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 am currently semi-drafting this as I find myself engrossed in the 1982 animated film, The Last Unicorn. I am a sucker for the animation and musical score. I will never outgrow it. Aside from that, it has been quiet. My x-ray results were not “A” okay, so they have kept on me on restrictions and are sending me for MRIs. Although, I am sure it will be worked out soon. It is just difficult spending so much downtime. On the plus side, I have read some great books! But my hair has seen better days and I am beginning to think it is time to further expand my pajama collection 😉

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What I am Currently Reading

fawkesFawkes
By Nadine Brandes

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Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

My Current Audio

becoming nicoleBecoming Nicole: The Transformation of An American Family
By Amy Ellis Nutt

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The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the right to be different—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.


Other Happenings

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

What are you reading this weekend? Drop me a line with your current reads or recent favorites!

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Sunday Sum~Up

 

Sunday Sum_Up (1)

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 started off the week feeling like there was no way I was going to manage content this week and quite honestly defeated. But somehow I began to slowly level out on the meds and produce a few reviews and posts. I feel like I am now semi back on track and happy to be settling back into the routine I lost last month. I did obtain xrays yesterday and we are hopeful they will be clear as my physician is leaning towards nerve damage at this point.

Today we are having our usual combo celebration of my birthday and father’s day before my son leaves. It is tradition to celebrate this way every year before his summer trip so that he does not miss celebrating with the nonhubs. So I may not be online as much but for good reason. I am cheating and having cake, so I am very excited!

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Recent Reviews

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What I am Currently Reading

daughter of the burning cityDaughter of the Burning City
By Amanda Foody

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Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

 

9780803739260_NearlyGone_JKT.inddA Line in the Dark
By Malinda Lo

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The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”


Other Happenings

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.” 
~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What are you currently reading? Do you have a recommendation from your recent reads?

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up

Sunday Sum_Up (1)

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 am trying to return to a sense of normalcy and routine after these past few weeks, but I still feel disconnected. It is amazing how much we can fail to realize that we rely on certain things (such as day to day routine) until they are removed from the equation. These past two weeks have been a battle against pain and sleep which upended everything. I did finally give in and allow the doctor to place me on a medication I was previously avoiding. It is not that I feel the medicine is “bad”, I am just aware that starting it means I may be in for the long haul. However, at this point, I need to consider my mental health and own needs. I cannot continue to suffer out of stubbornness, so we are beginning a trial run. Fingers crossed! The pain has been consuming, and I do not want to allow that ❤ I am really ready to shift my focus back to work and hobbies.

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Recent Reviews

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Currently Reading

to_kill_a_kingdomTo Kill a Kingdom
By Alexandra Christo

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


Other Happenings

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My Next You Choose, I Read Selection Is..

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Chosen by Ceri @ Bookmarks and Postcards.


“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” 
~Ray Bradbury

What are you reading this week?

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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