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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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.


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February Inbox/Outbox

Inbox/Outbox is a feature created by Book Riot. It’s not mine.


It’s that time again when I bring you an update with all the things that happened in the past month. Reading-wise, I can’t say it’s been great. Now that I’m not working again, I’m having a tough time getting into the swing of things. Even though I’ve got plenty of time on my hands, I’m unable to get some reading done. I think it may have to do with worrying about being unemployed. I hate not being a productive human being. I don’t like relying on my husband too much, so it’s been on my  mind pretty much 24/7. I really hope I find a job soon. It’s been almost three weeks. Sigh.


  1. Shimmer by Paula Weston
  2. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  3. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  4. Black Apple by Joan Crate
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  6. She’s Not There by Joy Fielding
  7. The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse
  8. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  9. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  10. Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson
  11. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  12. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren


  1. Worth it All by Claudia Connor (Review this week)
  2. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry 
  3. Dear Emma by Katie Heaney
  4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  5. He Will Be My Ruin by KA Tucker
  6. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  7. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
  8. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
  9. The Widow by Fiona Barton (Review this week)
  10. Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Review this week)
  11. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  12. Priest by Sierra Simone
  13. Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (Review this week)


Holla. Steady as she goes. Now that I’m slowly embracing this minimalism movement, I’m having an easier time saying no to book shopping jaunts. Yesterday, my dear husband asked me if I wanted to go and I declined. One of the traits that minimalism teaches you is, being able to discern what you need versus what you want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to buy books, but I’m going to make sure it’s a book that I truly want. I’m keeping track of the book releases by visiting blogs that have a weekly New Release feature. I’m also going to steer clear of thrift stores for the time being because I don’t need to accumulate more books. Let’s hope I can keep this up.


Speaking of minimalism, so after I did an announcement post about a new blog I wanted to do, I had a sudden realization that starting another one might be counterproductive with what I’m trying to achieve. Another thing that I’m slowly learning about this movement  is that it teaches you to reduce the things that occupy your time and your mind on a daily basis. I realized that another blog might be an added stress or pressure for me on top of trying to keep up with this blog. So if you don’t mind, I might do a random post about it on here rather than worrying about another one to maintain. What do you think? Thoughts? Suggestions?

In any case, I started purging my house last week. I thought it would be overwhelming for me, but I found that if I concentrated on one particular space, it would not be so bad. I started with my desk drawers. Then, I moved on to the two bathrooms we have upstairs. Tomorrow, I’d planned to tackle our pantry. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to keep the clutter away by putting things back as soon as I’m done with them. Procrastination has always been a big hindrance to keeping clutter away, so if I keep reminding myself to do things right away, I’m well on my way.


I finally signed up to have a Netflix account. Bad idea. Bad. Very bad. I got caught up with The Shadowhunters. I started The 100 and quit right after they killed the character I love. I watched movies. In short, I wasted a lot of valuable reading time. Thankfully, I think the lovin’ is gone. I’m only going to watch when I absolutely have nothing else to do.

Anyway, that’s been my week, my month. How was yours?

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