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!

Most of my posts this week were scheduled, so I apologize for my lack of response and visits. I am currently fighting another flare up and require a lot of rest and meds. I will respond where I can today and this coming week, but may continue to remain a bit quiet until this passes. Most posts will continue to be scheduled in advance. I cannot thank you all enough for being so wonderfully understanding. I will try to share an update post on health and life when the time feels right ❤


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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)
By Neal Shusterman (Goodreads Author

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Synopsis:

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

1857397The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde

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Synopsis:

Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged; petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral; while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying, enchanting, obsessing, even corrupting readers for more than a hundred years.

Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not only a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde’s fin-de-siècle world and a manifesto of the creed “Art for Art’s Sake.”

The ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a “driveling pedant.” The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for “gross indecency,” which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, The Picture of Dorian Gray firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement, and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero.


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What I am listening to:

girlinsnowGirl in Snow
By Danya Kukafka
Narrated by Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne and Jacques Roy

Synopsis:

WHO ARE YOU WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both. In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory.

What I am watching this week:

penny dreadfulPenny Dreadful
Series: Fantasy/Horror (2014-2016)
Cast: Josh HartnettTimothy DaltonEva Green & Billie Piper

Rundown: Set in Victorian London, Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, an American gunslinger, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives come together to tackle supernatural forces and seek out Murray’s missing daughter Mina. *Please note this series is extremely graphic (violence and sexual content) but also extremely good 😉


That is about it for me. More film and audio than books this week thanks to my headaches and reading fatigue. I hope you have found plenty of time to read and enjoy your week! What are you currently enjoying?

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” 
~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Happy Reading & Be Well,

Danielle ❤

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Friday Favorites: Netflix Originals To Binge, Part 2

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Picking up where we left off last week, I am wrapping up my Netflix Originals with a few more binge-worthy series this week. Here are five more favorites to consider adding to your queue.

Binge-Worthy Part II

aliasgraceNetflix Original: Alias Grace
Cast: Sarah GadonEdward HolcroftRebecca Liddiard
IMDb Synopsis: In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Why you want to watch: This adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel delivers an outstanding cast backed by an incredible script and setting. From costumes to dialect, be prepared to be transported back in time and immersed within a series that only improves with each episode.

breakNetflix Original: The Break
Cast: Yoann BlancGuillaume KerbushAnne Coesens
Personal Synopsis: Inspector Yoann Peeters finds himself called to the scene of a crime shortly after moving back to his home town. The discovery of 19 year-old Driss Assani’s body leads to an ongoing investigation that begins to reveal many troubling details surrounding the town and its residents.

Why you want to watch: Because while this Belgium crime thriller moves at a leisurely pace, it ultimately leads to an incredible plot full of twists and turns. Atmospheric and brooding, this one manages to grab you unexpectedly and pull you in. It is worth hanging out through the first few, slower episodes.

hotelbsNetflix Original: Hotel Beau Séjour 
Cast: Lynn Van RoyenInge PaulussenJan Hammenecker
IMDb Synopsis: A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.

Why you want to watch: Because you will think you have it figured out only to continually discover you do not. Dark and immersive, Hotel Beau Séjour delivers a unique experience in a very subtle yet rewarding manner that manages to keep you guessing and leaves you satisfied in the end.

stranger things.jpgNetflix Original: Stranger Things
Cast:  Millie Bobby BrownFinn WolfhardWinona Ryder
IMDb Synopsis: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends, must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Why you want to watch: From an opening theme that brilliantly captures the show’s nostalgic, 80s science fiction vibe to an incredible cast, Stranger Things will instantly deliver a fun throwback for older fans and something rare for younger. And with 2 seasons available, there is plenty to binge!

wormwoodNetflix Original: Wormwood
Cast: Peter SarsgaardChristian CamargoEric Olson
IMDb Synopsis: In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.

 

Why you want to watch: While Wormwood will not be everyone’s cup of tea, this docudrama attempts to shed light on the truth while exploring the CIA’s Project MK-Ultra (aka Mind Control Program). If offers a unique look at the often illegal experiments that took place.

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Have you watched any of the above? Or maybe you have enjoyed some of the series from Part I of my list. I have to admit that I am a fan of Netflix Originals. I would love to know what you are watching!

Happy Friday!

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 reducing screen time a little more this week, so I will be keeping the personal life updates brief. But know that our son returned Friday and most things are going as they should. I am just living in a bit of a fog until I regain full access to all medications and can meet with the new specialist. No valid complaints, just happy to be ❤


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Wolf in White Van (Audiobook)

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readingRed Clocks was delayed due to a lost shipment, but I will be starting it soon! I have to give a shout to Book of the Month for the excellent costumer service. They contacted me with concerns about the tracking before I even had to reach out to them, and they immediately shipped a new book.

norma.jpgNorma
By Sofi Oksanen
Translated by Owen Witesman

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Synopsis:

When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood–and the moods of those around her–moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother’s funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita’s final months–sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files–Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair’s powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma’s imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma’s world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women’s bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty.

darkenAnd I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
By Kiersten White

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Synopsis:

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


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What I am listening to:

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The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black
Narrated by Caitlin Kelly

Goodreads synopsis and info can be found here.
*I am enjoying the narrator, but still waiting for this one to click for me. I am about 30% in.

What I am watching this week:

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Prime Original:
Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
Season 1

This is a sci-fi series composed of standalone episodes based on the works of Philip K Dick. I am really torn at the moment. I am several episodes in and find I have enjoyed a few, but I have not noticed anything particularly memorable. It does boasts a nice cast though.

 


It has been an uneventful week, but sometimes there is a great appreciation to be found in the quiet and peacefulness of it all. I hope the same can be said for you and that you are well. I would love to know what you are reading, listening to, or even watching this week!

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
~Philip K. Dick

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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