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!

A long week here! And I am mentally tapped. That is not always a bad thing, but I cannot lie, it pains me to say goodbye to the weekend. I have enjoyed catching up on Channel Zero and The Alienist. Some surprise book-mail has thrown my TBR for a loop. But I welcome the unexpected change of pace this month, and am still doing well with my reading challenge. Nothing of excitement to report, and I am “A” okay with that!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mamas in the UK ❤ I hope you have had a lovely weekend!


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It is always nice to receive an email from a favorite publisher letting you know they are sending along a title they feel you will enjoy! Not only do I love corresponding with Orbit, but admire & respect how personable they remain. So the new read is:

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By Rowenna Miller

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Synopsis:

TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself — and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, Kristos rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution’s shadow leader takes him hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s Midwinter costume — or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie is torn: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she’s striven to build.


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What I am Watching:

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Blurb:

When high school classmates wake up, they find themselves in a perilous situation — restrained in a large dining room. They want answers as to why somebody is holding them hostage, so they try to think of reasons why they are locked up and, more importantly, how they can escape. Fearing their situation is retribution for a past incident with a classmate, they offer up confessions and point blame in order to figure out who the captor is.

What I am Listening To:
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My latest vinyl additions. Courtesy of nonhubs, his awesome friend and myself because I am worth it 😉

Alice in Chains – Dirt
NIN – Downward Spiral
Flower Travellin Band – Anwhere


What are you reading, watching or listening to this weekend? Any recommendations?

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“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
~ Audrey Hepburn

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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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!

It has been another good week with limited hurdles. I did suffer a few minor setbacks with work thanks to migraines, but I was able to rest and easily get back on track. I even made it into the office on Friday for a few hours which is always a treat! Saturday, a friend and I took the kids to see Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal on the big screen as part of Fathom Events. It was pretty nice to have the opportunity to see an old favorite come to life at the theater.


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Mini Reviews of some recent Tor.com & Tor Book Short Stories

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the hazel woodThe Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1)
By Melissa Albert

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


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What I am watching this week:

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I am actually starting The Frankenstein Chronicles on Netflix after a friend brought it to my attention. I love Sean Bean.. but we all know he will die. Has he ever been casted for a part and lived?!

 

What I am listening to:

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Nirvana Unplugged
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I was pretty excited when this arrived this week. Unfortunately, my Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits Vinyl is on back-order. But this will do for now 😉

 


Share with me what you have been into. Be it books, music or films, let’s chat. Stay well and be kind!

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“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” 
~R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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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!

Very short and inactive week as I continue to recover from this virus. Thank you for all of the patience and thoughtful comments and well wishes. I have plans to attend the ballet next week, so I am doing my best at the moment to rest and allow myself to recoup. I think my heart would break if I missed it.

I have begun scheduling posts a week out. I am not a fan of this because I do not like having posts go up and then not responding to comments. But at the same time, I do currently have obligations and commitments that I must allow for. So this seems to be the safest way to ensure this happens during flare ups. I can never apologize enough for those weeks such as this, when I do not respond. And I assure you, this is not blogger guilt, but simply who I am. I am genuinely sorry when I fail to interact because I miss it so. You should begin to see me slowly responding to comments this weekend or coming week. I was hoping to catch up on all of your missed posts.. but looking at my lists now, I may have to allow myself to start with a clean slate, less I feel overwhelmed while recovering from this last bit of virus.


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51827Alias Grace
By Margaret Atwood

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Synopsis:

It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?

Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases best-selling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

*This is a challenge read.
Prompt: A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift

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Nemesis (Project Nemesis #1)
By Brendan Reichs

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Synopsis:

He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

*This is a review copy from the publisher as part of an upcoming tour to celebrate the release of the sequel. I will have a spotlight with a playlist available Monday.

DNF this Week: I decided to shelf Under the Pendulum Sun. I plan on picking it back up later, but for now the pacing was not working. I blame my current moodiness due to being ill.


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Friday I opted to skip my usual Friday Favorites and share an update. I should be back on track this coming week. Of course, a week in bed means I did watch  and listen to a few things!

What I binged on:

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This is another horror anthology series, where each story is 6 episodes long. These are based on familiar works such as those found on Creepypasta, and I am shamelessly hooked. I have a weird affection for horror. So this will not be for everyone. But it is wicked fun and easily digested. I binged up to the current season 3. You can start here if looking to explore this series.

Also:

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I am still committed to The Alienist that is currently airing on TNT. The cast is brilliant! But that doctor Kreizler is a total ass. Has anyone read the books? Is this how he is portrayed in them?

 

What I am listening to:

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Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

This has been on repeat of late. Classical music and ballet are comforting for me, particularly when symptoms flare up. So do not be surprised to discover me in bed with this playing on the television or my speakers. Swan Lake is a favorite of mine.

 


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I know I am not the only one who has suffered at the hands of the flu and viruses that seem to be running rampant of late. I hope each of you are well and rested. May your week ahead be full of books, good company and many memories in the making. And should you find yourself struggling, remember that if you look closely enough, there is always a silver lining 😉

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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