Monthly Review

Monthly Review – June 2019

I had an absurdly large book haul this month but I promise it’s a good mix of steeply discounted kindle books and physical books! I was sad to find out that the last local Books-A-Million store in my entire metropolitan region will be closing early next month and so the entire store was having a massive closing sale. I went with my husband and one of our best friends, Nija, and we had a blast browsing books together and picking up some real gems. Sadly by the time I found out about the sale (several days after the announcement) when we got there many of the shelves were in total disarray and half empty, most new release books were already snapped up! I did manage to get my hands on a few new releases, boxed sets, books from my tbr, and some surprise new titles I had never heard of.

In other great book news, this book trip has helped me to get some of those closest to me back into reading. I got Nija back into reading books and she has been so excited! We’ve been picking authors and books that we want to read together, and have already started trading a few books to buddy read. She has already been carving her way through my entire Junji Ito collection and has become a huge fan. I got my husband back into reading as well, he picked up a book at the sale and devoured it in a matter of days. He loved it so much, for father’s day I picked up a book that was inspired by his all-time favorite book and he read it in under 12 hours. He loved it so much I decided to read both books, so I will be picking those up next month.

I also made the decision for my health to take a break for a semester from graduate school. I am officially at the halfway point in my degree, and only have my capstone and three additional classes to take. Financially it is the wisest decision, as my employee benefits will kick back in January and make it MUCH cheaper for me to attend. More than anything though, I am taking the break for my mental health. I’ve completely lost focus this semester and have been struggling to maintain my high grades. My first class I have an A+, but my second class is cross listed with a doctoral course and most of my classmates are doctoral students. I’m not ready for that level of study and research yet, and so I’m skimming by with a B at the moment. For reference, a B- is considered failing in my degree program. So I’m a little stressed about that. My final week will be next week and then after that I only plan to complete my capstone this upcoming fall. This will free up my schedule immensely to rest and catch up on reading again. Getting back to reading this month has done so much to rejuvenate my spirit and I feel like it is much needed.

As for the blog, I changed the theme again to something brighter and it makes me feel so happy and at peace.

This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews

Other Posts

What I’ve Read




Book Haul

Book Box
Lovelock by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H. Kidd
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
The Second Century by Mark T. Gilderhus
The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Kindle First

Aligned by Hortense le Gentil
Behind the Screen by Sarah T. Roberts
Love in Disguise by Anneka R. Walker
The Desirable Sister by Taslim Burkowicz by Kimia Eslah
The Daughter Who Walked Away

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
American Panda by Gloria Chao
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Carrie by Stephen King
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Home by Nnedi Okorafor
I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath
Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Son by Lois Lowry
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
The Colossus and Other Poems by Sylvia Plath
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

Around The Web


8 Books That Explore What It Means to Be Biracial (Electric Lit)
31st Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists and Winners (Lambda Literary)
Goodreads Podcast: Elizabeth Talks with Author Neil Gaiman (Goodreads)
​How Harlequin Became the Most Famous Name in Romance (Pictorial)
She Pulled Her Debut Book When Critics Found It Racist. Now She Plans to Publish. (The New York Times)
What happened to the Harlequin Romance? (The New Yorker)


Four Book Quadruplets, aka Grouped Book Recommendations on Steroids (Vicky Who Reads)
Take A Moment (Openly Bookish) – Help a fellow blogger save their mom!
The Indian Lit Readathon is back! (This is Lit!)
Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fantasy Novels (A Kernel of Nonsense)


BOOKSTORES: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content (Max Joseph)
Classics Worth Reading | Kendare Blake Recommends (Epics Reads)
The Manga Stories That Terrified Me (Ryan Hollinger)
This Book Will Change Your Life! Book Review (PewDiePie)
George RR Martin on Why He Hates Fan Fiction (Aegon Targaryen)
Why should you read Kurt Vonnegut? (TED)

I learned recently that Harlequin has now extended to manga in very much the same style as the romance novelettes that they are famous for. I find this venture really intriguing and forward thinking, and so I wanted to shine a spotlight on this with some of my links this month.

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