Sunday Sum~Up

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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend ❤ We are struggling a bit here as our air has been out for a few days and it is nearing 100°. So I am admittedly sluggish. My symptoms and heat do not mix well. I will be keeping this brief and returning to melting on the couch under the fan now circulating hot air.

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My next newsletter will be out this coming week if the heat does not slow me down. You can always sign up here if interested. It is still once a month at this time. I am not sure what else will happen on the blog this coming week as I am seriously behind and headed into a reading slump. I may have to set aside my current reads and reach outside of the box for some inspiration 😉


Recent Reviews

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i am still aliveI Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall


What I Am Reading This Week

Ok, so I am mood reading and cannot settle on a title. But I really need to start Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. If anyone has an ARC and would be interested in a buddy read, please DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Or you can email me 🙂

seafireSeafire
By Natalie C. Parker

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After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

thedramateacherThe Drama Teacher
By Koren Zailckas

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Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But Gracie, underneath all that’s marked her life as average, has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been. And when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have.

Gracie learned from her manipulatively charming father how to steal identities in order to survive, and she eases back into her routine of lying and cheating with a wicked skillset and gritty resolve. Things begin to slip out of her control, though, when her web of deceit lands her a job as a private school drama teacher–a role that demands emotional honesty–and soon more questions about the truth of her past are raised, including all the ones she never meant to, or even knew to, ask.

Written with the style, energy, and penetrating insight that made her memoir Smashed a bestselling phenomenon, Koren Zailckas’s next novel confirms her growing reputation as a psychological novelist that can stand up to the best of them.


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I watched nothing this week, which seems to be the current trend. My days were spent with plenty of thunderstorm and ocean sounds playing as I attempted to drown out some tinnitus and gain focus.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
~Groucho Marx

What are you reading this week? Do you have a go-to genre for beating reading slumps?

Happy Reading,

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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 has been a long but quiet week. I say long because on the working end, even though my days are shorter, it feels like I am cramming more into them. However, my daughter is away for a few days and soon flying to Ohio to see my mother, while my son is still visiting his father, so it is also very quiet. My plan is to start unhauling my bookshelves, as soon as I am cleared to move around enough. Although I admit I picked up several new additions this weekend. The nonhubs and I cheated on my activity restrictions and snuck out for crepes and a trip to BN. I have no regrets.

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I started watching Pose on FX. If you have not seen it, you really should. I was quite saddened to finally catch up to the current episode and have my binge session come to an abrupt halt. I also discovered that the nonhubs picked up tickets to finally see The Nutcracker in December! *queue fangirl squees of delight* This was to be an early Christmas surprise, but I had a moment of tears over being so isolated and lonely so he told me in an effort to help perk me up. I cannot lie, it did.


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Reading This Week

the wild deadThe Wild Dead (The Bannerless Saga #2)
By Carrie Vaghn

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A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner, Teeg, is called on to mediate a dispute over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators’ decision seems straightforward — and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that, she’s not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid wants to find out who killed her, even as Teeg argues that the murder isn’t their problem. In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?

i am still aliveI Am Still Alive
By Kate Alice Marshall

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After
Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

Before
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

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With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father… and she wants revenge.


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I am working on finding that ever changing balance between blogging, social media, reading and life. I am quite comfortable with my current routine but also learning that as some accounts evolve, my focus tends to be shifting. I have to remind myself that unplugging is so important.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
~Neil Gaiman in Coraline 

What books are you excited to tackle this summer? Do you plan to pick up my current reads?

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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 has been pretty unproductive in terms of real life. I missed a few hours of work due to appointments and an MRI and still have not been cleared for any real physical activity. Although, I admit to cheating on Friday and having the nonhubs take me out for dinner and drinks. I have been going crazy and may have kind of attacked him as soon as he returned home about my potential escape this weekend.

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I have been surviving off of too much caffeine, comfort food, and social media while fighting a reading slump. It has not been pretty. I cannot recommend it.


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What I am Currently Reading

inkmistressInkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5)
By Audrey Coulthurst

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Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

american_marriageAn American Marriage
By Tayari Jones

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Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.


Other Happenings

This was a week of reviews and trying to work on my Instagram account a bit. I have not really improved in terms of photos, but I am learning to be more active in the community and post somewhat regularly (which has been a challenge).

“I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.” 
~Patrick Rothfuss

What did you read this past week? What are you reading right now?

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