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!

The week seems to be flying by of late. My daughter just acquired her first paying job (telling my age again)  and the school year will be wrapping up over the next two months. I am not quite sure if I am ready for Summer. Between my son’s visit with his father, the nonhusband’s traveling and a working teenager, the warmer days usually equate into a mix of rest and solitude. It has its ups and downs.

This past week was very productive not only on the blog, but in real life. I managed to stay semi caught up in the blogosphere and reach all posting goals. I am really starting to enjoy the decision to do away with star ratings as well. I also accomplished two appointments and a week on the new meds while sacrificing minimal hours with work.  Winning!

Mini Review


The Horror at Red Hook
by H.P. Lovecraft
Pages: 45
Genre: Short Story/Horror

Blurb: A shabby recluse is seen around town looking younger and more radiant.

My Thoughts:

This might actually be the end of my time with Lovecraft. I found this short story to be a prime example of xenophobia presented in a fluffy packing. A mundane word fest that was attempting to be something much more than it was. I was unable to move beyond the blatantly racist theme. There was nothing of appreciation or value for myself within this dull story.


love, and you


love, and you by Gretchen Gomez was the huge winner for me this week! I am highly recommending that you visit her @ Chicnerdreads if you enjoy poetry.


By Stephen King


Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

*Skip this trailer if you do not enjoy horror!

I have finally decided to tackle this monstrosity in honor of the remake! Which looks surprisingly amazing! I am also finishing up my recent title and trying to decide which requested title I will tackle next.  I am contemplating adding an audio-book to the mix each week since the fluid still seems to be affecting my eyes. So we will see how it all pans out.


Goodreads Monday featured Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

A Nice Brew & Something New featured Liza Perrat and a giveaway! There is still time to enter for a free eBook from The Bone Angel Series. This is international so make sure to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

Pairing Teas & Reads returned featuring several wonderful blends.

As a side note: I actually DNF‘d two titles this week. The first I will not be mentioning as I feel I did not make enough progress to provide any insightful feedback and will follow-up with the requester per my policy. The second was actually a very popular title, All the Light We Cannot See. I was unable to connect. However, I have actually re-shelved this and plan on revisiting it at a later time. I feel that maybe I am just not in the correct mindset at the moment.

It is shaping up to be a busy week with several reviews and a spotlight in the backlog. Today we rest before the nonhusband leaves for another longer trip. May each of you enter into this next week with hearts full of happiness and kindness.

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
-Mark Twain


Danielle ❤

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62 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

      1. I can read super creepy but can’t deal with seeing anything creepy :-). My week was okayish, I slept a bit better than before. I had a week off before last and that must have helped to put some things out of my mind. I hope it continues :-). I’ve got some great bookmail last week (and even a comment!) so yay on that front! I hope you’ve got a great week coming!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope your week has been well 🙂 Let me know how you feel about ‘love, and you’ please. You can always hop over to Gretchen’s blog and check out more poetry. She is very talented. Happy Sunday 🙂


  1. Heard both good and bad things about All the light we cannot see.

    Several reviews and a spotlight, go you, I’ll never achieve several reviews in a week, maybe if I don’t post any for ages and then post one every day, hhhmm!😂 My reviewing is lapse at the best of times!😂

    It looks really good, do like the old Tim Curry version though, fun fact, in the UK clowns are moaning about the new trailer as it’ll lower there business as it makes them out to be scary!😂

    Goodluck with reading It, it is huge, be interesting to know how long it takes you to finish, isn’t it like 1,200 pages? About the same as The Stand.😀

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    1. Thanks Drew! It is roughly 1200 pages and a side read.. so it will be going slow. But enjoyable as always with King haha. I was surprised with the trailer. I loved Curry as Pennywise, but there seems to be a lot of promise in this and I am a sucker for a good scare! Poor UK clowns haha. They are all creepy though in my opinion 😛

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  2. I started watching the trailer for the new ‘IT’ movie and immediately thought better of it when I heard that opening piano key…I’m home alone and know my nerves will be frazzled if I watch it 😛

    I’m so pleased to hear that you’ve had such a productive week! I hope you’re getting on okay with your new medicine 😀

    I’ve yet to read anything by Lovecraft, but I know what you mean about xenophobia and racism being prevalent in more classical literature. ‘Wuthering Heights’, for example (which I know predates Lovecraft’s work by quite a few years) is a book that I really enjoyed when I was younger. It’s only in later years, though, after doing a bit of reading, that I’ve come to realize that poor Heathcliff is probably an immigrant and the words used to describe him and the way in which other characters react to him are nothing more than outright racism.

    I hope your upcoming week is just as good! 🙂

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    1. Jazz! I loved Wuthering Heights and now you have me reflecting and wondering if a re-read is called for.

      Yeah maybe skip ‘It’ while home alone. I am reading it and the nonhusband just left for work for the week.. so I am now asking myself why I do this haha.

      I was happy to see you continued with 613 today 😉 I am quite enjoying it!

      The new med is so so.. some lame side effects but not detrimental. It is not doing much though so probably be off of it soon anyways 😛

      Have a great week ❤


  3. Ah I can actually understand about not connecting with all the light we cannot see- I thought it was beautifully written, but struggled to connect with it and while I liked it, I didn’t love it. I hope you like it when you get back to it. And I’m definitely avoiding that trailer!! I’m not a horror person 😉

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  4. Congrats to your daughter! I’m happy you had a good week! I feel like I’m getting back in the game lol so this feels great. Clowns are big no no for me but I did watch the trailer the other day and must admit it looks good! So I might watch once the movie is out…on TV i mean so I can watch in the comfort of my home with the lights on lol!!
    Thanks again for the wonderful review of my poetry book. Love ya ❤

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    1. Awe thank you so much. I do not think it is possible for you to be completely out of the game 😉

      I am torn about whether to watch ‘It’ in theater. Probably will and make a fool out of myself haha.

      Thank you for allowing my to review your amazing work. I am better for it. I took so much away. Love ya back ❤

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  5. Didn’t expect a DNF on All the Lights We Cannot See, I have only seen people rave about it. Hopefully your next attempt at it will be a lot more pleasant. Really surprised by the Lovecraft review though. Is it really the end of your adventures in his books? :O But that short, short story sounds quite awful though; can’t blame you for giving up on the guy. Hope you have a wonderful week and IT gives you the right amount of horror for the coming days/months/years–gosh… that length though!

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    1. Thanks Lashaan! I was hoping to explore Lovecraft more but the amount of racism really through me off. It is just hard for me to move past certain things. For now, it is a definite no go.

      Thinking I might be able to connect better with ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ when I am in a different mood. I seem to be enjoying the darker reads at the moment.

      Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  6. Yay for a winning weak! I’m proud of you for achieving it all ❤ I remember my first paying job, it feels like a decade ago!… Wait, it was 😂😂😂😂 I'm not liking this growing up thing at all! Summer is bittersweet sometimes, but we'll make the best of it ❤
    The cover of It is scaring me!!!!!

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  7. I’m so pleased you had a productive week and that you’re doing okay on your new meds. 🙂 I had to skip the IT trailer – I’m still terrified of Clowns from watching the TV series of IT back in the early 90s, I’m not sure I could face the new movie! Eeeek! I hope you enjoy the book – if I recall correctly it’s about the size of a brick, isn’t it? I do love reading a really long book from time to time, it’s nice to stay in the same world for longer. I hope you enjoy reading it. x

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    1. It is roughly 1200 pages give or take. Feels like packing a brick haha. I really should have went eBook, but I collect his work. So now I am stuck juggling this massive book at night bahaha.

      Thank you so much ❤ New med is not doing much one way or other aside from minor side effect. They are pushing me to go for surgical consult so we will see.

      How are things with you currently?

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      1. Wow, that is a big book! It’ll feel like a workout reading that. I know what it’s like when you collect an author’s work though – you have to get all the books.
        I’m sorry that your new med isn’t doing much for you. It’s hard to consider surgery as it’s not a quick fix and not always a cure. I’m always here if you want a chat, don’t forget.
        I’m so-so really – it’s ok days and bad days so I just have to make the most of the times that aren’t so bad. I start a new treatment tomorrow so am hoping that will help a bit. xx

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      1. Brilliant… getting your first job is a big milestone isn’t it! 🙂 in our case, it WAS a huge milestone! my very first job was housekeeping at a hotel… not the greatest times but so many colorful stories! 😀
        Good luck to your daughter and I hope she enjoys! 🙂

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          1. Sounds like everything kind of fell into place so? Workplace within walking distance, and love people and money! Hehehe.. I used to work in a food business and looking back now (after 4 years of office work) they were darned good times… sure, some odd customers as well, but mostly great chats and busy/quick days.

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            1. Busy is key and the interaction! She enjoys both like her mother. I do miss being around people (even the odd, especially the odd 😉 ). Plus what teenager can complain about extra cash on hand haha. But she will be setting up a savings account for sure!

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  8. Mmm… Rasberry Earl does sound good, and paired with To Kill a Mockingbird makes it a big winner with me. The only book my ex moved in with was It, so of course I had to read it right away. I found it more interesting than scary, but it certainly was good. Yay, for a productive week! Here’s to another one. 🙂

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  9. I’m no Lovecraft expert, but I’ve read quite a few now and I have to say that The Horror at Red Hook is the most blatantly white supremacist of them all. There’s one other story – one of the Herbert West stories – which I also thought was abhorrent. Otherwise I can just about tolerate his underlying racism, but it does put me off him, both as a person and as a writer…

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  10. So interesting to do away with star ratings! Does it make it easier to review a book? Some books I find have such a clear star rating and others I can’t reduce to numbers.

    I also love All The Light We Cannot See, but I can definitely understand that the wrong mindset or mood could make it difficult to read. I actually find that with a lot of historical fiction, particularly World War II fiction, I enjoy it more when it’s like…rainy or cold or gross outside. I always find myself in the mood for historical fiction more so in winter than I do during the sunnier and warmer months, like the atmosphere of my surroundings need to match the atmosphere of the book. Hopefully when you decide to read it again, you enjoy it!


  11. Glad to hear you’re loving having ditched the star ratings! And I swear that IT trailer was all over FB when they first released it. I saw it by accident and have since avoided it because clowns give me the creeps big time 😂. Probably the only Stephen King novel I will never read. I love horror just not when mixed with clowns lol. And that sucks about All the Light We Cannot See. I have it on my TBR for this year, I think, and I’m worried about not liking it because I’m not big into historical fiction but with all the great reviews I am definitely curious. I hope you have a fantastic week this week, Danielle!! 💕😊

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    1. Thanks Melissa ❤ I hope your week is going well. I am not sure about All the Light We Cannot See. Very promising reviews floating around, and I happen to enjoy a lot of historical fiction. I have just been in a mood for darker reads lately. Maybe we will both enjoy it at a later time 😉

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  12. Why did I watch that trailer…. ((looks over shoulder)) Looks like I’ll be sleeping with the lights on tonight lol I used to be a horror film junkie when I was a teenager… now I’m just a big wuss lol I would love to tackle a Stephen King horror novel one day. Just not today 🙂

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  13. All the Light We Cannot See can take a little bit of time to get into. But I found it had a really good payoff. The metaphors of seeing beyond sight and being the unseen light in a dark world are just beautiful and so well done. If you pick it back up, I’d love to know what you think about the book!

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