Weekly Recap #115: Week of 7/28 – 8/3


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 fairly uneventful week around here, with back-to-school preparations taking up the bulk of my time outside of work.  It’s still a little hard to get to used the new school calendar since up until this past school year, we never went back before Labor Day and now August 12th is the first day of school.  My son seems ready to go back though so that’s good anyway.

We’ve also started puppy classes for Winston, so that has been fun.  I swear he’s the wildest puppy in the class and doesn’t want to sit still for a minute, no matter how much we exercise him before class starts, lol.  He’s smart though and catching on fast, which is great because we really want him fully trained before he’s too big to handle.  We took him to the vet on Friday and he’s already up to 27 pounds!

Not much else to report. I got a decent amount of reading done this week, although I was hoping for more.  I ran into a couple of books that weren’t as fast-paced as I would have liked so they slowed me down a bit.  I’m finally caught back up on my assignments for the IronThrone readalong, which puts me about 60% through the second book.  I still love the pacing of this readathon as it was relatively easy to get caught up after I fell behind.  I also read K.A. Tucker’s Say You’ll Still Love Me and J.P. Delaney’s The Perfect Wife, and have been listening to the audiobook for The Princess and the Fangirl.  Tucker’s book was great, but my reaction has been a bit mixed for the other two.  I also started I’m Not Dying with You Tonight last night and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

I think that’s pretty much it for me.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I have a giveaway running for a free book of your choice up to $20 in value from The Book Depository.  The giveaway is to celebrate the 12th blogoversary of ShootingStarsMag   It runs through August 16th and is open internationally as long as TBD ships to you, so be sure to enter if you haven’t already.


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38 replies
  1. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters says:

    In Puerto Rico, the classes for elementary, middle and high school always begin around the second to third week of August, but we always have a whole week of Thanksgiving off and classes in December and finals end on the second week and classes don’t start until second to third week of January. So everyone gets a whole month off from school. Public and private colleges always get a while month or more off for winter break. I remember wanting to study in US and when I found out about this, I was like yeah, no 😂
    I’ll be getting Sorcery of Thorns in the mail soon! And I read Tucker’s novel and loved it! I just started Delaney’s novel!

  2. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy says:

    Our local schools start on the 12th too, although my kids are both in college so I feel so disconnected from it all! I just bought a copy of Sorcery of Thorns too and I’m just trying to find time to read it.

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

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Say You Still Love Me. I found it so easy to fall for Piper and Kyle – especially in the past chapters. I’ll be looking forward to your review. I’ve been hearing good things about Things You Save in a Fire!

  4. Tânia @MyLovelySecret
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    Your son has to go back to school on the 12th?! In my country, the new school year begins in September and ends is June. Hope you enjoy your new books. I’m dying to read Sorcery of Thorns.

    Happy readings! 😉

  5. Flora
    Flora says:

    I love that Winston is making his mark in doggy classes lol! My SIL’s puppy is a similar pickle but completely adorable.
    I’ve entered the giveaway (although I’m not much of an instagrammer) I can’t believe I hadn’t followed you on Twitter before now – shocking! 😉
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, Suzanne.
    Flora x

  6. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    I recall puppy training Suzanne! As mine was really attached to the hip I had few problems LOL Now book wise enjoy Sorcery of Thorns and I wonder what you’ll think of All the Flowers in Paris! Have a great week preparing for school 😉

  7. Angela
    Angela says:

    Wow, August 12! That is so early to start school!

    I was starting to fall behind in the Ironthronereadalong this week, too, but I was able to catch up last night, just in time for the new week to start!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m really liking that it’s only about 150 or so pages each week. It really does make it easy to get caught back up quickly.

  8. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    Going outside to read really is my idea of an outdoor activity. Ha! Puppy training ain’t easy. I had the worst dog when I was doing those classes too. Maybe our dogs weren’t the worst, and it was just our perception. If I was still teaching, I wouldn’t mind going back in Aug and then getting the long weekend at the beginning of Sept. The kids still get like 10 weeks off, right?

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, the kids still get the same amount of time off. They’re out by Memorial Day weekend so their summer starts about 3 weeks earlier than it used to.

  9. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    I’m really looking forward to Say You Still Love Me! People seem to be really enjoying it all over the blogosphere. Happiest of birthdays, Lauren! It’s great that you want to highlight someone else’s celebrations! My son starts school on the 15th, and I am SO SAD ABOUT THIS. My baby!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  10. Greg
    Greg says:

    School is starting here too in a couple of weeks, and it’s always been after Labor Day here so there’s some adjustment involved!

    I have to keep track of that Iron Throne readalong as I’m tempted to jump in when they get to the later books. 🙂

    The dead Girls Club sounds good!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad to have the opportunity to re-read those first few books through the IronThrone readalong to refresh my memory before getting to the one I haven’t read yet.

  11. Amber Elise @ Du Livre
    Amber Elise @ Du Livre says:

    August 12 sounds sooo early! When I was in HS in the burbs, we went to school around the last week of August. Chicago doesn’t go back until the day after Labor Day which I like.

    I’m slowly making my way through Next Year in Havana and I like it so far. Are these companion books?

  12. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    My daughter goes back to school on the same day as your son. We’ve always had an August start, but up until last year, it was closer to the end of August. I am not sure my daughter is ready to go back to school, but she’s not adverse to it, which is good. I have to go to the school this coming week to officially register her. They have a new process that requires parents to actually go to the school before the start of school to do so whereas before, it was all done through the kids–them bringing the paperwork home from school on the first day and us returning it. I’m sure it has more to do with them wanting to be sure they get the paperwork back, but for a working parent like me, it in a bit inconvenient. I like the old way better. Haha. I doubt we’ll get to see the class list like we have in the past too (which was posted on the window the weekend before school started), since we get class assignments in person. I liked seeing the class list because it helped with my daughter’s anxiety about starting with a new class. She would recognize a name or two and wouldn’t feel so blind going in. Oh well. Change is inevitable. Winston is growing so fast! I am glad he is doing well. I hope you enjoy your new books! Have a great week, Suzanne!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      That does sound really inconvenient. I know I would have a hard time getting there myself because of my work schedule and other commitments.

  13. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    That is an early school start date, especially with when your son started last year. That’s great he’s ready though!! I hope you get lots of fun reading in this week. I’ve been reading Nevernight and I really like it, but it’s a slower read for me.


  14. Daniela Ark
    Daniela Ark says:

    yeah is that time again! Back-to-school! I’m trying desperately to blog ahead some before the school and soccer stars! Puppy classes must be so cute!

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