Weekly Recap #121: Week of 9/8 – 9/14


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.

Same stuff, different week around here for the most part.  The phone drama has thankfully died down and now my son wants contact lenses for his birthday.  He took a soccer ball to the face while wearing his glasses at Saturday’s game so I can definitely see the practicality of making that switch and will be calling to make him an eye doctor appointment this week.  I also learned that he now has his first girlfriend, which may explain some of his more dramatic behaviors over the last few weeks.  I thought/hoped I still had a while before we hit the girlfriend stage but apparently not, lol.

Not much else has gone on this week. We had three soccer games so I’m yet again behind in my blogging.  I tried implementing my plan of taking my laptop to his practices but I don’t get a strong enough internet signal to get much done. It works like dial-up so that’s kind of a bust so I’ll be playing catch up today.  Since I couldn’t blog, I switched to reading and got a lot done last week.  I finished another backlist book, Dorothy Must Die.  It was a fun enough read but I don’t know if I’ll continue the series. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that the first book is the high point of the series so I hate to waste time reading mediocre follow up books.  I also DNF’ed The Doll Factory. It was creepy and Gothic and I liked the premise, but I tried to start it three times and just couldn’t get into it. Plus it has these taxidermy scenes that were just not my thing.  I’m stilling plugging along with the IronThrone Readalong. Pretty sure I’m still at least a week behind on that but I’m about one-third of the way through the third book.  The other read I’m working on this weekend is Alice Hoffman’s latest The World That We Knew.  I started it yesterday and am already 60% of the way through.  I just love her writing so much.

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







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39 replies
  1. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    Great recap! Sounds like you had a really busy week 😅 Sometimes it is such a struggle to find time to blog, even for me especially since I’ve been feeling even more exhausted than usual after work lately! Lol Hope you find some good time to blog soon! Curious to see what you think of The World That We Knew as I’m keen to read it. Have a lovely Sunday!

  2. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters says:

    I got The Map from Here to There as soon as it was on Edelweiss! I’m so looking forward to it.
    I’m glad no more drama is happening where the phone is concerned. I can see how the contact lenses will work better for your son.
    It’s great that you got a lot of reading done!

  3. Brooke Lorren
    Brooke Lorren says:

    Good luck with your boy’s contacts! My boy hasn’t expressed an interest in them yet, but our rule is they need to be good with basic hygiene skills first, LOL. Even if you’re a little behind on the Iron Throne readathon, I don’t blame you for falling behind. Those are huge books.

  4. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    At least you know why your son is asking for all these changes lately. Good luck with your teen, mom. The only time my daughter was a bit difficult was in middle school, but it was all uphill from there. I have to agree with what you have been hearing about Dorothy. I liked the first book, but I was tired of all the angst after that. I never finished the series.

  5. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Tracy @ Cornerfolds says:

    It sounds like you’ve had a really busy week! Good luck with the girlfriend and the contacts. XD I just heard about Renia’s Diary and I definitely want to read it soon. Echos Between Us looks really good too!

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

    And so it begins. My nephew (college age) is having his first real girlfriend and having some odd behaviors as well. I think he may have asked for contact lenses too. Anyway, I am glad you have found ways to use your time effectively. It’s a struggle. Have a wonderful week!

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

    I miss soccer so much! One of my younger cousins still has a high schooler who plays, but they live a bit too far away for me to go to his games. I hope I am still physically able to go to games when I finally have some grandchildren. 😄

    I will be looking out for your review of the Hoffman book. I should be finished today. 👍✨

    Have a wonderful new week! 🌞

  8. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    It has been a busy week – and how frustrating that you couldn’t use your laptop at football practice!. I look forward to hearing what you think of the Alice Hoffman book, as I haven’t read much by her, but I’ve heard great things about her writing. Have a great week and I hope it proves to be a tad less hectic.

  9. Greg
    Greg says:

    Ooh a girlfriend. Oh my let the fun begin, right? Yes I imagine that explains a bit of drama lol. Teens!!!

    The Sun Down Motel; definitely looks interesting. I’ll have to check that out and see what it’s about. It seems like I saw somewhere that it’s a thriller, maybe, but I could be mixing it up with something else.

    Anyway have a great week!

  10. Daniela Ark
    Daniela Ark says:

    Sorry to hear you were going through some phone drama. Good that it has died down! Yup soccer games are also the reason I’m so behind in my blogging. I just bought Dorothy Must Die! G;ad to hear it was a fun! Looking forward to your review of World That we Knew! I love Alice’s writing and I have that ARC 🙂

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

    Oh yeah, I imagine the first girlfriend explains a lot about the recent dramatics. LOL I’ve seen several people mentioned their approvals for the upcoming Katie McGarry release. I’ve basically sworn off ARCs but I will always make an exception for Katie McGarry. Unfortunately I still haven’t heard anything from NetGalley so my fingers are still crossed.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I keep saying I’m cutting back on ARCs but then I randomly get approvals for books I requested months ago. Then I go to Netgalley to grab that one and see more that I want. It’s a vicious but still wonderful cycle, lol.

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

    Glad to hear the phone drama died down! The contacts sound like a perfectly reasonable suggestion, especially with what prompted it.

    Good luck catching up! I’m finally getting caught up on posts/scheduling again but am still behind on returning comments… Currently trying to do that before the weekend! Time is not a friend right now. :/

  13. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    Ouch! That must have hurt. I’ve been hit with a ball in the face with my glasses on before. I wore contacts for years and sometimes miss them–but then I remember why I gave them up. Haha. A girlfriend, eh? Watch out, Mama! My eight year old is boy crazy. She’s always talking about a crush she has on this or that boy. I don’t remember being so boy crazy when I was her age. I don’t want to think about the teen years. That’s disappointing about The Doll Factory. I’m excited about Simone St. James’ new book. And The Whispers of War looks good as well. I keep thinking I need to bring my laptop to the dance studio and get some blogging done while I’m there–although it would likely be offline stuff. But then, I could use the time to read as well. The Saturday before last I got quite a bit read. This past Saturday I didn’t manage to open my Kindle at all though. 🙁 It’s hit and miss.

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