The Weekly Recap: Look Who’s Here! (HINT: It’s April’s Baby & Nereyda)

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

Hello strangers! I guess I’m the stranger now since I’m the one that’s been gone.  Life has just been busy for me lately which is weird since when I look back on the last 3 or 4 weeks since I’ve been gone…nothing much has happened. I booked my trip to Cancun which I am super excited about, I started walking around the lake again in the mornings and taking a few gym classes in addition to my workouts (gotta get ready for the beach!) and I’ve just been spending a lot of time with my family and I’ve been sleeping a lot which is so nice. I’ve always neglected sleep and I think it’s come back to bite me in the ass cause I’m so tired by like 11pm (I used to stay up until 1-2am) and I’ve been going to sleep earlier. I’m sad to say that I haven’t read at all since the last time  blogged… I did read Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne before my blog break but haven’t read or heard anything else since then.  I’ve also been bullet journaling still and hanging out with my neighbor. After all that, reading sadly gets lost in the shuffle. I’ve accepted the fact that I probably won’t be the fast reader I used to be a few years ago, but I still hope to read, even if it’s only 2 or 3 books a month.

I’ll be back to blogging this week since I did miss it, although the break was nice, but I probably won’t have that many book reviews coming up. Not to worry because Nick reads more than enough for the both of us!  I’ve missed reading your comments and checking out your blogs and thanks to those of you who were asking about me.  I’m currently spending my weekend camping so I hope I can some reading done while I’m away, but if not then I’ll settle for a nice tan. Hope everyone has had a great month!

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

It’s been another uneventful, but really busy week for me. Honestly, I’m exhausted all the time and barely have time to do anything not related to school or work. Not going to lie, this increase in my working hours has been a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. But at least, I’m going to get paid a little extra, enough to be able to afford some treats for myself and pay my bills. Graduation is close by for second year masters students in my program, and there’s a buzz of excitement as they interview for jobs and accept offers. Though I’m happy for them, I go into a panic mode every time I think about how in mere 12 months, that will be me. If you can’t already tell, I’m very attached to school, and just the thought of stepping into the work field sends me into a spiral. I’m nervous that I won’t find a job or that no one would want to hire me. I still have time, but I’m such a worrier …

Speaking of being a worrier  … My landlord sent us an email a few weeks ago saying that if we did not want to continue our lease, we should email him, otherwise it would auto renew. My roommates and I intend to live here for the next year, so none of us responded to his email. On Thursday evening, he sends us an email telling us he’s showing up on Friday to take pictures for re-rental purposes and we were all quite alarmed. My roommate then checked online, and he had put up our apartment for rent at a higher price. We called him and emailed him, but he wouldn’t respond. That sent me into another spiral of worry. I already had so much on my plate last week, I didn’t want to be thinking about potentially not having a place to live again. Anyways, he didn’t show up on Saturday, so I’m assuming he made a mistake, but I wish he would respond to our emails. It will ease my mind.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. As I’m writing this, I’m actually on my way to meet my friend, Katie, for some rolled ice cream. We haven’t met since the first time we met in December, so I’m looking forward to taking a break from school work, and chilling about books while eating ice cream.

ICYMI: April the giraffe FINALLY gave birth this morning after being in labor since February to a lanky and awkward boy giraffe! ALSO. NEREYDA IS BACK.

Here are my reading updates:

What I Read:

Things I Should Have Known The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel, #3) The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) Close Enough to Touch Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts, #1)

It wasn’t a great reading week for me, to be honest. It wasn’t horrible, but most of these were 3 stars reads only. I did really love The Day of the Duchess, however. I honestly think it’s Sarah MacLean’s best book yet. It’s a super angsty second chance historical romance, and I was all for it. I was liking Close Enough to Touch quite a bit, until the end and the epilogue. It just felt very out of place and led to my not enjoying the book overall. The Girl From Everywhere had a cool premise, but I didn’t love the characters nor did I love the romance. I think they were quite weak to be honest. I’ll still read the sequel, in the hopes that it’s better. I read Sex in the Sticks for the smut, and that’s exactly what I got out of it. The romance wasn’t all that great, but it was a quick and fun read.

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Names They Gave Us The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat, #1)

After the mediocre reading week, I needed to pick up a book that I knew would be good and you can never go wrong with an Emery Lord book. I’m about 42% into the book, and really enjoying it. The Chocolate Thief is a book that has come highly recommended from friends, so I’m excited to read it.

Review Copies Haul:

Lord of Lies (Fallen Ladies, #3) Eye Candy (Real Love) Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4) Far from the Tree Roar (Stormheart, #1)

Thanks to the kind publishers for the review copies, especially for Roar. It was such a lovely surprise to find after this hellish week.

Purchases/Library Haul:

Taken (LOST, #5) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4) The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat, #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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  • Nice to see you back on the blog Nereyda. Hope you have a lovely camping trip and get to relax along with reading and tanning!

    Nick – I’m sorry the extra workload has been tough – maybe it’s just an adjustment period? I think any change can be nervewracking but I’m sure the transition from school to work won’t be as bad as you think.
    I’m sorry about the mess with the landlord! That is AWFUL and definitely not what you need to be dealing with. I can’t believe the mix up!

    I hope you both have a good week ahead and I look forward to catching up some more!

  • Welcome back Nereyda! It’s nice to take a break sometimes. I really need to get back into walking again. Can’t wait for more of your posts. 😊

    I am sorry that you’ve been having a stressful week, Nick. I am sending happy thoughts your way. I hope you have a better week. 😊

    Jess @ Cozy Corner Reader

  • Eeeeeek! So happy to have you back! Yay for the gym! I’m loving going to mine. I’m like you on the reading. I haven’t read much this year and surprisingly, I’m happy about it.
    Nick, I hope the landlord replies! I’d be in panic mode too. And finally the baby was born!!!
    I’ve heard the same thing of close enough to touch re: ending. I may push it back then. Ooh I’ll be starting the name they gave us soon!!!
    Have a lovely week ladies!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • Welcome back Nereyda!!! Sounds like a good break 🙂 I need ot get my but in gear so I can get I can be ready for bathing suit season. Nick the landlord thing would make me nervous too. Hope you get that all settled. Sorry the ending to Close Enough to Touch ruined the book for you. I agree it was kind of off to the book as a whole. You got some great books this week!! i am hoping to get the Jill Shalvis and Robin Benway too. Have a great week ladies!!

  • Nereyda, welcome back!!!! Glad you had a nice break. Everyone needs that.
    Nick, I am SO GLAD you liked the new Sarah Maclean! Its coming up on my TBR so I’m glad you approve. And I LOVED Taken by Cynthia Eden so I hope you do to!
    I hope you both have amazing weeks!
    Samantha The Book Disciple

  • Things I Should Have Known was a really enjoyable read to me (even if simple). Too bad you didn’t like it much!

  • I got Sex in the Sticks this week, Nick, and I have to say I’m looking forward to it. It looks like a fun-filled romp, and I think I really need that right now.
    Jill Shalvis!!! I want that one, too 🙂
    I hope your landlord will contact you and let you know he made a mistake. It’s not fun having to run after people for stuff that shouldn’t even have happened in the first place.
    Welcome back, Nereyda! Good for you on walking around the lake once more in the mornings. I think sometimes, our reading habits are a bit cyclic, and if you don’t feel like reading, you really shouldn’t!
    Have a wonderful week ahead, both of you!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • Have fun camping, Nereyda.

    Oh man, that’s crazy about your landlord. He could at least respond. Hope your reading this week goes much better than last.

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Hope you have a good time Nereyda!

    And oh god Nick! That sounds terrible! I don’t understand why he’d say email me if you don’t want to continue the lease. So you don’t, because you do want to continue the lease and it looks like he’s putting it up for rent again? That’s crazy!! Hopefully it’s just a mixup and things will get worked out asap! I can totally understand how worrying that would be!

    Nice new reads too! Lots of new to me ones but I hope you’ll enjoy them all!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  • Hi ladies! Well, it looks like I’m not the only one who’s back. Nereyda, I had no idea you had been gone, but welcome back! I had not intention of taking a little break, but I have been too tired to even pick up my laptop most days when I get off. I’ve been reading, but not as much as I’m used to. I do hope to be back around everyday, even if I don’t post anything. I can’t remember the last time that I was on Netgalley, so I have no new books to share. Ugh, I’m so behind. I hope you ladies have been taking care!

  • Welcome back, Nereyda! I’m glad your break from blogging allowed you to get some rest and spend time with your family. 🙂 Nick, I completely feel you on the graduation thing– I’m graduating from my undergrad in a year, and I’m starting to go into panic mode about being a “real adult” and doing things like applying to grad school, taking the GRE, and potentially applying for teaching jobs. I hope everything works out with the apartment! Oh, and I’m also currently reading The Names They Gave Us, which I’m loving so far. I hope you both have a fantastic week!

  • Welcome back, Nereyda!! It sounds like your break was nice and relaxing.

    Nick, oh no about the apartment. That sounds so stressful. I hope he responded to your emails soon. I’m really excited about Roar. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  • Nereyda! I miss your face, and that’s soo great about Cancun! I’m trying to walk a bit more myself since I hate the gym. Might as well use the warm weather to stay healthy!

    I remember you talking about your landlord on twitter Nick, wtf is going on with their lack of communication! I hope he at least calls you to clear up the mistake, I’d be freaking out too!

    And yay rolled ice cream! I’ll have to find some of that 🙂

  • Eva

    YAY NEREYDA! I’m such a bad blogger lately too but I do miss yoU! Also, you need to read Blade Bound and tell me what you think! ♥

    Nick, I’ll be so curious what you think of the Chocolate Thief – everyone loves it and I was so ready to read it but I . . . really didn’t like it. I tried to continue the series and DNF’d the second book. But I hope you love it!!

  • Welcome back, Nereyda. You have been missed but I so understand why you needed to take a break. I hate to say it but I too have been in a bit of a reading slump as of late. The last thing I want to do is force myself to read but I do miss it.

    Oh gosh, the situation with your landlord sounded absolutely stressful, Nick. I’d be out of my mind if I had to deal with that. I hope this guy contacts you sooner rather than later just to confirm that everything is still in place for you next year. I also completely understand your worry about leaving school. I graduated almost 2 years ago and stepping into the “real world” has not been the most enjoyable experience so far. It’s definitely an adjustment.

  • Charlie Anderson

    Welcome back, Nereyda! At the end of summer (which I think I can now kiss goodbye), I sit back and ask myself what the hell I did the entire time because I really have nothing but blog posts to show for it. lol I’m glad you enjoyed your time away – and got some sleep, girl! You should get at least 6 solid hours at minimum. I am no longer a person that can function even remotely well with poor sleep. The Man and I also started taking a Unisom (regular tablets, not the gels) if we really need it. It knocks me out within an hour, which I sometimes need when I’ve had tea that day. You should do a bullet journal post soon! I would like to say YOU inspired me! I started a bujo in January and my first post came out 2 weeks ago and my next one comes out on Thursday.

    Nick, I like how the treats came first and paying the bills came second. 😉 That’s what everyone does, right? lol I am the exact same way! When I graduated, I AGONIZED and made myself sick that I wouldn’t get a job. And I’m in that same boat right now since I will be moving in with The Man in June. My timeline is not as long as I am scared I need.

    For the housing situation: You need to go to the university and find the Attorney for Students office (or whatever equivalent it is called at your university). You need to set an appointment with them and take your current lease, the emails, and printouts of finding the apartment online. They can assist you in resolving this problem. HE CANNOT “AUTO” RENEW YOUR LEASE. You have to sign a new lease with the current information for a new year. What he is doing is illegal and he will later claim that you did not sign a new lease, so of course he could put the apartment up and find new tenants. I worked in my university’s attorney’s office and landlord issues was the most common thing. This is an easy fix even though it is very stressful.

    • Charlie, our lease states that the contract ends only when we give them a letter in writing that we don’t want to lease it the next year, otherwise it rolls over to the next year.

      • Charlie Anderson

        That is strange, and I am sure not a legal clause, unless specified by your state’s property code. Take all that stuff and go see your attorney for students.

  • Hurrah, welcome back Nereyda! Taking the time to relax, spend time with your family, and sleeping more is really important I think – as much as I love reading, it’s not the most important thing in life, ya know? 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you get up to posting!

    Nick, your landlord sounds like a total tool. I mean, they all kind of are, but still. Dang. He should definitely respond to your emails at the very least! Hopefully it all gets resolved soon. It sounds like your increased work hours are really taking a toll too, so fingers crossed you get some time to yourself to just relax sooner rather than later. Eeeeeee Wildfire! I’ve read and reviewed White Hot but haven’t posted my review on EW yet since it’s not live…I’m thinking maybe I should so I can request Wildfire. Need more Nevada and Rogan in my life! 😀

  • Nereyda, your back! I hope you enjoyed your time off with your family and basically just enjoying yourself. Also, sleep! Sleep is always good, love me some sleep. It sucks you won’t be reading as much as you used to but at the same time you can’t force yourself. When other things are taking up your time it’s way better to accept and take the time to read when you can, you’ll enjoy it more that way. I sometimes feel guilty when I’m not reading and instead enjoying myself doing other things and then I remember I’m acting like a crazy person.

    And Nick I saw on twitter you mention about the landlord situation so I hope you’ve got it sorted! That sounds so stressful, I would be in full on panic mode. I don’t know if it’s your landlord being a bit of a dick or he misunderstood his own email but either way what a nightmare! It sucks even your reading week wasn’t amazing to compensate the stress. Glad to see you enjoyed Sarah MacLean, at least. I’ve not read any of this newest series so I need to get on it. They all sound really good and I don’t know why I’ve not started reading. So jealous of Wildfire, I am still waiting for White Hot here! Just, I need to read some Ilona Andrews, I’m guaranteed a good read then.

    I hope you both have good weeks.

  • Hi, sorry I haven’t been around
    for a while, my PhD program takes all my free time; so my blogging and reading
    time is very limited.

    Nereyda, I’ve been MIA myself,
    so I can relate to your need for a break.

    Nick, graduating and stepping
    into the work field is stressful period of life, but you are smart young woman
    and I’m sure you’ll find your dream job in no time. I hope situation with your landlord
    will clear up. Is this your first Laura Florand? I haven’t read Chocolate
    series yet, hopefully I’ll start it this summer. Rachel from Reader’s Den highly recommended me three first books in that series in audio format.