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


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