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!

I am a little late with my Sunday post today, but happy to have some actual reviews to share from this past week. Things are slowly picking back up as I learn to find a new, healthy balance with everything. I think between health and the new fuller hours with work, I am still learning to accept that I cannot devote as much time to hobbies (aka reading and the blog) as I once could. I have moved past any guilt, but honestly just miss being more involved. If only we could get paid to blog! Life would be complete..


Mini Review

true crime

True Crime Stories: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases 
By Jack Rosewood
Kindle ASIN: B01GIJT1M4
Pages: 113
Genre: True Crime

Blurb: The world can be a very strange place in general and when you open the pages of this true crime anthology you will quickly learn that the criminal world specifically can be as bizarre as it is dangerous. In the following book, you will be captivated by mysterious missing person cases that defy all logic and a couple cases of murderous mistaken identity. Follow along as detectives conduct criminal investigations in order to solve cases that were once believed to be unsolvable. Every one of the crime cases chronicled in the pages of this book are as strange and disturbing as the next.

The twelve true crime stories in this book will keep you riveted as you turn the pages, but they will probably also leave you with more questions than answers. For instance, you will be left pondering how two brothers from the same family could disappear with no trace in similar circumstances over ten years apart. You will also wonder how two women with the same first and last names, but with no personal connections, could be murdered within the same week in the same city. The examination of a number of true crime murder cases that went cold, but were later solved through scientific advances, will also keep you intrigued and reading.

Open the pages of this book, if you dare, to read some of the most bizarre cases of disappearances, mistaken identity, and true murder. Some of the cases will disturb and anger you, but make no mistake, you will want to keep reading!

My Thoughts: 

This is a quick read that is also available with audio narration. I picked it up due to my recently growing obsession with true crime. Seriously.. I cannot stop. This is an anthology of somewhat interesting murder cases that the reader might not have heard of otherwise. While I appreciated that aspect and found two particular crimes to be of  interest, I have to admit that there was little that stood out here.

Each crime is presented more as a synopsis, lacking in a lot of desired information. There were several cases that seemed to have been solved relatively easy as well. There was no true luring air of mystery and some of the crimes felt like an odd fit within the collection. Overall, it was a somewhat lackluster and unsatisfying read that will not bode well if you appreciate strong details.


Dark Matter


Let the Right One In


Lost Boy
By Brent W. Jeffs & Maia Szalavitz


In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet’s compound—and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group’s pious public image—women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips—lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become “lost boys” when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion.

Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield—the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs.

Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.

The Woman in Black
By Susan Hill


Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.


This week on Books, Vertigo and Tea:

  • Goodreads Monday featured Sister Sable.
  •  I am still working on my new feature that I have yet to actually post. There are a few kinks that need ironing out before I introduce it. Nothing huge but fun I think.
  • I have several upcoming guest posts over the next few weeks with a few giveaways.
  • I have a buddy read planned soon with Debby at Always Booking!


I am wrapping up the week on a quite note and planning to slow down a bit on social media from time to time in order to allow myself more time to actually read. I have stopped accepting requests again. My personal shelves are begging for my attention. And that is where I plan to direct it. It seems that many of us are beginning to feel that social media can really sap our time. So I am taking note from several bloggers and turning off at least a day or two each week! Thank you Lorraine at The Book Review Cafe for a little inspiration in this area.

Remember to enjoy each day and be happy friends!

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
-Audrey Hepburn


Danielle ❤

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63 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. The True Crime Stories book sounds whoa.. some of the cases in the blurb are unreal! And… and… the Lost Boy… [insert expletives]… this book would major enrage me, sadden me, and depress me I think. I know these accunts need to be read, but you gotta be tough as nails to survive them…

    High fives on taking the decisoon to step back from social media… I was just saying to our Monkey blogger 🙂 (Orangutan Librarian, that is) that SM is like a vicious circle… and once it hooks you, you kind of want to get out… disconnect from tech and connect with life instead! 🙂 Or books, in our case… connect with books XD

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    1. Haha Monkey Blogger 😂😘 I will never be able to give it up (social media that is) but I am certainly making a point of turning off for a day or two each week. It is all consuming.. like a real life body snatcher.. err something aling those lines.

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  2. Lmao if we could get paid to blog, read and game then that would be minted!

    Cool, reading books that are already on your TBR list or more importantly books that you want to read is best, I get why bloggers always accept review requests, maybe if I read quicker and could read more I’d accept requests but I don’t as reading should be fun and sometimes you just want to read what you want. No harm in saying no and I guess if you say no and the author takes offence then it shows what they are like……maybe that’s an idea as I still get review requests even after months, you pay me, I’ll consider reading your book, yeah I’m evil.lmao

    Yeah, switching off from social media is good, it takes up reading and time spent doing other things, we all need a break at times, it’s a way of life.

    How are you finding The Women in Black? Will it just be a book review or will it be like Let The Right/Left (can’t remember which, brain playing up) One In and be a film and book review? I enjoyed both. 😀

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    1. I am enjoying The Woman in Black quite a bit.. but struggling to make headway. Just a lot of distractions this weekend 😉 no comparison as I have amready seen the film and I am not sure I am in the mood for a repeat. But you never know. I could change my mind. 😂 I do that a lot.

      My personal TBR had been neglected forever! So it is super nice to tackle it and books at my own pace 😊

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  3. Glad to see that you’re doing better! I hope your health continues to improve, and I can’t blame you for wanting to get away from social media. I have pretty much withdrawn from Facebook, and have so much more time these days. And I’m calmer in general, since I don’t have the Facebook collective shouting in my ear so much.

    I’m looking forward to your new feature, whatever it is! Have a great week!

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    1. Social media is all consuming and seems to leave time for nothing else. So following suit with several wiser bloggers, I think a day or two of being unplugged each week is healthy 🙂

      I am feeling much better! Have a fantastic week Kim!

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      1. Not being on Facebook so much has definitely helped me relax, but I just can’t give up my photo apps! Fortunately, Instagram doesn’t take up as much time as Facebook.

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  4. Balancing life and health is never an easy thing. Blogging keeps me sane but also drives me crazy I have learned in my almost 6 years that it’s ok to not comment back once in a while, or do a discussion post instead of a review every day. I try to limit my time on social media each day otherwise it gets in the way of reading, grands and family. Have a splendid week!

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  5. I agree- we should be paid to blog! It would solve so many problems right? :):)

    And I think personal shelves are important. ARC’s are awesome but I know for me I have to like what I’m reading, I’m a total mood reader, so yeah. Good for you for taking a break too when you need to, it’s so easy to burn out.

    The Lost Boy looks really interesting!

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    1. There are definitely several documentaries centered around this family. The last I saw was on a show titled “Evil Lives Here”. I will have to check Netflix. So far it is very interesting. It going into the history of LDS at the moment. Have a great week ahead ☺

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  6. Wow, both books you’re currently reading sound very interesting. The Woman in Black is one I’ve been wanting to read since I first watched the movie in theaters, but now I want to read Lost Boys, too. Looking forward to reading you thoughts on them once you’ve finished reading them.

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    1. I am hoping I can have reviews up sooner than later. But it is taking me forever to read. The books are good, but my mind seems to be easily distracted lately. Hopefully it isn’t a funk coming on. I hope you have a wonderful week ☺

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      1. Thanks, I hope you have a great week too! 😀 I know what you mean about reading funks. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how good the book is, it’s hard to focus like that for sure. Hopefully if it is a reading funk it’s a short lived one!

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  7. I’m glad you’re starting to find more balance between your health and work, I hope that continues for you. I wish we could get paid for blogging, wouldn’t that be amazing? I’m now trying to give myself time limits for social media and for reading and sharing blog posts and that helps a bit. Take care xxx

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      1. Once I got into the habit I’ve managed it quite well but it was hard at first. What I do now is sit down with a coffee and I allow myself to read blogs while I drink it (20 mins or so) and then I have to stop. So it’s not just timing myself and feels like more of a treat, if that makes sense. Some days I focus on reading and sharing posts and then other days I focus more on replying to comments so that over a week I’ve done a bit of everything and hopefully haven’t missed anyone out. I’m ok, thanks. How are you? xx

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  8. I’m always envious of the people who do earn money from blogging and vlogging 😦 Ah, perhaps one day! 😉
    I’m so pleased to hear that things are getting better. Balance is so very important and it’s incredible how crappy you can end up feeling the moment things get slightly out of sync. Keeping my fingers crossed that things continue on the up for you ❤

    Hope you're enjoying 'The Woman in Black'. I read it a few years back and really, really enjoyed it. 'Lost Boy' looks like an intriguing read too. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on both. Hope you have a lovely week ❤

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    1. Thanks Jazz ❤ I have definitely been out of sync this past month, so some balance will be welcomed! I am enjoying The Woman in Black a ton. I just seem to be struggling to focus. So what should be a one day read is turning into several! Have a beautiful week ☺

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  9. I am so dreading this! If I pass the tests and start the degree (any of the two xD) I will have so little time to blog. I know myself, I’ll devote all I have into my studies, but I do hope I’ll spare a few hours for my favorite hobby, and rest assured, I’ll always have time for you ❤
    I try to stay away from social media but as it's my only way to get social interactions at the moment as I don't see people, I just can't 🙂 I hope you find more time to read! Love you my Twin Pea ❤

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    1. I so understand! We are in the same both with social interaction and social media. Since I have lost my ability to drive and work from home, I rely on it a ton! I am thank ful that you will focus on what is most important ❤ We (especially me Twin Pea) will always be here awaiting your return 😉 I know if is about to become wonderfully busy for you!


    1. I think I usually manage to pull aways some and unplug an Saturdays, but another day in the week could be super healthy for me and allow me to catch up on actual reading. It is funny that we start a book review blog and then can easily find ourselves spending more time connecting and following up than actually reading 😉 Have a fab week ❤

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  10. I’m so with you on wishing we could get paid to blog. If only! Then I would have so much more time to devote to blogging and wouldn’t have to stress about my current job. 🙈 Glad to hear things are slowing down and getting a bit better for you, Danielle! And I so didn’t know that The Woman in Black was a book. I LOVE that movie! That’s another one I’m going to have to add to my ever growing TBR. I’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for your review for it. Also, taking a day or two off of social media a week is the best thing. That’s what I do and it really does help with getting more reading done. Plus, for me, it keeps blogger burnout away lol. I hope you have a great week and a fantastic May!! 💕😊

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  11. Glad to hear that you are slowly finding the right balance between blogging, work, life (you know.. reading, not the kids or anything 😀 😀 ). So happy to hear your sudden interest in true crime. Such a rare genre out here! Pretty curious to hear your thoughts on The Woman in Black! Adding it to my TBR with the high-likelihood of taking it out if you end up disliking it. 😛 Have a wonderful week, Danielle! 😉

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    1. Thanks Lashaan! I just finished The Woman in Black. I hope to have a review up soon 😉 I am a bit backlogged on them and now in this silly brace so typing stinks haha. And yes life balance = books. There is no balance with kids bahaha.

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  12. Yeah, you came back from your unplanned hiatus absolutely on FIRE! You definitely have done some awesome stuff this week on your blog. That said, keep working to find the right balance. This is about making you happy, after all. Your blog should never be a point of undue stress.

    I can’t wait to see what your new feature is! Take your time, make it right. But I’m super psyched. 😀

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  13. Glad things are going better. It is very sad when we have to put our hobbies to the side but hopefully you’ll be able to have time to do what you love. Sometimes I go without posting for a while and I hate it but that is the awful reality of life. To be paid to blog and read would be the dream though! ❤

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  14. For now I stay at home with my kids, but when I do have to go back to work I’m sure things will dramatically slow down on the blogging and reading fronts. I’m sure I’ll feel some guilt over this, but I’m trying to cherish the years I have until then 🙂

    Lost Boys sounds fascinating! I will be looking forward to seeing what you think. There is something so alluring (and disturbing) about cult cultures…

    Excited to see what this new feature is that you’ve been working on!

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    1. Thank you Amanda 🙂 Lost boy is an interesting read so far. And I agree about cult cultures. I have always been drawn to them as far as trying to get a glance at how the human psych works among members.

      Enjoy this time! They grow too fast 🙂

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