The Weekly Recap (220): Back To School

Posted January 15, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda/ 13 Comments

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

I know where going into our third week of the year but in some ways, last week for me felt like the first week of the year. With my kids going back to school after winter break, things were an adjustment around here. I wasn’t home much of the beginning of the week because I was running around doing grocery shopping for the week, back to back dentist appointments, my brow appointment and trying to clean the house on top of all of that.  Luckily, last weekend I did get to sleep a lot! Like 11 hours on both friday and saturday night which felt amazing.  I’m still in my reread mode where nothing new interests me when it comes time to actually pick a book.  Luckily I’ve been having fun rereading some old favorites.  Hopefully I’ll get out of my funk soon but until then I’ll probably have some non-review posts on here for a while, hope you guys don’t mind. 😉 Hope everyone else had a fantastic week!
PS, my book haul is for the past month or so since I didn’t update it last week and we were on a break most of last month. I still need to put together my physical copies but those will have to be next week…hopefully.

PS – Don’t forget to leave a link to your blogs if you comment! Disquis doenst have a link to your blogs unless you set it up in your Disquis settings and a few times Nick and I can’t find your blog so we can check it out 🙂

What I Read:

   Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

Ah Shatter Me, can I just say that I <3 Kenji? The Deal… I liked it better the first time I read it. A lot of things bothered me this time which hardly ever happens to me in rereads. *shrugs*

What I’m Reading/Listening:

Remembering Joy (Joy, #1) Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
Both re-reads, both favorites.

e-ARCs Received:

Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) Coming up for Air The Enchantment of Emma Fletcher Madly (New York, #2) Midnight at the Electric The Secret History of Us Grit Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) Every Little Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #2) That Thing We Call a Heart Dress Codes for Small Towns
Haul for the past month.

Audiobooks Received:

The Careful Undressing of Love
Thanks Listening Library

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

I hope you guys had a good week! It was a decent one for me. I started a new quarter of school, which means new courses. This always takes a bit of adjustment for me, but it went well. I’m excited about all my classes and so far, the professors have been good. Hopefully, this streak continues the whole week. I did have an episode of Miss Cranky Pants this week with a lunch I took to school. I don’t know what it is about American bread, but I can’t stand the chemical taste that it has. I’ve tried various brands to no luck and I can’t seem to find fresh bread at my grocery store either. So I took this sandwich to school on Tuesday that I made, and the bread was chewy and tasted gross, so I had no proper lunch that week that day me very hangry! I’ve decided to start making lunch now, something like rice or noodles, so I don’t have to rely on gross bread. There are lots of food trucks around my campus, but I don’t want to spending $6-7 every day for lunch when I can whip something quick up.

How is everyone dealing with the politics in this country? It’s making my head hurt and I’m struggling a little bit, especially seeing how hard my friends are taking it. I don’t really know what to say other than that my ears are available if any of you wanted to talk about anything and needed someone to listen to what you are going through. I want to say to keep having hope, but fuck that – hope without actions aren’t going to bring us anywhere good.

Before I get to my reading updates, I wanted to share with you guys a new blog on the block, Scoundrels & Seduction, run by two of my favorite people, Eri & Lisa. Go give them a follow, and say hi! These two have awesome romance taste, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Anyways, here are my reading and book haul updates of the week:

What I Read:

Made You Up Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1) Pretty Face by Lucy Parker #famous by Jilly Gagnon

I had a very good reading week overall. I was fascinated by Made You Up and it also managed to surprise me a couple of times, which doesn’t happen a lot with contemporaries for me. I’ve decided to make Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series, my series of the month, so I read the first book last week and absolutely loved it. Cady & Lon & Jupe are such a great team and I already love their dynamic. I also immediately jumped into Pretty Face as soon as I got approved for it, and it was a blast.  The book was wonderful and so charming. I was smiling the whole time. I had high hopes for #famous, but it’s a book that’s most definitely geared towards a younger audience, so it read kind of juvenile to me, which isn’t a flaw because it is a YA book after all and therefore not aimed for me, but I didn’t particularly enjoy the book.

What I’m Currently Reading:

American Street The Young Wives Club

I’m about 25% into American Street and really enjoying the main character’s voice. It explores immigration, family and first love and so far, it’s doing a lovely job at keeping me hooked to the story. The Young Wives Club is an interesting read, but I’m not really warming up to the characters – in fact, most of them are kind of unlikeable, and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to like them or not.

Review Copies Haul:

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker It Started With Goodbye Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Thank you to Carina Press, HarperCollins & Hachette for the review copies!

Library/Purchased Haul:

How Not To Fall How Not to Let Go Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #1)

I blame Kaja & Becky for the first two purchases. 🙂

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I hope you all had a wonderful week as well! Tell us what you’ve been up to in the comments below!

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  • I have “Kindling the moon” on my wish list and need to get it soon, ever since I read a YA book by Jenn Bennett I want more by her.

    And I just finished the YA contemporary “Amplified” by Tara Kelly and had a great time with it.

    US politics are a big topic here in Germany, we have our big national election later this year and I hope that things will not be as dirty and hateful. I sincerely hope that people will remember that kindness and caring about others make the world a better place.

    Happy Reading!

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  • I do love the bread we have here, lots to choose form 🙂 I’d starve without my rye

  • I’m glad you guys both survived back-to-school week! It can get stressful. Neyreda, you’re totally making me want to reread the Shatter Me trilogy! I’m excited to hear your thoughts on your review copies, especially That Thing We Call a Heart. Nick, packing lunches is totally the way to go! I bring my lunch to campus pretty much every day so that the street of delicious ethnic food restaurants on my campus doesn’t decimate my wallet, haha. As for the current political climate, I’m definitely not handling it well, either (especially since He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named decided to come after my congressman, a civil rights hero and all-around icon here in Atlanta, yesterday. NOPE. NOT ON MY WATCH.). Just trying to call my reps, go to protests/events, and make my voice heard online and IRL. But my ears are also always open if you need anything! Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Strange the Dreamer. I hope y’all have a fantastic week! 🙂

  • Nereyda – Hope you get our of your funk!! Great gaul Grit is one I am so intrigued by. Nick that is funny about the bread. I have a bread machine i need to use to try and make my own but there is only one brand I like (which is probably still chemically though) Great haul. Enjoy your books ladies and have a great week!

  • Nereyda, I wouldn’t even worry that you’re doing a bunch of rereading lately, all you’re doing is making me insanely jealous that I’m not rereading stuff. I’ve got about weeks worth of review copies to get through and then I may treat myself to a good old reread since I want to try and reread a book a month (at least) this year. And all that sleep! I slept 9 hours last night and I feel like I’ve slept too much. My average is 7 hours and I am happy with that.

    Nick, making your own food when you’re out of the house is a great idea, you’ll save yourself a fortune and then those days you’ve been lazy or haven’t managed to get to the shops it will feel like a treat if you buy something while you’re at school. I miss being able to do that. Now it feels like a treat when I have to go to Subway as we’ve got nothing for sandwiches. I feel your pain about the bread, though. I am so fussy with the bread I eat, I’m all about seeded loaves and it isn’t a cheap thing to prefer.

    So glad to see you liked Pretty Face, I’ve been approved for it too and I cannot wait to get reading. And yay, I’ve convinced you to buy a book (assisted by Kaja who is to blame for far too many of my bookish purchases). And I cannot wait to see you’re thoughts on Because of Miss Bridgerton. I cannot wait for the next book in that series to come out because it sounds amazing! Also, way to make me jealous with your Strange the Dreamer review copy, I am stuck waiting for the release unless a UK copy goes up on NG.

  • Grace Fonseca

    Awesome haul of books this week. I hope you love all of your new books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  • Neryeda, I am having a hard time getting back into the groove of the New Year especially since out of the last nine school days my kids have had five snow days. We need to get back into a regular routine. Nick, I am glad school is going well for you. I know it takes awhile to settle in. Try some of the artisan breads, a lot of the bakeries carry them. I have decided to unplug from politics for awhile, it makes me anxious and irritable so I have just turned off the news.

  • Well now I am curious-how many books does a book nerd have? Hope you both have a great week!

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOh nice new reads!! I am hoping to get to my copy of Blade Bound in the next three books! LOL! GOing to read Windiwitch, then one other Netgalley book, and THEN Blade Bound! Cannot wait to see how Chloe wraps up this series!

    Hope you both enjoy all the awesome new reads you both acquired!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  • Gahh I didn’t enjoy #famous either. :/ It felt so cliche and predictable and yes, aimed to a younger audience.

  • Charlie Anderson

    I am having a hard time getting back into routines, especially going to bed and getting up in the mornings. Nick, I hope you can find a bread you do like! Alternative lunches for now sound like a good idea. When I was in college, if you lived on campus, you HAD to purchase a meal plan (so, like $3000 extra) and the average price of lunches were about $8 if you didn’t have a meal card.

  • Nereyda – My kids went back to school immediately after new years, but yes, it takes adjustment after them being home for Winter break. I really love The Deal, but I haven’t read the rest of the series. I’ve tried reading Shatter Me twice and never made it too far into the book, I’m not sure that Mafi’s writing is for me 🙁

    Nick – Good luck with school my friend. I guess I’m used to the bread, but luckily I have several food markets around me that sell freshly baked bread. I agree that preparing your own lunch is a lot cheaper and probably better for you. I have a lot of issues with preservatives because they are migraine triggers for me and I have to cook a LOT of things from scratch, but I don’t mind.

    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is my favorite in the series and I adore Quinn’s books 🙂

    Don’t get me started on politics! I’m not watching the news for the next four years…

  • Nereyda: Your kids barely went back to school this past week? I feel like mine has been back to school for a while now and it’s only been a couple of weeks. It feels like time is going so slow for me, for some reason. *shrugs* I hope you get over your funk soon but re-reading old favorites isn’t a funky, is it? Haha.

    What about The Deal didn’t work for you this time around?

    Nick: Where are you from? I don’t think I know that or read about that anywhere. I’m curious because my niece lived in Paris for a year and she said the bread and cheese there is heaps better than here.

    Adding the new blog to my blog roll. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

    I can’t wait to dig into my copy of Perfect Face.

    Have a great week, ladies!