The Lily Cafe Digest #25

My goodness, when was my last blogging break? It’s been quite a while (August, I think), so I have quite a long Digest today. Next week is Thanksgiving here in the States and my kids have the week off, so it’s a good time for me to take a break. I’m also getting my COVID booster in a few hours and that usually takes me out for 3-5 days, so it’s definitely a good time for me to take a break. I can’t say I’m looking forward to it (needles and I are not pals). I enjoy blogging, but it does get exhausting after a while.

I can’t believe it’s been about 3 months since my kids went back into the classroom (which also means it’s been about 3 months since my last break – no wonder I’m feeling so tired). They love it, mostly because I’m not the one teaching them. I miss them, but having them at school means my floors have never been cleaner. Some people need coffee to get going each day. I need a clean floor. I take so much pleasure in cleaning up every Monday morning it isn’t even funny. It’s also nice to get some silence and zero cartoons blaring at me. But I’m also constantly reminded that my kids are quickly growing up and I miss when it was easy to pick them up. Seriously, is their school feeding them rocks?

It’s been quiet but busy at home as I’ve been sort of successfully adjusting to my kids being at school. It’s just such a novel experience that sometimes I stop what I’m doing and do…nothing. And then I forget what I was doing and start to feel like I’m losing my mind, which isn’t helped when my kids think it’s funny I can’t even remember what day it is. They’ve definitely adjusted far better than I have. On the other hand, the weather has been chugging along, reminding me the end of the year is coming. We’ve gone from an extended heat wave to temperatures in the 60s, which is quite cold for us, to the Santa Ana winds coming through and the fire danger that comes with it. It’s hard to forget the biggest fire that hit the general area I live in was in November-December a few years ago.

On the plus side, I’ve gotten back into baking and writing a bit. After spending a couple of months generally keeping busy and feeling a little lost, I’ve gone back to baking cookies and brownies and bagels. There have been some chocolate cupcakes thrown in as well. And after taking the summer and then some off from writing, I finally finished my Hades and Persephone short story, and am now left trying to figure what to write next. Or if it might be time to finally edit and rewrite one of the many first drafts I’ve shared on this blog.

Anyways, this Digest is long enough, so I won’t ramble more. As always, if you click on an image, you should be taken to the post. If not, please let me know. I am not tech savvy and sometimes things that work on my end don’t actually work for other people (fun WordPress issues?).

The Bookshelf

Book Reviews:

Mini Reviews

book reviews the banned bookshop of maggie banks shauna robinson ship wrecked olivia dade

Full Reviews

miranda writes gail ward olmsted book review
re-birth christoph a.t. review book

Life Between the Pages:

August 10, 2022
August 24, 2022
September 7, 2022
September 21, 2022
diversity and inclusivity reading challenge sept 2022
the monday list
Books That Scared Me
October 5, 2022
the monday list
Witchy Books
October 12, 2022
the monday list
Books Masquerading as Something Else
October 26, 2022
the monday list
Books Set On and Around Halloween/Samhain
November 9, 2022

The Drafts Folder

Short Story
I Wonder Who This Lady Is
Circle of Magic Post

Catch up on No Tomorrow

Introduction to No Tomorrow | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20 | Part 21 | Part 22 | Part 23 | 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 | Part 61 | Part 62 | Part 63 | Part 64 | Part 65 | Part 66 | Part 67 | Part 68 | Part 69 | Part 70

The Curated Bookshelf: August

The Curated Bookshelf: September

The Curated Bookshelf: October

curated bookshelf october books with alcohol

The Curated Bookshelf: November

addict matt doyle book highlight
book highlight leads and lynxes rebecca chastain
book highlight the angel of bishopsgate eloise reuben
book highlight the unfettered child michael c sahd
book highlight for the timepiece and the girl who went astray o.r. simmonds
book highlight for merry arlan breaking the curse will soulsby mccreath
book highlight the last imperator ml tishner
esperanza tommy tutalo book highlight
book highlight the adventure jennifer m zeiger
book highlight pretending holly bourne
book highlight the mask of mirrors m. a. carrick
book highlight here and now and then mike chen

Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

Beautiful Blue Skies from Lucia’s Fiction – I just love the blue skies Lucia photographed and all the greenery is just lovely

Traveller Diaries: Welcome to New Orleans from Sarah Collins Bookworm – I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans, so it was nice to vicariously travel through this lovely blogger

Heritage – Flash Fiction, World Letter Writing Day from Nopoodles – I love all of Will’s writings and how they take tropes and turn them on their heads. This one is short, but is a really fun twist

Seeing Double: Lookalike Book Covers from Reviews From the Stacks – I’m so glad it isn’t just me who thinks this

Not Reading, Not Feeling Guilty from Spine & Leaf Books – I love this post. Most readers reach a point where they just read less or stop reading for a bit, so I love that this post is all about not feeling guilty about it

Stop. Imagine. from the little blog of everything – It’s when Brooke posts things like this that I want to cry, because why can’t we really be just like this?

Challenge Accepted… from Neen Cohen – I find myself sitting with a similar terror described in this post, but I really love the message at the end. We all really do come a long way at some point from where we started

‘Tis the Season Cinema: A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong from Boondock Ramblings – I’ve never heard of this movie or the group that did it, but it sounds absolutely hilarious. It was a lot of fun to read Lisa’s post, so I can imagine how good it must actually be

Most Sincerely, kat

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