T3 :: of faking it and back to school

As my subject line foreshadows, this post is all about faking it.

When Selah and I planned for this school year’s Thoughtful Third Thursday, I hadn’t been thoughtful at all. (See what I did there?) I hadn’t realized that this month’s T3 would fall on a week when I’m not yet back to school and therefore had no outfits planned for the day. I’m still in summer mode after all, and even shlepping my kids to and from school and grocery shopping – both enterprises that require me to leave the house – didn’t warrant “dressing up” in my estimation.

But I do not want to let my blogging buddy down. And thankfully, I’ve eased up on the anime binge watching and actually hied myself to the library two weeks ago to stock up on my TBR stack and finally start reading again.

I’d queued up a whole bunch of promising books after trawling the aisles at Target – Yes, Target! For books! Go figure. – and here is what I scored:


I’d been eyeing Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake since it popped up on the Scholastic book orders last year, but had been too chicken to try it. Still, the YA librarian suggested it for Aly (I’ve been trying to get her out of her romance genre) and I had to give it a go before forcing it on my daughter, who is a bigger chicken than I.

And wouldn’t you know – I enjoyed it immensely, graphic gore and some sketchy language and all. Enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I gobbled it all up in one day and am currently racing through the sequel as of this writing.

I appreciate Ms. Blake’s voice – she writes her male protagonist effortlessly and authentically. He’s no snarky teen, but his wit is razor sharp nonetheless. He doesn’t pepper his dialogue with anachronistic pop culture references to be cool, but he’s very aware of timeless currency.

“I’m no superhero. If anything I’m Rorschach from Watchmen. I’m Grendel. I’m the survivor in Silent Hill.”

And the cast of characters are just as engaging and carefully written. Of course, there’s the bespectacled, awkward sidekick, the wise British mentor, and the queen bee turned ghost buster, but Ms. Blake writes her tropes so evocatively that they never become stereotypical caricatures. Also, this is one of the few fantasy – or is it horror? – novels where the mother isn’t only not dead but is actually a competent and fully aware participant in the shenanigans. She’s a Wiccan, fer cryin’ out loud! I wanna be this woman!

The best part about reading this novel first from my TBR stack is that, as with all YA books, it’s set in school, albeit a school in Canada so it transcends the usual, for me anyway. So it totally fits this month’s T3 Back to School prompt.

In short, I highly recommend Anna Dressed in Blood for those of you who want a compelling, quick, action-packed extravaganza riddled with characters you grow to care about within the first chapter.

And if you’re really jonesing for an outfit, here’s an embarrassing selfie of a shlep-around summer outfit, which I wore when I was devouring the book. Its saving grace is the awesomecool Marilyn Monroe tank top that Selah herself gifted me so long ago when I coveted hers and which had been waiting for its day in the blogging sun.

Not the best outfit, Selah, but I promise to make your sursy shine in another, more fitting ensemble this year.


Now it’s your turn. Have you read a book for back to school? A book set in school? A book that reminds you of school? Do tell and link up by clicking on the blue froggy below:


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Tank gift from Selah
Pants – NY&Co.
Wedges – Mossimo

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs::
FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna


11 thoughts on “T3 :: of faking it and back to school

  1. Val S says:

    Maybe this is a test, but aren’t those library books right after you mentioned scoring books at Target? We have a Little Neighborhood Library just down the road that sometimes turns up something interesting. I haven’t seen Anna Dressed in Blood there, but it doesn’t really sound like my thing anyway. However, I would steal your Marilyn shirt in a minute!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, I can see your confusion there. I had to reread my paragraph several times, though, because forest for the trees and all. What I meant was that I trawl Target for book titles, save them on my TBR list in my phone, then go home and put them on my library queue for checkout. You may steal my Marilyn shirt if it means I can visit you in England to retrieve it.

      • Val S says:

        Yes, you can visit England to retrieve the shirt – that would be fun! So you can send the shirt anytime – you have my address, right? 😉

        You mentioned feeling wistful and regretful on my post. I can deal with the big change. I’m most wistful about all the time I spend at a job I don’t really like! I have to appreciate the nice surroundings for my lunch breaks, though.

  2. Your review has me convinced that this is a good book! I recently picked up a few new reads at my favorite bookstore and I’m attempting to race through them before school starts. I still read during the school year just not nearly as much. Alas, lesson planning…

    • mtsedwards says:

      You should institute an SSR program! That’s how I manage to read so many books throughout the course of the school year. En francais! 😀

  3. The Marilyn tee is a perfect match for the book cover! I’m at a point in all of my challenge reading where I can go and just browse library shelves again. It’s been too long! I’ll definitely need to scale back the reading challenges next year.

    • mtsedwards says:

      But your reading challenges are what got me into new authors and genres! Heh. Just kidding. Get thee to a library, m’dear!

  4. Patti says:

    Love, love the Marilyn tee. And the reading list – good score! xo

    • mtsedwards says:

      The funny thing is, when this post published, I’d already finished reading that entire stack and am currently working on my next batch.

  5. chessakat says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, that is a great summer schlepping outfit!

    Also, this post is giving me hives, because I want to put that book on hold at the library, but we’re moving in a week, and don’t have library cards in the new town yet! Waaaaaaaah!

    • mtsedwards says:

      You know that needs to be the first thing you do when you finally settle there, right?! And don’t worry about hives…half the fun of a TBR list is having it on your phone to stare at and keep you motivated. 🙂

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