Sunday Sum~Up

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 was heavily occupied with appointments and real life events that kept me away, but I did manage a review and post. Today we are celebrating the nonhusband’s birthday before he heads back to California for several days due to fires.

We did replace our bedding this weekend and pick up a new humidifier for the bedroom. This may not sound like news, but as someone who spends a lot of time in bed, it truly is! I slept very well last night and expect this will help with symptoms (our sheets were literally hurting my skin – I know sounds ridiculous but true). Also, I picked up my hearing aids this week! I admit, I spent several hours watching tv without subtitles and thoroughly enjoying it! I am still slightly overwhelmed by all of the background noises (birds outside, etc) and adjusting to being able to hear my own voice, but I am super excited. So in spite of this cold, it has been a successful week.

(New)Recent Reviews

9781101890585The Gracekeepers

(New) Current Reads (1)(Actually starting this tomorrow)

The Heretic’s Daughter
By Kathleen Kent


Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

(New)Other Happenings

  • Once again it was a slow week on BVT. But I did manage to put together a small Tenative Fall TBR.
  • I made the difficult decision to leave a few blogging groups this week. I have a discussion post drafted for this and may share it once I am more comfortable. I am hoping to approach a topic that has been weighing heavily on me but might solicit some negative feedback.
  • I am super excited for the upcoming series Electric Dreams (Phillip K. Dick) on Amazon Prime which you can watch a trailer of here. I also just started the new podcast based series Lore. Are you familiar with the podcast or series? It is shaping up to be a perfect October show.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. I am looking forward to a nice cuppa and some new stories and shows as we enjoy this Fall weather (aka rain) that has settled in.

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” 
― Bill Watterson

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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53 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. Always a chance for negative feedback on any post. I guess as long as it’s constructive negative and written in a polite way then it’s OK but if you get negative feedback that ends up being personal, horrible and argumentative then that Danielle is what the delete/trash button is for on comments. Or, just let me have at them, I have a low tolerance for idiots and people being cruel as it’s not needed.😀

    Hopefully you’ll post the posts, be interested to read them! And I’m sure the positive feedback will far outweigh the negative but we all know, haters gonna hate.

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    1. Thanks so much Drew! I think I will post it once I am through editing. I am just trying to convey my point without attacking and not yet satisfied with my approach.
      FYI – I have your blog open here to sit and read through as soon as my eyes allow me more than a few minutes. Right now I have a blind spot in one that is super annoying. But way overdue a visit 😉

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      1. Damn it! Now I’m even more interested too read it, you’re just teasing now!😂 Yeah, best to leave attacking to people like me, especially if I’m in a bad mood.😂

        Ha, nonsense on my blog, some babbling, a post called Authorgate because an author was an ar#ehole and a Mark Lawrence review. It’s all good, you’ll read what you can, when you can, your health is far more important than visiting blogs.😀

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        1. Thanks again Drew! I saw it looks like you may not be feeling good. I hope that has or does pass soon. No fun 😦

          I am holding off on the discussion a bit longer. No matter how much I edit it, it sounds negative and whiny. I cannot stand those two things haha, so I am not comfortable with sharing yet. When I can articulate it better, I will definitely share 🙂

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              1. I’m better than I was, I’m still not great and have symptoms but it’s only ‘ill’ now and not ‘God, I’m dying’.😂 I’d have liked to have been completely better over the weekend so that I felt fine, alas, I guess I’ll have to get through work and wait until next weekend for lots of sleep and reading. Though, as I’ve hardly read the last fortnight due to illness I’ll hopefully feel like reading this week.😀

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                1. I totally get it. Sometimes people tend to think we might be able to read more when we are down and out, but it can be the very opposite. I hope that it is passing now and the weekend is full of good reads. I see you have some book mail to dive into, which is always a plus 😉

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                  1. I read less when I’m down and out, same for TV and gaming too, be nice if it was the opposite but it’s not.😂

                    I do! Book mail is great, I might do a haul post as I’m way behind on reading due to the last fortnight and it’s doubtful when I’ll get around to reading the books then you have to add in that fantasy are often double or twice the size of other genres too but I’m not complaining, books are books.😀

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                  2. I don’t tag publishers in haul posts, I don’t understand why people do, same for memes too – unless they are trying to get a copy of the book by showing interest, look at me, I want the book gimme!😂 I just think haul posts are good as they showcase the books even if it takes months to get around to them.

                    I often forget to even tag the publisher on twittah when I post book post pictures.😂

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                  3. I tag them only on Instagram and Twitter when I remember. I never used to be, but then started receiving requests to do so and little reminders with my bookmail 😉 Was like oops.. maybe I better do that more haha. But not sure about haul posts on the blog. I never do those, so I am clueless. I just enjoy looking at everyone else’s haha. I am terrible about sharing my bookmail. My time feels so limited.. gah.

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                  4. I’ve never received requests to tag them on twitter, half the publishers and publicists don’t even seem to bother when you do tag them anyway but, I guess it depends on the actual publicist as some are really friendly and great and others not so much. Never received a little reminder with the book mail either, guess that’s the difference between the UK and US! 🙂

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                  5. Maybe it is a US thing? I never think much about that haha. I usually do have a few links with a please share and tag note haha. I do not mind. I think it is great that they want to hear more from the blogger, I just fail at it. I do not work with many publishers or reps directly, as I have been closed for so long, but I have been blessed. The ones I do and the authors all tend to share and follow up with me after. It is appreciated because I know some who just ship a book with no extra info and no thank you after the review. That irks me haha.. those get posted last 😉

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                  6. Yeah, that’s very true about the extra info or a thank you. I like a thank you and I like to see my review shared by the publicist and publishers too, annoys the hell out of me when they only seem to share certain reviews and it’s like hey! Share mine, I loved the book!😂

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                  7. Yep completely feel the same, but just have to remind myself that reps and publishers are drowning in reviews, etc. Sometimes it is just poor luck that a review gets lost in the mix I think. But when I take the time to email with the requested link.. I better get a thank you hahah 🙂

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  2. I should really consider looking into getting a heading aid. My heading has gotten progressively worse because of ear problems growing up. And it sucks because I always need subtitles and if I lay on my right side in bed, I can barely hear the tv 😦

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    1. Thank you so much! It is very true. Our comfort levels affect us in ways many may not consider. I am pretty satisfied with the steps we are taking. Learning to accept this body and find ways to live with it (no matter how big or small) is a huge improvement.


  3. I’m so glad that you’ve finally gotten your hearing aids! It must be really surreal suddenly being able to hear properly, but I hope the adjustment period flies by for you and that you can start enjoying them fully very soon 😀
    Oh. My. God. Lore is my absolute favourite podcast series! I’m absolutely hooked and caught up on about two years worth of episodes in about three months. Do you listen to the podcast too? I really want to watch the series too, but I haven’t got Amazon Prime (but I have just remembered that my boyfriend does and I’m seeing him in two and a bit weeks :P)
    I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤

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    1. Oh haha, I think I mentioned Lore to you in another comment 😛 Great minds lol. Glad you are already a fan. I am new to it, but so hooked! I will be checking out the podcast very soon! I have yet to. I was not familiar with it until the series released. Shame on me.

      Thank you. It is a bit surreal. I can hear birds and dogs outside. I can hear my own voice now. It might sound odd, but this is a whole new world for me haha ❤ I know I have been failing with blogs, but still keeping tabs on social media. So happy to see you doing well!


    1. Haha, I can understand that. I have actually took my out a few times today. I am feeling overwhelmed at times with the newer sounds and all 🙂 Sheets are a must! We all deserve a good nights sleep or rest when we can. Likewise, I hope your week is kind to you.


  4. I can’t imagine what it would be like to go from not hearing to having everything hit you at once. I hope you adjust soon. But it sounds like its worth it!
    I’m slowly losing my eyesight to a genetic disorder and you got me thinking about what it will be like when it’s gone, then if I got a transplant what it would be like to have it back again. I guess I won’t know until it gets to that point.
    Have a great week!
    My STS/Sunday Post

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  5. Ooh Electric Dreams is gonna be on Amazon? Cool! Seems like I saw something for that. I’ll have to watch that trailer and make sure. 🙂 It sounds like something I would like.

    Glad it was a good week all things considered.

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  6. Glad to hear about the improvements, yay for new bedding and hearing aids! I have no idea what your blog post will say yet but I shouldn’t worry too much about negative feedback, I’m sure you’ll voice what plenty have been thinking all along. Congrats to the nonhusband, I hope you celebrated well and you’ve got a good week coming!

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  7. Fascinating reads! I actually did read The Heretic’s Daughter. I liked it. It was pretty intense. Much more so than my usual books, but interesting. I’m interested to read about why you left some blogging groups. I haven’t had time to really participate in any, but I would love to try it sometime…I think. ☺️

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    1. I am still working on the post about blogging groups, but have it on hold. It is sounding very negative no matter how I approach it, and I do not want that ❤ I am almost done with The Heretic's Daughter. Such a heavy read indeed. Will be hard to review! Have a lovely week ahead.

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  8. Ahhh yay! Glad to hear all those new gadgets have been brought into your life and made things that much better for you! And Electric Dreams!!!! I recently read and reviewed Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep just to catch up on Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. I’m sold on this dude’s novels. Can’t wait to try more of his books. I’m hesitant about that particular show cause I also want to recognize all the references.. so maybe I’ll read more of his classic works before jumping into that show! Have you tried it out yet? 😀 So many shows… so little time… Stranger Things Season 2 just released too!!! Ahh!!!

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    1. I know! The nonhubs just left for Cali again.. so I have to wait a week on Stranger Things! Ahhhh.. it is killin’ me. I loved Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It has been a few years though, so I have no review up. I certainly am a fan of the classic Blade Runner film as well and plan to see the new when health allows. I do not think I will be able to hold off on the show though. I am too excited 😉

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