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 mostly quiet. Work was work and the house was mainly mine as the nonhubs has been in Florida, my son Ohio and my daughter had work. I did receive my scan results back and was not cleared for activity. So I am to remain on restrictions until the neurosurgeon can see me. I am frustrated with the lack of activity and climbing walls (also internally nervous but trying to play it cool), but remaining optimistic that the surgeon will have better news. In the meantime, I am just reading more! But I would be lying if I did not admit how sick I am of lying in this house 😉


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Recent Reviews

the_lonely_heartsThe Lonely Hearts Hotel

daughter of the burning cityDaughter of the Burning City

An American Marriage

What I Am Reading This Week

ramona blueRamona Blue
By Julie Murphy


Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

Other Happenings

This was another week of reviews as I continue to “try” to catch up. I am laughing as I type this because I think we all know that “trying to catch up” is my perpetual state of existence. But I am very excited about some upcoming reads and sharing them with you.

“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.” 
~Virginia Woolf

I am a multi-reader! Do you read more than one book at a time? I can often be caught with 3 or more books open and lying around. What’s on your nightstand this week?

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65 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~ Up

  1. My fingers are crossed for you. I hope your neurosurgeon has good news. Are you able to go on the porch (if you have one?) not much of an escape I realize.

    I only like to stay home when I have the option to leave/places are open. 🙂

    I’m usually one book at a time. I’m still reading Oh, Florida and now Blood of Elves (The Witcher series).

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    1. Yes, I do have a chair out on the porch but it is a bit of a mess and sadly the neighbor sharing the space is not considerate. So between that and rain, I tend to stay in too much.

      Are you enjoying the Witcher series? It is one I hope to start at some point?


      1. Disappointing you can’t use your space because he’s inconsiderate. Neighbors can be such a nuisance!

        I finished the book… And I was a bit lost. I’m not sure I’m reading the series in order? It’s been a while since I read the Last Wish and I’ve found different volume references. I do want to continuie it, though. I’d like to play the game, too! Lol

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  2. Cool that you have a newsletter now! And good luck with your neurosurgeon appt- hopefully it will be good news. It does get old being around the house all the time. But hopefully the reading will all be good. 🙂

    Daughter of the Burning City looks so good!

    I usually read one book at a time, although sometimes two. I think three would be my limit or my brain would fry.

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  3. Ohhh I only just found your blog, but it’s so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing! ❤

    I've been meaning to read Daughter of the Burning City, and I can't wait to get to it after reading your review. I usually read about three books simultaneously as well! 🙂

    Lovely post, Danielle! ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so much ❤ Lately I have been second guessing the layout and logo, so that means a lot to me! You are wonderful 🙂

      3 books seems to be the magic number. I do hope you enjoy Daughter of the Burning City. I think some may struggle with pace, but it is meant to be atmospheric and succeeds.

      Have a wonderful weekend ahead Lily ❤

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  4. Good luck with your doctor and results. I didn’t know you had a newsletter so I will sign up for that. Blogger and tea bit sounds good.
    I usually read 2 books at the same time 1 on kindle and 1 paperback. They have to be different genes though.
    I know what you mean by continual catch up!!

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    1. Thank so much Amanda. I am sure the surgeon can point me in a good direction. And the newsletter is only monthly right now, so the next will not be until August (seems crazy that we are this far into the year!).

      I try to keep genres switched up also 😉 I have always done Kindle and physical simultaneously, but lately symptoms are making screen time a challenge.

      Hope you have a wonderful week ❤


  5. I hope the results are good, and I hope you like Ramona Blue. I still need to read that one. I’ve tried book polygamy, but it only works if I’m reading 1 short story collection and 1 other book. If I try it with 2 novels, I’ll just end up reading one and abandoning the other. Then it’s not really book polygamy. Have a great week!

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  6. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the health update and I’m so sorry you have more doctors to see. Ramona Blue is on my TBR, so I’ll be reading your review.

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    1. Ramona Blue is fantastic so far! So I can already recommend it with confidence 🙂

      Thank you Danielle ❤ That means a lot to me. I am feeling confident that the surgeon will have better news and that the primary is just uncomfortable with the situation.

      Have a fantastic week!


  7. I can imagine you climbing the walls as I know I would be also. There is only so much non-activity I can handle. I hope the doctor clears you and everything is fine! I am a multireader. I like variety and when one grabs me I just read it till it’s done. If it doesn’t grab me than I read a variety of books till one does. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup #25!

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  8. I really enjoyed Ramona Blue. Murphy got a lot of flack for that book about the bi-rep, which was odd, because she herself is bi, but whatever. I really liked it. I loved how Ramona was a work in progress, and how by breaking out of “the box”, she was able to explore endless possibilities. I hope you like it.

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    1. That is odd, I am also bi and was just stating yesterday how much I am loving it because I have never related to a protagonist more than I do Ramona haha. I may have to look up what some of the complaints were. Because it mirrored my younger years. I am really enjoying it. Thank you so much ❤

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    1. Thank you Nicki ❤ It is to be about a week before I know on appointment dates, but I am feeling positive. Although nervous that the appointment may be a while and I will have to stay on restrictions til then (as specialists always take forever to get into).

      I did have you pegged for similar habits as my own with books 😉 Great minds!


  9. Oh, I’ve seen Daughter of the Burning City around and really want to read it! I loved the synopsis. I usually have 5 books going at once… A physical book, an audiobook, an e-book/review book, an MG book that I’m reading to my son at night, and a comic book. Comic books don’t take as long to get through, but I like to list them as I go so people can see what I’m reading on Goodreads. The covers are always so phenomenal. ❤

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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  10. Keeping you in my thoughts as the medical news continues to unfold ♥ And I must not have been signed up for your newsletter, but I definitely am now! The Virginia Woolf quote made me chuckle but there is no way I could juggle so many books at once. Occasionally I’ll space out a denser non-fiction book over a few weeks while reading several lighter novels too, but that’s still only two books at a time. It’s easier and more enjoyable for me to focus on one story 🙂 I hope you have a great week, Danielle!

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    1. Thank you so much JJ ❤ The newsletter is only once a month so I won't be spamming you, unless you like that. Then I am sure we can work something out haha. I tend to have 3 books open at a time, but anymore is a mess and I lose track of it all 🙂 I also tend to space out those larger non-fiction books on the rare occasion that I pick them up. I really have to be in the mood for non-fiction. Hoping you also have the best week ❤


  11. Really hope you’ll run into great news in July, Danielle. I can see how being restrained to your house can get annoying. I would probably get tired of it all too, even if it means I get to read more! Wish you all the good karma possible! ❤

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  12. Hi, Danielle. Yes, I do read many books at once. In fact, I struggle to read through entire volumes, so I tend to read bits and pieces here and there. That’s basically how I read. Enjoy your week 🙂

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  13. I am totally a book monogamist… I can only read one book at a time. I am sure I would read a lot faster if I were able to multi-read.

    Keeping you in my thoughts and well wishes for answers from the neurosurgeon and hopefully you wil be off restrictions soon!

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  14. Oh 😦 I hope the surgeon has good news when he sees you again. ❤ So, you´re stuck inside the house for now?

    I love your sum up. I scheduled my last post for this week so I´ll have more than enough time to get to ALL the fab blog posts you´ve done! ( That is- If i don´t get to them now. Lol )

    I envy you!!! Wish I could be a multi reader. * sigh * Unfortunately, I belong to those start and finish one book at a time. That doesn´t count for rereads, though. 🙂 My nightstand is stacked with rereads ( because it´s easier to put the book back down when it gets late ). Great post! ❤

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  15. I typically have a few books going at one time–the secret is to have the genres/subject matter be completely different from one another. Usually I have a physical book going, an audiobook, and then maybe a book I can travel with or a different physical book if I’m not in the mood for the other.

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