Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already! This year is flying by. To start the month I was right on track for my annual goal. Let’s hope I can keep that up!

The Bullet Journal Method by Ruder Carroll 


I decided to read the original creator of the Bujo method to see what the hype was about. I did enjoy this book although a few times I felt he went on a little bit too much about the how.

It was well written and fairly organized. Although there were way too many hyperlinks in the ebook. I stopped clicking on them after the first few. I thought he explained the setup in a logical way and gave a solid reason behind why you do it this way. I liked the examples and wish there had been a few more. 

Compared to Down Journaling I read a while back (read that review here), I would say The Bullet Journal Method was much better at explaining and showing. If you are interested in bullet journaling, read this book.

Layla by Colleen Hoover


Where to start on this one? I really liked the description and was hoping for a great genre smash of thriller and supernatural. It fell far short of expectations. It wasn’t the worst book and I almost DNF’d it. But I wanted to see how it would wrap up.  I finished it but I would not recommend this to anyone. 

It is told from Leeds point of view and Hoover wants us to like him. Desperately so. But he is insufferable. The writing itself is good. The potential was good. The execution was bad. The twist was obvious early on. I kept reading to make sure I was right. 

If you want a thriller and supernatural story read The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James instead.

The Girl in the Woods by Gregg Olsen


Oh boy, another one in the Waterman and Stark series. I really love these women! They are great characters. 

A foot is found in the woods, but who does it belong to? That mystery is answered quickly when 16 yer old Darby is reported missing by her mom. Of course, Waterman and Stark are on the case. While working on this case, Ted Roberts, a 40-year-old man, dies under mysterious circumstances. Have no fear W&S are on this case too!

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I had a feeling the two cases would connect but I was kept guessing until the very end on the how. Olsen still does some sharp switches between scenes but it was less jarring in this one than in the first two books. Or maybe I am just used to it now.

I would recommend this to people who like thrillers and try to solve the mystery before the ending!

To Love Jason Thorn by


Olive falls for her brothers bff Jason as a young girl. Eventually, he moves away and life goes on. Flash forward to Jason being a big deal action movie star with a trouble image. In the meantime, Olive is graduating college early (we’re never told how early – seems like a semester or a year) and her self published book is getting made into a movie. 

Cue the reunion. And the will they, won’t they. And the conflict. And the happily ever after.

The one thing that always annoys me in these types of books is the repeated use of some stupid nickname. In this book it was sweetheart. After a while I started to cringe as I read it. The other thing I didn’t like is there were a couple of plot points I didn’t feel like the author addressed when wrapping up. There is a second book in this series that focuses on Olive’s BFF Lucy so maybe they are covered in that book. 

Overall, this is not a bad book. Would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it? It would depend. Do you like cheesy romance novels with graphic sex scenes? Then yes. If not, skip this one. 

What book(s) did you read in February? What was your favorite?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.