Sunday Sum~Up

SundaySum-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.

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(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.

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By Katherine Arden

Synopsis:

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:

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

Synopsis:

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 Crunchyroll.com.

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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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 week was a whirlwind. The nonhubs returned from California briefly only to now be on a flight to Tennessee. We had multiple appointments to juggle and a few things to work through at home. I did accomplish a nice amount of reading and several posts though. So no complaints there. I thought I might start including a few extras each week like the shows or films I am watching, etc. It adds some variety and I have fewer reviews going up right now.

Health update: I mentioned last week that I received hearing aids. They are great! I love not having to ask others to repeat themselves. Now I can catch the kids when they sass under their breath haha. I saw an acupuncturist this week and it was amazing. I cannot say whether the long-term therapy will be successful, but I found it greatly helped me focus and find some stress/anxiety relief. I am continuing with the hour-long sessions and waiting on a referral to a naturopath. I am looking forward to exploring alternative options. Symptoms are still at a high and I was placed back on Valium and a new anticonvulsant, so my responses and blog visits are still limited as I adjust. I have even missed a few days of work this month. But I am feeling very positive about this new direction of treatments.

(New)Recent Reviews

darkdaysThe Dark Days Club

28815491Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

(New) Current Reads (1)27802575
13 Minutes

By Sarah Pinborough

Synopsis:

I was dead for 13 minutes.

I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal.

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?

(New)Other Happenings

  • This week I participated in the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you Greg for the nomination!
  • I mentioned a discussion post about blogging groups that I was hesitant to share and received a ton of positive feedback and support. But I have decided to leave it on hold now. The reason being that it simply reads too negative at the moment. And that is not what I want for the blog. I will continue to edit and share when/if I feel I can convey my thoughts in a better manner.

What I am watching this week!

In one simple answer; Murder Maps on Netflix. I am in love with this show. They have 3 seasons available. These are easy to digest episodes (docudrama) that explores the darker history of London and some of its more infamous murder cases. The narrator Nicholas Day is incredible and the history fascinating. Highly recommend!

That’s it! I have spent this week getting stabbed with needles and watching murder documentaries 😉 Sounds ideal for October. How has your month shaped up? Any new shows or books that you recommend?

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” 
― John Green

I hope you are all well!

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up

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!

This past week was heavily occupied with appointments and real life events that kept me away, but I did manage a review and post. Today we are celebrating the nonhusband’s birthday before he heads back to California for several days due to fires.

We did replace our bedding this weekend and pick up a new humidifier for the bedroom. This may not sound like news, but as someone who spends a lot of time in bed, it truly is! I slept very well last night and expect this will help with symptoms (our sheets were literally hurting my skin – I know sounds ridiculous but true). Also, I picked up my hearing aids this week! I admit, I spent several hours watching tv without subtitles and thoroughly enjoying it! I am still slightly overwhelmed by all of the background noises (birds outside, etc) and adjusting to being able to hear my own voice, but I am super excited. So in spite of this cold, it has been a successful week.

(New)Recent Reviews

9781101890585The Gracekeepers

(New) Current Reads (1)(Actually starting this tomorrow)

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The Heretic’s Daughter
By Kathleen Kent

Synopsis: 

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

(New)Other Happenings

  • Once again it was a slow week on BVT. But I did manage to put together a small Tenative Fall TBR.
  • I made the difficult decision to leave a few blogging groups this week. I have a discussion post drafted for this and may share it once I am more comfortable. I am hoping to approach a topic that has been weighing heavily on me but might solicit some negative feedback.
  • I am super excited for the upcoming series Electric Dreams (Phillip K. Dick) on Amazon Prime which you can watch a trailer of here. I also just started the new podcast based series Lore. Are you familiar with the podcast or series? It is shaping up to be a perfect October show.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. I am looking forward to a nice cuppa and some new stories and shows as we enjoy this Fall weather (aka rain) that has settled in.

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” 
― Bill Watterson

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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