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!

It is that time again! The end of the week and the conclusion of another month. Time seems to be flying. And while I feel like very little has happened here on the blog, I have made some very important leaps in real life. I am tempted to call March a big success. I hope that each of you can say the same.

I will be wrapping up with my usually weekly summary and short story mini review as well as discussing a decision I have made regarding my review process. And as always, I will provide my typically lazy monthly recap 😉

Mini Review

monkey's paw
The Monkey’s Paw
By W.W. Jacobs
First published September 1902
Now part of the Gutenberg Project
Pages: 32
Genre: Short Story/Horror


Writer W. W. Jacobs haunting tale of how a mans cavalier wishes are tragically granted by an exotic but cursed talisman, wreaking havoc on what was previously a content family.

My Thoughts:

The Monkey’s Paw is your standard “be careful of what you wish for” tale, that manages to incorporate enough subtle yet key elements of the supernatural. This is an atmospheric read that manages to provide the reader with a valuable lesson in a small amount of time. Reading through the pages, it was easy to see that more current author’s may have drawn inspiration from this classic tale. This one is impossible to dissect to any real depth without revealing the story in its entirety. I will sum it up as an eerily fun read that delivers that timeless lesson, greed and desire can certainly undo even the best of man.


butterflygardenThe Butterfly Garden

Injection, Volume 1


This week I am still continuing with Let the Right One In. New med and few hurdles have slowed me down, but I am really enjoying this one! I even picked up a copy of the original film this week and look forward to doing a comparison. I also started a new GN:

Black Hole

By Charles Burns


Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…

new-other-happeningsI had the pleasure of being featured on K.L. Kranes wonderful blog!
Goodreads Monday
Drew @TattooedBookGeek Won Recent Giveaway!

I also want to make note that after following the fantastic Lorraine @TheBookReviewCafe and her recent decision to throw out the star ratings that a lot of us use, it began to make so much sense. I have touched with her briefly on how well I enjoy her lack of star ratings and how it has worked out for her. I am deciding to follow suit. I will not be altering previous reviews (therefore you can still reference my old system), but going forward, on the blog there will be no stars. Don’t fret, should you actually want them, they will still be present on Goodreads and Amazon for ranking purposes. But my hope is that you will take enough away from my reviews without the need for stars. I want you to walk away with an opinion influenced only by the insight provided and not numbers or stars 😉

March Lazy Recap!

Books Read: 9

Top Read: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – Review here!

Graphic Novels Read: 3

Top Read: Low, Volume 1 – Review here!

Sadly, I did not accomplish my Pairing Teas & Reads as I had wished. Long story short: I was unable to get out and explore new teas this past month due to my health and the nonhusbands travel. I will make a concerted effort going forward!

Notable Posts on a Very Relevant Topic:

I am currently in the middle of a mental overhaul and hope to go forward with a less stressful and more realistic approach to this blog and the community I love. There has been a lot of talk circulating regarding “blogger guilt” because it is a real problem for many. This has also brought to light another valuable topic, expectations. I do not normally feature other posts as my monthly wrap up, but here are a few of my favorite posts for this past month that I hope you can take something of valuable from if you every find yourself struggling between the guilt and your own standards as I do:

Jaded by Blogging @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Blogger Guilt @ Novel Gossip

Blogger/Follower Expectations @ Cover 2 Cover Mom

May your bookshelf always be full and your cup over flowing!


Danielle ❤

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72 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Glad to see that Kings of the Wyld got your top read for March, such a fun book. 🙂

    Ah, woohoo the giveaway, it was awesome to win, thanks to the karma gods for the luck and thank you to you also for doing the giveaway, winning something was great, especially after my recent feelings of being jaded by blogging.

    Three cool posts there on guilt and expectations, thanks for including mine, Amy’s was a great read though I didn’t comment when I read it as I was in my fed-up with blogging mindset, cover 2 cover mum’s was a great article and I believe I offered my usual sarcasm, she’s supposed to be finding me a bookloving lady! lol 🙂

    Bwahahaha, the monkeys paw, when I read that my first thought was The Simpsons and the monkey paw in that where they make wishes, damn, that’s an old episode! 🙂

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    1. I loved the Simpson’s retelling of The Monkey’s Paw!!! I was so tempted to mention that episode 🙂

      It was nice to see you win. I hope you enjoy. I checked the status today and still updating. This is my first order with them. I will send you the tracking ASAP 😉 Happy Sunday!

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      1. It is a classic episode of The Simpsons, certainly memorable!😀

        Ha, from what I’m aware book depository are quite tardy in their posting books and them arriving, they are also a UK company and they definitely won’t work weekends to update the status, etc, ya know, us in the UK are lazy!😂

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  2. We read The Monkey’s Paw somewhere in school. It’s one of the short stories I really remember, and that ending is still pretty creepy to me.

    I hope the mental overhaul and new meds help you to feel better!

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  3. I’ve played around with the star rating system. I didn’t use to include them at first because it doesn’t translate well what I thought of the book and people often just look at the star rating and make judgements from that (like 2.5 means that you hated when in fact you liked it but thought the story/writing had faults).. But I later changed my mind because I think they’re fun and pretty. Lol! Silly reason but so it is.

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  4. A lovely sum up post, a few people seem to be going the way of ditching stars. Ironically I started not using stars then about a year ago added them after I kept being asked! 😂

    All of those comment posts on guilt/expectations are excellent. A wonderful share on your part.

    I hope your week ahead is fabulous. 🎉

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    1. Thank you Claire. I have noticed too often that others seem to take 3 stars or less as an indication that the book was “bad”. And often that is not necessarily the case. It just had issues that kept me from personally connecting. I figure everyone can still hop over to GR if they really want to see how many stars 😉
      I hope you are managing to enjoy your weekend.. well what is left of it 😉 Have great week my friend ❤

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  5. I love how you’ve mentioned those other blogs because blogger’s guilt is indeed something we should all reassure each other of that it’s not needed. But we all suffer from a little guilt it seems ;-). I seriously didn’t know that it was that common. We all do what we can and we’ll get understanding if we don’t always reply/thank/bloghop is the important message here ;-). Nice sum up, I’m happy to see you’ve had a few good reads this month!

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    1. Thank you so much Inge ❤ I think we can all relate to the pressure at times and the standards we each set for ourselves, because I believe we all have at least a few 😉 It is nice to be reminded we are not alone in that. I did have some very enjoyable reads. I hope you have a fabulous Sunday and week ahead ❤

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  6. Monkey’s Paw was a good one. Glad March was a success for you. I sometimes hate the star system especially when I give 3 or 3.5 stars and someone says, sorry you didn’t like it. I think no stars makes you focus on what the reviewer says.

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    1. I hoping that will be the result. I see a lot of readers who see 3 stars and jump to the conclusion that the book was not very good. I give 3 stars to books I enjoy all of the time based on elements I encounter and execution. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ❤


  7. Ooh, I’ll have to check out The Monkey’s Paw. (Oddly enough, those are words I did not think I would be saying/typing today.) 😛
    Also, I just noticed we have the same name! lol I don’t really meet a lot of other people named Danielle. Most people just call me Dani though for short. 😀

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  8. Ooo I might have to check out ‘The Monkey’s Paw’! I do enjoy a bit of horror thrown into the mix 🙂

    The no stars reviewing system sounds like a great idea! I think we can perhaps get a bit hung up about how many stars we give something. All too often, I’ve found myself fretting about whether to give a book a 2 or a 3. It’s like, a 2 seems too low yet a 3 seems too high! I will be honest too and say that if I see a book has been given a load of one or two stars on Goodreads and Amazon, I tend to automatically move onto something else. Simply expressing one’s thoughts seems like a much more logical method 😛 It doesn’t deter a reader; instead, it allows them to make up their own mind. I look forward to reading your future reviews!

    Have a great week! ❤

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    1. Thanks Jazz! Exactly. I am hoping that it will encourage those who read my reviews to just formulate an opinion (thought) based upon my experience and not be tempted to draw a conclusion based on those stars. I think we all do this from time to time 😉 Have a fantastic week ❤


  9. Let The Right One In has me really curious, I’ve seen part of the American movie version but I’m sure the original (and the book for that matter) are better? And The Black Hole looks really interesting too. I’ve thought in the past it would have been cool to be in high school in the 70’s- I love the music from that time- but then again maybe not. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the posts too! I’m going to go and read those and see what they have to say. And I hope going star- less works for you. I don’t use em either. :):)

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    1. Thanks Greg 🙂 So far so good with Let The Right One In. I have a copy of the original film here as well. Hoping to do a comparison, but we will see. I always plan on them, but never works out haha.

      Black Hole is great so far! If you do not mind what I imagine was common with many teenagers in the 70s (drug use, etc). Graphic. but well written.

      I am looking forward to no stars! Have a wonderful week!


    1. Thank you so much! I am excited to ditch the stars but will still provide them on GR and Amazon where ratings apply for authors. I think I am finally letting go of my “guilt” and realizing how pointless and unnecessary it is 🙂 10 years is quite an accomplishment! I think I am at about 6 months? Have to look. Have a wonderful day and week!


  10. Is it weird that The Monkey’s Paw reminded me of Kim Possible? I swear that show had an episode where it talked about it and that’s where I know it from because it sounds so familiar and I vaguely remember parts of the episode. 😂 Anyway! That’s interesting about ditching the star ratings. I’d never thought about ditching them, myself, but I’m looking forward to seeing how you implementing it works out. I have to admit I usually ignore the star rating when reading a review unless it’s one or two stars because three and above can mean so many different things to each reader. 🙈 I hope you have a fantastic week and month, Danielle!! 💕😊

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    1. Thank you Melissa ❤ I have never watched Kim Possible, but I know the Simpsons did an episode based upon it 😉

      I am very excited about no more stars! It almost feels liberating haha. Hoping your April is packed full of nothing but the best ❤

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  11. Danielle it’s so interesting you posted today about a couple things on my mind…the star ratings and blogger’s guilt! I’ve been tossing around the idea of stopping my star ratings after Annie stopped hers and then Lorraine. Sometimes I feel like if an author or reader sees anything lower than a 4 than they’re not happy or disregard the book when a 3.5 from me means I really really liked it I just had a few issues. I think I agree with you that my reviews can and should speak for themselves…I’m tipping over to the no stars side I believe. Of course for the star diehards we still rate them on Goodreads like you said. Regarding blogger’s guilt…I’ve been officially blogging 6 months and I’m finding myself spending sometimes over 2 hours(daily) reading posts and sharing and commenting. Don’t get me wrong, I love interacting but I feel bad if I don’t do it everyday and I just don’t think I can keep up that pace. My reading is suffering. I’m wondering if a possible solution is to choose a few to share and comment on and rotate as the days go by. Also, I think I’ll give up commenting on other’s blogs who’ve never taken the initiative to comment on my posts. Sorry for this rant in your comment section you just brought up such good topics today:) While I have you here, please don’t feel like you have to thank me individually for sharing your posts…I think we’ve gotten to know each other well enough that I know you appreciate my shares and I sure do as well so twitter likes are perfect:) I do wish for you more good days in the weeks and hope your med changes help.

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    1. Renee! You are so the best ❤ We are totally getting it and each other here. The easiest response at this point is that I agree with you 110%. I easily sink 2 – 3 hours a day trying to interact. And I know I do not have to thank you, but it is my small interaction with you 🙂 So I enjoy it.

      As far as meds and all.. a total work in progress haha. Up days and down days. I am just here for the ride.

      Liberate yourself and drop the stars bahaha! Wow talk about a rant.. this was the messiest response. My mind was jumping everywhere. Hugs ❤

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I agree about the Monkey’s Paw. It is still terrifying. And the guilt is something we all need to just let go of. We give what we can and no one should expect more. The funniest thing is, in this community does.. but we put too high of an expectation on ourselves. I know I do. I hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

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  12. There was a simpsons mini episode that dealt with a monkey paw that gave out wishes that didn’t quite go the way they planned. Seeing the publishing date I have to assume I now know where they got the idea.

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  13. Went back and read your Kings of the Wyld review again 🙂 So good… so-so-so good 🙂

    No star ratings? I think for a blog that’s a good idea… I always feel awkward putting a star rating on a review in the blog. It just feels so insignificant.. and while unlike Amazon, Goodreads doesn’t really require a star rating, it’s important to give a rating for authors’ sake… indies, etc… I like that you’ve made this decision and I look forward to playing the game under those reviews to guess what star rating it has based on your thoughts 😀 hahaha

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  14. Ooh, you’re clearly a much braver woman than me! The Monkey’s Paw scared the living bejabers out of me!! Yep, I find it necessary to take frequent breaks from blogging or it begins to feel like work. I don’t think many people notcie when I’m gone… 😉

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  15. I adore your lazy review of March. Whatever works for you! 🙂 Don’t worry about the Pairings and Tea post. It just makes us want MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! 😉 Mwahaha! Where do you get your tea? I can’t always find the same brands as you, but I can find similar varieties…

    I love your shout out to people talking about expectations. I think of it as Work/Life Balance. In this case, blog expectation balance. I fully support what everyone is saying here. You need to always do whatever makes you happiest. Because this should be your happy place. 🙂 Own it.

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    1. Thank you always Jackie ❤ As far as tea.. well everywhere haha. I order some online, we have multiple shops here in Portland and am gifted from family and friends at times 😉 My latest obsession is Taro Boba. I love bubble tea. Have you ever tried?

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  16. I had to read the The Monkey’s Paw in junior high. There is a really nice older film version, but I would have to look to see which one I watched. Black Hole sounds brilliant, I will have to look for it. 📚

    I don’t stress about blog reviews. I don’t think I ever have. I was having a convo with one of my old blogging buddies about it and I think it comes from falling into blogging and not making an active decision to start a book blog. My take is anything I do whether it is mentioning a book on several different memes, or giving a short insta-review on Goodreads that I copy and paste to Amazon, is enough. If I do anything else its just extra icing. We don’t get paid. The only time I do feel a twinge is when fave authors like Jo Kipling send me personalized copies from the UK (postage), or fave authors I have gotten to know send me collectors flip ARCs, or their personal author copies. You take in books for consideration, you are not (or shouldn’t be) promising anything. If you are stressing out you need to close down the blog intake and use Netgalley and/or Edelweiss as a buffer between you and the authors. 😘

    I hope you have been having a wonderful week. 🌞

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    1. Thank ❤ I make no promises and am actually closed for review requests so I think I have it covered at the moment. I think the majority of the guilt I have gone through stems more from the standards I place on myself and not fulling coming to terms with my illness at this point. I try to say I have, but inside I still struggle with not being able to give and do like I used to. It has affected me with more than the blog. But learning. I am slowly adapting a more relaxed and realistic approach such as yours 😉


  17. Thank you so much for featuring my post! Not sure it deserves the honor next to two bloggers I highly respect, but I ain’t complaining 😉

    I’m sorry to see that you weren’t able to explore new teas this month due to your health, but I hope you will get the chance this month 🤞🏻 It’s one of my favorite features ❤

    9 books + 3 GN’s? I know you typically get to read & review more, but damn I’m impressed how productive you still are when you are dealing with so much! You are one bad ass book blogger my friend 😘

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    1. Haha you always make me smile! I may have even said that to you before? But still true so thank you Amanda ❤ I have been slowing down with the blog a bit to make time for appointments, etc and finding I have more time to read. Letting good of the need to do the same routine every single day. It is hard haha. You too, are also a bad ass book blogger who deserves to be featured often! I took so much from your post. You helped me reassess myself and what were my good standards versus unrealistic expectations. Thank you ❤


  18. “I am tempted to call Match a big success.” I swear I thought you were talking about some kind of dating app. I was really lost for a second. I had to use all my inner Sherlock deduction skill to realize you meant March!!! LOOL 😀 Really glad to see that you’re reading Black Hole! It’s a classic and I’m really curious to hear what you think about it! I also LOVE that you decided to take out the star rating from your blog reviews. Myself, I put them as far, far, far down in the review so that it doesn’t catch people’s attention too quickly! The only reason I don’t take them out is because people will still find my review on Goodreads for example and see what my star rating is. I just hope from the bottom of my heart that people draw their opinion based on what I got to say about a book and not the stars I give it! 😀 Hope your health issues go away quickly and that you get to read/do everything you want in April, Danielle!! Take care!!! 😀

    – Lashaan

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    1. Oh my goodness haha!!! Now you have me jumping to correct typos! My sister used to be my editor lol. She hasn’t been reading or at least correcting of late. I will have to yell at her now 😉

      I feel good about removing the stars. I will continue on GR and Amazon of course for sake of author rankings, etc. I know it is important. I figure if someone visits and must have the stars they can hop over to GR and take a look 😉
      Thank you always for the kind words and support 😉 Are you looking for an editing or proof reading job!?

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  19. Wonderful lax week, sometimes we need that especially when it comes to our health. Black Hole has captured my innnnnerest! adding to my never ending TBR. I’m actually squatting in your blog at the moment catching up on your posts while at work (it’s a slow day for a change lol). Def reading you Red Sister review, my husband started Kings of the Wyld 2 nights ago & I’ve officially lost him to his Kindle app haha! makes me all the more excited to get to it. Ditching the star rating actually sounds like a good idea…contemplates lol. &&& YESSSS to all of 3 of the post you’ve spotlighted! I loved all 3 & found myself relating to all 3 😉

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