Weekly Recap #148: Week of 3/22 – 3/28


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.

Apologies for my lateness in posting today, but I had completely lost track of the days and didn’t realize it was Sunday, lol.  Anyway, I hope everyone is holding up okay out there.  I’m hanging in there, still working from home thankfully, and after a phone conference on Friday, I feel cautiously optimistic that I will still have my job once we make it through this pandemic.  Fingers crossed that it turns out to be the case, but at least for a little while anyway I feel like a weight has been lifted.

Because I felt a little better about my situation, I’ve been better able to concentrate on and enjoy my reading as well.  I actually decided to use my social distancing/stay-at-home time to finally read A Dance With Dragons, the fifth book from the A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’ve read and re-read the first four books in the series but had never taken the plunge into the most recent book.  I’m already over 600 pages in so I hope to finish it in the next few days, which would be amazing since this brick of a book has been sitting on my shelf for well over two years now, lol.

I’m also plugging away slowly but surely at my April ARCs.  One of them, Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me, was a mixed bag and slowed me down, but I’m starting Ruthless Gods later today, which I have high hopes for since I loved the first book in the series.  After that, I’ll be diving into To Have and to Hoax, which should hopefully be a fun and light-hearted read.

Not much else is going on. I still have plans to celebrate my 4th blogoversary with a giveaway. I had been debating putting it off because of the shipping delays and restrictions I’m seeing on The Book Depository for some countries because of the pandemic, but at the same time, I really want to give away some books, especially since so many author events, etc. to promote new books have been cancelled.  Has anyone else done a giveaway since all of this started?  Were there any issues with getting books shipped to your winner?

Oh well, it’s something to think about.  Have a great week and please stay safe, everyone!














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

    That’s great to hear about your job. These are certainly stressful times for so many reasons. I have a few giveaways that are ending soon, and I hadn’t even considered having trouble with shipping. I guess I’ll find out😬

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Glad things are okay at your job! I’m sure that’s a big weight lifted.

    OMG, I was planning on doing a giveaway for my blogoversary next month and it never even crossed my mind that shipping would be delayed! Ugh! I have a few more weeks, so maybe I will just keep an eye on it.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, I’m still debating it. The Book Depository is keeping their site updated as far as countries where there are delays so I guess if the winner is in one of those countries, I would just have to make them aware it could take a while to reach them.

  3. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    Well, that’s great news about your job. Yeah! Jack Kerouac wasn’t bad, I just didn’t quite understand the author’s objective with the story, I guess. I read it quite quickly, but I believe I was actually shaking my head in a WTH way when I was done. I saw Nick saying good things about Hoax, so hopefully, that is better for you.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who was confused by what the message of Jack Kerouac was supposed to be. It left me scratching my head a bit.

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

    I’m so glad things are a bit more certain for you. We’ve been drifting on spring break (at home) so I am hoping to get a bit more routine going with online classes starting this week. I just got the Honey-Don’t List on audio. I’m finding it easier to read ebooks than audio maybe because it is single focus and I tend to multitask more with audio? That’s a switch for me.

    Stay healthy, safe and happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  5. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    Well, I can´t help you with BD or giveaways. I have not ordered from BD in ages and never done a giveaway. But I am glad that you can work from home and that you kept your job. Here in Germany things look a bit different. Happy reading and I hope you will write a review about your current read. It sounds good. Stay safe and healthy.

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

    I’m happy to hear that it’s looking good on the job front! I’ll keep my fingers crossed it stays that way!

    Hope you enjoy your books – The Court of Miracles sounds awesome – and have a good week!

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

    I think that’s a common thing now – losing track of days. Every few days me or my husband will ask what day it is. LOL That’s great about your job! I know that has to be such a relief. Hopefully you continue to feel positive about it. With everything going on I totally forgot that it was my blogoversary until Nicole tweeted about it. Oops. I’ll do a giveaway but I’m going to hold off for now and do something once things kind of return to normal.

  8. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Wonderful news about your job – I’m sure that does take some stress off for now, which is wonderful. And it’s great to hear you’re able to read and enjoy books more. I’m slowly getting into my reading pace again – it can definitely be tough to concentrate sometimes!


  9. Greg
    Greg says:

    Yay for A Dance with Dragons! So much happens in that book, and that reminds me how badly I want The Winds of Winter haha! Will we ever see it? Let’s hope so. 🙂

    that sounds like good news about your job too. Best of luck with that! Everything is so uncertain right now, any good news is a good thing!

    I can’t wait for the sequel to Killing November!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m loving A Dance with Dragons so far. It’s definitely making me antsy for The Winds of Winter though. Hopefully GRRM is using his social distancing time to get busy on it, lol.

  10. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out says:

    I think it’s the uncertainty that is the most crippling, so I’m glad you have some reassurance.
    I just finished Codename Helene and loved it.

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health.

  11. Olivia Roach
    Olivia Roach says:

    I am glad you have that job safety and that working from home is continuing to go well for you. And yess on using the time to tackle some of those big books! They take time and commitment, but happy you’re enjoying the long journey. And I have heard such brilliant things about With the Fire on High and Killing November. Happy reading!

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