Sunday Sum-Up

It’s that time again! Many of you know that the Sum-Up is a brief weekly recap of my favorite quotes from recent reads and a quick look at my current reads. If you didn’t know that, well you do now 😉 So let’s do this thing!

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This week I am still working on a few titles from last week. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. I am so close to being finished with both. I am also expecting an ARC which seems to have some trouble making its way. I have a horrible mailman.. seriously.  I do not dislike postal workers, just my mailman. I think he sits on stuff maliciously for days. We had a face to face confrontation once, it was not pretty. It has been an awkward relationship ever since.

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So for Current Reads I am going to include my most recent ARC and expected ARC (as I will be starting upon arrival).

Current Reads


The Faraway North by Ian Cumpstey

Goodreads Synopsis:
These ballads convey a fantastic vision of the world as it was imagined in medieval Scandinavia, with monsters and magic intermingled with very human concerns of heroism, tragedy, love, and revenge.

The great hero Sigurd is joined in this collection by troll-battling warriors including Holger Dane, Orm the Strong, and others. There are dramatic scenes of romance, betrayal, and loss. Some of the ballads translated here are attested by paintings or maps that date from earlier than when the first full ballad texts were first written down in the 1500s. An adventure ballad relevant to the history of an Eddic poem is also included.

The ballads are storytelling songs that were passed down as part of an oral folk music tradition in Scandinavia. This collection brings many new ballads to the English-speaking reader. The readable verse translations succeed in conveying the rhythm, spirit, and imagery of the originals. The translations are mainly based on Swedish and Norwegian ballads, with some from Danish tradition.

For each ballad, there is also a short introduction with commentary and background information.

The ballads included are:
Åsmund Frægdegjeva; Steinfinn Fefinnson; Esbjörn Proud and Orm the Strong; Sunfair and the Dragon King; Bendik and Årolilja; Sigurd Sven; Sivard Snare Sven; Little Lisa; Sven Norman and Miss Gullborg; Peter Pallebosson; Sir Svedendal; King Speleman; Holger Dane and Burman; Sven Felding; St Olaf’s Sailing Race.”

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Goodreads Synopsis:
“True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller–narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.

In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn’t her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires–everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements–and each other. 

Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents. 

But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, she’ll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he’s turned her into.”

I am hoping The Wolf Road arrives soon. I am pretty excited to tear into this one. Fingers crossed!

Quotes of The Week

With Summer drawing to an end and my family whole again, it has been incredibly busy. I have quotes from one title this week: Desolate (Immortal Rose Trilogy #1) by Amy Miles.

“Those legends were the source of my nightmares, though I fear I will no longer have to sleep for the darkness to come. It is ever around me.”
-Amy Miles, Desolate (Immortal Rose Trilogy)

“He is using human slaves as food. No, not food. As living fountains.”
-Amy Miles, Desolate (Immortal Rose Trilogy)

“I am utterly broken… desolate.”
-Amy Miles, Desolate (Immortal Rose Trilogy)

“You do not fear death, a voice in my mind whispers. You fear living.”
-Amy Miles, Desolate (Immortal Rose Trilogy)

Desolate was a dark and graphic read. I highly recommend it to fans of the paranormal genre that do not mind explicit sexual and violent content. Although I caution that labeling this as a YA read is a stretch in mmy opinion. You can find my full review here.

One final note before we part our ways, I have finally sucked it up and joined the ranks of Twitter. Now please do not be mistaken, I still have no clue what I am doing. This is a total “learn as you go” project, but I felt it was time.


So if you relish in the thought of what could result in my utter and total humiliation, why not jump on the band wagon? 🙂 Feel free to follow me here.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Sunday! I am off to work on the usual preparations for another week. Stay strong & stay well!

Cheers 🙂



7 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Love your new blog colour, although I liked you old design very much too. Sometimes you just want to change huh? Loving your gifs too as usual. Bad mailman ! And finally, welcome to Twitter! You’re tweeting as if you’ve never done anything else! I always forget a hashtag.

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  2. Oh gawd, that first gif :’) I’m dying! (and feeling slightly queasy because of it) . Your mailman..can’t you file an official complaint with the postal service? My mail guy is the complete opposite; every time he brings me a package, he steps inside and gives me a hug. Awkwaaard. Especially because I’m usually wearing my snug rug deluxe like a way too red and fluffy burqa in the mornings.
    But ehm, yes what Inge said, you seem to be an instant Twitter Queen! 😀 (sung as Queen’s Killer Queen) I never know what to say on there apart from the occasional weird comments and book reviews. Oh, and the purple goes well with your new logo! 🙂

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    1. Haha Anne. I am hardly queen, but oh so flattered *blushing*. Trying to picture this hug with your mailman and dying 😅 I have filed several complaints against mine. It is unfortunate. I hate complaining against people, but he is of the suck if I may say so. My son will be thrilled the purple is receiving approval! Sorry about the first gif.. maybe a disclaimer would have been warranted 😉

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