Monthly Review

Monthly Review – May 2018

Hello everyone! I hope you all have been doing well and not suffering too much with the oncoming summer weather.

I’ve been doing so much better about really cutting through my library and ARC backlog and getting some timely reviews out for my NetGalley acquisitions, so pat on the back on that. I’ve been trying to really hold myself back with checking out more books at the library so that I can catch up. I’ve been devouring poetry though I feel that I’m finally ready to start moving out of that binge and onto some non-fiction and a few huge fiction titles I’ve been waiting for.

Now that work has been steady for me and I’m in a better situation, I did spoil myself with a Nocturnal Readers’ Box subscription and a weekend to Comic Con with a few friends in town visiting! I haven’t been to a convention in roughly a decade and I had so much fun!

May has been a wonderful month for me between the con, seeing friends that I haven’t seen in a few years, and getting adjusted to my new job and I love it more and more every day, so I’m definitely excited for what the rest of the year will hold.

This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews

Other Posts

What I’ve Read





Book Haul

Book Box

Goodreads First Reads



Review Request

Tor Book Club

Around The Web


12 Best Books From the 2000s That We Still Love to Read Today (Signature)
28 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Shelves in May (io9)
Author Junot Diaz withdraws from festival amid sexual misconduct allegations (CBC)
Cannon Fodder: Books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don’t diminish the ‘classic’ curriculum. They enhance it. (Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Washington Post)
Out of this World: 4 Space Operas to Celebrate May the 4th (Bookish)
Romantic novelist’s trademarking of word ‘cocky’ sparks outcry (The Guardian)


Converse post; Poetry (Books-and-Dachshunds)
Do Likeable Characters Help Make Better Books? (Stephen Writes)
Should I Buy This Book? AKA Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Spend Your Money on Books (Aimee, Always)
Ten Underwhelming Reads (Lili’s Blissful Reads)
Why I Don’t Like Snape (Debbie’s Library)


Best Books I’ve Read Because of Booktube! (Mackenzie Lane)
If You Like This, You’ll Like This… | Book Recommendations (Sarah Sunbeemz)
My ANCESTORS Choose my TBR (Books and Lala)
Sci Fi Book Recommendations for Beginners (Books with Emily Fox)
The Attack on Femininity in Fiction: Masculine Women and Disempowered Men (The Authentic Observer)
The Poetry of Sylvia Plath: Crash Course Literature 216 (Crash Course)

Reading Next Month


  1. oooh are thoses bookmarks ?? I Love the pokemon one !! So adorable !
    Also, a work you love is everything; I have went through it. Im so happy you love it more and more xx

    ooh gothic tales of haunted love do look good.

    Thank you so much for including my post ! You took some good ones to include, and id need to go check a few out.
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    1. Indeed they are! I’ll try to get the name of the artist that made them, I couldn’t resist! Not a problem Kristina, you wrote a great post. 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Tomie and the Wandering Son. I have the Wandering Son on my wishlist at the library. I’ve been a little slow at reading lately.
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    1. I’ll be writing a review for Wandering Son once I finish the series, which I’m going to work on this summer. So far though from the first volume I really enjoyed it! It handles the subject matter with delicacy without being over the top. Definitely worth a read!

  3. Hallo, Hallo Jamie!!

    You and I are birds of a feather, lately! 🙂 I’ve been humbled by a seriously stacked backlogue myself – I’ve been slowly working through it just like you’ve been working through yours. I had to give up trying to keep up with my library check-outs at the same time, as I have the tendency to boomerang those back quite frequently and in different sets of intervals. The only good news there, at my library – the librarians tell me for each check-out which goes out quite frequently it helps other patrons find the books – so not a total loss?

    Hold that thought… I was a bit distracted tonight, will return and finish what I wanted to share!

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