The Lily Cafe Digest #13

It’s time for another week off from the blog!

I always enjoy my blogging breaks, but I’m definitely going to enjoy this one even more. I’m exhausted and in desperate need of a break. Distance learning with a 6 year old is…well, distance learning with a 6 year old. The mornings are tough because I have to divide my attention between making sure he stays on task and keeping my toddler entertained and quiet. I’m worn out by noon, and blogging honestly doesn’t feel nearly as interesting as just curling up with a book.

Speaking of books, I finally organized my reading and review schedule properly so I have time to read books I’m not obligated to review this year! I was disappointed last year when I realized I had no time, so I’m really excited about how everything has worked out this year. Especially since I have books like The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRoux by V. E. Schwab staring at me, accusing me. I’m also feeling a big need for a big hug, so I’m dying to dive into rereading my favorite cozy mystery series. Even though I’ve never had a drop of coffee, I still adore The Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle, and have loved them for 15 years. There are 18 books so far and they really are some of my comfort reads. A cornerstone of my reading life, if you will.

So, yes, I’m desperately looking forward to this coming week. I do plan on finally finishing up some reviews (read: a lot) and sort of staying active on Instagram, but I think I’ll be devoting most of my free time to reading and staring at walls. There are too many thoughts building up in my head and I need blank walls to stare out so I can finally get them out of there.

The Bookshelf

Book Reviews:

Fantasy and Sci-Fi

A Dance with Fate by Juliet Marillier| The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart| Strand: the Silver Radio by Justin Attas| Nousopolis by Mack J. Lou| The Mermaids Melt at Dawn by Grendolyn Peach Soleil| The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky| Dead Man in a Ditch by Luke Arnold| Soundrise by Lynn Voedisch| The Archive of the Forgotten by A. J. Hackwith| Transition Keeper by Ali Blank

Women’s Fiction/Romance

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant| Never Say No by Elizabeth Neep| Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade| Home at Summer’s End by Alys Murray| The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke| The Cookbook Club by Beth Harbison

Mystery and Thriller

The Angel of Bishopsgate by Eloise Reuben| Someone Else’s Life by Kevin J. Simington| Rats in a Maze by Peter Bailey

(oh gosh, no wonder I’m so exhausted!)

Excerpts: Stardust Destinies I: Variate Facing by Celinka Serre

Cover Reveals: Murder at Mile Marker 18 by Denise Jaden

Guest Posts: Strange Karma by Willow Healy| My Stardust Destinies Were Written Backstage by Celinka Serre

Life Between the Pages: Just a Whole Lot of Self-Published Fantasy| Let’s Talk Bookish

Catch Up On Queen of the Garden of Girls

Part 39|Part 40|Part 41|Part 42|Part 43|Part 44|Part 45|Part 46

On Writing First Drafts: What Queen of the Garden of Girls Has Taught Me

Enjoy My Ratio Baking Adventures

Bookish Bakes: Creme Brulee| Bookish Bakes: Ginger Cake| 3 Eggs, 2 Desserts, 1 Hour| Behind the Scenes

Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community

Typically, I write a brief bit on why I liked each particular post, but, with everything going on lately and just feeling even too exhausted to peruse posts, I’ll instead just be listing them as I don’t want to eliminate this part of my Digests just yet.

On Book Recommendations from Way Too Fantasy

How Do We Come Up with Discussion Post Ideas? from Page Unbound Reviews

Tips For People Who Start Reading A Book But Never/Don’t Finish It from Prose and Pancakes

The Most Important Things I Learned from Self Publishing from The Winter Writer

Lessons Learned as a Parent of a Virtually-Schooled Student – #1 from Degrees of Maternity

The Ultimate Guide to ARCs – what are they, requesting sites and tips, and more! from bellerose

Popular YA Books I Will Probably Never Read from The Confessions of a Music and Book Addict

Should You Cut Everything Out of Your Life for NaNoWriMo? – Unwarranted Advice from Nopoodles

Hunting for an Excerpt from Jennifer M Zeiger (her novel Quaking Soul comes out November 30th!)

The importance of clothing with characterization from By Autumn Rain

How You Know You’re Raising Feminists from Eda J Vor

Most Sincerely, kat

You can find a list of all the Digests plus some bloggers I adore over here

    • kat

      I really enjoyed it and it offers a lot of options and things to think about when we do recommend books, which is so important as we do wield some power. And, thanks, so do I!

  1. degreesofmaternity

    Kat – thanks so much for your share. I really appreciate it. And, I pray you get a great big dose of relaxation while you’re on your break. You deserve it. Take care, friend and I’m already looking forward to your return.:)

    • kat

      Always happy to! And thanks! I definitely got a lot more reading and sleeping done, so I’m ready to get back into blogging. Thank you so much for your support!

      • degreesofmaternity

        I definitely miss you when you’re gone, but I’m so glad that you had a productive week off. And you are more than welcome. I enjoy supporting those who do incredible work that blesses others. I thank you for your support as well, Kat. Have a fantastic week.

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