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September 2017 Wrap-Up: Magic Eggs, Tennis and Panels

A monthly recap of books I've read, posts I've written, things of interest
from the blogosphere, and life.

September is over! I'm still trying to figure out if that's a good or bad thing, but it's done.

September Reads:

A big thank you to my lovely OTSP secret sister for sending this fun middle grade read my way! It was a welcome break from school/work/life. Otherwise, it was a slow reading month.

Blogging When You're Buried by Life

I feel like a bit of a blogging failure. I don't necessarily feel bad about being a failure, but I don't like to leave the blog stagnant for too long either.

I like to fix things and find solutions, so here are a few ideas for writing blog posts when you're tired, drained, buried under homework, or just don't feel like it! No guarantees that I'll actually put my own advice to use since, like I said, I don't feel super bad about being a failure. Yet. I'm sure it'll come. ;)

5 Easy Ways to Create New Content When You're Buried by Life

1. Repurpose/Reuse an Old Post
Chances are you have old posts whose topics are still relevant. Why not give them a makeover? A few updates to make them current, maybe a new shiny graphic, and you're good to go!

5 Sci-fi Shows Invictus is Like and Why I Loved It

Invictus has gotten a lot of hype, which usually doesn't end well for me. This time, I am thrilled to report the hype did not lie. Ryan Graudin has done an amazing job, and this is one of my new favorite time-travel adventures.

This eARC was provided through NetGalley for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Sci-fi
Published on September 26, 2017
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Final Rating: 4 stars
Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.


Burn Notice - The Adventures that Await When the Government Kicks You Out

Farway is all set to follow in his mom's footsteps and begin an illustrious career as a glorified camcorder. Burn Notice technically isn't sci-fi, but like burned spy Michael Weston, Far has to make some new plans when the government gives him the boot. The good news for readers: his new game plan is much more exciting than the old.

Firefly - The Team

Far and his crew reminded me a lot of the Firefly team. You have these super different personalities and approaches all operating together in one small ship. But even though the crew's vibe reminded me of Firefly, it's a completely different crew, not Firefly knockoffs. The characters are all pretty well fleshed out. I wish I had gotten a better sense of one crew member sooner, but I was ultimately satisfied with her portrayal. Also, there is an awesome red panda. I want one.

August 2017 Wrap-Up: Fire, Dating Fails and Time Travel

A monthly recap of books I've read, posts I've written, things of interest 
from the blogosphere, and life.

August went by really fast. It feels like it shouldn't be September yet, but it is. :P

August Reads:

The Piper's Price - This is the second book in a Peter Pan inspired series. Unfortunately, it had all the problems of the first and then some. The author very kindly sent me a copy for review, so I'm sad I didn't enjoy it more.

Breath of Fire - This was disappointing. Despite several issues, I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, Promise of Fire. This time around . . . I was super bored. There's no plot (except a really stupid miscommunication) for the first quarter of the book. For the rest, where the first book had tension and mystery and danger on all sides all the time, it feels like all of that is gone now--even when there is danger. Just, bluh.

The Last Single Girl - I grabbed this novella for free, but I'm majorly tempted to continue the series. It was short and all kinds of silly. Sarah is the last single girl in her friend group and desperate to ditch the title. What follows is a journey into the online dating world and one disastrous blind date after another. I've been craving more humor lately, and this was full of it.

Invictus - Full review to come soon, but it's awesome. Like, 4 stars from me awesome.

My Favorite Hidden Gems

This week's Top 10 Tuesday topic is all about the "hidden gems" we've read. I'm never sure whether my gems are really "hidden," or just not at the front of a mega hype machine, but whatever. These books could always use more love. :)

My Favorite Hidden Gems

Everyone's heard of these authors, but these two gems seem to get lost in the shuffle, hidden behind the more well-known titles like Redwall and Howl's Moving Castle. Castaways is brilliant and has a talking dog, and Enchanted Glass has a family just as crazy, zany and magical as Howl's.

Why I Love My OTSP Secret Sister Already

It's my first round of #OTSPsecretsister, and I'm having so much fun already! It's also kind of funny/ironic to think that I'm in my twenties and doing something as old school as pen pals and having a blast. Granted, my handwriting is really out of practice and I've considered typing everything to save us all a few headaches/hand aches, but the illegibility is part of the charm, right? ;)

For those who don't know, the "On the Same Page Secret Sister" project is a 6-month cheer club with monthly letters and gifts sent by a "secret sister." The emphasis is on the cheer and letters, but the gifts are a nice bonus. So, long-term Secret Santa. It's hosted and run by the amazing Alyssa (@withthebanned), Amy(@trippingbooks), and Brittany (@bookaddictguide)! Words are not enough thanks for all the hard work they do running this project and assigning sisters.

I LOVED my first letter and cheer package! My secret sister is super sweet and thoughtful, and we've already chatted about everything from Jane Austen movies to Disney to Marvel to our lacking Spanish skills, lol.

Can I just say, isn't this a perfect start-of-semester cheer box? A fun middle grade book, coloring sheets, chocolate, protein, relaxation, and Disney villains!

July 2017 Wrap-Up: Detectives, Healers and Spies

A monthly recap of books I've read, posts I've written, things of interest
from the blogosphere, and life.

I'm a little late on this one, but the start of August has been a whirlwind of buying textbooks (complete with wrong orders), finishing the internship, law journal work, etc., etc. Finally catching a little breather, so let's catch up!

July Reads:

Lock & Mori - A young, modern day Moriarty and Sherlock team up to catch a killer. The mystery element was decent, but I didn't love these detectives as much as I'd hoped. I'm not entirely sure why except that the story left me feeling a bit...depressed? I'm not sure whether I'll continue this series.

Beauty & the Beast Retellings for Fairy Tale Lovers

I wanted to give my bookshelves and backlist a little attention, and I love fairy tale retellings, so why not combine the two to form the MEGAZORD? Or, when that doesn't work, a blog post about Beauty and the Beast retellings I've read. ;)