August Inbox/Outbox



Another month has gone by so it’s time again for a monthly TBR check in. When I started these posts, I was sure that it will help me get a better handle on the out of control accumulation of books in my house. But I’m now resolved to the fact that the mountain is always going to be bigger than me and that I can never defeat it. Nowadays, I do these posts because I can at least gauge how much harder I have to work at ticking off all the books I’ve gotten for reviews.

Admittedly, this month was not a good month for getting through books that publishers have sent me. But the best thing about August is that I was able to get one book off my bucket list – which is Game of Thrones. I don’t know if I’ll ever write a review for this door stopper because I probably won’t have anything new to offer. What else is there to be said?


I read 14 books this month, which is a good number from my perspective. I’m still ahead on my Goodreads goal but is still down from last year’s numbers.

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August 2

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Easily, my favourite read this month is Sting by Sandra Brown. I’ve always loved her books, but I was so hooked on Sting. It had a great mystery, thrilling suspense, and a sexy romance. Everything I’ve come to love about Sandra’s books only amplified a hundred times. No joke.

My most disappointing read for this month was The Scorpion Rules (review to come).


I never realized how insane August had been for book hauls. My. God. At the end of the day, I added 27 more books to the pile after reading 14. I want to weep.

  1. Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap
  2. The Gauntlet/Amma’s Voice Chapter Samplers from Salaam Reads
  3. The Spawning Ground by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  4. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  5. The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
  6. The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
  7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  8. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
  9. Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia
  10. Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
  11. Never Too Late by Robyn Carr
  12. Not Even For Love by Sandra Brown
  13. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
  14. Divided in Death by JD Robb
  15. Three Fates by Nora Roberts
  16. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  17. The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
  18. Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
  19. N-W by Zadie Smith
  20. The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen
  21. Whore by Nelly Arcan
  22. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
  23. When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
  24. A World Without You by Beth Revis
  25. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  26. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  27. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  28. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  29. Sting by Sandra Brown
  30. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  31. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  32. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  33. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  34. Vicarious by Paula Stokes
  35. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  36. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  37. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  38. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  39. The Scorpion Rules
  40. Blow by Heidi Mclaughlin
  41. The Farther He Runs by Lynda Aicher

Tell me I’m not the only one with this problem, y’all. Tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this is normal.


  • karina

    This is normal! You are not the only one :)))

  • Well done! Looks like a pretty productive month! I hope you like PS I like you, I thought it was a cute read!

  • Oooh I’ve been wanting to read GATU for ages, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on that one! I’m seeing Meg Rosoff soon at BWF, wondering what to think of it. I had a crazy book hauling month too!

  • I don’t think any of us will really keep a handle on the books we love. Believe me these days I’ve been so good not buying physical books, but because I got vouchers and my new job it’s incredibly hard not to pick one up when I’m in a store.

    What did you think of P.S I Like You! That’s one book I need to read this year from my most anticipated, oh and how did you like Girl Against the Universe, I absolutely adored that one. Great haul. And have a great September! πŸ™‚

  • Hahahhah that’s okay! It’s always nice to get a lot of books I suppose. Maybe next month you will buy less? But anyways, I kind of figured The Scorpion Rules wasn’t that great of a read. I’ve seen not so positive reviews for it. Can’t wait to read yours!

  • Fourteen books! That’s awesome! I want to read Girl Against the Universe so much. I loved PS I Like You! I love the GoT tv show but I doubt I’ll ever read the series.

  • Ah, it seems like a successful month of reading, indeed! I am, for the first time in six years, behind on my reading challenge. The horror, the horror!

  • Im curious on the audio for GoT sinc Im caught up with the show now, I’m worried about how different it will be from the show and if will throw me off. I need to look up Sting, me likes sexy and thriller πŸ™‚

    Nereydaβ”‚ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • WOW. That is A LOT of books girl! I wish I could read that dang fast but sadly, I’m a total fail whale… You’re my hero. NO. LIE….One day I’ll be as great as you and be able to speed read or whatever it is that you do. *bows to you* But there really is no such thing as “too many books” so never fear! <3

  • I know that I will always add more books than I read. If only I could read faster…

    It looks like you had a really good reading month. I enjoyed Sting but it wasn’t my favorite of her books. I do want to read Game of Thrones but the size is a bit intimidating to say the least.

  • RO

    The fact that you are so organized to type this list is pretty dang awesome, and kudos for at least getting 14 books read. In August, i was able to get through a measly 3, which is dang embarrassing. (lol) Then the outbox would need to be tripled. I hope by October that I can get back into getting on top of things and reading from my pile. But you already know that there are many new releases coming, so I won’t be able to help adding even more. (lol) Hugs…

  • Karen

    I don’t know how many came in but I read 13 for August and I’m thrilled! I was in such a slump this summer and I seem to have finally gotten out of it.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • that’s a lot of books in one month!! 14 books is a really good number of read books though. I probably went through around 10 books. Hopefully I can get around more books this September. Hope you have a great month ahead, Joy! πŸ˜€

  • I love it when I get new books, but damn–it definitely hurts my TBR pile! Glad you were able to get a lot of reading done in the past month. Have a great September!! πŸ˜€

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  • Jasprit

    I totally know how you feel Joy. But if it makes you feel any better, I certainly didn’t read more than 14 books last month, I’m way behind on my Goodreads goal, and ARCs for that matter, but that doesn’t stop me from buying new books! I hope you have a great reading month in September! πŸ™‚

  • Maybe GoT should count as 2 since it’s so long. I’m watch the show and loving it. I think I might go back and read the books still.

  • I’ve been really curious about Sting! I have the same issues, too. :p

  • I can relate to all if this. Sometimes when I add up the number of books I’ve bought in any given month-not including ones I got free-I am astounded. No way I can ever read them all but I do it every month. No end in sight. So no, you are not alone my friend!

  • I’m not seeing the problem here, Joy. πŸ˜‰

    My friend just read Sting by Sandra Brown and I think she had the same thoughts as you so of course I have to get it. I still have to read PS I Like You, I’m itching to read that one.

    Still, great reading month. I need to get my reading act together and read more than 10 books a month.

    I hope you have a wonderful September!

  • I only got 3 books in Aug πŸ˜‰ Fleamarket finds. Calm month for me

  • Ouch. Maybe quite a lot more coming in than you read, but 14 is a really good number to have read in a month! Hopefully some of those were really good. I actually have brought in more books than I have read again as well >.> So you’re so not alone in all this. I have to deem it as normal (otherwise I’d go crazy over here too)

  • Hm… might have to check out Sting then. πŸ™‚ I keep saying that my virtual and real pile (I’m not counting for my sanity) will hold me over when the apocalypse comes and I cannot buy more books. Good excuse, right? πŸ˜€

  • You’re not alone!! I have the same problem, only mind is in eBook form and it’s easier to go overboard, because you can’t see them taunting you from the shelf! I’m so overwhelmed with my TBR, and I know it’s never going to get better.

    So happy to hear you loved Sting. It was so flippin good!! Makes me want to read all her books. Which of hers is your ultimate favorite?

  • shootingstarsmag

    haha I think this is pretty normal for a lot of people! I’m really trying to keep my book TBR down though, so I haven’t really added many. I’m currently trying to read/review as many September books as I can, especially before I leave for London. Only a couple more days but I feel like I did fairly well. I see you got NW by Zadie Smith. I really liked that one and I want to read more by her in the future.


  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    14 is a great number! I’m barely averaging 5 at the moment, I just can’t quite seem to keep up lately. Of course 14 out when you have 27 in doesn’t help your TBR get any smaller Joy πŸ˜‰ Good thing you’re friends with all of us since we think this is totally normal!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’m so glad you have A World Without you on your list! I loved that book. I’ve only read Curious Mind from those on your outbox list and wasn’t crazy about it. The rest I have yet to read.

  • LOL! It’s okay. You aren’t the only one who does this. I did it for years, but I’ve made it my mission this year to request less. I have done really well so far, and the year is almost over. There have been so many that I’ve wanted to read before they released, but I stopped myself from clicking yes when publicists send out emails. Most of the new releases I’ve read this year come from blog tours. There have been a few unsolicited books that have piled up, but I am under no obligation to read them before they release, though some are tempting. Hopefully you will start plowing through them before the year is out.

  • kindlemom1

    I think you’re doing great. I’m ahead of my Goodreads goal as well but it is also about 100 books less than it was last year so…yeah not great really when you see it in those numbers. πŸ™

  • Great job on the 14 books! I have heard great things about Girl Against the Universe. And seriously, I am a fast reader and all but I have the same problem as you. It seems like for every one book I read, I add five more to my TBR! I have bought so many new books over the last few weeks because of Amazon sales and I haven’t read that many. Happy reading!

  • Melliane

    wow not the same inbox outbox but that’s already quite impressive!

  • Yaaay for reading 14 books πŸ˜€ That is way more than me, haha. I’m behind on my goal πŸ™ And I only set my goal at 100 books. SOBS. Have read so little this year.. ahh. Hoping to read more these next few months πŸ™‚ Gosh, I never wanted to read The Scorpion Rules, lol. So curious to read what you thought of it πŸ™‚ Hope you will love all of your new books Joy. <3 Happy reading πŸ˜€

  • Kara Lauren

    Joy, I would stage an intervention for you, but I am having the same problem! hehe I may have to pick up Sting, I haven’t read anything by Sandra Brown and I did a book blitz for Sting and it did seem pretty appealing! I still haven’t read Game of Thrones, it is sitting right there on my shelf, mocking me!