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!

I started off the week feeling like there was no way I was going to manage content this week and quite honestly defeated. But somehow I began to slowly level out on the meds and produce a few reviews and posts. I feel like I am now semi back on track and happy to be settling back into the routine I lost last month. I did obtain xrays yesterday and we are hopeful they will be clear as my physician is leaning towards nerve damage at this point.

Today we are having our usual combo celebration of my birthday and father’s day before my son leaves. It is tradition to celebrate this way every year before his summer trip so that he does not miss celebrating with the nonhubs. So I may not be online as much but for good reason. I am cheating and having cake, so I am very excited!

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Recent Reviews

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What I am Currently Reading

daughter of the burning cityDaughter of the Burning City
By Amanda Foody

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Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

 

9780803739260_NearlyGone_JKT.inddA Line in the Dark
By Malinda Lo

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The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”


Other Happenings

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.” 
~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What are you currently reading? Do you have a recommendation from your recent reads?

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!

I am trying to return to a sense of normalcy and routine after these past few weeks, but I still feel disconnected. It is amazing how much we can fail to realize that we rely on certain things (such as day to day routine) until they are removed from the equation. These past two weeks have been a battle against pain and sleep which upended everything. I did finally give in and allow the doctor to place me on a medication I was previously avoiding. It is not that I feel the medicine is “bad”, I am just aware that starting it means I may be in for the long haul. However, at this point, I need to consider my mental health and own needs. I cannot continue to suffer out of stubbornness, so we are beginning a trial run. Fingers crossed! The pain has been consuming, and I do not want to allow that ❤ I am really ready to shift my focus back to work and hobbies.

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Recent Reviews

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Currently Reading

to_kill_a_kingdomTo Kill a Kingdom
By Alexandra Christo

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


Other Happenings

What I recently watched and fell in love with!


My Next You Choose, I Read Selection Is..

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Chosen by Ceri @ Bookmarks and Postcards.


“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” 
~Ray Bradbury

What are you reading this week?

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!

This post is being drafted ahead of time due to a somewhat busy weekend ahead.  So there is not much to report in terms of what is going on. Today is Mother’s Day here in the U.S. So Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms reading! May you have a wonderful and relaxing day.

I did decide to finally start season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and wow! I am taking it in small doses. It is, as expected, a heavy hitter. It does not look to disappoint. I shared an interesting article on my Facebook page this week that discusses the issues related to merchandising the series and it hits on a lot of valid points. I am linking it here as it is worth a read for anyone interested.

I am failing miserably with 1Q84. I am suffering a spurt of mood reading and cannot blame the book by any means. For now, it is on my nightstand and being read in very small increments. I may have to shelve it until my enthusiasm returns.


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The Nowhere Girls


Currently Reading

the_lonely_heartsThe Lonely Hearts Hotel
By Heather O’Neill

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With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans in love with each other since they can remember whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one’s origins. It might also take true love.

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes after years of searching and desperate poverty the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.

With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O’Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.


Other Happenings

It has been a nice week and hopefully by the time you read this, I will be spending my Mother’s day in a local bookshop or sleeping in, as those were my only real requests. I would admit that I do not need more books at this point, but let’s not be silly!

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” 
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

How did you spend your weekend?

Cheers,
Danielle ❤

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