Weekly Recap #72: Week of 9/23-9/29
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.
Thanks so much to everyone for their kind words about my grandmother’s passing. They really meant a lot to me. I traveled to attend the funeral services this week. They were lovely — I think she would have been pleased — and now I’m back at home and back at work. I probably could have taken another day or so off, but I just prefer to stay busy.
Because I like to stay busy, I have also been working to get caught up on the blog for the past couple of days. I still have a little catching up to do with comments, etc but hope that I’ll be fully caught up by the end of the weekend.
Reading wise, I actually ended up finishing two books from my backlist, Girl out of Water and Bone Gap. Both were available in audiobook form from the library so I listened to them while I was traveling. I also read and sadly did not like The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. I wanted to like this one so much, but the pace was just so slow, the timelines were actually very confusing, and there were way too many characters to keep track of. It’s an epic that just turned out to be a little too epic for me. I’ve seen a few other Morton fans say this one is quite different from what she usually writes, so I would still like to try another of her books. This was just disappointing since it was one of my most anticipated reads for the fall.
I don’t have much else to report at this time. New fall TV shows have started. I DVR’ed several, including the Murphy Brown reboot, but haven’t had time to watch any yet. I also saw that SOLO is now out on DVD so I’ll probably try to rent that soon since we never made it to the theaters to watch it. The rest of my time will be filled with soccer. Our season should be ending on 10/1 but so many games have been rained out that we have makeups scheduled all the way through 10/9, then still have to work playoffs in. I’m leaving for NYC on 10/21 so we’re going to be cutting it close, lol.
Oh well, that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week!
WHAT I POSTED LAST WEEK
- [23 Sep] Weekly Recap #71: Week of 9/16-9/22
- [25 Sep] Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read
- [26 Sep] Can’t Wait Wednesday – NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
- [28 Sep] The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke ★★★★½
- [28 Sep] Unstoppable Moses by Tyler James Smith ★★★½
WHAT I’M READING THIS WEEK
STACKING THE SHELVES
I know what you mean, sometimes it’s best to stay busy. That’s too bad about The Clockmaker’s Daughter, hopefully your next book is better. Oh my gosh, there’s always something to see and do in NYC.
Enjoy your week and happy reading 🙂
Too bad about The Clockmaker’s Daughter, I read The Secret Keeper and really enjoyed it, you might give that a try.
I’ll keep that in mind. I thought the writing itself was lovely, just the story itself didn’t work for me.
Sorry about your grandmother. They disappointing to hear about the new Kate Morton book. I still haven’t read anything by her but I thought this one sounded good. I just started to check out some new shows but have a lot in my dvr. Have a great week!
I’m really hoping that the Kate Morton book will just end up with me being the unpopular opinion.
Staying busy always helps me. Less time to dwell.
I’ve yet to read anything by Diane Chamberlain but I see her books so often. The Stolen Marriage by her is on my TBR.
The Last Namsara has such a gorgeous cover!
This is my first time reading Diane Chamberlain as well. So far I’m really enjoying the story too.
Sorry about your grandma. My sister passed in April and I am still not over it. One day at a time. I am surprised about The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Have a good week.
One day at a time is so true. Yeah, the Kate Morton surprised me too. I’m really hoping it will just end up with me being the unpopular opinion and that everyone else loves it.
Oh I am sorry for your loss really! I hope City of Bones will help cheer you up! Great haul too I would like to read them all 😉
Sorry Clockmaker’s Daughter was disappointing. It’s even worse when it’s an anticipated read. I have only watched one of the new fall shows, A Million Little Things. I love James Roday and I liked the show too.
Yeah, I hate it when anticipated reads disappoint.
I’m sorry about your grandma. I think for me it is best to stay busy. You have lots of great books and that is a helpful change of pace from all the other things happening, too. Enjoy your week. Anne – Books of My Heart
Yes, staying busy definitely helps. Thank you.
Glad your grandmother’s service was nice. And I’ll be anxious to see what you thought of Girl Out Of Water- I read it a while back but haven’t seen a lot of bloggers review it.
Good luck with soccer! And hope you enjoy Solo! I didn’t realize it was out on DVD.
I need to read Wildcard soon.
I actually quite enjoyed Girl out of Water, especially all of the surfing parts, which is kind of funny since I’ve never surfed in my life, lol.
hah! Love that totally random photo. So so true.
I’m really glad that the services for your grandma were nice and you think she would have been pleased!
Thanks, me too 🙂
I’m glad you’re doing okay. I read Bone Gap a few years ago. I liked it but don’t remember it very well anymore. Happy October!
Happy October to you too!
Sorry about your grandmother, but I’m glad the service went well. Love all your books! Both Bone Gap and Girl Out of Water are on my tbr and I’ve been meaning to get to them. I hope you enjoyed them! Sorry you didn’t like the other one. Have a wonderful week!
Thanks, hope you have a great week too!
I LOVED Murphy Brown and am sooo hoping the reboot is great!!
I really hope so too. I’ll be so disappointed if it’s just average. Hoping to watch it tonight so we’ll see!
I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. That’s hard.
It’s too bad that The Clockmaker’s Daughter didn’t live up to expectations. I haven’t read any Kate Morton yet, but I was given a copy of The Forgotten Garden and I hope to read it this fall.
I hope this week is a happier one for you.
I definitely plan to try some of Morton’s other books, especially since I keep reading about how this one is so different from her others.
I’m happy you were able to keep busy!
Fall TV definitely snuck up on me, but I’m so happy it’s here. I can’t wait for the new Channel Zero.
LAST NAMSARA IS SOOOO GOOD.
I can’t wait to read Last Namsara! I was so excited when I saw it was on sale that day.
It’s always disappointing when a highly anticipated read turns out to be a dud. I feel like that’s happened to me a lot this year. But at least you were able to listen to some audiobooks you wanted! I hope you find lots of things you keep you busy this week 🙂
Yeah, it really is disappointing. Thankfully it hasn’t happened many times this year but I still have a lot of anticipated reads coming up so fingers crossed!
Glad you’ve been keeping yourself busy. I sometimes switch to audiobook if I get stuck in my reading too—sometimes that works wonders.
It really does!