Category: Site News

We are Growing!

I am so excited to announce that Jessica’s Reading Room is growing: After deliberating for a while, I have added a Facebook page that both Kim and I will post on! Reviews and more will be posted.  This will be a great place to get to know us a little more.  The Facebook page will be a companion to this site.

It was created this week and we already have over 100 likes!  It will be a ‘learn as we go’ process as we figure out what we want to do with the page. We will be open to any suggestions you can give. Later today I will go live on the page with an introduction to this site, myself, and the page.

Here is the direct link to the Facebook page

We are also here:

Twitter @JessReadingRoom
Kim dixiegurl998
Jessica @Jessica42980
*Kim does a much better job than I do with Instagram since you have to use your phone. I like to do all my work at the computer, so I tend to forget about Instagram. I’m trying!

Please give us a like/Follow/Subscribe. We are both having so much fun doing this and we want you to be part of it!

**Please note that I WILL still be an admin of the Bookies Facebook page. I have been along time fan of the page and an admin for almost two years.  I post the Weekly Wonder and Share the Love Saturday features. Bookies creator Beccie and fellow admin Alana have been great these last few months supporting me through some personal things going on in my life.  They have also been supportive of this site and are all for this Facebook Page.  If you haven’t discovered Bookies, go check us out there!

Bookies basically helped me to ‘get my start’ with reviewing, so it will always have a special part of my heart.  I will try and keep the pages separate for the most part, but I am sure that I will mention both from time to time. They are that important to me. <3

Find Bookies here:


Have a great Sunday!! Happy Reading!!!


Isolation Junction is FREE for a short time!!

By now you know I am a supporter of Jennifer Gilmour. She lives the UK and is working to stop domestic abuse, which I feel is really important.  I wish we were on the same continent so we could work together, but since we are not, my little section of cyber space will have to do. Jennifer is offering her debut novel Isolation Junction for FREE on Kindle this week. If you have not gotten it yet, NOW is the time to get it!

I interviewed Jennifer last month during the holidays which can be a difficult time for those who face domestic abuse. My interview with her is here.

Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it?

Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

My review for Isolation Junction can be found here.

Jennifer Gilmour speaks about why she is giving her novel away for FREE

My name is Jennifer Gilmour and I am a survivor of domestic abuse, I have published two books both with a focus on raising awareness about domestic abuse at their core. Whilst both aim to raise this awareness one is written as a work of fiction whilst the other is a compilation of survivor stories and therefore non-fiction. Both work in different ways to educate and raise awareness of this insidious and unacceptable behaviour.

Over Christmas, incidents of domestic abuse reported to the police rise. Assault and domestic murders increase 25% during the festive period with a third of them been on Christmas Day itself. Bombarded with images of the perfect nuclear family gathered around the gold baubles of a Christmas tree, it can be easy to forget that Christmas is a time of coercion, punishment and violence for many women and men.

Now I know it isn’t Christmas anymore but January can be just as bad because all those credit card bills come in alongside your usual direct debits. There is even a day in January called Blue Monday and this year its on the 15th. The date is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January, but also on the second or fourth Monday, or the Monday of the last full week of January.

The formula uses many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.

Can you imagine this formula and applying it to an abusive relationship?

For 5 days my debut novel Isolation Junction is going to be FREE on Amazon Kindle, this is the first time ever to happen. It’s the week before Blue Monday, I wonder if those reading will be inspired to take action?

I ask you all to share the link and break the silence surrounding domestic abuse.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About Isolation Junction:

Isolation Junction was fully funded by a Kickstarter Campaign which over funded at 110%. The link is here.

Over eighteen months within 2015-2016 I wrote my first novel with the aim of not only raising awareness of an insidious behaviour which brings hidden misery to so many but of bringing about changes at a national level.  A ‘survivor’ myself, I am well aware that changes to national policies and working practices are still needed so that situations in which women (and men) present in emotionally abusive situations are recognised and dealt with appropriately and with compassion.

I believe that particular training needs to be focused on recognising the perpetrators of this behaviour, as often they are very persuasive people who are able to manipulate the services themselves.

About the Author:

Born in the north-east, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. 

Since the publication of her debut novel, Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships.

Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that Clipped Wings gives a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.

Contact Jennifer:
Twitter @JenLGilmour
Huffington Post UK Blogger Profile
Author Profile
Clipped Wings
Jennifer’s non-fiction book Clipped Wings Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Kim’s Books Read in 2017

It’s Kim’s turn now to share the books she read in 2017.

She’s read A LOT, and they are different from mine.  We do have some similarities, but I am glad we read different books, so we can share more of our opinions. Kim has brought her own personality to this site and I am so glad she is here!

Here is Kim’s books:

Phoenix Rising by Kaitlin Maitland, Paperback, 240 pages, 5 Stars

The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert, Papterback, 320 pages, 5 Stars

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Paperback, 374 pages, 4 Stars

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Hardcover, 391 pages, 4 Stars

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Hardcover, 392 pages, 4 Stars

Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Audiobook, 11h 5m, 3 Stars

The Governess and the Beast by Karyn Gerrard, Audiobook, 2h 23m, 5 Stars

The Woman in the Walls by Amy Lukavics, Hardcover, 278 pages, 4 Stars

Secret of the Sevens by Lynn Lindquist, Paperback, 384 pages, 5 Stars

Letters from the Looney Bin by Thatcher C. Nalley, Paperback, 138 pages, 5 Stars

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser, Hardcover, 371 pages, 4 Stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Hardcover, 462 pages, 5 Stars

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Hardcover, 536 pages, 5 Stars

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb, Audiobook, 8h 41m, 4 Stars

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, Paperback, 76 pages, 5 Stars

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

The Devilish Duke by Alice Gaines, Audiobook, 1h 26m, 5 Stars

The Amityville Horro by Jay Anson, Audiobook, 6h 27m, 4 Stars

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Possession by M. Verano, Hardcover, 341 pages, 2 Stars

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir, Hardcover, 296 pages, 4 Stars

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Hardcover, 393 pages, 3 Stars

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, Hardcover, 444 Pages, 2 Stars

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, Hardcover, 512 pages, 1 Star

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard, Paperback, 208 pages, 3 Stars

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, Hardcover, 309 pages, 4 Stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Hardcover, 436 pages, 3 Stars

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle, Hardcover, 304 pages, 4 Stars

We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean, Hardcover, 279 pages, 4 Stars

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Freeks by Amanda Hocking, Hardcover, 400 Pages, 4 Stars

I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore, Hardcover, 336 pages, 4 Stars

The Jolly Mon by Jimmy Buffett, Paperback, 32 pages, 5 Stars

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress, Hardcover, 440 pages, 4 Stars

Happy Birthday, Molly: A Springtime Story by Valerie Tripp, Paperback, 65 pages, 4 Stars

Molly Saves the Day: A Summer Story by Valerie Tripp, Paperback, 69 pages, 4 Stars

Changes for Molly: A Winter Story by Valerie Tripp, Paperback, 80 pages, 4 Stars

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Audiobook, 5h 13m, 4 Stars

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky, Hardcover, 352 pages, 5 Stars

And I Darken by Kiersten White, Hardcover, 475 pages, 3 Stars

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Hardcover, 320 pages, 4 Stars

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Hardcover, 676 pages, 5 Stars

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern, Paperback, 343 pages, 4 Stars

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, Paperback, 278 pages, 4 Stars

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Hardcover, 324 pages, 4 Stars

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, Paperback, 476 pages, 4 Stars

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Paperback, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Beauty and the Beast Big Golden Book by Melissa Arps, Hardcover, 48 pages, 5 Stars

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne, Hardcover, 262 pages, 3 Stars

A Peek Inside Vol. 1 by Arylias Nova, Paperback, 4 Stars

Wicked by Crystal Jordan, Audiobook, 53m, 4 Stars

Her Vampire Lover by Caridad Pineiro, Audiobook, 1h 55m, 4 Stars

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick, Hardcover, 328 pages, 4 Stars

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley, Audiobook, 14h 39m, 5 Stars

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, Paperback, 5 Stars

Seduced by Their Touch by Kathleen Hope, Audiobook, 32m, 3 Stars

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, Audiobook, 15m, 5 Stars

The Ballroom by Anna Hope, Hardcover, 320 pages, 4 Stars

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, Hardcover, 128 pages, 4 Stars

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Hardcover, 326 pages, 4 Stars

Insanity by Susan Vaught, Hardcover, 384 pages, 4 Stars

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, Hardcover, 128 pages, 5 Stars

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, Hardcover, 356 pages, 4 Stars

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux, Hardcover, 407 pages, 4 Stars

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, Hardcover, 272 pages, 5 Stars

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Hardcover, 427 pages, 4 Stars

American Girls by Alison Umminger, Hardcover, 293 pages, 4 Stars

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, Paperback, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Adventures from the Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer, Hardcover, 101 pages, 4 Stars

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Hardcover, 288 pages, 4 Stars

Adventures from the Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty by Chris Colfer, Hardcover, 120 pages, 3 Stars

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, Hardcover, 510 pages, 4 Stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library) by Newt Scamander, Hardcover, 128 pages, 4 Stars

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Hardcover, 216 pages, 4 Stars

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, Audiobook, 26h 33m, 5 Stars

Awake by Natasha Preston, Paperback, 314 pages, 4 Stars

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Paperback, 352 pages, 4 Stars

Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Hardcover, 435 pages, 4 Stars

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Hardcover, 272 pages, 5 Stars

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty, Hardcover, 358 pages, 5 Stars

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison, Paperback, 310 pages, 3 Stars

Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels, Paperback, 300 pages, 4 Stars

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews, Audiobook, 14h 16m, 5 Stars

The Disappearance by Emily Bain Murphy, Hardcover, 388 pages, 4 Stars

The Cellar by Natasha Preston, Paperback, 347 pages, 4 Stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The Original Screenplay) by J.K. Rowling, Hardcover, 293 pages, 4 Stars

Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn, Paperback, 208 pages, 3 Stars

Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman, Paperback, 416 pages, 4 Stars

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines, Audiobook, 5h, 4 Stars

Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Hardcover, 316 pages, 5 Stars

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, Hardcover, 488 pages, 5 Stars

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson, Hardcover, 256 pages, 4 Stars

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, Paperback, 335 pages, 4 Stars

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, Audiobook, 10h 11m, 5 Stars

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, Hardcover, 400 pages, 4 Stars

Lured by the Rich Rancher by Kathie DeNosky, Paperback, 192 pages, 4 Stars

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly, Paperback, 92 pages, 5 Stars

The Terrible Old Man by H.P. Lovecraft, Hardcover, 5 pages, 5 Stars

The Special Ones by Em Bailey, Hardcover, 304 pages, 4 Stars

Riding Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Paperback, 224 pages, 4 Stars

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane, Audiobook, 7h 48m, 4 Stars

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Paperback, 403 pages, 4 Stars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Hardcover, 227 pages, 4 Stars

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, Hardcover, 368 pages, 4 Stars

Crazy House by James Patterson, Hardcover, 368 pages, 4 Stars

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho, Hardcover, 368 pages, 3 Stars

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes, Hardcover, 493 pages, 5 Stars

Women Who Work by Ivanka Trump, Hardcover, 256 pages, 4 Stars

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, Audiobook, 13h 4m, 4 Stars

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray, Paperback, 548 pages, 3 Stars

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth, Audiobook, 12h 2m, 5 Stars

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, Hardcover, 821 pages, 2 Stars

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth, Audiobook, 10h 15m, 5 Stars

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova, Paperback, 224 pages, 5 Stars

Vegas Heat by Lisa Renee Jones, Audiobook, 1h 42m, 4 Stars

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth, Audiobook, 10h 49m, 4 Stars

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, Hardcover, 434 pages, 4 Stars

Star Trek: Spock Reflections by Scott Tipton, Paperback, 104 pages, 5 Stars

Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Paperback, 313 pages, 5 Stars

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux, Paperback, 343 pages, 5 Stars

The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux, Paperback, 337 pages, 4 Stars

Catacomb by Madeleine Roux, Hardcover, 333 pages, 4 Stars

Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Hardcover, 343 pages, 5 Stars

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, Hardcover, 358 pages, 5 Stars

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto, Audiobook, 8h 55m, 3 Stars

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather, Hardcover, 343 pages, 4 Stars

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, Hardcover, 264 pages, 3 Stars

The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Hardcover, 368 pages, 5 Stars

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz, Hardcover, 320 pages, 5 Stars

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Paperback, 272 pages, 4 Stars

The Prisoner of Hell Gate by Dana I. Wolff, Paperback, 212 pages, 3 Stars

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, Audiobook, 12h 8m, 4 Stars

The Duke and I: Epilogue by Julia Quinn, Audiobook, 4 Stars

The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill, Hardcover, 384 pages, 3 Stars

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy, Hardcover, 400 pages, 4 Stars

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, Hardcover, 273 pages, 4 Stars

The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman, Paperback, 356 pages, 4 Stars

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, Paperback, 434 pages, 4 Stars

Santa Claus is for Real by Charles Edward Hall, Audiobook, 2h 28m, 5 Stars

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, Harcover, 247 pages, 4 Stars

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay, Hardcover, 303 pages, 4 Stars

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles, Paperback, 272 pages, 4 Stars

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis, Hardcover, 376 pages, 4 Stars

Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith, Paperback, 174 pages, 4 Stars

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, Paperback, 184 pages, 4 Stars

Annexed by Sharon Dogar, Hardcover, 352 pages, 4 Stars

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Audiobook, 3h 33m, 5 Stars

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova, Hardcover, 478 pages, 4 Stars

The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace, Paperback, 304 pages, 3 Stars

Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer, Paperback, 188 pages, 4 Stars

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey, Audiobook, 13h 1m, 4 Stars

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann, Hardcover, 233 pages, 4 Stars

159 Books Read/125 Yearly Goal

Here is her bookshelf of books read this year, WOW this is impressive!: