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!

Very short and inactive week as I continue to recover from this virus. Thank you for all of the patience and thoughtful comments and well wishes. I have plans to attend the ballet next week, so I am doing my best at the moment to rest and allow myself to recoup. I think my heart would break if I missed it.

I have begun scheduling posts a week out. I am not a fan of this because I do not like having posts go up and then not responding to comments. But at the same time, I do currently have obligations and commitments that I must allow for. So this seems to be the safest way to ensure this happens during flare ups. I can never apologize enough for those weeks such as this, when I do not respond. And I assure you, this is not blogger guilt, but simply who I am. I am genuinely sorry when I fail to interact because I miss it so. You should begin to see me slowly responding to comments this weekend or coming week. I was hoping to catch up on all of your missed posts.. but looking at my lists now, I may have to allow myself to start with a clean slate, less I feel overwhelmed while recovering from this last bit of virus.




51827Alias Grace
By Margaret Atwood



It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?

Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases best-selling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

*This is a challenge read.
Prompt: A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift


Nemesis (Project Nemesis #1)
By Brendan Reichs



He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

*This is a review copy from the publisher as part of an upcoming tour to celebrate the release of the sequel. I will have a spotlight with a playlist available Monday.

DNF this Week: I decided to shelf Under the Pendulum Sun. I plan on picking it back up later, but for now the pacing was not working. I blame my current moodiness due to being ill.

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Friday I opted to skip my usual Friday Favorites and share an update. I should be back on track this coming week. Of course, a week in bed means I did watch  and listen to a few things!

What I binged on:

Channel-Zero-Syfy-SerieSyFy’s Channel Zero

This is another horror anthology series, where each story is 6 episodes long. These are based on familiar works such as those found on Creepypasta, and I am shamelessly hooked. I have a weird affection for horror. So this will not be for everyone. But it is wicked fun and easily digested. I binged up to the current season 3. You can start here if looking to explore this series.




I am still committed to The Alienist that is currently airing on TNT. The cast is brilliant! But that doctor Kreizler is a total ass. Has anyone read the books? Is this how he is portrayed in them?


What I am listening to:


Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

This has been on repeat of late. Classical music and ballet are comforting for me, particularly when symptoms flare up. So do not be surprised to discover me in bed with this playing on the television or my speakers. Swan Lake is a favorite of mine.



I know I am not the only one who has suffered at the hands of the flu and viruses that seem to be running rampant of late. I hope each of you are well and rested. May your week ahead be full of books, good company and many memories in the making. And should you find yourself struggling, remember that if you look closely enough, there is always a silver lining 😉

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Danielle ❤

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58 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. Get better soon, darling ❤ I hope you enjoy the ballet 🙂 The highlight of my week was my hour at the pub xD I even found a beer I liked! Such an exciting life xD
    I am so with you on scheduling and not being able to reply to comment or interact, work prevents me from being active, and I am afraid my blog will start to frizzle out.

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    1. Thank you! I am super excited about the ballet. I have never been and it is Alice in Wonderland. It looks like it is going to be a stunning production. I highly recommend you check out Channel Zero. When I checked last, you could still watch the first 2 seasons on syfy online 🙂


    1. I have really grown to love Ballet over the last few year but never been. This will be a production of Alice in Wonderland, so I am over the moon! One of my favorites ❤ I am really enjoying Nemesis. Hopefully I will finish soon. I am slow with this cold still working its way out of my head. How is Michael?

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  2. I’ve wanted to try Channel Zero, but the previews of it back when it was coming out both excited and scared me. The scare won out so I’ve yet to try it. That broken down TV white noise thing is so freaky!
    I’m hooked on Grimm right now. Marathoning and rewatching it.

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    1. Oh I need to finish Grimm! They film it here I believe. I started it and was enjoying it and then fell off track. I think I was transitioning with work or something at the time. Thanks for the reminder 😉 Channel Zero is kind of creepy but some scenes are a little corny so it is easier to take, if that helps haha.


  3. Nemesis sounds intriguing. Those first two lines really do it. If it wasn’t for that giant asteroid coming into play I would be even more interested ;-). I hope you can enjoy the ballet. I haven’t seen any great series lately but I’m watching a few things on tv: our own country’s second edition of Married at First Sight, Topdoctors and Temptation Island. It’s horrifying too to watch that last one haha. Have a good week Danielle!


  4. I love Swan Lake! I was so disappointed (and a little angry) when a ballet company brought ‘Swan Lake’ here, but it turned out they had cropped it down to a one-act story that completely took out the Black Swan, while the second half of the program was devoted to this weird, long, modernist piece that no one had come to see. We’d all come for Swan Lake, but were denied the experience of the whole masterpiece!

    I read The Alienist, but honestly, aside from the woman investigator (whose name escapes me), I don’t remember much of it. I wasn’t impressed enough with the first book to continue on.

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    1. I would be so disheartened if given the chance to see Swan Lake and then have the experience completely altered 😦 that is BS. I have no idea why they would such a masterpiece like that?!

      I am really enjoying the show. I may attempt the book after, depending on how I feel when it is complete. I believe you speak of Sara Howard who is played by Dakota Fanning. I am really enjoying her role!


      1. I don’t know why they did it! And there was never any explanation as to why a show billed as ‘Swan Lake’ showed less than half of the actual ballet. It was definitely not cool. Fortunately, all of my other ballet experiences have been wonderful!

        Great! I might look into the show, then. Later on, when I’m not already way behind on the stuff I’ve already watching!

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  5. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on both books you’re currently reading! Alias Grace is on my shelf right now and I need to find the time to read it before watching the Netflix series. I read (and didn’t much enjoy) The Alienist: Kriezler was a pain. He also disappeared for the whole middle of the book, despite being its namesake?

    Fingers crossed you feel better in time for the ballet 🙂 Which one are you planning to see?

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    1. I am on the mend, so it should be all good for the ballet 😉 It is a production of Alice in Wonderland and I cannot wait ❤

      I actually watched Alias Grace first (which I rarely do) and luckily it has not subtracted from my experience with the book so far! As far as the Alienist, I am enjoying the show and cast significantly.. but Kriezler is a right jerk from what I see haha.


  6. I am curious what you will think of the Atwood. I didn’t like The Heart Goes last, but am still planning on reading The Handmaid’s Tale at some point.📚

    Channel Zero sounds great.💀

    I hope your flu starts waning. It seems to hang on forever and the extra fatigue is unbelivable. Feel better and have a healthier week.💜

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    1. I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale very much my second attempt. But I have struggled with her in the past. I am however, really enjoying this one so far.

      Channel Zero is just so fun. I binged it and then was so sad to realized I hit a point where I have to wait on episodes haha.

      The virus is passing. Just a lingering soreness and bad throat. Still tired.. so will be a slow return. You know how it is ❤

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  7. Oh no, sorry you’ve been sick! I really hope that you are feeling better; this flu is just awful! I don’t think I’ve seen it this bad in years. I’ve been MIA too since I’ve had the flu as well since last week and was just diagnosed with pneumonia on Saturday. Ugh! My daughter was diagnosed with it 1st then shared it with me…poor thing ended up with respiratory distress and ended up in the ER and had to stay in the hospital overnight until her O2 stats normalized, so that was a bit of a nightmare. It’s just been a week…
    Anyway!! I hope you are getting lots of rest! You were smart and had posts scheduled, but I never am organized enough to have anything scheduled, lol. My blog looks dead right now, lol. I did write something up for tomorrow, but that’s about all I can do.
    I love Swan Lake! I hope you have a marvelous time! My daughter has been in ballet since she was 3 and loves to go to the ballet with me; Swan Lake is one of our favorites. I’m glad at least someone will go to the ballet with me! 😉
    Take care!! Get lots of rest!! Lots of love! ❤

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    1. Forget about me!!! What about your and your daughter! Is she okay now? I had pneumonia last year, it is rough. I have had it twice so I made sure to take extra precautions with this episode. I would even worry about the blog until you feel up to it. Taking care of a sick kiddo while also just as sick. Sending you all the love ❤


      1. She’s perfectly fine now except for a lingering cough (she’s been sick since Feb 6th, so it’s about time)!! She’s got the all clear by the Dr to return to school tomorrow even though she’s not wanting to go at all after missing 9 days of school! I’m hanging in there…this is my 4th bout of pneumonia since Nov 2017, so I’m trying to take it super easy. My chest feels awful, but I hate using the albuterol since it makes me jittery but one must, ugh. I had it this exact time last year, the week of my gift, following the flu! They said having lupus put me in a high risk category for flu complications. I didn’t get a flu shot, so that’s my fault. I’m loaded up on antibiotics and I have to go back to have another chest xray this week to make sure it’s clearing up. I took the week off work, so that helps too. No, not worried about the blog really, just wish I were more organized with scheduled posts. I don’t want anyone to think I’ve disappeared. I did post on Twitter last week I had the flu and was going to be MIA. Since she’s going back tomorrow, I can get more rest! Hugs!! Do feel better though! 🤗❤

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        1. I received my vaccine and had thw kids vaccinated ASAP. Not only because my immune system is compromised but we have two frequent flyers in the home. So it is a must each year. Unfortunately, it is impossible for them to predict all of the new strains each year. And I totally understand about albuterol. I have inhalers for my asthma that I have to use at times, but hate when I am given breathing treatments. I feel like I will shake out of my skin! I hooe you find time to rest and care more for yourself 💕

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          1. Kayley was vaccinated and the boys, but of course she got hit with a strain that just wasn’t covered. The Dr did say without the vaccine, she would have been so much worse, which under the circumstances I cannot imagine! My hubby refuses because he is an idiot (I mean that in the most loving way possible). I am allergic to one of the preservatives in the flu vaccine, and the last time I had the flu shot while pregnant with my daughter, I ended up in the ER with tachycardia of 200 beats per minute and respiratory distress. I’ve been terrified to get the flu shot since even though they do say they have a preservative free one. Next year, I will just have to bite the bullet! Yes! The albuterol is just terrible; glad you understand! Mix it with the steroids, and I feel like I’ve had several pots of coffee. Thanks! I’m just resting on the couch for the day ❤

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              1. Your right that it doesn’t have the thimerosal in it that I’m allergic to, but they don’t recommend any type of live vaccines be given to people with Lupus since just the tiniest bit of the virus can trigger a lupus flare up. They do have a thimerosal free vaccine; I believe it comes in a single dose injection. I’ll have to get over my fear and get it next year! Thanks! ❤❤

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                  1. Haha! No problem! I wouldn’t have thought of it either until my kid’s pediatrician literally asked me if I was stupid when I asked her opinion….she’s a fantastic Dr and we’ve been going there for over 18 yrs, but she has no filter!

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                  2. Same! I love her, but my husband can’t stand her, lol! She goes through staff like crazy because of her mouth, but whatever! I’d rather a Dr tell it to me straight than beat around the bush! My daughter thinks she’s nuts because she says damn all the time, LOL!

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  8. Hope you feel better soon! It’s alright if you haven’t responded, sometimes you just have to take care of you! Don’t ever feel guilty about that.

    I’ve been meaning to watch the Alienist, I haven’t read the books, but maybe I should do that before I watch the show.

    Hope you have a great week!

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