september 2018 wrap up

September Wrap Up

Posted September 24, 2018 by Amber in Checking In / 19 Comments


Well! September breezed through again – largely, I think, because I was on vacation this month! Regular readers and those who follow along on my Twitter or Instagram will know that my husband and I went down to Orlando to the Disney Parks last week! It was hot and exhausting but SO much fun. I’ll talk a little more about that later and in coming weeks.

All the things I’ve been reading

12 books found














Vicious / ★★★★ 1/2 This is my second V.E. Schwab book. Color me impressed! This was light on the world building, but amazing in character development. I read this in preparation for Vengeful this month, and I’m very excited for book two!

Dealing With Dragons / ★★★★ Sometimes you just need a light, fun book to break up all the sappy YA novels and serious adult ones. Clever Cimorene and her quirky group of friends were perfect for that!

My Life on the Road / ★★★★★ – I read very few memoirs, but this one absolutely blew me away! I was so inspired by Gloria Steinem’s experiences… she really made me want to get out there and make a difference in the world and meet all sorts of peoples.

Magic and Mischief on the Blog

Not much has gone on here at The Literary Phoenix this month, but I do want to take a moment to thank you lovely folks for checking back in while I was in vacations even though I wasn’t commenting back to anything (well, except for that spell where Thunder Mountain was broken down – I got about halfway through my comments!). It’s such a delight to see that I’m reaching a consistent group, and that’s such a difference from when we went away in April, so I just wanted to say thanks.

I’m also toying with the idea of my “Weekly Tea Time for the Soul”. I did a couple of these this mont and they did alright. Basically, they’re just a weekly check in if what I’m reading and some awesome stuff on the blogosphere and what you missed last week. Since I was at Animal Kingdom two Sundays ago, I did miss one of these, and I don’t plan to do them on weeks that I have a wrap up… because that would be redundant.

In the last two weeks, here’s what you may have missed in the blog!

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal★ 1/2A girl is resurrected as a wraith to infiltrate an enemy government and take it down by using her wraith powers to provide information to spies.

Ten Books I Wish More People Were Talking About / Top Ten Tuesday – A list of some books I’ve really enjoyed over the year, but I feel like aren’t as popular as they should be.

Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves★★ – A young woman recovering with an eating disorder struggles to come out and find her new place in life.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice / ★ 1/2 – As the Mayfair family legacy is about to be handed down, we learn the bloody history of the Mayfair witches and the demon who haunts them.

The Selection Debacle: A Timeless Reminder to Be Respectful to Each Other / Book Blogger Hop – A bit of a book blogging legacy story/train wreck and a reminder to take the high road in our reviews and gossip.

If You Are Reading This, I am at Disney World (BRIEF HIATUS) – A week long hiatus announcement AND my list of favorite Disney movies by category.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem / A short memoir about Steinem’s travels across the United States and her connections with minorities and collecting their stories.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede /  – A cute story about a princess who doesn’t want to be married off and the ways of dragon politics and a conspiracy.

20 Questions Book Tag – A fun little book tag with 20 themed questions about my reading habits and favorites.

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare / When Elsa’s mother is stolen away from her fictional world, she must enter Victorian-era Italy to stop the villains and save her mother.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King / ★ 1/2 – This psychological thriller revolves around retired Detective Bill Hodges and the restless Mercedes killer, who was never caught during his time on the force.

How I Blog, What I Blog, and When I Blog – A quick behind-the-scenes on my blogging process and some of the tools I use to keep myself organized.

Lords and Ladies, I Present: King Richard’s Faire – A quick overview of King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA and a great window into why I think Renaissance Faires are delightful.

What Have I been Scribbling?

Nothing to report this month!  Work has been very busy and my creative juices have been focused on keeping ahead on the blog in the free time I’ve had.  Even vacation was busy, and I’m going to have to double-time in October not to lose my lead as I get back into the swing of things.

Adventures in the real world!

Real life has been interesting the last few weeks! I’ve already got a post all about King Richard’s Faire and then of course there’s been the Disney trip! I’m going to be treating Disney like our transatlantic cruise back in April and splitting it up across a series of multiple posts that will drop on Saturday’s and focus n a specific topic – in this case, each of the parks, the dining, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. I’m also contemplating posting a “Things You Must Do If You’re Going to a Disney” post, but I haven’t decided in that yet. After all, I’ve only been a handful of times, but I’d love to share my highlights.

Otherwise, it’s about to go back to all work and no play for this lady – work is in its busy season, which unfortunately has shifted from spring to autumn, so I’m going back to working a lot of overtime tomorrow and not getting enough sleep. Believe me, this was not something I’ve been looking forward to. But on the bright side of things, we have a couple new girls in the department who will help lighten the load, and my co-team lead is supposedly on schedule to come back next month! That definitely elegies some pressure on me, and he’s my friend, so I’m really happy to hear he’s recovering. I have a day off in the calendar I’m going to have to reschedule, but otherwise, well, it’s back to business!

What’s Coming Next?

October is my favorite month, so I’m really excited to have a lot of goodies coming up for you all! My birthday is in October, so I’ve got the Birthday Book Tag in a couple weeks – and who doesn’t love book tags! I’ve also got a decent amount of Halloween-themed content that should be popping up throughout the month. Plus, if you’re a Disney fan, you’ve got those posts to look forward to on Saturdays!

Oooh, does anyone follow my Instagram? Right before vacation, I rigged up a backdrop that matches my blog. Right now, my Instagram is loaded with Disney pictures (it’s also my personal account) but if you keep your eyes open over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to put out a little bit more visually interesting content. My goal, to begin, is to take a picture for every TBR Jar book… then a shit for every book I finish as well! Come follow me to see what I have in store!

Also, umm, if you’re a cat person, my kitties are ALWAYS on my Instagram.


How was your September?

What was the most exciting thing you did this month?

Tell about one book that inspired you.

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19 responses to “September Wrap Up

  1. Kathy Martin

    September has just flown by at my house. I can’t believe it is so near to October. I’ve been reading lots and lots of books. Seeing Dealing With Dragons reminded my how much I have enjoyed Patricia Wrede’s books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    • Amber

      The only other thing I’ve read by Patricia C. Weeded was a series of short stories, but I didn’t love them. Really glad I gave Dealing with Dragons a chance! I hope you have a magnificent October!

    • Amber

      I would not recommend the Mayfair Witches personally, but a lot of people really love them. My secret to reading this month was listening to audiobooks during work. Unfortunately listening to anything outside of music is strongly discouraged, so it’s not a habit I’ll be able to keep up! ? There’s a little leniency when it’s crazy busy to help folks keep their heads.

  2. Visiting from Stacking the Shelves. I don’t know about ‘inspired’, but The Boat Man by Dusti Stevens was a favorite read of mine this past month. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that payback is a b*tch!

    • Amber

      Oooh, I hear HK Disneyland is really good!!! I hope it works out for you! ? I’d love to go to the other parks in Europe and Asia!

    • Amber

      Thanks, I’m really looking forward to both, but especially Dread Nation – I’ve had my eye on that one for a while. ? Happy reading to you as well!

  3. I’ve been to Disney in September before and it WAS hot, but it’s still a blast no matter when you go! Well maybe not in the height of summer haha! And September DID fly by. The Dragons books by Wrede do sound delightful, I’ve seen them mentioned from time to time and they sound great!

    • Amber

      My gosh, you know, I thought it was going to be more like going in October?! Definitely wouldn’t go back in September again! I definitely recommend trying Dealing with Dragons. It’s just delightful. ?