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!

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend and found time to relax and read. I am skipping the Mini Review again this week as I am just not in a short story mood at the moment and buried in requests. I hope to bring the section back to the posts next week or soon.

As mentioned, my breaks continue to happen (unexpectedly) as I manage symptoms. The game plan for now is to simply blog and hop as I am able. Seems the natural course I know. But having a few features and commitments, it can be hard to deviate from the schedule (even when I take the extra step to convey no promised time frames). If I am honest, the worst part is not being as active on your posts and blogs. But I have hit a wall and it is time to exchange the stubborn for some needed self care.

Just a simple recap this Sunday and maybe a review later if I am able.


3700085Marcelo in the Real World

32600602 (1)The Reluctant Queen


Bad Romance
By Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN13: 9781627797726
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Contemporary


Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.


This week will I will try to post a few reviews. I still have about 6 waiting to be written. I have a possible spotlight soon that I am excited about also. Otherwise, I will be keeping it light. Wishing you each a week of peace and much reading.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
-Frederick Douglass


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35 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. I also take constant breaks from blogging and only this week decided to become a little more active than I’ve been in a couple years. That cover for Bad Romance looks beautiful, and it also sounds like a great, but tough read. I added it to my TBR. Happy Sunday 😀

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    1. Sometimes breaks are just needed. I have been very active, but find myself having to slow down a bit more each week so it is a change 🙂 Let me know if you start Bad Romance. I have only just begun it and so far so good!


  2. Hope you are feeling well Danielle! My online class started yesterday so I too will not be doing as much writing/reading, but I think it is ok! It means when you are inspired to write it is that much more meaningful and authentic I think.

    I feel like we have this expectation of ourselves to write every day, but at times it simply isn’t feasible. I also like to utilize the “schedule posts” function when I have some extra time to write!

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    1. Expectations certainly can be overwhelming. I do put pressure on myself to give more than is realistic at times 😉 Hope the classes go well and you enjoy them! My last certification was done with online courses and it was a nice change of pace.

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  3. It isn’t written anywhere that a blogger has to blog every day, or every week, there are no rules to blogging, that’s the beauty of it and you don’t really think we’d forget about you so easily?! Take it easy, don’t put any pressure on yourself and just see when it’s possible for you… Always happy to see/hear you but your health is more important. That said, wow bad romance sounds good. I’m not sure about the cover but I can’t put my finger on it, it’s chaotic for me perhaps.. but I think it’ll be a deep and emotional read!

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  4. Excited for a review of ‘Bad Romance’! Did you mention it on your blog not so long ago or did I see it somewhere else? Either way, this is the second time I’ve seen it and I think it sounds like an interesting read. It sheds light on an issue that too many face and helps raise awareness ❤
    I hope you have a wonderful week ❤

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  5. I really hope the changing of your medicines helps Danielle, I didn’t have time to comment on your other post so I’m combining:) It’s so hard to keep up with the blog hopping and commenting but I think we can all just do the best we can. It sounds like you’ve got a lot of reviews to keep you busy! I hope you have time for some relaxing reading for yourself as well!!

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      1. That’s my problem. I will be halfway gone before I realise there is a problem then we are firefighting and it’s too late to do anything but ride the storm. It’s so hard to spot the early warning signs! 😡

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        1. Yes! That is where I am trying to focus my attention. Still learning my body’s cues and signs. As things progress, that can be challenging. I was never one for taking care of myself sadly. As most of my time during my nursing career and as a mother has been focused on others. I know better now though ❤


  6. Hey Danielle, hope you’re having a fun and relaxing weekend! I love that cover of Marcelo in the Real World (starry night scenes like that always appeal to me) and of course The Reluctant Queen has a rad cover too. Don’t stress about breaks- you gotta do what ya gotta do! Have a fab week!:)

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    1. Thank you Greg! Slowly.. bit by bit, I am learning to let the stress go. I love night scenes. Starry Night by Van Gogh is a fave of mine. Always a sucker for covers like this! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead my friend 😁


  7. It’s so frustrating not to be able to be as active on the blogosphere, right? I’m dreading September, when I’ll only have one hour every other day to read and comment on blogs! I’m thinking lots about you ❤ Let's do what we can and keep in mind it's all for the fun, and it's okay not to be here all the time! Self-care is more important ❤

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  8. The most important thing is to take care of yourself! ❤ I've been thinking of slowing down for a while as well to avoid a blogging burn out… I'm starting to feel like reading and blogging is becoming an obligation an it is taking the fun out of it. I hope you are enjoying Bad Romance and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Oh yes. When you hit that point, a break or change of pace is definitely needed. It will lose the appeal fast when it becomes and obligation. I hope you can find a schedule that is better for you ❤ I am enjoying Bad Romance, but it is so different for me that I am a bit confused about my feelings haha.

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      1. Thanks! I’m hoping to be able to get through most ARCs this month so I can get a little break in August… Fingers crossed. And I will be looking forward to your thoughts on Bad Romance now! ❤

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