Sunday Sum-Up


The 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!

I did not accomplish much on Books, Vertigo and Tea last week. I thought I was finally rebounding, but that is not the case. So while I have a few posts lined up for this week it might remain slow. You might see some more graphic novels featured, as they are a more ideal read at the moment.


It is just slow for now. I have a book that was sent from a publisher that I feel I should have reviewed by now. I am contemplating whether I should email the publisher with an explanation of why it has been delayed. Has anyone ever done this or been concerned with this? I am not sure this is necessary. No time-frame was promised and I had provided the publishing house with a link to my policies. But I want to remain professional with my contacts. Thoughts?

I did manage to complete my short story for today and have a small amount to recap so let’s get to it!

Mini Review

Fox 8: A Story
By George Saunders
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 21
Genre: Short Story/Fiction


Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the New York Times called “the writer for our time.”

My Thoughts:

I have no previous experience with this author but have seen mention of a collection entitled Tenth of December. I chose this story based upon the synopsis while flipping through shorts on my Kindle. It is a small tale told through the letter of a fox named Fox 8. He is a curious fox who has ventured out and managed to pick up the Yuman language and speech. So the story telling is presented in an odd narration that includes the Fox 8’s own interpretation of spelling and speech. I personally enjoyed this element, as I felt it really helped establish character and a strong connection with Fox.

What ensues is a heartfelt and saddening  look into the coexistence or lack of between two species when the construction of a shopping center comes to threaten the very livelihood of Fox and his pack. Fox decides to set out on an adventure seeking answers and is introduced to the world of man. The letter that follows is the recap and result of that experience.

I found this to be a clever and effective approach that left me mentally running through the many effects of mankind upon this Earth and the lives of its many other inhabitants. A valuable message that is worth reading.


Things We Lost in The Fire

low2Low Vol 2: Before the Dawn Burns Us


Given that I have not been able to read for more than 15 minutes during a given stretch, I am still reading through Kings of the WyldI have added one smaller read to the mix as well.

butterflygardenThe Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)
By Dot Hutchison


Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…


GoodReads Monday

Unfortunately, I was unable to complete any posts this week.

While I still feel that it might be slow for yet another week, I do hope to have a few posts up. But as my schedule is full of appointments, some new testing and another scan, I may not be able to respond and catch up with everything. I still hope to see each of you around when time allows. May your upcoming week be full of many enjoyable moments and plenty of time to read!

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis


Danielle ❤

Connect With Me: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram

60 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I also feel very awkward when it comes to reviewing books for publishers/authors. However they are usually very understandable when I email them stating why I am so busy. I have had books for a year before being able to review them unfortunately life gets in the way. 🙂 Just do your best, we all need a break or get slowed down every now and again.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Two nice reviews of the shorts. I would email the publisher/author and just state that you haven’t had a chance to read the book as yet but that you still intend to. I find it frustrating when people don’t come back to me so I always prefer to just give people an update so they are in the picture.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, I think that seems to be the consensus 🙂 I will try to have review up this week and if it doesn’t happen, email I shall. To be honest, I am sure they most likely have no concern, it is my own personal ethics when it comes to commitments that has me worried 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Oh man that dog image WTF!😂

    I’m sorry your still not well, hopefully you’ll improve over the next few days.😀

    Don’t sweat it about the publisher, no worries, don’t email them, there’s no need. In the UK they don’t care if you email them links, etc or anything, only Pan Macmillan say they like an email with the review link when posted but no others bother, I don’t bother emailing them and I still get books, only publisher I emailed recently was Orbit over Kings of the Wyld and that was to praise the book and get an interview with the People wouldn’t bother if it was a Netgalley book and no matter what others say a Netgalley ARC apart from being digital is the same damn thing as a print ARC so don’t worry, no time frame is ever necessary and there’s no need to email them. If it will make you feel better then do it but there’s no need and if it won’t then don’t bother. If there was no date specified then chillax, it doesn’t make you unprofessional so don’t worry, take it from Drew, it doesn’t matter.😀

    Goodluck with the appointments and testing.😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is Orbit for the very same book. I am so far behind haha. I think if I do not have it up this week, I am sending the email to at least put myself at ease. Most likely they will have no concern, but I have my own personal expectations that drive me to do such things so I guess it cannot hurt 😉

      Thank you as always for the support and well wishes. Hopefully after these two weeks, results will be in and treatment plan can be formulated! Then look out 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Your choice but Orbit in the UK really don’t care, not in the bad way either but in a good way you know, the UK publicist is wonderful and would definitely tell you not to stress it. See, I don’t have those concerns, I just read what I want, when I want regardless, might be wrong but it is how it is.😂

        Ha, I always offer support, guess that somewhat tarnishes my bad boy image!😂

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you as always my dear friend. Sometimes it is more exhausting than anything haha. All of the traveling back and forth and waiting. But it is all to hopefully start a new course of action 😉 Returning the hugs and love ❤


  4. Sometimes we do need some slow time ❤ As for the publisher, they are aware of your policy but if you think it might you feel better / less guilty, you can always drop a little email. I don't find it necessary but anything to calm your mind 🙂
    Fox 8 sounds really good but I am not sure I can stomach what humankind is doing to the earth and its other inhabitants…
    Take your time my twin pea and we'll always be waiting for you right here ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Careful now.. yup sound like Drew giving similar advice 😉 I think I am emailing if it is not up this week to ease my mind at least.

      Fox 8 does make you think, but not overly heavy. Although one part hit a nerve with me. Not super pleasant for sure.

      Thank you always my weird little pod sharing twin pea ❤


  5. I’m so sorry you still aren’t doing so well, sending lots of love your way and I hope things start to improve for you.

    As for the ARC I started to compose an answer in my head then realised it sounded an awful lot like what Drew said so I will leave it at that. I’ve received books that I’ve chosen not to review for one reason or another (usually because the genre is wrong) and I haven’t told the publisher. They know that us having an ARC isn’t an explicit agreement to write a review or to write it in a fixed timeframe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank Claire! Haha I think my oddball brain will require me to send an email just for the peace of mind 😉 I am just weird about things and guilty of making them more than they need to be at times.

      I will be well soon enough I think! All of these appointments are in line to open up some possible new treatment, so while I am very exhausted, it is promising and exciting. Also hoping you are well and sending much love!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Maybe drop the publisher a quick email if it gives you peace of mind. Don’t feel guilty or like you’ve done something wrong, though. Like you said, no time frame was specified and your review policies are clearly outlined on your blog. You take as much time as you need to get yourself better ❤ Good luck with your appointments and your scan this week ❤ I'll be thinking of you and sending lots of positive vibes 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I was hoping you were feeling better. Drat. I can definitely emphasize about the pressure of following through with commitments to author’s and publishers. I still haven’t been feeling great myself and it’s definitely affecting my reading. There’s been some great advice offered here including emailing the author/publisher in question which I think I may do this week just to take some pressure away. As for you lovely Danielle, concentrate on felling better. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something comes out of the upcoming appointments and tests. I’m sending you tons of good Luck hugs!🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I will keeped you posted! I know you can related to all that is going on in my head (minus the ear junk maybe haha). I have been sleeping with ice each day. I really need to just break down and order the cap I think. Thank you always my friend ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  8. I’m sorry that you’re still not doing too well. I hope the tests go ok this week and that they give you some answers. I’m not great at the moment either due to medication adjustments so I’m just scheduling blog posts when I feel up to it and putting it all to one side on the other days. I think if the book you were sent didn’t have a timeframe then I wouldn’t worry too much, but it won’t hurt to send a quick email to explain. I’ve emailed a few publishers when I’ve been slow to read a book and they’ve always been very understanding about it.
    Here’s my weekly wrap-up post:

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you’re still feeling cruddy! Good luck with the scans and appointments. That’s not a fun way to spend a week, so I hope you’re able to find something fun to counteract the rest of it.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Sorry to hear that you’re still not feeling well, Danielle! I hope all of those appointments and tests go well and that you start feeling better soon. And I wouldn’t worry too much about the review book, especially since the publisher has a link to your policies. 💕

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I’m not going to be much help on the publisher question as I never have contact with them personally. Unless I had promised a certain deadline for a review or I was being paid to do so I wouldn’t personally bother to tell them anything. I hope your appointments go well and that something can be done to help you feel a bit better.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I don’t bother to contact the publisher if it’s a big publishing house because they usually send out loads of review copies and doubtless assume some won’t result in reviews or will be late, but if it’s a small house, I usually let them know if I’m going to be significantly late with a review (ie, more than 6-8 weeks) or if I’ve decided against reviewing. Hope you pick up a bit soon! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Hiya… Sorry to hear you were (are?) still not feeling better… It sucks donkey to be down and out but I do hope you’re on the mend!
    As for the publisher- I think I am like you- even though the publisher may not care (even in a good way) for the sake of myself feeling better, I have always sent a courtesy note to the contact to say the review will be delayed and to apologize but I never give them a list of excuses or reasons. I always feel better when I have sent a courtesy note…

    Fox 8 and The Butterfly Garden both sounds soooo darned good. I need to check them out and get my mitts on them, I think!

    Take care Dani! 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank Liz 😉 I knew you would get it. The publisher is definitely getting a letter to put myself at ease haha.

      So far The Butterfly Garden is dragging a bit for me. I hope it picks up. But it could also be how hard it has been to read feeling like this. It does suck donkey for sure hehe ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  14. I guess it really depends on the type of relationship you’ve built so far with that publisher/author so far. If it’s someone new, I think it’be nice to give them a heads-up and just let them know how things are going and mention how you usually would’ve been already on it/done but circustamnces do not permit it nowadays. I feel bad that you haven’t been having the recovery you wish you were having in the past week. I believe that your blogging activity so far, even if its not 10 reviews within 5 days 😉 is a fantastic indication of a passionate and uprising Danielle! I hope you get a lot better in the coming seconds/minutes/hours/days!!! Take care, Danielle!! We’ll always be out here for ya 😉

    – Lashaan

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for the endless kindness and support Lashaan! Everything in good time right? I just haven’t been able to finish a book in a few days and it is driving me crazy haha. I want to post some reviews 😉 but treatment options seem to be opening up so I am hopeful!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. I think the answer depends. If you received an arc for a book that’s about to be released, the publisher might be interested in getting reviews out right around publishing date so that might make it time sensitive. Otherwise, I think it would depend on just how long you intend to take to post your review. A couple weeks or are we talking months later?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I finished it and thank I will just follow up with a thank you email and a brief explanation for the delay 🙂 It has been about a month or so since I received it. So I do not feel too bad. No time frame was ever promised. But I was thrilled to receive a copy and want to be professional 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Since it is now Thursday, I am assuming you already had those appointments/testing done? If not, good luck! I hope you get some relief soon. As far as the ARC that was sent, I would say not to worry about it. Unless a unreasonable period of time goes by (weeks/months not days) then I don’t think an explanation is due.

    Liked by 1 person

        1. Haha I love it and you! You always know what to say to put a smile on my face 😉 I am not sure I am a bad ass, but let’s go with that ❤ First scan tomorrow and then some audiology testing (again haha). I am a pro at this stuff 😉


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.