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!

Another busy week for us here as there were multiple appointments (not just my own) and we flew my son to Ohio on Friday. We will pick him up tomorrow. It goes without saying, I am tired which leads to feeling a bit worse. But I am also excited about the upcoming holidays and cooler weather. While many might complain about the cold and snow, I embrace. I live for sweaters, hot drinks, blankets and shopping for others! I love hearing the wind and rain beat on the side of the house while I read. Plus my symptoms do better with the decreased heat! Win win in this home.


(New)Recent Reviews

hillbillyHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

3181953The Heretic’s Daughter (Buddy Read)

(New) Current Reads (1)I am actually still reading The Cottingley Secret.  I know this goes against popular opinion, but I am actually shelving The Tethered Mage and sending feedback to the publisher. I also added one more to the mix this week.


By Katherine Arden


Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

(New)Other Happenings

  • On Tuesday I was happy to share an excerpt from the translated title Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa.
  • Saturday just for fun, I chose to talk about Aging & Reading.
  • Hop over to The Secret Library to check out Nicki’s fantastic lists of great posts for the week.

What I am listening to:


Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original “Psycho”
By Harold Schechter
Narrated by R.C. Bray


From “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers” (Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation – and redefined the meaning of the word psycho.

The year was 1957. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in America’s heartland, filled with extraordinary evidence of unthinkable depravity. The man behind the massacre was a slight, unassuming Midwesterner with a strange smile – and an even stranger attachment to his domineering mother. After her death and a failed attempt to dig up his mother’s body from the local cemetery, Gein turned to other grave robberies and, ultimately, multiple murders.

Driven to commit gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagination, Ed Gein remains one of the most deranged minds in the annals of American homicide. This is his story, recounted in fascinating and chilling detail by Harold Schechter, one of the most acclaimed true-crime storytellers of our time.

What I am watching right now:

The Ancient Magus Bride (魔法使いの嫁) simulcast on

It began airing on 10/8/17 and looks to be 24 episodes. You can find out more here on MAL if listed. Also feel free to add me dramamama79  on MAL if you wish. I have not decided whether I will reopen my CR account publicly. I just deleted the old due to a creeper haha.

What are you reading and watching this week? Do you watch anime? I would love to connect with a few more bloggers who do or enjoy manga. Whatever you chose to read or watch, may your week ahead be full of books and joy!

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard._

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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34 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. I like colder weather too, I mean I love summer but the cooldown is nice too. And it is nice to sip something hot and enjoy the indoors when the wind is howling outside, or th rain falling. Totally agree!

    I haven’t watched or read much anime/ manga but I’d like to, one of these days. There’s so much out there now and a lot of it looks really good!

    Have a great week Danielle!!!

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  2. I too have warm feelings for colder weather for the same reasons as you, although when you just HAVE to go out and brave the cold… uncool… 😛 Hope The Girl in the Tower proves to be a phenomenal read for you! And is my animelist the goodreads of animes? and what exactly is a CR account? Crunchyroll? Happy reading, Danielle! 🙂

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  3. I think I’ve only read one or two mangas, but I really want to check out more. I hear great things about various anime too but I still need to check some out. I know Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction reads some manga and watches some anime if you want to talk to her ever! 🙂

    I’m cold almost all the time but I DO love the cooler weather. I’m all about candles, cozy blankets, and sweaters.


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  4. Eurgh “I love hearing the wind and rain beat on the side of the house while I read” and again, Eurgh! I hate the wind, I don’t mind the rain but the howling, gusty, horrid vile wind, yuck, no thank you. Though, I’m not a heat and summer person either, I like it cold, no wind, sunny and fine out, yeah, I’m very particular but after all, I’m male so it’s to be expected.😂

    I’m sorry that you didn’t get on with The Tethered Mage, I loved it and lots of others did too. Alas, we can’t all like the same things, we can’t love all the books all the time either unfortunately and all our views are valid regardless of if we liked the book or not and some just don’t do it for us, that’s one of the decent things about book blogging, we all have different views.😀

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  5. Wow! You had quite a busy week, it seems! I’m really impressed with how much happened on your blog despite travel and such. I feel like I’ve been barely able to stay above water lately. O_o So, I can relate to the stress. Be patient with yourself and keep up the great work!

    Wow– you disliked The Tethered Mage enough to DNF it *and* provide feedback directly to the publisher?! Did you get this book from NG or Edelweiss? I want to know more!

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    1. Thanks Jackie 🙂 It was a NG title. I try to always provide direct feedback with I DNF. I feel it is only fair. I normally do not receive a response, although I have had a few follow ups in the past. Tethered Mage felt much more like YA than I was expected and the political/war elements seemed to override the fantasy for myself. I wasn’t ready for a YA a read (and doing more research have learned since that I am not the only who encountered this issue). It was a great concept and the writing was solid. I think if I had understood that it was going to be less complex then maybe I would have picked it up at a better time and connected more?

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      1. Ah, I can understand how that might have thrown you off. It’s always hard when you’re expecting one thing and you get another. What a shame. Good on you for reaching out directly! I’m definitely going to take a page out of your book when it comes to DNF feedback. That seems much more appropriate to me.

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  6. You had a creeper on Crunchyroll?! Blergh. This is why we cannot have nice things. I 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 the fall sweater body meme, ha ha. I am looming forward to your thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy. I am late on this one, so I will say Happy Thanksgiving. 🌞

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    1. Hillbilly Elegy upsets me the more I dwell on it haha.. so I will move on. Yeah, a total creeper and not the first. Probably some teenager haha. But “delete” was easiest and I am lazy haha. I hope you have wonderful holidays as well my friend!


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