Sunday Sum~Up

Sunday Sum_Up (1)

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend ❤ We are struggling a bit here as our air has been out for a few days and it is nearing 100°. So I am admittedly sluggish. My symptoms and heat do not mix well. I will be keeping this brief and returning to melting on the couch under the fan now circulating hot air.


My next newsletter will be out this coming week if the heat does not slow me down. You can always sign up here if interested. It is still once a month at this time. I am not sure what else will happen on the blog this coming week as I am seriously behind and headed into a reading slump. I may have to set aside my current reads and reach outside of the box for some inspiration 😉

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What I Am Reading This Week

Ok, so I am mood reading and cannot settle on a title. But I really need to start Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. If anyone has an ARC and would be interested in a buddy read, please DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Or you can email me 🙂

By Natalie C. Parker


After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

thedramateacherThe Drama Teacher
By Koren Zailckas


Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But Gracie, underneath all that’s marked her life as average, has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been. And when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have.

Gracie learned from her manipulatively charming father how to steal identities in order to survive, and she eases back into her routine of lying and cheating with a wicked skillset and gritty resolve. Things begin to slip out of her control, though, when her web of deceit lands her a job as a private school drama teacher–a role that demands emotional honesty–and soon more questions about the truth of her past are raised, including all the ones she never meant to, or even knew to, ask.

Written with the style, energy, and penetrating insight that made her memoir Smashed a bestselling phenomenon, Koren Zailckas’s next novel confirms her growing reputation as a psychological novelist that can stand up to the best of them.

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I watched nothing this week, which seems to be the current trend. My days were spent with plenty of thunderstorm and ocean sounds playing as I attempted to drown out some tinnitus and gain focus.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
~Groucho Marx

What are you reading this week? Do you have a go-to genre for beating reading slumps?

Happy Reading,


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35 thoughts on “Sunday Sum~Up

  1. I really like the sound of the Drama Teacher. Maybe you should try something different. Read some classics or some children’s books, you know, a change of pace and style.

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  2. I’m trying to finish Joust. Then (or instead lol) I will read Heroine Worship. I know it will be fast, fun and relatively light read. Yeah I’ll probably jump to that so I can read it at the beach!

    Sorry to hear you’re having tinnitus (no pun intended).

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    1. Fast and light make perfect beach reads! My daughter is headed to the coast today. I envy her haha. I think I have a copy of Joust here! How are you feeling about it now?

      The tinnitus is normal with me. I have deformations in my ears and severe hearing loss 😛 I am supposed to wear hearing aids but they end up causing sensory overload and wearing me out. And I laughed at “sorry to hear” ❤


      1. Joust was a rather long set up book. Definitely could have used some trimming and I ended up skimming to the dialog or actions scenes at the end. But it wasn’t bad. I picked it up for the focus on dragons.

        Oops I’m on Heroine Journey (the last in the series). I’m thinking I won’t like it as much as the others as the MC in this is even younger and I’m old and can’t identify anymore lol

        I get into slumps or mood reading frequently. I think my many physical TBR contributes. I used to get a book when I needed one, now I have choices at hand and I want something else usually. Case of “oh shiny new thing” mentality or something.

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  3. I end up mood reading more in the summer/when it is hot. PNR/UF tends to be my go-to, but probably because it seems like a safer bet, and I love fantasy–but nothing super complex like an epic. Next time I might try forcing myself to read a horror or thriller and see if it makes me slightly scared enough to cool me down.

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  4. I am finishing House of Sand and Fog. I caught the tail end of this movie years ago and so I know it’s a sad ending but I couldn’t help myself. This book does not disappoint and I am loving getting both sides of this tragic story. It is almost impossible to choose a side.

    Hope the A/C gets fixed soon. I cannot sleep when I’m hot. Ug.

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  5. I really like the sound of The Drama Teacher. I feel like I saw a miniseries that sounds similar to it a long time ago.

    I do hope you get that air con fixed. God, that heat and no air sounds horrible.

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    1. The heat is awful haha. I sound selfish complaining about it, but it just compounds my symptoms and we are in a heat wave so, well it stinks haha.

      I am really enjoying the Drama Teacher. I am just reading incredibly slow at the moment. But it just took a turn, so I may be picking up pace with it 🙂


  6. I’m feeling overwhelmed at the moment with review commitments, so I sort of feel a slump coming on as well. I hope your air gets fixed soon! I can’t even imagine having a house that’s 100 degrees😐

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  7. Our AC broke down two years ago, right in the middle of August. I live in the South, so we’re talking 80 degrees on the inside, about 100 degrees upstairs. $5000 later we did get the AC completely replaced, but man…I would not wish the 3 days we spent sweating and miserable on my worst enemy. Hugs to you!

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    1. Aw thank you! I am sorry you went through it, as it is rough. We are a one story with a very open floor plan (which is proving hard to manage with no AC) so we are sitting at 88 inside in the mornings and over 90 in the evenings. Leave it to our ac to go bust in a heat wave. I am in Portland, so only have a small window it is this hot. Just my luck haha.


  8. Oh boo I hope the air gets fixed soon! I can send you some of the cold weather if you want? It’s supposed to go below 0 again tonight and I don’t want it. xD I always love your instagram photos! Black & white to the win. ❤


  9. Girl you are definitely NOT alone! I’ve been finding myself blog hopping over reading 😜 take all the time you need. It maybe because your feeling unwell, that’s what started my slump 2 wks ago and this bug is LINGERING! I went to the Dr today so hope all will settle soon so I can get back into READING!

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess


  10. Sending you cooling thoughts, Danielle! The heat here is pretty gross as well, and the air quality is terrible because of the fires in Yosemite and Redding and it looks like freaking Armageddon outside. :/

    I hope you can find a Seafire buddy read!


  11. Drama Teacher sounds appealing even though that type of story isn’t usually my thing. Thanks for mentioning it. 📚

    I’m working my way back through your posts. It might take me a bit. 😉

    Hope you’re cooler now. ⛄


  12. Sorry to hear about your air! Sending good vibes your way, hopefully it’s fixed by now. ♥️ Reading slumps are awful. I try to find something funny and light to lift my mood. If I can start laughing… Drama Teacher sounds intriguing, I wonder how much her husband knows of her past.


  13. Well I had to google what 100 was in celsius…..37.7 which is crazy talk. The area I live in it only gets to about 32, but that would be a very hot day and it only stays like that for maybe a week at a time. Times like this I really appreciate Canada’s cool weather, well this area of Canada is anyways. But we do get a lot of -40 in the winter.


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