Sunday Sum-Up

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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!

While I am not able to accomplish as much reading still, I was able to manage a few posts this week so I am calling it a success! I also ventured out for the full day yesterday, so another success! I had plans to review Injection (a recently read GN) but headed out to see Beauty and the Beast instead. Wise call. I am recommending it for anyone and everyone, as it was insta-love for myself. The casting, acting and musical score surpassed expectations.

This week I am pulling my short story review from a collection, as I was unable to locate it individually. I will also share my previous posts that include a giveaway that is still up until 3/29/17.


Mini Review

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The Necklace and Other Short Stories
By Guy de Maupassant
Publisher: Xist Classics
Pages: 128 (for entire collection)
Genre: Fiction

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Blurb:

Nine memorable classics, characterized by ironic twists of plot, include “Ball of Fat,” regarded by many as technically one of the finest short stories ever written, “The Necklace,” “A Piece of String,” “Mme. Tellier’s Establishment,” “Mademoiselle Fifi,” “Miss Harriet,” “A Way to Wealth,” “My Uncle Jules” and “The Horla.”

My Thoughts:

Today I am looking solely at The Diamond Necklace for this mini review. This was a very short story that admittedly somewhat dry for my tastes. But it was also an easy read and interesting allegory of a young woman’s struggle with her own social status.

The main character is quite cantankerous and ungracious. However, as most tales with a moral will have it, she is dealt a hard lesson in the end with a somewhat predictable yet satisfying revelation.

The message tucked within is enough to warrant a read of the short story. I have not decided whether I will continue with the collection.


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kings-of-the-wyldKings of the Wyld
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the lot of nobodyThe Lot of a Nobody
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*Remember that The Lot of a Nobody can be snagged for free on Kindle until tomorrow!


new-current-reads

My most recent read actually stems from my Goodreads Monday post this week, and I still continue with The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison.

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Let the Right One In
By John Ajvide Lindqvist

Blurb:

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….


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Goodreads Monday

Thank You for Following Giveaway
^There is still time to enter the giveaway^


Happy Sunday 🙂 Go forth and read my friends!

“Go then, there are other worlds than these.”
― Stephen King, The Gunslinger

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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41 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Beauty and the Beast ❤ ❤ ❤ It's a masterpiece! I always get nervous when I'm about to watch a live-action adaptation, but Beauty and the Beast was spot on in every way! My friend and I are trying to find the time to go watch it again, but our work schedules just aren't matching up. I may have to go on my own 😛

    How are you liking Let The Right One In? Excited to hear your thoughts on it! It's been a few years since I read, but I remember really enjoying it.

    Have a wonderful week ❤

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    1. Beauty and the Beast definitely raises the bar ❤

      I am loving Let the Right One In so far! Slow going but completely sucked in when I can make time. I am looking to pick up the original film so I can possibly do a review comparison. Excited about it 🙂

      Have a great week as well ❤

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  2. I have to get out and see Beauty and the Beast! Baz said he would go with me because none of the Martini Girls wanted to go. I am thrilled you had a good day for movie going. Have you tried the text-to-speech function yet? I was Iistening via TTS while organizing my sock drawer yesterday, and was thinking about you. Have a wonderful week. 💜

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    1. I have not.. I think I will look into it tonight! I haven’t attempted to read or listen too much. Somewhat busy adjusting to the more full time work schedule and appointments. A bit fatigued so I seem to pass out every time I sit down haha. Thank you for the reminder! You are always so good to me ❤

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  3. Yay for your successes!! You’ve convinced me to give Beauty and the Beast a chance 🙂 Now all I have to do is wait for the DVD xD And I owe you my new word of the day ” cantankerous” hahahah
    Have a good week my Twin Pea and Tea Queen ❤

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  4. B&B… I recently watched the Disney version of it.. great stuff… I am reluctant to go to cinema to see this one as I am so unhappy that Gaston is played by Luke Evans… I love Luke Evans and Gaston is a twat! 😀
    Aye, I’ll watch it anyway at some stage tho 🙂

    Yay for outdoors time! I love outdoors so much… now that evenings are getting brighter here and it’s not constantly raining, Itook up walking again after dinner… love it… sheep, birds, babbling rivers and great views! 🙂

    Hope you’re well! ❤

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    1. He was a fabulous Gaston! Seriously each character was so well done that it was hard to fully dislike them because it was all so fun! I think you should give it a go 😉

      We have a ton of exceptionally hard rain this spring. I do not mind. I live for grey skies. We had lightening the other night which was a real treat! I miss the storms we had before moved ❤ Hope you have a great week Liz!

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      1. Mighty, that’s good to hear and yet I had no doubt that Evans was managing his role well! 😊
        oh, Gosh, you should live in Ireland, the rain just never stops! 😂 I do miss thunder and lightning myself though!
        A great week to you, too! 😉

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  5. I’m so glad to hear that you ended up enjoying Beauty and the Beast, Danielle! 😁 It was incredible wasn’t it? I’ve been obsessing over the soundtrack and score all month and am still not over how good it was lol. And Emma was the perfect Belle! I’m going to end up having to go see it again before it’s out of theaters. 🙈 Anyway! I really can’t wait to see your thoughts on Let the Right One In and I hope you have a fantastic week this week. 💕

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    1. I am in love with Beauty and the Beast right now haha. So much fun! I would totally go see it again as well ❤

      I am really enjoying Let the Right One In. It is a nit more graphic with some subjects I did not expect, but brilliant writing 🙂

      Happy Tuesday! ❤

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      1. That’s awesome. 🙂 I’m glad you’re digging it so much. Yeah, it’s definitely a dark book/film. Looking forward to reading your comparison on the two. There’s definitely some differences, but overall I think the film does a good job following the book. 🙂 It’s been a good while though since I’ve read/seen it despite owning it in both forms.

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  6. I love your mini reviews! Do you plan on reading the rest of the short story collection, or just this one? Heck, how do you even pick what short stories to read?! WHY ARE YOU SO FULL OF MAGIC AND MYSTERY! ❤ ❤ ❤

    Also: Beauty and the Beast. So on point. So perfect. I loved it.

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    1. Ok first of all yes to Beauty and the Beast ❤ Perfection!

      As far as the collection of short stories.. I am trying to work my way through it. I am not sure if I will review more from this set. I am finding some appreciation in them, but not fully connecting with the writing. I usually browse short stories in GR or on my Kindle for ideas 😉 Not that mysterious or magical ❤ But hey, I will take it!

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  7. Bah! Somehow I missed that you were hosting a giveaway and I totally missed it. Boo!

    I want to see B&TB so badly! BUT when you have small children and a million things to do, it can be hard to get away to the movies 😦 I was hoping that I could take my 3-year-old, but from the previews I think the beast may be a little too intense for her at this age. I still hope to see it before it leaves the theatres.

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    1. A 3 yr old is hard to determine. I didn’t find anything graphic for sure, but there are a few moments that might not set well with one so young. Like when Beast is upset. I hope you can make time though. I cannot recommend it in theater enough. If we were near each other, I would totally babysit so you could go or take you ❤

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  8. I read that Guy de Maupassant story for a class! Read in French though, and from what I recall, I thought it was a pretty well-written story with a nice quick lesson. Honestly have no clue what Guy de Maupassant’s books in English are like though… Hope your Sunday was awesome!! 😀

    – Lashaan

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    1. I am still working through this collection. His writing is definitely something I appreciate, but also a bit dry at times. I wonder how much of my experience is affected by translation? So far the quick little morals or messages tucked within have been enjoyable.

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