Monthly Review

Monthly Review – January 2019

Goodness the New Year came and went so fast, where did January even go!? I thought the Fall enrollment rush was wild, Spring was just as busy! I got the surprise of my life at work when I was called into my director’s office this month! While I know I had been performing well at work in terms of meeting goals, I know that I have a lot of areas I need to work on, particularly with script adherence and interdepartmental relations. I just about had a heart attack when they offered me a raise, and I hadn’t even been employed there for a full year! My coach has also made it a point to me that she wants to prepare me to become a certified trainer. I am seriously crying from happiness, I’m so happy to have found a career that I love and at a school where my work feels appreciated.

As for reading, I feel like I’m starting to break the slump a little bit. Whenever I do get the chance to read I get pretty into the books I pick up, work and grad school has eaten away all of my time. I decided to drop one of my two classes this upcoming March session now that my personal life has been becoming a lot more stable and I don’t feel as rushed to complete my degree. I want to really give myself a little more free time to just enjoy my time off, pick up a few of the books that I’ve been dying to read and start writing posts again. I’ve really realized lately how happy reading and blogging makes me, and I want to commit myself to writing more this year.

This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt
Jisatsu Circle by Usamaru Furuya
Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

Other Posts
19 Books I Want to Read in 2019

What I’ve Read


Jisatsu Circle by Usamaru Furuya

Book Haul

Kindle First

If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird
Letting Go of the Need to Be Right: Experience the Power of Humility by Jeff Dollar
Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady
The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann

Before the Ring: Questions Worth Asking by William L. Coleman
Belly Up by Eva Darrows
Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck
Bleed Like Me by Azzurra Nox
Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Lost You by Haylen Beck
Say Something by Cathy Morrison
The Lord of the Sabbath by Mariana Palova
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
Release by Patrick Ness
Revival by Stephen King
Right Behind You by Lisa Gardener
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
The Beckoning Fair One and Other Stories by Oliver Onions
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

Around The Web


How a man detained on Manus Island won Australia’s richest literary prize (SBS News)
Reddit AMA: S.A. Chakraborty (/r/books)
The best books to understand what is happening in Venezuela (The Guardian)
The Latest YA Twitter Pile On Forces a Rising Star to Self-Cancel (Vulture)
When Michael Crichton Reigned over Pop Culture, from ER to Jurassic Park (Vanity Fair)


8 Stress-Free Books for anxious readers like me who cannot take one more second of angst (Melanie Loves Fiction)
Have You Ever Wondered Why You Read Books? (Avalinah’s Books)
If You Liked #12: Mental Health Awareness Edition! (Vicky Who Reads)
The Pond Gets Loud: 8 Book Bloggers Share Their Experiences of Balancing Blogging and Life – Part II (The Quiet Pond)
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (Shut Up, Shealea)


2 star reads // worst books i’ve read (ellias)
basic wannabe instagram girl reviews basic instagram poetry (itsdivya)
Classics I Read in 2019 (Lucy the Reader)
I finally read a YA book after 4 years and I hated it (itsdivya)
Reading “The Worst Book of All Time” (Insane Reader)

Reading Next Month

Evil Eye by Joyce Carol Oates
Shame Is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert


  1. That’s awesome your career is going so well! SO happy for you! And I hope Echo North is good because I’m super curious about that one (also it’s gorgeous eep).

    1. Thank you Cait! My goodness Echo North is gorgeous, when I first found it I was like wow why have I never heard of this book!? It was a bit of an impulse buy oops. I plan to read it this month after I finish an ARC, I’ve been in dire need of some good YA fantasy in my life!

  2. That sounds like a fantastic month, Jamie! I am so pleased that things are going very well, both in life and in reading. Hope you have an amazing February!
    Stephen recently posted…Monthly Wrap-Up – January 2019My Profile

    1. Thank you Stephen! I’m so hyped for the upcoming break just so I can have more free time to read hah. Every time I’ve tried to pick up a book I remember that I have an assignment I need to be working on instead. I hope you are doing good as well!! 🙂

  3. OMG JAMIE A RAISE THAT IS AWESOME AHHHH I’m so happy you’ve found a career you like–that’s incredible news! and thank you for linking up my post–glad you liked the recommendations! also you have so many amazing books ahead of you I look forward to reading your posts on them!
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    1. Thank you Vicky! I’m so excited and so happy that I feel I’ve found some direction in my career. As for the books, man I had told myself I wouldn’t buy anymore, and then some less than a dollar books from my local library and Barnes & Noble $5 sales undid my book buying ban. Ah well, I’m excited to get to some of these books this upcoming spring!

  4. Ooh, new theme! Wow, it looks so gorgeous! I ABSOLUTELY love it.
    I’m so happy you’re getting all those amazing opportunities at work, congratulations 🙂
    Thank you for sharing my post!! <3 🙂

    1. Of course Evelina, I love your posts! Also thank you, I have been working on the new look for a little over a month now and am still tweaking it to get it the way that I like it. Need to do another header when I have the time!

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