INBOX / OUTBOX: June Rewind



July! My gosh. June just came and went like a flash. I swear it was just yesterday that I was ruminating about May and how pathetic I did for the month. June was definitely a change of pace – reading and blogging wise. As of this writing, I’m at 20 books for the month and I’ve managed to do some advance postings right up to the second week of July. I could keep going if I want to participate in some weekly features but I got sidelined by a case of summer flu. It sucks. I missed a couple of days of work and I’m hacking like a crackwhore who smokes about 2 packs a day. Anyway, I only have three more books to review then I’m caught up. But even with the great reading streak I’ve been having, the health of my TBR is not getting any better, I’m afraid.


  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  2. Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  3. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. Summer Skin by Kristi Eagar
  8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  9. The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
  10. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  11. Smoke by Dan Vyleta
  12. We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore
  13. My Lady Jane by Hand, Brodi, and Ashton
  14. You Knew Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Leviathan
  15. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  16. What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle
  17. Hear by Robin Epstein
  18. A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
  19. Wanderlost by Jen Malone
  20. The Summer Before War by Helen Simonson
  21. The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
  22. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  23. Sing by Vivi Greene
  24. This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  25. Assassin’s Heart by Sara Ahiers
  26. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
  27. Appealed by Emma Chase
  28. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
  29. Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines
  30. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  31. Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James
  32. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  33. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
  34. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
  35. Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  36. The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe
  37. Radiance by Grace Draven
  38. The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  39. Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
  40. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  41. Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe
  42. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones


  1. Eligible by Curtis  Sittenfeld
  2. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
  3. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  4. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
  5. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  6. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
  7. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
  8. Truth or Beard It by Penny Reid
  9. Burn by Paula Weston
  10. The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe
  11. Everything I  Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  12. Radiance by Grace Draven
  13. The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  14. Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James
  15. This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  16. Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney
  17. The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward
  18. Appealed by Emma Chase
  19. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  20. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler


Yikes. Anyway, I’ve also managed to write reviews for most of these books aside from the last four (go me).

If you notice that the blog has been suffering from a case of an identity crisis lately, well, it’s not all in your head. I tried to change the look of my blog but it turns out I’m as useless as ever when it comes to that kind of stuff. Twice, I lost my commenting platform – both WordPress and Disqus. So I had to upload another design and kind of tweak it. I’m so sorry for the cringe-worthy look at times. I’m hoping that I can find someone kind enough to help me fix it. I’ll pay in kind words and promise you my fealty till the end of times. In short, I’m too broke to pay. So you know, I can like, tell everyone how awesome you are. *winks*

So I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far. I know a few of you have taken breaks from blogging and I’m kinda hating you for it (kidding. I don’t really hate you. Mostly, I’m jealous). I have no life so blogging is the only thing I look forward to. I don’t have to yell at you to pick up the dirty laundry or put the toilet seat down. Or tell you for the fucking last time that our garbage day is Wednesday so you bring it out then so we don’t have two-weeks’ worth of filth reeking in our garage. Wait. Where was I?

Have a great summer!

  • Yea, I’m one of those who have
    taken break from blogging… I hope you don’t hate me too much. Lol. 20 books per
    month is very impressive. I see 4 books by Taylor Jenkins Reid in your inbox,
    looking forward to your thoughts about them. I want to read something by this
    author, since a lot of my friends read and loved her works.

  • karina

    Have a fab summer, my dear! 🙂

  • I am so happy to see all the Taylor Jenkins Reid books in your inbox! I have read all of her books except Forever, Interrupted and love them. I do think that Maybe In Another Life is my favorite though. I also adored The Nightingale. That one made me ugly cry so hard.

  • Wow that’s a lot of books! And that doesn’t include your tbr pile? I am out of control buying books lately so mine is horrible. I have been reading reviews on my phone lately, so I am sorry I didn’t notice your changes. Wish I could help with your blog issues but I am totally clueless about that stuff. Hope you get it figured out! Have a good rest of the weekend!

  • SO MANY BOOKS. And yeah I did notice that you were going through a new design ahhaha. Will you be keeping this one or nah? And hey, it’s okay that the TBR is growing hahaha. You can always GIVE ALL THE BOOKS TO ME???

  • Aw, lol. Lovely post Joy 😀 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 Ahhh. You have read so much 😀 SO jealous. You are awesome. <3 And lol. Yay for buying so many books, haha 😉 I love it. <3 You are the best. And aw, I do love your blog a lot 😀 I hope you will end up happy with it. <3 I haven't blogged much at all lately. Sobs. Not that I don't want to. I'm just so exhausted. And I haven't been able to read at all. Ugh. But soon, I hope 🙂

  • Oh man html coding is really stressful so I don’t envy you there! It looks like you got heaps of amazing books Joy, can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

    • I know. I’ve just been going on Google and researching stuff but I’m losing patience. gah.

  • Kara Lauren

    If I knew anything about design, I would help you in a heart beat. I love the look of your blog! I hope you are feeling better now!

    • Aw. Thank you! I’m still fiddling around with it. I just can’t help myself. Lol.

  • Seriously, how is this year flying by so quickly. I feel like we just had Memorial Day and it is already the 4th of July. I am glad that your reading got back on track I hate it when I get in a slump. Hope you have a fantastic July!

    • Thanks, Carole. I hope yours will be just as great!

  • I am so glad it’s not all in my head! For reels, I suck at noticing things, so I am all, new..not new…new?…am I crazy?

    • Lol. No, you’re not crazy. I AM CRAZY. I need to leave the blog design alone.

  • I’m hacking like a crackwhore, my goodness I laughed myself stupid at that Joy. I hate summer colds, they always feel more brutal than in winter probably because you’re supposed to be out having a good time, swimming, playing tennis, basically living the summer like it’s a tampon ad.

    I’m going through the same with my blog at the moment too Joy. If you need help, give me a shout. I know Blogger css, but WP wouldn’t be too difficult. Send me a Twitter inbox. Holy shit, 20 books? 20 BOOKS!

    • So weird how that works. I mean, winter flu isn’t as bad but man, being cooped up inside the house when the weather is gorgeous outside is just plain wrong.

      Imma have to take you up on that offer, Kelly. Right now, I’m still figuring things out. I don’t know what kind of layout I want. I’m just trying to get my comments imported to Disqus. And it worked – sort of. It transferred my comments right up to 2015, but the rest hasn’t gone over. It sucks. Anyway, still trying! Thanks, love.

  • Oh man! I’m impressed Joy :). I hope you feel better soon!

  • Wow, 20 books?! That’s so many, I wish I could have read that many this month!! I got This Savage Song too in June, and I can’t wait to read it. I hope you enjoy it! ♥

    Denise | The Bibliolater

    • I know. I went a little crazy this month because i read a paltry 3 books in May! THREE. *smh*

  • You’re doing so good with the blogging and the reading lately! I’ve been struggling to find the time to read and blog at the same time. So I end up doing neither and it’s not that I’m slumpy, I just have so much other stuff also going on >.> I constantly feel behind and it stinks 🙁 But I’m loving when I get to sit down and read your reviews! Oh, and woah girl… 42 books is a lot DD:

    • But hey, school is over, is it not? I hope you’ll find the balance. And I still owe you on our writing blog! Gah. I don’t know what to write.

      • Not yet… we’re still chugging on till July 19th and I have a lot of deadlines crammed in at the end of the year D: When I finally hit summer I shall explode with happiness! And take your time <3 Even I have been a bit absent there lately…

        • Oh gosh. That seems like a long time still. When does your school year begin?

  • Yay for being able to comment – I totally thought it was just me when I couldn’t comment yesterday. Glad you’ve got it all sorted out. I totally understand the ever-growing TBR – it’s a battle none of us are likely to win any time soon!

    • Sorry about that. I had such a bit of a difficult time with it, but it’s working now. So yay!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh no, I hope you get TOTALLY better soon! I’ve been enjoying my summer and trying to get out and do what I can, but I do love blogging. That’s awesome you have most of your reviews scheduled. I’m doing okay with scheduling ahead, but I need to keep up on it or it will all go to waste soon. haha I have quite a few reviews to write/schedule but I did a bunch the other day too so it’s working!

    Woah, you got so many books in June! That’s great you read a ton though. You have a lot of titles I really want though! haha


    • Thanks, Lauren. The hazard of having some posts scheduled is that I tend to slack off after a while. This weekend, I’m determined to write more reviews and posts.

  • Ugh summer sickness is no fun

  • RO

    Yes,I totally understand. I have to do some major tweaking to my blog because I want to start selling toys and other things, so I’m caught between being nervous because I’m no expert and some excitement to see where it leads. You already know I’m jealous that you finished 20 books from the TBR Pile! (lol) I think I finished 4 books this month, but did get to lots of magazines. I’m so sorry about that dang summer cold. Those are the worst and hope you feel much better soon. Sending out some HUGE hugs and healing your way! RO

    • Oh! I so want to do that with my books as well, but you’re right. It’s scary. Ah well. My husband and my boy has it now. They hate me right now. Lol.

  • Oh woahhh! You got 42 books this month?! That’s crazy!
    But you read a lot too, so yay!
    I was wondering if you were updating your look for the blog. I’m sorry to hear about the troubles. What kind of thing are you looking for help with? I’m no expert but maybe I can take a look and maybe help you out.

    • I KNOOWWWWW. I can’t even.

      Anyway, thanks for the offer, Nick. Like what I said to Kelly, I’m trying to amalgamate my comments right now and it’s not working so good. I don’t know if I’m supposed to wait for it or what. But with 20K comments, I think I know why it’s taking forever and a day. In the meantime, I’d really like to install a nice simple header on my blog, but I don’t know what size I’m supposed to use?

  • I do love these Inbox/Outbox posts. And 20 books this month isn’t bad, not bad at all. I’ve been in a reading slump lately, myself, so Sierra’s been carrying the blog.

    • Oh you both seem to be doing just fine! I’ve been loving both your posts especially when you tag team.

  • Jazmen

    You killed June, 20 books is great. It sucks you got sick, but soon you’ll be better and rocking July.

    Joy, I have no life either but I can’t seem to find enough time to read or think to keep my blog jumping, but then again I just feel slumpy. I don’t know. This is not about me. 😛

    Hope your July rocks!

    • Sigh. I’ve been there. I read three books in May. I weep in shame.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Wow! Fantastic month for you! I’m sorry to hear you were sick. Summertime colds/flu are the worst. Your last paragraph made me laugh out loud. 🙂 You sound like me…I’m outnumbered here at home by boys and sometimes I feel like I live in a frat house. 🙂

    • Thanks, Christina. They’re the absolute worst. Ugh. Glad I can amuse you! Lol.

  • It’s winter down here and I’m just getting over a bug myself… I totally get it!
    Go you… Awesome job reading! *High Five* I need to get to it and schedule some posts…. I have written the reviews, just need to get them ready for cyberspace.

    • Oh man. You with your months in advance postings! I bow to you, Naomi!

  • I don’t have to nag about trash day or my kids much anymore, but I feel your pain, Joy! I don’t like to nag, but if they just did it (whatever needs to be done) I wouldn’t have to!

    I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Bourbon Kings. 🙂

    • And they wonder why we nag. Sheesh.

      I enjoyed The Bourbon Kings. Very Dynasty-esque.

  • *snort* Crackwhore. Dude, today was our trash day and I forgot to put the can to the curb! Wonder if I can sneak some into the neighbor’s can … 😀 Annnyway, yay for catching up on reviews.

    • Hahahah! I was so tempted to do that last week!