Sunday Sum-Up


The rain has officially settled in for Fall, bringing a lot of fantastic reading weather and leaves. Yet, I still continue to remain in a slump. I have read some greatΒ titles and a few disappointing ones. I continue to reach for novellas and anything that might easily break this cycle. I managed to finish 4 titles recently, so I won’t spend too much time complaining.

As Halloween nears, I had hoped to put together a more appropriately themed reading list. I have not managed to do so as of yet. But with a few good horror flicks, gray days and my daughter’s terrifying attitude, I am still enjoying the month and taking advantage of all that October has to offer πŸ˜‰


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) by Lemony Snicket

Color Blind by Sheila Sobel

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

No Rest for the Wicked by Dane Cobain



Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
By Laini Taylor
Publisher:Β Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 418
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

The Mine (Northwest Passage #1)

By John A. Heldt
Publisher:Β John A. Held
Pages: 291
Genre: Historical Fiction/Sci-Fi

Goodreads Book Blurb:

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)

By Gregory Maguire
Publisher:Β William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 426
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

Goodreads Book Blurb:

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.


β€œI don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

My only recent pick up was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (actually this was a treat from the BF for having to stand in the airport at 5 am). And I do have a copy of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake on the way. Aside from those two titles I was very well behaved this week! I have been forced to slow down a bit due to work, airports, and a 12 hour babysitting session. I also noticed my PC seems to be running terribly slow. I am currently working from a laptop, which I have forgotten how to do. This keyboard is driving me insane! So aside from “chores”, I will be running some malware and cleaning systems to see if everything can be resolved. It may be admittedly time to upgrade. We will see!

Book Tags

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have recently nominated me for some great book tags! I appreciate the recognition and would love to say that I may get to some of these this week, but I just might not. Unfortunately between schedule and pc issues I have lost several tags and seem unable to find enough time. So seriously, thank you and I have enjoyed reading each of them ❀

Two Final NotesQuestions

Is anyone able to assist me with my post titles? I have been trying to locate a way to center these. They are really starting to bug my obsessiveness haha.

Secondly, what are you reading to get in the “mood” this spooky season? I would love to know how or if you celebrate the holiday and this amazing season. Enjoy your week and happy reading!

Cheers ❀

52 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Oh this comment cracked me up, “with a few good horror flicks, gray days and my daughter’s terrifying attitude, I am still enjoying the month and taking advantage of all that October has to offer. ” I tend to read more Halloween stuff in September so I can share on the blog in October, but have a few creeptastic reads and movies lined up. You are more than welcome to link up to the Sunday Post, just add a link back to post.

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  2. A 12 hour babysitting session, must be a good friend or no way of getting out of it ;-). I hope the baby/toddler was asleep for most of it and you got some reading done in between. I don’t have any special reads for this season really, I’m not really into Christmas or anything and I read dark reads all year round already ;-).

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  3. Hahaha! Your daughter’s attitude!

    I’ve moved away from romantic novels to psychological thrillers. My next book is going to be Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I always feel October is a magical month, so a book about magic in the Victorian Era should be fitting.

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  4. How is Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Anna Dressed in Blood is on my TBR too!
    I’m currently reading Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi which is a really magical book. My October TBR mostly consists of all the Spooky or Magical kinda books. But, I also have contemporaries on my TBR.
    I hope you have a great reading month. πŸ“–

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  5. The only way I know of to center the title is using the center button, on the top of the tool bar. We have different themes so maybe yours is different. πŸ™‚

    I don’t have any plans for a specific scary book, myself. I’m just bouncing around whatever was on my ‘read soon’ list.

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  6. You are so busy I don’t know how you manage all that you do on your blog! I was crap at visiting blogs last week, so I will be dropping back around to visit yours. I think about the Smoke and Bone books from time to time, and how bloggers used to recommend them to me all the time a couple of years ago, so I will be looking forward to your thoughts on the first book. I loved Wicked! I read it when it first came out. I was in the process of rereading it to get ready to listen to my audiobook of Son Of a Witch, but I stopped somewhere along the way, for reasons I cannot recall, ha ha, but I am going to take a wild guess and say it was because of an ARC overload. I hope your laptop problems work out. I finally did a factory reset on mine to get rid of all the outdated operating updates. Have a wonderful new week.:)

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    1. Thanks so much! It is just that time of year when things seem to get so crazy. But where there is a will, there is a way πŸ˜‰ Or so they tell me. I haven’t made it very far into Wicked but I am feeling hopeful. I understand completely about visiting blogs. It is hard to keep up at times haha.

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  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is on my TBR for the end of the year. I own the first one on Kindle, and then went ahead and bought the last two books in hardback on a killer sale. Now I wish I had bought the first one in hardback because the covers are beautiful. I hope it’s a rave for you. The concept sounds awesome. And I hope your computer gets fixed. I would feel so lost without mine. πŸ˜‚

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    1. I do feel lost, but I am running some.scans and defragging now. I unstalled some software and did some cleaning. Fingers crossed all will be well tomorrow! I hope to have Daughter of Smoke and Bone complete soon. So far it is a rave! I need to buy the set. I agree they are gorgeous 😊

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  8. I was thinking about title centering myself the other day.. there’s a comment up there that has a suggestion, I’m going to try that one out πŸ™‚
    My laptop is also superslow… it’s old but I just refuse to get a new one at the moment because Windows 10 is my enemy! πŸ˜€ I’m thinking maybe totally wiping Windows and going the Linux/Ubuntu way…. hmm… Hope you’re pc survives though πŸ™‚

    Happy Spooktober! πŸ™‚ In Ireland it’s like… it’s been the same weather all year long- rain, rain, rain… and it doesn’t feel like autumn that much because I’m constantly cold in this country! πŸ˜€ Wet and sad! I am going home to Estonia for a week in few days so that should be mega! πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m gonna help you both out with the centering of your titles here *flex* (I hope, at least XD). Go to Customize –> CSS—> and then paste this text in the text box:

      h1 {
      text-align: center;

      Save it and check if it works!

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                1. It’s billed yearly, but WTF, I just noticed there’s a Personal Plan now as well for 3 euros a month! O_o It doesn’t have the customization options, but still. Weird. Apparently you can also monetize the shit out of your site with Premium by using WP’s own ad service, but I don’t like ads on a blog, so I guess I’ll stay poor xD

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                  1. Staying poor is the easy part for me haha. I will look into the plans if I make it through these stinking holidays. I feel like I spend every bit of money we have as soon as we get it. And I am not even buying books anymore (well hardly πŸ˜‰ )

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                  2. Ah yes, the holidays…I’m so glad we don’t really celebrate Christmas with presents over here in general. And there aren’t any kids who are young enough in my family to celebrate St.Nicholas anymore apparently…*pouts*. But with a ton of birthdays, it’ll still be a fecking expensive month here as well. But you can do it! πŸ˜‰

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                  3. Not this year. He made it pretty clear he wants a more quiet and lowkey night. He travels nonstop and works with his friends so he sees them enough. I think he is just tired and needs some honest time at home. Poor guy. I got him something cool. Will tell you on FB.. just in case he decides to check blog haha.

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                  4. That’s probably the most relaxed thing for everyone anyways :). Especially with the way you’re feeling right now! Yup, that’s some awesome present you got there for him :D.

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    2. Oh happy travels! Yeah I imagine it is hard to notice the season change. I am looking good so far with my pc. Not holding my breath though. I will try a few suggestions with my titles, but I think some will not work with this theme. I may need to change my theme to something less simple now that I know my way around.

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      1. Thank you… I’ll probably bomb the blog with some nature pictures when I’m back in Ireland πŸ˜€
        Ooh… theme change sounds exciting πŸ™‚ I could spend hours trying on new blog skins… and I need to hold myself back because otherwise the blog would look different every week πŸ˜€ I hope you find a theme that you’ll really like πŸ™‚

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  9. As much as I wanted to make a spooky reading list for this month as well, sometimes shit just gets in the way :). A big fat LOL @ describing your daughter’s attitude. I hope she’s reading this post for your sake ;). W00t, you’re reading Wicked! I hope you like it! Also, I can help with the centering your title. I’ve been coding stuff all fucking weekend last weekend, so I can proudly (and miserably) say that I kinda know how it works now.

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    1. I normally have no problems. I honestly think it may be the theme..sigh. I may have to change, but not today. I do not think I am well enough. And yeah. You had quite the ordeal last week! If I mess it up.. I will just call them and tell them Anne says I get a refund haha πŸ˜‰

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  10. Argh you’re reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Once again, huge apologies for that major spoiler I let slip a few weeks back. Definitely learnt my lesson now! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did πŸ™‚

    Do you have any exciting plans for Halloween? To get me in the spirit, I bought a horror book today. It’s called ‘Hex’ by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Hoping it’s as creepy as the blurb makes out! Decided between all my paranormal romance I should make room for books of other genres.

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    1. I will watch horror flix and try to take the kids to a maze and do pumpkins (they have outgrown trick or treating sadly). I usually try to squeeze in a good read. Listening to Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn right now πŸ‘» I love campy horror films

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