Sunday Sum-Up

We meet again, which means we have survived another week! I hope it has been kind to each and every one of you! I have to admit that I have had a fantastic week. My vertigo was manageable and I was able to work and leave the house for a bit, as well as have friends over for drinks so I have no complaints ♥ I finally scheduled the consult with the neurosurgeon to discuss options so I am feeling hopeful!

Before looking at current reads, I wanted to start this sum-up with a favorite poem of mine from Lord of the Rings, “All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter“. A postcard I received from my sister reminded me of just how much I love the poem.


I feel a reread in my future! I am a confessed fan of Tolkien. Do you have any books that you reread or a favourite poem?

Current Reads


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy

This title is long overdue for me, so I am very excited to finally dive in. I was also excited to snag a copy of the author’s preferred text. It is my understanding that a lot of material was cut during filming of the show (which I hope to watch after I complete the book).

Goodreads Synopsis:

“The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including the special Neverwhere tale, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.

Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s darkly hypnotic first novel,Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of this major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now, this author’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these versions and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he is plunged through the cracks of reality into a world of shadows and darkness—the Neverwhere. If he is ever to return to the London Above, Richard must join the battle to save this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it”


The Shelf Life of Happiness  by David Machado
(Translated by Hillary Locke)
Genre: Fiction

I discovered this title through Kindle First. I am not very far in, but already I am feeling very hopeful. The expected release date is September 1, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Ripped apart by Portugal’s financial crisis, Daniel’s family is struggling to adjust to circumstances beyond their control. His wife and children move out to live with family hours away, but Daniel believes against all odds that he will find a job and everything will return to normal.

Even as he loses his home, suffers severe damage to his car, and finds himself living in his old, abandoned office building, Daniel fights the realization that things have changed. He’s unable to see what remains among the rubble—friendship, his family’s love, and people’s deep desire to connect. If Daniel can let go of the past and find his true self, he just might save not only himself but also everyone that really matters to him.”

Quotes of The Week

I am pulling my favorite quotes this week from recent titles, The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney & The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco.

“When something terrible happens, people call it a tragedy. Aiko was definitely that – a tragedy. But when something terrible happens again, and again, there’s another word for that: a pattern.”
– J.P. Romney, The Monster on the Road is Me

“Also, it happened in at a public bathhouse – so I was as naked as a sumo wrestler’s left butt cheek.”
– J.P. Romney, The Monster on the Road is Me

“They didn’t remove Aiko from the school at all. The just scrubber her deeper into the walls.”
– J.P. Romney, The Monster on the Road is Me

“Crows fly.
A traveler on the road.
Is lost.”
– J.P. Romney, The Monster on the Road is Me

“-her beauty, which such magic was commonly used for, or her power, which was formidable enough without them.”
-Rin Chupeco, The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)

“You think the same way men drink, Tea,”my father once said, “far too much, under the delusion it is too little.”
– J.P. Romney, The Monster on the Road is Me

Alas laundry beckons and I must accept the harsh reality that is real life. There are so many other items at the top of my “want to do list”, but tomorrow signals a new work day and it must be done.


I currently had a binge session of Stranger Things on Netflix for several days after reading multipe reviews from many of you, and now as far as the television and film go, I feel barren. It definitely lived up to the hype. I am super stoked they have announced a 2nd season. Until then there are always books to read and episodes of Flight of the Conchords to be watched! I must make haste with errands so I can continue to binge and sip “tea”! You know how it is 😉 Happy Sunday ♥ Try not to adult too much.

Cheers 🙂

4 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I’m currently reading 3 books, well 2 reading and 1 audiobook that a Co worker lent me. I’ve never been big on audio books but I like this one, although when the woman does men’s voices it sounds so silly I get pulled from the story. I’m reading Holy Cow by David Duchovny and another Pride and Prejudice variation.
    Which brings me to another question of yours, Pride and Prejudice is one I love to reread, so much so that I read way too many variations and retellings. I just can’t seem to let those characters go.

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    1. Stephanie, I have same problem with Alice in Wonderland. I will read and snag any retelling or new edition I can find ❤ The Hobbit is my absolute favorite, which I think you know. I read it almost annually. I am looking at the book you just lent me, “The Goblins of Labyrinth” at the moment. This is incredible!


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