Weekly Recap #28: Week of 11/19-11/25


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, I’m back from my trip to New York and have spent the bulk of this week playing catch up while also preparing to host this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.  The trip was fantastic! Since we go there so much and have done most of the traditional touristy activities, we decided to do a few different activities this time.  We toured the historic district of Harlem this time, which included seeing a lot of beautiful churches and brownstones, as well as the Apollo Theater, and learning a lot about the history of Harlem that I had never studied before.  Aside from touring Harlem, we also took in a comedy show in Chelsea at the Gotham Comedy Club.  It was hilarious and I’d highly recommend it no matter who the show headliner is.  The night we went, as funny as the headliner was, the two opening acts were even funnier. I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire time we were there!

None of the Broadway shows I was interested in seeing had discounted tickets available, so we opted for an off-Broadway play instead.  It was a dark comedy called ‘What We’re Up Against’ and starred Sklar Astin, Marg Helgenberger, and Damian Young and it focused on sexism in the workplace.  The play was fantastic and gave us a lot to think and talk about afterwards.  We also ate tons of New York Pizza and Cheesecake and had a great time just exploring the city in general.

One of my favorite places that we visited was The Strand bookstore.  Now, amazingly enough, I didn’t actually buy any books, but I did buy some fun bookish souvenirs from there, including these cool bookish tote bags.


I have to confess that I have done pretty much no reading this entire week either.  I started reading The Girl in the Tower on the train ride home last weekend and while I’m really enjoying it so far, just got too busy with Thanksgiving planning to even pick up the book again.  Then once Thanksgiving was over, I spent the rest of my long weekend binge-watching Marvel: Agents of Shield.  I watched almost 3 full seasons from Thursday afternoon to this morning!  I should be ashamed of myself, but I regret nothing, haha!

Hopefully I’ll get some books read this weekend or else The Bookish Libra may be a bit quiet next week!

Anyway, I think that’s it for me.  I hope everyone who was celebrating this week had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Have a great week, everyone!
















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

    I haven’t been to a comedy show in forever! There near Rutgers that we used to go to, and I saw a lot of comics when they were up and coming (and now pretty big). Always fun, though. That play you saw had quite a cast. Love Helgenberger so much. Glad you had such a fantastic trip! I am on the hold list for Far From the Tree. I regret not requesting it for review, because all the bloggers I follow are raving about it. Soon I can join the chorus.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks, me too! Now of course I have a bad case of wanderlust and want to travel again, lol.

      Far From the Tree flew under the radar for me. I hadn’t heard of it until fellow bloggers started raving about it. Can’t wait to read it for myself since it sounds so incredible.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Goodreads has it listed as science fiction and YA. I still haven’t red any of Caine’s adult books but I have several on my TBR.

  2. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Your trip to New York sounds great! I’ve been to the Strand bookstore once before, and it was such an amazing experience. I’m hoping one day I’ll get to go back! The Girl in the Tower looks wonderful. I’m especially loving the cover art. I also looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Far From the Tree. I’ve been temped to buy that one! Have a great week, Suzanne!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, the cover for both The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower are both so gorgeous. Some of the best covers I’ve seen recently.

      I’m looking forward to Far From the Tree too. So many fellow bloggers are raving about it.

  3. Tânia @MyLovelySecret
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    So good to read that you had such an amazing trip. I’d love to visit New York someday. 🙂 I admire Rachel Caine’s writing, so I’m very interested in Honor Among Thieves. Can wait to read your thoughts on it.

    Happy readings & Wishes of a great week. 🙂

  4. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    Glad you had a nice trip, and hope your Thanksgiving was nice too. Mmm NY pizza sounds so good. The Strand sounds nice too.

    I’ve never watched Agents of SHIELD, but sounds like it’s pretty good if you’re binging it??

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I’m completely obsessed with Agents of SHIELD. I’ve made it to season 4 in less than a week and I think I’ll be completely caught up in time for the Season 5 premiere on Friday. Needless to say, I haven’t read much this week, lol.

  5. Angela
    Angela says:

    Glad you had a great trip! I love the totes you picked up! I always think I’m going to do a lot of reading on vacation, but I never do!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Same. It’s finally starting to sink in that once I reach my destination, I probably won’t read at all. This time I at least only packed my Kindle instead of filling my suitcase with physical books, lol.

  6. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    We’ve all been busy. The holidays can get crazy! Glad your NY trip was wonderful. I need to plan a trip and soon. I could use a change of scenery.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      A change of scenery is always nice. The bad part for me is that as soon as I take one trip, then I get wanderlust and immediately want to start planning another trip. I’m already sitting here thinking about where I should go next, lol.

  7. Di @ Book Reviews by Di
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    Suzanne! I’ve missed you – although you’ve been here all along I’ve been the one bizarrely busy and unable to cope with life let along blogging! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving – it sure sounds like it!

    Soooo. Just want to check I heard this right – you went into a bookstore but you bought no books? *gasp* The totes are AMAZING though. I love them both.

    I’m not reading your WWW review because I definitely am reading that soon. The actual physical book is sitting on my bedside table!

    I hope you’re loving the Girl in the Tower. I definitely need to read TB&TN. I’ve heard too many amazing things.

    Your bookworms pic made me LOL. 🙂 My kind of humour!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Haha, you heard right! I didn’t buy a single book. Shocked myself on that one!

      Aside from being super busy, I hope you’re doing well!

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