The Weekly Recap (223): Colds & Good Books

Posted February 12, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda/ 19 Comments

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

It feels like it’s been so long since my last recap, almost a month ago. I’ve pretty much been sick since then which sucks ass. I get sick then just when I’m almost better, I get sick again and each time seems to be worse than the last. Right now I have a nasty cough that makes it feel like my throat is on fire and it makes it hard to sleep. I’ve been sleeping a lot and reading a lot which is a plus. I’m FINALLY in the mood to read new books again so yay for that. Other than that, I’m just hoping to get better soon and stay better. I haven’t even touched my bullet journal all last week, which is an indication of how shitty I feel since I love that thing. Thanks to everyone who continues to stop by and comment. As soon as I get better, I will be replying to comments and going through my feed. Until then, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

PS – Don’t forget to leave a link to your blogs if you comment! Disquis doesn’t 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:

   The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne Someone like You by Lauren Layne All in Pieces by Suzanne Young The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu Results May Vary by Bethany Chase

All re-reads except the last 3.

What I’m Reading/Listening:

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay, #1) Under Rose-Tainted Skies
I’m pretty early on in both of these.

e-ARCs Received:

Alex, Approximately Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay, #1) Crazy for You (Risking It All, #2) Little Monsters Changes in Latitudes Our Broken Pieces Madly (New York, #2) The Football Girl Bad Blood Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2) Letters to the Lost Until It Fades
My haul for the last 3 months. 

Book Haul:

Very excited for the audiobooks I got from Listening Library, the books were unsolicited.

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

How are things with all of you? This was a particularly exciting week for me because I started my new job as a research assistant for a professor at school. I’m working on doing statistical programming at the moment on one of the professor’s research projects and I absolutely love it, even though it’s only been a week.  I have a fancy office and everything! Some of you guys know how down and depressed I was after I quit my graduate program in Cell Biology in 2015 because it just wasn’t working in any way for me. I was unhappy and not dealing well with my “failure” . It sucks when you think you’re meant to be in a field and have had goals all throughout your life to be in the field, only for the field to not work for you.  I was devastated. Anyways, this new degree in Statistics, which I decided to pursue completely out of the blue (but after researching it thoroughly on the internet!), has been so invigorating.  And this job just has given me that extra boost and confidence that I am happy with the turn in my goals. I was at work from 8 am to 5 pm on Wednesday and didn’t even notice the time fly by! My boss/professor actually had to come and let me know that it was 5 pm and I should probably leave haha! I didn’t finish my tasks on the day, but he was so nice about it. He also constantly worries about me because I live in a shady part of town and is always asking me about my family back home. I’m really happy to have a kind boss after that awful experience with my other Master’s supervisor.

My family is off in Australia dropping off my sister for university. I was feeling a little bittersweet because of that in the middle of the week. I’m thrilled that my sister is finally attending college after the rough year she had last year, with not being able to afford school, but I’m also really sad, because she’s growing up too fast. She’s still a baby to me. I’m also upset because my mom is really close to my sister, and I’m worried with how she’s going to take the empty nest now. I usually call her daily, I might have to double up on that until she’s used to it.

The East Coast was hit with a nasty winter storm this week. We had half a snow-day here, so my morning classes were cancelled on Thursday, but then I had to go to my afternoon classes. It was cold and oh my goodness, the wind was terrible. I could barely walk in a straight line because it kept pushing me onto the streets. I also ended up with a cold thanks to the freezing weather. I’m currently nursing a headache that won’t go away. This is exactly what I needed. *sarcasm*

OK so this recap is a lot longer than I thought it would be, but I also want to talk about how sparse my commenting has been lately very quickly. If I follow your blog on Bloglovin, I’m totally reading all your posts, but I’ve been struggling a little to find a routine with commenting. For now, I think I’m going to dedicate my weekends to catching up on commenting. So I’m really sorry if I haven’t been as active lately with my comments, but I promise I’m reading your posts.

Anyways, here are my reading and book haul updates:

What I Read:

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone Truly (New York, #1)

I may have only read 4 books this week, but it was an amazing reading week since 3 out of the 4 were 4.5-5 stars reads for me! I loved loved loved Letters to the Lost. I was completely swept away by this gorgeous story, and guys, seriously go ahead and request or pre-order this one if you can, because it so deserves to be read. My Not So Perfect Life was kind of ehh for me. I liked it okay, but it was nothing special. I think Sophie Kinsella can do much better than this. Changes in Latitudes was also an amazing read. I loved everything about it, but especially the mother-daughter relationship and the swoony romance. I picked up Truly because Becky read and loved it and I also loved the second book, Madly! Best Decision Ever! It had the perfect romance and I loved every moment between May and Ben. 

What I’m Currently Reading:

Starfall (Starflight #2) Blame It on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes, #3)

I’m halfway through Starfall and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m not usually a big fan of scifi books, but this duology  has been fun. I also started Blame It On The Duke by Lenora Bell, and I love it so far. This author’s writing is so addicting.

Review Copies Haul:

Our Broken Pieces I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers, #2)

Thank you to Harper & St. Martin’s Press for the review copies!

Library/Purchased Haul:

Starfall (Starflight #2) Truly (New York, #1)

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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 am glad statistics work for you 😀

  • I hope you both will feel better soon! The weather has been really bad lately, it’s so easy to get sick! 🙂

  • I’m super excited for the new book by Jenn Bennett and you also made me excited about “Truly”.

    And it’s great to hear that you are enjoying Statistics so much. Life is better when you enjoy your job.

    My reading week was rather slow, I had other things to do, but at least I received some preordered books.

    Wishing you both a wonderful new week.

    Sabrina @ About Happy Books
    http://abouthappybooks.com

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    Seems like you gusy had a pretty good week. It was pretty hot here in Australia for most of the week. But it’s cooling down now. I’ll be reading Letters for the Lost really soon. Cannot wait. Thanks for the post.

  • Nereyda I hope you feel better but yay for lots of reading! Nick I am so happy your job is going well!!! That snow storm was not fun at all. I am over winter. Hope you ladies both enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  • I hope you get better and stay better soon, Nereyda. You read some great books! I really want to read Bethany Chase’s books soon. I’m excited about Changes in Latitude, Now I Rise, and Letters to the Lost too!

    I’m so happy things are going well for you, Nick! An extra boost and confidence is always wonderful. I’m so happy to hear you loved Letters to the Lost and Changes in Latitude!

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  • Nereyda get better soon! There is nothing worse than getting one illness and than another so rest up, drink lots of fluids and I’ll keep my fingers crossed you’ll be 100% soon. I am jealous of all the rereads you’ve managed since you’ve been under the weather though! Nothing better than some good old comfort rereading when you’re not well.

    And Nick, I am so glad you’re liking your new job and your boss is an actual nice person. Having a terrible supervisor definitely impacts your mood and I know actually liking the people you work with helps brighten your day so I’m glad it’s going well for you. Good luck to your sister as well, I know it’s scary she’s off doing new things and it’ll be a big change for your mom but it’ll be a great new adventure for your sister and I’m sure you’re mom will adapt, She’ll be happier you’re both off doing what you enjoy rather than keeping you close (most of the time anyway). And boo to snow, we’ve had snow here but nowhere near enough for a snow day but the cold is definitely getting to me. I spend more time in bed wrapped in blankets than is probably necessary this week.

    Also, can I say yay for convincing you to read another book? I adored May and Ben’s story. Ben was just, ugh, loved him and the angry man that he is. I couldn’t stop reading and cannot wait to read Madly. And yes, Letters to the Lost was amazing, I fully plan to buy myself a copy once it’s released because I can see m e rereading that. I don’t want to say I’m glad you didn’t like Sophie Kinsella’s latest book but I am because I was so tempted to buy it the other day and didn’t and I’m glad to know it’s the kind of book I should borrow from the library rather than buy.

    I hope you both have a good week. Stay warm, stay well and read lots!

  • I hope you’ll feel more like yourself soon, Nereyda. I’ve been lucky enough not to get the virus that most of my officemates have gotten over the last few weeks, so I’m thankful even though staying in bed seems like heaven right now. Hopefully, your latest bookhaul will get you out of your ennui.

    My brother lives part time in New Jersey and I’d seen his posts about the snow they’ve gotten. Though, mostly, he was a little sarcastic about it, too because he’d seen his fair share of snow living in Canada. Lol. Oh, I’m so happy for you, Nick. I’m glad you’ve found a new niche. I can definitely see how quitting your initial choice of convocation would bring you down. And a job to boot! Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Have a great week, ladies!

  • Oh no, Nereyda! I hope you feel better soon! I hate being sick so much. Hopefully you can get some good reading in soon! I’m reading Now I Rise now and I’m LOVING it! I hope you enjoy it too!

    Nick, I hope your new job is amazing!! That’s so exciting and a little scary at the same time. Your boss sounds awesome! I hope your sister has a great time in Australia! That sounds amazing! Enjoy your new books! I’ve heard great things so far about Starfall!

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  • Oh being sick is just awful…but coughs are just the worst, hope you feel better soon. Glad you are having a blast with your new job Nick. And its great that your getting some good reads in. Enjoy Lenora Bell…she is just wonderful.

  • Nereyda I hope you feel better soon. Glad to hear you have at least been enjoying your books while you’re sick!
    Nick, I am so glad you are enjoying your new masters program! Thats awesome! I can feel your happiness through your post!
    Hope you both have a great week!

  • Great haul this week with these awesome books! I am excited to read Alex Approximately and Letters To The Lost. I hope you feel better, Nereyda, and congrats and your new job, Nick. 😊

    Jess Fairytales and Books

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh niiiiice hauls!! Lots of cool reads!! I loved Vigilante! It was a kind of dark read but I really enjoyed it too! And ooh Starfall! I can’t wait until my copy arrives! Hope you both enjoy all the new reads!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  • You poor girl Nere, that sounds horrible! I feel your pain, I’m only starting to pick back up having been sick since before Christmas. It sounds so similar. Has the doctor mentioned a seasonal illness? Bugger the comments, you just make sure you take good care of yourself and get well sweetheart.

    I’m thrilled the new position is going so well Nick, it’s so lovely to see you so happy again after feeling lost for so long. Ooh, where about’s in Australia is she based and will you be coming to see her at any point? Or swap with her, or I can just come kidnap you and adopt you. You would have to put up with those banging neighbours either 😀

    Have a wonderful week ladies and hoping you feel better soon Nere <3 <3

    • They are in Melbourne, Kelly! And yes! I hope to visit her in June-August! Hahaha! I do like that idea. Especially if I can cuddle with your pup! 😉

  • Nereyda, girl, you are constantly sick! Get better please!!

    Congrats on the new position Nick! Science and numbers make my head spin, but you rock it! Yay for your sister going to uni! What are your parents going to do with all the babies going so far away? That East Coast storm sounded CRAZY. I was talking to some folks from Maine in a conference call and hey didn’t have electricity. I can’t imagine. And yeah, wind makes everything so much worse.

    I can’t wait for Starfall to hit audible to so I can download it. I love the narration for this duology!

  • Feel better Nereyda! That sucks that you keep getting sick. I’ve got my fingers crossed that you’ll get better sooner rather than later. How did The Kept Woman keep up for you? It’s been ages since I read that book but I wonder if it would hold up for me. Like, if I would still like it these days.

    Nick, that’s awesome news about your job and how things are working for you. The books you read last week sound fantastic so they’re going on my list as well. Thanks for the heads up on some of them. I’ve been curious about Truly and Changes in Lattitude.

    I hope you both have a great week and that you guys read all of the best books! 🙂

  • Charlie Anderson

    Nereyda, I had a cold (turned out double ear infection and upper respiratory infection) that would get better and worse, better and worse. I was miserable and looked like death. If you haven’t gone, I encourage you to go to your doctor. It might be more than just a cold, like mine was. I hope you start feeling better more each day.

    Nick, I am so glad you got this position and that it is working out so well for you! I think I would have felt the same way you did after leaving your program. And your boss sounds amazing!

  • Oh, Nereyda, I’m sorry to hear
    you are still not feeling good. Sending good vibes your way.

    Nick, congratulations with your
    new job! It’s wonderful that you like it and your professor sounds like a nice
    person. Though I must admit that I hate statistics and I’m dreading that time
    when I would need it for my PhD. It must be hard for you mom to have both you
    and your sister out in the world, so do you calls, I’m sure it would make it
    easier for her. We have a pretty windy weather too.

    PS. No complaints about
    commenting from me. Lol. You both know how hectic my commenting is.