Sunday Sum~Up

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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend ❤ We are struggling a bit here as our air has been out for a few days and it is nearing 100°. So I am admittedly sluggish. My symptoms and heat do not mix well. I will be keeping this brief and returning to melting on the couch under the fan now circulating hot air.

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My next newsletter will be out this coming week if the heat does not slow me down. You can always sign up here if interested. It is still once a month at this time. I am not sure what else will happen on the blog this coming week as I am seriously behind and headed into a reading slump. I may have to set aside my current reads and reach outside of the box for some inspiration 😉


Recent Reviews

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i am still aliveI Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall


What I Am Reading This Week

Ok, so I am mood reading and cannot settle on a title. But I really need to start Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. If anyone has an ARC and would be interested in a buddy read, please DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Or you can email me 🙂

seafireSeafire
By Natalie C. Parker

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After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

thedramateacherThe Drama Teacher
By Koren Zailckas

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Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But Gracie, underneath all that’s marked her life as average, has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been. And when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have.

Gracie learned from her manipulatively charming father how to steal identities in order to survive, and she eases back into her routine of lying and cheating with a wicked skillset and gritty resolve. Things begin to slip out of her control, though, when her web of deceit lands her a job as a private school drama teacher–a role that demands emotional honesty–and soon more questions about the truth of her past are raised, including all the ones she never meant to, or even knew to, ask.

Written with the style, energy, and penetrating insight that made her memoir Smashed a bestselling phenomenon, Koren Zailckas’s next novel confirms her growing reputation as a psychological novelist that can stand up to the best of them.


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I watched nothing this week, which seems to be the current trend. My days were spent with plenty of thunderstorm and ocean sounds playing as I attempted to drown out some tinnitus and gain focus.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
~Groucho Marx

What are you reading this week? Do you have a go-to genre for beating reading slumps?

Happy Reading,

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Sentranced Saturday

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a weekly meme created Kaleena @Reader Voracious that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. It makes you think. She has a little notebook that she carries with her everywhere to write down quotes that inspire her in some way, and she is sure that she is not alone! Everyone is welcome to participate, please be sure to link to her post so she can see all of your quotes!

Sentranced Saturday

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
~George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Wear your armour proudly, honestly and wisely, as it is what will define you. It took me quite a few years to come into my own, and I think that is ok. Life is a continuing process of learning and growing. We are constantly evolving. I personally believe that true happiness and success lie in embracing who we are during each step of the journey. This falls back on my last Sentranced Saturday post, but I am holding steady to the belief that real strength comes from self-acceptance and love.

There is little I find more rewarding as a reader than books I am driven to quote. Discovering those small pieces of the written word that speak to us on a deeper level are the moments I live for in books. I can often judge the success of a title by how many tabs I have placed throughout it upon completion. And GRRM has cost me quite a few tabs, so for that reason, I remain a devoted fan in spite of Winds of Winter.. or the lack of 😉

Do you have a favorite quote? What inspires you?

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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 was a successful week! I returned from a small blogging break that was briefer than anticipated 🙂  Work remains challenging but good things happened. No back surgery! I ruptured some disks and just need to heal. Time is on my side. The neurosurgeon does think he has me figured out and will be following up with my regular neurologist to push them to confirm a diagnosis (he is not impressed with their lack of aggressiveness), but I will share this if/when I know for certain. It is something I knew was a possibility with my symptoms and the brain lesion. So I am okay and have actually accepted it. I just need to be who I am with the body I have. The important thing is proper treatment so that I am making the best of each day.

I did acquire a new (and very needed laptop). So I have been in the process of transferring over all my accounts. Amazing how fast you remember that you have forgotten your passwords.. Of course, I blame all of my frustrations on the new computer. But it is nice to be able to see on the larger screen. I am hoping it will help quite a bit.

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My daughter made it back from Ohio and we have a nice trip to Vegas planned next month with my non-inlaws when our son returns. So for now, I am just resting and taking it day by day. It is quite possible I will be slowly unhauling my bookshelves by the time this posts.


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 What I Am Reading This Week

queens of innisThe Queens of Innis Lear
By Tessa Gratton

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A kingdom at risk, a crown divided, a family drenched in blood.

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king’s three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.


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I am really looking forward to this next week and accomplishing a few things and seeing a few friends ❤

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope you have enjoyed your week and some great books! Drop me a line and let me know what you are reading.

Let’s Chat,

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