Sunday Sum-Up


The 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 have been scarce the past two weeks. My head-space has been negative space as I try to digest the fact that I am being handed over to another specialist and what feels like flare up after flare up. As much as I would love to have everyone believe I handle every challenge well and am full of smiles, it just is not always the case. I am tapped. I did not want that to reflect in my posts and responses, so I spent a lot of time to myself, curled up with books and tea and doing what always helps when suffering, Netflix binging (aka thinking). FYI – I feel that Anne With An “E” deserves way more recognition that it is receiving.

Anyways, I am hopeful that I have learned something of value in it all and am moving into June full of optimism.

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 week I am looking the 2nd story in this anthology, War and Peace. This is the tale of a cop whose partner and best friend of many years may or may not have murdered his own wife. Again, we are exposed to very graphic and gritty elements. The writing continues to deliver a complete and fast paced experience in the shortest amount of time. While I did not favor this story as much as Barbara, I still found it to be on the same level. My biggest issue is that I felt less connected to the main character and found myself more disturbed by some of the darker content. I am slowly realizing that author tends to utilize raw, sexually explicit scenes as a way of establishing how troubled and neurotic individuals are. While it is very effective, it can be hard to digest. I am still looking forward to continuing with this collection.


strangeStrange the Dreamer (Buddy Read)


Snow Flower and The Secret Fan
By Lisa See
Publisher: Random House
Kindle ASIN: B000FCK71U
Pages: 288
Genre: Historical Fiction/Cultural


In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.

As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.


  • Goodreads Monday featured Mink River by Brian Doyle.
  • I introduced another feature to bring more tea to the blog: Tea Talk.

Only a few posts this week, but that is okay. I am looking forward to catching up and seeing what everyone has been into. Take care and remember..

“If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.”
~Maya Angelou


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71 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I feel like I either hear good things or bad things about Anne with an E, but never anything in the middle. I did like some of the books as a kid though 🙂
    I’ve been recommended to read Strange the Dreamer, so I’m on a long waitlist at the library to get it haha.
    I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

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    1. Thank you! I think Anne With An E is receiving a lot of negative feedback because they chose to approach some aspects of it in a more realistic manner. Some of her history as an orphan is not softened at all. So it can seem dark at times. But as a lifelong fan, I really appreciate it so far.

      I hope you enjoy Strange. Just keep in mind that it is more of an intro and pick it up when you are ready for a slower paced read maybe? Have a great week ahead! 🙂

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  2. My Twin Pea, I am sending you waves of love and hugs, and I can only hope that June brings you sun and happiness ❤ I love you and I admire your strength ❤
    The second story in the collection sounds good, but so dark and graphic and I don't do good with it! I like the cover of your current read 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!
    Have a nice, peaceful week with me-time and less pain, my dear ❤

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    1. Thank you Twin Pea ❤ I am in a much better place now than I was a few days ago. I think the week ahead will be good. I just needed some time to recoup. I would not recommend Black Butterflies for you at all. very dark and somewhat disturbing. But Snow Flower might be worth looking into if you want something with some rich cultural history 🙂 ❤

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  3. I hope June is a better month for you, health-wise! I can’t imagine what it’s like to feel so lousy so often. 😦 Do you think the new specialist will be able to help at all?

    What do you think of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan so far? I started reading it after watching the movie, but I ended up not caring for the book. I think it was me being picky about characters again, because I remember the prose and plot being just fine.

    Have a lovely- and healthier- week!

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    1. Thank you Kim. I am trying to stay positive with the new specialist. He is a surgeon. So he will be able to determine whether that is an option. My last specialist was not comfortable proceeding due to the lesion. So I will just view it as progress. I will know at the end of July. Always a wait, right 😉

      Snow Flower is good, but a difficult read. I struggled with reading so much about the foot bindings, but I think that shows how true the author was in regards to the brutality of the process. Kind of slow though huh?

      Have a beautiful week 🙂

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  4. All my love to you and I hope things will get better for you!
    Difficult times are difficult and no one likes to pretend they’re OK when they really aren’t. If you ever need to vent, feel free to get in touch.. even if it’s just to type a long string of swear words into my FB chat- I’ll get it!
    Really, really, truly hoping things will get better for you soon! ❤

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    1. Aw Liz you are the best! I have definitely had my fair share of swearing this past week haha. Maybe next time I will have to take you up on that. I do well most of the time with accepting and staying positive (I think?) but we all have those moments when enough is enough ❤ You are too good to me. I am feeling good about this month so we will see!


  5. Is that a new sum-up header? Looks good.😀

    That sucks, sorry things aren’t great with the flare ups and bring passed to another specialist, I really hope things manage to improve in June for you.

    We can’t all be full of smiles all the time!

    And that’s as nice as I can possibly be, I have my evil badboy blogger image to maintain.😉

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  6. I’m sorry things have been so rough, I hope they get better soon! I totally understanding just curling up with a book and tea instead of posting. And I just watched the first episode of “Anne with an E” yesterday for similar comfort reasons, and I thought it was great. I saw it on Netflix and thought, ‘this’ll be something light and sweet,’ and was not prepared for how much it would tug at my heartstrings! But I loved the dark edge it had, especially regarding Anne’s past. I was like, why haven’t I heard about this show anywhere??

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    1. It is great isn’t it! I read some negative reviews. I think many struggled with that dark edge to her orphan past. I am with you though. I feel it gave more depth to her and really played well on the emotions. It explains why she is so imaginative and lives in her head 🙂

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  7. Sorry to hear you have been going through a hard time. I can see from the comments here that you have a lot of people who care about you!

    It looks like we both comfort ourselves in the same way. When times are tough I turn to tea, books, and Netflix as well!

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  8. I admire you so much, how despite everything that’s going on you always manage to bring a smile to my face when I read your comments. Thinking of you these days and hoping everything gets better :*

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  9. I’m so sorry to hear things haven’t been good for you these past few weeks. There’s no shame at all in taking well-earned time for yourself. If anyone deserves it it’s you ❤ Despite everything that life throws at you, you carry on and taking time off to rest and just be is important. I hope this new specialist will be able to help ❤
    Also, on a side note, can I just say thank you for mentioning curling up with books and tea? It reminded me that I had a cup of tea that I'd forgotten about! 😛
    I almost bought Laini Taylor's 'Strange the Dreamer' yesterday, but since Neil Gaiman's 'Norse Mythology' was on offer, I opted for that instead. Might get 'Strange the Dreamer' when it's out in paperback 🙂
    Have a wonderful week ❤ ❤

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      1. Hopefully. It’s currently in the care of my mum because I bought it while visiting my step grandparents, who live in a different city. My step dad dropped by to borrow their car because his broke down and because my overnight bag was already heavy, I gave him ‘Norse Mythology’ to take to my mum’s…so long story short, I’ll be starting it when I next see my mum, I imagine 😀 Really excited!

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    1. Hi Jo-Ann 🙂 I am already feeling much better. I really appreciate it. Snow Flower has been a somewhat challenging read. It is slow but well written. I just finished struggling through a section that touched on a very rough subject (foot binding). The author tackled it without holding back, and I applaud her! I am curious to see how I feel in the end. What is your current read?

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      1. Oh, wow…that would be a tough topic. I’ll look forward to your review! Believe it or not, I am reading Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while and while I’ve only gotten as far as him talking about his childhood as a bit dark, I’ve actually laughed out loud in parts.
        I hope you have a nice, quiet relaxing week!

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  10. Glad you’re feeling more positive about the week ahead, and I hope it’s a good one for you! Not being on Netflix, I haven’t seen Anne with an E, but it sounds good – I always thought the book let us see how bad life had been for Anne even though she always tried to present it as positively as she could. But she was used as little more than a skivvy by the woman with all the babies, and only a lonely little girl would consider her best friend to be her own reflection in a glass door…

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    1. Thank you so much! Anne with an E touches on those aspects so well. It does a wonderful job of conveying how used and neglected she was before arriving at Green Gables. If you ever get the chance, definitely check it out 🙂


  11. Sending you lots of hugs! I haven’t been on here in a while so it makes me sad to hear you’re struggling! Sending you all the best for June! I hope it gets better for you💕 books, tea and Netflix are also my go to’s when things aren’t going my way!

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  12. Danielle I say if a netflix binge and some venting now and then helps go for it:) I always appreciate your positive interactions and I second Annie’s comment, I also admire your strength and ability to continue seeing the positive even when you don’t always feel like it. I’m sending you virtual *hugs* from Ohio and I really hope this new dr can help you:)


    1. Thank you so much Renee 🙂 Sometimes I feel like I am too negative or complaining too much. It all gets to me at times. Good days along with the bad or vice versa I suppose 😉 I am feeling very positive about the new surgeon. A step forward is just that ❤ Much love to you.

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      1. Danielle you are one of the most positive people I’ve ever interacted with!! I think I may have mentioned to you in the past I’ve suffered bouts of vertigo due to an inner ear damage but it’s never been anywhere close to what you deal with…my point is I know what vertigo feels like and how debilitating it can be and you are an inspiration to me…never a complainer! Hugs to you, I’m so glad we’ve *met* in this vast online community💜

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  13. Sending lots of supportive thoughts your way, and hoping you have a good week. I find sometimes that just chilling in front of Netflix and letting other things sit a bit sometimes helps. Blog pressure, work stuff… sometimes you need a break. Course I know you’re dealing with a bit more than that… anyway sending good thoughts your way. 🙂

    I’ve actually thought about checking out Anne With An “E” since I see it every time I log in, and I’m curious…


    1. Aw thank you so much Greg. I really appreciate it. Taking needed breaks can be hard sometimes. I may unplug next week to fully recoup. If I can convince myself 😉 I highly recommend Anne With an “E”. I think they they have utilized her darker past as an orphan very well. I am in love the show haha. I hope you are having a wonderful week.


  14. Keeping my fingers crossed for you and I hope this new surgeon can help you and June will be a better month! I have not heard of Anne with an E and should look up what that’s about, but thanks for the tip. Your current read looks rather nice and sounds intriguing too.. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot about Chinese culture reading this one. Wishing you a great week!

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    1. I really enjoy a lot of books that pertain to different cultures, particularly Asian. I am not sure why I do not read more.

      Anne With an E is a new show based on Anne of Green Gables. Did you ever read those growing up?

      Wishing you a wonderful week as well ❤

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  15. Awwn, sorry to hear about those flare ups. I hope June is much more kinder with you and that you get your hands on some awesome books to make life that much better! 😉 I’m really intrigued by the premise of this new short story. I’ll have to see how the whole collection fares with you before jumping the gun and wanting it in my own hands! 😀 Have a great week, Danielle! Take it easy and rest well! 😉

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    1. Thank you so much Lashaan. I am feeling very good about June. Minus a fews dates coming up that I would rather avoid, I think it will be a decent month 🙂 I hope the same for you! I will let you know about this anthology. I am starting to wonder after the second story, but not deterred 😉

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    1. Thank you so much ❤ I am contemplating taking a week hiatus soon. Mentally, I am a good place but some symptoms are returning that making typing and being online a bit harder than normal. Going to see how it goes this week and then maybe give myself a little break 🙂 I need to get better about that. I hope June treats you very well!

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