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!

Another busy week has come to an end. And while we hit a few bumps, I still managed to accomplish almost everything I set out to do this week and finish a few books! So I am pretty pleased with that! Not a lot has changed here on the homestead aside from continuing to prep for the upcoming holiday. I am happy to say that we are probably 80% done. This has to be a record. My only complaint would be that my WP does not seem to be snowing like others.. so I might take a moment to pout about this ❄️ I chose to add my own snow(man) by updating the header for this post, because I am a problem solver 😉


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Okay, so totally deviating from the traditional holiday read here, but I am particularly interested in reading more translated work, and this captured my eye on Kindle this week.

6993104There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Translated by:  Keith Gessen, Anna Summers

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Synopsis:

Vanishings and apparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia-or anywhere else in the world-today.


(New)Other Happenings

  • Tuesday I shared a wonderful interview with Tiffany McDaniel, the author of The Summer That Melted Everything. This was a particularly personal experience for me, as I discovered the book setting was based on the county I grew up in. Corresponding with Tiffany has been incredible! You can read the review here if interested.
  • Wednesday I was thrilled to participate in a blitz with Rockstar Book Tours to celebrate the release of Ever the Brave. I was also able to interview the author, Erin Summerill not too long ago and am a huge fan of the first book in the series, Ever the Hunted. The giveaway is for this blitz is open until 12/12/17 (US only – sorry). You can check out the details here.
  • Friday was another Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger post that talked about my year as a blogger in 2017.

What I am listening to:

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I am still currently finishing up Quest of the Dreamwalker by Stacy Bennett and have to admit I am really enjoying it. But clocking in at nearly 15 hours, it is taking me some time to complete.

Review soon though!

What I am watching this week:

Netflix Original: Dark
Cast: Oliver MasucciKaroline EichhornJördis Triebel
The run down – This German set series follows the disappearance of two young boys that slowly reveals the tangled connection between four separate families amidst dark mystery. It also offers a hefty dose of the supernatural, and an incredible opening sequence.


 

There you have it. Looking back, I am certainly in the holiday spirit but seem to be enjoying a nice dose of the darker elements in films and books at the moment. What are your current reads or watches? Any recommendations?

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” ― Jane Smiley.png

Happy Reading!

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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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!

I am sort of a tea addict I structure my day by cups of tea

Happy Reading!

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!

Here is to hoping each of you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday and weekend. By the time this posts I will be with family celebrating my own. 🍃 Responses and comments will be a bit later in this coming week, but I have managed to schedule several posts. As I imagine is true for many of us, focus will shift this time of year and my online time will be even more limited. I am hopeful my current schedule will allow me to continue posting somewhat regularly. But in the meantime, I continue to keep each of you close in my thoughts and count you among my blessings as we celebrate family and togetherness.


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The Red Hunter

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The Wife Between Us
By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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Synopsis:

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

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What I am listening to:

dreamQuest of the Dreamwalker
By Stacy Bennett
Narrated by Zachary Johnson

Synopsis:

A perfect captive, Cara didn’t know her will had been stolen until she escapes with borrowed courage.

Cloistered in the Black Keep with only her father for company, Cara is an unwitting prisoner bound by chains of ignorance and lies rather than iron–until she meets a captured mercenary in her father’s dungeon. He kindles within her a spark of compassion she never knew she had and lends her an unfamiliar strength. But, the mercenary is slated to die, sacrificed to her father’s magic like all the others. Only this time, Cara can’t turn a blind eye. Unable to endure her father’s cruelty any longer, she vows to help the mercenary escape.

Now, as they flee to a world she’s only dreamed of, she finds defiance has a steep price. Her very existence endangers everyone she has come to care about. Who is she that her father refuses to let her go? To uncover the secret of her past, she must unravel the mystery of her dreams and claim the heritage of her own magical blood—before her father claims her as the last sacrifice.

What I am watching this week:

Netflix Original: Stranger Things 2. So I am very late to the game on this one, but you make sacrifices when you have a nonhubs that travels constantly for business. He is worth the wait and apparently so is this second season! Have you watched it?

So how was your week? Did you travel for Thanksgiving or celebrate with family? Maybe you picked a good book or started a new show. Tell me what you have been into or what you are looking forward to!

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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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