Sunday Sum-Up

I have really dropped the ball this past week. Seriously. I have neglected all accounts. I could bother to explain why, but it isn’t a very entertaining or pleasant topic so skipping. I currently have a pile of ARCs and some bookmail staring at me. I need to buckle down, but I am not going to allow this to become a chore, so all in good time ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am also on way too many medications to be posting, but the situation is what it is, so please excuse my typos. Hopefully my wonderful sister (aka free editor) will continue to alert me right away ๐Ÿ˜‰ Loopy is as loopy does. It is either meds or face down in the floor. I choose meds!!! “Never give up, Never surrender!”



I did wake up this morning and notice I had passed the 200 mark! That was a nice surprise. So a huge (slightly slurred)ย thank you! You guys rock! You have made thisย adventureย into the world of blogging incredibly fun and rewarding. I am afraid I really did not have much planned for 200. I know, total failure. But should I ever make it to that magical “500” club, we will see ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, please feel free to leave me warm, fuzzy, thank you comments and ask any questions you may have.


And now, while I am still uprightย let’s get to it!

Current Reads

Three Dark Crowns
By Kendare Blake
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Release Date: 9/20/16
Pages: 416

Goodreads Blurb:

“Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blakeโ€™s Anna Dressed in Bloodwill devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isnโ€™t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And itโ€™s not just a game of win or lose…itโ€™s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.”

*I received this ARC courtesy of the publisher for a blog tour, and I cannot tell you how excited I was when it arrived. Like a littleย girl *squealing and jumping around* excited! I hope I have not set myself up for disappointment. I always over-hype things.

No Place Like OZ (Dorothy Must Die 0.1)
By Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 125

Goodreads Blurb:

“..After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas donโ€™t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although sheโ€™s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas sheโ€™s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literatureโ€™s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.”

*I have been curious about the Dorothy Must Die Series for some time. We all know that I adore retellings. I have never read a retelling centered around OZ so I was sold on the idea. (Yes Wicked has been on my shelf for years..sigh). ย But I also noticed a lot of mixed reviews. So I grabbed this prequel novella to test the waters before committing. Review soon!

I am also currently continuing with The Apothecary’s Curse this week. Reading has been slow. I hope to have several reviews soon though.

Quotes of The Week

This week I am sharing my favorite quotes from two completely different books and genres with ย Throne of Glass and The Vegetarian: A Novel.
(Click titles for link to the recent reviews).

โ€œYou could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. Thatโ€™s what scares you most.โ€
โ€• Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

โ€œSometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse usโ€“to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.โ€
โ€• Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

โ€œLibraries were full of ideasโ€“perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.โ€
โ€• Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

โ€œTime was a wave, almost cruel in its relentlessnessโ€
โ€• Han Kang, The Vegetarian

โ€œI want to swallow you, have you melt into me and flow through my veins.โ€
โ€• Han Kang, The Vegetarian

โ€œThe pain feels like a hole swallowing her up, a source of intense fear and yet, at the same time, a strange, quiet peace.โ€
โ€• Han Kang, The Vegetarian

What are you currently reading? Please feel free to share! I would love to know if any certain lines or quotes have resonated with you recently. I hope you have enjoyed your week! *Insert something clever here please*

Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚


33 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

      1. Too bad. Well the reviews of the Dorothy Must Die series I saw were also rather… leaning towards the negative… So I think I won’t be picking this up any time soon then. Still curious about your review though ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Yay on the 200 club ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree on not letting book reviewing not becoming a chore.. it does feel like it some times… Probably the times when the books I read aren’t that enjoyable! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Glad to see you with us (not face down on the floor) and hope your current/future reads are enjoyable!

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    1. Thanks Liz! ๐Ÿ˜Š It can feel like a task at time. A huge part is my OCD tendencies and not meeting deadlines I set for myself. I am my own worst enemy haha. I was super close to facedown yesterday haha. The meds help the vertigo but make me super “silly”.

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  2. Congrats on 200! Three Dark Crowns sounds so good, lucky for you that you got an ARC! I would’ve been super excited too. The quotes you chose from SJM- Throne of Glass are also some of my favorite quotes! I feel like SJM does good with making some amazing noteworthy quotes.

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  3. Been there, done that with medications, and it is NOT fun! Hope all gets better soon! Congrats on 100, and I can’t wait to see your reviews of Three Dark Crowns and There’s No Place Like OZ! I love retellings as well, but I’ve been hesitant to start those for some reason. I’m currently completely obsessed with the Raven Cycle by Maggie stiefvater, so if you haven’t read those, they are seriously adictingly amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Drinking whiskey out of teacups? I’m in! Ha ha. Sorry you are not feeling well. I hope what ever it is passes as quickly as possible. Congratulations on 200 follows! I have been waffling back and forth between 130 and 131 for what seems like forever. I hope by next Sunday Sum Up you will be well. Have a terrific new week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Did you drop the ball? I don’t know what I’ve dropped then with my 2 posts all week and shamelessly AFKing on most other channels. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. If I hadn’t known you were feeling off, I wouldn’t have noticed it in any of your posts at all!
    200 followers: YAAAAY! ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s another fantastic achievement! I’m not part of the 500 club yet either, even though my follower tracker says differently (it has added my Facebook and Twitter followers to the total and I don’t know how to turn it off) ;). Anyhoo, back to you: CHEEERS!!
    *Tuts frantically* you haven’t read Wicked?! GASP! I even named my WoW guild Wicked! (but that’s also because my gay best friend created it together with me and he was a huge fan of the musical ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Still, GASP! I thought the book was awesome, but nothing I expected of it. There’s a lot of political intrigue in it which I’m sure isn’t that big a part of the musical.

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    1. Oh Anne!!! Go ahead and count those Twitter and FB followers. You deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚ Inked Brownies rocks. I have spent a lot of time AFK’ng as well. Stuck at homme today (no driving and lots of Valium sigh). I hope to work tomorrow.

      I need to dust off Wicked! I just have several ARCs and prior commitments staring at me with evil eyes haha. Love the guild name though! What server where you (if you don’t mind me asking?). I have begged to see the musical. Mainly because I hear fantastic things and have never seen one ๐Ÿ˜ฆ deprived I am..

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      1. Meh, it’s not the same!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you though! โค Omg, I've been on so much benzos last Saturday, I didn't know which way was up or down yesterday anymore (I wanted to desensitize my brain in the car, but didn't realize the meds would wear off by the time I had to get back home again *sighs*). I hope you'll be able to work as well tomorrow! You can do eeet! Yeah, those darn commitments eh ;). I was on Earthen Ring – EU. An RP server which is great for re-enacting your lesbian fantasies with a guy dressed as a girl ;). You know you could've told your bf about the 45-minute blowjob rule after musicals ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I hope I'm not ending up in spam filter limbo because I said that :|)

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