Sunday Sum-Up

Wow! The weeks seem to be moving so fast. Summer draws to an end soon, and we are nearing a new year in several months. I gladly embrace Fall when it arrives though. Such a lovely time of year and perfect reading weather. Not to mention, everyone will be returning to their regular routine. Routine can be important, so I embrace that as well. Raising a son with TS, I have learned to never take for granted the benefits of structure and routine. In moderation of course. Everything in moderation 😉


Once again, I will be keeping this Sum-Up on the lighter side. I feel that the Midweek Mash gives me plenty of opportunity to hash out my random thoughts, and today I actually plan on following up with a review post as well. Just a quick glance over some favorite quotes and the current reading list as usual. If there is anything else you would like to see included in the Sum-Up please feel free to chime in 🙂 I love feedback! Otherwise, I see no reason to drone on for too long. We all need a break at the end of the week, right?

Current Reads

29223495The Bone Sparrow
Zana Fraillon

This book actually targets a younger audience than what I normally select. However, with two kids in the house, I tend to check out various age-appropriate titles from time to time and the blurb for The Bone Sparrow caught my eye.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger than that—every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother’s stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment.
The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie—a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family’s love songs and tragedies.
Subhi and Jimmie might both find comfort—and maybe even freedom—as their tales unfold. But not until each has been braver than ever before.”

Desolate (Immortal Rose Trilogy #1)
Amy Miles

This is a darker read. I am 30% in currently, but unsure as to how I feel about this title at the moment. This is a prequel trilogy to the author’s Arotas series. Admittedly, I was unfamiliar with her work until I discovered this book through Netgalley.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“A wedding massacre. An innocence stolen. Mortality stripped away.

In a single night, everyone Roseline Dragomir has ever loved is slaughtered before her eyes. Alone in the world and bound by a solemn marriage vow to a vicious murderer, she must find a strength buried deep within her to keep going or risk completely losing herself.

When a mysterious stranger crosses her path, Roseline will discover that not all immortals are evil. Some even bear emotional scars that run just as deep as her own.

Will she uncover a will not just to survive…but to fight back?”

I am still reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman as mentioned last week. Since I have several ARCs staring at me, I am taking my time with Neverwhere. I am okay with this. It has been fantastic, and seems like the perfect title to consume slowly, absorbing all of the incredible details and characters. What have you been reading recently? Has anything really stood apart from others?  I welcome recommendations!

Quotes of The Week

My quotes for this week come from my recently read titles The Shelf Life of Happiness by David Machado (review here) and The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison (review here).

“The human spirit is so malleable, Almodovar: it only took four decades for us to believe that the fate of humanity is permanent evolution.”
-David Machado, The Shelf Life of Happiness

“We’re invincible. As long as we keep believing we’re invincible, incredible things can happen. And suddenly, there was electricity in my veins, and my head was full of words, all the words.”
-David Machado, The Shelf Life of Happiness

“Bloom, bloom red the last rose. Rose red. Snow White.”
-Meg Elison, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

“The Book of the Dying is very hard to read, and terrible things happen in it. Some of you might cry or feel sick. That’s ok. I felt sick, too, when I came to read it.”
-Meg Elison, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

“She had just shot six men in a saloon. She was a cowboy.”
-Meg Elison, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

“Never again, never again look upon this wasteland.”
-Meg Elison, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

Both titles were well written with great world building and truly credible characters. I highly recommend them!

Sunday, Funday! Laundry, lunches, and all of that jazz before the start of another week. I am sure many of you share a similar routine. If you have discovered a better one (that actually works) do comment below! I am excited to have a review for today! Unfortunately, as early as it is, I have already hit that point were Sunday goes from relaxing to “Oh shit, tomorrow is Monday”. You know what I mean!


May this next week be ever so kind to you all!

Cheers 🙂

2 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I’m actually not reading anything at the moment, haven’t had a chance to read all week! I picked up a couple new books though (even though I already have 3 or 4 I just got to read still, oops) one I think you’ll enjoy by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett called Good Omens and also a book by Judd Apatow.

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    1. I have Good Omens! I don’t know why I haven’t finished it yet. I love Gaiman and Pratchett. Discworld is an incredibly fun and never ending series! Pratchett was a genius! I hope you enjoy it when you find time 🙂


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