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 will be a brief recap as I just returned to the blog this past week and not a lot has happened during my short duration back. It is great to be connected with everyone again, and I plan to continue forward with a goal of posting 3 times a week (more when able).

Small rant today: I will openly admit to a large amount of frustration at the number of review requests I continue to receive. Many have not bothered to read my policies or even went as far as to send emails that began with “I am sorry you are unwell and understand you are not accepting requests, however…”. I made several efforts to combat the increased influx of emails that included updating my home page to state I am closed to reviews copies (my contact form directs to my policies as well) to even including this in my vacation response. Yet, they continue to pile in. I have sadly reached the point of simply deleting them. So I am open to any suggestions. Do you respond to requests when your policy clearly states you are closed for reviews? Have you found a way to better direct requests to your policies?

Okay, end rant. Thank you for all of the wonderful support I received during my hiatus and upon my return. This community continues to amaze me in the best ways. Here is a quick look at the 1st week back on BVT.


32508637See What I Have Done

29102896Bad Romance


I am going through a spell of serious mood reading, so I continue to pick up and put down titles. But here are the titles that are surviving the cut so far this week.

The Once and Future King
By T H White


Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.

During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause, and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain–and to the king himself.

By Harold Schechter


The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious–but only Harold Schechter’s Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World’s Fair. “Destined to be a true crime classic” (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the dapper, charming Holmes–who alternately posed as doctor, druggist, and inventor to snare his prey–was the architect of a labyrinthine “Castle of Horrors.” Holmes admitted to twenty-seven murders by the time his madhouse of trapdoors, asphyxiation devices, body chutes, and acid vats was exposed. The seminal profile of a homegrown madman in the era of Jack the Ripper, Depraved is also a mesmerizing tale of true detection long before the age of technological wizardry.

Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit

By Mercedes Lackey


Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a King is never truly free to follow her own calling. Acting as the “son” her father never had, when called upon to serve another purpose by the Ladies of the Well, she bows to circumstances to become ArthurÂ’s queen—only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue and betrayal, but also love and redemption.. 


This week I will attempt to catch up on my blog visits and some shares. I am still struggling with screen time, so most days the amount of time focused on creating a post or responding to comments can drain me significantly. I look forward to setting a day or two aside to see what you have been up to! Thank you for all of the patience and understanding.

“What I’ve realized over the years is that I have some pretty good friends.”
~Anthony Kiedis


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64 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Screw those pushing for reviews! I made my “Review Policy” as insulting as possible, so that if anyone actually did email me, I would just delete it. I don’t do reviews upon request. The End.

    And for them to acknowledge your unwell condition and STILL ask, well, I know what I’d do. I would do a post where I named the writers and the titles of their books and completely shame them with their own words. I would tell everyone who followed me to avoid those writers like the plague and I’d 1/2star them for such behavior. But since I don’t want to do those kind of posts, I wrote my review policy. It’s worked pretty well so far. *crosses fingers*

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  2. Ah yes I find it a bit frustrating with review requests sometimes- in fact the second I put on my about page that I was closed to review requests, I got an influx of requests :/ Honestly, I thought that should have clarified things for people- but it seems to have done the opposite. I really need to read the once and future king. And really don’t worry about getting on top of comments and the like- I know how tough that is in general and it’s especially important for you to look after your health!! ❤

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    1. Thank you always ❤ I am just struggling with balance. It will take time. I suppose I cannot come right back and expect to have it all figured out 😉 I do recommend The Once and Future King so far. I am really enjoying it. I have been on a huge Arthurian and Merlin fiction kick. Any recs in that area?

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      1. Chiming in on this line! I love Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy- The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment. Gorgeously written, hits all the right Arthurian notes, well drawn characters. I’ve read it several times.

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  3. I still get review requests as well.. I try to answer most saying I’m not open for review requests as stated, but with the very standard ones or when I see they didn’t bother with a personalized approach (I get sci-fi, fantasy etc. requests and it’s quite obvious I think that I don’t read these) I have deleted some as well. Most indie authors do appreciate a response though, even if it’s negative, I often get one back saying so, so that’s why I still do it. It seems you didn’t have much luck with your reads this week… I hope you have a better week to come!

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    1. Thanks Inge ❤ These three books seems to be working out so far. I am a terrible mood reader, which doesn't help haha.

      Yeah, I was trying to send polite responses as well. Because I get what you are saying. But when my screen time is so limited and most of the requests feel more generic, I tend to get frustrated. And I have no patience for the ones that acknowledge I am no longer open but hope I may take a look anyways 😦 Maybe I am getting crabby in my older age ❤

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  4. I don’t reply to review requests and I don’t think it’s rude so neither should you. It clearly states that you are closed, just like my policy does and by ignoring that the authors themselves are being rude first. Don’t stress it, any author says anything refer them to me or tell them that it isn’t rude not to reply as it was rude of them to ignore it first.

    I will say that on my review requests I created a graphic, just a black background with “closed to requests” in red writing to go below the paragraph stating I’m closed to requests and whether or not it has anything to do with it or not I don’t know but the requests have stopped (at the moment) or maybe I just have a bad rep as a blogger.😂 Point is, a graphic is easy to see, people can’t pull the I didn’t read that bit of the paragraph guff and a graphic in your blog style saying “closed to requests” might help. I’d also state (if you don’t already) that you won’t reply to requests and that if you have contacted me once then please don’t keep contacting me again and again as I am a human not a service and under no obligation to reply.

    Stuff like this annoys me, in a fantasy group once an author had contacted a blogger who hadn’t replied and the author went on to state that the blogger who they admitted was closed to requests should reply to them as it’s polite. Suffice to say I told them that they can’t expect a reply, bloggers have lives and that in ignoring the blogger being closed to requests the author was impolite anyway and it was double standards. As I said earlier don’t worry about it and I would delete those who mentioned you being unwell without a second thought, as Broken Matt Hardy would say delete! Delete! Delete! They might have mentioned it with good intentions but it’s stepping over a line.

    Think I’ve moaned enough, sorry.😂

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    1. Ah thank you for mentioning the graphic! Fab idea that I may look into. I currently do have in red letters that I am closed to book requests and will not respond, but it goes ignored often. I tend to get more requests when I am closed than not haha.

      I think what has me peeved is the fact that a few actually had the nerve to send me emails stating they read I am unwell and closed but maybe.. NO! There is no “maybe”. Rude AF to acknowledge you know I am not well and closed and still push the issue.

      I do not mind your moaning. It is all for a legit reason 🙂

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      1. Red letters! Red ‘closed to requests’ be like a matador with a red flag, the bull sees it and charges towards it, the author sees it and charges towards it!😂😂😂

        Yeah, it does suck. I’d get it if they said that they saw you were unwell and that while closed to requests if you would consider a spotlight, excerpt, guest post from them when you were back to blogging. But to comment on you being ill and then to ask for a review, no, just wrong. Don’t get me wrong, most authors are great but I really think that some will still ask for reviews regardless of being closed to requests, being ill, etc as it’s in their mentality to try and hawk their book for review.

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        1. I think that some are working so hard to try to get that initial word out that they fail to slow down enough and consider things (i.e. policies) more. To a point, I do get it. But I would never send a request for an ARC to a publisher or author without reading through their provided info and contact or any guidelines. There has to be a common courtesy and respect 😛 Maybe I will start forwarding them to you bahaha.

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          1. I do agree about working so hard to get their name and book out there but I think that works both ways as constantly ignoring bloggers who are closed to requests, generic multi mail messages, etc gives a bad image and reputation compared to the ones who take that little bit extra time to personalise the mail and read the review policies of bloggers.

            I think you nailed it with common courtesy and respect, obviously it works both ways but you can tell straight away from the correspondence which authors lack that decency and which don’t but that’s not just authors, some bloggers lack it to and in general people either have those traits or they don’t.

            “Maybe I will start forwarding them to you bahaha” – hey! I’m not that bad! I’d like to think I’m polite and decent with authors and I always try to be professional when I have them on my blog.😀 I just don’t take sh#t from people.😂

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            1. You are so right! It always works both ways and is very evident when I am receiving something more generic. It feels like spam. I love when authors or reps take the time to correspond in a more personal manner and acknowledge that they have actually looked at the blog.

              No you are not bad at all 😉 But you could handle the one that are!

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  5. I’m afraid I don’t respond to review requests – I specifically don’t have a policy because that wasn’t really what I intended but I will only respond to those who at least have bothered to look at my blog and know what I’m interested in. The way I see it is author’s send out lots of these emails and aren’t going to be offended by nothing rather than a ‘no’ however I pretty it up.

    I hope you continue to get better x

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  6. Can you do an automated response for the review requests when you’re not accepting them, or is it tied to a central email account you can’t do that with? Generic responses and deletions might be your best bet if that’s the case.

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    1. I am not sure that I could develop an auto-response specifically for them simply because all emails through the blog go to the same account? If you know of a way to possibly filter, please let me know. I am using gmail at the moment. For now it is deletion 😉


  7. So far when I get requests I just send them a form letter declining… but since that would just drain you further I would amend my request page to say that due to my health i will not be responding to unsolicited requests. Then I could delete them with conscious clear! ❤ Glad to see you back!!

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    1. Thank you Dani ❤ I do have that included in my policy in nice red letters, but many seem to get one track mind and just send anyways. I guess it frustrates me because I am so limited to screen time (as you mentioned) and I am filtering emails too often. Why do we always get more requests when we are closed? And so very good to be back! ❤

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  8. I thought I’d taken the easy way out but not having a review policy, but it hasn’t made a difference 😁. I can’t believe people are so insensitive to acknowledge your ongoing health situation and still ask you if you’d like to review their material! Don’t worry about blog hopping it’s just lovely to interact with you through your posts. 😊

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    1. Thank you Annie ❤ Yes, I need to stop feeling guilty for not making time to respond. Trouble is, I am so limited with screen time currently. I updated my policy a tad after some feedback. So I am just going to keep deleting for now 😉


  9. Ooh that’s so annoying that you keep getting review requests. I’ve had to close mine too recently because I’m completing a Master’s degree and every few weeks I get a request saying “Congrats on doing your masters, do you have time to read …” Um no. No I don’t. Don’t even have time to do my weekly readings for uni!

    So glad you liked Bad Romance! That book broke my heart but I love it so much 😀

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    1. Bad Romance was fantastic! I think it took a few days of letting it sink in after I completed it to fully appreciate it. So good 🙂

      That is too funny! If you are working on your Master’s, you hardly have time for life let alone to read! Best of luck to you my friend. Hope it is going well.

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  10. Sorry to hear about the review request thing- yeah you’d think people would read “policies” and get it when it says not currently accepting. Geez…heck I sometimes delete even if I am accepting, if it’s clearly not something I review on my blog. Which may make me a bad person kinda *hides*

    See What I Have Done- like that cover! And I’ve never read The Once and Future King- I hope it’s good!!

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    1. I would never think of you as bad 😉 And yes, I have also deleted when I receive something that a requester would know better than to send if they spent even 5 minutes on the blog 😛

      So far, The Once and Future King is impressing. But my reading is very slow as is my return! Have a fantastic week Greg!


  11. I agree; delete! If they haven’t taken the time to consider you I’m not sure why they deserve your consideration. You’re too sweet and nice, though, which is why you feel bad. ❤️❤️❤️ Hope you’re enjoying a long weekend!!

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    1. Aw stop making me blush ❤ I will keep deleting for now. I think my policy is clear enough that I should feel guilt free. I have been enjoying the weekend. I have not been on GR so I am so sorry if I have missed any emails! Hope to catch up soon and hope you are well. Hugs!


  12. I have no answer for the review requests problem, I receive them by the bucket load and have clearly stated that I’m closed to requests. I also receive a lot which have clearly not read my guidelines either. I just delete them now without reading their email, two can play the ignorant card.

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    1. LOL fair enough 😉 I am deleting as well. I tweaked my policy as much as I could to be very clear. Feel free to look at it and let me know if it is too much haha. I am staying closed for the year I think. Too behind and too much to read ❤


  13. Too many authors are self obsessed with their work to a point that they blanket bomb every reader they have heard of, regardless of their review policy and preferred reading genres! I was forever getting requests to review contemporary and romamce novels despite clearly stating that I have no interest in these books. I would usually reply with ‘I direct you to my Goodreads profile’ where I have in detail what I read and don’t read. It really is so rude! Now, I would probably delete them. If they are rude enough to ignore your wishes, you owe them zero consideration!

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    1. Deleting I am 😉 It is too much of a time sink to reply and filter when I am limited to screen time. And I feel you on the requests for genres you do not read! I get a ton of romance requests. I even had an author swear it was not romance and send me a book, only to discover it was romance. I left it on the shelf and did not follow up 😉


  14. Eugh, how rude can some people be! Acknowledging the fact that they’ve read that you’re not only closed to requests, but are taking it easy because of your health, and then ignoring you anyway! Damn right you delete their requests, you owe them nothing! Some people really make me angry!
    I’m not closed to requests, but if I get a review request that is of a genre not stated in my guidlines, I simply delete it. If they can’t be bothered to read my guidelines, I can’t be bothered to reply.
    Your current reads look great! I’m excited to see your reviews for them 😀 I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤

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    1. Thank you Jazz ❤ I am getting better about deleting and moving on. I am just a softie 😉 I always feel bad for not responding, which I know is silly.

      I am enjoying my current reads, but is slow going with my eyes. What are you currently reading or do you have time right now with move and all? ❤

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      1. I know what you mean, I used to feel bad sometimes too…but the honest truth is that there’s no point in wasting your time on rude and impolite people. Focus that energy instead on the ones who matter, the ones who are respectful and considerate ❤
        I actually have quite a bit of time for reading at the moment since I quit my job. I'm currently reading 'The Little Stranger' by Sarah Waters. It's a quintessentially English ghost story and it seems great so far! Perfect for these current rainy autumnal days ❤

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          1. You did? That’s great! ❤ I'm very excited to hear what you think! It's certainly a little bit different.
            I dread to imagine how much less free time I'm going to have. I'm going to have to find a job too to help fund my studies and it all seems a bit daunting!

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  15. Well.. That stinks. Some people can exert some crazy levels of selfishness out there. Hopefully whatever solution you decide to use, you’ll be satisfied. 😉 I’d say to ignore and move on, put them on a ban list if they really don’t want to put an effort too. Happy return to the blogging world, Danielle. Hope you’ll enjoy your blog hoping and blogging, and no overdo yourself. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 I am working hard not to overdo it but finding my online time so limited. It is hard because I am used to being much more active in the community.

      I have settled on making my policy clear and just deleting the emails. I do not have a desire to continue responding when my time is so limited 😉

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  16. I had a guy email me about four hours after he sent me the code to get an audiobook, via Audiobook Boom, and ask me if I had read the book yet! When I did download it the book was six plus hours long. How stupid was that. I ignore requests I am not interested in. I delete them from my inbox right away. Ha ha. I am not going to tell you to have a wonderful week because this one is already gone. 😀

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    1. Haha, for what it is worth my week was ok 😛 I am deleting them now as well. It is very clear in my policy that I am not open for reviews. My screen time has been greatly limited by symptoms (and the doc) so I am not going to spend it responding to those who cannot be troubled to read my policy 😉


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