Sunday Sum-Up

Thank you Fictional Escape Artist! My vertigo decided to place nice, and she kindly  ventured downtown with me. Also thank you Portland for the amazing public transportation in place ( as someone who is unable to drive regularly). I think that anyone who has been here understands that heading downtown is not a simple trip out. Each visit is a new experience. There are always hidden shops and food joints that await discovery.

I am taking time in this post today to share a bit about why I chose to move across country to the great NW. This was a decision that would impact my life in a way I could never have imagined. I love Portland ❀ Never, have I felt more at home. This city was made for me (and everyone else really). I may be an introverted bookworm of sorts, but I still have needs. For someone who is incredibly awkward when it comes to socializing, I tend to feel trapped after several days indoors and need to escape, but this can be daunting. I do not know how to properly interect with others (if there is such a thing). I fidget and cross my arms, sending off a very closed vibe when I am actually anything but. This is where Portland proves its worth. There is such a beautiful explosion of diversity and culture happening here with a mix of incredible coffee, food carts and weirdness. Sold yet? Maybe this will help πŸ˜‰


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So Saturday felt like a good day to hop on the Max and head out. As we passed an angel outside of a pizzeria with full wings (missed photo op because you become accustomed to these things), I realized that I could not be more comfortable than I was in that very moment. There is something beautifully embracing and welcoming about looking around and realizing how free everyone is. And then the real magic happens, you realize no one gives a shit about you or what you are doing and you begin to truly relax. Suddenly you can let your arms down and breathe in this massive sea of people because no one is paying you any mind unless you ask them to, and they are certainly not going to judge. It’s like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans. Total liberation, even for someone like myself.

So we trekked to my favorite place in the city! Powell’s. I am not sure how many of you are familiar with Powell’s or have been, but it is an incredible experience for a book lovers. Powell’s City of Books is the largest bookstore in the world, occupying a full city block. Established in 1971, this multi-level bookstore is easy to spend hours in. That is exactly what we did. You must stop in if you ever visit. Sorry for lack of quality pictures, but I was too busy browsing!

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I did manage to exert some self control and pick up only two titles! So this was a win. Now that I have rambled on about home sweet home, here is our usual sum-up πŸ™‚

Current Reads

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Gilt Hollow 

By Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink
Available 9/27/16
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller

Goodreads Blurb:

“Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the backgroundβ€”but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.”


By Peter S Beagle
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Available November 2016
Pages: 256
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

Goodreads Blurb:

“One rainy February night, while dining at a favorite local haunt, Abe and his girlfriend Joanna meet waitress Lioness Lazos, new in town and without a place of her own. Fascinated and moved by the girl’s plight, Joanna invites Lioness to stay in Abe’s garage. Lioness is about to alter the lives of Abe, Joanna and those around them forever.”

*These are both ARCs that I have recently received, and I hope to have reviews up soon. Unfortunately, we have had a lot of appointments to juggle and some much needed repairs and maintenance occurring here at the house that are taking a bit of my time.

Quotes of The Week

I have simply one quote from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake this week. While I am sure this quote has been repeated by many, I cannot begin to describe how well it captures the spirit of this amazingly dark story. My review can be found here.

β€œThree dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”
― Kendare Blake, Three Dark Crowns

May each of you enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a wonderful week ahead!

Danielle ❀

29 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Don’t take this personally but Portland has been featured in a few books (Chelsea Cain’s series) and another one with a serial killer. It was really well described and one of the book locations that I really remember well and have marked in my head as dangerous territory ;-). Is there really a river there (in one of Cain’s books they talk about the Willemette or something)? I could look it up myself I know but it’s so much easier to ask someone who really is living in Portland :-). So which two books did you buy (only two, that’s serious self-control)? We don’t have a Powell’s here :-(.

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    1. Haha, yes I imagine the area can be dangerous. Any larger city (which we really are not that big) can be. We have a huge transient population also. It for sure is not for everyone. You have to appreciate the rain as well ❀ And yes the Willamette River is about 20 minutes from my home, depending on traffic. It is a branch of the Columbia river. You are right, we have our share of crime. Sadly, last time I looked, this state did rank in top 10 for serial crimes, but the heart wants what it wants ❀ I guess you adapt to your surroundings haha.


  2. Love the gift of the Unipiper, one day I will see him in person! I wish we would have thpught to get a picture of the angel, her harp was beautiful. Portland is amazing place for outsiders and weirdos, because we are all outsiders and weirdos here. There is an overwhelming sense of acceptance you don’t really get growing up in small towns. I have never been able to accept myself more than when I moved here. Idk if it is obvious or not, but I tend to be socially awkward as well ;p

    I’m so glad we moved here and got to meet.

    P.s. you mispelled Powells, it’s actually spelled Heaven

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    1. HAHA you are so right about the misspelling my dear! And yes, I am glad that our awkwardness has been united by this lovely state πŸ˜‰ Don’t be jealous but I have seen the Unipiper! He was on one of our many bridges the first time, and with flaming bagpipes!


  3. Ha! I know what that’s like! Being socially awkward with the need for peace and to be alone, but at the same time, going crazy when being cooped up for too long. Humans are silly things ;). But…SO happy for you to have been out and about walking the streets of life (cheesy, I know, but who cares). If I’d ever had to move to the US, I’d definitely want to live in Portland OR New England. They both seem to have such fairy tale vibes going on! Love the Darth Vader craziness ;D. Oh, and that bookstore….*sighs*. A gal can dream right? πŸ˜‰

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    1. You are always welcome to come for a visit! Free room and board πŸ˜‰ You definitely have to take it in doses, but so worth it. I savor every moment that I can walk straight and participate in “normal” life haha. I know you can relate Vertigo Sister ❀

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            1. I used to fly out here to Portland when I still lived in Ohio every few months to see my BF (long distance love). I really cannot anymore. It is horribly painful. My ears no longer release pressure. I have lost count of how many times my left ear drum has ruptured 😭

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              1. OMG, it’s my left one that’s being a total dildo as well! I’m pinching my nose and blowing air towards it all day, but pfff. It’s the ear that always gets infected as well. So yes, I can imagine having to fly with it equals hell. And then the tinnitus with the engines…I think I’d go mad!

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  4. Yay on positive change! I’m happy that it’s all working out for you. Loved seeing your photos from the bookstore trip. I would love to go there! Living in a big city can be overwhelming sometimes (I live in NYC) but once you realize that people really don’t care what you’re doing, then it turns out okay =)

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  5. I think there’s nothing better than a place making you feel like you belong… Back in Estonia there is a student town that had this vibe that just made me feel like on top of the world whenever I went for a walk or took a trip to the shop or… some places just have this special something! It’s great that you’ve found a place of your own! πŸ™‚ ❀
    Also- never realized until now that you're in USA πŸ™‚ Selective information gathering or something! πŸ˜€


  6. I have a West Coast trip planned after my son gets his butt into Grad School (he knows he is on his own then, ha ha) and I can freely spend my own money. Originally it was only to the LA area to see friends, but since I have started book blogging I have to start in Canada to visit Eileen from BookCatPin, and then stop in Washington to see Shannon from Rex Robot reviews before going to Anaheim to see Stacee from Adventures Of A Book Junkee, and stick Author Bethany Crandall in there somewhere. I will have to add a stop in Portland and have coffee with you! Powells will be next on list. I am so happy you were able to get out and about and enjoy yourself with a friend. πŸ’œ The cover of Summerlong is gorgeous. Have a stellar week. ☺

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