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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.


Recent Reviews

sea witchSea Witch

caravalCaraval Buddy Reread


 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.

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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 has been a long but quiet week. I say long because on the working end, even though my days are shorter, it feels like I am cramming more into them. However, my daughter is away for a few days and soon flying to Ohio to see my mother, while my son is still visiting his father, so it is also very quiet. My plan is to start unhauling my bookshelves, as soon as I am cleared to move around enough. Although I admit I picked up several new additions this weekend. The nonhubs and I cheated on my activity restrictions and snuck out for crepes and a trip to BN. I have no regrets.

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I started watching Pose on FX. If you have not seen it, you really should. I was quite saddened to finally catch up to the current episode and have my binge session come to an abrupt halt. I also discovered that the nonhubs picked up tickets to finally see The Nutcracker in December! *queue fangirl squees of delight* This was to be an early Christmas surprise, but I had a moment of tears over being so isolated and lonely so he told me in an effort to help perk me up. I cannot lie, it did.


Recent Reviews

Suicide_ClubSuicide Club

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Reading This Week

the wild deadThe Wild Dead (The Bannerless Saga #2)
By Carrie Vaghn

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A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner, Teeg, is called on to mediate a dispute over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators’ decision seems straightforward — and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that, she’s not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid wants to find out who killed her, even as Teeg argues that the murder isn’t their problem. In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?

i am still aliveI Am Still Alive
By Kate Alice Marshall

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Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

Before
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

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With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father… and she wants revenge.


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I am working on finding that ever changing balance between blogging, social media, reading and life. I am quite comfortable with my current routine but also learning that as some accounts evolve, my focus tends to be shifting. I have to remind myself that unplugging is so important.

“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 in Coraline 

What books are you excited to tackle this summer? Do you plan to pick up my current reads?

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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 past week has been mostly quiet. Work was work and the house was mainly mine as the nonhubs has been in Florida, my son Ohio and my daughter had work. I did receive my scan results back and was not cleared for activity. So I am to remain on restrictions until the neurosurgeon can see me. I am frustrated with the lack of activity and climbing walls (also internally nervous but trying to play it cool), but remaining optimistic that the surgeon will have better news. In the meantime, I am just reading more! But I would be lying if I did not admit how sick I am of lying in this house 😉

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Recent Reviews

the_lonely_heartsThe Lonely Hearts Hotel

daughter of the burning cityDaughter of the Burning City

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An American Marriage


What I Am Reading This Week

ramona blueRamona Blue
By Julie Murphy

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Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.


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This was another week of reviews as I continue to “try” to catch up. I am laughing as I type this because I think we all know that “trying to catch up” is my perpetual state of existence. But I am very excited about some upcoming reads and sharing them with you.

“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.” 
~Virginia Woolf

I am a multi-reader! Do you read more than one book at a time? I can often be caught with 3 or more books open and lying around. What’s on your nightstand this week?

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