Sunday Sum~Up


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!

Another busy week for us here as there were multiple appointments (not just my own) and we flew my son to Ohio on Friday. We will pick him up tomorrow. It goes without saying, I am tired which leads to feeling a bit worse. But I am also excited about the upcoming holidays and cooler weather. While many might complain about the cold and snow, I embrace. I live for sweaters, hot drinks, blankets and shopping for others! I love hearing the wind and rain beat on the side of the house while I read. Plus my symptoms do better with the decreased heat! Win win in this home.


(New)Recent Reviews

hillbillyHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

3181953The Heretic’s Daughter (Buddy Read)

(New) Current Reads (1)I am actually still reading The Cottingley Secret.  I know this goes against popular opinion, but I am actually shelving The Tethered Mage and sending feedback to the publisher. I also added one more to the mix this week.


By Katherine Arden


Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

(New)Other Happenings

  • On Tuesday I was happy to share an excerpt from the translated title Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa.
  • Saturday just for fun, I chose to talk about Aging & Reading.
  • Hop over to The Secret Library to check out Nicki’s fantastic lists of great posts for the week.

What I am listening to:


Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original “Psycho”
By Harold Schechter
Narrated by R.C. Bray


From “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers” (Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation – and redefined the meaning of the word psycho.

The year was 1957. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in America’s heartland, filled with extraordinary evidence of unthinkable depravity. The man behind the massacre was a slight, unassuming Midwesterner with a strange smile – and an even stranger attachment to his domineering mother. After her death and a failed attempt to dig up his mother’s body from the local cemetery, Gein turned to other grave robberies and, ultimately, multiple murders.

Driven to commit gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagination, Ed Gein remains one of the most deranged minds in the annals of American homicide. This is his story, recounted in fascinating and chilling detail by Harold Schechter, one of the most acclaimed true-crime storytellers of our time.

What I am watching right now:

The Ancient Magus Bride (魔法使いの嫁) simulcast on

It began airing on 10/8/17 and looks to be 24 episodes. You can find out more here on MAL if listed. Also feel free to add me dramamama79  on MAL if you wish. I have not decided whether I will reopen my CR account publicly. I just deleted the old due to a creeper haha.

What are you reading and watching this week? Do you watch anime? I would love to connect with a few more bloggers who do or enjoy manga. Whatever you chose to read or watch, may your week ahead be full of books and joy!

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard._

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up


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!

While I was not able to post as much, I did manage to catch up on social media and some blog visits at the beginning of the week. The new anticonvulsant kept me on a clear liquid diet for several days and there has been some down time as I go through the process of increasing it. It has me a bit “foggy”. But the nonhusband flies out again today (am hopefully feeling better by the time this is posted) and I will be able to get a few reviews drawn up after all settles down. On the plus side, we managed a lovely dinner last night and all else is well!

(New)Recent Reviews
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(New) Current Reads (1)


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
by Neal Shusterman


Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

The Tethered Mage
Melissa Caruso


In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. 
Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

(New)Other Happenings

  • I drew up a small post this week of my favorite Haunting Reads.
  • I want to share Trang’s review of 13 Minutes on I also have a review to post and felt she captured this book very well. It will be fun to compare thoughts.
  • I continue to work on my discussion post and am considering bringing more anime and manga to the blog after La La (the accidental blogger) at La La in the Library managed to sway me into reviving my old MAL account. Thoughts on this?

What I am watching this week:

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
When They Cry
Episodes: 26
Originally aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006

Based on a horror/mystery visual novel, this (like most anime) is not for younger audiences and packs a TV-MA rating. But I am 6 episodes in and enjoying it. I may pick up the manga series at some point.

Find out more here on MAL.


Netflix Original: Hotel Beau Séjour
International Crime Drama
Episodes: 10
IMBd Synopsis: A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.

*This atmospheric mystery is brilliantly written and quickly climbing the ranks in my favorite shows of 2017. Heads-up there is some blood in the trailer for anyone who prefers to pass.

That is pretty much where the better parts of my week have been. I cannot lie that Hulu and Netflix are a sick girl’s best friend 😉 Have you watched either of these or would you? What are your current fall reads? I looking forward to seeing some month end recaps.

“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.” 
― Patricia A. McKillip

As always, be well!


Danielle ❤

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