Weekly Recap #125: Week of 10/6 – 10/12

 

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.

So, remember last week when I said soccer was over and I was excited that we would have a little break before it gears up again?  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  One of my son’s friends convinced him that he should try out for one of the local travel soccer teams.  After talking about the pros and cons of it with him, we finally agreed to at least let him try out and see what happened.  Well, he ended up making the team.  This is obviously a YAY! because of course I’m proud of him and want him to continue to up his game, but at the same time, my poor old tired self is just like *sigh*.  I’ve spent the past few days frantically filling out paperwork, buying him new gears, and taking him to as many practices as possible because their season has already started and he needs to catch up ASAP and be ready to play his first game on October 20th. He’s happy though and I think it has given his self-confidence a boost so that’s really the most important thing. Everything else will work out in the end and I’ll adjust to this new schedule of practices and to traveling to games, which apparently are sometimes out of state so that will be new for us.

In addition to soccer, this week is also another big deadline week at work. We have both a tax deadline and an audit deadline so everybody’s jumping and working overtime. As soon as I finish this post, I’ll actually be jumping online because I have to work today.  Thankfully it’s only for half a day though so that I can still get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather that has finally arrived.  I’m hoping to get out there and relax and get some reading done.

I got a fair amount of reading done this past week, although my reactions to some of what I read was mixed.  I finished How to Hang a Witch and thoroughly enjoyed that, but then I read Katie Lowe’s The Furies and found that pretty disappointing.  I won’t be doing a full review for it on the blog but it was a 2.5 star read for me.  The writing itself was good, but the story just didn’t hold my attention and I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters.  I skimmed a lot, thought about DNFing, and was ultimately just glad to finally be done with it. I also finished Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, which I quite enjoyed and will be reviewing on the blog tomorrow, and I also finally started Christina Lauren’s Twice in a Blue Moon, which I’m enjoying so far.

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

 

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Weekly Recap #124: Week of 9/29 – 10/5

 

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.

Another week, another blur of work, after school activities, and soccer.  I went into the week feeling like I had things under control, but then soccer playoffs happened.  We thought the County wouldn’t schedule them until the weekend to make sure most people could attend.  When we got the unexpected text from the coach Tuesday night saying that playoffs would start on Thursday night, all my plans for the week got thrown off kilter with unscheduled practices and an unplanned trip to the soccer fields.  On the bright side, even with our flaky coach and never having enough kids to play, we still managed to make it to the semi-final round where we then lost against the number 1 seeded team, 4-0.  The kids still looked good in that game and I was especially proud of the way my son played, but two of our three strikers didn’t show up and you just can’t win a game with only 1 striker.  So a disappointing end to the season, but I’m just glad it’s over at this point so that’s one less thing on my plate for a while.

Elsewhere in life, our garage door spring decided it would be a great time to break at 9:00pm last Sunday night.  Once we recovered from our near heart attacks because of the ridiculously loud sound it made, the three of us tried to lift the door together and couldn’t budge it.  My car was therefore trapped in there until we could find someone to come out and fix it so I worked from home on Monday.  We managed to get someone out pretty quickly to take care of it, but the most comical/frustrating part of it was how much more work I got done at home, even with the dog and the cat running around and all of the garage commotion, than I have since we switched to this open floor plan at work.  Go figure!

Reading and blogging were not all that great this week because of the distractions.  I did finish The Grace Year, which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, but Cursed, the King Arthur retelling, ended up being a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get into it at all.  I ditched that and moved on to Bodies in the Library, a fun cozy mystery that I hope to finish today, and to How to Hang a Witch, a long-time backlist title that I’m listening to on audio.

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

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #123: Week of 9/22 – 9/28

 

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 and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

All in all, not much happened this week.  The only thing that really stands out to me is that we’re in the middle of major renovations at work and have been switched to an open floor plan.  They took down a bunch of offices and replaced them with cubicles with frosted glass partitions.  I can’t really say that I’m a big fan of this so far either.  The partitions are short so I can see everyone else in my work area as well as everyone else who walks up and down the hallways.  It’s loud, distracting, and there’s no privacy at all.  The cubicles are also much smaller than what we had so there’s less workspace overall.  I don’t know if it’s an introvert thing or what but I found myself just mentally exhausted by the time I got home from work each day and craving alone time.

Aside from the work drama, soccer dominated the week.  We had our last three games of the regular season and playoffs will start this upcoming week.  We went 3-5 during the regular season, lost our final game 1-10, and I don’t think any of the kids are excited about the playoffs.  Our coach was the sister of one of the players and she constantly cancelled practice and didn’t even show up for two of our games and her mother had to coach in her place.  We’ve decided that we’re not doing this Parks and Rec soccer anymore and so I’m now researching travel teams, etc. to see what other options are out there.  The other options are way more expensive but we need real coaches and real training.

On a brighter note, the weather has been lovely. I should have been inside blog hopping all day yesterday but instead sat outside getting caught up on my reading.  I’ve finished all but one of my October 1 ARCs. I had been putting off reading Cursed because I saw so many mixed reviews for it, but I’m starting that today.  I also dove into my backlist again and finally started reading The Wrath and the Dawn, which I love. I can’t believe I left it sitting on my TBR for three years, lol.

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

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #122: Week of 9/15 – 9/21

 

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 took an unplanned mini break from blogging the second half of last week.  Between work, soccer, and planning for my son’s birthday, I just ran out of time and energy for everything else.  My son got to go to an amusement park yesterday with a friend to celebrate and then we’re having a family party for him today.  The pre-teen attitude has also kicked in in full force this weekend, so it has just been a delightful time for all, lol.

Anyway, once the party is over today, I’ll be back to blogging on my normal schedule with a review post tomorrow for Alice Hoffman’s new book, The World That We Knew.  I won’t be reviewing Renia’s Diary as planned because that unfortunately ended up being a DNF for me.  It was compared to Anne Frank’s diary, but this one just lacked the depth and reflection that we got with Anne’s and instead truly read mostly as a regular teen diary with bits here and there about Poland during WWII.  It was fine, and of course an important account since Renia did not survive the war, but it just wasn’t what I thought it would be.  Aside from that, the only other thing I read was A Storm of Swords for the IronThrone readalong.  I was several hundred pages behind in my reading but finally got caught back up this week.  This week I’ll be working on all of my October 1 ARCs, starting with Royal Holiday, which I started yesterday and am already over halfway finished with.  It reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie so I’m really enjoying it.

Aside from that, I’m hoping for a quiet week. I’ll probably watch the Emmy’s tonight.  I don’t watch much TV but I am curious to see how many awards Game of Thrones wins for its final season.  The main one I’m rooting for is Gwendolyn Christie.  Brienne of Tarth has been a favorite of mine throughout the series and I think her best season was the final so I’d love to see her take home a trophy.

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

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #120: Week of 9/1 – 9/7

 

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 has been the week of parental woes.  I feel like I’ve spent most of this week arguing with my son about smart phones.  He’s turning 12 in a couple of weeks and currently has an old iPhone 5.  I thought we were being generous by letting him have a phone at all at his age, but apparently we’re old stick-in-the-mud parents because all of his friends have the latest and greatest phones out there and he wants what they have.  I personally don’t think he needs a new top-of-the-line phone. Hell, I have a full-time job and I’m still using an iPhone 6, but this child thinks he’s entitled to a brand-new iPhone XR, price $749. On top of the fact that he’s not even a teenager yet, he also drops his phone and loses it on a regular basis.  He places no value on taking care of it, so I just refuse to invest the money on a much more expensive phone.  We’ve debated this every night this week and at one point, I even offered to upgrade my own phone and give him my iPhone 6 so that he would at least have a bigger phone with more storage on it, etc. and he turned his nose up at that.  So incredibly frustrating.

Aside from that, it was a pretty uneventful week.  We ended up getting no rain at all from Dorian but did end up with some nice overcast, breezy days, so I spent a lot of time outside reading and working with Winston on his obedience lessons.  He is supposed to graduate from Puppy Level 1 Class today if he is able to do everything that he has been learning.  Fingers crossed!

On the reading front, I finally made it through all of my September 3rd ARCs and am finishing my last September 10th ARC, hopefully this weekend, so I’m feeling pretty good about those.  I also finally managed to squeeze in another book from the backlist, Spinning Silver from Naomi Novik.  I didn’t love that one as much as I had hoped too, but it was still a pretty good read. I doubt I’ll do a full review for it, but it was a solid 3.5 star read for me and probably would have been 4 stars if the POV changes weren’t so confusing at times.  They changed abruptly in the middle of chapters and weren’t clearly labeled as POV changes, and I just wasn’t a fan of that.

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

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #119: Week of 8/25 – 8/31

 

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 hope everyone who has a long Labor Day weekend is enjoying it.  I know Hurricane Dorian is bearing on the East Coast of the U.S. so I hope everyone who is potentially impacted has completed their storm prep and evacuated as needed.  I’m in Virginia so we’re just basically in wait-and-see mode as to how much rain, if any, we’ll get from the storm if it tracks further north.   Thankfully, the past couple of days have been gorgeous and today looks good too so at least our outdoor Labor Day activities should go off without a hitch.

I kind of fizzled on my blogging late in the week again, mainly because my son’s first soccer game was Thursday night and we had extra practices leading up to it.  I really should just start taking my laptop with me and blogging while he’s practicing. It would be a much better use of my time than sitting there watching the clock and wondering how much longer we have to stay there, lol. Sadly, his team did not win their first game, they lost 4-2, but I still thought they looked good and were competitive so hopefully they’ll have a good season overall.

I was also a blogging bum because I hunkered down into reading mode to get all of my September 3rd ARCs read.  I’m working on the last one now so not too bad considering how far behind I was this time last Sunday. As far as what I read, I haven’t decided if I’m going to do a full review for The Girl the Sea Gave Back.  I was really looking forward to that one because I enjoyed Sky in the Deep so much, but in a lot of ways, the second book fell flat for me.  I’m struggling to put my finger on exactly why, hence possibly no review because I just don’t know what to say.  Bringing Down the Duke was a great read though so I’m looking forward to reviewing that one and I also have an excerpt the publisher sent me that I’ll be sharing as well.  The Ann Cleeves book is the one I’m currently working on and so far I’m really enjoying it. I really like Cleeves writing and the murder mystery has already sucked me in so I’m expecting it to be a quick read.

While I was in reading mode, I also finished my re-read of the second book for the #IronThrone readalong.  I think I’m still a week behind but am getting ready to start A Storm of Swords so I’m pretty excited about that.

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

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #118: Week of 8/18 – 8/24

 

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 I could pretty much just copy and paste what I wrote here last week because it pretty much was one of those wash, rinse, repeat kind of weeks.  Work, school, and soccer are still the dominant activities of the week, with me starting to attack my September ARCs rounding out what’s happening on the blog front.  September 3rd seems to be a big day for ARCs and I apparently still haven’t learned to check publication dates prior to requesting because I have 5 ARCs to read for that date.  I’ve read two, The Lady Rogue and Well Met, but I still need to read The Girl the Sea Gave Back, Bringing Down the Duke, and The Long Call.  Wish me luck getting them all done in time!

I got a little behind with my ARC reading because I was actually trying to get another backlist book off my list.  I’ve been reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.  It’s a really good book but it’s so long, lol! I’ve been working on it for over two weeks now and am still only at 65%.  I’ll be setting that aside now until I get through the ARCs.

I also got a little distracted this week by all of the Disney news coming out of the D23 Expo.  I was originally on the fence about whether or not to purchase Disney’s streaming service, but after hearing what they have coming out for Star Wars and the Marvel Universe, I’m all in.  The trailer for The Mandalorian and the news that Ming Na Wen would be joining the cast was enough to seal the deal for me.  Love her!

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

 

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

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!

 

 

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TOTALLY RANDOM

 

Weekly Recap #116: Week of 8/4 – 8/10

 

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’s hard to believe my son’s summer vacation is over already and he’s headed back to school tomorrow.  It’s even harder to believe that he’s already a 7th grader. Where does the time go?  I don’t think he’s overly excited to go back either.  He was very mopey on Thursday when I took him to the back-to-school events to meet his teacher and see where all of his classes are.  Hopefully he’ll snap out of it once he’s back and with his friends again. If not, we’re in for a long school year, lol.

Aside from back-to-school stuff, it was a fairly average week. Work, soccer, play with the puppy (who is already 27 lbs, by the way, OMG!), read a little, eat, sleep, repeat.  We did go see the live action Lion King movie last Sunday.  It was better than I expected it to be, but at the same time, it was so close to the original cartoon that my main thoughts while I was watching were “Why did this need to be remade?  What does making it Live Action really add to the overall story?”  So basically, I enjoyed it overall but thought it was a little unnecessary.  That’s my take on most reboots and remakes though so I guess I’m not surprised at my reaction.  The music is great of course.  Can’t go wrong with Elton John and Tim Rice.

I had gotten a little behind again with my blogging and commenting, but I think I got all caught up yesterday. If I did miss your site though, give me a yell and I’ll swing by.  The bad part about spending all day yesterday getting caught up there is that I fell behind on my IronThrone readalong challenge again.  Hopefully I can get caught up on that today.  It’s a vicious cycle, lol!

Anyway, I think that’s pretty much it for me.  And here’s one final reminder that 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.

Have a great week, everyone!

 

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