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 a busy one! We had a few errands to run when the nonhubs returned from Seattle and I found little time to read. Well, technically I could have read in the evenings but being out in the heat drains me extraordinarily fast and I fell asleep with book in hand 😉

I am forgoing my normal mini review this week. As of last night I have failed to engage with the story I had lined up and just do not feel like pushing a read at this point.

I mentioned recently on the BVT Faceboook page that my time online is slowing down. I am still reading, sharing and responding to everything as normal, but am having to drastically pace my screen time. Between work and blogging, I find myself packing in an unhealthy amount of hours staring at the screen and the result is having a negative impact on my health. So for the time being, it is safe to say I may be running a few days behind, perpetually.


The Waking Land

The Girls


The Queen of Blood


The Grace Keepers
By Kirsty Logan
Publisher: Crown
ISBN13: 9780553446616
Pages: 320
Genre: Fantasy


As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.

The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)
By Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Harper Voyager
ISBN13: 9780062413352
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fantasy


Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive those spirits and assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans of her land. But now for all her power, she is hiding a terrible secret: she is dying. And if she leaves the world before a new heir is ready, the spirits that inhabit her beloved realm will run wild, destroying her cities and slaughtering her people.

Naelin is one such person, and she couldn’t be further removed from the Queen—and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her world is her two children, her husband, and the remote village tucked deep in the forest that is her home, and that’s all she needs. But when Ven, the Queens champion, passes through the village, Naelin’s ambitious husband proudly tells him of his wife’s ability to control spirits—magic that Naelin fervently denies. She knows that if the truth of her abilities is known, it will bring only death and separation from those she loves.

But Ven has a single task: to find the best possible candidate to protect the people of Aratay. He did it once when he discovered Daleina, and he’s certain he’s done it again. Yet for all his appeals to duty, Naelin is a mother, and she knows her duty is to her children first and foremost. Only as the Queen’s power begins to wane and the spirits become emboldened—even as ominous rumors trickle down from the north—does she realize that the best way to keep her son and daughter safe is to risk everything.

Sarah Beth Durst established a place of dark wonder in The Queen of Blood, and now the stakes are even higher as the threat to the Queen and her people grows both from within and beyond the borders of Aratay in this riveting second novel of the Queens of Renthia series.


I will be announcing the winner of my recent Belated Birthday Bash today so stay tuned! Have a wonderful day and weekend ahead.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
― C.S. Lewis


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39 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think about The Gracekeepers! I first heard about it on NPR, but I’ve kept forgetting to do any more than put it on my TBR list. Also, you’ve made me interested in the Queens of Renthia series, which I’ve heard about a few times here and there, but I couldn’t figure out if it was good or bad.

    I hope that cutting back on screen time a little helps you feel better!

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  2. Your health comes first and there really is nothing more important.. you have to take care of yourself and listen to your body, it is the only way to go! That being said, I really like the cover of The Grace Keepers, it’s so magical and dreamy! Also very wise words by C.L. Lewis this week, I love the quote :-). Have a good week lovely!

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  3. I couldn’t get into The Grace Keepers. I feel a bit curmudgeony! I recently finished Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and I really liked it. Had to throw in something positive 🙂

    I did pick up the Long Black Veil from the library and am currently reading it, thanks to you.

    I hope cutting back on screen time helps you!

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  4. I have been seriously considering The queen of Blood, it looks good and original. and with book two here I’m even more tempted. And take care of yourself, you have to put yourself first, we;ll all still be here. 🙂

    Love the C.S Lewis quote.


  5. You know… I was thinking this very morning (Monday as it is here currently) that I am completely struggling to keep up with everything online… bloggign, even reading, replying, sharing.. on and on and on… I am staring at the computer Monday to Friday every week for work and usually I ignore heavy/long sessions over the weekend cause I just cannot be arsed 😀 that also means a mahoosive catch up once the week starts again! what a vicious circle!
    Take care of yourself! ❤

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    1. I have been falling into the very same cycle!!! But those endless hours take a real tole. My illness aside, it is not healthy for any of us. Just commit to being perpetually behind with me ❤ Haha you need to pace yourself. They can love us or leave us 😉

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      1. I agree with that… I have even allowed myself the guilt of not reading every post that pops into the inbox.. just can’t and you know.. it’s not the end of the world! 🙂
        I commit to being behind… I think those in the back always have more fun anyway? 😀

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  6. We’re in this together my Twin Pea! ❤ Reduced time online for me too! I need time for my anxiety program, to be outdoors, to let my eyes rest, and to read without the pressure of blogging every day, which I always fail to do. I need to let go of being on top of every post all the time, it's impossible, and it makes blogging a chore!
    Love you loads ❤

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  7. Your health always comes first ❤️ I know what you mean. A lot of the work at the hotel involves being in front of the computer and along with my blogging and writing, it can make for some serious eye strain. Not to mention the social media side of things! Whoever said blogging was easy!? It’s been nice this past week not having my laptop nearby (as much I’ve missed you all!) and being able to have some down time.
    Hope your upcoming week is wonderful! Looking forward to catching up ❤️

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  8. hehe I oddly love the heat, but find that my productivity and concentration goes out the window when it’s hot, so I guess it doesn’t like me 😉 And yeah I understand what you mean about needing to take time away from the screen- I’ve had to cut it out a lot in the past- I really hope cutting back helps you feel better!!

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  9. Screen time can be soooo dangerous and accumulate so fast without even knowing. I too stare at a screen for work, so coming back home to my own computer makes me feel trapped in a world of screens. Crazy time we live in huh hahah Hope your week went well, Danielle! 😉

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