Monthly Review

Monthly Review – December 2018

We’ve finally reached the end of the year! I’m happy to report that 2018 was a far better year than 2017, and I’m ending the year on a happy note. 2018 brought a lot of changes in my life! A new career, graduate school, a good relationship, and the courage to file for divorce after waiting out my one year separation period. I feel that I’ve changed a lot as a person and for the better, I’ve become happier and more confident in myself, and I look forward to good things.

I’m a little apprehensive for 2019, as I’ll have some more big changes coming in my life, including a potential move with my partner, where is still up in the air depending on both of our careers. I’m also still waiting on the long divorce process and am hoping everything goes relatively uncomplicated. As for school, if all goes according to schedule, though, I should be finishing graduate school around this time next year. I look forward to 2019 and am hoping for a better year than last.

This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

Other Posts
Bookish Naughty List Book Tag
End of the Year 2018 Book Tag
Tackling My TBR #1

What I’ve Read


If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt


As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav


The Universe Inside Me by Kieran Song


I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni by Erin Hayes

Book Haul

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Kindle First
True Places by Sonja Yoerg

An Improper Encounter by Erica Taylor
Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata
Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev
The Year of Blue Water
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Whispers From The Moon by Lee Broda
Wildflower Heart by Grace Greene

A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen
Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Dinner Along the Amazon by Timothy Findley
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Around The Web

5 Books That Explain Why it Seems the World is Fucked (Mark Manson)
Best Books of 2018 Mega Thread (Reddit)
Marissa Meyer AMA (Reddit)
Public Domain Day 2019 (Center for the Study of Public Domain)

Non-YA Authors I Would Like To Read In 2019 (This Bookish Life of Mine)
Real Publicist Advice On How To Get Review Copies Approved (Avalinah’s Books)
The Year in Literature: Best Books of 2018 (Booked J)
Top 5 Underrated Books of 2018 (Book Browsing Blog)

Defacing Dark Matter (iLivieForBooks)
Favourite Books of 2018 (Lucy the Reader)
Popular Books I Did Not Finish (abookutopia)
Reacting to Unpopular Book Opinions! (Jesse the Reader)
WORST BOOKS I READ IN 2018 (Book Roast)

Reading Next Month

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez
Honeybee by Trista Mateer


  1. Good luck with all the divorce stuff. It can be exhausting, but it is can be a great positive thing for families. And yey finishing up school!
    Jennifer recently posted…Produce Bucket: RadishesMy Profile

    1. Thank you, I’m definitely going to need it! It definitely is and the first year of separation was difficult, especially for Mackie. The girls are doing great now and I’m happy to have the paperwork underway. My ex and I agreed to keep things civil and uncontested, but he’s had the paperwork for a month now and hasn’t signed, so I’m a little worried. Hopefully things stay civil and I don’t have to pay more out of pocket for this process.

  2. Good luck with the divorce stuff, I’m sorry that’s happening but glad to hear that it sounds like you’ve put time and energy into learning to love yourself more and be confident. Glad you’ve been able to fit in time for reading too. What grad program are you in? Hope you’re having a great day too. 🙂
    Thomas recently posted…To All the Three Men Who Taught Me to Trust Men SometimesMy Profile

    1. Hi Thomas! My day is going well so far, just got home from work. I’m a psychology student at the university I work for pursuing a degree in Counseling for Student Affairs. I work mainly with graduate and doctoral students for the education department. I do a lot of career counseling, assistance with license requirements, and setting up degree plans. I really enjoy my career so the grad program was a natural choice.

      The divorce is lame but was something that was coming for a long time. I jumped into marriage too quickly with a friend I had a crush on for years, and it was clear that the marriage was very one sided. I realized how unhappy I was, that my emotional needs weren’t being fulfilled and my ex was a drain on me financially and spiritually, he literally did nothing and freeloaded.

      I didn’t love myself enough, and so for the first 8 or so months after I got separated I took a lot of time to myself. I let go of a lot of fears I had about dating (which is miserable, my god!) and stopped feeling bad about myself, starting reminding myself that I’m worth more and deserve a partner that will put in as much effort as I do in a relationship. So all in all good things and lots of self reflection this year.

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are having a great week as well!!

  3. Ahhh, your year has felt kind of long, but also made me grateful to be your friend?? I hope that doesn’t sound to weird…. I’m here if you need me! You’re always fun to chat to, plus I love talking books. 😉

    Alias Grace is a Netflix series. I watched a few episodes, but…ah. I think I’d rather read it, heh. Can’t wait to see your review for it! 😀
    Jane recently posted…The Classics ClubMy Profile

    1. It’s not weird, I’m grateful to be your friend too! Chatting about books, blogs, TCGs, and whatever else helped me a lot through the dark times the first few months of separation. I’m sorry I’ve been so crazy busy the last few months, I’ve had a lot going on I can fill you in on later. I’ll poke you on twitter sometime this week when I’m off work so we can catch up!

      As for Alias Grace, yeah I watched the first 30 minutes of the show and loved the actress they chose for Grace, the way she narrates sounds a lot like how many of Atwood’s characters narrate stories. I stopped watching because I wanted to read the book first, I’m going to try to make it my Atwood book this year. 🙂

  4. Wow, that’s a lot of books hauled 🙂 hey, thank you so much for sharing my post! 🙂
    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks recently posted…Sorry For Being Gone All Week! Hoping To Catch Up With You SoonMy Profile

    1. Thank you Evelina! Yeah I jumped all over book sales and got quite a lot of hardcovers, super hyped! Your blog is always one of my go to’s each month, you always have such great posts!

  5. You’ve hauled quite the list of books! I see a Neal Shusterman in the list! After reading the Unwind Dystology, his other books have been on my TBR for the longest time! I can’t wait to read your review of Challenger Deep.
    Shruti recently posted…No, Wuthering Heights is not a love story.My Profile

    1. I’ll try to read it soon then Shruti! Shusterman has been on my list of “authors I should read” since his books have been so popular.

  6. I am glad your year is ending on a happy note, and that most of your December reads were 4/5 stars! Nice haul, too. Happy reading!
    Kaleena recently posted…Outdoor Adventures: Hiking in AuburnMy Profile

    1. Thank you Kaleena! I’m happy that I ended the year with some great reads as well. My goodness the Christmas sales, I couldn’t resist!!

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