Sunday Sum-Up


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Please take time to visit Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer if you have not already. Her blog is fantastic and she is always so supportive of others!

It’s a common site among the blogging community to see announcements of temporary breaks and fewer posts at the moment. For many, holidays and changes in weather have us focused on other aspects of life. Plus, after a year of blogging, sometimes the “down-time” is needed to recharge. I have not been blogging for a year, but I am no different.

I have no plans of a break at the moment, but it can be expected to see fewer posts leading up to the New Year, as I focus more on family and other activities. Of course, I am always available by the contact form, email or social media when time allows 🙂 The biggest decision I have made is to put a hold on review requests and accepting them until at least the end of January. This was actually not something I expected to have to do (and I struggled with making this decision). But as I stared at the pile of books still awaiting my attention (I finally finished the ebooks), I realized that I was indeed receiving enough copies to prevent me from reading any of my own purchases. So my goal is to hopefully read these titles I have committed to over the next month or so and allow myself some better “breathing” room to read from my own collection while accepting a smaller amount of reviews. I am not sure if this could have a negative impact on the blog though. Has anyone ever felt that being “closed” for requests was harmful to their blog? Just curious.

Okay, so that is where I am currently at with Books, Vertigo and Tea. This Sunday post is a bit longer as I plan to do a small recap of my year of books in 2016. I will try to make it is as painless as possible. I promise! Let’s begin with the usual and see what unfolds..




The Alchemists of Loom
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Review Here

Shadows of the Forest
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Review Here


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While I admit that I am struggling a bit with Frey (the pace is sort of slow), my biggest hurdle is dealing with having one fully functioning eye at the moment. So reading is slow. The surface of my left eye was scratched after swelling forced my beautiful lashes inward. Fun stuff 😉


⭐ A Quick Review of 2016 ⭐

Average Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ – I am not complaining about this. It was a good year for reading!

Most popular book I read according to Goodreads1984 by George Orwell. 2,706,572 Goodread users have marked this book as read!

Number of titles read to date (keep in mind this includes Manga and GN) – 111

My Top Reads 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


You can also find my latest Pairing Teas & Reads here and my guest post with the wonderful Erin A Jensen here.

I plan on this being my last Sunday Sum-Up of 2016, as I hardly doubt I will post on Christmas unless I am able to find the time to write and schedule one. I hope that each of you are taking the much deserved breaks and time to catch up and enjoy family. Be well, be strong, be loved and loving!


Danielle ❤

38 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Awesome goat gif! 😀

    You’re reading The Black Company, awesome, I read the omnibus’s and while the later ones aren’t great the first are top notch, quite simple writing but you can see how Cook influenced later authors works.

    I wouldn’t say being closed to review requests would affect your blog at all, you’ll get less authors contacting you, I would say none as your closed but some still seem to. I haven’t been open to requests for months and months and I manage to get by with my little blog.😀

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    1. Thanks Drew! I am pretty excited to tackle The Black Company. It has been on my list for years as a must. It always seems to pop in articles regarding top fantasy reads.

      I am also glad to hear that closing review “shop” has not negatively impacted you. Of course, it is hard to imagine that anything could. I am a pretty big fan of your blog. Everything from your beautiful (yes I used that word) writing, to content and layout is spot on!


      1. Yeah, The Black Company is on a lot of lists, some people like it and some don’t. It is written in a quite simple style and as it’s told by one person (Croaker) it’s not always epic in scope but it’s good, I really enjoyed it, the first two omnibuses anyway are very enjoyable to read.😀

        Well, I’m still on mailing lists and just get sent books from the publishers but for months and months I have had written on my blog that I’m closed to review requests. It shouldn’t hurt and being honest it’s a busy time of year anyway to take a step back from blogging and also reading should be fun, if you have books that you have brought and want to read but feel you can’t as you have lots of books from review requests to read then you might lose enjoyment in reading and blogging is a hobby and reading is to and it’s something you need to enjoy. No one will begrudge you reading your own books.😀

        Thanks, I like my layout, not sure about beautiful writing though!?🤔

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        1. Well I say “beautiful” maybe I should say “moving” and articulate 😉 Your poetry is not to be overlooked! And your reviews set the bar.

          Thanks for the reassurance. I am definitely feeling that if I don’t slow down, I may burn out. So it does seem like the perfect time to breathe 🙂

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  2. I closed the review requests in my blog for exactly the reason for wanting to finally read the books I have purchased for myself. I have now reviewed all the books that I have promised to review and I feel sooooo good for finally being able to read the 40+ books that I actually have chosen for myself! 😀 I don’t feel bad about it…I just think, sometimes it’s necessary to do as you very well wish because otherwise book blogging can become a chore and take the fun out of it…

    I hope your eye heals at a good fast pace and sending you and your family lots of festive season wishes! Hope you have fantastic time, tons of yummy food, presies and lots of love! 🙂

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  3. Definitely a good idea to take a break from accepting requests. Especially when you realize that you are reading less and less books of your own personal collection. It’s why I had to stop myself, before Summer, cause I felt like I wasn’t exploring the books I REALLY wanted to read. Hope your eye gets better and that your reading sessions during the Holidays will be filled with fun! 😀 Happy reading and holidays! 🙂

    – Lashaan

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  4. I have never accepted review requests. I get all of my ARCs and review books from Edelweiss and Netgalley, or from requesting them from the publisher. I sometimes ask self pub and indie authors for ecopies of sequels to books I have read and loved, but that is the extent of my dealing directly with authors. I think very few authors, if any, visit blogs regularly it is other bloggers you need to keep interested with your posts for viewership.

    This time of year is good for a break because a lot of other bloggers scale back until after the New Year. You are doing great, so don’t worry. Have a wonderful family week. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! I am feeling much more confident in the decision to stop accepting them for a bit. I recieve quite a bit of communication and do notnwant to discourage it, but when a break is needed, it is needed 😊 If I have your vote, then I am feeling pretty confident 😘 now if we can avoid scattegory games haha.

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  5. Frey looks fun, sorry to hear it’s a bit slow. Hopefully it picks up? And hope your eye is feeling better! I think it’s a good idea to take a break and/ or close up shop to review requests for a while, you have to enjoy what you’re doing and I think the stress of always taking requests can take the fun out of it. Like the commenters said above I don’t think it hurts that much and if it helps you stay having fun it’s a good thing. 🙂 Besides yeah this is holiday time anyway- maybe the best time to step back? the blogosphere seems to get a bit quiet until January.

    Fun to see all the Goodreads stuff- 111 is pretty dang good.

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    1. Thanks Greg! 111 can largely be attributed to my manga reading as well. It isn’t as much, looking it at from that perspective 😉 I agree this is a great time to slow down and I need to maintain thenlevel of fun that keeps me enjoying what I do.

      The eye (while blurry) is on the mend. Redness and swelling gone!

      Happy holidays my friend!


  6. I’m also not taking any more books for review for at least the next couple of months if I can help it as I have so many books on my TBR pile I want to read…..or that’s my plan the only problem is I hate saying “no” to anyone 🙈

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    1. You and I suffer the same fate.. the dreaded hard to say no complex 😂 I am hoping by posting it on my guidelines, they will stop coming in. But then again, I recieve request for titles I specifically state I will not review. So we will see 😉😂


  7. I think it’s wise to take a break from time to time and I don’t think for a minute that it will be harmful for your blog. It’s not like you’ll be away forever either, right ?!! I can’t believe that you finished all your ebooks ! Happy holidays to you and your family !

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  8. I stopped taking review requests a few months ago because I was getting at least three to four a week that I had to constantly decline because of school obligations. I haven’t noticed it being harmful for my blog. Although, I have noticed that some who request don’t check the policy because I still get them from time to time 😂. I think it’s good to take a break from review books every now and then. I’ve put myself on a NetGalley ban since I have ARCs up until March and after that I want to tackle my own TBR rather than review books haha. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!! ♥

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    1. Thank you! We are in the same boat haha 😂 and yes there are some who are clearly not reading the policy at times. I still receive a ton of reuests for romance titles, and I simply will not read them. Why woukd you want someone who doesn’t like the genre your write to review your work? I hope you have wonderful holidays ad well ❤

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  9. Honestly, I don’t get many review requests, believe it or not. I did when I first started my blog, but it has slowed down tremendously. I haven’t actually “said” I was closed to requests, but still… I don’t think it would affect your blog in a negative way. That’s just my opinion. People understand that we need a breather every now and then! Also happy to see that Vassa and The Wolf Road were in your top reads this year! I’ll be reading both of those in the next month or so (hopefully pretty soon!) And I’m so sorry to hear that about your beautiful lashes and eye. I hope the scratch heals soon so you can get back to reading normally! 😉

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    1. Thank you so much Megan! My eye is slowly on the end ❤ A little blurry, but making do. What a crazy two weeks!

      I hope you enjoy Wolf Road and Vassa as much as I have. I would recommend brushing up on the original Russian Folklore before Vassa (sorry if I have already told you that haha).

      Yeah, I think everyone is right and it is ok to slow down and break for a bit. I am still actively blogging, but I have like 8 books still on my nightstand that are ARCs and review copies. I want to finish them so I can start reading a few of my own ❤ My bookshelf needs some love!

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  10. I’d decided to take a blogging break around Christmas Danielle but have found myself taking a reading break! I was busy before heading to New Zealand and then did no reading there and since my return I’ve just not picked up a book. I am a couple of reviews behind and think that’s stopping me from reading any new books!

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    1. I can only imagine! But you had a trip and a lot going on it seems 🙂 So I think that is pretty understandable!

      My biggest problem is learning to say no and hit the breaks when needed. Lesson learned haha.

      I hope you find the desire to pick up a good book soon 🙂


  11. Ohmigosh– these end of year book review requests will be the death of me! I never expected that I would have anyone requesting I review their book, let alone all the people I’ve heard from in the last 6 weeks. It’s the holiday rush, I guess?
    It’s so important to stay sane and focused around the holidays. I am really hoping that during my week off I’ll get some downtime to work on the blog and read, but who knows. What matters is that we stay sane and happy. 🙂

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    1. Truth! I am happy that it is not just me feeling this way. At first I was concerned about making the decision to stop taking requests, but then I realized what I was doing to myself haha. Taking the enjoyment out of it and replacing it with pressure is more harmful to the blog. We will survive and find our sanity ❤

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  12. I wouldn’t worry about your blog suffering from being closed to review requests! I haven’t been accepting review requests for months now as I dig myself out of my NetGalley hole… Actually, I doubt I will be open to accepting requests until the middle of 2017 lol

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