Weekly Recap #55: Week of 5/27 – 6/2


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.

It has been another pretty quiet week here.  My son has less than two weeks of school left so we’ve spent much of our time in the afternoons and evenings reviewing to make sure he’s ready for his end-of-year tests.  The school district seems to have gone standardized test crazy this year though because I swear he’s already taken at least 30 of these tests throughout the year. Feels like more test taking was going on than actual teaching, which frustrates me as a parent.  How is my kid supposed to learn anything if every couple of weeks he has to stop and take a “district assessment” test.  Ugh, anyway, I’ll shut up about that now before my blood pressure goes up, lol.

Is anyone in a weather pattern where it’s hot, sunny, and near 100% humidity every day of the week but then once the weekend gets here, the skies open up and it pours rain both days.  Yeah, that’s what we’ve had for the third week in a row.  I know I wanted it to warm up, but the endless rain was not part of my wish.  It has been good for my reading but not so great for all of my other weekend plans.  Really hoping there’s a change soon because I just want to be able to sit on my deck with a book and a glass of wine.  We’re supposed to take my son to see SOLO today and I just don’t even want to go out in this mess.

Hmmm, what else?  Oh! After three weeks of putting it on my ‘What I’m Reading’ list, I finally did start Furyborn yesterday.  I’m not too far in yet, but it’s pretty interesting so far.  I also checked the audiobook for A Man Called Ove out of the library yesterday.  I also own a copy of the book but I have a two-hour commute tomorrow for a training class for work so decided I’d try an audiobook in the car.  I started it last night before bed and wow, that man is so crotchety.  The image I was getting in my head as I was listening was of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory if he was an old man, lol.  Anyway, it’s good so far too so hopefully that means I’m in for a good reading week.  Yesterday I finished The Death of Mrs. Westaway, which was my first Ruth Ware read.  I should have my review for that up tomorrow.

Lastly, I do have a giveaway running on the site as part of a blog tour I participated in.  If you’re in the U.S. and are interested in receiving an ARC of the super creepy Baby Teeth, I have 3 to give away so be sure to enter HERE.  Apologies to all of my non-U.S. visitors but the publisher shipped the ARCs directly to me and, after pricing the shipping from here to various countries, I determined that I just can’t afford to ship them internationally as much as I wish I could 🙁

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂





















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38 replies
  1. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy says:

    Ugh, I know what you mean about testing! My youngest just finished high school so that frustration is over for us, but it’s out of control. And I know the teachers hate standardized testing😐 Good luck with your weather!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    My stepmother used to be a teacher/administrator, and testing was always the worst times. We never saw her, she was overwhelmed.

    We are having the same problems with the weather! We finally got in a long walk yesterday, but other than that, it does always seem to be raining on the weekend.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I was finally able to get in a nice walk after work today too. Hoping today’s nice weather will continue for a while.

  3. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer says:

    I am hoping to listen to Ware’s book, so I will be curious to see what you think. I agree the school systems seem to be teaching more and more about the tests and the amount of testing is crazy. Two more weeks then the lazy days of summer can begin.

  4. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    It’s been similar here as well with the humid weather during the week then rainy weekends. But yesterday was hot and no rain so that was good.
    Good luck with the school testing, I know that is frustrating for us parents and the kids especially.
    Enjoy the audio version of A Man Called Ove, it sounds interesting.
    Have a great week.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m enjoying Furyborn so far. I’m not too far in yet though so fingers crossed that I continue to like it 🙂

  5. Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)
    Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) says:

    I can’t believe school’s almost out! My niece is graduating high school in a couple of weeks and the Mister and I are flying out to surprise her. I just can’t wrap my head around how fast time flies by. As for the weather, we have been cloudy and chilly here for a while. Finally yesterday and today the sun came out and it’s warming up. So, I suppose the weather here in San Diego is the opposite of what you’re experiencing. LoL

  6. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    HAH! Love the Reading is Dangerous comic. I need that on a tote bag or something. hahaha
    Oh gosh, having all those tests for school has to be annoying. I agree -how are you supposed to learn enough in the first place? sigh.

    Glad you’re having a good reading week, and I hope the rain stops soon!!


  7. Sara @ Forever 17 Books
    Sara @ Forever 17 Books says:

    You need a nice and sunny weekend! Our weather has been all over the place. We had a hot week last week and now we are getting back into the low 60s for a few days. I guess it’s good we haven’t set the pool up yet. lol I hope you have a good reading week and enjoy the rest of Furyborn!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Lol, yeah, I don’t think any of the pools around here have gotten any use yet since it has rained and stormed so much.

  8. Tânia @MyLovelySecret
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    That’s exactly the kind of weather we have been dealing with here in Portugal (at least, in my very small town). Just today it was hot in the morning and then the temperatures dropped and it started raining. =O

    So many school testing should be forbidden.

    Wishes of a great week. 🙂

  9. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says:

    School testing is more than a little crazy. My two oldest are homeschooled (though my middle child is heading to public high school next year), and my youngest is in public school. It always amazes me how often they do random testing in the public school. And since my youngest has special needs, the testing tells us almost nothing—besides that he’s very very behind. It’s really a waste of time for everyone.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? I don’t find all of the testing very useful at all, especially since it takes away instructional time which is more valuable.

  10. Greg
    Greg says:

    It’s been hot here, we even had 90’s for about three days in a row. Although it’s cooled down now, thankfully. I’ll take 70’s/80’s thank you very much lol, yeesh it felt like August already! Hope SOLO is good, I can’t wait to see it and hope I’m not disappointed! I’ve seen some good reviews and some lukewarm ones, so far.

    Baby Teeth does sound creepy, I just saw that one on another blog and I may have to get it! Also I’ve liked most of Ruth Ware’s books so far, will be anxious to see your thoughts on the new one.

  11. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    Although my daughter’s age level has its own version of testing, it is nothing like what the older children have to deal with. I feel for your son. I agree with you. Too much testing and not enough learning. I hope you end up loving A Man Called Ove. I agree, he really is crotchety. LOL I love that comic you shared! So true. Reading is very dangerous. LOL

    Have a great week, Suzanne!

  12. Joanne
    Joanne says:

    Ah the dreaded standardized tests. I’m not in the US but it’s happening here too. Hope the weather smiles on you in the coming week.

  13. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library says:

    I’m listening to A Man Called Ove right now and have mixed thoughts so far. But I’m only halfway through so we’ll see. We’ve been in the same pattern too except for last week when it just rained! This weekend was pretty so I’m hoping that’ll be the new pattern. I loved the first two Ruth Ware books but was not a fan of the 3rd. I’ve been a little nervous of this most recent one but I’m hoping to get to it soon. Have a great week!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hope you end up liking Ove. I’m about halfway through as well and have liked it more the further along I’ve gotten.

  14. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    It’s either raining or humid in these parts, so, I feel your pain. I need to read Little Big Love, so I hope it’s good.

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