Sunday Sum~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!

Another busy week for us here as there were multiple appointments (not just my own) and we flew my son to Ohio on Friday. We will pick him up tomorrow. It goes without saying, I am tired which leads to feeling a bit worse. But I am also excited about the upcoming holidays and cooler weather. While many might complain about the cold and snow, I embrace. I live for sweaters, hot drinks, blankets and shopping for others! I love hearing the wind and rain beat on the side of the house while I read. Plus my symptoms do better with the decreased heat! Win win in this home.


(New)Recent Reviews

hillbillyHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

3181953The Heretic’s Daughter (Buddy Read)

(New) Current Reads (1)I am actually still reading The Cottingley Secret.  I know this goes against popular opinion, but I am actually shelving The Tethered Mage and sending feedback to the publisher. I also added one more to the mix this week.


By Katherine Arden


Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

(New)Other Happenings

  • On Tuesday I was happy to share an excerpt from the translated title Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa.
  • Saturday just for fun, I chose to talk about Aging & Reading.
  • Hop over to The Secret Library to check out Nicki’s fantastic lists of great posts for the week.

What I am listening to:


Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original “Psycho”
By Harold Schechter
Narrated by R.C. Bray


From “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers” (Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation – and redefined the meaning of the word psycho.

The year was 1957. The place was an ordinary farmhouse in America’s heartland, filled with extraordinary evidence of unthinkable depravity. The man behind the massacre was a slight, unassuming Midwesterner with a strange smile – and an even stranger attachment to his domineering mother. After her death and a failed attempt to dig up his mother’s body from the local cemetery, Gein turned to other grave robberies and, ultimately, multiple murders.

Driven to commit gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagination, Ed Gein remains one of the most deranged minds in the annals of American homicide. This is his story, recounted in fascinating and chilling detail by Harold Schechter, one of the most acclaimed true-crime storytellers of our time.

What I am watching right now:

The Ancient Magus Bride (魔法使いの嫁) simulcast on

It began airing on 10/8/17 and looks to be 24 episodes. You can find out more here on MAL if listed. Also feel free to add me dramamama79  on MAL if you wish. I have not decided whether I will reopen my CR account publicly. I just deleted the old due to a creeper haha.

What are you reading and watching this week? Do you watch anime? I would love to connect with a few more bloggers who do or enjoy manga. Whatever you chose to read or watch, may your week ahead be full of books and joy!

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard._

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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A Handful of Frightening Flicks

Frightening Flicks

Last week I shared 5 of my favorite Haunting Reads. I thought it would be fun and fitting to followup with my favorite frightening flicks in celebration of this ghastly holidayUntitled design (1) Who doesn’t enjoy a good scare from time to time?

This list will include some anime as I am a fan of supernatural/horror anime. It is by no means all-inclusive. I love horror flicks (you will notice I favor the foreign films)! I admit I had a difficult time narrowing the list, so I am including 10 today. Once again, in no particular order, I give you a few of my favoritesUntitled design (1)

hightension.jpgHigh Tension (Haute tension)
Switchblade Romance (UK title)
French Horror/Slasher
Released 2003

IMBd Synopsis:

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls’ idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

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*This one seriously creeped me the eff out. It is a gory, edge of your seat thrill ride that is not for the faint of heart. And I love every minute of it! 

anotherAnother アナザー
Anime Horror/Mystery
Episodes: 12
Aired 2012

MAL Synopsis:

In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.

Twenty-six years later, 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Kouichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

Another follows Kouichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.

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*Perhaps more mystery than horror in the eyes of some, Another delivers a suspenseful tale not without several chilling moments. This gruesome story easily warrants a spot among my favorites.

thedescentThe Descent (Original Unrated Edition)
British Adventure Horror
Released 2005

IMDb Synopsis:

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

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*Adding the elements of pure isolation and claustrophobia to a horror film really ups the ante, and that is exactly what the Descent accomplishes. I couldn’t breathe through half of the film.

Dumplings_(film)Dumplings (Jiao zi)
Asian Drama/Horror
Released 2004


The infamous Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), a former gynecologist who performed abortions, makes dumplings with miraculous youth-restoring abilities. Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a former actress desperate to make her womanizing husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) pay attention to her again, initially refuses to eat them. However, after discovering their potency, she offers to pay Mei any price for more. Things are complicated when Mei is forced to flee the country and the dumplings’ power begins to fade.

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*Okay, so I give this one a rating of 4 just for how disturbed I was by the end of the film. This is a prime example of why I love Asian Horror. It burrows into you mind and lingers.

tghoulToykyo Ghoul 東京喰種-トーキョーグール-
Anime Horror
Episodes: 12
Aired 2014

MAL Synopsis:

Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

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*While many found the execution to be less than stellar, I still hold a special place in my heart for this ghoulish anime. I am not sure if that will change when I complete the manga, but for now the concept continues to offer plenty of intrigue and nightmare fuel that deservedly places it on my list of favorites.

p170336_p_v8_alThe Orphanage
Spanish Thriller/Mystery
Released 2007

IMDb Synposis:

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

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*The Orphanage quite honestly just haunted me. This chilling tale consumed my thoughts for days after watching it. Here is an official trailer. Anyone who is familiar with Guillermo del Toro is probably a fan for good cause.


ju-onJu-On: The Grudge 呪怨じゅおん
Asian Supernatural Horror
Released 2002

IMDb Synopsis:

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

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*I am not even going to lie, not to be mistaken with the US adaptation, this film kept me up with the lights on for days. I even screamed a few times. I love it and yet, I can hardly stand to watch it!

lettherightoneinLet The Right One In
Swedish Romantic Horror
Released 2008

IMDb Synopsis:

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

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*Yes, this one just made my 5 favorite haunting reads list and for good reasons. The film manages to hold a candle to the novel and is terrifying reminder of why vampires are and should be viewed as scary creatures.

the-lady-in-white-.jpgThe Lady in White
American Fantasy Horror
Released 1988

IMDb Synopsis: 

An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

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*See, I appreciate American Horror 😉 Ok, so this one maybe makes the list more for nostalgia purposes as it might not hold the same fear factor so many years later, but that does not discredit the fact that this is an outstanding ghost story I feel everyone should experience at least once.

thedevilsbackbone.jpgThe Devil’s Backbone
Spanish Gothic Horror
Released 2001

IMDb Synopsis:

After Carlos – a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War – arrives at an ominous boys’ orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

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*Guillermo del Toro makes my list again with this immersive and dark film. Oddly enough, I cannot put my finger on what exactly chills me the most with this one. But he always presents something atmospheric and psychologically gripping.

What are your favorite fright flicks or Halloween films?

Have you watched any of these? If so, I would love to know your thoughts! This is simply a handful of my favorites. I could spend days discussing horror films. Do you enjoy them?

Happy Halloween!

Danielle  Untitled design (1)

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Sunday Sum~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!

While I was not able to post as much, I did manage to catch up on social media and some blog visits at the beginning of the week. The new anticonvulsant kept me on a clear liquid diet for several days and there has been some down time as I go through the process of increasing it. It has me a bit “foggy”. But the nonhusband flies out again today (am hopefully feeling better by the time this is posted) and I will be able to get a few reviews drawn up after all settles down. On the plus side, we managed a lovely dinner last night and all else is well!

(New)Recent Reviews
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(New) Current Reads (1)


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
by Neal Shusterman


Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

The Tethered Mage
Melissa Caruso


In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. 
Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

(New)Other Happenings

  • I drew up a small post this week of my favorite Haunting Reads.
  • I want to share Trang’s review of 13 Minutes on I also have a review to post and felt she captured this book very well. It will be fun to compare thoughts.
  • I continue to work on my discussion post and am considering bringing more anime and manga to the blog after La La (the accidental blogger) at La La in the Library managed to sway me into reviving my old MAL account. Thoughts on this?

What I am watching this week:

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
When They Cry
Episodes: 26
Originally aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006

Based on a horror/mystery visual novel, this (like most anime) is not for younger audiences and packs a TV-MA rating. But I am 6 episodes in and enjoying it. I may pick up the manga series at some point.

Find out more here on MAL.


Netflix Original: Hotel Beau Séjour
International Crime Drama
Episodes: 10
IMBd 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.

*This atmospheric mystery is brilliantly written and quickly climbing the ranks in my favorite shows of 2017. Heads-up there is some blood in the trailer for anyone who prefers to pass.

That is pretty much where the better parts of my week have been. I cannot lie that Hulu and Netflix are a sick girl’s best friend 😉 Have you watched either of these or would you? What are your current fall reads? I looking forward to seeing some month end recaps.

“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.” 
― Patricia A. McKillip

As always, be well!


Danielle ❤

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