OOTD :: of teenage espionage and launching my new linkup




So I recently rediscovered Goodreads and, as I was entering all the books I’ve read since the beginning of this school year, a disturbing interesting trend began to surface: I read a lot of young adult novels about teenage spies.


The entire Gallagher Girl series in one whack? The Ruby Red trilogy? The Mary Quinn mysteries? I’m gonna blame this all on a childhood misspent reading Nancy Drew books as quickly as they were published. Which was no small feat considering I was in the Philippines at the time and I had to wait for overseas shipping.

Anyhow, I’m currently in the throes of the Also Known As series, a fun, fluffy bite of brain candy that raises itself above the rest of the pack with its biting wit and fast-paced David Addison/Maddie Hayes-esque repartee, and that’s just the interplay among the parents and the protagonist. Wait till the teenage action/drama begins! Super fun series and if you’re in the mood for a light romp, then this comes highly recommended.

I think it’s quite fitting, then, that I get to launch T3 aka Thoughtful Third Thursday with an excerpt from the first book of this brilliant romp. In this snippet, 16-year-old Maggie Silver is told that she’s ready to tackle an assignment on her own after having just completed a joint mission with her spy parents:

I grabbed a uniform off the hanger and carried it back to my parents.

“Look at this!” I said, shaking it in front of them. “I’ve waited my whole life to go to high school and now I have to wear this?”

My mom spread cream cheese on her bagel. My dad sipped his coffee and nodded.

“Are you okay with me walking  the streets of downtown New York looking like Lolita?” I could feel my argument going nowhere, and for the first time in years, I felt nervous. If this didn’t work, I’d be starting high school the very next morning showing more leg than I had ever shown before. “This looks obscene. Someone should call Dateline.”

“You’ll probably need a sweater,” my mom replied. “It’s a little chilly out.”

Hey, any reason for me to sport some more plaid, right? And although the actual uniform calls for a white blouse and a blue plaid skirt, I’m playing my creative license card with my version because I’ve gotta do the 52 Pick-me-up pink thing. And Thrifted Thursday? Yeah, my skirt was all of $9. And that’s all I’m saying about that…

Now it’s your turn, folks! I’m always up for a good read and/or an inspired outfit. Get those links in. Stop by Selah’s place and link there too.

And welcome to Thoughtful Third Thursday!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Blazer – Merona @ Target
Skirt – jcp
Boots – Audrey Brooke @ DSW
Hat – eBay

:: Linking ::
Thoughtful Third Thursday @ A Bibliophile’s Style

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21 thoughts on “OOTD :: of teenage espionage and launching my new linkup

  1. […] Anniversary of T3! In celebration, I’ve decided to take my inspiration from Maricel’s first T3 offering, Also Known As by Robin […]

  2. […] Also Known As by Robin Benway – I already spoke about this series, so you know my thoughts on it. Waiting on tenterhooks for the third one since #2 left me sort of […]

  3. Do you really need a reason to wear more plaid? I think not! And there’s nothing like teen lit for some mindless reading!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Hear, hear, Debbie! You’re a gal after my own heart! As long as I’m not entangled in derivative paranormal romance, yeah?

  4. dapperdolly says:

    People who don’t like YA novels – and mystery buff novels are missing out 🙂

    The Famous Five
    The Hardy Boys
    The Railway Children

    My absolute faves as an adult though have to be:
    The Invisible Detective – Justin Richards (aka Dr Who background 😉 )
    The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

    Both of the above series are bloody awesome in their own ways, loved every book. The first is paranormal mysteries solved by a bunch of kids similar to Sherlock’s Familiars and the second is about a group of super intelligent kids head hunted to form a group.

    Your outfit – so so cute! Love the use of Pink, you’re really incorporating it well and overall the outfit fits the book/theme perfectly! The Pinks, the plaid – the hat! Like it!

    • mtsedwards says:

      NOOOOO! They don’t have the Justin Richards books at my library! And all they have on Amazon are his Doctor Who books. Not that I’m complaining about that but the Invisible Detective series sounds so cool. Curse you for introducing me to it. Now I must go on a Mad Hunt for them.

      At least I have the Benedict Society books in my queue. There’s a waiting list of one so I should be able to take a gander at them some time next week. Thanks for sharing!!!

      And thanks for the compliment. You know, I’m finding that everything looks good with a little bit of plaid. Guess that’s why it’s my favorite color. 🙂

  5. Val S says:

    I’m very rushed at lunch right now, but I love your outfit! And I hope the link-up is successful. I’ll look at more later!

    • mtsedwards says:

      As I love yours! You’re giving my floaty scarves a new lease on life. I’d always only ever worn them looped about my neck but now that I see how to wear them with dashing panache unfettered, I may just try that out.

  6. Gorgeous color on you and that skirt is amazing! I’ll be linking up tomorrow!

  7. Connie Snow* says:

    That’s an adorable outfit. Love the hat. It will be interesting to see how you can incorporate plaid into your literary inspiration posts. Robert Burns perhaps? I will be joining in eventually….I promise. Xxxxxooooo

    • mtsedwards says:

      I will hold you to that promise, Connie! ;p And hrm…plaid and T3? What a positively brilliant idea! I don’t even need to be reading anything Scottish, per se. I can make plaid work with anything.

  8. Oh this is great Maricel! I’m a book lover, and shamelessly head straight to the mystery section every library visit. It’s almost all I ever read. I started with the Bobbsey Twins and then graduated to Nancy Drew. Do you know those books fetch a pretty good price in thrift stores? Now, the titles you’ve mentioned, I’m unfamiliar with, but I will check them out. Funny, I wouldn’t have thought teen spy books to be your thang. Just goes to show you, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. My sewing posts don’t relate to any books, but I do look forward to joining in another time.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I have ALL the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew books in their original hardback versions. When I moved to America, I went on to collect the entire Trixie Belden series and now…I guess once a mystery gal, always a mystery gal. But I’m no Sherlock/Poirot/Miss Marple-esque mystery buff. I dabble, I don’t go in depth.

      Yes, please do join when you can. We’d love to have you.

  9. LOVE! I’m always on the lookout for “brain candy” books for when I need a break. Keep that hat handy for Spy Girl’s 20s prompt. 🙂

  10. […] turn!  Click the linky below, or visit my Thoughtful Third Thursday page for all the details!  Maricel and I can’t wait to see what you come up […]

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