The Weekly Recap (241): Being Lazy & A New Favorite YouTube Channel

Weekly Recap

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hey everyone!

How are you all doing? It’s only me today, because Nereyda is off vacationing in Cancun. I actually haven’t heard from her at all, so I don’t know how her travels went. I’m guessing the WiFi connection isn’t that great there or she’s too busy tanning to update me! ๐Ÿ˜›

This was my first week home and it was a good relaxing one. I spent most of the week adjusting to the time difference. Home is 8 hours ahead of the US, so it was quite an adjustment, but I surprisingly got over my jet lag faster than I normally do. Other than that, I’ve just been hanging out with my parents, watching TV, and eating lol. I am getting back to my workout schedule though, which is good. With finals and packing, I sort of ignored working out, so I’ve decided its time I get back to it. I jumped right back into pilates, and have been doing longer workouts, which not gonna lie, has left me with achy and sore muscles everywhere. I think working out is what has been helping me sleep better over here too though. I’ve been catching 8 hours of sleep, which is a rarity for me.

I’ll be starting some online courses next week, so I don’t feel like I’m entirely unproductive this summer. I also want to review some of the courses I took this year, so my foundation is solid for 2nd year courses. I also need to start thinking about research projects for my thesis, which honestly, is so nerve-wracking. Everyone does say finding your topic and finding the data are the hardest parts, so I want to start thinking early. I don’t do well in nervous situations otherwise.

On a completely unrelated side note, I don’t know if you guys are fans of room makeover/renovations/interior design type of shows, but I totally am, and I discoveredย a YouTuber who does them. I have been obsessively watching Mr. Kate’s videos since Monday, and they are so great. Kate and her husband, Joey, have so much personality and they seem so charming. You should check out their channel! I’ve linked to one of my favorite of their room transformations below!


Anyways, here are my book updates for the week:

What I Read:

Eye Candy (Real Love, #1)ย Trustย The Knocked up Planย Shacking Upย Daughter of the Burning Cityย Locked Boxย Open Hearts

Well, that’s a lot of shirtless dudes in my reading list this week! It was a good week overall. You can tell I ย was in the mood for more sexier romances, which most of these were. Eye Candy was kind of a bore to me. I didn’t particularly feel the chemistry between the couple, and they almost annoyed me at times. I did adore Kylie Scott’s Trust. It’s a upper YA/NA book and it reminded me a bit of old school YA contemporaries a la Katie McGarry. The characters were especially fantastic. The Knocked Up Plan I picked up on a whim after reading a review from Deanna at A Novel Glimpse, and I laughed my butt off and was entertained all throughout. It was super fun. I liked Shacking Up too, though I had some minor issues with it. I also picked up Daughter of the Burning City, which was very eerie and atmospheric, but I liked it. And then I randomly picked up Locked Box by Eve Dangerfield. She’s an Aussie author who writes sexy romances. Her writing is fantastic, though not all her main characters are for me. Open Hearts was my favorite out of the two books I’ve read from her. It features a lovable goof, who also happens to be a red-head! He was a total cutie!

What I’m Currently Reading:

ย The Impossible Vastness Of Us

I’m about 20% into this one and quite liking it!

Review Copies/Finished Copies Haul:

Since You've Been Goneย Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves #1)ย The City of Brass

Thank you to the publishers for the review copies!

Library/Purchased/Borrowed Haul:

Locked Boxย Open Heartsย The Knocked up Planย The Impossible Vastness Of Us

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I hope you all had a wonderful week as well!ย Tell us what you’ve been up to in the comments below!

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  • Grace Fonseca

    Man you read so many good books this week. I hope you love all of them.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  • Dang, I’m jealous of Nereyda and that vacation ๐Ÿ˜€

  • A vacation in Cancun sounds amazing! This was my family’s vacation week but we only went to places within driving distance. I’m hoping we can make it somewhere more than just a few hours away next time. Haha.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

  • Oh wow, Cancun sounds awesome! I’ve always kind of wanted to go there! XD I’m glad you had a relaxing week though! City of Brass looks really good! I hope you love all your new reads ๐Ÿ˜€

    Here’s my Weekly Recap!

  • Nereyda’s too busy enjoying herself on holiday, I am jealous! Glad yo hear you’re settling back in at home, although that time difference must be killer. It’s dedication doing online courses during the summer, smart, though. I always thought I’d do stuff like that but I am so damn lazy I like to do nothing whenever I get a chance. I totally want to read Trust, it sounds awesome and I love old school YA, Katie McGarry is a fave and I want more like her (when I’m in the mood for them). I am totally buying that one… some time soon anyway.

  • I’m always looking for more things to watch on YouTube so I’ll definitely check that one out. I could use some home makeover help over here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sam Kozbial

    Books with shirtless men are my weakness. I don’t read as many as I like since joining a YA blog, but I just added a bunch to my TBR thanks to this post. Good luck with all your schooling!

  • Jet lag is a funny thing. When I went to NZ, my friend and I basically spent the day catching up on sleep and adjusting to the time difference but once I got home I was fine. I was even in work the night after I got back. Ugh I’ve been itching to go on another adventure. I feel like traveling is the easiest way to avoid adulthood.

    Talk about abs galore. Damn there’s some might fine specimen. You’ve already sold me on Trust and Open Hearts sounds like a fun read as well.

  • I’m currently reading The Knocked Up Plan and loving it so far. Yup, you’re right. It’s hilarious! ๐Ÿคฃ Glad that you enjoyed it.
    Enjoy your books and happy reading. ๐Ÿ˜

  • Glad you are adjusting and enjoying the summer Nick. I will be listening to the Knocked Up plan this week ๐Ÿ™‚ Her books are hilarious.

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Nice new reads! All new to me ones! Hope you enjoy them all once you read them!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RO

    I do find myself hooked on some decorating shows, and am hooked on Fixer Upper on HGTV. Never occurred to me to check out designs on Youtube, so I’m going to give your recommendation a try. I’ve added Pilates and weightlifting to my workout, but I really should be doing a lot more cardio. (lol) Have a great day! Hugs…RO

  • Greg Hill

    Daughter of the Burning City looks good, I just love that cover, and The City of Brass has me curious as well. Glad you had a good week back and jet lag wasn’t too bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy reading this week!

  • Glad you had a safe trip home and the jet lag wasn’t as bad. Make sure to have some fun this summer too! Not just all work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hooray for being home again after a long time away! And I completely agree, as terrible and time consuming as working out is, it really does help you sleep better. Usually from exhaustion but still. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I have a copy of The City of Brass too and I’m dying to read it, especially after checking out the author’s twitter feed (which has tons of cool aesthetics for the book). You’ve got me very intrigued by The Knock-Up Plan now! What is it with you and dads in romance? LMAO.

    OMG MR. KATE! I love that channel! Their breaking beige episodes are the best, because it helps give me ideas for making my apartment less, well, beige. The whole “rug cuddles” thing makes me laugh too.

  • Hi Nick! Glad you are adjusting to the time difference fairly easily. I used to do pilates – what a work out, huh? I should get back to it. And I am soooo going to check out that youtube channel.

  • Nereyda is living the vaycay dream! I hope you’re having a blast being back at home, even if you’re keeping busy with more classes :p

    I just learned about City of Brass and now I want it!

  • Lmao, I drop off the face of the planet when I’m on vacation, so I feel Nereyda on a personal level. Hope she’s having a ton of fun on her adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love room makeover videos, and I’ve been looking for a channel that suits my aesthetic, so I’ll definitely be checking out that channel – thanks so much for sharing. I’m glad you enjoyed DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY – I’ve had my eye on that for a while, and I can’t wait to get to it once it’s released. Great wrap-up – I hope July is a wonderful month for you!

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

  • Ooh, I’m reading Trust at the moment and that opening is explosive. Didn’t expect that whatsoever. I honestly thought you said Nere was vacuuming in Cancun. How was it being home again? I can imagine your lovely parents were thrilled to have you home. Renovations shows and I are tight yo. I will watch anyone makeover anything. I Still love The Property Brothers and Fixer Upper. Although I’m having to watch old repeats because there doesn’t seem to be any new episodes of Fixer Upper. Did they stop making it?

  • It sounds like your working out has been going really well! I’m excited to read Trust and Daughter of the Burning city which are both on my TBR (thanks for the chat about it!) Sounds like Nereyda is having a great time!

  • Jasprit

    Ha I’m definitely a fan of all the shirtless dudes Nick! I’ve probably said this already, but Adult fiction is the only thing that seems to be working for me as of late, so I shall definitely be checking out some of the books that you read. And I’m glad to see you’re getting back on track with everything since you got back home, I’ve been quite good fitness-wise but still need to sort my eating out (which is always the case!). I hope you have a great week Nick! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I seem to be in the mood for steamier books lately too. I feel like earlier this year I was more into Young Adult books and now I want the steamier adult books. lol! I go through phases. I still mix it up a lot too tho. Go you for getting back on track with your fitness! That’s really tough sometimes. I’ve been trying to get myself back on track too. I’m not doing as well as I would like. I have to step it up! lol Hope you have a great week, Nick!

  • A Novel Glimpse

    YAY! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed The Knocked Up Plan. I loved that book so much! It has taken the spot of my favorite Lauren Blakely book. I hope the rest of your summer is filled with books that are just as good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Charlie Anderson

    The last 10-15 books I’ve read have all been romance. It has always been my favorite genre. Sounds like you are not wasting away your summer (unlike, ahem, me). Good luck with your summer courses. I love watching renovation shows…but then I start seeing all this amazingness they turn houses into, and I get too envious and start thinking to myself, “Why can’t we have that? They did all that on a $160K budget.” And then I realize I don’t even have $1.60 in my bank account.