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 was a very absentee week for myself here in the blogosphere. I found by Tuesday morning I was not well. Looking back and a call in with the nurse now says it was probably flu or a severe case of bronchitis (maybe both). The nonhusband was away and honestly, I laid in bed too tired to do much of anything aside from feeling sorry for myself. Fever has subsided and I appear to now be on the mend, but I still have a lot of fatigue and chest pain. The doctor will follow-up as needed this week at my appointment. So I may be slow to get back into the swing of it all. Luckily, I have actually had a small amount of pre-scheduled posts (something that rarely happens). So I get to pretend like I am sort of here 😉

With that said, let’s look at how my stealthy hiatus went!

Mini Review


The Lost Children: A Dark Short Story Collection
By Amber Bierce
Pages: 98
Genre: Short Story/Dark Speculative Fiction

Blurb: Get ready to settle in with some unsettling fiction!
The Lost Children is a collection of mostly speculative tales in which, one way or another, someone loses a child.
The ‘lost’ is sometimes literal and sometimes figurative, while the ‘children’ range from toddlers to adults.
This collection features ten stories from flash fiction to short story length (500 – 4000 words), and the stories run the gamut of dark fiction, from fantasy and sci-fi to quiet horror, with a few ‘realistic’ tales. Several have appeared in various magazines, a few under another name.

My Thoughts:

This week I chose  a small collection of short stories all centered around one common theme, missing children. While I would easily classify 3/4 of this collection as horror, there were a few stories that didn’t quite meet the qualifications for myself. So I have opted to label this as dark, speculative fiction.

The recurring theme alone is enough to make this one a difficult read for some. It definitely emits a more foreboding air with a collection of stories spanning from commonly eerie and imaginative tales to those that dive deeper into a more horrific setting.

I applaud the author for choosing to approach the subject of ‘lost’ children in such a brazen manner.  And she has successfully done so in a variety of approaches. This was maybe not an outstanding read, but certainly worth the time it passed if you enjoy tales that favor the dismal or grim side of matters.


Black Hole


The Man Who Fell To Earth


darkmatterDark Matter
By Blake Crouch
Jon Lindstrom (narrator)


Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.

When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”

Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.

And someone is hunting him.

Is the life Jason remembers just some crazed dream? And can he survive long enough to discover the answers he needs?

By Dathan Auerbach


Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel!

How much do you remember about your childhood?

In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you’ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him. If you’ve ever stayed in the woods just a little too long after dark, if you’ve ever had the feeling that someone or something was trying to hurt you, if you remember the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was, then Penpal is a story that you won’t soon forget, despite how you might try.

I do not think it will be necessary to mention each week that I am still currently reading Stephen King’s It. I feel this goes without saying 😉 I did branch out this week by adding the audio-book to the mix. Just in time to find myself in bed and helpless. Good call on that one!


This week on Books, Vertigo and Tea:

  • Goodreads Monday featured The Day of the Triffids.
  • Tuesday’s A Nice Brew & Something New was a wonderful interview with author Dennis Macaraeg.
  • Saturday was the announcement of the Winners of The Bone Angel Series Drawing! Thank you to all who participated & congratulations again to Annie, Claire and Icky!
  • I am also currently working on a new monthly feature that I am pretty jazzed for. However, I am holding off on ‘unveiling’ until I have all details narrowed down. Shall we say “Coming Soon”?

Looking elsewhere for a great discussion or food for thought? Check these out! 

Worthy of noting is the gorgeous new header @ Cover 2 Cover Mom. Check it out if you have not!


I will be spending the majority of this holiday weekend in bed, but hoping each of you are enjoying your own plans and time! Take care and always remember sometimes it is okay (even best) to slow down..waaaayyyy down and forget about taking it all so seriously 😉

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”
-Douglas Adams,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Danielle ❤

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73 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Thank you for reminding me that it is ok to slow down. I’m struggling to slow down in every areas of my life. My health has suffered because of it.
    Anyway, I’m having my eye on Dark Matter. It sounds great. Have a great week and happy reading. 😁

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    1. Thank you! Please do take a step back from time to time. It sounds like you could truly use one. Do not let yourself suffer for it. I know I am guilty of suffering because I am stubborn. You deserve to put the brakes on from time to time 🙂 I hope your weekend was restful!


  2. I’m so sorry to hear you are unwell, you must put your health first though and although we will miss you around here if you need to take a break you absolutely should. We will all be here with welcome back banners raised on your return if that happens. 🎉
    I hope you get some reading and relaxing time this weekend and that you are feeling much better very very soon. 🐣😙

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  3. Ooh, Dark Matter! That one’s been on the list for a long time for me. Hopefully, I can get my hands on it soon. Penpal also seems very interesting. It was also a great read back when I read it (I was a teenager, too! Scary.)
    Have a great reading week 🙂

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  4. Now you’re making me very curious about the coming soon feature! Dark Matter sounds very intriguing and I think maybe I’ll even enjoy that one. I’ll just wait for your review to be sure ;-). I’m glad to see you’re starting to feel better now! It sounds a bit like you caught what I had.

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  5. Stealthy hiatus! I do hope you get well real soon, Danielle! No worries on your blogging productivity. Pretty sure you’re killin’ it @ pretending to be around here! 😛 Most important is for you to take care of yourself and take as much as possible!! By the way, love that quote at the end. Have you read those books? I REALLY want to check them out soon. Found it really coincidental that you put a quote from that book when my mind would be thinking about it here and then in the past couple days! Take careeee!!! 😉

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  6. Aw, sorry to hear you were sick! And Dark Matter- yay! Hope you’re liking it. Hope you feel better and get lots of rest. 🙂

    The Day of the Triffids? I’ll have to check that out, I remember seeing the movie as kid and I’m curious about the book.

    Love that Hitchhiker’s Guide quote!

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      1. Ha ha I hope you find it. Amazon may have it. I remember it scared the crap out of me as a kid, but I caught part of it later as an adult and it was bit more ho- hum. 🙂 Probably worth checking out though if you like the book!

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          1. The only one I know is the 1962 version. I didn’t know there were others! Hmm… the ’62 version might be a little cheesy by todays standards, but as a kid it did kinda freak me. 🙂

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  7. My poor Twin Pea ❤ I'm sending you some sun again and plenty of kisses!
    I find the author of The Lost Children's approach of the word "lost" intriguing. The fact it was not all horror makes me believe I might enjoy it! I'm jealous, I want to read Dark Matter too!!! 😀 I can't wait to know more about this new feature of yours! Yumyum! Thank you for the shout out my Twin Pea!! ❤ Wishing the next week is a quiet and good one ❤

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  8. Aww, I’m sorry you were feeling terrible this past week, Danielle! Good to hear you’re on the mend now though. Definitely never a bad thing to slow down for a bit. 💕 And I am officially curious about this new feature. I will be keeping an eye out. Also, I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Dark Matter! I’ve heard a lot of good things and actually have it on my list for this year. I hope you have a better week this week! 😊

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  9. Oooh! You’re listening to the audiobook of Dark Matter! I am certainly interested to see what you think of that. I hope that it’s wonderful for you. The book fell a bit flat for me personally, but I wonder if I would like it more as an audiobook? Who knows. 🙂

    Also: Who’s got two thumbs and is pumped for your next series? THIS GIRL! The anticipation is killing me…

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  10. I hope you are feeling better by now… did a weekend in bed help?

    Can’t wait to see your thoughts on Dark Matter! It is high on my Sci-Fi TBR! Also interested in what you think of IT! I bet it is even creepier in audiobook form…

    Thank you so much for mentioning my new header!!! So much of my blood, sweat, and tears (and I’m pretty sure a good chunk of my soul) went into my redesign, so I appreciate it so very much!!!

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