Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This week has been an adjusting period as I am discovering I simply must learn to schedule more post in advance. Being able to put in full-time hours has decreased my availability for blogging and reading. This is a good thing of course, but I am currently working out kinks in trying to form an actual schedule over the next few weeks so bear with me.

Current Goals

  • Establish an actual schedule for feature posts with new work schedule.
  • Include a short story mini review with each Sunday Sum-Up.
  • Assure the Pairing Teas & Reads will occur at least bi-monthly (there will be a slight change I will discuss in the next post).

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Mini Review

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A Human Stain
By Kelly Robson
Kindle Edition ASIN : B01MTR06SQ
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 37
Genre: Horror

⭐ ⭐

Blurb:

A Human Stain by Kelly Robson is a disturbing horror novelette about a British expatriate at loose ends who is hired by her friend to temporarily care for his young, orphaned nephew in a remote castle-like structure in Germany.

Thoughts:

I am still weighing in on this mentally. There is certainly a nice amount of intrigue and sinisterness established within minutes of beginning A Human Stain. Between a well thought out cover and the application of subtle yet eerie hints provided, I was prepared for a frightful encounter.

The author writing’s easily painted a quick story full of haunting elements and a touch of LGBT that I appreciated. Unfortunately, I found myself losing interest as the story took an unexpected and extremely odd turn in events. While I normally welcome the abnormal or strange, I just could not connect at this point. It became too far-fetched and reminiscent of a B-rated horror flick, but not in the fun way. While it was not a horrible way to spend 30 minutes or so, it was not the best.


new-recent-reviews

red-sisterRed Sister 
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

the-last-unicorn
The Last Unicorn (Graphic Novel)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

norse
Norse Mythology
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


new-current-reads

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The Fourth Paladin
By Maria Mercurio

Blurb:

More than anything, Maya wants to experience the life of a normal teenage girl, instead, she’s forced to live by a strict code of ethics and purity. Her family’s bloodline makes her one of very few candidates eligible to become a Paladin; a woman capable of splitting her soul to bring forth and join with a being of immense power. Being picked to become a Paladin is rare, yet she must follow her family’s strict rules until her twentieth birthday when she will finally be free of the burden. As her freshmen year of college is coming to an end the possibility of first dates, parties, and being able to act her age is within reach.

That is, of course, when the call comes.

The literal man of her dreams is ripped from her soul to become flesh and blood. Maya believes her fantasy of eternal love will be made into reality, and being a Paladin is frightening but has major heart palpitating benefits. Sadly, Chay is all business. Smoking hot on the outside, but no warmth on the inside. The world needs saving, and he is hell bent on doing the job, no matter how battered and bruised they get, inside and out.

The worst part for Maya isn’t having to fend off demon attacks or even accepting her death will most probably be a violent one. Nope! The worst part is, she’s falling in love with Chay, even though he expressly told her not to.


new-other-happenings

This week I introduced Dan Klefstad in a new feature A Nice Brew & Something New.

I also continued with GoodReads Monday featuring The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker.

Lifewise I have just been plucking away at my busier schedule and adapting. Aside from a few recent flare ups that have slowed my blogging activity down, it has been a nice week. We wrapped it up with a trip out for brunch yesterday and a viewing of A Cure for Wellness (which I am still absorbing).

Tell me what you did for the weekend? Has anyone watched A Cure for Wellness? I would love to hear your thoughts. I hope you have all been well and that a fantastic week lies ahead!

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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51 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Eurgh, a blogging schedule, I guess I’m really not a stereotypical blogger as I really don’t have one of them (waiting on Wednesday on a Wednesday, 200 words or less on a Friday) and then I just post whenever I want (unless I agree to post something sometime), sigh, no stereotype for Drew!😂

    Ooohh, changes to the teas and reads post, I like that post, it’s unique so colour me intrigued as to the changes.😀

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    1. The change will be very simple haha. Most will not even notice. It will not change in presentation at all really.

      As for the schedule.. It is a goal haha. But I really am a sporadic blogger so it may never truly happen. I am more of an on impulse kind of gal 😉 But I need to be able to schedule some posts in advance.. between the vertigo and headaches, two kids, and an increased work schedule.. I am finding it hard lol.

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  2. Oh my god, that little comic about goals is perfect! It’s so accurate, unfortunately ;( I’m sure a schedule of sorts will come about naturally in the next few weeks or so, once you’ve gotten more used to your new working hours 🙂 Saying that, though, I think you’ve done great in balancing it all so far. You posted quite a bit last week and, unlike me who just spams WP with memes and quotes when I get swamped by life, your posts were both interesting and substantial. Despite being busy, you still got reviews out and introduced a new feature 😀

    I’m pleased that you had a good week ❤ I hope your upcoming one is even better!

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  3. I like your short story mini- review idea! And I absolutely have to stay ahead or my blog would collapse lol. Once I started scheduling ahead it helped a LOT.

    I gotsta read Norse Mythology I think. 🙂

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  4. I’m a spontaneous blogger. Even my reviews are written and then given the mark 1 eyeball go over and then bam, published. I’ve tried to do posts ahead of time and I just don’t feel it. I’m a very “feeling” oriented writer, even as I decry such things in my reviews, etc 🙂

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    1. I have always be an “on a whim” or when the moment strikes kind of person, especially with blogging. But as my health issues continue to increase more and I juggle the kids and being able to work full time again since I now work from home, I feel a bit overwhelmed at times haha. I just need to find some sort of new routine for me 😉

      I envy you for being able to once over a post before publisher. I am terrible. I scour mine like 6 times haha 😛

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  5. I understand having to get acclimated with the work at home schedule. My boss works at the university, so I get summers off and I go through it every fall. Ha ha. One would think it would become routine, but not for me. What I do is count the time that I would have spent getting office appropriate with all the clothing trappings, hair fussing and make-up, and commuting time. To me that time is mine for reading and blogging. Also lunch time is listening to books time for me. You will learn to squish it in. I didn’t see that you had reviewed a Clive Barker book! I need to clean out my email subscriptions to blogs I am not interested in any more because I am missing posts from my core blogs. I am so happy you got to go out to brunch! Be well and have a wonderful week. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I knew you would understand ❤ Eventually, I will find my nook with this all. I think the flare up have made it feel worse than it is 😉

      The Clive Barker was just a feature post, so I promise you did not miss a review. I hope you have a great week dear friend ❤

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  6. Too bad The Human Stain’s story wasn’t as good as the cover looked. Scary! I love schedules and I need a lot of structure in my life. I know what I want and when I want to publish it, but I’m not one to create my blog posts a lot in advance (apart from my reviews which I at least try to have in a rough draft not long after I’ve finished reading the book). I’ve signed up for Goodreads Monday this week thanks to you! A wonderful idea to take a closer look at my goodreads list!

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  7. Hi Danielle,
    I like your blog design very much. So lovely! I am actually going on a day by day base when it comes to writing reviews and posting them, though I am reading a lot and schedule everything with lists. Guess I am a list addict *lol* Goodreads is a great place for book lovers, I LOVE it! Have a great week and

    best wishes
    Vi @ Gone With The Books

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    1. Hi Vi! Thank you so much. I usually function more on a spur of the moment schedule haha. I did implement an organizer recently thinking it would help, but I have so many changes occurring in real life th the moment that I think I need some structure for now haha 😉 I hope this week treat you well.

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    1. It is something I will probably continue to say I need to do and never find time to haha. I had told myself when I wrote this post that in the following weekend I would schedule several, but now my weekend is shaping up to be chaotic.. sigh.

      Human stain did look great! And the concept is cool. It was just too far fetched for me. I am sure plenty will enjoy.

      Thank you Megan ❤

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  8. I’m happy to hear you’re working and trying to figure out a schedule 🙂 I have found out writing posts on weekends is super helpful and gives you time to check blogs during the week. The blog tours I got force me to write and schedule a lot more now!
    Gosh, lots of stars in your reviews 🙂 I’m glad you’re getting a string of good reads… Well, too bad about A Human Stain of course.
    Love you! Take care, do it your way, and Valium away! hahaha

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    1. Valium away for sure haha. It might sound odd to most, but without it I would not be upright 😉 I do not think many people are aware it is used to treat vertigo.

      That is my new plan to do better on the weekends with posts.. but then of course I just find out that my upcoming weekend will be way busy sigh.

      Love you!

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  9. Good luck with working out a schedule! I work at home too and that’s something I really need to start getting a handle on myself. I’ve still not mastered the whole scheduling posts ahead of time when I know I’m going to be busy thing 🙈. Aside from A Human Strain it seems like you had a pretty solid reading week! I hope you have a wonderful week this week, Danielle! 💕

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  10. Schedules are always good for you, helps you organize your time in so many ways. But once it starts bite on your heels and puts pressure on your creative process, things are going to need to be revised! You’re doing a wonderful job even in busy times though! I’ve never felt like you were absent in the blogosphere so far hahaha Hope you find your groove and the busy days are dealt with efficiently! 😉

    I haven’t seen A Cure For Wellness, but based on the trailer I saw a while back, it sounds like a pretty scary dystopia! Did you enjoy it to the point that it blew your mind away or was it so bad that you couldn’t believe that such a movie was even released? :O

    – Lashaan

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    1. Thank you Lashaan! I try to make an effort to at least be active with others even when I have no new content.

      Now let’s vaguely talk A Cure for Wellness. Here is what I will say: I went into it with the same expectations, thinking a nice dystopian thriller. It was not what I thought. It got weird, and I am still trying to decide whether I appreciated the weird. I loved the first half. There is definitely some originality. Maybe we can talk more after you watch it 😉 While I am not sure I enjoyed it as much as I hoped, I do not want to spoil 🙂

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  11. I really need to work on scheduling posts as well. Best of luck with that and your goals as you adjust. My husband and I went away for a day this weekend to hike and go to some breweries since I had an upcoming appointment that was worrying us. Which that also went pretty well but it was a nice way to spend the weekend though it went by super fast!

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    1. I am happy you enjoyed your weekend and the appointment went well. I am no stranger to the ones that are nerve wracking. I remember crying before and after the last trip to the neurosurgeon. Things can be rough and mentally taxing. So I hope all is well and that you are enjoying your week!

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  12. Blogging schedules are my absolute WEAKNESS. I am not the sort of person who stalks blogs on any particular day, so I don’t realize what other people are doing either. I also LOVE the idea of starting this with a short story review. I don’t read enough of them, and this would be a great inspiration for me to read more… I might steal this idea. 😀

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    1. Haha.. you cannot steal it if I willing give it to you 😉 I am ashamed of myself because I wrote about my goals for a more organized and scheduled blog and have already failed to make an efforts lol. I am just too sporadic. My intentions are good though ❤

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      1. D’aw. You’re such a good friend. GIVING me your idea. I’m honored.
        The whole point about goals is that you have to work towards them. But, a goal without a plan is merely a wish. Make certain you honor your own commitments and try to make time for them! I know it’s hard, but we can BOTH do it. 🙂

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