On the Night Table [47]: Some Leftovers


The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius | The Rising by Bairbre Tóibín | Exit West by Mohsin Hamid | The Only Child by Andrew Pyper


I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. The nice weather that I was looking forward to on Friday didn’t happen but we did have a warm Saturday at least. I was able to do a lot of indoor work so the backyard Spring cleaning was postponed until next weekend.

I did a lot of projects inside the house which included revamping my living room to make it cozier. If you remember, last year, I embraced the minimalist style of home decorating so I had very limited decorations and uniformly subdued colours. Lately, though, I’ve been finding that the beauty in the eclectic mixing of colours, patterns, and textures. One of these days, I might just have to show you what I did. I took great delight in unearthing a bunch of my old home decors packed in boxes in the basement. Oddly enough, they worked splendidly well with what I was trying to achieve. Anyway, enough about that. Let me give you an update of my reading week.

This week’s pile.

I have been trying to get to a couple of books on my pile this week since they’ve been on my night table for weeks now. Sadly, I have not been getting too many for review books as of late – which is all right, I guess. I have plenty enough to read. And I really want to get rid of these so I can tackle some Net Galley books that have been sitting in my Kindle for years.

Last week.

Well, I read quite a few books last week. I managed to read 5 – it was a long weekend, after all.

The Improbability of Love started out good but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. Alex, Approximately was so awesome. Easily one of my favourite reads this year! Geekerella was fun. Mister Moneybags was a hoot. Alter Egos was interesting but I ended up raging after everything is said and done.

That was my week. How was yours?

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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?

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On the Night Table [45]: March TBR


Hello.

Every month, I always try to make it a point to tackle review copies first before anything else. March is no different. Aside from Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, the books on my pile are for review that’s been sitting on my shelf for a time now.

Nostalgia by MG Vassanji won the Governor General’s award for literature here in Canada. It’s about a man who is suffering from Leaked Memory Syndrome. It’s when memories of his past lives come seeping out from the deep confines of his brain. It has such an interesting premise, but I must admit that it’s intimidating me a little bit.

I’ve decided to re-read Moon Called by Patricia Briggs in an effort to get this series off my TBR. I own the first 6 books and since this series has been widely loved by practically everyone I know, I thought it was high time.

I’m a huge fan of suspense/mysteries, so The Girl Before is right up my alley. Looking forward to reading this one.

I’m more than halfway done with I See You and enjoying it so far. I had assumed that this book will not be out until April, for some reason so I’m a little late in posting my review.

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Seven Days of You was cute. Oryx And Crake was insane. Act Like It was pretty good but not as good as Pretty Face.

So this has been my week. I’ve been relatively absent from the blog for no other reason than tiredness and laziness. I’ve written a few posts to get me through the week, though so I’ll try to be on schedule this time.

Have a great week, everyone!

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On the Night Table [44]: Reading Update


The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine | The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman | I See You by Clare Mackintosh


Hello.

How was your weekend? We’re about four days away from the dreaded inauguration, you guys. How are you planning on spending the day? Besides the fact that I have to work, I’m going to do my darnedest to steer clear of the social media and any tv broadcast about it. But if you guys have any suggestions on what I can do that will be more productive, let me know. I’m open to anything.

Anyway, I’ve got more January books on my night table this week. I’ve been doing so well with my review copies but I’ve also been requesting a lot of books from Net Galley lately. I’ve been bad. So so bad. Also, I just noticed that Net Galley is giving us a chance to improve our review stats so I took advantage of that this weekend by submitting the reviews for the ones that I didn’t. I’m so glad. My reviewing percentage is pretty sad, to be honest, so I’m thankful for the opportunity. It also gives me a chance to see which books I have on my Kindle that I need to read. Gah. The number is staggering.

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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan was a solid read. Gritty, gory and not at all the kind of werewolf stories I’ve read in the past. Wait For It by M. O’Keefe was a good read, but I found the characters to be different from when I first met them in the preceding books. Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia was a fantastic read as well. I’ve already reviewed The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer and Born A Crime previously so you know how I felt about them. Little Heaven was on the blog last week.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you’ve been up to lately. 🙂 Have a great week, dear readers. I know it’s not going to be the greatest, but I hope you’ll make the best of it, anyway.

 

 

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On the Night Table [43]: January Books


The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine | Little Heaven by Nick Cutter | The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman | Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia


I just realized that I really don’t have too many books for reviews on my pile anymore. So this month, I’m going to try to not get distracted so I can finally get rid of the books for which I have to write a review. Admittedly, I’ve already fallen behind because I see a couple that came out yesterday (Everything You Want Me to Be & The Cursed Queen). This is so frustrating to me as this mishap could’ve easily been avoided had I know how to keep a better handle on what’s due.

Anyway, I’m also supposed to be a part of the blog tour for Little Heaven this month but I’ve yet to see a confirmation of my participation date. I’m in the middle of Everything You Want Me to Be that I’m thoroughly enjoying. I’m a little close to halfway so I’m at the point where the meat of the plot is slowly unraveling. I aim to finish reading this book tomorrow so I can put up a review. I might just pull an all-nighter for this.

 In my quest to at least appear like I got my shit together, I started a journal for my blog. I did this last year as well but I didn’t continue. This year, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep it going for the entire year. It’s not the most creative but I’m at least trying to get organized. Lol.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these?

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On the Night Table [42]: Fall TBR

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Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap | The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz | The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


It’s going to be quite an ambitious month for me over here. But I feel like I’ve been neglecting so much and I need to do my best to curb-stump by TBR pile – particularly, the books that I’ve gotten for review. And there’d been so many! This past weekend, I made a list of all the books that needed my immediate attention and have come up with what is now my On the Night Table post.

Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap  is a memoir meant to aid the narrator in unburdening herself with what had been a difficult life. I’m in for angst, I think but I’m looking forward to reading this because it’s sort of a historical, racially charged account of how Slovenians were treated in German-speaking Austria. Looking forward to reading this. 

The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz is a family saga set in British Columbia. I’m always on the lookout for books set in my country, so I was happy to receive this from Random House Canada.

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon I love Nicola’s debut and have sworn to read anything she puts out ever since then. I can’t wait to read this!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman I haven’t read any of his books but I think I have his popular series. I’m looking forward to finally reading one of his books!

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult this is only going to be my second Jodi Picoult reading, believe it or not. Loved her The Storyteller, so looking forward to more of the same.

Have you read any of these?

What do you plan to read this month?

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On the Night Table [41]:

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Swan Riders by Erin Bow | Nutshell by Ian McEwan


Hello.

I hope y’all had a great weekend. Mine was a little less than inspiring – practically not worth mentioning. I have been so lazy on the blogging front lately! I’d blame it on the weather but that would be a lie. Lol. The good news is I managed to stave off going to the bookstore this past weekend so I saved a few bucks. I also managed to read a couple of books – one was a massive 480-pager (The Rook) and a slight but impactful read from Adam Silvera. Both were brilliant in their own right.

This week’s reading choices features a couple that I’ve been trying (but failing) to read for weeks now:

Nutshell by Ian McEwan is a small book (page-wise) but because the writing is  distractingly gorgeous, I’m going at a snail’s pace. I hope to finish it this week, though. This book is a retelling of Hamlet but is no way affiliated with the Hogarth Shakespeare endeavor. This is very interesting, actually. The story is told through eyes of a fetus in vitro about how its mother and her lover planned to murder her husband. I’m not far into it, but the view from where I sit is brilliant so far.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow. I have high hopes for this installment. I was infinitely disappointed with Scorpion Rules so I hope this book will be its redemption. I haven’t even cracked it open. According to Goodreads, I put this on my currently-reading shelf on August 6th. It’s been over a month. I want to cry.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. By the time you’re reading this post, I’ve most likely finished reading this book. The Couple Next Door is so addictive, you guys. As I’m writing this, I’m filled with the need to get back to this messed up story. I’m more than halfway and loving it so much.

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What are you reading this week?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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On The Night Table [40]:

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The Farther He Runs by Lynda Aicher | Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel | Swan Riders by Erin Bow


Hello!

Do you ever feel like your days have become an endless cycle of waiting for the weekend to come? I wait so long for the weekend then it goes by in a blink of an eye. So here we are. It’s Monday again. Thankfully, there’s a long weekend coming up so I’m pumped for that. But I bet it’s going to be a long week ahead.

You know what I’ve been doing nowadays? I think I’ve mentioned it before how big of a fan I am about apocalyptic films and since getting Netflix and Amazon Fire, I’ve been gorging myself silly. I’ve been watching pretty much every single superhero movies I could get my hands on. I just watched Xmen Apocalypse and Batman vs. Superman. I feel like I’m missing a storyline in B vs. S because I was so confused. So further research and perhaps a rewatch is in order. I also watched Legion the other day; it’s amazing how I could easily see the angels in Susan Ee’s books in this film. Have you seen these movies?

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. This week’s reading pile consists of two SciFi novels and one M/M romance. I thought The Farther He Runs would be a great way to cleanse the palate after reading those two books. Sleeping Giants is amazing so far. It’s an Experimental Fiction about a little girl who fell into a giant mechanical hand and grew up to lead a team to recover all the missing pieces. It’s very interesting in all the ways that matter – especially the way it’s written.

I’ve barely started The Farther He Runs so I’m reserving judgement and I’m hoping Swan Riders will be better since The Scorpion Rules was a total bore. It’s also very confusing. At the end of it all, my life neither improved nor worsened by reading the book. I hate when that happens.

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Have a great week, everyone! September is upon us. Oddly enough, I’m looking forward to the changing of the season. My kids are going back to school soon as well and I’m sad about that. I know, I know. I shouldn’t. But I love having the kids at home. Anyway, happy reading!

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On the Night Table [39]: Reading Updates

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Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff | Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich | A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin | The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan


 Hello.

How was your weekend? This is kind of random but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how much I wanted to have another baby. My husband is totally against this idea, though citing his age (he’s 44) and that he’s an old man who can no longer do the sleepless nights and the sport of chasing a toddler around. Every time I am around babies, I melt. So on Saturday, I was so happy when I got to babysit my cousin’s baby while they attended a wedding. She’s six months old, very sweet and very beautiful. She was such a good baby, though. She only cried when she was tired. Other than that, the kids adored her.

Yesterday, I basically sat around and tried not to think about the coming work week. Not that it’s going to be a crazy maelstrom of pushing paper, it’s just it’s been slow lately so I’m bored most of the time. What about you? What did you get up to this weekend?

I don’t know why I do this to myself. I literally started all these books this weekend except for The Sunlight Pilgrims. In my defense, this is what happens when you live in a place where a book is within your reach in any random rooms of the house. And even worst when a book is so good that you’re unable to put it down after a couple of chapters. So yes. This week, I found myself reading four books all at the same time.

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The Sunlight Pilgrims is going really slow for me. It’s really weird because this novel is about the coming ice age, and for some reason, I’m not sensing any urgency and alarm from the characters of this book. This is really unfortunate because I was really excited for this. I’m close to halfway; the snow just started falling. Let’s hope the white stuff will light a fire on the story’s slow as a sludge plot line. I’m on page 103 of 272.

Jonathan Unleashed is a weird one. It’s a contemporary fiction about this man who found himself saddled with a couple of dogs. These dogs are currently showing him facets of his relationship that he may have been in denial all these time. It’s interesting, sure. But I’m a little put off with his state of mind. There’s a telling immaturity about him that makes him seem lazy. We’ll see how it goes. I’m on page 64 of 275 of an ARC.

Curious Minds is my baptism of fire into the world of Janet Evanovich. This is a brand new series – which I’m so happy about. I’ve always wanted to read her books but I don’t have the time to invest and read the backlist of her number of series. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her books! After flipping through this novel, I found myself unable to look away. I’m in danger of yet another sleepless night, folks. This one’s about an eccentric billionaire and an analyst from a finance company who find themselves in cahoots to solve the disappearance of a financier. I’m really into this. I’m on page 48 of 323 of an ARC.

A Song of Fire and Ice has always been on my bucket list. I’m happy that I finally got around to picking this up. I decided to read this with the help of an audiobook because my ginormous copy is the size of a textbook. I’m loving it. I saw the first 6 episodes of the tv series, so most of the stuff I’m reading rings a bell. I can’t wait to get into it further; I’m on page 117 of 674.

So that’s what I’m reading this week, folks. I hope you’ll have a lovely week.

Happy reading!

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On The Night Table [38]: August Reads

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The Angel’s Share by JR Ward | The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan | And I Darken by Kiersten White


It is that time again to pick the books I want to make sure I get to this month. I have a few books for review as well, but those are always a given thing. I’ve had The Sunlight Pilgrims on my currently reading shelf but I didn’t get too far ahead because I have the attention span of a Tazmanian devil. So yes, still reading The Sunlight Pilgrims.

The Angels’ Share is JR Ward’s installment to her new series, The Bourbon Kings. I want to read this right away because I just read the first book. Everything is still fresh in my mind so I want to take advantage of that.

I also started And I Darken last month but I didn’t make any headway. So far, everyone is correct with their impression of Lada: she is a fearsome thing to behold and I can’t wait to read more about this family who is the very definition of scary dysfunction.

By last year this month, I was able to reach my Goodreads goal of 150 books for the year. Things are definitely different this year, but I hope to at least read 20 books this month to get me closer to my goal.

Books I’m Looking Forward to in August

26114463 This book will be out on August 9th. I’ve already pre-ordered a copy so I’m pretty pumped. Here’s the summary from Goodreads:


In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


30336056 This book will be out on August 30th, but it’s an Aussie release, so who knows when it will be available in North America. I’m ordering it from Book Depo so I probably won’t see it until at least early September. I’m a little wary of the impending love triangle or whatever but it’s Cath Crowley! I’m a fan of her work. Here’s the Goodreads Summary:


This is a love story. It’s the story of a second-hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.

Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends. Or they were. Before Rachel moved away to the sea. Now, she’s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.

Rachel loves Henry. Henry loves Amy. Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.

This is a book about books. About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves. It’s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die. How we leave our histories in the things we love – like books.


I hope you’ll enjoy what’s left of your summer, y’all. Let me know what you plan on reading this month and give me some good recommendations, will you?  Have a lovely week. 🙂

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