Sunday Sum~Up

 

SundaySum-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!

This will probably be my last Sunday Sum~Up until the New Year. I have an upcoming blog break planned to begin on December 22nd. Our son will be leaving right after Christmas for several weeks, so the plan is to take some much-needed time and dedicate it to family and rest (when not working). It has been a great year, but not without challenges. I am a tad exhausted and still combating symptoms as we prep to celebrate. So I believe a small break is a good call at this point, as many of us will be incredibly busy over the next two weeks.

I did have a very satisfying week that included a trip into the actual office. It was fantastic to see my amazing coworkers and catch up. I have a wonderful job ❤ I am looking forward to not having to send the kids off to school for a bit 😉 The blog was fairly busy. And I was able to hop a little. I will be making more rounds today as able.

Oh and we worked on The Walking Gingerdead.. bahaha. Was tons of fun! Admittedly we have a morbid sense of humor and love TWD in this house.

 


(New)Recent Reviews

34189556The Wife Between Us

dreamQuest of the Dreamwalker (audiobook)


(New) Current Reads (1)

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The Shadow Girl
By Misty Mount

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Synopsis:

It’s more than just her imagination—she’s fading away…

Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia Moss is no stranger to living life in the shadows, pushed aside and unnoticed by both her large family of nine and her fellow classmates. As her “symptoms” of invisibility increase, she uncovers an old family mystery leading to her Great-Aunt Angelica, who vanished curiously at Zylia’s age. If she’s going to save herself from being erased from the canvas of this world, she’ll have to travel far outside her comfort zone—maybe even to another dimension.


(New)Other HappeningsIt was a good week on the blog that ended with two reviews and three posts.

What I am watching this week:

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This Belgian crime drama begins with a suspected suicide and the mysterious details surrounding a young man’s death. It is too early to speculate, but there is a lot happening at only 3 episodes in. I am hooked!

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I was also unable to find an English subtitled trailer. But it is shaping up with promise 😉


I think that covers it for this week. Happiest of holidays to those who will be celebrating and a beautiful week to you all! I am looking forward to 2018 with each of you! Thank you for being here.

 

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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: Everything I Did Wrong & Right in 2017

Another year will soon come to a close. But this past year has been different for me due to a variety of reasons. One of those being, my first full year as a blogger!  It has been a lot of fun and I have connected with some amazing people. Blogging is a journey I look back on with no regrets, but…confession1

I made quite a few mistakes. Most of them may have went unnoticed and plenty were not visible to followers and friends (thank goodness). But that does not change the fact that they still happened. And no, they were not detrimental. I am not losing sleep over them. They were often necessary, teaching me and helping grow and hopefully improve. But as everyone begins to talk about blogging goals for the upcoming year, I find myself reflecting on the ones from last year that I failed to meet, and the ones I should have probably set. After all, this is how I will establish my future goals. And while blogging might be a hobby, it is one I am severely passionate about and invested in. So I do have plenty of goals!

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My Bad…

A little list of some of my personal  blogging blunders during 2017.

  • Remaining in groups that I did not request to be a part of due to the guilt of leaving because a friend added me – this actually caused me a lot of stress throughout the year for reasons I will share in a later post.
  • Bookmarking Netgalley – Easy access to a multitude of “amazing” titles led to a significant list of egalleys that I really was not up to in the end.
  • Accepting review copies even though I stated I was closed in my policy – this was a huge problem. Again, guilt led me to respond to and even accept requests that I should not have even received. My own fault.
  • Accepting every friend request I received from a fellow blogger on Facebook – this is a touchy one, but I am admitting it. Just because you like someone’s blog or share an interest does not automatically make you ideal friends. It is awkward when you discover how constantmy negative or crass they are and then have to delete them or unfollow to try to hide them in your feed.
  • Allowing myself to feel obligated to post and respond at the same frequency as others – this not only resulted in a period of early burn out but soon led to a huge flare up in symptoms due to the strain of forcing myself to continue when I needed rest.
  • Listening to other bloggers too much – I know this sounds weird, but it is truth. There are a lot of posts circulating that will tell you write and wrong, how to and not to, there are just as many bloggers willing to do the same. And while helpful advice can be good, there are limits and differences. I found myself doubting my own posts and social media presence. Not good..
  • Last but most important, taking it all too personal at times – I will be the first to admit I wear my heart on my sleeve. When someone pokes fun at me or says something negative about myself or my work, it weighs heavily on me. I allowed comments and remarks that should not have mattered to affect my experience and time as a blogger. Wrong move!

The Good…

I did manage to do a few things well enough 😉

  • Diversified my reading – I am forever thankful that blogging and my new friendships as a result of it, have expanded who I am as a reader and person ❤
  • Improved my writing and review skills – Okay, so this one is technically subjective, but looking back, I feel I have evolved tremendously as a writer!
  • Gained confidence – Yes, in spite of the above, I have grown significantly in terms of my abilities to approach others and seek out opportunities I desire. The positive feedback and relationships I have acquired have fueled me to aim higher.
  • Developed incredible relationships – For every odd Facebook request or email, there has been an equally rewarding one. Some of my closest friends (which I know talk to daily) began as blogging acquaintances.
  • Gave up on feeling obligated, unsolicited groups and requests! –  I have finally removed myself from unwanted groups, cleared some clutter, deleted or said “no” to the review requests and learned to find a healthy balance. Yes to all of that! *fist pump*.

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So with that said, my new goals for 2018 are pretty simple! Remain closed for reviews so that I may read off of my own shelves, continue to maintain balance, and share more creative posts.

If you look back at 2017, do you feel there were things you could have done better? What are some of the things you feel you actually did rather well? Maybe you had goals going into 2017 that you did or did not hit. What has this year in blogging taught you?

Let’s chat!

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up

SundaySum-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!

This was a short blogging week for me as my daughter was not well and I was bit stiff after a tumble in the shower and small flare up. Then I managed to burn myself with pudding courtesy of muscle spasms, but honestly my pride suffered more than anything. Needless to say, I was not online much. I chose to lay in bed and binge anime over cups of chamomile while feeling sorry for myself. It is not a pretty picture, but the truth. Hey.. as long as we manage to pull ourselves back together..right?

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I did score a Walking Gingerdead kit that the kids and I are pretty stoked about and finished decorations (also picked up Advent Calendars in time). So all in all, I am still declaring a victory! I might share pictures of our undead gingerbread men if I remember, once they are complete.

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(New)Recent Reviews

34050917The Girl in the Tower

cottinglyThe Cottingley Secret

(New) Current Reads (1)

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The White Devil
By Justin Evans

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Synopsis:

Set in a four-hundred-year-old boys’ boarding school in London, a chilling gothic thriller by the author of the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child . . .

A fierce and jealous ghost . . .

A young man’s fight for his life . . .

The Harrow School is home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance and schoolboy cruelty. Seventeen-year-old American Andrew Taylor is enrolled in the esteemed British institution by his father, who hopes that the school’s discipline will put some distance between his son and his troubled past in the States.

But trouble—and danger—seem to follow Andrew. When one of his schoolmates and friends dies mysteriously of a severe pulmonary illness, Andrew is blamed and is soon an outcast, spurned by nearly all his peers. And there is the pale, strange boy who begins to visit him at night. Either Andrew is losing his mind, or the house legend about his dormitory being haunted is true.

When the school’s poet-in-residence, Piers Fawkes, is commissioned to write a play about Byron, one of Harrow’s most famous alumni, he casts Andrew in the title role. Andrew begins to discover uncanny links between himself and the renowned poet. In his loneliness and isolation, Andrew becomes obsessed with Lord Byron’s story and the poet’s status not only as a literary genius and infamous seducer but as a student at the very different Harrow of two centuries prior—a place rife with violence, squalor, incurable diseases, and tormented love affairs.

When frightening and tragic events from that long-ago past start to recur in Harrow’s present, and when the dark and deadly specter by whom Andrew’s been haunted seems to be all too real, Andrew is forced to solve a two-hundred-year-old literary mystery that threatens the lives of his friends and his teachers—and, most terrifyingly, his own.

(New)Other Happenings

  • Thursday Marsha Cornelius talked Book Clubs & Tea Houses in a lovely guest post.
  • I had a lot of fun on The Bloggers Bookshelf at BrizzleLass Books. (again Claire, my apologies on being so behind).  I cannot recommend Claire’s blog enough. Aside from being an incredible person & member of the book community, she is an active and passionate advocate of mental health awareness and has some amazing projects happening. She inspires me!
  • I had a discussion post lined up but honestly do not like to post them when I know I will not be online as much to respond to comments (kind of defeats the point.) So I opted to share My November Favorites.

This week I am adding a new anime series to the mix:

Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World (キノの旅)
Began 10-6-17, 12 episodes
MAL information can be found here.

 

I have actually discovered several anime series lately that have really captured me, so I will probably have a post up when time allows. In the meantime, if you enjoy anime, I am highly recommending this one. I am 9 episodes in and adore it!

That sums up my week (again, laying in bed binging anime and sippin’ tea). It actually looks much more productive as a post than I imagined heh! I hope as always, that each of you are very well and have a beautiful week ahead!

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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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