Monthly Review

Monthly Review – May 2019

I feel like I’m really starting to break my reading slump and now that I’ve had to read so much for school it has made me hungry to read non-academic texts for pleasure. I cut through a few new manga series that I really enjoyed, and have started reading a highly anticipated dystopia novel I managed to get an ARC for that has kept me engaged despite the ups and downs. I had struggled for over a year now to stay focused on books and ended up picking up so many and not finishing them and it had started to stress me out.

Besides that, May has been extremely mentally tiring for me between work and burn out from classes. As of now I am almost halfway finished with my graduate degree and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to give up and drop my degree a few times. I enjoy the subject matter that I am learning, and it is has been helping my career in more ways than I can describe, it has just gotten overwhelming with everything that I have going on. I’m thankful that my husband has been extremely supportive and has encouraged me each time I feel exhausted and down about balancing work, school, and home life.

This Month’s Posts

Book Reviews

Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & MU by Junji Ito
Metamorphosis by Shindo L
The Female Correspondent by Eva Deverell

Other Posts

Tackling My TBR #2

What I’ve Read


Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito
The Girl from the Other Side vol. 5 by Nagabe


Henshin no News by Natsujikei Miyazaki
Metamorphosis by Shindo L


Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry

Book Haul

Book Box
Finishing Becca by Ann Rinaldi
Firestarter by Stephen King
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History by Linda Colley
The Storm by Clive Cussler

For Class
Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living by Cornelius Plantinga
The Idea of a Christian College by Arthur F. Holmes
Thriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education by Karen Longman

Kindle First
Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates
Apt Pupil by Stephen King
Blight by Alexandra Duncan
Dissolving Classroom by Junji Ito
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
In Her Skin by Kim Savage
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Poisonby Galt Niederhoffer
Smashed by Junji Ito
Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life by Joyce Carol Oates
The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
The Bone Snatcher by Charlotte Salter
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter
Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
Wish by Barbara O’Connor
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

Around The Web


Announcing the 2018 Nebula Awards Winners (Tor)
Announcing the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist (Tor)
Five Books Featuring Terrible Monsters That Tug on Our Human Heartstrings (Tor)
How do you turn kids into bookworms? All 10 children’s laureates share their tips (The Guardian)
How the Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books? (Glamour)
Scholars Believe That ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a 5000 Year Old Tale (The Vintage News)
Leila Slimani Doesn’t Care If
You’re Uncomfortable
(Literary Hub)
Will George R. R. Martin’s Books End Like Game of Thrones? “Yes. And No. And Yes.” (Tor)


About ‘The Girl and the Stars’ by Mark Lawrence (no spoilers) (That Thorn Guy)
Books with Mental Health Reps (Darque Dreamer Reads)
How to choose your next read? (Bookish Lauren)
ABC Book Challenge – F (Stephen Writes)


a size XXL unboxing of youtuber’s books | ZOELLA! SHANE! et al (itsdivya)
George R. R. Martin and Stephen King (Capital Video)
Gryffindor Book Recommendations (Book Roast)
House of Leaves: The Horror Of Fiction (What’s So Great About That?)
New Adult Recommendations! (Francina Simone)
The Life and Works of Satoshi Kon (Anime Philosopher)


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