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!

Good Morning/afternoon (or maybe even evening)! It has been another long, but productive week in and out of the blogosphere for me. Work is picking up, which is fantastic! But it also means it is more important than ever to squeeze in those breaks and down time so that I can keep a healthy momentum. Which is what I will continue to do on a weekly basis. I will sometimes miss posts or sharing. It is not personal. I follow a lot of wonderful bloggers. So many, that I cannot possibly catch up on every post missed during a two-day span. So if you feel I have missed something that you would like for me to share or read, feel free to send me an email so that I can make sure to reach for it in the middle of pile 😉

A Minor Change:

I am setting my comments to require moderation. It was a not an easy decision, as I know it will slow down my response times. However, after deleting a few comments this past week, I have realized that this is the best solution at this time. Unfortunately, not everyone who visits the site shares the common respect we hold for one another and authors. So while, I know that this will create a little more work on my end, I feel that is it worth it to prevent any unnecessary negativity. I want to continue to promote a positive and inviting atmosphere for everyone.  I appreciate the patience while I sort it all out 🙂


Mini Review

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The Salt Man
By Matt West
Kindle ASIN: B0722MBLZT
Pages: 31
Genre: Horror

 

Blurb: Four short stories. One will scare you, one will make you cry, one will make you blue, and another make you hope to never die.

My Thoughts: 

This is a small collection of somewhat frightening tales all composed by the same author. While only two of the four stories managed to actually scratch my horror itch, I found appreciation for the fluid writing style and consistency throughout. I think this is why I sometimes fare better with anthologies written by a single author.

Each story is very brief, but not without a message of caution tucked within. An enjoyable read if you are looking for something darker to pass a few minutes. My favorite of the four tales would be First In, Last Out. There is not much else that can really be said without spoiling the collection.


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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
By Laini Taylor

Blurb:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

This is actually a buddy read with Debby @ Always Booking! I am excited to share our thoughts when we complete this hefty little gem!


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I have a few households errands to accomplish today so I will wrap up for now. I would love to hear about your week! Share your current reads and plans for this upcoming week below and let’s catch up and chat 🙂  As always, take care and be well and above all else be you!

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
-Jon Stewart

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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110 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Eurgh, household errands or chores, shudders, once you’ve finished your chores then you can play!😂

    Double Eurgh, moderation, sigh, next you will be banning sarcasm, profanity and innuendo!🤔😞😂 Oh well, your blog is a positive and happy place and mine is a house of ill repute and debauchery, I mean some of the comments, sigh!😂

    Definitely can’t be faulted for taking a step back at times during the week, it’s something that we all need to do on occasion.

    I hope you and Debby enjoy Strange the Dream, I actually thought that the book was called Stranger the Dream!😂 It was only reading Trang’s review earlier that the actual name registered!😂

    I’m reading The Truants, sadly a book that isn’t for me, guess I found one of my triggers in it, put it on the back burner while I decide whether or not to finish. So, I’m currently reading Tyrant’s Throne (The Greatcoats #4) I know it’s a series Debby likes, hi Debby!😉

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    1. Ah yes! Debby has sent me the first of The Greatcoats 😉 I am looking forward to it! Too bad about The Truants, but I totally get it. Best to just move on.

      You are killing me “ill repute and debauchery” I giggled. I enjoy the contrast. I think it is very welcoming to see the differences in everyone 🙂 We all love your sarcastic little blog!

      And yes to breaks! Or I burn out between my own RL struggles and all. It is easy to overwhelm and find my tolerance dropping if I do not check myself.

      Enjoy your debauchery my friend 🙂

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      1. ‘sarcastic little blog’ sigh, ‘little’ the one word that strikes fear into males everywhere when they use ‘little’ in a sentence!😂

        The Greatcoats is awesome, the first one is a quality read but it’s a case of the author really does improve with each book, you are in for a treat when you start and the banter between Falcio, Kest and Brasti is outstanding, you’ll love Brasti!😀👌

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  2. I loved the books you chose to read this week and the reviews you did for them! Strange The Dreamer seems a very original one too.. that cover captures everyone’s attention I think! I had a great weekend with lots of fun stuff! My last two reads (Dead Letters and Little Bones tomorrow) were two good debuts.. I took a chance and I got a good deal so I’m happy! I wish you a happy reading week and I’m really curious what your thoughts will be about Strange The Dreamer !

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the weekend! I am very curious about Dead Letters to be honest. It sounds fun 🙂

      I am struggling with Strange at the moment. It is very rich and I have been more into True Crime and Thrillers. I hope I can start to appreciate it soon. Just such a mood reader.

      Have a lovely week Inge ❤

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  3. Oh, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Strange the Dreamer. I adore the writing in that book. I don’t blame you for setting your comments to require moderation. I don’t like having negativity on my blog, so I do the same. I’m totally fine with people disagreeing with my opinions and respectfully offering their own, but the ones that are rude or hateful, I just mark as spam and move along.

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    1. You are so right! Opinions and discussion are fantastic But when those negative remarks start to seep in it is time to take some control. I am one of those people that can really take things to heart and personally, so it is important to I remove all of the “bleh” when I can.

      I have a feeling Strange is going to take me a while. Much larger than anticipated haha and I am not currently in a fantasy mood. So I am giving it a day or two to see if I should come back to it when I can appreciate it at the fullest 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!

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      1. You have too! I honestly don’t know how authors deal with all of it. I think that would just tear me down inside. Strange is a BIG book. We chose it for our book club meeting, and I think only 4 of us had actually finished before we met up. Hope you are able to get into it soon though. I’ll definitely watch for your review. 🙂

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  4. I’ve ended up setting up moderation for my comments as well. I got tired of the unnecessary negativity, especially from non-Wordpress commenters. People don’t need to agree, but don’t be insulting because someone has a different opinion as you.

    I keep going back and forth on reading Strange the Dreamer, so I’ll be sure to check out your discussion of it when it goes up!

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    1. I am struggling with Strange the Dreamer a bit. I think I am not in a “fantasy” mood at the moment. I am a huge mood reader haha. I may end up coming back to it. Not sure.

      There are definitely some who seem unable to express opposing opinions or views in a respectful manner, so moderate it is. I guess you will always have that to an extent.

      I hope you have a great week ahead Hilary!

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    1. Respect is soooo key! I can never understand why it is so difficult for some. I am always in the mindset of how others will be affected before I speak or share ❤ I am waiting to see if Strange is going to workout at the moment. I am on such a True Crime and Thriller/Mystery kick haha. Have fantastic week 🙂

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    1. Thank you James! I enjoy our chats very much as well.

      You are so correct. I am noticing some seem to find rudeness or inappropriateness as “cute” or “funny”. I do not. So I think this will help allow me to filter out the negative 🙂 It seems easy enough to manage. And I think it will save me some stress!

      Have a fantastic week friend 🙂

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  5. Aww sorry to hear you had to moderate some comments but it’s your space and you have every right to do so! I think it’s awesome you want to keep your site positive. Hope you’re having a great weekend…

    Sister sister looks a tad creepy? 🙂

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    1. Sister Sister was very creepy in that “this could really happen” sense. I think moderating will actually help relieve some stress. I hate being on my phone and seeing a comment and scrambling to the laptop to remove hoping it is noticed haha. You would not even believe!

      I wish I could comment on your blog, but it still refuses to accept me haha. I thought maybe from my new chromebook but nooooo.. I am still banned haha. Have a fab week Greg!

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      1. That is so weird! I’m sorry, it just makes me feel very unfriendly and I don’t want that! Stupid blogger… I wish I knew what the problem was. :(:( I’ll keep putzing around with settings and see if I can figure it out. It’s probably something really simple but I’ve got it set to accept comments from anyone… I think?

        Anyway I appreciate you still coming by! And I hope your week is super. 🙂

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        1. It isn’t you 🙂 I have the same problem a ton of blogger sites. It will not accept my info no matter which way I choose to enter it. I have tried switching from WP to Google, etc, It doesn’t like me haha.

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  6. I’m glad you’ve had a productive week. I hope you keep managing to balance your health with everything else, I know it’s tough to do. It took me a long time to realise that scheduling down time into my day was just as important as making sure all my tasks got done but once it clicked life became less of a battle. I hope the week ahead is a good one for you. 🙂 x

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    1. I hope I can pick up more time to actually read it this week. It is a bit larger than I expected and off to a slow start for me (my mood reading habits). The writing is lovely though. I hope you enjoy it when you dive in. Have a beautiful week ahead 🙂

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      1. We have our blog set up so you need approval the first time you comment so it’s sort of a compromise. We have fewer random people stumbling across our blog and writing rude comments this way but also don’t need to constantly monitor comments from our regular followers.

        I hope you have a good week, too!

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    1. Wow! I haven’t had much solicitation although I have found some in my spam. That is a bummer. I think I probably should have always been moderating though. I could have avoided some really bad remarks that slipped through. Lesson learned! At least it is an easy fix I suppose 🙂 I hope you have a fabulous week!

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  7. I really enjoy your reviews of short stories, Danielle. I have time for those during work times and save the longer books for holiday times. I was interested to read that you have also had issues with unpleasant comments. A few other bloggers had posted about this same issue so there are obviously a few people making the rounds in this regard. My comments are moderated for the first few visits from a new blogger and after that they are no longer moderated. I don’t know why, it must be a setting, it was like that when I started.

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    1. It is a setting 🙂 I noticed the option when I first setup the moderation. However, I opted to just continually moderate. I had a regular follower choose to leave a nasty comment about indie authors on a spotlight once, I was mortified. So you just never know sometimes. But it is fixed now 🙂 I am glad you have not had to continuing moderating every single comment.

      Short stories and novellas are great! Nice to squeeze a read in when time allows so little. I also find that they help keep me out of slumps.

      Have a beautiful week Robbie!

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  8. I look forward to your thoughts on Strange the Dreamer. I am so sorry you’ve had to resort to moderation. I have occasionally needed to delete or edit a comment. Mostly for spoilers and one or two that were beyond rude. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I was shocked with a few comments that occurred during the last few months. And since they sat for a while before I saw them (busy busy) one resulted in me emailing and apologizing to an indie author who was kind enough to share a guest post. So this is a much better solution for now. I hope things are looking up and all is well 🙂

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  9. Ah burning out, there are two words I recognise well! Do look after yourself! It’s impossible to keep on top of everybody’s blogs, plus your own unless all you do is read blogs!

    Looking forward to seeing what you think of Strange the Dreamer. It really hit so many good spots for me.

    Have a great week. 💜

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    1. I am struggling with it. Not because of writing or story, but maybe now is not the best time for a fantasy read? I have been on this true crime and thriller kick haha. If I cannot find more appreciation for it over the next few days, I may come back to it. I remember how stellar you review was ❤ You also make sure to have a lovely week!

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      1. I struggle with fantasy when I am not well. I need to be quite on form to read fantasy novels. I think they take a lot out of us emotionally and intellectually so we have to be well to handle that.

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  10. You’ll hear all about my week in the email I’m gonna write you today 😀 It’s been too long!
    I put the comments in moderation from the start on my blog because I remember having issues with an older blog. It does make the whole replying thing a little longer but at least you have the handle on what’s on your blog! Though I feel these days we are all very busy and comments are becoming rarer…Might be just me!
    I’m so happy you had a productive week, you are a superwoman! xxxx

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    1. You are super super woman! Yes, I should have taken note from you and moderated from the start 🙂 It does seem that things (including comments) have slowed down, but I think it is normal this time of year. You are so right 🙂 We are all busy. Looking forward to that email ❤

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  11. Hope you had a good Sunday! I spent my day doing crosswords… time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂
    Aye… I can understand the need to moderate comments… I’ve had quite a few cringey ones myself and it’s a crap feeling to have… Sorry there has been such comments that cause you stress and I hope I haven’t been the cause of some of those…

    Strange the Dreamer… initially I was pretty excited for the book… all the promo around it, lovely cover, etc… I saw it in the bookshop last week and was thinking of buying it, but damn it was heavy and again- too many pages to currently commit to 😄 Gosh, I sound lazy! But I am looking forward to your thoughts on the book… sorry it’s going slow for now.

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    1. Haha crosswords! You are a wildcat 😛 No wonder I adore you so! And no, you could never be a source of my stress.. ever!
      I am really trying with Strange Liz. The writing seems beautiful enough, but between the size and my current (maybe unhealthy) true crime and thriller obsession, I cannot seem to get into it just yet. Maybe I am lazy also bahah.

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      1. I know right? Totally wild, so I am, sitting at home on my weekends, doing freaking crosswords.. how rock ‘n roll 😄 hahaha.. I messed one up, it’s a numeric one where you have to enter digits of various lengths into the crossword and I messed it up soooo bad 😀 so I had to rewrite the whole thing on a separate piece of paper because I just wanted to solve it 😀 and there my hours went… sigh…
        Oh, phew… well, if I ever do say anything inappropriate, don’t hesitate to virtually headslap me! 😉

        Aye… it can be difficult to swtich from the fast paced, heart ppundding crime/thriller scene to dreamy fantasy… I hope StD won’t cause a reading slump! 🙂

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        1. I will put it to the side and come back if that is the case 😉 Not fair to myself or the book if I force it at the wrong time.

          We should have a competition to see who is more exciting bahaha! I deep cleaned my bedroom and dusted all of the baseboards and bookshelves. Rock on!

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  12. I’m going to be honest and say you have me worried now. I tend to leave ‘funny’ comments on occasion, but would hate to think that you may have found any of them inappropriate, negative, rude or offensive. If you have, please let me know. Meantime, to be safe, I won’t comment any more. Best wishes.

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      1. Phew! That’s a relief! 😀 I’m sorry you’ve been getting negative comments though – I’ve only had a couple of people over the years who bothered me, but fortunately they went away quite quickly.

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        1. Sadly the majority of the problems I have encountered are readers feeling the need to attack indie authors during my spotlights 😦 But at least there is a solution. I could probably end lot of it by calling people out, but I do not like to put others on blast.

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  13. I moderate all my comments too. It’s a shame when we have to resort to it but, like you say, not everyone who visits our blogs has the common respect we all hold for one another 😦 I made the decision after one guy kept leaving nasty comments not only in response to me, but to other people commenting on my posts too. I argued back the first few times but he just got progressively nastier and when we’re all here simply to have fun, why should we have to deal with behavior like that? Life’s too short to put up with such idiots.

    I hope you enjoy Laini Taylor’s new book! Having read and enjoyed her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, it’s something I definitely want to read! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it 🙂

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      1. I did look into it, but there doesn’t seem to be a way you can block them completely :/ I marked his comment as spam one time and since then, if he ever comments it automatically goes to my spam folder!

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  14. UGH! I am so sorry that you’ve had trolls running amok on your blog and making work harder for you. That said, I couldn’t be prouder that you’re choosing to fight back. Keep up the great work, Danielle!

    I love that you’re sticking with your short story review. Keep it up! While I don’t love horror, I do love these mini-reviews. 😀 Keep up all your great work, actually. I adore you and your blog.

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    1. Awww stop making me blush again ❤ I love reviewing the short stories, but it is honestly getting harder to find them. I need an new plan of action soon! Or maybe I will pick up an antholgy and review a story each weekend? Who knows!

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  15. Sorry to hear that you had to turn on moderations for your comments, Danielle! I’ve not yet run into a problem with negative comments but it sucks that you have. I think there is definitely a fine line to having an opinion and sharing it on someone else’s blog and then being rude that’s for sure. Anyway! I hope you’re enjoying Strange the Dreamer. I’ve been hearing non-stop praise for it and I adore Laini’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on it. I hope you’ve been having a fantastic week so far!! 😊♥

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    1. Thank you Melissa! The moderation is not too bad. Truthfully, I should have done so a while back 😉

      I am “OK” with Strange the Dreamer right now. I am not sure I am connecting the same as others. But I have also had a rough week. So pushing on with it to be fair ❤ Happy Friday!

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  16. Who would’ve thought that there were peepz out there who would bring negativity to such a positive and beautiful blog, with such a wonderful and caring woman behind it?! It is a mad, mad world out there! I hope the moderation thing works out for the better. I think our settings on Bookidote is moderation for new comers, but none for returning customers! I think it has worked for the better that way. 😀

    Danielle reading a YA! Danielle reading a YA! What a surprise! 😛 I do hope you enjoy it as much as.. well.. 99% of people who read it did! If not, I can’t wait for an unpopular/mixed feelings review! 😀

    Do take care of yourself and have a wonderful week!!! 😉

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    1. Haha I have missed your comments (was away a bit)! Thank you as always! I thought of setting it to new comers being moderated, but some of my long term followers have managed to pull out some comments that not only surprised me, but had me rushing to delete. You just never know 😉

      I will say that I am sort of enjoying it.. (Strange the Dreamer)..okay not really. But I am trying. Bahaha.

      I hope this week has been good to you my friend 🙂

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  17. Sucks that you have to moderate but totally understandable! the comment section really should be respected, there are unspoken rules that you’d think are common sense but yea lol. I can’t believe you, Debby, AND Gretchen are all reading Strange the Dreamer smh…I’m a terrible fan, may just shuck off everything just to read it LOL! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Weep <3!

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    1. It isn’t as bad as I thought. It slows me down a bit, but worth it. If you ever end up sending an apology email to an author, for an “anit-indie” comment someone posted on their spotlight.. well this is a much better alternative. 🙂

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    1. I really liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone 🙂 I haven’t finished the series (because I fail like that), but this one is not fully engaging me for some reason. But I am trying to be fair and give it better attention. My mind has been on a lot of things. That is probably why.

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  18. Hope you like Strange the Dreamer, It sounds pretty cool. I’ve always moderated my comments because of spam or ugly people so I don’t mind it at all. I only delete those two types of comments. Hope you will find a nice pace concerning work and play!

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  19. Awww awesomee! I really want to read Strange the dreamer soo much hype on it and soo good reviews that makes me want to pick it up right now. But unfortunately my TBR is really jealous and would not allow me to prioritise what I feel like reading first :/

    And no worries we all need a deserved break be it for a week, month or a few days I am glad to see that you are managing to combine your schedule with blogging ^.^ this said cannot wait to read your thoughts on Strange the dreamer

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