Weekly Recap #35: Week of 1/6 – 1/13


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.

I’m a little late getting my Sunday post up today because I have family from Florida visiting this week.  I wish it was purely a social visit, but it’s because my father-in-law has been in the hospital since last weekend.  His initial diagnosis was congestive heart failure, which made the end sound near, so family near and far came rushing to town to offer their support and to be there to say their goodbyes, if necessary.  Thankfully, however, the initial diagnosis turned out to be only somewhat correct.  Yes, he had fluid that was forcing his heart to work too hard, but the fluid itself was being caused by a terrible case of bronchitis.  So it’s entirely treatable.  He’s responding well to the treatments and seems to be on the mend now, getting stronger everyday.  He came home yesterday so now we’ve just been using the time to visit with our relatives who we don’t see nearly as often as we would like.

In spite of all of that, or maybe because of it since I wasn’t sleeping well while waiting for news on his health, I’ve managed to somehow already read 5 books this year and have started on my 6th and 7th books.  It was a mix of backlist books and new releases so I’m off to a pretty good start on two of my reading challenges, which is exciting.  This week I’m hoping the reading streak will continue, and the writing streak as I’ve gotten mostly caught up writing reviews as well.

This week I’ll also be posting my list of bookish resolutions and goals for the upcoming year.  I’ve taken a couple of weeks to think about them and I’m feeling pretty good about the ones I’ve chosen and can’t wait to share them with you.

Oh well, I should probably stop being a bad host and get back to my guests.  I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

















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

    That is wonderful news about your father-in-law! It’s nice that people cared enough to come visit. I really liked both Turtles and Speak Easy. Hope you enjoy them too!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Oh, that’s so good about your father-in-law!

    Haha, I’ve been seeing that picture going around lately, I’m sure that’s what my husband expects every time I say I ordered a “couple” books.

  3. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    I hope his health continues to improve. And you are doing great with your reading. I have My Name is Venus Black too. Happy Sunday 🙂

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)
    Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    Hope your father-in-law only continues to improve. My Grandmother had congestive heart failure for several years. Glad his diagnosis has improved. Great job with your reading. I really liked Unsub and can’t wait to get to the sequel.

  5. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    Best wishes to your father-in-law for a full recovery! And nice that you get to see faraway family, even if the circumstances were a little scary. Congrats on the books read though- that’s a positive at least, right? And oh my gosh that picture is hilarious! Love it! 🙂

  6. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    I am glad your father-in-law’s condition wasn’t worse and that he is responding to treatment. That must have been quite a scare! I am glad your reading year has, at least, gotten off to a good start. Mine has too. I don’t expect it to continue–too much of a good thing?–but I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished so far. Enjoy your books and company! Have a great week, Suzanne.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m hoping my reading spree continues, but like you say, it’s probably a bit doubtful. I am definitely pleased with how the month is going so far though. 🙂

  7. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    What a relief that your father-in-law is able to improve – that said, I’m sure he’s been feeling dreadful as I know from experience bronchitis is no joke. I hope he soon rapidly improves and that Life can return to normal. Take carex

  8. Lauren Becker
    Lauren Becker says:

    I’m curious what you think of Into the Black Nowhere. I really liked Unsub!

    I’m so glad that your father in law was able to be treated and is home now. That must have been really scary!!


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m still writing my review for it, but I loved Into the Black Nowhere. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down! Thanks, yes it was definitely scary. I hope he continues to improve because we’re not ready to lose him yet.

  9. Tânia @MyLovelySecret
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    I’m glad your father-in-law will recover. Wishes of a full recovery. Enjoy your time with the your family. Also, I hope you love Our Dark Duet. I’m re-reading it for my dissertation and I absolutely love it.

    Happy readings! 😉

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