On the Night Table [46]: What I’m Reading

This week’s reading pile.

I stopped doing these posts regularly because sometimes, I have a tough time keeping to the schedule. But since I’ve already started these books, I’m somewhat confident that I’ll be able to finish at least two from this pile.

Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran is about two women’s journey that converges on an unexpected path. Nothing about this book is easy, especially if you’re a mother. It’s about their heartbreaks and how they find the endogenous will to live after the experience. It’s also very timely because one of the characters is an undocumented immigrant who lived to tell the tale of her harrowing journey. I’ve had a few starts and stops already, to tell you the truth.

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin is a Middle-Grade novel about an orphan who saves a little puppy that will change his life.  It has the uncanny ability to make you feel complacent only to pull the rug under you when you least expect it. I’m loving this book but I might be heading to Heartbreak City.

The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie is the final book in the Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy. Admittedly, I’ve not read the first two books. I was told it wouldn’t matter and that I’d be able to follow along. I haven’t started it, to be honest. So we’ll see how it goes.

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wagelus is another Middle Grade about a sentient gorilla who will investigate a murder for which her chief is accused. It’s interesting so far but I’m out of my element. I’m not giving up just yet.

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Blood Vow was good. But still much of the same fare. At The Edge of the Universe was weird. First Frost was awesome and I can’t wait to read the first book, Garden Spells. Scythe was also fantastic – I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!

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  • I haven’t seen Beauty & the Beast.
  • I recently saw Lauren Kate’s Fallen movie. It was surprisingly decent.
  • I re-read Written in Red.
  • I re-arranged my TBR bookshelves in my bedroom. Here’s what it looks like:

That was my week. How was yours?

  • oh I just love your bookshelf…so many fun colors!!! I loved the Beauty and Beast movie, they did a good job with it.

    • I can’t freaking wait to watch it! And thanks. 😀

  • Out of all these books, the only one I’ve heard of is Scythe. I’m glad you really enjoyed that one! Love your bedroom shelves, it’s so so pretty!

    • Thanks, Jeann. I feel like you’ll enjoy Scythe. So I hope you’ll be able to pick it up soon. 🙂

  • I haven’t really heard of any of these books, but they do look pretty interesting 😀 I hope you end up loving them all Joy. <3 Hugs. And eee, I love seeing pictures of your shelves 😀 SO PRETTY. <3 Hope you are doing great sweet girl 🙂

    • Thanks, C. I read and enjoyed a couple of them. I’m still working on The Enemies of Versailles. 🙂

  • Love the color coordinating organization of your bookshelves!

    Written it Red was so amazing. I’ll have to do a re-read sometime, too. 🙂

    • It’s so great to see Meg and Simon during the early days of their relationship. 🙂 I figure, since Anne stiff us with the Meg and Simon sexy times, I might as well re-read how it all began.

  • I’ve heard tons of great things about Scythe, I really want to read that one! Anything grim reaper related always hooks me in. I’m intrigued by Sarah Addison Allen now, too. And your bookshelves look absolutely gorgeous!

    • Oh, then you’d definitely love Scythe! I hope you’ll be able to read it soon. Thanks!

  • Your bookshelves look gorgeous Joy! I was thinking about buying a bookshelf specifically for our bedroom too and creating a little reading corner. When Friendship Followed Me Home has been one of my favourite reads of ever. I had to email the publisher halfway through to ask about Trip because I couldn’t bring myself to keep reading. Such a beautiful little book and the author is so incredibly lovely too. Can’t wait to see what you think of it <3 <3

    • Thanks, Kelly! I’d much rather have a bookshelf than a TV in the bedroom but alas, husband needs it. It’s impossible for me to read and for him to watch at the same time so he ends up going somewhere else in the house where there’s a tv. I win. All. The. Time.

      Sob. Sob. Sob. I cried. I cried so much. And I blame you because I bought the damn book because I read your review!

  • I haven’t seem BatB either. 😐 Hope you get through your books this week. Can I pet your shelf?

    • Sure! Leave your spider friend when you come over, k?

  • I can never read books with dogs in them. They always make me bawl my eyes out.

    I haven’t seen Beauty and The Beast either. I didn’t know they made a Fallen movie though!

    Your TBR shelf is goals. <3

    • I cry too. This little puppy is especially sad because his owner was homeless. OMG. This book seriously broke me.

  • I read Etched in Bone recently and one of these days I want to start that series all over again. So good. I started listening to Blood Kiss and I am really enjoying it. I didn’t realize how much I missed reading about the BDB! I still have The King to listen to one of these days. I want to see Beauty and the Beast so bad! But no one else I know wants to go so I guess I will wait until I can rent it! Love your shelves! Have a great rest of the week!

    • Exactly why I’m re-reading. Unfortunately, I had to stop because: other books. Totally enjoyed Blood Vow! i hope you’ll be able to catch up soon!

  • I need to read Scythe! I remember enjoying First Frost. I do need to read more of Sarah Addison Allen’s work. I love your bookcases – they are beautiful! All of the books in your pile are new to me so I will be looking forward to reviews.

    • Yassss! I think you’ll enjoy it, Carole! I still need to find a copy of the first book to this series.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’ve never read the Fallen books – glad you liked the movie though. Loving the look of your new shelves! I have At the Edge of the Universe to read soon. I read We Are the Ants by the author and LOVED it. I do really want to read Scythe – glad you loved it.


    • i think i managed to read the first two books then I quit. I’d forgotten who the story went, tbh. After watching the movie, i had this need to read the next book! Lol.

  • I love that Scythe cover! And I love your bookshelves too 🙂

  • Ah, to revisit The Others series. Have you read Etched in Bone yet? It was so good. I’m gonna miss Simon and Meg. I’m sure there will be a revisit eventually. That is one of my favorite series. I really hope you enjoy all of your reads. As far as movies, I’ve seen Logan and that’s it. I might try to see Kong this week, if I can fit it in.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes! I read Etched in Bone. Loved it, but I wish the HFL was defeated here instead of the previous book. :/

  • I haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast either 🙁 My budget is blown until April. Your TBR looks beautiful. I need to do that to mine.

    • Planning on bringing the kids this Friday but I don’t know if they’re all that interested, to be honest. Sigh, pesky budget. I’m struggling with mine as well. Adulting is hard.

  • Your TBR shelf is beautiful. I also really want to read Scythe as well! I am happy you’re okay with these books, but it sounds like a lot of middle grade which isn’t really my own forte. I have been hearing good things about Lucky Boy though! Haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast YET either though 🙂

    • Thanks, Olivia. <3 Not mine either, but it reads fast enough so I'm truly interested in the story. 🙂

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I really liked First Frost as well. I want to read Garden Spells too. Her books are so much fun! I look forward to your thoughts on the Versailles book. I read book one in the series, but never continued with it. Have a great week!

    • That’s the book! I’m at a loss as to the title. Lol. Thanks for reminding me!

  • I have bookshelf envy, everytime I see your pictures! 🙂 Also, I think I read this BDB book, although I missed some of those in between – they all read kind of the same – which, sometimes is what I want, but most of the other times I want something a little more new and exciting. Going to go check a couple of the other ones you mentioned! 🙂

    • Aw. Thank you! Hahahah! So true. They all read the same so if you miss one, don’t worry you can catch up with the next one. 🙂

  • Karen

    I’m 1/2 way through my selected reading pile so yay!

    I gave up on BDB awhile ago. Way too many plotlines going on in one book.

    And the Fallen movie came out?? I did even know it was filmed yet lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • Congratulations! So hard to keep up but man, feels so good when you stick to the schedule. 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    Love the book shelf! I haven’t had time to go to Beauty and the Beast either but I will, just not sure when. 😉

  • I have heard fantastic things about Scythe. My roommate loved it too, so I might have to borrow her copy knowing you liked it too.
    First Frost sounds good too. I don’t think I’ve heard of the author, but I’ll check out her books ASAP.
    I haven’t seen Beauty & The Beast either. I’m waiting until Thursday so I’ll be on spring break. Yay for re-reading Written in Red. Always a terrific choice, in my opinion! 🙂
    I hope you have a good week ahead too, Joy!

    • First Frost is one of those magical realism thing that people talked about. It’s a great story. 🙂

  • I love how you arranged your shelves! Your photos are always awesome, btw.

    And I love how you read such different types of books so regularly. I really wish I could do that. Everything you read sounds so interesting. I need to pick something new to start today and I have no clue what I’m in the mood for.

    • Thanks, Brandie!

      Haha. I try, otherwise, I’ll get bored.

  • many new books to me there!

  • I still do these kind of posts even though I post the same books. I know, shame. I actually shares the same book two weeks in a row and I haven’t exactly gone far from the last time I talked about it. ALSO, OMG YOU FINALLY READ SCYTHE AND YOU LOVED IT! Now I’m super conflicted what to read next (I really want to read Scythe already but King’s Cage is also at the top of my list).
    I haven’t seen Beauty & the Beast as well but that’s the first thing I’m doing once I’m done with the current obligations I have. Hopefully on Wednesday or this coming weekend (what a stretch and everyone has probably seen it by then except for me. ohwell. lol).
    Have a great week, Joy!

    • Well, it looks like I’m going to be sharing two of these books next week since I failed this week. I got distracted by other books. Haha.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Your bookshelves are gorgeous! And wow, I’m surprised you read First Frost before Garden Spells! I’m glad you enjoyed it but Garden Spells is SO much better, so you’re in for a treat. Also, another one of her favorites of mine is Sugar Queen (I thinkkk that’s what it’s called…) so check that out too! 🙂 I haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast either–I’ve actually been very sick this past weekend and am hoping to recover early this week before I leave for Berlin–but I hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy the film if you see it!

    • Can’t wait to read Garden Spells! I just need to find a copy. 🙂 She’s written so many books!

  • Awwww Addison Allen 😀 She is lovely