On the Night Table [34]: April Reads



I find it odd that the more time I have on my hands, the less I feel inclined to read anything. As a result, I’ve fallen way behind on my for review pile and feeling the crunch of time slipping away from me. For April, I’ve made a deal to myself to remove temptation from the equation. Which means, Netflix is banned for the time being. Because that is the root cause of my laziness nowadays.


You will probably recognize three of the books on my pile this month: The Immortals, Shylock is My Name, She’s Not There. That’s because I had them up last month, but I didn’t get to read them. I’ve added the third and final book to The Passage series by Justin Cronin (The City of Mirrors) – which I’ve been reading off and on for the last few days.


To be honest, I’ve not been in an ideal frame of mind so my reading habits are taking a toll. Right now, I’ve been stuck reading Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson for almost a couple of weeks now. It’s a book set in the time of Crusades, and while I like the story, it’s just not moving fast enough for me. But I’m halfway done, so I think I’ll see through the end.


  • Some pretty covers there Joy, I hope you got your reading groove back!

  • I know what you mean. The more time I have on my hands, the less likely I am to read. I have no idea why. I’m giving myself a three day weekend starting Friday just so I can get some Spring Cleaning done, which means I’ll probably end up reading instead of being tidying up the apartments. Productivity in exchange for productivity?

  • Karen

    For some reason I’m on a reading roll this year but I have been where you are before. I hope it passes soon. I’m actually the opposite – trying to scale back my reading to make time for some Netflix binging lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • I’m having a reading slump right now, too. Funny thing is, I can think of so many books I’d like to read… they’re just not out yet!

  • I know exactly how you feel. I go through phases with reading where I when I have tons of time, I can only read an hour here or there or I might even go days without reading. It is very frustrating. I hope you can get back on that reading train. I’m working on that same issue. I’ve been on the same book for almost a week. 🙁

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • I was so excited to try the Immortals and even read some but it just wasn’t holding my attention for some reason. I hope to try it again soon. Netflix can suck you in like nothing else, lol 🙂

  • Interesting! I sometimes have this problem and Netflix is a big distraction! Mostly, its when I’m super busy though, because I start to watch Netflix while doing other things and then I get caught up and don’t want to do anything else in my free time. -.- Perhaps I need to start banning Netflix, too! Good luck finishing Pillars of Light and I hope you have the chance to put a dent in your TBR pile in April! 😀

  • I think it’s also that time of year too Joy. Changing of the seasons, the excitement of getting your shit together for the new year has worn off and it leaves you feeling a bit meh about everything. I’ve got a Walking Dead hangover at the moment and just pissy about everything 😀

  • How can you ban NetFlix???? You remind me that I have to finish watching Shadowhunters. I definitely wanna see how it goes for Alec & Magnus <3

  • shootingstarsmag

    Hopefully your book picks up a bit! I understand feeling a bit blah sometime and not wanting to read much or feeling like a book is moving really slowly, but wanting to finish it, no matter how long it takes. It happens! I’m trying to pick up my reading speed a bit these days too haha


  • Jazmen

    I am totally feeling your pain right now.

  • Netflix is my BFF!

    I don’t know if I’m in a slump or what. I’m not in the mood to read lately myself. I tried switching genres and reading novellas. no go. Sigh!

  • I don’t want to trigger your addiction but am kind of dying to know what you watch on Netflix. I must admit that lately Netflix has been more compelling for me than books. I’ve been watching this British police procedural that I really like. There are only a few episodes in each season so I am rationing them…

  • Oh I’ve had books drag like that. I am also afraid of the Netflix. 😀

  • Immortals!

  • I’ve been stuck on the same book for weeks now. I was hoping to catch up this week but all of my shows are ending, and there’s no waiting to watch the finale, of course! Lol most days my only reading time is on the commercial breaks 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    Netflix really is evil (and Hulu too for that matter!). I promise it has cut into my reading time by like, half. Truth, sadly. 🙁
    I’m so excited for The City of Mirrors! I hope we both love it!

  • Hate those reading times where nothing sound good

  • I sometimes get so distracted by life and I can’t even tell people what I actually did. I never think to turn on the TV so Netflix isn’t the problem. I think I can just get sucked into the internet like nobody’s business. I still have She’s Not There on my TBR pile as well. Hopefully, reading picks up for you soon!

    Carole @ Carole’s Random Life

  • I hope your reading slump would
    end soon, Joy! I guess we all have such lazy mood from time to time.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “I find it odd that the more time I have on my hands, the less I feel inclined to read anything.”

    THIS IS ME RIGHT NOW JOY! Whenever I have any time off all I want to do is park myself in front of the TV with some snacks and not move for at least 2 hours:) I’ve read some interesting books lately, but reading has still felt like a chore, but I’m hoping that will change sometime soon!

    Hope the second half of Pillars of Light flies by!

  • Ack, I am also so lazy lately.. and so so behind on reading 🙁 I’m in the worst reading slump. Ugh. Just mostly sitting here, doing nothing. Ugh. I must read soon. I must. I hope you will be able to read lots sweet girl. <3 Those four books looks pretty amazing 😀 I hope you will love them all Joy. <3 Best of luck to you 🙂

  • I’m the same way sometimes. When I have time to read, I do other things. I don’t know why I do that. And I get easily distracted, unless the book has me completely hooked. It’s taking me longer than usual to finish the book I’m on now. Not that it’s not good, I just can’t focus this week. Going to blame it on lack of sleep because my daughter has been sick every night since Saturday. 🙁 I can’t believe I haven’t read She’s Not There, yet. She’s one of my favorite authors – why do I keep putting it off?! I hope it’s good.

  • I totally get how you feel, I always find during the holidays I expect to get so much more reading done but then I end up binge watching series. Hope you feel more inspired to read soon:)

  • I’m booking my flight right now to go up there and steal your copy of CoM. How can you only read a bit at a time? I doubt I’ll sleep once I get it. lol.

  • Denise Baer

    I became such a slacker with reading. In December, my husband and I joined a book club, and I am back to reading. Although, my television shows sometimes cut into the time I should be reading. I’m interested to hear what you think of Shylock is My Name.


  • I’m in a bit of weird slump myself and have been feeling very distracted, so I feel you. I can only read super short stories. I think I just need to get my brain settled.
    And yes to Netflix! It destroys all my habits too, but I can’t let go of it either!

  • Don’t worry about carrying books over. I do it ALL THE TIME. As I’m sure you’ve noticed by my TBRs. I’m pretty bad at sticking to them and throw lots of random reads in there as well… which isn’t too good of me but oh well. Hope you can conquer these <3