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!

Most of my posts this week were scheduled, so I apologize for my lack of response and visits. I am currently fighting another flare up and require a lot of rest and meds. I will respond where I can today and this coming week, but may continue to remain a bit quiet until this passes. Most posts will continue to be scheduled in advance. I cannot thank you all enough for being so wonderfully understanding. I will try to share an update post on health and life when the time feels right ❤

giant peachJames and the Giant Peach

likewaterLike Water for Chocolate



Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)
By Neal Shusterman (Goodreads Author



Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

1857397The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde



Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged; petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral; while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying, enchanting, obsessing, even corrupting readers for more than a hundred years.

Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not only a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde’s fin-de-siècle world and a manifesto of the creed “Art for Art’s Sake.”

The ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a “driveling pedant.” The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for “gross indecency,” which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, The Picture of Dorian Gray firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement, and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero.


What I am listening to:

girlinsnowGirl in Snow
By Danya Kukafka
Narrated by Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne and Jacques Roy



When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both. In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory.

What I am watching this week:

penny dreadfulPenny Dreadful
Series: Fantasy/Horror (2014-2016)
Cast: Josh HartnettTimothy DaltonEva Green & Billie Piper

Rundown: Set in Victorian London, Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, an American gunslinger, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives come together to tackle supernatural forces and seek out Murray’s missing daughter Mina. *Please note this series is extremely graphic (violence and sexual content) but also extremely good 😉

That is about it for me. More film and audio than books this week thanks to my headaches and reading fatigue. I hope you have found plenty of time to read and enjoy your week! What are you currently enjoying?

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” 
~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Happy Reading & Be Well,

Danielle ❤

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72 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. It must be so frustrating. They can do face transplants now so you’d think that they would be able to find some better treatment to help you. I hope you get through this flare up quickly and feel a bit better real soon. I tried watching Penny Dreadful but I just couldn’t get into it. Hope you continue to enjoy it though!

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    1. Aw thanks haha. I always joke and tellthe nonhubs I just want a new brain. He says I am smart so it cannot be the brain, must be the skull.. whatever that means? A compliment I think? I did consult with a neurosurgeon to see about removing the lesion, but is a no go. I am sure it will pass soon enough 😛 I am used to it.

      I get it about Penny Dreadful. I know it certainly will not be for all. I am totally hooked though. What are you watching at the moment?


    1. Yeah 😦 I am trying to play a bit of catch up this weekend and then may fade out again this week. Screen time makes it worse and typing is hard as well with my hands. So when I have to work during the week (which is on a pc) that taps me. But hopefully it will pass soon ❤ Hope you have a good week – xx


  2. I am so jealous you are reading Thunderhead. My book should be arriving in the mail soon but I can listen to it. My book of Scythe is underlined everywhere. It’s so good. Did you like it?

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      1. Just the usual shows and series I watch and old re-runs. Struggling at the moment with new shows, just not finding them engaging. There’s a show called Britannia that’s just started, looks awesome but…’s 18 episodes! Just can’t be arsed with it as that’s too long GoT, etc are only 10 and 18 is nearly double, too long even if it’s good. There is a show about Knight’s starting soon on history that looks cool but has been getting poor reviews. I’m intrigued by that if I I remember the name and find it.😂

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  3. Love and obsession is always a great combination in books… Girl In Snow sounds like an intriguing (audio)book and I like that it’s told from three different angles. I’m sure that makes it even more interesting and gives more perspective. I hope you have a better week ahead of you Danielle! Much love xxx

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    1. Thank you JJ ❤ I am enjoying Dorian Gray but need to stop trying to read it at night when I am drifting off. I may just wait until I can tackle in one stretch this week. It is harder to read those dated titles like that haha. Thunderhead is not disappointing so far 🙂


  4. Feel better soon my dear friend! I know all too well! I absolutely adore Penny Dreadful, and I admit that I cried because I was devastated when it ended. I was really off my rocker, lol! The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books of all time; I hope you love it! I read The Girl in the Snow as an ARC last summer, and I couldn’t enjoy it at all for some reason. I think I was one of the few, so I may have to reread it at one point. I hope you enjoy it! Take care!! Hugs!! ❤ ❤

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    1. I hope you are feeling okay Stephanie ❤ I know you are too familiar with the struggles. I will be bummed when Penny Dreadful is over. 3 seasons seems so short. I am actually enjoy the audio of Girl in Snow, so time will tell 😉 I am putting Dorian Gray on hold until later this week when I can sit and read it in a stretch. I keep passing out at night which makes for a challenging read with more dated titles. Hugs always ❤

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      1. Feeling tired and a bit anxious lately. I think much of that is the steroids. They always make me quite jittery, so taking them daily is no fun. Having some headaches, but I think it’s stress and excess screen time again with being back to teaching. I’ve been trying to take more breaks, but I just get more anxious. I’ll get in a groove. Last week the kids were home for 3 days because of snow and that did not help either, lol. Yes, 3 seasons was not enough of Penny Dreadful! And if you were watching it live, you had no idea it was the last season, so it was terribly shocking!! It was announced as the season final, but that episode played as “The End” and it was a huge to do afterwards! That was why I cried haha, the shock! I might try the audio of the Girl in Snow. I was very nitpicky over it grammatically, lol. Maybe that will improve it haha. Oh, I can understand with Gray! I keep falling asleep trying to read at night too, but I guess I need the sleep! That’s not getting much reading done though 🙂 Feel better!

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        1. Maybe sense I am doing Girl in the Snow on audio, grammar will not be an issue 😉 So far I am enjoying the unique narration and subtle tie-ins with characters.

          Ah!!! I hate following a show and suddenly discovering the season is the last. So heart breaking when you enjoy something. That is how we felt with Defiance. Sci-fi shows never last haha.

          I hope you can curb some screentime soon. That is a huge trigger for me. My doc says I suffer terrible reading fatigue. Go figure. I cannot even with steroids.. I swell so bad and shake. I feel for you ❤

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          1. That helps! Horrible grammar in ARCs drives me insane! I want to get a read pen and start circling all the commas that are in the wrong place because misplaced commas are the bane of my existence. I will literally stop reading a book if there are too many. I’ll start reading it again, but I have to get over being so annoyed, lol. Audio is probably good for Girl in Snow though. I do remember the prose was gorgeous though.

            Yes, it is so awful when a show you love just ends, especially without any warning like Penny Dreadful. And I still have no idea how they managed to just end that without leaks getting out that it was the series finale and not season finale like they were announcing everywhere. It felt so deceptive. My hubby felt the same way with Defiance! He’s a huge sci-fi fan. Oh and when Firefly ended, I thought he was going to cry, lol.

            Me too! My eyes are drying out from all the screentime. My eye Dr is calling in prescription drops to see if they help. That is awful for a bookworm!! I’m glad you have audio books though. Yes, I wouldn’t wish steroids on anyone. Hugs! ❤

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            1. But I believe most ARCs are uncorrected proofs haha 😂 so I tend to over look grammar and errors. If they are very extreme, I will send the publicists feedback as a courtesy. But usually they are cleaned up well before the release. That is the drawback of accepting advanced copies 😉

              Do not get me started on Firefly!!! The nonhubs and I still mourn that show. One of the best 😢 and dropped for such a lame one.

              Yeah, I was told I must limit reading and screentime as much as possible between the lesion and migraines. I was like.. but I live for books and blogging and work from a computer. The doctor was not thrilled lol.

              Hugs ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Olivia! Today has been a good day so I have no complaints 🙂 I am really enjoying Penny Dreadful, but it is super graphic. I have to find time when the kids are in bed or gone to try to squeeze in episodes haha.


      1. I was worried it might end on a cliffhanger since it got cancelled and I’m always apprehensive to start series that I know aren’t complete. But I think I’ll definitely have to try this one!

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  5. I need to start Penny Dreadful someday. It has always intrigued me and Eva Green looks amazing in it.

    Have I ever recommended Taboo to you? If not, you HAVE to give it a shot. With Tom Hardy as the lead character, the show is PHENOMENAL. I might be biased in regard to Tom Hardy, but I absolutely loved that show!

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  6. I’ve also been incredibly busy! No time to blog hop at all. I am beginning to wonder if life’s always going to be this way… Or maybe I just haven’t noticed before how we’re always constantly busy?

    SO yeah, I sure understand! Hoping you get some more time to chill this week. All the best, Danielle!

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  7. I love Like Water for Chocolate and anything by Roald Dahl. I hope you enjoy Dorian Gray – I read it about 10 years ago and think I enjoyed it haha.

    I’m really going to have to start watching Penny Dreadful. My friend couldn’t stop talking about it when I went to visit her in December.

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    1. I just finished Dorian Gray and have a lot of mixed feelings. But for the most part I did enjoy certain aspects.

      Penny Dreadful is fantastic with a stellar cast if you do not mind how graphic it is you should let me know if you get a chance to check it out!


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