Category: Too Much Monday

Fall Into Books 9/20


My TBR list is massive and unfortunate. If all the books on it were print editions I could likely fence in my apartment building with it and still have a few books left over. That being said, I think my most immediate TBR books, not directly related to the blog at least, are Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway and her latest Ghost Stories novel The Girl in the Green Silk Gown.

I’ve been looking forward to Every Heart a Doorway since I was half way through Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the second book made me want to know more about the setting and what had come before. I have ideas of what’s going to happen thanks to the third book, Beneath the Sugar Sky, but I’m also enjoying the series enough that I want to dig in to it more. Plus the next one’s coming out in January and I want to be ready for it.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is something of another beast entirely. Not just because it comes from a different series but also because the book that preceded it, Sparrow Hill Road, is both a ghost story and sort of a series to itself. Sparrow Hill Road was initially a set of short stories all featuring Rose Marshall, the Phantom Prom Date, as the lead character. So each chapter is a self contained story within a story. It leaves me really curious as to whether The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is going to follow that pattern or be a more straightforward novel. That and I want to see where the road takes Rose next.

I’ve also got the remaining Please Don’t Tell My Parents novels that I want to get read, so two and a half books there. I’m really enjoying the third one, Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Have Henchmen, so I’m sort of expecting to be finished reading it by the end of the week or sooner.

And, of course, there’s all those books I’ve gotten for review through netGalley.

It’s a long list.


I wrote 17 up there and corrected it back to that like three times. Early year stuff is always weird.

Running late on stuff this week. Work has continued to be super busy and I’ve been too tired to do much of anything after getting home. That’s not to say that there’s not going to be a review this week, it’ll be here tomorrow, but it is late. Everything seems just a touch shifted to the side and I’m stuck trying to figure where that means everything has gotten to.

To Much Monday is doing a one day special that makes me wish I’d gotten this posted earlier today. If you sign up for one of their subscriptions today and use the code “FreeShip111” you get free shipping for the life time of your subscription. Or, as per standard, you can use the code”Tympest” to get fifteen percent off your first box.

It’s being a slow start getting back into the swing of things, but I’m thinking I can get this going on a steady schedule sometime within a month. Things are in the works and I feel pretty good about my chances of getting pulled back together.

If you like what I’m doing or think there’s things I could fix leave a comment below. You can also help support my caffeine habit by buying me a Ko-fi. Here’s to a good weekend. Enjoy!

September Display

I’m still getting used to reviewing things that aren’t books, but I’m back with September’s Too Much Monday box. I’m really enjoying the service so far. This month is fairly fall themed with richly flavored caramels, a crisp apple sage candle, and warm mellow chocolate praline tea. I think my favorite things this month were the caramels and the candle, and both are stand out good compared to other similar things I’ve tried before.

The apple sage candle burns really well. It’s one of the ones with a wooden wick, which isn’t something I’ve gotten a chance to try before, so that’s cool. The smell is fairly light and sweet, more apple than sage. It’s more fresh apples than the more apple pie scents I usually find. I’m also really happy with the look of the container, it’s a clear patterned glass that kind of puts me in mind of some of the glassware my parents have and looks good in my work space. I would definitely get this kind of candle again.

This month’s chocolate hazelnut praline tea has a really mellow flavor, like I mentioned before, and a fantastic scent. On its own it doesn’t have a particularly strong chocolate flavor, more of a warm cherry probably a side effect of the hazelnut praline. That’s not something that surprises me much, chocolate is kind of a hard flavor to get right in something like tea. That changes a great deal when you add milk or half and half though. The flavor stays mellow but the creaminess from the milk helps bring out the chocolate notes. It’s worth trying and then trying again.

I do feel like having the caramels with the tea would be bad, the caramels have a much stronger flavor and would leave the tea feeling bland. So that’s a thing to note. True to their name, the McRea’s Dark Roast Mocha caramels have a really good coffee flavor without a lot of bitterness. They’re smooth and deeply enjoyable and rich enough that I can eat one and be satisfied. Plus, it looks like the company makes a number of other caramel flavors, so if those are as good as these were I may have found nifty treats for me and gifts for friends and family.

Lavender Champagne bathbomb

One of the big things I was not expecting was the bath bomb’s scent. It had been listed as Creamsicle, but when it arrived was Lavender Champagne. That said, it was fantastic both in that it smelled wonderful and left the water feeling super silky and decadent. Plus, since it wasn’t meant to be split apart, I wound up using the whole thing and it fizzed for a really long time which felt nice.

Reviewing this month’s box reminded me of how long it had been since I painted my nails. The Essie polish goes on smoothly and dries quickly. I only used two coats, but that resulted in a nicely even red. The color is vibrant which is a pleasant surprise, I was expecting something softer, but the red I received appeals to me.

The only thing in this month’s box that I wasn’t super into was the Zoya Hot Lips lip gloss. While it is super moisturizing, which is great for this time of year, it also left my lips feeling sticky. There was also a scent to it that I couldn’t quite place beyond it being sweet.

This month’s box is full of my kind of things, which is great and leaves me very much looking forward to what’s coming next. We’re getting into fall and Halloween season, so I’m wondering where Too Much Monday will go with their next box. If you’re interested, you can check out their website here and use the coupon code Tympest to get 15% off your first box.

Too Much Monday September Unboxing

So, this is a thing I’m trying. I got my Too Much Monday box earlier than I’d expected, so I decided to go ahead and try this. My review for the box contents will be up Monday, words will happen. As always, if you want to try out the Too Much Monday subscription, using the coupon code Tympest will get you 15% off your first box. All that said, welcome to my first unboxing video, enjoy!



I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing with this, this being my first time reviewing something other than a book here. So, let’s do a little background on this first. Too Much Monday is a monthly book and relaxation club. Each month subscribers receive a box containing a book and various items to pamper themselves with, including tea, a snack, a bath bomb, and other items. This month had some really fun stuff in it.

The stars of the show for this month’s box, for me, were the key lime bath bomb and the floral bath salts. I don’t usually just soak in the tub, but these made it worth taking the time. It is also really nice that enough of each is included for two baths if you follow the directions as listed. I did wind up using two cubes of the bath bomb instead of three for a lighter smell, but it was still fantastic.

Keylime Bath Bomb

The tea blend for August was a pineapple, papaya, and honey green tea. It’s got a really light flavor that puts me in mind of honeysuckle more than fruit, but it’s nice to sip on and definitely something I would drink more of. Half a cup in I found myself thinking that it would be fantastic if sweetened with honey and served over ice. I feel like it would work great to complement either the bath bomb or bath salts.

While I’m not sure how well the jelly beans fit with everything else for the treat, they were also tasty. I like the blueberry better than the gingerale if I’m eating them on their own, but eating two at once gives the best of both tastes. Plus, they’re Jelly Belly jelly beans, so I can probably find them again later.

I don’t have much to say about the face mask or coloring sheet. I’m a weenie about pain when it comes to the mask, my roommate noted that masks like it are awesome but hurt when they come off, though I’m still going to use it. I have it, so I might as well. The coloring sheet has a fairly standard floral design. I like it, but I’m more likely to save a couple of them up and give myself an afternoon of coloring.

The only real downside I’ve found with anything that came with the August box is that, with exception to the jelly beans and mask, none of the pampering items had a name associated with them. Given that I really enjoyed several items, it would have been great if the companies that made them were listed on the information card included. This does seem to be something they are fixing for the September box though, and the information might be on their instagram.

Some last things to tidy up here. I haven’t had the chance to read the book pick, Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments, but it may show up for a review later. I’ve heard good things about her writing, so it’s definitely worth a shot. Right now, Too Much Monday is taking orders for September’s box. It looks like it’s going to be mostly fall themed with an apple sage candle, chocolate caramels, and a chocolate hazelnut toffee tea. As a bonus, if you order before September 10th and use the coupon code Tympest, you’ll save 50% off your first box instead of the usual 15%.