Weekly Recap #117: Week of 8/11 – 8/17


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.

This week was all about back to school and thankfully it seems that my son quickly got over his case of back to school blues.  Once he saw he had plenty of friends in each of his classes, he settled right into his new routine.  The homework started quickly this year too so several of my evenings were taken up with Googling algebraic concepts that I’ve long since forgotten.  He actually has a pretty full schedule this year so I’m curious to see how he does with it. In addition to the algebra, he also has English, Science with Lab, Civics/Economics, Spanish I, STEM I, Health/P.E., and Band II.  Thankfully it’s a block schedule so he can’t have homework in all subjects every night, but 7th grade is definitely a big change from 6th.

Practices for his fall Parks & Rec soccer season started at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, which didn’t make anyone in this household very happy.  My husband decided not to coach this season and apparently the new coach is an early riser on the weekends, lol.  These practices are in addition to the ones we already attend during the week for futsol so we’re going to be busy, busy, busy.  I’ve thought about scaling back the number of practices that he goes to, but it’s a tough call because every spare moment my son has is spent glued to the Xbox.  I figure we’ll give it a few weeks to see how much homework, etc. he has and if it becomes too much, then we’ll scale back a little.

Trying to figure out all of that had the blog taking a backseat for the most part.  I did post my 200th review on Netgalley this week and got a new badge so that was exciting.  I also noticed that I’m just three books away from completing my Goodreads challenge for this year, so that’s also pretty cool.  I still have a lot of work to do on my other challenges but we’ll see how it goes.  I had also fallen behind on my IronThrone readalong but managed to get caught up this week and actually get ahead a couple of chapters.  We’re almost finished with the second book so things are really starting to get exciting now with all of the scheming and backstabbing, lol.

I think that’s pretty much it for me.  Have a great week, everyone!


















32 replies
  1. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy says:

    Wow, your son is busy! I love the idea of a block schedule, we didn’t have that at our schools so my kids had homework almost every night in every subject. 4 hours a night or more in high school! It was ridiculous. Good luck to you guys this year!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I wish we had the block schedule when I was in school as well. I think it would have helped with the transition to college.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      It really is and I do remember being the exact same way when I was in school. Once I knew I had friends in my classes, I was good to go.

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Ahh, I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new Diane Chamberlain book! I’m so jealous! I really should have tried to get ahead on A Clash of Kings, especially since these last two weeks are shorter, but of course, I did not.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I was so excited to get a copy of Chamberlain’s book. I also ordered a couple of books from her backlist because I loved The Dream Daughter so much.

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

    I’m not looking forward to the back to school chaos in a few weeks time! Just the thought of it is making me feel tired, lol.
    I’m glad your son is settling into it ok.
    Hopefully, things are a bit calmer for you this week as the new normal takes over.

  4. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    My son went to school for two days last week, and he’s been sick all weekend. Of course this means the girls are now sick, and I’m trying to remain well enough to take care of everyone else. I hope he’s feeling better by tomorrow. He’s still not excited about school, since there’s far less playing than he was expecting.

    I’m starting The Lady Rogue this week, too! Also, Bringing Down the Duke was an amazing read!! I hope you love it.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  5. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    Suzanne going back to school, a new year and activities take a lot of time before a routine is established so don’t worry about the blog! Happy Sunday!

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

    Glad your son settled into the new school yearly quickly. Sounds like the expectations ramped up this year over last year. Congrats on the Netgalley badge (200 reviews is awesome!) and almost meeting your GoodReads goal. I have On the Corner of Love and Hate but I’m a bit wary after seeing several lukewarm reviews over the past week or so.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I finally finished On the Corner of Love and Hate. It was kind of a mixed bag for me but overall I thought it was a pretty good read.

  7. La La in the Library
    La La in the Library says:

    Thats a great idea about having schedule blocks so they don’t get homework in every class every night. I wonder if my son’s school does that now? 🤔

    My son played soccer from Kindergarten through fifth grade, and during the winter of fifth grade his father decided to put in a competitive indoor soccer league and we found out not having a break was just too much with summer soccer day camps and regular soccer season. I also think it was the straw that broke the camel’s back because the next summer he didn’t want to play soccer anymore. I told him he had to choose something else and he chose a kids’ summer theater program, which he then started doing all year long until he graduated. It was great because there was downtime where they could do their homework and the older kids loved helping them with it. Which was a plus for dear old mom. 😁

    The cover for The Vanished Birds is wonderful. 😍

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m curious to see how long my son sticks with soccer. He has been playing it since he was 5 and he’s almost 12 now and hasn’t gotten burned out on it so far.

  8. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    I guess I was lucky, because I honestly didn’t know anything about my daughter’s homework, until she asked me approximately 2 chemistry questions in 10th grade, and 1 physics questions in 11th grade. Now, getting her to clean up or wake up was a battle, but HW, that was easy. Back to school = back to the grind. Good luck!

  9. Greg
    Greg says:

    That transition from 6th to 7th can be a big one I think. Soccer sounds busy too. 🙂

    I love ASoIaF but I really think that series took off in the second and third books in terms of all the plotlines and scheming haha- you’re definitely coming up on the fun stuff (I think storm of Swords is the best of the bunch). I remember reading the third one for the first time and seeing a Jaime POV and I was like- seriously?? lol

    Hope your reads are good this week. 🙂

  10. Dini @ Dinipandareads
    Dini @ Dinipandareads says:

    OK, wow. That’s a Year 7 class schedule?! That’s quite intense! I honestly thought it was HS 😅
    Congrats on your 200th NG review! That’s pretty awesome 🙂 I still have to read and review Shadow Frost but I’ve heard good things about it, so I’m excited to read it (hopefully soon)!

  11. RO
    RO says:

    Congrats on that 200th review over at Netgalley. That’s a huge accomplishment. My son is 35, but I remember the agony of school and all that homework, along with reports, so hugs to you for that. It’s great that your son is ready for the school year too. My son still plays Xbox and Playstation when he has time, so I totally understand. My son says that’s how he relaxes. Lots of good reading it looks like! Hugs, RO

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      We’re settling into a routine that I think is going to work well, so hopefully he’ll still get some of that Xbox time that he loves so much.

  12. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Anne - Books of My Heart says:

    My daughter started back to college last Friday. It’s been a bit hectic since we just moved and I was out of town but we are getting in the groove. I love the routine. I have so many books I want to read but there are also so many other things I want to do. Thank goodness audiobooks help me bridge that gap.

    I hope you have a great week and find some good reads.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  13. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    That’s great your son is good with being back to school and seeing friends. I didn’t have a block schedule, but how cool it means he can’t have homework in every class every night. I’m sure that helps some!

    Great job on your Netgalley reviews and reaching your Goodreads goal soon.


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