Sunday Sum~Up

Sunday Sum_Up (1)

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 has been a busy but quiet one. The weather warmed up for about 3 days. So I was able to air the house out and clean the porch off. It was nice to finally spend some time in my Poang again and read in a little sunshine. Last weekend I made it to Powell’s although a small spell sent me home too soon. But not without snagging a lovely, used edition of Patricia A McKillip’s ‘Winter Rose‘.  Seriously, I love old fantasy covers!


Yogurt update: For all who asked, it was a failure. But not complete. The flavor and process was simple enough, but my thermometer seems to have been off. So I killed my started. Long story short, not enough bacteria were able to grow during incubation so it never fully thickened. The end result was more like vanilla yogurt shots. I will try again with a new thermometer when feeling up to it.

No big plans for the upcoming week. Working on the newsletter that was put off due to other stuff and a few side projects, while crossing my fingers that the sunshine will return.

Recent Reviews

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My Current Read

bannerlessBannerless (The Coast Road #1)
By Carrie Vaugh


Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn’t just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory.

Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She’s young for the job and hasn’t yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him?

In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid’s world and make her question what she really stands for.

Other Happenings

You Choose, I Read  –  A title has been selected for this round, and I am pretty excited for it! It is The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, entered by Lia at Lost in a Story.

Monday was a small discussion on Handling Negative Book Reviews.

Friday Favorites featured 5 Books & Novellas I Want to See Get More Love.

I still have not settled on a new show or really listened to much outside of Pandora, so I am sharing a few posts I enjoyed over the past week:

I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time.
~Emma Watson

What are you currently reading? Have you read my selected title for You Choose, I Read? Drop me a line about your week. Let’s chat!

Danielle ❤

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37 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. Old fantasy covers are the best! And I love finding them in used bookstores or sales, there’s just something an old fantasy or SF book. I mean they’re not all great of course but there are some gems…

    Hope the sunshine returns! It’s been sunny here the last few days, I’m about falling over from shock!

    Have a fab weekend!

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    1. Haha, yes the shock of the sun! I immediately ran to open all windows and let it in. Cleaned and prepped our porch ASAP knowing it would leave as soon as it arrived.

      I could not agree more about old sci-fi and fantasy covers. I always enjoy looking through them at the indie bookstores.

      Hope you also have a great week Greg!


  2. That’s a Kuniko Craft cover; hers are some of the best.

    I’m reading Age of Swords. Haven’t had much time to read with the move but I need to finish it because Monster on the Road is in the mail ;). I’m enjoying it although it’s been so long since I read Age of Myth.

    I’m heading into my first weekend. I’ll be unpacking, running at the lake and getting my new library card 🙂

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    1. The Kuniko Crafts are lovely! I will be keeping my eye out for more of them when I return. I cannot imagine you have time for much of anything right now. Age of Myth has been on my TBR forever. Hope the first weekend of unpacking is productive and allows for some rest. Enjoy the lake and new library card 😉


  3. There’s a Patricia McKilip book on my To Read list on my Overdrive account. I really should get to it one of these days.

    Glad to hear that the sun showed up for you! We’re finally getting seasonable temperatures, and the trees are all budding and blooming! It’s finally, actually spring!

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  4. Excellent, another McKillip book. I can’t sing her praises loud enough or long enough. And yet at the same time they are just not for everyone, so I am glad you’re one of the elect 😉

    I’ll be looking forward to your review of Bannerless. I’m interested in how the author is going to get around the complete collapse of society yet still have birth control. And how is it enforced? The Goon Squad shoves pills down every woman’s throat? Inquiring Minds Want to Know! 😀

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    1. Ah yes, I can see how McKillip is a select taste, but rewarding one for those who enjoy her 😉

      As far as Bannerless, it is addressed pretty early so I think I can comment? I will say that they worked to preserve specific things when the downfall was foreseeable? But I am not very far in so working out details 🙂

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  5. Great recap, and thanks so much for featuring my post as well. I’m so glad you enjoyed it enough to feature it. 🙂
    I haven’t read The Nowhere Girls but I’ve heard some good things about it, and I have it on my to-read list too so I hope you enjoy it, and wow that cover for Winter Rose is really pretty. I guess there’s something to be said for old fantasy covers right?
    Great post, and again thanks for featuring my discussion. 🙂 ❤️

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  6. That cover is gorgeous! Bad luck with thrillers has left me leery of The Nowhere Girls. I’m very curious to see if you enjoy it, so I’ll hold off on any more judgement until after I get to read your review 🙂 And I didn’t even know you could make yogurt at home? I’m impressed by the attempt alone! I may need to come to you for helpful hints sometime 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week Danielle! ♥

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    1. Thank you JJ ❤ I am actually pretty stoked that it was selected. I have a feeling it will be a book I really appreciate but might have missed. The yogurt was a fail but not completely. I think I have it figured out for next time 😉 We will see. I love exploring things like that in the kitchen. Have a great week my friend!


  7. Oh I love the book cover! I love the vintage covers – some of the mysteries are really fantastic. That’s cool about the yogurt and honestly vanilla yogurt shots sounds pretty great though I can understand that may not have been what you were going for! I enjoyed your post on Handling Negative Reviews and agree with you 100%. I’m about to have to tackle a review that is going to be on the negative side so it’s nice to have the reminders. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you so much Katherine! And thank you for the wonderful feedback on the post. I hope the review goes ok. I still tense up some when I am faced with really challenging ones. The vintage covers are the best. And Powell’s has so many! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!


  8. I am so happy the sun is starting to show up here and there for all of us! I’ll be even happier when it’s here to stay. I miss reading outside in the sunshine, it’s my favorite!

    I hope you have a lovely week 😊

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  9. Thanks for the link! I loved your Unbury Carol review. You’ve got me very excited about that book! So are you watching The Handmaid’s Tale? I haven’t had a show for a long time, so now I’m happy that it’s finally back. My husband and I also just started Wild Wild Country on Netflix.

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  10. That’s such a lovely and sentimental quote from Emma Watson. 🙂 I really like it. ❤
    Glad to hear you got to enjoy some time outside and get some fresh air. It's been nice actually having pleasant weather lately. 🙂

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