Sunday Sum-Up


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Sunday is upon us once again. What a week it has been! I have nothing to contribute aside from the fact that I have been incredibly busy was juggling the normal hurdles. I did manage a few posts though and score some great books. Maybe a book haul later this month? Maybe not? I am terrible with posting them, but am aiming to try to post more on Instagram so we will see. FYI – you can follow my poor little account here. <– Shameless self promotion never hurts. I am all about it this week 😉 Let’s get crackin’!


68783Girl, Interrupted

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

While I enjoyed all three books, the winner of the week is definitely Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. This is a true must read!


See What I Have Done
By Sarah Schmidt


In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

*I am struggling with this egalley. The concept is fascinating but the formatting and dialog are a tad messy. Time will tell!

10862575Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1
By by Naoko Takeuchi,
William Flanagan (Translator)


Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

This new edition of Sailor Moon will feature:
-An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation!
-Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!
-New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!
-The original Japanese character names!
-Detailed translation notes!

This version of Sailor Moon will be completely true to original. Join us as Sailor Moon returns to the U.S. for the first time in years!

*Ok so my secret is out: I AM A HUGE SAILOR MOON FAN. I have been waiting to own this box set for several years and finally have my own. 


I have a few spotlights lined up and a new You Choose, You Read in the works, but it has been pretty quite on the blogging front for myself. I hope you have enjoyed the week. Remember to savor the moment and enjoy a good book or..

“In the name of the moon, I will Punish you!”
― Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The 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 is a 3 day weekend for many of us. The nonhusband and son have traveled to Washington to help family with a move and visit. My daughter is on the river for a spell before work. I plan on blog hopping a little and some housework. I chose to stay home and work yesterday (which turned out to be a very short shift). I am honestly enjoying the quite while sipping my coffee and watching some true crime on Netflix and looking forward to much-needed time with a friend tonight.  Not a bad Sunday 😉

Mini Review

Black Butterflies 
By John Shirley
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Kindle ASIN: B018J4QNXQ
Pages: 250
Genre: Short Story/Horror


This collection of gritty and intense short stories compares the horrors of the real world to those of the supernatural. Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

My Thoughts:

This weekend I have chosen to look at a single story from this collection, Barbara. I will continue to review these stories on a weekly basis. 

Barbara is a fast, dark and gritty tale. We are thrust into the life of a woman as she is car-jacked and coming to terms with her current “relationship”. For all of its brevity, this small story offers a very complete experience. The main character is easily established in such limited time, and the writing is concise and seamless. There are elements of sexuality and violence that will turn many away from this, but I found a deep appreciation for the author’s brutal and realistic approach. It gave sincere life to the story. I am looking forward to continuing with this collection and familiarizing myself with John Shirley’s work.


Psycho Analysis


The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden


At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


Of note this week is that Creepshow by Stephen King with art by Bernie Wrightson is back in print! This nostalgic collection of horror  is back in circulation after 35 years and I could not resist! I devoured mine last night and will review soon. You can find out more on Simon&Schuster.

I am setting some goals today to accomplish a bit more than true crime binging 😉 So I am going to wrap this up. Happy reading my friends and remember:

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
— Ernest Hemingway


Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The 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 was a very absentee week for myself here in the blogosphere. I found by Tuesday morning I was not well. Looking back and a call in with the nurse now says it was probably flu or a severe case of bronchitis (maybe both). The nonhusband was away and honestly, I laid in bed too tired to do much of anything aside from feeling sorry for myself. Fever has subsided and I appear to now be on the mend, but I still have a lot of fatigue and chest pain. The doctor will follow-up as needed this week at my appointment. So I may be slow to get back into the swing of it all. Luckily, I have actually had a small amount of pre-scheduled posts (something that rarely happens). So I get to pretend like I am sort of here 😉

With that said, let’s look at how my stealthy hiatus went!

Mini Review


The Lost Children: A Dark Short Story Collection
By Amber Bierce
Pages: 98
Genre: Short Story/Dark Speculative Fiction

Blurb: Get ready to settle in with some unsettling fiction!
The Lost Children is a collection of mostly speculative tales in which, one way or another, someone loses a child.
The ‘lost’ is sometimes literal and sometimes figurative, while the ‘children’ range from toddlers to adults.
This collection features ten stories from flash fiction to short story length (500 – 4000 words), and the stories run the gamut of dark fiction, from fantasy and sci-fi to quiet horror, with a few ‘realistic’ tales. Several have appeared in various magazines, a few under another name.

My Thoughts:

This week I chose  a small collection of short stories all centered around one common theme, missing children. While I would easily classify 3/4 of this collection as horror, there were a few stories that didn’t quite meet the qualifications for myself. So I have opted to label this as dark, speculative fiction.

The recurring theme alone is enough to make this one a difficult read for some. It definitely emits a more foreboding air with a collection of stories spanning from commonly eerie and imaginative tales to those that dive deeper into a more horrific setting.

I applaud the author for choosing to approach the subject of ‘lost’ children in such a brazen manner.  And she has successfully done so in a variety of approaches. This was maybe not an outstanding read, but certainly worth the time it passed if you enjoy tales that favor the dismal or grim side of matters.


Black Hole


The Man Who Fell To Earth


darkmatterDark Matter
By Blake Crouch
Jon Lindstrom (narrator)


Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.

It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.

When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”

Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.

And someone is hunting him.

Is the life Jason remembers just some crazed dream? And can he survive long enough to discover the answers he needs?

By Dathan Auerbach


Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel!

How much do you remember about your childhood?

In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you’ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him. If you’ve ever stayed in the woods just a little too long after dark, if you’ve ever had the feeling that someone or something was trying to hurt you, if you remember the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was, then Penpal is a story that you won’t soon forget, despite how you might try.

I do not think it will be necessary to mention each week that I am still currently reading Stephen King’s It. I feel this goes without saying 😉 I did branch out this week by adding the audio-book to the mix. Just in time to find myself in bed and helpless. Good call on that one!


This week on Books, Vertigo and Tea:

  • Goodreads Monday featured The Day of the Triffids.
  • Tuesday’s A Nice Brew & Something New was a wonderful interview with author Dennis Macaraeg.
  • Saturday was the announcement of the Winners of The Bone Angel Series Drawing! Thank you to all who participated & congratulations again to Annie, Claire and Icky!
  • I am also currently working on a new monthly feature that I am pretty jazzed for. However, I am holding off on ‘unveiling’ until I have all details narrowed down. Shall we say “Coming Soon”?

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Worthy of noting is the gorgeous new header @ Cover 2 Cover Mom. Check it out if you have not!


I will be spending the majority of this holiday weekend in bed, but hoping each of you are enjoying your own plans and time! Take care and always remember sometimes it is okay (even best) to slow down..waaaayyyy down and forget about taking it all so seriously 😉

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Danielle ❤

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