Weekly Recap #19: Week of 9/17-9/23


Hey everyone!  It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

So, the highlight of this week, by far, was celebrating my son’s 10th birthday. Can’t believe he’s now into the double digits! He is really just growing up way too fast.  We’ve had a grand time celebrating though, with a birthday dinner on the actual day, lunch and frozen yogurt with Grandma yesterday, and then today we’ll cap it off with a party for him and his friends at the indoor trampoline park.  He has reached that age where he mainly just wants gift cards so that he can buy what he wants, which was hard for some of us to adjust to since we like watching him unwrap gifts, but I have to admit that it did makes everyone’s shopping a lot easier this year so no one complained too much, lol.

Ian also scored 3 goals at yesterday’s soccer game, so yet another fabulous way to celebrate his birthday.  He actually blew his dad and I away because, prior to yesterday, he had only scored 1 goal in all the years that he has played. His dad is his soccer coach and usually plays him in defensive positions so now he’s wondering if he has been playing him in the wrong position for all of these years.  I don’t know how to answer that, but from a proud mom perspective, seeing him play up front and score all of those goals and actually have his teammates looking for him so they could give him another chance to score was very cool.

Because of all of the party preparations, etc., I’ve gotten a little behind on my blog comments, which is funny since one of my main posts of the week was specifically about commenting on blogs, haha.  I’ll get caught up today after the party though so it’s all good.  I didn’t get as much reading done as I had planned to either, but I did manage to finish The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, which was a wonderful read, and now I’m working on All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.  Unfortunately, I’m struggling a bit with that one because of the pacing, but am still hoping to knock that out today so that I can move on to Dear Martin and Hillary’s new book, which I’m dying to read.  My mom started it yesterday and she said it’s a very good read, but that she actually has to keep setting it down and walking away because it makes her mad about the election all over again. I’ll be curious to see if I have a similar reading experience.

Not too much else is going on in my world.  I am excited about new fall shows starting up this week.  I don’t have too many shows that I watch, but I am looking forward to the Young Sheldon spinoff since I love The Big Bang Theory so much.

Anyway, I think that’s it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!
















20 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    Three goals! The double digits are really paying off. Those trampoline places look fabulous. I think I would enjoy my party there too. I remember struggling a little with Stiefvater’s style when I first started the Raven Cycle books, but then it all came together and I was amazed at what she did. I hope it clicks for you soon. I really need to get to Crooked Kingdom. I read SoC so long ago, and I am actually interested in finishing the series. –sigh– I thought The Names They Gave Us was pretty great, I just have an issue with the way Lord ends her books. Never enough closure for me.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? I wish trampoline places had been around when I was a kid. I would have loved to have a birthday party like the one my son had. Those were some happy (and tired, lol) kids!

      The Stiefvater book has been a slow read for me but I’m finally starting to settle in and appreciate the story.

  2. Evelina
    Evelina says:

    Yay for your son’s birthday! Time flies, doesn’t it 🙂 gift cards huh. That is the smart choice, I guess 🙂
    Dear Martin is a very intriguing read, I will be curious about your review. And I’ve just finished The Rules of Magic! I truly loved it.
    Have a great week!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Oh my gosh, wasn’t The Rules of Magic amazing? I’m trying to write my review for it now and it’s hard to put into words just how much I loved it.

      Hope you have a great week!

  3. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Congrats on your son’s 10th birthday! I’m looking forward to your reviews of The Alice Network and All the Crooked Saints!
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  4. Jenea's Book Obsession
    Jenea's Book Obsession says:

    Happy Birthday to your son! The gift card thing is something all us parents dread, ours do the same things. They just want gift cards or money. I miss when they liked opening presents. 🙁 I hope you have a great week ahead.

    Jenea’s Book Obsession’s Sunday Post

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thank you! Yeah, I definitely miss watching him open gifts and play with his new toys. Ahh, nostalgia, lol. Hope you have a great week as well.

  5. Jhohadli
    Jhohadli says:

    Happy Birthday to your boy. And was watching an interview with Hillary on the Vox yesterday so I can relate to your mom. I think I need some more time before checking out the book.

  6. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    Happy birthday to your son, enjoy the day! And 3 goals- impressive! I bet he was over the moon!

    I kind of want to read Hillary’s book too, but I’m afraid I’ll get mad about the election again too! And hope you’re enjoying Crooked Kingdom- I admit I’m struggling with Six of Crows but I’m going to keep plugging along. 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      He sure was! Most excited I’ve seen him on soccer day since the days when he was really little and was all about what kind of snacks would be served after the game, haha.

      Yes, I’m dying to read Hillary’s book but definitely a little worried that it will get me all fired up all over again (not that I’ve even fully calmed down at this point).

      Oh no, that’s such a bummer about Six of Crows. I really hope it picks up for you soon. Have a great week!

  7. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    Happy Birthday to you son! My daughter discovered gift cards this past Christmas and really enjoys getting them and shopping for her own gifts. Luckily, she still enjoys the other kinds of gifts more still. We have a few more years to go before she prefers the gift cards, I think. I hope. LOL

    I am glad you enjoyed The Rules of Magic! I enjoy Hoffman’s writing. I hope you like The Names They Gave Us. I am really curious about that one.

    I hope you have a great week, Suzanne!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, my poor Mom struggled the most with the changeover to gift cards. She has always loved watching his open gifts and play with his new toys. We’re all feeling very nostalgic for the ‘good old days’, lol.

      I really enjoy Hoffman’s writing too. Every time I read one of her novels, I’m always left thinking ‘Wow, I wish I could write like that.’ Such gorgeous yet effortless prose.

  8. Lauren Becker
    Lauren Becker says:

    Happy Birthday to your son – and yay for scoring three goals in one game! That’s awesome. 🙂

    I have All the Crooked Saints to HOPEFULLY read soon, but I’m trying to go in order for October ARCs as much as I can. LOL


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! Yes, it was a great weekend for him 🙂

      I’ll be curious to see what you think of All the Crooked Saints when you get to read it. I got off to a slow start with it but seem to have settled in now. Hoping to finish it tonight as soon as I’m done with my blog comments actually.

      Hope you have a great week!

  9. Shanu
    Shanu says:

    Happy birthday to your little darling son!

    I’m SO excited for “ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS”.. Maggie Stiefvater is literal perfection, OMG… Also, as a first time visitor to your blog, I loved reading this little recap of your week! And so much love for that Totally Random section.. Made me laugh out loud!

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