Weekly Recap #59: Week of 6/24 – 6/30


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.

After all of the excitement last weekend of having my nephews around, we fell back into a pretty quiet routine this week.  We’re finally starting to get more sunshine in our forecasts so a lot of time has been spent sitting outside on the deck reading and relaxing.  It’s supposed to be nice tomorrow too so we’re planning to head out and catch Ocean’s 8 early in the day and then come back and cook on the grill and hang out outside for the rest of the day.  That was actually our original plan for Saturday, but in this week’s one burst of excitement, our oven nearly caught on fire yesterday.  I had set it to pre-heat to 400 degrees and when the oven beeped to let me know it was up to temperature, I opened the door to put the food inside and something just didn’t seem right.  Not that I know exactly what 400 degrees is supposed to feel like, but the heat coming out of the oven just felt way hotter than what I’m used to feeling when I open the door.   I went and got my husband and when he looked at it, he could see that the broiler was on even though I hadn’t touched it.  We turned the oven off, but it wouldn’t turn off. Instead, it just kept getting hotter and hotter and then smoke started coming out of it.  That set off the smoke detectors, of course, so then it was total chaos.  We ended up having to actually throw the circuit breaker to get it to shut off.  It got a little scary there for a minute, but needless to say, after 24 years, it’s time to get a new oven.  So my Saturday was spent shopping for ovens instead of lounging and grilling, lol!

Because it was so quiet otherwise, I did get a decent amount of reading done this week, including finishing a couple of backlist books that I’ll be reviewing later this week.  I also realized when I wrote my Top Ten Tuesday post last week that I was wrong about having read four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’ve actually only read three of them, which has given me the kick in the pants I needed to finally start the fourth book.  It will probably take me the rest of the summer to read it since it’s nearly 1,000 pages, but it will happen.  I’ll also be signing up for the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge because I have about 12-13 other books that I really want to get through this summer and even though I complained about challenges recently, I do really enjoy this challenge.  I’ll be doing my signup post and sharing my TBR in a couple of days.

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


















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

    Wow! Your oven served you well – 24 years. I admire you Martin readers. His books are way too long for me. So many lovely Liane Moriarty books. I am obsessed with her books, and I am cannot wait until the new one drops.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, I can only deal with one Martin book a year. The story is amazing but those books are such bricks. I am switching back and forth between the ebook and the audio so that I can listen a bit in the car and at work and while walking around the neighborhood, just to keep myself moving on it, lol.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    OMG, that’s so scary about the oven! Glad that worked out!

    I love those Liane Moriarty books!

    LOL, love your totally random of the week! My sister and I were just having that discussion. Because she reads so many blogs now, her TBR is just getting longer and longer and she was saying no matter how much she reads, it never seems to make a difference.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      LMAO! I completely related to that random for the same reason. I’m pretty sure no matter how many I read, I learn about that many more great books and add them to my list!

  3. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    Your new blog look is wonderful, I love it. Enjoy Ocean’s 8, it sounds good. That is scary about the oven, I’d be freaking out! Our washing machine is on the fritz, it’s definitely on it’s last leg and doesn’t want to rinse the clothes properly. I’m hoping we can find a good July 4th sale this week for a new one.

    Enjoy your books, I have heard good things about Liane Moriarty. Have a great week 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Aww, thanks!

      There are some good sales around here for the 4th so hopefully you’ll have similar luck where you live 🙂

  4. Erica Robyn
    Erica Robyn says:

    Oh wow!!! I’m so glad the oven situation wasn’t worse! That’s so scary! Oh!! I just finished The Last Time I Lied, SO GOOD!! I can’t wait to see what you thought.

  5. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Tracy @ Cornerfolds says:

    I love when things get quite after a hectic week! I’m so glad you were nearby to catch the oven situation! That’s terrifying! Good luck meeting all your reading goals! I hope you loved To Kill a Kingdom – that’s one of my favorites of the year! Have a great week 😀

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      It just came out a couple of weeks ago so you’re not too far behind in finding out. I’ll be starting The Last Time I Lied tomorrow, so we’ll see how it goes. And yeah, I have to admit I was a little excited about getting a new oven after all these years, lol.

  6. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    Your oven is haunted!! Okay, so this reminds me of my own kitchen appliance story… I was sitting at the computer and I can see inside the kitchen from the desk. Last week, the microwave started beeping and came on all by itself! I went into the kitchen thinking maybe I just didn’t see my husband, but no… no one was there. It still had over two minutes on the timer, too. This happened two more times during the day, and now we’re convinced a ghost lives in there. I’m glad no one was hurt when your oven went haywire.

    I can’t wait to read We Were Liars!
    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

  7. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Oh gosh, sorry about the oven craziness! I’m glad everyone – and the house – is okay though! I have most of this week scheduled out for the blog, so I’m going to try and schedule ahead as much as I can. I’ve felt really behind lately. LOL


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m jealous. I wish I had all of my posts scheduled out. I seem to be a perpetual procrastinator this year, lol.

  8. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aj @ Read All The Things! says:

    Wow, that oven thing is scary. I didn’t know that could happen. I just finished the third Song of Ice and Fire book. I’m putting off the fourth because those books are way too long. Have a great week!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      They really are enormous, aren’t they? I’m kind of assuming this one will take me months but hopefully I’ll surprise myself and get through it faster.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks, hope you have a great week too. The Grishaverse series is really good. I can’t wait to finally finish up the last book.

  9. Greg
    Greg says:

    Oh wow the oven thing would freak me out! Yikes. 🙂 Oh well time for a new one right? Hope you had lots of good reading and grilling today! Hope Ocean’s 8 was good too!!

    Not That I Could Tell looks quite good. And I need to read more Liane Moriarty.

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

    Yikes Suzanne! I’m glad the oven incident wasn’t more serious! I hope you find the perfect new oven.

    I went and watched Oceans 8 with the hubby last week and we both really enjoyed it. It was great to see a traditionally male led movie feature all women.

    I have read all the ASOIAF books so far – don’t rush. Who knows when we’ll get more!!!? 😉 I actually need to photograph them for my bookstagram…

    I was about to ask you how you were doing with the Grisha books and I’m glad to see R&R on your reading list! I’ve just ordered those books so I’m super excited about getting the physical copies soon. The ebooks are not enough! 😀

    I’m just waiting on my reading buddies to be ready to start To Kill A Kingdom. I’m ridiculously excited about reading that book!

    And I totally agree with your totally random pic. 🙁 It can send me into a panic sometimes!

    Happy July and happy reading!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I can’t wait to finally finish up the Grisha books. I got distracted for a while there and forgot I hadn’t finished them yet, lol. I can’t wait to see what you think of To Kill A Kingdom. For me, it was so worth all of the hype!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, it was pretty terrifying. Glad the hubby was there when it happened because I’m not convinced I would have thought to throw the breaker and cut the power.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, that was one of the scariest home-related incidents I think I’ve ever experienced. I guess the upside is a shiny new oven, lol.

  11. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    Yikes, that’s scary about the oven! But I’d say you got your money’s worth if it lasted 24 years. LOL I’m looking forward to your review of To Kill a Kingdom. I have that one and am excited to pick it up (soon-ish, I hope).

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      LOL! Yes, definitely got my money’s worth out of that buy. I have to admit that it will be nice to have a shiny new one though 🙂

  12. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Urg! I don’t care how old the thing is – it’s not supposed to jam on and nearly burn down your home. Glad you now have got something else, but annoying it wiped out your day. I’m looking forward to going to see Ocean’s 8, too. Have another even quieter week:).

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, we got really lucky. I’m glad my husband was there because I’m not convinced I would have thought to turn off the circuit breaker.

  13. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    What a wonderful weekend you described–except maybe for the oven situation! I am so glad you caught the problem in time! I need a quiet weekend. I am regretting agreeing to come in and work tomorrow as I originally had been approved the day off. Why?! Who knows what I was thinking . . . What did you think of Oceans 8? I think I have only seen the first two. I hope you have a great week, Suzanne!

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