Monthly Review

Monthly Review – February 2019

February has been a rough month with the flu going around. I’m hoping that things will pick up in the Spring as things warm up and I can hopefully move. I have one more week for this first Spring session and will have a short break before the second session starts. I am so excited to have a little more free time to read! I ended up purchasing quite a few books this month but at a very steep discount. I had gone with my fiance to purchase a used desk from a kind lady from Amazon, and while there I found that she had several books for sale marked at 50 cents a piece. I ended up picking up quite a few and she offered to give me the entire lot for a dollar, I felt bad and gave her a few more for how much she was giving me but it was such a lucky haul!

This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews

Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata
If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

Other Posts

YARC: Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019

What I’ve Read


In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive by Clementine von Radics
The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo


Chameleon Aura by Billy Chapata

Book Haul

Kindle First
The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller

A Guarded Heart by Heidi Kimball
In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive by Clementine von Radics
Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel
The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell
This is the Journey by Alison Malee
Your Lie is Mine by Nathan Ripley

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Elevation by Stephen King
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
Spark and Splendor by Mary Taranta
Split by Cathy Linh Che
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Miguel Ruiz
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace by Miguel Ruiz
To Love a Libertine by Liana LeFey
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor

Around The Web


New Study: Reading Fiction Really Will Make You Nicer and More Empathetic (Inc.)
Romance Readers Don’t Actually Love Jerks—and Other Misconceptions Debunked by Experts (Goodreads)
The Shady YA Drug Diary ‘Go Ask Alice’ Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg When It Comes To Author Beatrice Sparks (Ranker)
When Social Media Goes After Your Book, What’s the Right Response? (The New York Times)


Blogger Talk: Why You Should Be on Influenster (Booked J)
Tainted Love – 13 Books for the Non Romantically Inclined (Reading Under the Blankie)
The neverending tbr pile… (Bookish Lauren)
Thoughts On: Series vs Standalones (Huntress of Diverse Books)


Blood Heir Controversy (Francina Simone)
Books I Didn’t Finish – Duologies (ellias)
I read all 337 books in Skyrim so you don’t have to (Polygon | Unraveled)
My Top Favourite Reads of 2018! (Lauren Wade)
Toni Morrison Beautifully Answers an “Illegitimate” Question on Race (Jan. 19, 1998) (Charlie Rose)

Reading Next Month

Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin


  1. “Romance Readers Don’t Actually Love Jerks” XD I have a hard time reading these storylines anymore. I always think “OMG DUMP THIS GUY!!” too much in the beginning of the story. But it should be obvious we don’t want the exact same things as we read, otherwise there would be a lot more crimes committed, because you know action films.

    The article about social media and YA books was interesting. Although I think it is great that minorities are being heard, but I do think there is a small degree of digging for the offensive material. Like white cis-gendered people pointing out the offensive, thinking they are doing a great job by policing other people.

    I didn’t know that “Go Ask Alice” was written like a journal. I always assumed it was fiction, and I never read it. It seemed tacky when I was younger lol. Now as an adult I am glad I didn’t read it. I want to read her other was about Satanism, because whole Satanic Panic cracks me up. If people were REALLY doing human sacrifice, I think we would notice more people disappearing without a trace.
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    1. Yeaaaah, Go Ask Alice the more I read about it the weirder it got. She based a bunch of books apparently off of “real teens” that she worked with in counseling. Which for one, is questionable if she’s actually a counseling professional, and two, well that’s just kind of an uncomfortable break in confidentiality.

      I also agree that there is quite a bit of policing, and half the time the people that are offended didn’t even read the offending book. Then again, people have always freaked out over book content and challenged it; the more things change the more they stay the same.

      As for romance books, it is extremely tacky sometimes and I find it frustrating when negative behavior is romanticized. Yeah, people will go through rough patches, and couples can recover from things, but it leaves months or even years of issues, it never wraps up quite as nicely as they do in romance books. I just don’t get the fascination with characters that are clearly jerks or that engage in harmful behavior.

  2. Evelina

    We were also sick in Feb! I just hope spring comes sooner. Glad to hear about more free time, I could certainly use that as well 🙂
    Also can you whitelist me in your blog? I have to wrestle with it every time I post a comment. It’s sure my name is spam, and I can’t even leave my website it, otherwise it won’t let me post xD

    1. Oh goodness I had no idea! I white listed you! 🙂 I hope you two are okay and feel better! I’m excited for Spring also, it’s been chilly here still.

  3. Regarding romance readers @ jerks: I loathe these. Like, is it too much to ask for a relationship to start out healthy and not with an abusive partner? I especially feel this in manga and manwha…although that, for some reason, doesn’t make me look away. It’s like a trainwreck…also, it’s different somehow in graphic novels because I don’t have to mentally imagine how the scene might look—it’s why I’m more keen to watch horror movies (although light) and movies about abuse.

    ON THAT NOTE, THOUGH, WHAT IS WITH THE NAIVE PROTAGONISTS?? I surmise it boils down to weak writing/lack of concern for adequate character development, but the protagonists who are portrayed as absentminded weaklings and just…take everything thrown at them, and not once stand up for themselves, are likely what perpetuates the “myth” of romance stories glorifying abuse. But ah, I digress.~

    I, too, was sick during February. it was atrocious, namely because I wound up having low blood sugar, which led to a weakened immune system, and I didn’t find out about it until I was in too deep.

    Hope your March is going lovely.~
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