The Weekly Recap (225) : Sunshine & Trips Ahead

Posted February 26, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda/ 25 Comments

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

I’m very happy to say that I am 100% sick free! Finally! For those of you asking last week, the mexican medicine that I used to get rid of my nasty cough and cold is called Broncolin and although it’s made in Mexico, you can buy it at Wal-Mart or on Amazon and Walgreens. It’s a natural remedy that my family swears by. Two days of taking this medicine finally got rid of the cough that I had for more than month and a half (I was constantly taking different american medicines with no luck, american medicine is garbage). My week finally slowed down quite a bit, it was actually pretty boring. I did a lot of cleaning since I had been behind on it since I got sick and did so much laundry. I actually didn’t leave my house all week and I got a little stir crazy by Friday. On the plus side, I did finally have time to catch up on my blog feed and comment and read, which was nice. I have yet to catch up on replying to comments on the blog but it’s on my agenda for this week. Apologies if you get a reply from a few weeks ago. 🙂 I love weekends because I’m usually not home all day, tomorrow we’re going to the mountains to have a cookout and I plan on doing some light hiking, reading, sleeping and playing Uno.  Other than that, not much happened last week which I was fine with after my last few crazy weeks. Hope everyone else had a great week!

What I Read:

    Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett We Are Okay by Nina LaCour Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

OMG, Alex, Approximately was freaking amazing! THIS right here is the kind of YA that I love to read and this book gives me hope for YA this year. We Are Okay was beautiful and bittersweet although it was one of those books where not much happens other than lots of character development. Royally Screwed was cheesy but somehow delightful.

What I’m Reading/Listening:

 Pretty Face Act Like It (London Celebrities, #1)
FINALLY starting these books!

e-ARCs Received:

Bad Romance
I’m so nervous for this one. I’ll Meet You There is one of my favoritest books and I don’t think this will be as…good as that one but I hope I still like it.

Audiobooks Received for Review:

The Possessions Pretty Face Act Like It (London Celebrities, #1)
Thanks to Harper Audio for these.

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

Phew, it was another hectic week for me at school and work. We’re nearing the end of the quarter, and it usually gets insanely busy then. I’m looking forward to a break from all these exams, however. Next weekend, I’m planning on visiting one of my oldest blog friends in NYC. I’m excited and also very nervous, because this will be my first time visiting NYC, but also I hope she likes me. It will be fun though and I’m looking forward to seeing a bit of the big apple!

We’ve had lovely weather this week and despite how busy and stressed I was, the sunshine and warmth cheered me up. It was nice to take out my short sleeves. I do wish I had more of a chance to actually enjoy the nice weather though. Unfortunately, I’ve been holed up either in class or at home doing school work. My parents also left my sister in Australia, and my mother has been very sad. She cried for days and it broke my heart a little, and it hurt that I couldn’t be there for her. Thankfully, she, my sister and I were able to have a long group Skype session the other day, and that managed to cheer her up. My mom is a stay-at-home mom, so she’s struggling a little with being lonely. I’ve encouraged her to find a new hobby and she just might join a yoga club.

I hope you all had good weeks!

Here are my reading updates:

What I Read:

The Education of Margot Sanchez It Happened on Love Street (Everland #1) Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) Royally Matched (Royally, #2) Forbidden Promises (The O'Malleys, #4)

It was a particularly swoony reading week for me and ahh I really really liked all of these. The Education of Margot Sanchez was a good read. I had some minor issues with it, but I liked the story a lot. It Happened on Love Street was fantastic. It was sweet, charming and full of dogs (hero is a vet!). I love Lia Riley and she’s proved why again with this new book. I was lucky enough to find Devil in Spring 2 days early at the bookstore and I IMMEDIATELY started that baby. It was gorgeous and perfect and I loved it so darn much. I also had a lot of fun reading Royally Matched. I think I liked it a lot better than the previous book. This series isn’t my favorite by Emma Chase, but they are entertaining. I was expecting Forbidden Promises to be good and I’m happy to say, it 100% was. I loved Jude & Sloan, and I especially loved how hot their chemistry was.

What I’m Currently Reading:

10 Things I Can See from Here The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology, #2)

Currently about 40% into 10 Things I Can See From Here, and I’m really liking the writing. I kinda wish there was more romance, but we’ll see. I’m also hoping to start The Great Pursuit soon.

Review Copies Haul:

Bad Romance The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1)  Lucky in Love

Thank you to Macmillan, Three Saints Press & my friend, Danielle for the review copies!

Library/Purchased Haul:

 Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) Royally Matched (Royally, #2) A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

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  • Yay for finally being better, Nereyda. I tend to stick with paracetamol and orange juice when I’m sick. In my mind there is nothing they can’t sure (there is lots they can’t cure but I am sticking with my delusion) but I am mightily intrigued by this Mexican wonder cure. I wonder if I can get it in the UK? Boring weeks can be good, though, you may have gone stir crazy by the weekend but at least you got all those chores done. And you’re making me excited for the release of Alex, Approximately!

    And Nick, busy weeks can be good, not long left at least so you can relax a little. And how exciting to go to NYC! I am jealous and I hope you enjoy it. Sorry you’re mom’s upset about your sister leaving, you’re right she does need to find a hobby to get her out a bit and see other people. Being at home with nothing to occupy her time won’t be helping.

  • Yay I am glad you are finally feeling better Nereyda!! Glad to hear you liked Alex, Approximately and We Are Okay. I really want to get to them. Nick the good weather was nice right?? I hope you have fun in NYC. It is such a fun place. I can’t wait to see what you both think of Bad Romance!! Have a great week!

  • Nereyda I am happy you are feeling better!! Thats awesome. Have fun on your outing today. Its too cold here to do anything. We were going to take the dogs for a walk on the river but its 35 degree. Nope! Staying home in bed!
    Nick, I am so jealous you already finished Devil in Spring!! WAAAAAAAAA!!! Have fun in NYC! Its such a cool place. And of course she will like you-whats not to like?!?!
    Samantha @The Book Disciple

  • I’m happy you’re feeling better, Nereyda! I have a copy of Alex, Approximately. It sounds like I need to read it soon!

    Nick, your NYC trip sounds fun! I’m really excited about Bad Romance and The Traitor’s Kiss. I can’t wait to see what you think of them.

  • Nereyda – I’m so happy to hear y’all are sick free! When I lived in Maine & it was easier to cross, I’d go get Canadian medicine b/c they have much better cough medicine and holistic medicine readily available there 🙂 And YES!!! Alex, Approximately was STELLAR!!!!!

    Nick – I’m soooo happy to hear Forgotten Promises wasn’t bad, if you know what I mean 🙂 I skipped the last one but I can’t wait for Sloan 🙂 And I’m super duper excited for you and NYC!! So much culture for you to soak in. It will be CRAZY!!!!! YEAH!!!!!

    Have a great week girlies!!!

  • Nereyda, good to hear you are
    finally feel better. I’m looking forward to read Alex, Approximately and We Are
    Okay. I hadn’t realized you haven’t read Act Like It. Happy listening, I’ve
    heard the audiobook is good. I hope you would love it. And I want to read
    Pretty Face but continue to put it aside, my expectations are high… Looking forward
    to your thoughts about Bad Romance, I hope it would live to your expectations.

    Nick, have a great time next
    weekend. It’s so wonderful you can meet your blogger friend in real life. I
    wish I had a chance to meet all wonderful bloggers in real life. Short
    sleeves?! We had such awful windy and cold weather this week. At least it was
    sunny. I’ve already told you that it’s wonderful that you support you mom, it’s
    not easy for her. I tend to read swoony and light reads when real life gets
    hectic. I’m interested in your thoughts on the West’s latest book.

  • Dang. I’m sad to see you both weren’t in love with Chase’s new series. I love her Legal Briefs series and was hoping this one would be right up there. However, something kept holding me back from 1-clicking it. Maybe I’ll just cross my fingers and hope my library gets a copy in. As for Alex, Approximately, I requested a copy on NG and I’m hoping to get approved soon. It sounds so adorably cute and amazing and the fact that you are gushing all over it means that it’s a must read.

  • Nereyda – glad to hear you are feeling better. Next time we get that nasty cough here now I know what to look for to try! It has propolis in it, my mom would prob swear by it also! You look like you had an interesting week in reading, glad you enjoyed it. Hope your next few reads are also amazing

    Nick – NYC can be fun. I grew up there so I guess I can see it’s appeal 😀 I hope you enjoy it, relax and have fun!

  • Jasprit

    I’m glad that you’re feeling much better Nereyda, with my family we always have so many different Indian remedies and I think this is always one of the reasons that I never get better quickly, as I’m always trying so many different things! I have Alex Approximately pre-ordered Nereyda, so I’m thrilled to see that you enjoyed it! Nick I hope you’re mum is feeling better, it must be a really massive change for her with you and your sister both away from home, I definitely want to try some yoga classes soon, so I hope that your mum enjoys them too! And I so need to give Emma Chase’s series a go, I sampled the audio which I didn’t like, so I will certainly have to get the physical copies instead! I hope you both have a great week! 🙂

  • YAY NEREYDA! I’m so glad you’re feeling better. My family and I are from Trinidad and I must say, Trinidadians have some… interesting homemade remedies for certain ailments. o_o I really hope Bad Romance does not disappoint you! I’ve not read any of Demetrios’s contemporary novels but I loved her Dark Caravan Cycle trilogy.

    Best of luck with the end of the quarter and the NYC trip, Nick! I’m so glad you hear that you loved Forbidden Promises. I unfortunately didn’t like The Great Pursuit as much as I’d hoped – so I’m curious to see what you’ll think of it.

    Happy reading, ladies! Have a lovely week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • Glad you are well again Nereyda! Oh Nick, I hope you love the Big Apple! We use to go 3-4 times a year when I lived in Jersey and I loved it.

  • So glad to hear you’re feeling so much better, Nereyda. It sucks to have a cold that lingers forever and a day. Gah. I hope you’ll have fun at the mountains! Sounds amazing. 😀

    Excited for you to visit NYC, Nick. It’s highly intimidating, but I’m sure your friend will get you acclimated in no time! All those books sound amazing! I’m particularly interested in that Lia Riley one since I’ve been seeing the love for it everywhere!

    Have a lovely week, ladies!

  • So glad you’re finally feeling better, Nereyda! I am SO excited for Alex, Approximately, and I’m really glad to hear you loved it! I also read We Are Okay last week and thought it was lovely. Have the best time in NYC, Nick! I’ve been really looking forward to The Education of Margot Sanchez. I read 10 Things I Can See From Here last month and liked it! Also, omg, I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new Kasie West book. YAY for A Conjuring of Light! I just finished it last night and I have lotsssss of emotions, so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one, as well. I hope you both have a lovely week!

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Glad you’re feeling better Nereyda! Going to have to try to remember this medicine for whenever I get a bad cold next time! Or at least try to remember to ask you if I do forget! LOL! Nice new reads! Been seeing Bad Romance around a bit lately! Liking its cover!

    Ooh nice new reads Nick! I can’t wait until The Great Pursuit comes out! I plan to binge read this duology!! Sounds like my kind of read! And ooh! I’ve been seeing The Traitor’s Kiss around a lot lately! Such a pretty cover too!

    Hope you both enjoy all the lovely reads!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  • I prefer Mexican medicine too! I live in a border town so I can walk to and from Mexico so whenever my kids or I are sick we go get medicine there. I feel like it knocks out the sickness so much quicker.

    I’ll meet you there was one of my favorite reads last year so I’m a little nervous about bad romance not meeting my expectations.

    Nick, how exciting that you get to visit NYC! I think your mom joining a yoga club would be neat. I’ve always wanted to join one but there are none around me.

    I hope you both have a wonderful week!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

  • Oh how fun, Nick! Hope you have a great time in NYC. Aww, you poor mom. I know how she feels. I wasn’t a stay at home mom, but still, it’s hard. Have a great week, ladies!

  • Charlie Anderson

    Nereyda, so glad you are feeling better! I’ll have to put the Mexican medicine on my Amazon wish list for future reference!

    Nick, I hope your NYC trip is fantastic! I hope to go one day. 🙂 I found out YEARS later than when my mom and aunt took me off to college, my mom cried the entire, hours-long ride back home. It broke my heart a little, too. I hope your mom finds comfort and joy in new activities and things to fill her days with. Maybe she’ll also join a book club?

  • Ari

    So glad to hear that you’ve finally kicked that nasty cold to the curb, Nereyda! And I’m so excited to hear your thoughts about Lucy Parker’s books. 😍

    Nick, you’re headed to my neck of the woods!! I hope NYC treats you well and you have a fabulous time with your blogger friend.

  • I loved Alex, Approximately so much more than I was hoping to! Porter though<3333 And glad you're feeling better!

  • Glad to hear you both had a good week. Ahh, Nick, I feel bad for your mom. Glad though you guys can still Skype and connect. How I wish I could have one last conversation with my mom…. I want to read that Jenn Bennett book. It’s getting great reviews. Have a wonderful week, ladies.

  • I’M SO HAPPY THAT YOU’RE NOT SICK NEREYDA! I’m going to have to check out this medicine, my husband always gets a lingering cold that never leaves. I’m surprised that Royally Screwed was cheesy. I’m waiting for my library hold to come in!

    And yay NY trip Nick! Who are you going to hang out with?

  • Thank goodness you finally kicked that cough. What a relief. I hate the ones that linger and linger.
    I am so excited for Alex, Approximately! I’ll have to make some space in my April TBR for that one. 🙂
    Same for Bad Romance. I’m crazy excited for that one. I’ll Meet You There floored me and I’m so ready for more from Demetrios.
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  • I’m glad that you’re better now, Nereyda. Being sucks big donkey balls and it sounds like American medicine does, too. Haha.

    It looks like a great reading week and haul week for the both of you guys. Woot! I can’t wait to see what you think of the Lucy Parker books, Nereyda!

    Bummer about your Mom being down, Nick. I hope you guys were able to lift her spirits with your Skype call. Your trip to NYC should be full of fun. I’m so jealous. Take lots of pictures and have a great time! Your blogging friend will love you, how can she not? You’re awesome! Have fun!

    Have a great week ladies!

  • Do glad that you’re feeling better Nere, I wonder if they sell that out here too. Always handy to have something in the bathroom cabinet for when you can’t get rid of that cough. It takes so much out of you. Ease up on the housework though sweetheart or you’ll end up really run down again.

    Your poor mum Nick, her babies have flown the nest. Have your parents got any pets? Being a homemaker, she might like a little company of the furry kind (not meaning the hairy guy who lives up the road), but maybe a little dog for her? Mum’s need to put all that motherly love somewhere and it’s probably either that, or she’ll start asking about grandchildren. Aww, little Nick’s. I’ll put my name down for two thanks <3 <3

  • I’m glad you’re sick free!! A friend of mine uses Broncolin and another medicine that she completely swears by but I forgot the name.
    I need Alex, Approximately!! I want to cry because I don’t have it. I didn’t get approved for Bad Romance, which has me really sad!!

    Nick, I’m glad your sister was able to go to Australia! I hope she has a good time over there. Aww your mom <3 Yes, she should totally get a hobby so she can get distracted.
    I need to catch up on Lisa Kleypas' books so I can get to The Ravenels series!

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