Sunday Sum~Up

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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!

It has been a few weeks since my last Sunday Sum~Up. I took a small break to spend time with the family and rest during the holidays. Although, let’s be honest, how much can one really rest during the holidays? Not much! But my break was rewarding none the less. We had a lovely holiday with family. It is always good to be back though.

A lot has actually happened on the personal front. My daughter acquired her driving license! She is doing really well. I am not the train wreck I thought I would be. Very proud of her maturity and responsible and safe decision-making abilities. My son is now in Ohio for a visit and work picked up a bit after the long weekend (which I am okay with because I function best with busy). There were also some additional bumps in terms of my healthcare, but maybe we will discuss that another day, maybe not 😉 Right now, I really just want to catch up and talk books!



shadowgirlThe Shadow Girl


alandofpermanentgoodbyesA Land of Permanent Goodbyes
By Atia Abawi



Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking — and timely — story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand.

In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s
family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

But while this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

An award-winning author and journalist–and a refugee herself–Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

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What I am listening to:

The Allusionist

A big thanks to Kim at Traveling, Gladly Beyond for introducing me to this addictive and fun podcast series about language and all things related by Helen Zaltzman. You can listen here.

What I am watching this week:

Netflix Original: Erased
If you are a fan of manga or anime, then you are probably already familiar with this incredible story. I cannot recommend this live action adaptation enough! If you are overly emotional such as myself, keep the tissues handy.

It has been a nice week! I was a bit sad to see the holidays conclude, but it is always good to return to routine. I would love to know what you are currently watching or reading. Here is to hoping each of you are well and that your new year has started off right! And remember:


Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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39 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

    1. Oh nice! I still have a few episodes left. I spent some time out of the house yesterday. I am hoping to finish it this week. I love that story so much. Have you read the manga or anime?

      Thank you! Haha my daughter is a smart kid, so that helps a ton!


  1. Congrats to your daughter on her driving license.. she’s way ahead of me.. I still need to pass my driving test and with all the stuff in life bringing me down, I have lost all motivation to even try at this stage but with the coming of srping, I hope I’ll manage to pull the finger out and just go for it! 🙂

    I was super delighted once the Christmas dinner pressure was done and dusted with- in between xmas and new years I was at work, in the office all alone as all the boys took their holidays and it was brilliant… I didn’t have to worry about my music being too loud and nor did I have to put up with their arguments! 😀

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    1. Ah yes! I can still remember taking my test and being stressed to the max! Now look, I am no longer able to drive.. blah. She got it just in time haha. JK.. she deserves it and has worked hard. And I am sure you will have yours soon enough 😉

      I remember working shifts were everyone else was out. I always preferred it haha. I work remotely now, so I can often be caught with my music on if I do not need to make calls. I do not miss drama that happens in office either. Although my current place of employment is pretty low drama and well ran 🙂

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      1. Yes, the workplace drama can be mental.. in my previous place I was the neutral party in the middle of a massive drama… now I am in the office with men and while it has it’s cons, for sure, it is a lot less drama 😀 My inner Stan loves the guy jokes as well… although I do swear a lot more often now 😀

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  2. I’m pleased that you had a wonderful festive season! You’re right, though…who gets to rest over the holidays!? I don’t think I got a single rest day over the week and a bit I spent with my family!
    I keep seeing that series advertised on Netflix and have been meaning to check it out. I’ve just finished the first season of a series called ‘Dark’. That’s pretty interesting!

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    1. Oh yeah! I loved Dark. I think it might have been the last one I featured. Isn’t it brilliant. Such a unique idea.

      Have you read the manga or watched the anime for Erased? It is a spectacular story. You are in for a treat!

      That reminds me, I have to hop over and see if I can resub to emails for your blog. I haven;t been getting them 😦 I think WP gets angry with me. Bah..

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      1. Finally! Someone who’s seen Dark! 😛 I got my flatmate to watch it but she’s watching it painfully slowly! It really is a unique idea. I love how four or five episodes in you start developing theories as to what’s going on and suddenly, bam, it’s all kicking off. Can’t wait for the second season!
        I haven’t but that might have to change! I’ll see if I can get the manga somewhere 🙂
        It might be because I haven’t been posting much? Maybe it’s more WP getting angry at me for not posting in ages 😛

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        1. Haha maybe. It is probably also because I took a break and then tried to catch up some 😉 Emails may have gotten lost in the overflow.

          Dark is incredible! I am so eager for the continuation. Have seen the Break? It is another German set crime drama. Also very good.


  3. Congrats to your daughter! That driver’s license is never going to happen anymore for me. I know I know, never say never but it’s just something that would stress me out so much and I can really do without it (I did have the lessons and took the test, once, a long long time ago).. it doesn’t make my life simpler though but I’ll take the lesser of two evils :-). That podcast does sound interesting, never heard of it but I’m happy you discovered something new and exciting again! Have a great week lovely!

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    1. I feel you on the driver’s license. I am not sure what the process is like there, but always stressful for sure. I am no longer able to drive. So this is huge for her. I do not like her having to rely on public transportation at night coming home from work. So this is a relief.

      If you decide to check out the podcast, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Do you currently listen to any or have any recommendations?

      Have a wonderful week Inge ❤

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    1. Thank you! And I am glad that you are still interested in Dunbar. It is tough to review books that do not necessarily work for us when we know they will for others! I never want to discourage someone from exploring a potentially great read, so I am thrilled you are considering it 🙂


    1. Thanks Greg! Happy to hear the holidays were good for you my friend 🙂 But certainly always chaotic. A lot happening in what feels like a short time.

      The Shadow Girl cover does give a “freaky” vibe, but it really isn’t 😉

      Happy reading good sir and hope you have a great week!


  4. I love podcasts! But I’m always torn between listening to them or an audiobook instead. I get into trouble with podcasts about books. I always come away with several more books on my TBR shelf!

    Congratulations on your daughter getting her license! That’s a big step! We just bought a new car this weekend ourselves after the brakes on our commuter (beater) car finally decided to give up.

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    1. I hope the new car works out well 😊 I am thrilled she passed her test. Although, a bit nervous. Through no fault or hers though. Just the mom in me.

      I am the same! I alternate an do an audiobook and then when complete, I will podcats for 2 to 3 days anf then audio again haha. It works well. Unless I get sucked into a podcast 😉

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  5. Yikes! A kid with a license must be terrifying… My oldest is 11. I know 5 years sounds like an eternity away, but it will pass like a blink of the eye. At least the little one still has 12 years lol

    Did your son have a nice trip to Ohio? The weather here has been pretty brutal…

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    1. Haha, she is very mature and responsible, so it has been much easier than I would have anticipated several years ago. But still hard on the nerves.

      He did his best. It is always bitter-sweet for him. He doesn’t do well being away and the “environment” there is not as structured and supportive to his needs. He did say it was really cold haha.

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