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 post is being drafted ahead of time due to a somewhat busy weekend ahead.  So there is not much to report in terms of what is going on. Today is Mother’s Day here in the U.S. So Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms reading! May you have a wonderful and relaxing day.

I did decide to finally start season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and wow! I am taking it in small doses. It is, as expected, a heavy hitter. It does not look to disappoint. I shared an interesting article on my Facebook page this week that discusses the issues related to merchandising the series and it hits on a lot of valid points. I am linking it here as it is worth a read for anyone interested.

I am failing miserably with 1Q84. I am suffering a spurt of mood reading and cannot blame the book by any means. For now, it is on my nightstand and being read in very small increments. I may have to shelve it until my enthusiasm returns.

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the_lonely_heartsThe Lonely Hearts Hotel
By Heather O’Neill


With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans in love with each other since they can remember whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one’s origins. It might also take true love.

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes after years of searching and desperate poverty the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.

With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O’Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.

Other Happenings

It has been a nice week and hopefully by the time you read this, I will be spending my Mother’s day in a local bookshop or sleeping in, as those were my only real requests. I would admit that I do not need more books at this point, but let’s not be silly!

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” 
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

How did you spend your weekend?

Danielle ❤

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53 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. Hope you have a happy Mother’s day!

    I just officially started The Monster in the Road Is Me!

    So you’re reading a love story! 😉 Sounds interesting and look forward to your review on this one.

    When I was having trouble getting through a tome, I would read at least one page a day haha

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  2. Happy Mothers Day! Hope you have a fab day and weekend. And that you make it to a bookstore. 🙂

    I haven’t started S2 of Handmaid’s yet but I’ve heard it’s good. That show is a heavy hitter.

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  3. I just read an article (I think it was in the New York Times?) saying the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale was maybe too violent and skating between raising feminist issues and being merely “sadistic.” Perhaps interesting to think about, but I stopped watching GoT because of the content, so I can’t imagine I’ll be watching to make up my own mind.

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    1. Hmm, I am only 2 episodes in and had to stop by of my current emotional state. I am not normally affected by graphic content if I feel it serves a purpose (which The Handmaid’s Tale seems to have proven so far) but I cannot say yet, with this little to go on. I will have to see how I feel when I pick it back up. I am however, a terribly moody reader and watcher and struggle with heavier titles when I am fighting off a bout of depression, so at the moment that has been the real hurdle for me. You should send me the link though if you stumble across it again please 🙂


  4. Happy (belated) Mother’s Day! I hope that you were feeling well enough to celebrate. 😀

    There’s nothing wrong with putting a book aside for a while. I have a shelf on Goodreads titled “Will Return”. Books I want to read but, for whatever reason, I was unable to get to at the time. I return to it once a quarter or so to see if any of those books I fizzled out on strike my fancy again. It works!

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  5. I really enjoyed Bannerless and have the sequel The Wild Dead to read for a July review. I enjoy reading Carrie Vaughn as she does things a bit differently. I accidentally requested and got The Wild Dead at both Netgalley and Edelwiess. Ooops. I almost started reading it this past week but decided to finish up my last review books for May. Then I may read ahead with it and Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine. I’ve wanted to get to them for a bit. But I ran off on re-reading the Kate Daniels series recently and couldn’t stop. Anne – Books of My Heart

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    1. I almost started the sequel also but had to convince myself to hold off another week! I think I snagged mine in Edelwiess. So far I have been lucky and not double requested, but I am obsessive and keep spreadsheets haha. So that helps. I need to catch up on Caine’s series. I loved the first book so much! I hope we both enjoy The Wild Dead. Happy Reading 🙂


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