Weekly Team Time For My Soul #3 – A Week With the Dregs

Posted September 30, 2018 by Amber in Weekly Tea Time for My Soul / 8 Comments


Good morning my beautiful monsters. How are you all on this lovely autumn morning?

I know I’ve been talking for months about how I can’t wait for autumn to arrive, et voila!  It’s finally here and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  The air is crisp and fresh, and tinges of apple and pumpkin seem to radiate in the soft winds.  Here in New England, the leaves have started to gain the slightest tint of red and orange.

I love autumn.

As you know from my September Wrap Up, it’s been a busy month. I’m grateful to be moving into October, where hopefully things will settle in little ways before finally giving way to a more peaceful holiday season.

This morning, though, I am grateful for the peace of my quiet living room.

After writing this post, I’m going to make a nice mug of tea and curl up with Sky In the Deep.  For now, I’m enjoying the last bits of Six of Crows.

Y’all, lets talk about Six of Crows.

Everybody has been talking about how wonderful this book is.  I don’t think I’ve received a single OwlCrate that didn’t include a Six of Crows-themed item.  When I started listening to this on the way to work on Tuesday, I did so with a sigh and low expectations.  I’m one of those people who often doesn’t love the same books that the community goes nuts over (see Caraval), and I didn’t love Shadow and Bone.  I thought the love story was insanely cheesy.

I love Six of Crows.

It has everything.  Interesting characters, amazing layers of worldbuilding, a plot that keeps me on edge, magic, underdogs… just everything.  Everybody was so so right.  I will never doubt the community again.

I’ll save the rest for the review, but !!! y’all.  So good.


In other weekly news, my weekly book haul was out of control.  All my book boxes and preorders came in at the same time, and then my little brother sent me four books.  Then I indulged because… it’s my birthday on Saturday!

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I was so proud of myself – up until Monday, I’d only bought two books this month… but my haul in the last week was out of control! Two book boxes, three preorders, early birthday gifts from my brother, and birthday gifts to myself… Eleven books total. 😂 • PREORDERS 📚Vengeful 📚The Deepest Roots 📚A Blade So Black OWLCRATE 📚Mirage SCRIBBLER 📚Sadie FROM MY BROTHER 📚Nice Try, Jane Sinner 📚Heretics Anonymous 📚Enclave 📚Red Rising FROM ME 😉 📚Six of Crows 📚Crooked Kingdom 📚To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before . How many of these glorious books have you read? 💕💜 . #bookhaul #bookmail #sixofcrows #crookedkingdom #leighbardugo #toalltheboysivelovedbefore #jennyhan #findsadie #courtneysummers #hereticsanonymous #katiehenry #thedeepestroots #mirandaasebedo #mirage #somaiyadaud #redrising #piercebrown #enclave #annaguirre #nicetryjanesinner #lianneoelke #abladesoblack #llmckinney #vengeful #veschwab #septemberbooks #bookstagram #flatlaybooks #bookblogger #readersofinstagram

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I’m grateful for all the books, but this tells me really need to take it easy in October.  I’m running out of space on my shelves again, and we’re talking about moving in the spring… and books are horrible to move.  So … yeah.  Yikes!  But I just had to add the Six of Crows duology to my collection! 😉  And everyone’s been talking about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  So it had to happen. 😉

Which brings me to another topic:

I’m using my bookstagram account.

My bookish posts were taking over my personal Instagram account, and while I don’t have a problem with that, I don’t want to annoy my IRL people, so a division was necessary.  I’ll be updating my social media links as soon as I post this, but in the meanwhile:

Follow me at @theliteraryphoenix!

It’s difficult… I’ve never had a gazillion followers or anything, but when I logged back in to that account yesterday, it had 10 and I hadn’t posted since March 2017, so… it’s going to take a bit of work to establish it.  But I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and I’m going to make an effort to post twice daily, even if it means posting at 3:00am before work and 7:00pm when I get home. 🙂


This week on the blog:

September Wrap Up – All my reads and new books since the last wrap up in August. 🙂 Plus a sneak peek of Disney and a bit of shame since I haven’t been writing. 🙁

Inconceivable!  It’s a Princess Bride Book Tag! – I had so much fun doing this tag – I love A Princess Bride!  If you’re a fan too, you’ll like this one!

Into the Magic Shop / ★★ – A self-help novel 20% encouraging mindfulness and 80% bragging about how rich he is.  Color me unimpressed.

The Arctic Incident / ★★★ 1/2 – Although it’s my least favorite of the series, The Arctic Incident continues to shape Artemis Fowl for the rest of his adventures.

The Stats Problem – A discussion about how it’s easy to become obsessed with stats, some thoughts as to why that my happen, and my own struggle to disconnect.


Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand || Howling Libraries / I’ve been looking forward to Sawkill Girls for a while, but haven’t seen many reviews on the blogosphere.  I was so excited to see Destiny’s review, and to see that she loved it!  BONUS:  Destiny recently reached 1000 followers and she’s doing a giveaway!

Crazy Rich Asians:  Why My Asian Heart was Screaming + Free Wallpaper Download || Aimee, Always / Even though I’m pretty sure everyone has seen or read Crazy Rich Asians by this point, Aimee’s post made me so happy!  It’s always awesome to hear from an #OwnVoices reader about their experience with the rep, but beyond that… Aimee’s clearly a fangirl. 😉

10 Things I Like to Find in the YA Books || Drizzle and Hurricane Books / I agree with every single one of Nyx’s talking points here.  We all have favorite tropes in books, how many do you agree with?

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel || Nut Free Nerd / I almost scrolled past Holly’s review, then did a double-take.  Like Water for Chocolate was required reading my sophomore year of high school, and while I enjoyed it, I’ve never met anyone else who’s read it!  Check out her review!

My Favorite Booktubers!! || The Bookish Actress / While I rarely watch booktubers, I think they’re a legitimate and important platform and I encourage anyone who enjoys YouTube and vloggers to check them out.  I don’t have a lot of suggestions, but Elise does!

The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag || Pages Unbound / As many of your know, Hobbit Day was this month!  There were a lot of hobbit-themed things rilling around, but I really enjoyed Briana’s answers to this tag.  BONUS:  Briana ran a survey early this year asking about blogging stats and perceptions which was really interesting.  You can find the results here!

Review | The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang || Literary Weaponry / I absolutely love The Poppy War and am hearing that the community does, too!  But I’m not seeing a lot of reviews quite so passionate and transparent as Amanda’s.  If you’re thinking about reading this one, definitely check out this review.


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme that gives bloggers the opportunity to lean back and discuss their week’s – what they’re reading, what they’re writing, and whatever their hearts desire.  Make sure to check out this week’s linkup!


How was everyone’s weeks?

What are you reading?

Are you enjoying autumn?

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8 responses to “Weekly Team Time For My Soul #3 – A Week With the Dregs

  1. Yes! Autumn (and October especially) are the best. I agree about the leaves and the cooler tinged air.

    Hope you enjoy Sky in the Deep! And thanks for the links- I saw a few posts I want to check out.

    Hope you have a great week!

      • I read Sky in the Deep, oh it must have been a couple of months ago? I think? I really liked her descriptions of the Viking- like setting, the cold north and everything. 🙂

        • Amber

          Yes! Her world building is great! You can really feel the winter chill as you read. I think her relationships are built really well, too. Nothing super cheesy yet, which I definitely appreciate.

  2. I love autumn, too. I hate being sweaty all the time. Bring on the cold! I still need to read Six of Crows. Sometimes I feel like the only one who hasn’t. Good luck with #Bookstagram. I’m terrible at it, but I try. Happy October!

    • Amber

      Haha, ditto to the sweaty bit. I get so cranky when my skin is so sticky, and I always feel smelly. I felt the same way about Six of Crows too, but I’m still seeing new reviews pop up here and there, so it looks like there area few stragglers.

      Thanks! Bookstagram is rough – I got 100 likes the other day and was over the moon, then realized a lot of bookstagrammers get well over 2k per post. I’ll take my little win though. 😉

  3. Yay for more books. After 2012 when I was traveling around on a Harley, and moving, it’s mostly ebooks and audio for me. This way they are always with me.

    I’m enjoying cooler nights. I’ve had a rough September and have really enjoying my books to escape / relax. I’m just finishing listening to Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis. Up next is Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier. I will start tonight on Crossing Hope by Kimberly Kincaid, then The Seeker by Elizabeth Hunter and the final Murderbot – Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. Anne – Books of My Heart