Weekly Recap #112: Week of 7/7 – 7/13


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 feel like this week was super busy but now that I’m sitting here trying to recap it, I’m not coming up with much of anything.  I took Winston to the vet this week for his next round of shots and a weigh-in.  The little ball of fluff is already up to 22 pounds and the vet says he’ll have a big growth spurt starting soon that will probably double his weight by his next appointment.  Thank goodness I signed him up for puppy obedience classes starting in a couple of weeks.  We need to get him fully trained before he’s too big to deal with, haha!

Aside from life with the puppy, the other big highlight of the week was finishing up our painting project and putting my room back together.  It’s hard to get a good picture because two whole walls are nothing but books so no paint and it’s hard to capture the true wall color since it’s such a muted shade, but here’s a general idea of the final product and a glimpse of my new purple rug. I’m really loving how soothing the whole room feels now.




I’m truly drawing a blank about the rest of the week so it must have been some really exciting stuff, lol.  I did get a bunch of reading done though.  I got this week’s reading done for the IronThrone readalong.  We’ve started the second book, A Clash of Kings.  I also ended up veering from my tentative TBR and reading a couple of backlist books instead.  Two of the ARCs I needed to get through ended up being duds that I DNF’ed, The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World and Please Send Help, so I was hesitant to try another ARC in case it was me.

My hold for the audiobook of Michelle Obama’s Becoming became available so I dove into that instead.  I won’t be doing a full review for it, but I’ll just say that if you like the Obama family and haven’t read this yet, you’ll definitely want to.  It was beautifully written, her narration is fantastic, and her journey is just so fascinating.  I loved every page of it and rated it 5 stars.  After I finished that, I headed back to my bookshelf and ended up reading the second book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight.  Again, I won’t do a full review but I enjoyed this book as much as, if not more, than the first book in the series.  I love the growing complexity of the main character as well as the intricacies of the plot itself.  I flew through the book and look forward to continuing the series once I have more time to hit my backlist.  Last night I started reading Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, a recent release that I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for.  It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it but now I’m really enjoying it.

I also spent a fair amount of time on Hulu since my free trial ended this week and I was trying to decide whether or not to keep it.  I’m on Season 4 of Will & Grace and really love it so I plan to keep Hulu at least long enough to finish that, but at $5.99/month, I may just keep it for a while since I did find a lot of shows and movies that I’d like to watch that aren’t on Netflix.  I’m actually seriously considering cancelling Netflix. It has gotten so expensive and almost everything I liked to watch on there has been cancelled or removed.

I think that’s pretty much it.  Oh, before I forget, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a finished copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.  It’s U.S. only but if you haven’t entered yet and want to, make sure you do it before midnight. (Click here to enter)

Have a great week, everyone!


















34 replies
  1. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    Enjoy your books, the cover on The Book Charmer is beautiful. Awww I’m sure Winston is keeping you busy too. Puppy classes are a good idea.
    The lilac color is gorgeous! Looks great!

  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    That sounds like a pretty busy week. Compared to you, mine was pretty decent and quiet. Michelle Obama has a way to talk about things that make me always listen. Enjoy her story and have a great new week ahead.

    Best wishes

  3. Tânia @MyLovelySecret
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    Puppies grow up so fast. 🙂 The room looks very relaxing. I wish I had such a soothing-looking room – I’ve been so stressed lately!!! Why is Netflix cancelling so many series?! I quite enjoyed Chambers and I’d have loved it to have a second season. 🙁

    Enjoy your new books! I’m so excited about Gods of Jade and Shadow.

    Happy readings! 😉

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! I really love it too. I already spent a lot of time in the room but now it’s the only place I really want to be.

  4. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    OMG that Queen Anne Lilac color is so lovely! We were just discussing painting the walls with some shade of light gray but this color is truly gorgeous!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks, I really love it. Surprisingly, my hubby loves it too. I figured he would hate it since it’s purple, but he comments on how much he likes it almost every time he walks in the room.

  5. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    I love the color and the carpet and whole styling of the room. Very nice. Good luck with Winston’s training. I’m sure he will pass his training class with flying colors. I didn’t request Please Send Help, because the first book was just meh for me. Sorry to hear you had two DNFs, though.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I was bummed about the DNFs too. I’m thinking maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for them and may try again later. I had high hopes for both.

  6. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Well – you say you haven’t done a lot, but getting that room redecorated is a major project for starters. It looks lovely – no wonder you are pleased with it:). You have acquired some good books this week – I’ve recently completed God of Jade and Shadow and loved it, and I like the look of the Christina Henry book. I haven’t read anything from her, but heard lots of good things about her writing. Have a good week, Suzanne:)

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      So far I’ve read two of Christina Henry’s books and really loved both of them. My latest acquisition is from her backlist so I’m hoping I’ll love it as well.

  7. Greg
    Greg says:

    I do that a LOT. It comes time to recap the week and I have nothing to report haha.

    Your room looks great!

    Gods of Jade & Shadow is supposed to be quite good, and I like the look of the escape Room also.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! I’m excited for The Escape Room too. I haven’t seen any reviews for it yet so I’m not sure what to expect.

  8. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Oh wow, your puppy is getting big! Have you shared photos? I really like the color – very pretty!! I do want to read Becoming – hopefully sometime this year.


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I did share a few puppy pics a week or so ago. I can’t remember. He’s a Golden Retriever so he’s going to be a big boy. 🙂

  9. Jessica @ Strung out on Books
    Jessica @ Strung out on Books says:

    Ask Again, Yes has been somewhat on my radar, but I haven’t gotten around to really looking it up yet, so I’ll probably do that now. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Most of my weeks feel busy, but when I reflect back on them, I’m like, “What did I even do???” So I completely understand that feeling. Becoming sounds interesting, but I never seem to get around to reading memoirs/nonfic titles, even when I purchase them… I’m working on that though. The paint and new rug look great together! Lovely recap!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m bad about reading the nonfiction books I buy too. If it wasn’t a case that I had been waiting for the audiobook at the library to become available for 5 months, I probably still wouldn’t have read it yet, lol.

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