The Weekly Recap (232): Sickness, Cars & Boring Lives

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

I don’t know what it is, but I feel like as soon as I hit 30 last May my immune system just went to shit. I use dto be the type of person that never ever got sick with a cold, but since last summer and especially since December I swear I’ve had the cold at least once a month. I thought April would be the first month in 2017 that I would make it cold-free but nope. My throat started hurting Saturday morning and at first I thought it was because I did a little bit too much singing the night before (on weekends my boyfriend and I like to drink at home and sing on our mics, fun times) but I still felt it on Sunday and on Monday I definitely had the damn cold. I was supposed to start a new workout challenge on Monday so I was particularly annoyed because this always seems to happen to my friend and I when we want to start new challenges (she ended up getting a fever last week too). I was determined to go through with the challenge though, fuck the cold!  I was good and I worked out every day, ate really good, drank at least 2L of water every day, took my medicine and vitamins and got 7ish hours of sleep each night and I kicked that cold’s ass! A cold usually lasts me 3 weeks so I’m glad to be done with it.

I also got a new car this past week! I was supposed to just go look at a car and I ended up driving a new one home that same night. I walked in the dealership and told my boyfriend and the salesman that I didn’t care what kind of car it was as long as it wasn’t a van and nothing red. Well, I ended up driving off with a 2017 Nissan Rogue…in red! It’s a really nice car though so I’ll just choose to pretend that it’s not red (I hate red). I read about half a book and heard two audiobooks so it was a pretty good week for me book-wise. Hope everyone had a great week!

What I Read:

    Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)

What I’m Reading:

Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay, #1) Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)

e-ARCs Received:

Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1)

Audiobooks Received:

 Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

It was kind of an uneventful week for me, to be honest. I went to school, went to work and did homework, then slept. Exciting stuff, LOL! We’re heading towards week 5, which means mid-terms, projects and assignments will start to pile up. I’m trying to get an early start with most, but I’ve been procrastinating watching videos of baby animals online. One of classes is pure torture. It’s not a particularly hard class, but the professor, while very smart, doesn’t really know how to teach. So, I’ve been dozing off in his class, which isn’t something that I normally do. No matter how hard I try though, I can’t seem to focus. It’s making me unhappy, so I’m looking forward to not having to deal with this class in about 6 weeks.

My sleep schedule is also off. I’m not sleeping very well at night,and can only seem to get uninterrupted sleep if I nap, which I can’t because I’m at school/work from 8 am to 5 pm most days. So, I come back home exhausted, and with zero energy to do anything more. At least the weather has been kinda nice these past few days though. We’ve had lots of sunshine here in Philly, and no rain!

Anyways, enough of me whining! Here are my book updates:

What I Read:

In a Perfect World The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat #4) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4) Worthy Pipe Dreams (Brooklyn Bruisers, #3)

I had another good reading week. In A Perfect World was a great story. I’m always wary of books that have American characters traveling to foreign countries, but it was done very well here. The focus was definitely on the Egyptian culture, the family life and the romance, which were all pretty well done. After reading my first Laura Florand book, I was eager to pick up another book by her, and oh gosh, I think I loved The Chocolate Touch more than I enjoyed The Chocolate Thief. Dominique. <3 *swoons* I also decided to re-read a Tessa Dare book that I bought a couple of weeks ago. I love Tessa Dare and she can do no wrong in my book. I keep waiting for Edelweiss to upload her upcoming August release, but still nothing. I also liked Worthy quite a bit. I hadn’t seen anything about it in the blogosphere, but it piqued my interest. It was a short book and I was able to read it quickly. I finished off my week with Pipe Dreams, which I very much enjoyed. Bowen writes good romances.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) It Started With Goodbye

I’m about 40% into Ride Hard, and very much enjoying it. It’s surprising because I don’t really like MC romances, but I’m a little bit in love with the hero here. I’m also hoping to start It Started with Goodbye soon. It looks like a great YA book about family!

Review Copies Haul:

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Thank you to Harper Teen for the review copies!

Library/Purchased Haul:

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) Ride Rough (Raven Riders, #2)

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  • laura thomas

    Well it sounds like good and not so good for both of you this week. I do see some great books though! Hope things are better this coming week:)

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  • Glad you kicked your cold’s ass Nereyda! Nick sorry you aren’t sleeping well. That is the worst. Glad you liked In a Perfect World– I have had my eye on that one. Happy reading and have a great week ladies!

  • You’re a tough cookie, Nereyda – working out even when sick. I usually jump on any excuse to skip the gym…whoops! Hahaha. I was approved for Alisha Rai’s new book too, can’t wait to dive into it!

    Rest up Nick, week 5 is definitely one of the worst times in grad school. Honestly just reading the phrase brings back bad memories, haha. A few Tessa Dare rereads should definitely help you feel more energetic – or at the very least make you smile and laugh! 😊

  • Good luck with the midterms Nick and sleeping. Nereyda, I feel for you. Now that I work from home, I am not sick nearly as often but when I first developed my auto-immune I was sick all the time. Hehe..the car story made me giggle. I love red though.

  • Congrats on the new car Nereyda! Thats awesome. Sorry you keep getting sick though. Getting old sucks!
    Enjoy these somewhat boring weeks, Nick. Things will be crazy before you know it. Sorry to hear one of your professors sucks though. I just finished Pipe dreams and LOVED it. Leo Trevi is still my fav though. And I am glad you are reading the Laura Kaye books!!! YAY!!!
    Hope you both have a great week!

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Congrats on the car Nereyda!! That’s awesome! Bummer to be sick though! Hope you feel better soon!

    Nice new reads too! Totally new to me ones! Hope you enjoy them!!

    Good luck with your midterms, Nick!

    Your reads are new to me too, so I hope you enjoy them as well!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  • Yay for the new car. Funny about it being red even though that’s what you specifically didn’t want. As long as you love it. 🙂

    Ugh, having a crappy professor is the worst. They really do make a huge difference. Just stick with it and stay awake in class. lol!

  • Nereyda, I’m so glad to hear that you got better quickly from your cold! I always used to get sick and it sucks lol. Yay for the new car, that’s awesome! Looking forward to your thoughts on Empress & Flame.

    Nick, just reading your update sounds exhausting! I hope you get the chance to get some rest. I haven’t heard of the books that you picked up this week but I appreciated the covers 😉

  • Nereyda, yay for kicking that cold’s ass! And yay for a new car! That’s exciting. You read some great books. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Empress of a Thousand Skies.

    Nick, I hope you get some rest soon! I’m hoping to read In a Perfect World this month, so I’m happy that you enjoyed it!

  • Go Nereyda! Show that cold who’s boss. I tend to wallow in the cold but sounds like staying active, sleeping and trying to stay healthy really worked out. Maybe I’ll try that next time. You do seem to be having the worst luck with getting sick lately. All I can suggest is keeping taking your vitamins and work out and hopefully you’ll kick the sickness business. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Empress of a Thousand Suns, it’s been on my TBR a while. Hope you enjoy Hate to Want You, I need to get that book.

    Sorry to hear that one class isn’t really working for you, half of school is finding good teachers so it sucks your professor is smart but not so great at relaying that knowledge. I’ve got no advice for your sleep problems except try and cut out caffeine from your diet, or stop drinking it after a certain time so at least it might help you settle and sleep on an evening.

    And I am so jealous of all your books. I am really looking forward to reading Trish Doller’s newest book,it sounds good. You aren’t the first person I’ve heard raving about Florand’s books either, I am obviously missing out and need to get on reading. And then some Dare reading a new Bowen book? I am jealous.

    Hope you both have good weeks this week. Happy reading.

  • So glad to see you back, Nereyda. I don’t know how long you’ve been back since I just got back from a mini hiatus myself so it’s great to see you. And a new car! I drive a Nissan, too. Lol. I hope you’re feeling so much better. I’m a bit under the weather but I don’t know if it has to do with allergy season or what not. But I’m so stuffy and teary eyed. Anyway, have a lovely week!

    Yasssss, Nick! I’m so happy you’ve finally caved and jumped into the Laura Florand bandwagon. I love, love her books. Dominique is right up there for me but girl, she’s got a cadre of swoon-worthy men. Sit back and relax and maybe try to wipe off the drool once in a while. Hahahah! Enjoy, hun!

  • We’er going to have to put you in a bubble Nereyda, I swear. Yay new car! And a shiny 2017, you must be in love with it!

    I can’t wait to read Empress, you had the audiobook right?

    How long is your program Nick, isn’t it just about time for finals? I feel like American authors get Egyptian culture wrong more times than they manage to get it right, glad to hear that A Perfect World id a fab job!

  • Ooh a new car Nere! I thought the same thing about having a red car but it grew on me. I think you just reach a point where illness hits you all of a sudden and you feel run down and just tired. Mine was in my early thirties as well, probably a wake up call that we need to start taking care of ourselves a little bit more and enjoy downtime.

    It sounds like you might be catching up on sleep in that professors class Nick.I remember lecturers like that. So much to teach but boring as watching paint dry so you end up turning out. Good luck with your exams sweetheart and hope you and Nere have a wonderful week of reading, napping and Nere doing burnouts with her new wheels.

  • Charlie Anderson

    I wouldn’t like a red car, either, Nereyda! I think I’ll use the same line next time I go in to buy a car…in 25 years! Congrats! If you’re getting recurring bouts of colds, might want to go to the doc and check for mono. It is sneaky like that. I’m glad you’re feeling back to yourself and have suck a kick-ass attitude, too!

    Nick, baby animal videos are the best. There’s a new one of Fiona the baby hippo enjoying shower time like it’s manna from Heaven. Super cute. I had more than one professor like that my freshmen year, and I forced myself to jiggle my foot or pop the cap off my pen and pop it back on constantly. I claim I developed ADHD because of that, because I’m still the same way in long staff meetings or hours-long trainings. As for the sleeping, I have an alarm set at 8 pm so that when it goes off I know I need to start wrapping up what I’m doing, and if I am choosing to take a Unisom that night to help me sleep, I have to take it RIGHT then. The Man and I have been doing that for about a year, and I take it less frequently than he does. I fall asleep within the hour and I stay out all night long, even if I’ve just had the kind of caffeine that keeps me wired.

  • I hope you’re feeling better Nereyda, I’m waaay behind with comments so you’ve probably kicked your cold’s ass by now.
    And I hate red, too. My complexion is way too pink and I blush a lot (unintentionally, it’s not like I’m a blushing, shy heroine, you should see me after a workout), so red just clashes horribly with that. It’s also such a loud color! But I’m glad you like your new car. 🙂