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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. ;)



Book Tag from Down Under


Thanks to Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight for letting me steal this tag! I've never been to Australia (someday!), but I thought this looked like a blast. I mean, the first category is "Koala." How can you resist that?



I don't really do cuddles.
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Maybe if it were a baby dragon or something?


How to Make a DIY Book Subscription Box


How many of us stare and drool at all the beautiful photos of the latest subscription box? Between Fairy Loot, OwlCrate, Uppercase, Once Upon a Book Club, BookLoot, LitJoy Crate, Whimsify, SpearCraft, Book Boyfriend Box, Unicorn Crate, Shelflove Crate, My YA Reading Club, LitCube, HootLoot, and more, they're everywhere. It's all the excitement of opening your Happy Meal toy, but, you know, for teens/adults. ;) And they're so pretty!

But, they're pricey. Most of these boxes are around $30 plus shipping. Yikes! Between those numbers and my general pickiness with books, I probably won't be getting one of these preciouses unless I win a giveaway or something.

BUT, that doesn't mean I can't hack the anatomy of these boxes and make cheaper versions for myself and others. I just signed up for #OTSPsecretsister for the first time and, while my budget won't afford big productions, I'm looking forward to being creative and putting together some cheer-filled packages and letters! :)

Without further ado . . .

June 2017 Wrap-Up

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

June Reads:


Cinderella 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 Captain Planet? Or, when that doesn't work, a blog post about Cinderella retellings I've read. ;)



Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Cinderella meets cyberpunk, aliens (kind of), plagues, and a quest to save the world.

What Is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore - Cinderella in a fantasy Venice where everyone (literally) wears a mask and a killer is on the loose.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - This Cinderella has a good excuse for being so obedient: she's cursed! But that doesn't stop her from taking matters into her own hands.

Series I'm Loving in 2017


This week's Top 10 Tuesday topic is "best books you've read in 2017 so far." I've read 24 books this year. About half of those were not great. A number of the good ones are from series, so today we'll talk about . . .

Series I'm Loving in 2017



The Others by Anne Bishop - I didn't realize I was reading the last book until the very end, but it closed out nicely. I'm really sad to leave these guys behind. I could totally read another five books just about daily life in the Courtyard. It's been a great series (which I'll likely reread many times), and even though this story is done, the author has a new book set in this world out next spring. I don't know if it'll be an auto-buy like these were, but I'm definitely checking it out.

Series I've Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

We all have a TBR list a mile long. I don't stick with a ton of series, but I'm always adding new ones to my list. Here are a few I added . . . uh, "recently." ;)



Ashes trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick - Honestly, this has been on the list so long I've forgotten what it's about. I read another book by this author and wasn't thrilled, but apparently I liked the idea enough to keep this title in the running.

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty - I have high hopes of reading this soon. I forget why I didn't before. The library didn't have it? Anyway, it's "Summer of Deception" on Riveted right now, and I think/hope this will make an appearance.

Silver Blackthorn trilogy by Kerry Wilkinson - I have a vague memory of this being something British? Yeah, that'll do.



Glass Sentence trilogy by S.E. Grove - Something about continents locked in different time periods? I picked up the second book at a bargain outlet and now need to get hold of the first.

Serafina series by Robert Beatty - I just picked this up at the library and hope to start it this week!