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. Stop by and say hello!

This week I am prepping my Sunday post in advance. I hope that nothing has changed too drastically by the time this up 😉 I am anticipating the possibility of visiting with family depending on this ice. Yes, you actually did read that correctly. Portland is now on round 4 of inclement weather. Peachy! Current mood has transitioned from…




Moving on..


shadows-lingerShadows Linger (A Novel of the Black Company)
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shadows-for-silenceShadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

A Shadow Bright and Burning
⭐ ⭐

While Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell was a fantastic short story and introduction to Brandon Sanderson, Shadows Linger was the big winner this week. The second book in the Black Company Chronicles proved to be even more rewarding than the first. I think it goes without saying where the biggest disappointment lies. No need to rub more salt on that wound. It is still too fresh.




Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories, poetry, and essays edited by Monica Valentinelli and Jaym Gates. Over two dozen authors, ranging from NYT-bestsellers and award winners to debut writers, chose a tired trope or cliche to challenge and surprise readers through their work.

Read stories inspired by tropes such as the Chainmaille Bikini, Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, The Villain Had a Crappy Childhood, The Singularity Will Cause the Apocalypse, and many more…then discover what these tropes mean to each author to find out what inspired them.

Join Maurice Broaddus, Adam Troy-Castro, Delilah S. Dawson, Shanna Germain, Sara M. Harvey, John Hornor Jacobs, Rahul Kanakia, Alethea Kontis, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Haralmbi Markov, Sunil Patel, Kat Richardson, Nisi Shawl, Ferrett Steinmetz, Anton Strout, Michael Underwood, Alyssa Wong and many other authors as they take well-worn tropes and cliches and flip them upside down.


As the war in Europe escalates in 1939, seventeen-year-old Peg Kuhr, along with her sister, travel from Denmark to the United States to live with family until the war is over.

Shortly after arriving, Peg discovers she is pregnant. Peg’s aunt is supportive, but they know Peg’s biological father would be furious and keep the pregnancy a secret.

Peg gives birth to a boy named Richard and harbors the hope that she will one day reunite with the child’s father. But as the war intensifies in 1942, Peg’s boyfriend in Denmark suggests that they move on with their lives.

Devastated, Peg eventually finds love again, but her new fiance is not ready for children. With Richard still a secret, Peg is faced with an irreconcilable dilemma-and makes the heart-wrenching decision to put her two-and-a-half-year-old son up for adoption.

Richard, renamed Peter, grows up with wonderful parents, but an overheard conversation as a boy plants a seed that leaves him uncertain about his true identity. In the vein of “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith, “The Knot of King Gordius “is a compelling true tale of love, sacrifice, and family.”


I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

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A Glance at Reading in January 2017


I actually read 13 titles in January. Two of which were manga, and several short stories. I set my challenge much lower this year. I will be going through several life transitions and wanted to start small. I am sure I will increase it at some point. I always do. Here are the stats for the 13 titles I read:

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = 4 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 = 1
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = 2 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 – 3
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = 3 ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 = 1
⭐ ⭐ = 1
DNF = 1 title that was not reviewed or counted.

Okay it was technically 15. February is shaping up to be a nice month of reading as I have made the decision to move away from YA and back to “adult” fantasy and historical fiction. You can still expect to find some manga or graphic novels and horror reads from time to time.

Real Life Happenings

I continue with my transition into a full-time remote position with my current job. Double yay! I am not so patiently awaiting for my equipment to arrive and then I am set. I made that difficult choice to no longer drive. I have also scheduled an appointment with a new specialist, so you never know when some more progressive therapy could be in the future 😉 Things seem to be moving in a slow and steady but forward direction. I have no legitimate complaints at the moment. Most of my complaints never are. I just like to hear myself whine from time to time.

So let’s talk! How was January? What books are you anticipating this month? Or maybe you have already encountered a bug disappointment this year. Tell me all about it. I stumbled upon two. Until next time, happy reading!



Danielle ❤

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51 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

    1. Thank you so much Megan! It has now turned to rain so I think we are in the clear 🙂 11 books definitely sounds like a fantastic month. Sanderson has several short stories if you are looking for a smaller commitment to test the waters 😉


    1. Ummm stop sulking haha. I cheated. Half were shorter reads 😉 Remember – short story and manga. I will always whine, laugh and whatever else we can get into with you! You help me cope through all of the chaos! ❤ #wafflesrule


  1. You and Drew have me eyeing Red Sister!!! 15 books so far in the year? Lol I’m sad because all I’ve read is 3 and a half. So proud of you though! It’s okay to whine, I’m here for you !! I hope the new specialist works out for you and everything turns out well xoxo

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    1. You must check out Red Sister! NetGalley did have it. And FYI.. I read manga and short story also, so it is not as much the feat it appears. Besides you are busy writing all of that poetry that pulls at my heart strings! You continue to amaze me 💖 xoxo

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  2. LOL hope the ice didn’t get bad! And Upside Down looks good! I like reading about inverted tropes. Glad things are moving forward, including w/ the remote position. Have a super week!

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  3. Ha, I whine more than I need to as well. I’m glad the transition to working remotely is going well. Sorry about the cold weather though… it’d hot here in Oz so I’m struggling to feel TOO sympathetic! 😉

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  4. 9 books ahead of schedule!? You’re doing a lot better with your Goodreads challenge than I am 😛 Wishing you the very best of luck with the appointment with your new specialist! 😀 Keep us updated! Oh and don’t worry about whining every once in a while. It’s healthy to vent sometimes. I always imagine worries, concerns and other negative thoughts as little ping pong balls ricocheting around our minds. It’s better to release them into the open and clear up some mental space 🙂

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  5. Haha! love the meme @ the end there especially after having scheduled my wrap-up & pausing at the end like Ok *taps fingers* think that’s all I have to say LMAO! I am REALLY looking forward to your review on Red Sister! that’s up on my March TBR & I have HIGH hopes 😉 Brandon Sanderson has SOOOOO many books out, I want to read them all after starting his Mistborn series which I LOVE! i’m hoping to catch up this year. Loving the adult fantasy reads, you are motivating me. Once April hits, I will be joining you in the genre 😉

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      1. Hmmm, honestly Mistborn is his most talked about series but it’s not his greatest from what I’ve heard at least. Another author in Adult Fantasy I’d like to read is Brent Weeks (hope I spelled his last name right lol), I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this author. I have not read through Orange not for lack of want lol, I’m realllllly trying to get to the bottom of the arc pile. It’s the only reason why I haven’t been reading books I’ve purchased if you’ve noticed lol. These were arc requests I made at a time when I thought I had no chance in hell of being approved. Whelp they showed me alright lol. Once I’m done with those then you’ll be seeing more variety on my blog including manga. I went to B&N Sunday night & could NOT stop walking past Fruitbasket (manga) with its beautiful pastel spines 😍🤦🏻‍♀️

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        1. I will have to look up Weeks. I am not familiar with his work. Maybe no to starting with Mistborn as well haha. I might see about squeezing in a few more of Sanderson’s Cosmere novellas first 😉

          I have cheated and squeezed in about 2 of my own books of late. I am also still working through the pile. So hopefully soon!

          I always consider Fruits Basket haha. But I have afew other manga sets to finish. It becomes so pricey haha 😂💕


  6. I hope you get your work from home equipment soon! I need to start reading some manga. I think I am going to see if my library has Death Note. Upside Down looks interesting. I will keep my eye out for your review. I hope you are havng a fab week. 🙂

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  7. I am really, really sad to see that two star rating for “you know what”. I was so looking forward to that one! I’m thinking I’ll hold off on it for a while. There’s plenty of other good stuffs I wanna read. Congrats on the number of books read in January! That is amazing! I’m finally finding more time to read again, so hoping my monthly number will steadily increase over the next couple months. Happy Reading!

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  8. Hope things go smoothly with your job and sorry you are sick of snow. I am ready for Spring myself even though we have only had the one snow. My co-worker predicts we will have one more snowstorm and then Spring will come. Honestly it can be really nice here (it’s going to be 82 degrees tomorrow) and then back to cold the next day so I just want some consistency. And also for the heat of summer to try and be patient. Last year Spring was super short and summer melted us until almost October!

    January was a great month overall for reading and personal projects. Definitely needed after 2016, which was a very hard year. January was a hard month politically/social media wise but I’m hoping it will get better. I liked all the books I read and managed to get 7 in. I’m really excited to read Roseblood and The Wrath and the Dawn for Feb. I also am excited to re-read HP and the Chamber of Secrets (only this time in illustrated form) and Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews.

    I spent a lot of the month de-cluttering our apartment and am almost done. I just have two rooms left, and then I’m going to go through the bathrooms again. The junk room will be the worst but it will be nice to have it done. All of the decluttered spaces have stayed pretty much clean since I am keeping on top of any untidyness daily. Having less stuff definitely helps. I am also de-cluttering digitally as well. Right now I am going through my Goodreads shelves because my TBR is way too much. So I’m scaling it down.

    Hopefully February will be a good month! Overall it is going okay for me.

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    1. I think January was very taxing emotionally for many of us. I want so badly to stay informed, but I hit limits and have to shut down all media aside from the blog at times or I become fearful and depressed.

      If you do not mind me asking, where is here? That does sound like some seriously crazy weather haha! That would probably keep me sick. I tend to suffer terrible colds when the temperatures fluctuate to often.

      I am glad you found some positive in January with your reading and personal goals. Decluttering is always a plus 🙂


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