The Weekly Recap (233): Mother Nature and The Handmaid’s Tale Are Both Bonkers!

Weekly Recap

Nereyda’s Recap:

My week was pretty uneventful, which I’m okay with. I had to take the boyfriend to the ER on Tuesday for a non-emergency related issue. Basically he needed to have some X-rays done asap and since he didn’t have a general doctor established because all the places we called couldn’t get him an appointment earlier than 3 months, the emergency room was the only way we could have them done. Not looking forward to those medical bills at all (even with his insurance) but oh well. That kind of threw off my week since Tuesdays are my days off and I normally spend it catching up on household chores, I spent the rest of the week trying to clean when I had the time, which always seems to be never. I did get a copy of Lauren Layne’s newest book and I read it straight through that same night. I also listened to Accidentally in Love (finally) and I’m about halfway through Act Like It. I don’t think I got any new books last week, but I have a horrible memory so who knows. I did go see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 this weekend and it was awesome. I’m super excited for all the fun movies coming up this Summer.  Weather was crazy here in Tucson last week. On Friday was the first day of the year that temps were supposed to reach 100 degrees. It ended up reaching 104 degrees but for about 5 minutes in the afternoon, a crazy wind storm passed through town that knocked down a bunch of trees and it rained… then it was back to normal. The next day it was so windy, this Monday it’s supposed to be back down to the 70’s then it’s back to hot weather. Mother nature is drunk.  I hope everyone had a great week!

What I Read:

     I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)

What I’m Reading:

 Act Like It (London Celebrities, #1) Eye Candy (Real Love, #1) 

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi everyone!

How were your weeks? Mine was busy with school and work as usual. It was particularly busy because of projects and exams being due. I also had a rather unpleasant experience on Wednesday morning as I was walking to school and was confronted by a xenophobe. He kept yelling at me and telling me that he would put me on a train to Bangladesh or Kashmir, which amused because 1) I’m from neither of those place. 2) I’m impressed he knows about Kashmir’s existence. Anyways, it was a little scary, but I ended up just walking as fast as I could and ignoring him. I think he may have been mentally ill too, but that doesn’t excuse his outright racism. I have been waiting since the elections to be confronted or attacked because of my brown skin. I mean, isn’t that such BS though? That I’ve come to expect it? I hope this will be the first and last time though.

I’ve been binge-watching The Handmaid’s Tale. Are any of you guys seeing it? It’s scary and terrifying and gives me all the creeps, but I’m also really enjoying the show. It’s a little slow, but its strengths lies in its subtleties. I also started watching Brooklyn 99 because I needed a light and funny show, and oh my goodness. This show does a brilliant job at making me crack up!

Anyways, here are my book updates:

What I Read:

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) Off the Clock (Pleasure Principle, #1) When It's Real I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) Deeper (Caroline & West, #1)
I had a mixed-bag sort of reading week this past week. I liked Ride Hard quite a bit, though there were some elements that bored me. I picked up Off the Clock because my romance buddy,  Lisa, raved about it. It’s very steamy, but I didn’t feel like I connected fully to the story. I also picked up When It’s Real by Erin Watt and loved it! It’s different from the duo’s Royal series, but had some great elements such as the swoony romance and a great siblings relationship. I read I Knew You Were Trouble after Nereyda wanted to talk about it. I’m not 100% sure how I felt about the book, if I’m being honest. There were some fun parts to the book like the banter, but there were parts I REALLY wasn’t a fan of. I thought the book was a little rushed too, which I didn’t expect from a LL book. As much as I love how many books a year LL releases, I also think it affects the quality of her books. I would much prefer if she released one amazing book a year than a bunch of misses. Just my two-cents. I also had the urge to re-read Deeper and Harder by Robin York. I LOVED these two books when I read them a few years back and earlier this year, I found myself randomly thinking about Caroline and West. I bought the two books since my arcs had expired on my Nook, and pretty much devoured Deeper. The chemistry and the depth of the emotions between Caroline and West makes me want to cry in happy tears.

What I’m Currently Reading:

 Harder (Caroline & West, #2) Girl Out of Water

I’m half way through Harder, and it HURTS but I love it so much. Girl out of Water has been on my to-read list since forever, so I NEED to start it ASAP.

Review Copies Haul:

 When It's Real I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford, #4) Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1) The Suffering Tree

Thank you to the publishers for the review copies!

Library/Purchased Haul:

Deeper (Caroline & West, #1) Harder (Caroline & West, #2)

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  • I hope the crazy weather will stop soon Nereyda, it’s so scary! Also, I’m sorry that someone actually did that to you Nick. That’s unacceptable. I hope next week will be better for you both 🙂

  • We’ve been having such crazy weather too, Nereyda. I’m ready for it to be Summer and predictable.

    Nick, that’s so terrible! I’m sorry you experienced that. I hope that was the last time too. I have a copy of The Suffering Tree. It sounds so good and creepy!

  • That is crazy wether Nereyda!! It was a little nutty over here too. Mother nature really is drunk! Ugh so sorry you had to deal with that guy Nick. I don’t have Hulu so I can’t watch The Handmaids Tale but one day I want to watch it (and read the book!) Have a great week !

  • I’m curious about Deeper and Harder by Robin York. They sound Awesome.
    I hope you both enjoy the books you’re currently reading and planning to read. Have a wonderful week and Happy reading. 😁

  • Haha… I agree, mother nature is on a binger.

  • Oh no! I hope your boyfriend is okay, Nereyda! And that weather does sound insane! Nick, that guy sounds appalling! I hope someone put him in his place. :/ Great books this week! I’m super interested in Song of the Current!

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  • Glad to hear it was a non-emergency visit to the ER but hope you’re boyfriend is okay anyway. Yay for reading Act Like It, though, I love that book. And I am so behind on the Lauren Layne releases, i need to sort out my priorities.

    And Nick, sorry to hear about your terrible encounter this week. It’s crazy people think they can so stuff like that to people. Even if he was mentally ill is no excuse really. Hopefully it’s a one off, it’s been a while since the election and to have had nothing since then is hopefully a positive thing. And what a mixed reading week. I have heard of Deeper and Harder before but never read them. The fact you enjoyed your reread of Deeper makes me want to pick them up. I am craving all kinds of romance lately.

    Hope you both have a good week this week.

  • Braine Supie

    OMG Nick, that’s horrible! I would be pissed off and scared at the same time. On one hand, it’s not worth engaging that ignorant person, while on the other, it’s furstrating that there are still people like that around.

    Nereyda, I hope you have a smooth uneventful week coming.

  • Nereyda I am so jealous you got to see Guardian’s of the Galaxy 2!! Gah!! Sorry about your boyfriends impending medical bills. That is a total bummer.
    Nick, I am sorry you have to expect that type of awful behavior. No one should be expecting hatred. I think LL books are hit or miss. I will find one that I adore, then the next 2-3 I pick up are meh. You might be right about how many books published affecting the quality. Interesting perspective!
    I hope there are no more racist jerks in your world!

  • I am so sorry to hear about your encounter, Nick. Hearing this kind of treatment angers and frustrates me and I hope you don’t have to deal with another one.

    Mother nature sounds like she’s having a bit of a temper tantrum at the moment Nereyda. I am also super jealous that you got to see Guardians 2 this week. I was meant to go last week but was roped into work at the last minute. Hopefully I can see it soon.

  • Nereyda, the weather here in Atlanta has been wild lately, too! It’s normally 90+ degrees every day by now, but this week we had a day where it was super rainy and cold the high was 54. It was so strange! The cold front has meant that the past few days have pretty much been the perfect spring weather, though, which is good.

    Nick, I am so sorry you had to deal with that racist BS this week. I’m glad you’re okay, and I also hope it’s the last time anything like that happens to you! I haven’t started watching The Handmaid’s Tale yet, but one of my best friends is loving it! I enjoyed the book when I read it in high school, so I definitely plan to watch the series soon. I hope you’re enjoying Girl Out of Water so far! It’s so cute!

    I hope you both have a wonderful week! <3

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Wow! 104 already?! I know Texas does tend to run hot, I made an impulse trip there in 2015 during the middle of July. I was bored, what can I say? LOL! *whispers*author signings* But glad the temp went back to its usual for you!

    That’s terrible that that happened Nick! And to have been waiting for it too. That kind of thing makes me sick. But since it seems like the person was mentally ill it’s even harder to handle, not that it excuses “them”–grammatically incorrect I know, but I always hate using a gender neutral “he” because it’s not gender neutral! Lol!

    But yay for new reads!! I’m excited for Elle’s book! I looooved her Nearly series and still need to read her first non-Nearly book from last year even though it has nothing to do with this one! I’m weird in that I want to read the books that I have from an author before moving onto their new one! LOL! Though sadly, I can’t say it stops me from buying them when they release! It’s a sickness I tell you!

    Hope you both have a fantastic week!! Happy Reading!

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  • I enjoyed Ride Hard, but the sequel Ride Rough is even better. Hope you get a chance to check it out Nick!

  • Oh, no. I hope your bf is doing better, Nereyda. It sucks having to wait to get medical treatment. I hope your hospital bill won’t be too crazy. Crossing my fingers for you. Nevertheless, I hope you’ll have a great week.

    That’s absolutely messed up, Nick. What is this world coming to?…oh, right. Sheesh. I hope you weren’t too traumatized by the experience. That’s scary. I read The Handmaid’s Tale but for some reason, couldn’t find it in me to get interested in tv series. And yeah, it’s messed up. I saw a season of Brooklyn 99 and yeah it’s freaking hilarious. 🙂 Anyway, enjoy your books this week. Going to catch up on what i’ve missed from your blog slowly. Haha.

  • Sorry about your boyfriend, hope all is well. I really want to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Nick, I plan to watch the Handmaid’s Tale, and also picked up the audiobook. I sometimes feel like we are in a dystopian novel as it all unfolds.

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    Both of you have some great books. Hope your boyfriend’s x-rays are helpful, Nereyda. And Nick, lets hope that guy was mentally ill. So glad you are okay.

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  • Eff that dude, Nick. Hope you don’t encounter him or any of that shit again. I haven’t watched Handmaiden’s Tale yet, but I plan to.

    Hope your boyfriend is okay, Nereyda.

    Have a great week, lades.

  • It’s such a shame that we dread going to the ER because of the hospital bills. I’m happy your boyfriend is okay though! I saw Guardians as well, it was so much fun! I may have preferred this one over the first one!

    Sorry about the weekday racism Nick, people are fucking insane and make the craziest assumptions.

  • Oh my gosh, Nick! That’s horrible. My heart breaks for you that you had to go through that…and that you’ve come to expect it. I can’t even imagine. It makes me sad that stuff like that keeps happening

    We’ve got a few of the same ARCs for review! I have Song of the Current, I Knew You Were Trouble, and The Suffering Tree too! Can’t wait to see what you think of them

    I hope all of the xrays come back okay for your boyfriend. I remember how frustrating it was when I didn’t have insurance and needed some type of healthcare.

    Hope you both have a great week!

  • Hey Nick, I didn’t love Ride Hard, but I sooo recommend Kaye’s Hard Ink series which is sort of a prequel to Ride Hard.

  • Nereyda, I’m so glad to hear that your boyfriend’s okay! I can’t even imagine the stress of those emerg bills, but at least everyone’s healthy. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the new Lauren Layne – she really impressed me with Walk of Shame!

    Nick, I’m so sorry, angry, and sad that happened to you. I’m really glad you’re okay. It’s beyond messed up that you’ve come to expect those sorts of things, but I guess that’s the reality of the social climate right now. Hopefully the hilarity and diversity of B99 will cheer you up! Capt. Holt is a gift from the gods, I swear.

    When It’s Real sounds really fun, I’m eagerly awaiting your review! 🙂

  • Cai Bohm (The Bookfeed Blog)

    A bunch of books to add to the TBR pile!

  • I’m sorry I’m so far behind in the bloggish stuff ladies! I AM catching up but I had laptop failure and just didn’t get anything done! Argh.

    I’m reading through all the stuff I missed and will be back to normal hopefully in the week!