Every time I post one of these Digests, I just feel a huge sigh of relief. I adore everything about blogging, but taking a break just feels so nice! After the past few weeks my family has had, I definitely need some time to retreat from the Internet and curl up to stare at walls.
Anyways, today completes three weeks of school for both my kids. My oldest is in the online option offered by our district. Let’s just say they did not prepare enough. Or at all, it seemed. The first week was fine, but it completely fell apart in the second week and somehow my son ended up being assigned 3rd grade level work when he’s only just started 2nd. There was also confusion about the teacher, we learned another 10000 students on top of the original 10000 were enrolled, and the independent study program removed all ways of contacting someone there, so we were all adrift. Homeschool preschool for my youngest, though, has gone really well. Of course, that might be because I’m in charge of it all. I really, sincerely wish I had opted to homeschool both kids, and may still do so. My oldest’s school has 6 infections so far, and the district has nothing set up (yet) to ensure students who need to quarantine will be able to continue to learn (one of the two big things that kept me from sending him back). I kind of thought going back into the classroom was supposed to close the learning gap, but I’m not sure how that works when many students have been sent into quarantine with no educational anything to do or learn from…?
And on top of all that our front door lock broke. It’s fixed, but, geez.
I tried so hard to keep up with everything here, but, at some point, I just gave up. I think I’ll have to continue to just give up so I don’t stress myself out more than I already am, but I’m really hoping to get my family into a good, functioning schedule soon.
On the bright side, I’m somehow less than 50 followers away from 2000?! Honestly, I stopped paying attention after somewhere around 1200, but I’ve been putting together my stats to send with my ARC requests to publishers, so happened to notice I’m somehow getting close to 2000 followers here. I’m kind of speechless and can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who has followed me. It means so much to me!
And…that’s where my life is at right now. One thing after another. I really need to curl up and stare at walls. I’ll see all of you again in a little over a week!
Fantasy and Sci-Fi
An ambitious attempt to have characters from different books jump into books of different genres in order to escape to have a word with their authors (Review)
A creepy science fiction psychological thriller about a crew of humans and androids examining a strange planet for possible colonization (Review)
A fun romp through time as one man and his new friend jump back and forth to protect a special watch and find his girlfriend (Review)
A YA sci-fi story about one young man trying to change the system (Review)
A humorous start to a series full of satire about a decent dragon and his move to People Town (Review)
The incredible conclusion to a bloody trilogy full of politics, magic, family, and attempts to do what’s right (Review)
A fantastic truly witchy read full of magic in a small mountain town about finding one’s place and the importance of revering nature (Review)
A creepy science fiction psychological thriller about three people who want to remove traumatic memories (Review)
A fantasy novel teaming up a djinn without her magic and a mercenary as they evade a dangerous water djinn in the desert (Review)
A fun, fast-paced urban fantasy featuring monsters, magic, and Russian and Slavic mythology (Review)
A delicious enemies to lovers story about rival bakers competing to make a royal wedding cake (Review)
Mystery and Thriller
A domestic thriller set in a small community that’s shaken when one of their own who had been convicted of murder is acquitted and returns to the scene of the crime (Review)
Three trophy wives in an exclusive community whose lives become entangled, and one of them might be a murderer (Review)
A thrilling novel about a mother-daughter relationship when the mother’s teen daughter goes missing and secrets begin to unravel (Review)
A delightfully delicious cozy mystery, the third in the series, with food, a grumpy cat, and a sweet romance (also check out a fun new way I devised to write my book reviews) (Review)
One man wandering the streets of Madrid and NYC, collecting human experiences and the things he sees and reads (Review)
A story about three generations of women from the same family and their different journeys into motherhood (Review)
A fun story about a friendship between a teen boy and a former fashion icon, but not exactly heartwarming (Review)
Life Between the Pages:
First, Middle, and Last Impressions – July 21, 2021 | Indie Books Challenge July 2021 | First, Middle, and Last Impressions – August 4, 2021 | Why I Don’t Read Outside My Comfort Zone | First, Middle, and Last Impressions – August 18, 2021 | It’s That Time – Jennifer M. Zeiger’s novel Discarded Dragons has now been published! | First, Middle, and Last Impressions – September 1, 2021
Book Blog Tour:
Catch up on Sisters of String and Glass
Part 24 | Part 25 | Part 26 | Part 27 | Part 28 | Part 29 | Part 30 | Part 31 | Part 32 | Part 33 | Part 34 | Part 35 | Part 36 | Part 37 | Part 38 | Part 39 | Part 40 | Part 41 | Part 42 | Part 43 | Part 44 | Part 45 | Part 46 | Part 47 | Part 48 | Part 49 | Part 50 | Part 51 | Part 52 | Part 53 | Part 54| Part 55 | Part 56 | Part 57 | Part 58 | Part 59 | Part 60
Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community
This is embarrassingly short because, as both my kids started school three weeks ago and are both doing it from home, I have been insanely short of time. I tried to read as many blogs as I could, but have definitely had a hard time keeping up. I’m so sorry I’m not sharing more because there are so many incredible posts out there that I loved!
Sci-Fi Tropes: Cryosleep, Unhinged AI, and everything in between from The Bookish Mutant: This is such a fun post! I’m used to seeing posts about fantasy and romance tropes, but haven’t before seen one about sci-fi tropes, so this was absolutely a fun post to read.
Social Media: Or, the Lack of Boundaries, Safety, and Nuance from Thoughts Stained With Ink: Once again, Nicole presents an incredible post I loved! This one is about social media making it easier for readers to connect with authors, but with that comes a whole can of worms, and some of it can be quite toxic and hurtful to authors. Thank goodness there are people like Nicole who will defend the authors!
Trigger Warning: Trigger Warnings | Why I Don’t Use Trigger Warnings In My Reviews from Frappes and Fiction: I love this! I don’t use trigger warnings unless something comes out of left field for the exact reasons Emily outlined.
10 Unconventional Beach Reads for Horror, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi Lovers from Luminosity Library: With Labor Day weekend on us here in the States, it’s the perfect time to grab one of these reads and enjoy them on a beach! Or just anytime. Many of these are definitely not ones that made me think they’re beach reads, but, yet, they also kind of are?
The Dark Side of Being a YA Author: Piracy, Pay, and Cancel Culture from A Fictional Bookworm: I don’t read YA, but I can certainly sympathize with how difficult it is to be an author in any genre. This was definitely a very interesting read!
Endangered Species – Flash Fiction from Nopoodles: I adore Nopoodles’ stories, and this one really tickled me! Stories like this one always make me consider things in fantasy stories a little differently and, honestly, this one produced a much needed laugh, and maybe it can do the same for you.
Undercover LGBTQ+ Books for Closeted Readers from The Bookish Mutant: With more and more people strongly voicing their opinions on everything from both sides, this is such a good list! And I really think this, and others like it, can really help readers who need to feel accepted at least while reading a book.
Most Sincerely, kat
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