November 16, 2021

What I’ve been reading

Today, I thought it'd be fun to make a short list of some of my more recent reads. I'm a consistent reader, so every now and again I like to round up the standouts. Surprisingly, I've gotten really into young adult (and sometimes adult) fantasy. Taking a break from reality and being able to suspend my disbelief is something I thoroughly enjoy, and I feel silly ever having doubted the genre. Be warned: there won't be as much contemporary or literary fiction on this list like there have been in the past. That being said, let's jump in!

Currently Reading:

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

I’m only halfway through this book and I’m absolutely loving it. I love Greek Mythology and this book is really doing it for me. It's telling the story of Theseus and the Minotaur but from the perspective of Ariadne, who assisted in the Minotaur's defeat. Ariadne is the daughter of Minos and half-sister of Asterion (later deemed as the Minotaur). The storytelling is beautiful, and I'm taking my time reading this because I don't want it to be over. I'm letting myself be absolutely consumed in ancient Greece. When adding this book to my currently reading list over on Goodreads I noticed that the author has another book, Elektra, set to release next year, and I cannot wait! You can add me as a friend on Goodreads here!

I'd been waiting on this book to cycle through on the "Member Faves" section on Book of the Month Club and I'm so happy that I was finally able to pick it up. I bundled it with Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (pictured below) which I also can't wait to get to. You can try out BOTM with my link here. I'm not sponsored in any way by BOTM, but I do enjoy checking out their monthly picks and choosing one for myself if it piques my interest. Plus, their membership saves you money on brand new hardcovers, with the option to skip a month and not be billed! I've been using BOTM for over a year now and I'm still enjoying it.

Current Library Loans & TBR:

Recent Reads:

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

This is by far my favorite book I've read lately, I'd even go as far as saying it's one of my favorite books I've read, full stop. I wasn't sure what to expect other than a 12 Dancing Princesses retelling. I don't like to read descriptions if I can avoid it. I stick to sources whose recommendations I trust and let the book surprise me. And this one did just that. The horror elements added to the suspense, and have turned me to looking for more horror reads. If you have any, drop them below!

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Read this book, just do it. It's short and sweet, but the story it tells was great. The novel follows Korede as she's forced to deal again, and again with her sister Ayoola's habit of, well, killing. The story sucked me in and was both succinct and thought-provoking. How much would you sacrifice for somebody you love?

The Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber

Caraval and Legendary have taken me on such a great ride, and I cannot wait for the trilogy's conclusion in Finale (also pictured in the stack above). I picked these up the moment I finished the summer term for school and devoured both of them prior to the start of the fall term. It's stories like this that have turned me onto YA fantasy. The excitement, the twists, the story-building, and magic system are *chef's kiss.* I plan on picking up Finale as soon as I finish with Ariadne.

All the Stars and Teeth by Stephanie Garber

This book is part of a duology that follows Amora Montara, the next in line to rule the Kingdom of Visidia. Things go awry, as they must, and the what ensues was a story that was again filled with great worldbuilding and magic systems. Similar to House of Salt and Sorrows, the atmosphere is as gritty and as briny as the sea. Like Legendary, I plan on finishing off this duology soon with All the Tides of Fate.

* I am not sponsored by Book of the Month Club. I earn one book credit for every person who joins using my link but otherwise receive no compensation.

What are some of your favorite reads this year? Let me know!


November 11, 2021

moments: still lifes in autumn

I started this blog to have a space where I could share my photos, travels, and the slice of life I occasionally sprinkle in. I've had some preconceived notions that any photo I choose to share here must have a story or an explanation attached to it. The reality is, however, that I've been taking photographs and collecting cameras since I was a little girl. Today, I have a collection of 35mm film cameras that I keep in working order, as well as my DSLR and my iPhone (not as exciting, I know). I like to tell stories and share my words, but I love taking photos more than anything. My camera roll is bursting at the seams with photos that I can never bring myself to delete. So, I've decided to add Moments as a recurring series on my blog. It will feature my still lifes, with a few animals or people snuck in (my dogs follow my every move). Expect little to no explanation, sometimes I just like the way the light shines through a room or the way a fence leans or how a path curves. Sometimes I mean nothing through the photos I take, and sometimes I do. In any case, I hope you enjoy my Moments


November 3, 2021

thrifting: autumn 2021

We've recently completed our relocation to the northeast, and I've been more than ready to dive into some new thrift stores. Most of my current wardrobe is really only appropriate for warmer climates and indoor working spaces, with a few sweaters and cardigans that haven't gotten me much further than early autumn. I'll soon be needing attire that is better suited for our new climate. And, as we now live somewhere that experiences all four seasons(!!!) I'll be starting from scratch when it comes to my winter wardrobe. Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck finding some actual winter clothes, but I'm really happy with what I have found so far.

Here are a few things that have been on my autumn thrift list:

  • flannel: Hot take, right? But, I actually don't own any flannel at all! Nighttime and early mornings have been chilly, so these are definitely going to be thrown on as I head out the door to take Pugsley & Wednesday on their daily walks, or simply running errands.
  • sweaters & cardigans: Specifically, heavyweight pieces made from natural fabrics.
  • raincoats & anoraks: Pennsylvania, in general, sees a good amount of annual rainfall, and I've already witnessed plenty of it in the time that we've lived here. Our grass is almost always covered in dew and mushrooms grow rampant.
  • hiking & winter boots: these are the only items on this list that I may have to purchase new, but I'm always checking out the shoe section at thrift stores! I don't find thrifted shoes that fit me too often, but those that I have found, I still own.
  • winter coat: I've been spending a lot of time at the outerwear section of our Goodwill, but no luck yet.
  • dinner plates: I gave most of our dishware to family before we left to mitigate the risk of breaking anything in transit, so we've been using those plastic plates from the college/dorm section of Target in the meantime. Like a winter coat, no luck yet.
  • lamps: Our new apartment doesn't have any overhead lighting in the living room or bedroom, so I've been on the lookout for a nice floor lamp and some table lamps.
Our local Goodwill is massive, and clothing is definitely its strong suit. While I picked up a few decor items,  the fun I had looking through apparel was unmatched. Here are a few things I've picked up for the season as well as our apartment so far:

sweaters | long sleeves | cardigans

While I've found quite a few shirts and sweaters, these two have been in my rotation the most. I laughed the first time I came across this floral pullover, but when I saw it again the following weekend, it called out to me and it's now one of my favorite sweaters.

This navy cardigan from Woods & Gray immediately caught my eye. It has the chunky knit appearance that I love but also didn't feel like a typical acrylic sweater that one might find at the thrift store. It's made of a cotton and ramie blend, which I'd never heard of. Ramie (sometimes called China grass) is a linen-like fiber that's made from the stalks of the Chinese nettle plant. It's both eco-friendly and sustainable. 

I love learning about the pieces I come across and will have my phone handy to google things as I find them.

 This is one of the sites I used to learn a bit about the ramie fabric.


This framed photograph of Secretariat by photographer Tony Leonard is now one of my prized possessions. I'm a proud horse girl and many of the pieces that I bring home with me are equestrian-inspired. I have a collection of horse photos and paintings-- both in the English style as well as the Western style, and will scoop up pretty much anything with equine motifs.

I'm now the proud owner of this gorgeous enamel bookmark.

I'm really trying to hone in my decor style this time around. I have so many varying interests, and many times it translates to a mismatched hodgepodge of a living space. I've joked that my decor style is "Haunted English Manor," but the more thrifting and shopping I've done, the less it seems like a joke. If it feels like it could belong in a gothic Downton Abbey or Hill House/Bly Manor, I want it. Along with trying to define my own style, I also took it upon myself to create my own decor color palette. While I allow myself to stray a bit, these are the key colors I seem to be attracted to.

various dishware/kitchen finds

I haven't had too much luck finding us some replacement dinnerware, but I did find this fruit bowl that finally felt like ~the one~. The best part is, the thrift store I found this at was having a bag sale and was able to fit this big boi in. (I paid $5 for a paper bag, and was able to take anything I could fit inside of it). Fun fact: the tan hat, the trinket dishes, as well as my framed photo of Secretariat above were part of the sale as well!


It feels like I hit the lamp lottery at our local thrift stores. They each have such an interesting selection of lamps that I've found myself spending the most time in. Every lamp I've picked up has definitely fit into my Haunted English Manor style, and they've all cost me between 99 cents and $2.99. Yeah, you read that right. The lamp featured in the second photo cost me 99 cents, and the one behind the gold jewelry box is among the most expensive at $2.99. I also picked up a desk lamp for myself that not only is in perfect working order, but its brushed gold finish also matches my style perfectly. 


It feels great to get back into the swing of things here on Tuesday Afternoon. The last two years have been a whirlwind, and after two years of feeling uncertain about where we'd be living, this sense of normalcy and stability feels incredible.

Are winters cold in your hometown? If they are or if you have any experience with "real" winters, give me some tips and clothing/footwear recommendations! They'll all be greatly appreciated!