Sunday Sum~Up

SundaySum-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

It has been another steady week here at home and I am slowly beginning to prep for the holidays. Yes, I have officially become that woman who has her tree out (but not decorated) before Thanksgiving. This is something I have never done before! But I have also never faced the holidays with the symptoms I now have. So for the kids and myself, I feel it is best to be proactive and allow myself plenty of time work on everything. I refuse to get down to the wire and have a bad flare up put me in a position where I cannot come through for them or feel so overwhelmed I fail to enjoy our time.

The new schedule with blogging is working well as I am now utilizing the weekend to write-up posts for the following week or two, depending on my abilities and then choosing one or two days during the week to try to blog hop. It does mean fewer visits and less time dedicated to social media, but it seems to be a healthy balance and my brain is finally accepting that. So for now you may see posts but not an immediate response. So slow and steady wins the race.

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A Brilliant Madness

By Robert M Drake

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Synopsis:

This is an anthology of collective writing from Robert M. Drake written during 2004-2014. A Brilliant Madness is a reflection of the social collapses in the 21st century. The social programming, the daily routine and the economic struggles we all go through blindly. What has happen to us? Where did all the love go? We have all gone beautifully mad in a beautifully mad world.

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What I am listening to:

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Under the Harrow
By Flynn Berry
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham

Synopsis:

When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.

Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.

A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

What I am watching right now:

Alias Grace, a Netflix Original based on Margaret Atwood’s novel. While I may struggle with Atwood’s writing at times, I have found the film adaptations to be impressive of late. I am curious to see if this six-hour mini-series will convince me to pick up the book.

That’s it for this past week. I am sure the following will be very busy for many of us. I have a ton of prepping/writing to do before the upcoming coming weeks pull us in a few directions. Do you have a favorite holiday traditions or plans you are looking forward to? What are you currently watching and/or reading? Do you have a recommendation?

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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia

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Uncaged Wallflower
By Jennae Cecelia
Kindle Edition
ASIN: B01MF7SVQ4
Pages: 71
Genre: Poetry

Synopsis:

Uncaged Wallflower is for those who feel trapped in the thoughts their minds produce, unable to express them with the rest of the world out of fear of critique or disagreement.
For the people who need an extra dose of positivity in their day.
This is not a poetry book for you to read and relate to in a sorrow filled way.
It is for you to read and say yes, I can be better, and I will.


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Reviewing poetry is something that I continue to struggle with greatly. After all, it is a very emotional and personal experience. How does one sum that up in a manner that others can comprehend to the point of feeling? It is practically impossible for myself, so my poetry reviews continue to remain relatively limited in length though they are not so in heart, I assure you.

Uncaged Wallflower immediately presented itself in unique manner when compared to some of my recent encounters with poetry (I have been exploring of late). There were no outbursts of anger or sorrow that begged to be understood, heard or released. Instead there was a much simpler, and none the less powerful theme occurring within; Positivity.

“Surround yourself with people who don’t just ask how you are doing. Surround yourself with people who make an effort to make sure they are part of the reason you are doing so well.”

Broken into small and delicate doses of inspiration, Jennae Cecilia delivers reminders of hope and empowerment through uplifting words and wisdom. Lending a voice to those of us who often struggle with expression and our own fears of being heard or misunderstood, she offers promises of better things to come and the gentle reminder that we must live in the now.

“Because those are present moments and I need to exist there more.”

This is a beautiful collection that reads with magnificent ease and still manages to provide something profound. I could not have picked this book up at a better point in my life. While my time with the book with brief, my experience will be ongoing. Sometimes we just need to be able to step outside of our own head and be. Uncaged Wallflower makes the first steps into that journey feel incredibly possible.

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Nod by Adrian Barnes

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Nod
By Adrian Barnes
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN13: 9781783298228
Pages: 271
Genre: Dystopian/Horror

Synopsis:

Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.

After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.


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The synopsis for Nod is pretty inclusive so I am omitting a thorough recap. The story simply follows the events ensuing a cataclysmic but unexplained occurrence that has stripped the world’s occupants of sleep. Only the smallest handful of mankind now retain the ability.

I want to begin by exploring the one element that sets Nod apart from other dystopian stories. That would be its fictional prose that sets the stage for a read that is more literary in tone than one might expect. For this very reason, you will either discover a profound appreciation or dislike for Nod within a matter or mere chapters. The experience is unique, and I believe will find the same in its following.

Paul, our main character suffers an affliction in the most unlikely forms. He retains the ability to sleep while those around him fail to do so. Within this, he discovers isolation and desperation as humanity slowly unravels around him in the form of sleep deprivation. It will begin as generalized fatigue and then unfold until psychosis and death eventually claim all he knows of humanity. The approach Barnes has taken is simple and highly effective. It was reminiscent of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend in the fact that I found it to be raw and quick look at humanity (or the loss of) through the eyes of an outsider.

The setting is as expected. A turmoil is brewing beneath the surface as mankind struggles with loss of sleep and sense. What begins as small encounters of aggression and oddities soon evolve into episodes of delirium, leading to a state of maddening incoherence and violence. Perhaps the most terrifying aspect of Nod is the pacing. It takes the human body approximately 4 weeks to die without sleep and there in lies the rate at which this story transpires. It is unsettling on a multitude of levels.

“Hell is time, isn’t that obvious? Take your greatest pleasure or your greatest fantasy and let it come continuously true—for a day, a week, a year, a decade. And that’s hell.” 

Nod is a highly successful approach to a time old tale of the downfall of civilization. The abrupt onset and pacing of an unusual malady combined with a dry and darkened sense of humor fuel a fast and consistent  read that creates an inventive and original encounter that fans of horror and dystopia will not want to miss.

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