Weekly Recap #67: Week of 8/19 – 8/25


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.

When I sit down to write these posts, I swear all I think about is that I must be the most boring person on the entire planet.  Nothing all that interesting ever seems to happen to me, lol.  One pretty cool thing actually did happen this week though.  After I joined Instagram a couple of weeks ago, I started following some of my favorite authors, including Becky Albertalli.  She’s doing a Sunday political feature on her account every week where she spotlights a U.S. senator who is up for reelection in November.  The week I noticed her feature, she actually happened to be focusing on Tim Kaine, the senator from my state who is up for reelection this year.  I commented that I thought he was wonderful and definitely planned to cast my vote for him again in November, and the next thing I knew I had won a signed book of my choice from Becky!  I love all of her books and already owned all of them except for Leah on the Offbeat so I chose that one.  It came yesterday, signed by Becky, and filled with the cutest stickers from all of her other books too.  I only have one other signed book in my collection so this really made my week!



Aside from that bit of excitement, it was pretty much business as usual for me with school, homework, soccer practice, etc.  We are fully back into the grind now.  We did take a break last weekend and went to see Ant Man and the Wasp, which is hilarious by the way – I highly recommend it!  But this weekend has had gorgeous weather so we’ve been outside all weekend working on those DIY projects that got rained out almost every weekend of the summer.  Shutters are finally done and now we’re doing a brick veneer on the foundation of our house.  Our house is white and the builders had painted the foundation white as well, which just looks so plain.  It was fine before because we had these huge boxwoods that covered it up, but the boxwoods got so overgrown and unmanageable that we yanked them up this summer and plan to re-landscape those front beds.  In the meantime though, we noticed how naked the front of the house looked so thus, the new red brick veneer.  We’ve done about halfway across the front so far this weekend and hope to finish soon, but it already looks like a completely different house, so yay!

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

















24 replies
  1. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    You are so lucky to get Jennifer’s ARC! And you know I also think I am boring when I write these posts but life is made of small things and not epic actions. No that’s in the books LOL

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I do agree that drama-free, quiet weeks can definitely be blessings. I hope you’re able to snag Foundryside on audio. I’m still working on my review but I thought the book just had such a unique premise and really enjoyed it.

  2. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books says:

    Oooh, I’m curious to see what you thought about Mirage! I just added that to my watch list this week. 🙂
    And you got a copy of The Darkest Star! I can’t wait for that one’s release. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    You are NOT the most boring person, because I AM! =)

    Congratulations on you book gift/win. That’s pretty nice of Albertalli to do.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      LOL! You are not at all boring!

      Thanks, yes I was excited for her Senator feature anyway since I tend to be pretty political, but the signed book was definitely an added bonus 🙂

  4. Angela
    Angela says:

    LOL, I think I might give you a run for your money when it comes to boring weeks! That’s very cool about Becky Albertalli! I get excited when an author even just likes my comment!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      LOL! Someone else pointed out that quiet weeks can be a blessing so I’m trying to embrace that right now. And yes, I thought that was so amazing of Albertalli. I wasn’t expecting it at all so it was the coolest surprise when I saw her message on IG.

  5. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Oh how fun you won a signed book by Becky! That’s too fun. 🙂 Signed books are just the best so that’s great you can add it to your collection. Sometimes not having much to share is okay – it means nothing bad happened, right?! Yay for enjoying the new Ant-Man. I really liked it too.


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, someone else mentioned that sometimes quiet weeks are a blessing so I’m trying to embrace that idea and be glad that I had no drama. The new Ant Man was so good, way better than I was even expecting!

  6. Greg
    Greg says:

    Wow that’s pretty cool about Albertalli! Congrats!! And I want to see Ant-Man & the Wasp, it looks so fun!

    Your brick veneer sounds really nice. 🙂

    An Anonymous Girl- I need to get it, I saw a really good review for it the other day.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I saw a really great review for An Anonymous Girl too, which has me even more excited to read the book than I already was.

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

    How fun to have won a book from Becky! She seems like such a great person. Love all the little extras she included. 🙂

    I am so excited to get started on The Darkest Star ad dive back into the Lux world!!

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