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!

I have found that I appreciate my weekends more and more lately. I did not know this was possible! But those small moments of downtime and peace are becoming more and more necessary to recharge. I also realized this past weekend that I need to stop pressuring myself to be “more” social. Regardless of what others believe would be best for me, it is okay to just be happy. With that said, we are shifting gears here in the home. We are making huge lifestyle changes involving how we eat and tackling physical activity. While there is no “fix” for me, I am noticing benefits. I have slept better, dropped some weight and feel more motivated. It makes it easier to combat the hard days ❤ Side note: 3 ingredient banana and oat cookies are not so great, but edible.

The poor nonhubs had to travel to multiple places this weekend to pick up a copy of The Shape of Water for me, but he succeeded. Hopefully, I will have or be watching it by the time this posts. My TBR took a detour, but it was due to some unexpected but very welcomed book mail that I could not wait to tear into. So far, I am only off by two titles, so not too shabby!




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The Hazel Wood




30339493The Isle of Blood and Stone
By Makiia Lucier
Available April 10, 2018


Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. “It’s bound to be a goose chase. You know that?”

“Or a treasure hunt,” Ulises countered, “and you’ve always been good at those.”

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side-whether he wants her there or not-Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

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What I am watching this week:


Guillermo del Toro! I have been on a book buying ban, so now I obviously need to invest those funds into my bluray collection 😉 I picked up The Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone.

What I am listening:



I finally found a copy of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on vinyl that I wanted!


How has your week been? Did you find time to manage a good book or two? It always feels like work picks up significantly as Spring moves in.


“A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
~Madeleine L’Engle


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 long week here! And I am mentally tapped. That is not always a bad thing, but I cannot lie, it pains me to say goodbye to the weekend. I have enjoyed catching up on Channel Zero and The Alienist. Some surprise book-mail has thrown my TBR for a loop. But I welcome the unexpected change of pace this month, and am still doing well with my reading challenge. Nothing of excitement to report, and I am “A” okay with that!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mamas in the UK ❤ I hope you have had a lovely weekend!


It is always nice to receive an email from a favorite publisher letting you know they are sending along a title they feel you will enjoy! Not only do I love corresponding with Orbit, but admire & respect how personable they remain. So the new read is:

By Rowenna Miller



TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself — and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, Kristos rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution’s shadow leader takes him hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s Midwinter costume — or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie is torn: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she’s striven to build.

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What I am Watching:

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When high school classmates wake up, they find themselves in a perilous situation — restrained in a large dining room. They want answers as to why somebody is holding them hostage, so they try to think of reasons why they are locked up and, more importantly, how they can escape. Fearing their situation is retribution for a past incident with a classmate, they offer up confessions and point blame in order to figure out who the captor is.

What I am Listening To:

My latest vinyl additions. Courtesy of nonhubs, his awesome friend and myself because I am worth it 😉

Alice in Chains – Dirt
NIN – Downward Spiral
Flower Travellin Band – Anwhere

What are you reading, watching or listening to this weekend? Any recommendations?


“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
~ Audrey Hepburn


Danielle ❤

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Fairy Tales and Why We Still Need Them As Adults

Fairy Tales

I grew up pouring through the multiple collections of fairy tales and folklore available through my own book case the local library. Each time I cracked open a new story, I was enshrouded in endless possibilities that fostered exploration and piqued curiosity. But there was also something of greater value within.

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Through these journeys I faced countless obstacles which not only challenged the protagonist, but myself. The end result was often a rewarding lesson of morals that actually helped my younger self navigate the early stages of right and wrong in life. It is easy to understand why these stories that have been passed down for generations will be forever timeless.

Today’s YA and often Adult fantasy aisles are littered with retellings and re-imaginings of countless classics. You can easily find stories of Sleeping Beauty or Vasilisa the Beautiful. And I could not be more thrilled about this. While we find that many authors are choosing to revisit the more original and sinister root of some stories, there is still significant value to be found between the pages in our older age.

Fairy tales help us explore our emotions. Even as adults, it can be difficult to face and work through the multiple and often complex emotions that life throws at us on a daily basis. More often than not, the narrative within these stories feature a protagonist who is facing several dilemmas and will experience a wide array of feelings ranging from sorrow to gratification along the way. It can often be strengthening and inspiring to not only relate to these feeling and hurdles but witness how the protagonist chooses to overcome them.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline


Our moral compass muscle still needs to be flexed. I am a firm believer that we should never stop striving to do better and be better. Even as we age, we need to be reminded of the good and bad in this world and assess how we handle each. Fairy tales are saturated with actions and consequences that we can still learn from. Those meaningful messages tucked within do not lose value simply because we are older. In fact, I have found that I have been able to garner more from some stories now than I did in childhood.

“Fairy tales were not my escape from reality as a child; rather, they were my reality — for mine was a world in which good and evil were not abstract concepts, and like fairy-tale heroines, no magic would save me unless I had the wit and heart and courage to use it widely.”
― Terri Windling

Continuing to explore other cultures and traditions is important. We live in a constantly changing world. For many of us, a large portion of it might be left unseen or unexplored. Through folklore and fairy tales, we are given a glimpse into various aspects of life such as religion, social customs and very practices that we may never have encountered otherwise.


Sometimes we just need to let go and dream a little. Life can be more than hard at times. Engaging in reading (particularly fantasy) provides the reader with a healthy reprieve. Stories that feature our favorite characters and elements from childhood fairy tales offer a fun, nostalgic form of escapism with the added benefits mentioned above.

The widely growing selection of retellings often take the classics and place a spin on them that appeals to an older target audience but still captures the necessary components when successfully executed. I have little doubt that I will continue to devour fairy tales for many years to come.

Do you still enjoy fairy tales? If so, what is it that you feel draws you back to them as an adult?

Let’s Chat,

Danielle ❤