The Weekly Recap (215) : In Which We Came Home With All the Books From the Library

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

My week was pretty interesting. I have this really bad habit of biting my tongue and cheek when I sleep and sometimes I do it so bad that my cheek gets swollen. This is what I was dealing with this past week. It was hard for me to talk or eat (although I found the will to eat!) and I swear I sounded like Jimmy Junior when I talked. It wasn’t as bad this time as other times where I’ve actually gotten an infection on my cheek but I did have my teeth marks indented on my tongue for a few days.

I got an early Christmas from my mom and got my eyebrows microbladed and OMG they look so cool! It looks like real hair! I’m so glad to not have to do my brows now. I’m still going strong with my Blogilates challenge workout and I’m loving it. Even when my body hurts so much it hurts to walk… or move… or sneeze. But it’s a good kind of hurt. That sore kind of hurt that makes you feel good.  For those of you that asked a few recaps ago, you can get the Blogilates app for free on iPhone and Samsung/Android phones. I didn’t get much reading done because I went a little bit crazy with my Bullet Journal this week so I spent a lot of time on that but I’m halfway through Vicarious and The Forgetting and I’m really liking both. My library has a pretty sucky selection but I have been able to find some older books and audiobooks from the library that I have been wanting to read. All in all, my week was pretty damn good even with my swollen cheek and sore body.

BTW-Nick was laughing at your comments from my Bullet Journal Reviews post because people kept saying I have nice handwriting and, guys, I do not have nice handwriting. Those were nice because I made an effort for my journal but most of the time I cant even understand my handwriting. I can’t tell you how many time I have sent my notes to Nick to see if she can decipher it for me. Just last week I sent her this because I couldn’t figure out what the hell the first line said. She figured it out right away. I guess she’s good at deciphering my horrible handwriting AND my badly misspelled texts. #truefriend
Can you guys figure out what I was trying to write???
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Bullet Journal Fun:

19-bj  19-bj2  19-bj3  19-bj4  19-bj5I did way too many pages on my Bullet Journal these past two weeks, but these are a few of my favorites. I am in love with my favorites quote page and I am proud of my heart/headphone doodle.

What I Read:

    Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie Glitter by Aprilynne Pike I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

I finished my re-read of Bet Me and that book was so good! Now I wanna re-read all of Crusie’s books! The rest were audiobook listens for me. Glitter was pretty good, I liked it a bit more than I was expecting. I Hunt Killers was an audiobook I got from the library and it was sooo good!  The Lovely Reckless was so addicting, even if it was so damn dramatic. Good reading week!

What I’m Reading/Listening:

  Vicarious (Vicarious, #1) The Forgetting
I’m about halfway through both and both are really good!

e-ARC’s Received for Review:

Caraval Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys, #2)
I got Caraval a few months ago but was never able to get it on my kindle since it wasn’t a mobi file. Luckily Nick found a way for me to read it on my kindle through the Overdrive app. Shut Up and Kiss Me Sounded so good!

Purchased:

  Fractures in Ink (Clipped Wings, #3) Managed (VIP, #2)
Confession: I rarely buy books anymore (not including audiobooks) because I have sooo many! I’m trying to work through my existing pile before adding more, but these two were musts. I have been waiting for Fractures in Ink for years and Nick told me to read Managed since it had a similar feel to The Hook Up.

Purchased Audiobooks:

  The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia The Forgetting
My libraries didn’t carry The Lovely Reckless so I ended up buying the audio. I had a borrowed copy of The Forgetting from the library but when I found out who the narrator was I ended up buying it, she’s sooo good!

Audiobooks Received for Review:

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Thanks to Simon Audio for this one. Nick told me to read it so I listen.

Audiobooks from the Library:

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) Game (Jasper Dent, #2)
I Hunt Killers was so good, I had to get book 2 after I finished!

Audiobooks Received for Review:

haul-11-19-audioI love Lauren Layne, so excited to listen to this series on audio thanks to Tantor Audio!

Library Haul:

haul-11-19-libraryThis is pretty much my ‘Books Nick and Megan have told me I should read’ haul 🙂

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

I’m still a little sad from the elections. I honestly doubt it’s something that will go away. I’m happy to see people fighting for their rights and for the rights of others despite all the crappy news of all the racist attacks against people. I’m especially proud of the author and book community. I have seen overwhelming support of minorities, LGBTQ groups and more. It gives me hope that there are people out there willing to fight for others.

This week I’m also very annoyed at Nereyda. She has been talking so much about her bullet journal and she got me interested in starting my own … so I did. I didn’t need a new hobby, guys! I already have too much going on! I’m pretty bad at drawing or doing anything cute, but I’m having fun with my bullet journal. I’m getting inspiration from Pinterest and Facebook. It’s helping me with de-stressing which is something that I needed. I’m too lazy to share my photos here, but you can find them in my media on Twitter.

Thanskgiving is next week. Unfortunately for me, I’ll be holed up at home studying for final exams the following week. It’s that time of the academic quarter where I have so much to do, but I decide to waste my time procrastinate. I’m hoping my bullet journal and planner will help with being a little more organized.

Reading was also good this week for me. I also took a trip to the library and got some books I had on hold. I currently have 11 library books to read in total! Yikes!

What I Read:

26114131 28954232 Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1) Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) 30325011 

This was a good reading week for me. I enjoyed reading Vicarious quite a bit. Paula Stokes never ceases to amaze me with how talented she is. All in Pieces was a decent read and had me tearing up! Daring Fate was ehh. I couldn’t get through it. Hard Hitter wasn’t the best book I’ve read from Sarina Bowen, but I liked it okay. And Managed was fantastic! The romance was soo good!

What I’m Currently Reading:

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Review Copies Haul:

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Thank you to Forever Romance, Jen Frederick & Random House for the review copies!

Library/Purchased Haul:

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  • Omg the biting thing! There are weeks where I wake up with my tongue and cheek my teeth marked on them. And according to my boyfriend, I grind my teeth or bite during my sleep. I started Blogilates and I love it! The hurt is brutal but like you said, it feels good. I do have a question about the app. Do you have to pay for the videos and for the calendar? Because it said .99 cents once I was inside the app and trying to access those things.
    So happy you liked The Lovey Reckless! I’ve hadn’t my eye on I Hunt Killers for… It’s been a long time but I don’t know why I never bought it 🤔 I didn’t know it had a sequel! I’ll have to get Managed!!
    I haven’t read Only with You by LL but I did read Made For You which was okay for me.

    Nick, I so want to get a bullet journal but I feel like I won’t actually use it once the excitement dies down so I just asked my BF to get me a planner for Christmas as one of the gifts and I actually got it at my house and it was so hard not to open it. I had to go see him the next day to give it to him or I would have opened part of my xmas gift in November!
    I seriously need Managed. I wasn’t sure about it, especially after reading a few not so stellar reviews for Idol.
    How’s Black Key?! I can’t believe I still haven’t read it.

    Have a great week, ladies!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • My kids grind their teeth and the noise is so horrible!
      I paid 99 cents for the November calendar to unlock the videos. If you dont wanna pay you can go to blogilates.com and get the calendar there, I believe the videos are linked through youtube? For me, it was just more convenient to pay the dollar and have them all in one place on my phone. That way I have no excuses to not workout.

  • The biting sounds horrible. I bite my nails when I’m nervous. University stress and reading about hatred online has made me bite them more often. Happy reading and enjoy those journals

    • I used to always bite my nails really bad, I stopped last year but lately I’ve had the urge to bite them again…

  • I like Blogilates as well, I don’t do it full time just 2-3 times a week, since I use Kayla Itsines BBG program full time, but I love the flexibility that Cassey’s program helps with.

    And quite frankly, you two are a menace with this whole “bullet journal” because I am hooked now. I have been spending the whole weekend working on it, buying too much washi tape hehe and having fun creating layouts for December!!! Maybe one day I will have pretty handwriting.

    I am so glad to see you loved Managed, I am thinking of getting that one from Audible next. Because I so want it and I have two credits to use up. Especially since you loved the romance so much.

    I am still pretty rung out from the whole elections and all the negativity from everything that has happened since. So I understand you there. Its why I am hooked on the bullet journal, because it has helped so much and I am starting to get rested at night, which I wasn’t sleeping very good. Hate and violence just gets to me in a bad way.

    • What does BBG stand for? Does Kayla have a free option?

      My plan is to get everyone to start a bullet journal, that’s my goal when I post my pics *evil laugh*

      • Its stand for Bikini Body Guide. Kayla and her fiancee created it together. I am not sure if she has a free option. You can either buy her PDF manual or use her app which is $20 a month. but she does allow you to try it out for free for a week. I like the app more because it has a full meal plan, water tracking and workout guides with videos. And she is fantastic. And they are only 28 min workouts.

        I bet its your plan to get everyone hooked on the bullet journal, because I am. Having so much fun getting started. Definitely different than anything I have ever done. Thanks so much for sharing your bullet journal!!! 🙂

  • Just downloaded the Blogilates app!! I need to try it. That stinks about your cheek Nereyda – hope it feels better! Good luck with the Bullet Journal Nick – you will need to share pictures!! Lots of new books this week ladies – enjoy and have a great week!

  • Nereyda – I think you wrote, “Remember? Stir 4 me rule?” I think that’s wrong because it makes no sense. Did I at least get close?

    Nick & Nereyda- Welcome to the dark side! I love my bujo, though I find it’s evolving slowly into something else now that I’ve moved into a traveler’s notebook.

    • It was: Remembering Joy, Stir Me Up, and Rule haha I was making a list of books for a post last week.

      Ahhhh, I love the bullet journal, I have been curious about the Traveler’s notebook.

  • *goes to google microbladed*

    • The trick is finding someone who knows how to do them well because I’ve seen some scary ones…

  • I still want to do a bullet journal…but who has the time? Wah!! I need to look into Blogilates…I’ve seen a few mentions of it. Enjoy all your new books and have a great week!

    • Playing with my journal is my favorite ‘me’ time activity. The blogilates app is awesome, hope you like it!

  • Ack. Nereyda. The first order of business for me in 2017 is to get into journalling. Though, I’m kinda worried that in the same way you got stuck doing nothing but journalling, it might take away some precious reading/blogging time. Gah. In any case, you’re so organized! Love, love when you show us your bullet journal. Oh, and that Gilmore Girls countdown! LOVE.

    I swear, 2016 has been suck fest. And you already know my thoughts about the election, Nick. I think it will take some time for me as well but I will never forget the fight that HRC lit within me. Never, ever, ever. I will no longer be a bystander or an observer. I will get involved.

    Yes, let’s totally blame Nereyda for the awesomeness that is journalling. Lol. I can’t wait to start my own, tbh. 🙂 I’ll show you mine if you show me yours? Hahah.

    Have a great week, ladies!

    • Yay, another person I hope to convert into bullet journaling! So far I have 3 on my list. I hope you like it and just don’t overthink it. I dont much reading on weekdays anyway and other than my blog post 2-3 times a week and commenting 2ish times a week (I try to anyway) so it doesn’t cut in too much of my reading/blogging time. It does take up my free time that I normally use to watch youtube or tv…

      Ahhh, the damn election, I’m still pissed…

  • What is eyebrow microblading?? Haha! I need to look this up! Bullet journaling does look like fun. I should really look into that… Awesome reads this week for both of you! I’m really interested in Glitter although I’ve heard A LOT of mixed reviews. I just checked out The Jewel from the library, so I’m interested to see what you think of Black Key! Have a great week 😀

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    • Semi-permanent eyebrow…tattoing? It’s not traditional tattoos since a needle isn’t used. Instead, they use a tiny blade that does very thin hair-like strokes. I can’t the difference between the strokes and my hair, it’s pretty cool.

      I can see why people may not like Glitter, I think I was expecting to not like it and I ended up liking it 🙂

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Ooh nice! Hearing sooo much buzz over Caraval! I admit it does look good! Hope you enjoy it too!! And I still need to read Bound by Blood and Sand! Heard good things about that one and picked a copy up as well! Hope you both enjoy all the awesome new reads! And hope you have a happy holiday this week!

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  • I like the sound of this Blogilates app. I’ve been meaning to get back into Pilates so this sounds right up my alley. Hope the cheeks better. 😀

    I am soooo curious to read your thoughts on Downed, Nick. I hope Ace succeeds in redeeming himself. I’ve rediscovered my love for pinterest recently and I must admit I’ve wasted a good couple days on that site haha. Good luck with the upcoming exams. 😀

    • The Blogilates app is so good, all the videos you need are in one place. 🙂

  • The Book Disciple

    Nereyda I have been wanting to read I Hunt Killers for a long time! I’m glad to hear you liked it. I haven’t talked to anyone who has read it so I wasn’t sure! I might see if my library has the audio!
    Nick I am hoping to read Hard Hitter over break. I ADORED book 1 but it sucks that this one was just okay for you. Hope all your exams go well!

    • I Hunt Killers was so so good, you should definitely check it out!

  • I am inspired almost every time I see you bullet journal. I love the mini-reviews bujo style, what a fun idea! Looks like you guys got a lot of new books. Happy reading!

    • They were fun and took about 5 minutes each, now I wanna do them for all the books!

  • Gosh you both always have so much going on! I love that you both are doing bullet journals now. Nick, I fully expect to see pictures next week. =)

    SO happy to see Vicarious and The Forgetting in both of your sections! I liked both, though I loved The Forgetting more. It is sooooo pretty, inside and out! Nereyda, you must read the rest of Cameron’s books. 😀

    Have a great week, ladies! Happy early Thanksgiving!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • She totally cheated by not adding pics…
      Just finished The Forgetting and it was really good. I need to finish Vicarious soon! I got Rook from the library 🙂

      Hope you have a great Thanksgiving too Alyssa!

  • I Hunt Killers is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The series gets better and better. Pretty dark though.

  • You both got so many good books. I hope you love the I Hunt Killers book. I think the audio version is fantastic. Good luck with your studies, Nick. I am sure you will do fine. I don’t know how you have the time to start a bullet journal. Have a lovely week.

  • Microbladed your eyebrows? This sounds painful, was it? And now I have to download this blogilates app, thanks Nereyda!

    Bullet journals are so fun Nick! I haven’t been keeping up with mine, but I always feel so relaxed when I do!

    • It was not painful, it just felt like a bit of…scraping? And yay, I love the Blogilates ap!

  • Guys, your weeks! Nereyda what is with the tongue and cheek chewing? I mean I chew my cheeks occasionally but that is a new extreme. I’m glad Blogilates is going well for you, though, it’s great when you can feel exercise actually working. And wow, I thought my handwriting could be questionable I have no clue what you’re writing says. I feel redeemed that my writing is not that bad all things considered. Also, I am jealous of your haul of library books, why does my library have such a limited supply of good books?

    And Nick, I’m glad you’ve managed to find hope as there are still good people out there you just need to remember that. I can totally get not having time for a new hobby, I love the idea of bullet journalling but I do not have the patience for it. Sorry you’re stuck doing more studying over Thanksgiving but at least you’ve gotten some awesome books from the library. Again I am jealous of the library selection.

    • I have no idea, I do it to this extreme about once a year and it always sucks. I have terrible handwriting, I really make an effort in my journal but otherwise it looks like my note up there. I don’t understand most of it. Once I made a list of all the 2016 books I wanted to read… and couldn’t understand most of it. My library has a sucky selection of newer books but luckily I have been finding some older books I wanted to read. I’m thinking about buying a membership to another library that has a better selection…

  • Dang Nereyda, that sounds painful! I hope your cheek/tongue are okay. Also, microblading! I’m so intrigued. My brows are the most important part of my makeup routine and I actually really like doing them though, so I don’t know that I’d ever get them microbladed. Still, it’s a pretty cool process!

    Nick, keep your head up. Things are so brutal and I think you’re right — those feelings are not going to go away. I was able to go to a protest for Standing Rock this weekend and that definitely made me feel a bit better; sometimes taking action, even if it’s relatively small, helps channel all that anger and sadness. At least it does for me. Good luck with school! Finals…bleh. At least this is the last time I’ll ever have to write them. 😉

    • My mouth is all better now. And I love brows too but I literally have like none. Well I do have some but they are so light and sparse, now I don’t have to do my brows when I get ready, I love it.

  • @Nereyda I’m sorry to hear about this this thing with your cheek, Nereyda.

    Well I can read “stir me up”, but that first word…
    I’m curious what older books and audiobooks you checked from the library. I hope they are good. I have I Hunt Killers on my tbr-list for a while. Rachel from Reader’s Den brought it to my attention, but I never actually read it because of the topic. I’m looking forward to start The Forgetting. Nick mentioned that you are enjoying the audiobook. So Therese Plummer is as good as I’ve heard. You’ve mentioned that you receive audiobooks for reviews. I don’t read ARCs, but I’m willing to break my rules for audio format. I would be very grateful if you gave some tips how to get audiobook ARCs, especially for those who are newbies at this.

    @Nick I hope to see bullet journal here. Good luck with final exams. I hope you adjusted to new town and classes and all. You’ve wrote that it wasn’t an easy fitting at first. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Russia, so it will be the usual busy week for me.

    • Email me at nereyda1003@gmail and ill send you the audiobook info 🙂

    • The first word is apparently Remembering Joy…
      I just finished The Forgetting audio and the narrator was sooo good!

      I just sent you the audio info you wanted 🙂

  • You guys both had great weeks. Nereyda, your headphones to heart drawing rocks hard! Love it.

    Nick, I’ve been hearing the same thing about Hard Hitter. It’s good but not her best. I’m still looking forward to reading that. Downed was awesome! I really loved Bryant!

    I hope you guys have a fabulous week!

    • Ha, thanks! I was super proud of my little headphone doodle 🙂

  • Your bullet journal looks absolutely gorgeous Nereyda! I love how it has such a strong bookish theme to it and yes, your writing does look absolutely gorgeous in it! OMG YES I’m so excited you have Dangerous Girls in your haul, it’s one of my fav books of all time.

    Nick, I’m glad to hear that you are having fun with your bullet journal as well! everyone seems to be getting into it but I’m still stuck on my kikki k planner hehe. I hope you had a lovely thanksgiving though! Glad to hear you loved Vicarious, I’ve had my eye on it.

  • Eva

    So I should try Managed? I couldn’t even finish Idol but since you compared it to The Hook Up, I am intrigued!

    Same re: the election! UGHHHHHHHH It gets worse every day, guys. Like seriously. That is so awesome about bullet journaling and the blogilates!

    Good luck on Exams Nick!