Sunday Sum~Up

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This is my first weekly recap in a few weeks due to a Small Health Break and then an unexpected back injury that has left me with nerve damage. I am currently on a heavy round of medications to combat pain and inflammation while I await my next follow up appointment to reassess where I am at with it all. Needless to say, my return has been slower than expected and my writing subpar. I am quite honestly, a bit of a train wreck lately 😉

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But on the plus side, the restrictions and bedrest have meant plenty of fantastic reads! The blog should pick up more once I start to feel better and I am looking forward to sharing some of my recent reads.


Recent Reviews

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Currently Reading

I have made the difficult decision to shelf 1Q84 for now. Between the increased meds and my current mood, I just cannot muster the appropriate attention for this book (and I feel like it deserves more from me). But I will be returning to it!

the_thiefThe Thief
By Megan Whalen Turner

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The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.


Other Happenings

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
~Ursula K. Le Guin

What are you reading this week? Drop me a line with a recommendation or a title you recently enjoyed!

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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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!

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.


Recent Reviews

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Currently Reading

the_lonely_heartsThe Lonely Hearts Hotel
By Heather O’Neill

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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?

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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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!

A few unplanned obstacles (aren’t they all?) this past week. I ended up throwing in the towel Tuesday evening and accepting that home meds where not cutting it. I went in for IV meds and fluids. I missed two days of work and felt a tad out of sorts all week. My presence online was limited and sporadic. But the meds and rest finally helped, and I feel like I am finally back on track. I am keeping today’s weekly recap light as I try to catch up on other things that were shoved to the side.


Recent Reviews

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Currently On My Nightstand

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By Claire North

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What if your life were defined by a number?

What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?

Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.

But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.

Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.

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By Haruki Murakami

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A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s — 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.


Other Happenings

Unfortunately, I was not online enough to catch up on blog hopping and articles this week. Nor did I feel up to attempting a new series or tackling The Handmaid’s Tale. So I have little to contribute in either area. It was a week of meds and rest. But no complaints, because I am here wrapping up another week in wonderful company.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” 
~Douglas Adams

What is on your nightstand this week?

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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