The Lily Cafe Digest #26

Just 3 short weeks after my last break I’m taking another. My kids’ last day of school is today and they’re off for the next 3 weeks. So I’ll be taking at least the next 3 weeks off as well.

What is there to write of from the last 3 weeks? Honestly, not much. My kids spent much of the time preparing for their holiday show, my daughter has discovered she must have a bow in her hair every day (not that she’s still wearing it by the time I pick her up), my son had an animal project and learned all about the Ragdoll cat so now we’re trying to convince our 10 year old cat having a kitten friend isn’t a bad idea (she’s taken it upon herself to act more like a kitten and to spend more time with the kids), and I’ve been making a lot of bagels because my daughter will only eat bagels and cream cheese for lunch. Otherwise I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about next year and this blog.

I said earlier I’ll be taking at least the next 3 weeks off. I’ve decided to pull back from my blog next year, so I don’t exactly know when I’ll be back to posting. There probably won’t be anything announcing I’m back from my break because I have some projects in mind that will take up a lot of my blogging time. Instead, book reviews and maybe some other miscellaneous posts will begin to show up. As for The Curated Bookshelf, I love doing it every month, but they do take some time. I’ve decided to take a break from it next month, but there will be a Shelf in February. You can expect the theme to have to do with Valentine’s Day!

So what are these projects I have in mind? I’ve decided next year is the year I do something about all these first drafts sitting on my computer. I might end up overtaxing myself, but I’m going to edit 2 of these drafts with the goal of at least setting a publication date to self-publish one and at least start writing query letters for the other. There’s also a story that’s been begging me to write it and, since it involves baking, I’m having a hard time resisting. I’m trying to keep in mind that I won’t have any time to work on anything while my kids are on summer break, but it’s about time I start doing something with all my writings, right? I also just need to evolve my blog. It started as a way for me to feel like I was more than just a mom to a baby and toddler. Now that that baby and that toddler are school aged and in school, the blog’s served its purpose and it’s time to find a new one. Maybe this will turn into an author blog?? I don’t know, but, as always, it’ll reflect my life. I’m trying very hard to not vanish again.

Not to worry, there will still be plenty of bookish posts. After all, I have a hard time calling myself an author if I can’t even break open a book. Besides, I need to read like I need to breathe. Or maybe it’s my desperation to find those books that consume me, and finding those requires wading through the ones that don’t quite do it for me. Whatever it is, I can’t abandon books and, while I hate writing reviews, I still feel oddly compelled to write them. Eventually. Let’s not think about how behind I am.

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 holy parrot angel a the descendants destiny hawkins
book reviews the spice master at bistro exotique samantha verant a mother would know amber garza
book reviews only ghouls and horses just a wild ghost chase dan harris

Full Reviews

book review the fountain john a heldt

Life Between the Pages:

November 30, 2022
diversity inclusivity reading challenge november 2022
the monday list
Historical Fiction I Actually Enjoyed
favorite mystery thriller read 2022
favorite women's fiction romance read 2022
favorite science fiction fantasy read 2022
bookish wish 2022 revisited
December 14, 2022

The Drafts Folder

On Writing Kisses

Catch up on No Tomorrow (Fully Posted)

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 | Part 71 | Part 72 | Part 73 | Part 74 | Part 75 | Part 76

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
book highlight honey roasted cleo coyle
book highlight the god of lost words aj hackwith
book highlight the harp of kings juliet marillier
book highlight lucy parker battle royal
book highlight fan fiction brent spiner

The Curated Bookshelf: December

book highlight rats in a maze peter bailey
book highlight muckrakers minotaurs rebecca chastain
book highlight for the love of alison sahlan diver
the particular charm of miss jane austen ada bright cass grafton book highlight
book highlight for adventus by andrew mowere
book highlight requiem moon c.t. rwizi
book highlight someone else's life kevin j simington
book highlight redspace rising brian trent
book highlight the orphan witch paige crutcher

Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

Advent Train Stories: The Words from Fairy Tale Feminista is a beautiful story of an ancient library, the gift words can impart, and the people who have much to offer to the world. I don’t want to say too much because this really is a lovely story and the fun of it was having no idea what to expect.

Bookish Smash or Pass Book Tag from Birdie’s Book Nook – I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do this one and I enjoy it every time, but there’s just something I love about Jordyn’s voice that made reading this one a lot of fun.

Check Your Attitude from Darkwood – I’m so happy to see Kai posting again! It’s a little different this time, but I’m still enjoying her posts. This one has a lot packed into it, but I really like the idea of how everything is about perception and you can only really control how you react to things.

Christmas in Spencer Valley: Beyond the Season Chapter 1 from Boondock Ramblings – In all honesty, I haven’t read this one yet since I like to save up a bunch of chapters from Lisa’s stories so I can basically binge read them. Some of her chapters really leave me hanging and it’s torture having to wait! I can’t wait to read this one, though, since it takes readers back to Spencer Valley, one of my favorite fictional places, and back into the lives of some beloved characters.

Happy Holidays!

Most Sincerely, kat

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