On the Night Table [48]: Slowly


I can’t even remember the last time I made a trip to the bookstore, y’all. To tell you the truth, don’t miss it that much. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped being a book nerd. I’ve been going through my shelves and reading whatever I want. I don’t know what’s going on but the books I’ve requested from a few publishers hasn’t arrived. It’s been weeks now! Not that I’m not enjoying the careless ways with which I picked my reads but I’m wondering why none of the books are getting to my mailbox. Perhaps I keep missing out since requests are on a first come, first serve basis? Things that make you go…WTF.

R   E   A   D   L A S T   W   E   E   K

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files, #2
Published: April 4th, 2017
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Bruh. This series is so awesome. If you haven’t read Sleeping Giants yet, I suggest you remedy that, stat. You know I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi but man, Mssr. Neuvel converted me. I haven’t written a review but I might re-read it again before writing one. Yes. Again. Because I read this twice already!



A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau, #1
Published: October 25th, 2005
Rating 3 out of 3 Stars

I wanted to get my curiousity out of the way so I decided to give this one a whirl. Unfortunately, I’m one and done. I don’t think I’ll continue. This was a long read and there’s not much action to speak of. The family of vamps is interesting, though. But not interesting enough to incite the desire to continue.



The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Published: October 22nd, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Another long, arduous read but so worth it. The young Theo tugged at my heartstrings. The adolescent Theo had me pulling my hair. The man that Theo had become did not learn from the mistakes of his past. Annoyed as I was, The Goldfinch is worth all the accolades it had gotten since publication.



I don’t have much going on this week blogging-wise. I’ve been so obsessed with thrifting lately that I’ve spent most of my weekends dragging my husband to thrift shops and flea markets. I’m thinking about doing a weekly post of my vintage finds, actually. I don’t know if you guys will go for that. Let me know! In the meantime, here’s a sample of what I’ve picked up on my thrifting adventures.




I’m not gonna lie, my house has seen some chaotic changes lately but I’ve finally picked a theme which is a mix of bohemian chic and mid-century modern. I’m enjoying finding some pretty cool vintage pieces. So much so that I’m thinking about opening up an online store to sell my finds. I’ll see how it goes.

Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Have a great week.

  • I haven’t heard much about the other two, but THE GOLDFINCH has been on my TBR for a while! Definitely have got to get to that at some point. Happy reading!! 😀

  • I love seeing your home deco pieces, you definitely have an eye for detail Joy! I wish I could stay away from the bookstore because I do not need to acquire more books lol

  • Not book shopping doesn’t mean you aren’t a book nerd! It just means you are a more controlled one with a large enough TBR to keep you busy in the meanwhile 😉 Also, I am so glad you were able to enjoy the Goldfinch! Yes, Theo never really learned… and that makes us question what we really do learn from life.

  • Braine Supie

    Oof, I thought you just went to the bookstore a few weeks ago? lol

    I have a lot of to-be-reads in my shelf too, I’m trying my best to clear some titles. It’s slow moving but at least it’s moving.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • I’ve had The Goldfinch on my shelves for ages but I haven’t been able to push past the first 100 pages. Clearly I need to give it another go! That’s your living room? Holy cow! Your interior design skills are crazy! Looks great.

  • Wow, I love your decorative pictures. My house looks like a bomb went off. Kids. Toys everywhere. Mysterious goopy things stuck to the floor. I miss having a nice place. 🙂 I have to go look for your review on The Goldfinch. Loved that book!

  • Teach me — your house looks amazing! 🙂

  • The house looks absolutely stunning Joy! I love the black white and neutrals with pops of bold colour. The sideboard is divine Joy! This is where second hand stores can come in handy for smaller, eclectic pieces too. It looks gorgeous and had me rethinking my scheme. I have a lot of dark hardwood and Balinese and Moroccan pieces in my house and love the lighter tones.

  • Yay for awesome post 😀 And aw, you really should share about all of it weekly. <3 Huuugs. Your posts are always awesome; and I love seeing what you find 😀 But ahh! No bookstore in ages? RUDE! But you are so strong 😀 And aw, I hope and think that you will be getting the publisher books shooortly. <3 Hugs 🙂

  • ahh, I’m telling you, I will surely read Sleeping Giants once I’m done with my current reads!! Also, I’ve been eyeing The Goldfinch. I’ve been curious but you know me and big books. But I trust you and your words. I’ll have to check if the library has it 🙂

  • Love your house, Joy! Looks like those thrift stores are perfect for you!

  • You would have loved my adopted granny (we just decided she was family one day when I was a child). She could go to the worst flea markets and come out with treasure. She could spot a deal. Looks like you could have given her a run for her money. 🙂

    Oh and I do say that you put Sylvain Neuvel on my must read list. 😀

  • Can I go with you on your next thrift adventure?! All of it looks great! I’ve been hearing lots of great things for Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods so I seriously need that series. I never go to book stores. One of them is far away and crazy expensive. I did go to Barnes & Noble while in Florida and I got a book so yay!

  • You house pics look amazing!! I have read sleeping Giants so it makes my heart glad that the sequel is at least as good as the first one. I really like the interview format used!! Tori @ In Tori Lex

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I love the pics of your house. It always looks so pristine and like it could be in magazines!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Ahh, I really need to read Sleeping Giants! I’ve been seeing Waking Gods all over my newsfeed lately so I’m glad this series hasn’t disappointed, Joy! I’m adding it to my TBR at once–it sounds like something I’d really love! I’m also excited to see that you enjoyed The Goldfinch since I definitely want to read it, but the size keeps intimidating me. Wonderful post, dear–I love all the interior decorating!! 🙂

  • I’m trying to get myself to read the big literary books of the year, Goldfinch included, but I don’t know if I’m up for it. Every large block of time I spend away from writing my novel seems wasteful at this point.

  • I’ve been getting sent fewer books too – I think many pubs are cutting back. Or that’s what I’m telling myself ha ha ha
    Love the house photos! More please!!

  • Sorry you didn’t like the Sands book. That one was just fun or frivolous. The two more recent ones were way better and action packed. I love that first vase. The small bowls are like ones we use all the time here except differently decorated. Ours are Asian. I have been enjoying your decorating items. Keep em coming!

  • Greg Hill

    Nice to hear that Waking Gods is good. I might give it a shot. I read the first one and wasn’t super impressed, but I’ve heard this one is a little better… and I’m curious where it goes.

    And I haven’t been to a bookstore in ages either- I guess I’ve been buying mostly ebooks from Amazon (bad me).

  • I’d love to see more! Thrift stores are my weakness, and since the ones in this town suck, I’ll have to live vicariously through you. 😉 I love the succulent in that first photo, too!

  • You have found some really awesome stuff! Yes, please show us more. I love going to thrift stores. I used to have an ebay store and I was a regular visitor of all the local stores. It is a lot of fun. Sorry you haven’t been getting the arcs you requested. Hopefully, they show up soon!

  • RO

    Joyous Joy, can you please adopt me? (lol) Your house is fabulous, and I just want to hang out at thrift stores every day, which is one of my hobbies too. Love your decorations for sure! Hugs…

  • The employees at the book store probably think something happened to you. lol. Heck yes I want to see your vintage finds. I love seeing that kind of stuff.

    • Hahah! I’m thinking the same thing. Heck, there might be a search party going on right now.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I really do like reading my own books – and just what I have on the shelves right now – so that’s great you’re doing that.

    I’d love to see you vintage finds! How fun.


    • I also think that I’ve neglected them long enough. So it’s okay that I haven’t been getting any books for review. 🙂

  • Karen

    I’m doing the same here. Other than one or two impulse Kindle buys, I’m sticking with what I have already to read.

    My recent home style is – try to keep it clean lol My animals track in ALL of the great outdoors in the spring.

    For What It’s Worth

    • That’s a great decorating “theme”. One that’s complicated to accomplish. LOL.

  • glad to hear you loved Waking Gods. That is my next audiobook to listen to and I am super excited 😀

    • Yasss. I loved the audio book! The narrators are awesome!

  • Those are awesome finds! I am surrounded by thrift and antique stores but I mostly ever only find crap. I love the first vase and those nesting bowls. Keep sharing your finds, I will live vicariously through your finds.

    • Lucky you! I’m running out of places to go. :/

  • nice list of books ..and i’m no much of a shopper, furniture or decoration wise. I am a minimalist, happy with bare walls and tables

  • WAKING GODS! Damn, I just flew through the book. So, so enjoyable. Can’t wait to see where the author takes the story next.

    Also, you have a great eye for style! I particularly love the first vase pictured.

    • Right? It took me a day to read! So good. As far as where Neuvel would take it, I say The Final Frontier, if you catch my drift.

  • I’m impressed that you read The Goldfinch. I’d love to have the guts to dive into that one. 🙂
    I enjoy seeing your thrift store finds on Instagram!

    • It was a tough one to get through. Boy.

      And thanks for following my other Instagram! You’re the best. <3

  • Those vintage pieces are super cool. I especially like those brass things (candleholders?) – not sure what to call them!
    About the review copies, maybe you can email the pubs and ask them? Maybe your post man is snatching them all! xD
    Happy reading, Joy!

    • Yesss. I love anything brass nowadays. Those are the first things I check out whenever I go thrifting. I love collecting little brass animals. Ha.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I love your style. I would LOVE LOVE a post on your vintage finds. I am love of antiques, so I would really appreciate it! I hope you have a great week!

    • Ohhh. I most definitely will. It’s so much fun!

  • it’s a nice theme for your house!

  • There are so many of those Sands books, I have read a few, they were amusing

    • Right? But I don’t think they’re for me so I said, sayonara. 🙂