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!

This past week has been one of little complaints. I have had the house to myself for the majority of the time and it has been quite. I have been working, cooking, reading and catching up on a few shows. While, I am struggling with my son being away, it has been an opportunity to allow myself some rest and take some “me time”.

Mini Review

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
By Ray Bradbury
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN13: 9780060785697
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Stories


With his disarmingly simple style and complex imagination, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of American readers for decades.This collection showcases thirty-two of Bradbury’s most famous tales in which he lays bare the depths of the human soul. The thrilling title story, A Sound of Thunder, tells of a hunter sent on safari — sixty million years in the past. But all it takes is one wrong step in the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the life of a delicate and harmless butterfly — and possibly something else much closer to home …

My thoughts:

For this review I am looking solely at the story A Sound of Thunder. Aptly titled, this short work embraces the finer and more familiar elements of science fiction: time travel and the butterfly effect. It is hard to really divulge or explore the events contained within to any real degree due to the brevity of the tale, but it manages to present the age-old “small actions have larger consequences” in an entertaining  but somewhat haunting manner. A brief thought to consider though, as I usually discover when reading older sci-fi, it helps to keep in mind exactly how dated the collection is. What might tempt us to label it as overdone or cliché, certainly was not always so. If you like Bradbury, I would recommend this collection. I am enjoying my time picking through it.


Mapping the Interior


Long Black Veil

This was a great week for me in terms of books. I highly recommend Long Black Veil and the novella Mapping the Interior to all.


I am still reading The Waking Land by Callie Bates and Shadow (Wendy Darling #3) by Colleen Oakes. I added another title via audio to accompany me during those times I cannot read.

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN13: 9781427267948


Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


  • Goodreads Monday featured The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.
  • My 2nd You Choose, I Read selection is The Princess and the Goblin.
  • I am hosting a Belated Birthday Bash to celebrate BVT turning 1. You can enter to win a $15 Teavana e-Gift Card and $15 to spend on a book of you choice. There is still time to enter.

I have a few items on the “to do” list today and seem to have a small cold (which is insane in this 90º+ heat) so I am going wrap for now. Happy reading and have a wonderful week ahead!

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
― Ray Bradbury


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39 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I wil definitely have to look into that Ray Bradbury collection. I love his writing! It’s gorgeous and forces you to really think about the topic at hand. And I second the notion about keeping in mind when a work was written when thinking about the tropes. I happened across someone’s opinion of ‘Dune’ (one of my all-time favorite books), and they mentioned that the Chosen One theme was so overdone, but it really wasn’t when Dune was first published..

    Anyway. I hope your cold goes away soon! Summer colds are the worst!

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      1. I don’t do audiobooks because I don’t like them and just can’t pay attention. I read the physical book of Heartless and really loved it. Maybe try the book and see how it goes?


  2. Yes! you read Mapping the Interior! I’ve been curious about that title for a bit now, the cover being the eye catcher of course. I will def check out your review after this. I hope you enjoy Heartless, not sure who narrated the audiobook version but I’m hoping they did a good job 😉

    P.S. Hope you feel better ❤

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    1. It was Rebecca Solar. I believe she also narrated the Lunar Chronicles. I am on the fence about the narration. It isn’t bad. I think I have been distracted haha. I was just commenting to Gretchen that I may have to pick up the book. I loved Mapping the Interior ❤

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  3. Glad it was a nice quiet week. And can you believe I’ve never read Ray bradbury? But the sound of that one has me curious, with the title story’s look at time travel and consequences. I never seem to get tired of thse kinda tales. 🙂

    Hope you have a good week, and that your cold goes away. I think colds in the summer are th worst. 🙂

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    1. Seems I am destined for a week of bronchitis haha. So I apologize for the late response. I highly recommend Fahrenheit 451! It is a favorite of mine. Bradbury’s writing is timeless 🙂

      I hope you are having a great week Greg!


  4. Oh nice! although I didn’t listen to any of the books on audio, i did meet Rebecca Solar in person & LOVED her. Totally not what I expected with her little leather Jacket, really sweet & personable she was at Marissa Meyers signing of Winter I attended. I can see her doing those books but maybe not so much Heartless…hmmm…yea maybe physical book is the way to go 😉

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  5. I hope you’ve been enjoying your “you time”. It must be strange with your house being so quiet, but I hope it’s given you the chance to rest and catch up on all the things you enjoy ❤ Did you cook anything nice this week? I haven't cooked anything in ages so always on the look out for a new recipe to try ;P
    'A Sound of Thunder' sounds right up my street. Time travel fiction has always fascinated me. There are so many paradoxes to consider and arguing about them always makes for an interesting conversation to say the least 😛 The butterfly effect is also an interesting idea to explore in a story. I sometimes find myself suddenly contemplating how different life would be if, say, I hadn't decided to click 'Send' on my Japan application. Exploring that idea but on a much bigger scale, such as a hunter making a rash, undoable decision in the prehistoric jungle sounds like a fascinating read!

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    1. I am settling into the quiet. I miss Chaz a lot, so it has been rough. But I am trying to allow myself to utilize the time to rest and catch up ❤

      I have been cooking a bit. I made chicken and dumplings at the beginning of the week. And tonight I am cooking some Mongolian tofu. Gabe is away for business so I cannot cook too much with just me and Layla here 🙂

      Have you read Bradbury before? I have not read a ton of his work, but his writing style really works for me.


  6. Peace and quiet for me time is stellar. I will be dropping back for your Long Black Veil review and to congratulate you on your one year blog anniversary AND your birthday. *stomps around tooting a tin horn* I hope you had a great beginning to your week yesterday. 🙂

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    1. Thank you ❤ I am trying, but terribly missing the noise of my son running through the house haha. Funny how I scream for peace and quiet.. and well now.. I don't want it 😉 I have read a few of his stories. Fahrenheit 451 is a favorite of mine! I love his writing.

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  7. I definitely want to read more Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 was phenomenal and I’m surprised I didn’t try to read more of his works. I have a couple of his books, less known though, but will have to pick them up soon enough! Hope the coming weeks will be better for you! Rest well, Danielle! 😉

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