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 is a 3 day weekend for many of us. The nonhusband and son have traveled to Washington to help family with a move and visit. My daughter is on the river for a spell before work. I plan on blog hopping a little and some housework. I chose to stay home and work yesterday (which turned out to be a very short shift). I am honestly enjoying the quite while sipping my coffee and watching some true crime on Netflix and looking forward to much-needed time with a friend tonight.  Not a bad Sunday 😉

Mini Review

Black Butterflies 
By John Shirley
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Kindle ASIN: B018J4QNXQ
Pages: 250
Genre: Short Story/Horror


This collection of gritty and intense short stories compares the horrors of the real world to those of the supernatural. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

My Thoughts:

This weekend I have chosen to look at a single story from this collection, Barbara. I will continue to review these stories on a weekly basis. 

Barbara is a fast, dark and gritty tale. We are thrust into the life of a woman as she is car-jacked and coming to terms with her current “relationship”. For all of its brevity, this small story offers a very complete experience. The main character is easily established in such limited time, and the writing is concise and seamless. There are elements of sexuality and violence that will turn many away from this, but I found a deep appreciation for the author’s brutal and realistic approach. It gave sincere life to the story. I am looking forward to continuing with this collection and familiarizing myself with John Shirley’s work.


Psycho Analysis


The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden


At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


Of note this week is that Creepshow by Stephen King with art by Bernie Wrightson is back in print! This nostalgic collection of horror  is back in circulation after 35 years and I could not resist! I devoured mine last night and will review soon. You can find out more on Simon&Schuster.

I am setting some goals today to accomplish a bit more than true crime binging 😉 So I am going to wrap this up. Happy reading my friends and remember:

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway


Danielle ❤

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54 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

              1. Is it good? The first episode had a lot of promise to it.

                Oh, that’s not good, if it’s not even complete in the US it means there’s a chance the UK channel won’t show all the episodes together, they might keep a couple back as they tend to do with shows, hope it’ll be like TWD or GoT and is shown as the complete series.

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                  1. We get Game of Thrones as a complete series, as we do TWD or at least the two parts it’s shown in. They are two of the very few shows that are shown in the UK the day after the US release. Lots of others they either wait until the US has shown the whole series and then they show it or show a few episodes, stop, show a few more, stop and then show the rest!😂

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  1. Yay for Sundays… actually.. Sunday is my least favorite day of the week.. I am always grumpy like a freaking balled up hedgehog! 😀 But watching UFC now, sipping nice cold beer and totally ignoring the fact that tomorrow is Monday…
    Hows’ the Bear and The Nightingale going this far? Or would you rather be tight lipped about it and have us wait until the review? 😉

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    1. Haha sounds like a solid Sunday in my opinion. It has been a while since I did beer and UFC. I had a great friend Mike that I used to get with every Sunday and do just that!

      The Bear and the Nightingale is going well. Slow, atmospheric and beautiful. I am finding I want to savor it 🙂

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  2. ‘Black Butterflies’ sounds like an interesting read. Sometimes real life is way more terrifying than the supernatural! I hope you’re enjoying ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’. It sounds very fairytale-esque and that cover is absolutely gorgeous too! The contrast between the silhouetted trees against the night sky and the glowing house is really pretty in its simplicity. I do love judging books by their covers ;D
    I hope you enjoy your three day weekend! Sounds like you’ve had the perfect Sunday ❤

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  3. Sounds like you have a good weekend in store. 🙂 Hope it’s relaxing and fun. I’m trying to read and binge a little this weekend, the binging seems to be winning. 🙂

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  4. Sounds like you had a pretty decent week! 😉 What shows have you been binging now Danielle? 😛 Did you try Making a Murderer? 😀 😀 😀 Looking forward to your King graphic novel review this week! Happy reading to you too!!! 😉


    1. I was so frustrated with Making A Murder! I cried and yelled. There was sooo much wrong with that case. Are the making a second season. I heard they are. I hope to have that review up in a day or two. I feel so lazy right now 😛 Hope you have a great week ahead Lashaan!

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      1. It was a national holiday (one of our 10 days of the year) so had to come back to work the day after.. still it’s always nice :-). It’s a rough emotional few days but I hope I can get my little heart together and it’ll be better soon. Thank you, I hope you have a great week as well!

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  5. First, I absolutely agree that quiet time is fantastic and needed!! 😀
    I love your mini review of Barbara, it’s insane the amount of work the author did to cram a good story in not so many pages! I love it when an author has thought about his idea long enough to put it perfectly on paper 🙂
    Have a not-too-tiring week my sweet Twin Pea!! ❤

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  6. The Bear and the Nightingale! ❤ Such a big world to get lost in. I'd love to check out Black Butterflies! I'll definitely keep an eye out for more reviews from this one 🙂

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  7. I have been wanting to read The Bear And The Nightingale ever since I first heard about it! I will be looking forward to your thoughts on that one. Happy reading!

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