Monthly Wrap-Up: Stress, Stress, Slump, And Stress

Okay everyone, apologies in advance because I really need to get my blog commenting back in the game.

February was a… hectic month for me. I was constantly tired and slept for 2-3 hours multiple nights a week, which was severely unhealthy. In addition, I started eating at the wrong times and eating a lot per meal, which was really not good for my metabolism. Suffice it to say, I’m trying to be more healthy in terms of food and sleep these next five weeks of college (and then summer!). 

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I applied for a second job (which, currently I have a federal work study job where the school helps out with my salary) and I hear back next week. The hours are a lot better (I applied for 8 pm – 12 am shifts; this is at a computer lab) and the environment more cozier. PLUS, I would get almost $2 more if I get the new job, so fingers crossed!

Like I said, I’ve been gaining very unhealthy habits because of the stress levels that classes and organizations are causing, but I’m persevering. I recently worked with an organization at my school to exhibit art at the Atlanta Science Festival, as well as volunteer to help kids paint a live mural. It was so fun! Very fun, but also exhausting. I remember I ate one meal that day, and when I went back to my room and took a 3 hour nap right afterward, I realized I needed to start taking care of myself.

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Literally amazing. Drop everything and order a copy like, NOW. AND THAT ENDING. THE HYPE WAS SO WORTH IT.

This was a sweet novella addition to the Chicago Rebels series, which follows a hockey team based in Chicago and the women that own it. The couple featured is the openly out gay general manager Dante and the in-the-closet Cade. Tropes to consider: age difference (12, omg), bit of a forbidden romance since they work together, COOKING. YEET.

I enjoyed this quieter contemporary! Although I didn’t love this book, it was still a satisfying read with excellent character growth and a sweet romance.

As a quick romantic fantasy, this was the perfect read for me while I commute to work. It’s light and flirty and just fantastic in general. Tropes to watch out for: secret identities (hint: one is a dragon), forbidden love.

I’ve been following this Urban Fantasy series that features vampires, and they’ve been quite enjoyable! The thing with these books is that they’re full of cliches and tropes, but I didn’t mind them anyway. Sometimes I really need predictability in my romances, aha. There’s forbidden romance featured in this one as well, as the couple is from antagonistic vampire clans.

While I enjoyed this book, I likened it to a quick and fun adventure that’s more on the superficial side. The action was non-stop and, I even admit, character growth was there too. But there was just something that made me feel a disconnect to the story. I will still be watching out for the sequel!

On Happy Indulgence

Honor Among Thieves Review: A Super Unique Sci-Fi Story… Find Out Why! Emergency Contact Review: Slice-Of-Life Story That Connects Two Near-Strangers

What a strange and intriguing book! Caine and Aguirre have both written hits for me, but this book had such weird aspects to it. I still enjoyed it, and am anticipating how the sequel will go.

I really wanted to like this one, but I think it would have been better as a movie than a book. There’s a certain hipster aesthetic atmosphere, and slice-of-life contemporary vibes. Not the fluffy kind, but more down-to-earth. Definitely refreshing, though.

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Psh, my DNF’s always end up being generic romances.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been in a major book slump. I’ve literally picked up 4 upcoming releases (2 contemporary, 2 fantasies) that I couldn’t get into. The sad thing is, if I weren’t in a slump, I would have devoured them. But alas. For some reason, the only thing I can follow up on are really old fantasies. (I mean, look at the covers for some of these books LOL.) Erin from Erin K Bay low key got me into Patricia McKillip’s writing, and I’ve just been seeking out older fantasies. I guess because they’re not as fast-paced and angsty as the usual YA fantasies I read? All the other books have been a mixed bag.

How was your March? How have your most recent reads been? Hope you have an amazing April!

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14 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: Stress, Stress, Slump, And Stress

  1. Kristilyn says:

    Good luck with the job! I hope your stress levels go down – I know what it’s like to feel like all you’re doing is eating because you’re so stressed out. Get lots of healthy things in your fridge! You did so much great reading this month!

  2. Bee (Quite The Novel Idea) says:

    Good luck with the job Jenna! I have Children of Blood and Bone but I’m so scared to start it because of the hype??

    Also sorry that I haven’t visited your blog before! I’ve seen your posts on Happy Indulgence but hadn’t visited your own before and it’s stunning! I love the look of it.

  3. Lois says:

    Good luck with the job, Aila. I hope the stress levels aren’t as high in April and you get some time to relax and just unwind a bit more. I so hear you with the slump. I’ve been in the worst slump this year and with my new job I’ve not been as active on the blog, so I feel a bit out of the loop at times. I am in the middle of reading Say You Remember Me and so far I’m really enjoying it.

  4. Aimee (Aimee, Always) says:

    Eep good luck with your application, Aila! I pretty much ALWAYS sleep 1-3 hours at night b/c my body clock won’t let me go to sleep earlier than 1 in the morning. But I really hope you get more sleep and manage your eating!!! D:

  5. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    Am I right in thinking you’re in your first year of college? I’m sure you know this already, but what you’re going through is totally normal (my first year of college would be the most boring montage ever of me eating and sleeping – not like it looks in the movies). College is such a weird and intense experience that a lot of it is figuring out balance and then losing it again and then establishing it again and on and on etc. It’s a horrible process through which you figure out how to live a life that is healthy and ideal for you – you will figure it out. That you’re aware of unhealthy behaviours and have a desire to change them puts you ahead of like 90% of people.

    Good luck with the job! Wishing you a better April x

  6. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    Great wrap up! I’m glad you managed to read some books despite the hectic month. I’m looking forward to read to kill a kingdom, cobab, and emergency contact this month. Anyway, good luck with your new job and take care of your health.

  7. Marie says:

    Oh I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having a stressful month, Aila :/ I do hope that April will be better for you, I’m sending you all the positive vibes and love, knowing that you need to change you habits is already a big step, you can do this ❤ ❤ And good luck with the job as well! ❤
    I hope you will have an amazing month ❤ ❤

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