In case you missed it, an easy digest of Elza’s recent reads, latest news, and favorite blogging highlights!
Catch up on what I’ve been busy with this July & August, including:
Work-from-home creatives often struggle to distinguish our work and home life. To help create some realistic boundaries and enjoy that mythical “balanced lifestyle”, I’ve shared a few strategies that have been truly useful as a recovering workaholic.
I wandered into controversial territory with a blog post highlighting the lovable aspects of a not-so-lovable archetype. The Mean Girl is a literary figure who adds so much to the stories they appear in, even if you’re not a fan of their go-to method.
With autumn releases on the horizon, I’ve been populating my Middle Grade Authors list on Twitter with new-to-me and debut authors alike. It feels a bit like fall cleaning, but make it books? If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the list to keep up with all that bookish news from the 500+ (and growing!) authors added so far.
- I recently came across the artist Leviticus Rott on Twitter, who has been working on a series of illustrations inspired by A Series of Unfortunate Events. Seeing new updates on my feed recently has been a real mood lift.
- A recent gathering opened up some time to play board games, which reminded me how much I love Sagrada! If you like pretty colors, low-strategy gameplay, and dice, this is a great game to add to your collection.
Middle Grade Carousel’s July and August Summer Reading Bingo challenges kept me turning pages through a very ambitious summer schedule, and I’m very pleased to have crossed the 80-book mark for the year so far!
Middle Grade Book Bingo Reads:
- 5Worlds: The Amber Anthem by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, & Boya Sun
- Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens
- Connect the Dots by Keith Calabrese
- Down to Earth by Betty Culley
- Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
- How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage
- The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
- Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
- The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
- The Sisters Grimm: Tales from the Hood by Michael Buckley
- The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War by Michael Buckley
- The Sisters Grimm: The Inside Story by Michael Buckley
- The Sisters Grimm: Council of Mirrors by Michael Buckley
- Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
- Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin
Check out my shop, BumbleBess.com, for hand-lettered designs inspired by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator! The MBTI system was designed by a mother-daughter duo who wanted to better understand the people and personalities around them. It was used in the US when women entered the workforce during World War II as a way to place them in jobs they’d be best-suited for. More fascinating info about the MBTI system—and my hand-lettered designs can be found here.
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