Good luck with the cabin. I’m sure it’s bittersweet but there are many years of memories to come. I also send good vibes your way for the job hunt.

    WOW! I can’t believe how much reading you’ve accomplished. Good for you. I have Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys on my wish list. Ruta’s first book, Between Shades of Gray was great. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • I know, and we’ll cherish it for years to come. I haven’t read a book by hers, unfortunately. But I know she’s critically acclaimed. πŸ™‚

  • Melliane

    Good luck for everything, I know you loved to go there. happy reading my friend

  • I’m sooo sorry that you had to sell your cabin, Joy :c I can only imagine that would really be hard to let go of. But, like you said – I’m sure at the same time letting go of a second mortgage would bring some relief. Nonetheless, it’s never fun saying goodbye to a much loved home. And your book shelf there is absolutely gorgeous! I am so envious. You have so many good books there. I’m currently reading Salt to the Sea and I’m really enjoying it!

    I hope things get a bit easier for you, bub <3

    • Thanks, Kynndra. I’m taking my loved books and my small vinyl collection, so that’s something.

  • Is your copy of Rebel of the Sands an ARC? Because I have it too in paperback and it’s really not the same one!

  • That bookshelf is so beautiful it almost hurts. Good luck with all these changes!

  • Jazmen

    Those bookshelves are a thing of beauty. Love it. I’m sad and happy for you guys. Things will look up. I hate sounding like a total cliche but I live in that cliche. I’m not where I want to be but I’m not where I used to be so I know it gets better. IT sure will for you! Can’t wait for it! I’ll be awaiting your good news!

    • The thing that gets to me the most is the longer I stay unemployed, the harder it is to get back into the swing of things. I also feel shitty for not contributing – financially to my family. I don’t even care what kind of job I get. I just need to freaking work.

  • kindlemom1

    I adore your bookshelves. πŸ˜‰

    We all have crazy years and months in our lives. the good thing is that the craziness doesn’t last forever, we just need to keep reminding ourselves of that sometimes. πŸ˜‰ I know it will all work out for the best. *hugs*

    • Thanks, Ali. I will miss those shelves. They’re staying at the cabin with the new owners.

      Oh I hope so, Ali. I can’t believe that once upon a time, I wished fervently that I can stay at home. Now that I’m living that reality, it’s not so hot after all.

  • Oh my goshhh, that rainbow shelf is utterly gorgeous! I always try to make those kind of shelves, but I always end up with wayyy more darker covers that are blackish/brownish. πŸ˜› Lol. I’m so sorry you’re leaving the cabin, but I’m also glad it’s lightened up the financial pressures you guys have. Sometimes change can be a good thing!

    I really hope you enjoy Rebel of the Sands! That’s one that I particularly loved in that beautiful pile of books you have.

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

    • Thanks, Aila. I think it only works if you’re shelving read books. Otherwise, it’ll be tough to find specific ones you’re looking for. Rebel of the Sands is really good. I hope you’ll get to read and enjoy it.

  • Jasprit

    Aww that’s so sad that you’re going have to say goodbye to the cabin soon, I know you really enjoyed spending your weekends there, but at least it will alleviate some pressure for you and your husband, I really like this post you do, I wonder what my outbox and inbox will be like in comparison. Also you have some great books to look forward to Joy! I hope you have a great week!

    • Yes. Silver lining and all that. It’s still tough to stomach, but I think I will feel better once we get the proceeds from the sale. Right now, we’re both focused on “losing something” not gaining.

  • Marked in Flesh was so good! On another note, I am so sorry to hear about your cabin. I love your bookshelves! Whatever will you do with all those books? All I can really say is hang in there. Things are bound to get better! Hugs to you!

    • I can’t wait to read it, Lorna. I’ve been biding my time for some stupid reason, but I think it’s because the wait for the next book will be another painful stretch. Thank you for your kind words, Lorna. I really hope things will get better soon.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m sorry about the cabin, and happy for you at the same time! It’s good to look on the bright side and it WILL be a good thing. It looks like you read/got some great books in March and hey, cheap e-books are always good.


    • It’s a double edged sword for us, but we just need to focus on the important things right now.

  • *Hugs*

    Stay optimistic, you might lose your cabin now but who knows, you might end up with a lodge somewhere in the Swiss Alps in the future. πŸ™‚

  • Things will get better. I know it can be hard, but keep your chin up. I know how it can be hard to read when things aren’t going your way. I don’t read nearly as much when I’m having a hard time. Good luck on your continued job hunt. I hope your cabin sell goes through. i know it will be sad without it, but it will relieve the stress of the extra financial burden. Things will turn around soon.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. I can’t concentrate on what’s in front of me because of all the things I’m thinking about in my head. Thank, Melanie.

  • You bookshelves are beautiful! I’m sorry you’re going through this tough time, but as you said, it’s most likely for the best and you’ll be thankful for it in the long run. I hope things start to get better.

    • Thanks, Brandie. Lots of things to be thankful for, but it’s tough to lose something that held so many memories in the short time that we had it.

  • I totally understand how you’re feeling. I hope things get better for you very soon! <3 Those shelves are amazing. Definitely a gorgeous view. πŸ™‚

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I hope things get better for you. I’m so sorry you have to sell the cabin. πŸ™ It’s so hard! I look forward to your thoughts on Serpent King…been reading some awesome reviews for that one!

  • Oh wow, those rainbow shelves certainly do look glorious! But if it is best for the cabin to be gone, then it is for the best. It’s so good that it will be helping you in the long run. But don’t think of it is as you failing. As you said, it’s just the turning of another page and who knows what the future might bring? Maybe something even better than what you could currently hope for <3

    I've been doing better under this book buying ban. I only have four books for this month, and I read five on my physical pile so that's good enough? And I won some giftcards so you know what? I'M GONNA BUY LADY MIDNIGHT!

    • We just need to get over this big bump. I need to find a job and soon.

  • That does suck you have to sell the cabin. After my grandma died, my grandpa sold their cabin and beach condo. I was devastated, not just because of the anytime access to them, but all the memories that were there. It’s emotional sometimes letting go of a place. But yeah, now you’ll save money and can always rent a cabin for a week or so when you want to get away.

    • We only had it for a few years, but we’ve used that place to hosts many family reunions so the memories we’re leaving there is more precious than the house.

  • Those are glorious!
    But I am so sorry you have to sell it, but think how good it will be when you can buy something else in the future, and less of a mortage