The Weekly Recap (243): In Which Both Nick & Nereyda Organize ft. A Corgi

Posted July 16, 2017 by Nereyda/ 18 Comments

Weekly Recap

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi!

So this week I decided I wanted to be a bit more organized with my blogging/reading. I started off the week by cleaning up my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads. I  had about 960 books on there and I knew that there was no way I was going to be reading most of those. So I used the batch-edit and infinite scroll tools and basically deleted every book that I was no longer interested in or excited about. Deciding which books to keep was actually pretty easy. Now,I’m down to 207 books, which is much more doable, in my opinion or at least I hope so. I also created some new shelves on Goodreads to better organize some of the series I’ve read or are in the middle of. I’ve realized just how many series I’ve not finished! Then, I went ahead and created some spread sheets organizing my ARCs by release month, so I have a better idea of what I should be reading/planning for review. I also created collections on my Kindle in order to sort out books into files – thanks for the tip, Becky! I’ve created an unread-ARCs, unread-own-borrowed, read and favorites folders. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of my organizing. Now, I just need to continue maintaining them all …

The rest of the time I spent working on my online courses. I’m getting into the swing of things, and it’s good not to feel entirely unproductive during the summer. Not going to lie, I am napping an hour or two every day though, and also bingeing a lot of shows, bur I figured I deserve a break. I’ve been watching iZombie, Elementary and Suits (as well as MasterChef but I don’t like mentioning that because the drama drives me bonkers!). ALSO. I have to share with you all one of my newest vlog discoveries. I found this channel while looking up corgi videos. And you guys, this guy, Ryen, loves his dog, Gatsby, so much. It’s so pure and warm. I’m pretty sure I watched about 50+ videos of his in one week. They make me so happy. Check out this video below in which he throws a birthday party for his corgi! Super adorable!

Anyways, here are my book updates for the week:

What I Read:

This is How it Happened White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) Hunted The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) Jilted (Love Hurts, #2) Until It Fades

With the exception of Jilted, I enjoyed reading all of these books. This Is How It Happened was a surprising read in that it wasn’t the type of story I was expecting it to be. It was really good, but not what I expected. White Hot was a re-read and of course I loved it. I also randomly picked up Hunted, and ended up really liking it. The writing was lovely and peaceful (I know weird word choice!). I did wish the romance was a little stronger though. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky was laugh-out-loud funny! I didn’t particularly like the main character, but I loved the secondary cast, the boy and the baking shop. I also buddy read Wildfire with Danya. It was so good, but I’m going to need more books because I need more of the Baylors! I finished the week with Until It Fades and I adored it. It was different from her other books, but I really liked it. K.A Tucker’s writing is very comforting.

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Last Magician Disorderly Conduct (Academy, #1)

I’m 40% into The Last Magician and I like it so far. I have to admit I’m reading it quite slow though. It’s a long book and that’s annoying me a bit. I’m hoping to pick up Disorderly Conduct next.

Review Copies/Finished Copies Haul:

 Last Star Burning Invictus Completely (New York, #3) The Corner of Forever and Always (Everland, Georgia #2) Frankie There's Someone Inside Your House

Thank you to the authors and publishers for the review copies!

Nereyda’s Recap:

I’m a bit exhausted from my week. We got some new furniture so I spent most of my week either taking apart old furniture or putting together new furniture. I had moved all my bookcases to my spare room last year but my 10 year old daughter wanted her own room so I had to move all my books back to my loft last week. Keep in mind that I have somewhere around 700-800 books that take up four big ass 6-shelf bookcases so this alone was a two day ordeal. I started off with the intention of organizing my books by genre or maybe even color but after putting my favorite books on 3 shelves I gave up and just put random books wherever there was space. This still took me hours to do, but I’m glad it’s done. We got a new living room set for downstairs so my old sofas are now upstairs in my loft and I’m loving the way everything looks. My daughters got new beds so I had to get find new homes for their old beds and build the new ones. Luckily, my dad and my nephew came over to help me with all of this. The process of moving sooo many books:
  This isn’t even all the books…

The weather here last week was insane! Monsoon season officially start the end of June but as of last week there had not been one drop of rain. Last Monday, I was on my way to kickboxing class (which is 5 minutes from my house) and when I left it was barely raining. Halfway there the rain and wind was so bad I couldn’t see anything! By the time I ran from my car to the gym, which had to have been 20 seconds max, I was completely drenched: my hair, my clothes, my bra and even my socks and shoes were soaked. I got caught driving in the rain on Thursday again too which was a little scary since I was far from home and it was late and I was alone but everything turned out fine. If you’re not familiar with Tucson weather, it’s fucking hot most of the year and it rarely rains. But when Monsoon season hits from June to August, the rain and winds are really intense. All week on my neighborhood Facebook page, it’s been filled of people looking for their trash cans and outdoor furniture that flew away. I had a laugh at a post of someone’s trampoline that ended up in a pool 3 houses away:

I started up my morning walks again and started running more in them. Last week I managed to run 1.5 miles without stopping which is huge since before I couldn’t even run for a full minute. I did manage to listen to a few books during my morning walks/runs and I have a lot of newish audiobooks to add to my phone so I’m looking forward to listening to those soon. Hope everyone had a great week!

What I Read:

Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2) When Dimple Met Rishi

The Midnight Jewel was better than I was expecting and When Dimple Met Rishi was as good as I was expecting.

What I’m Reading:

Girl Out of Water
I’m not that far in but the MC loves to cuss, which I’m loving. 

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  • WOW on the organization skills Nick!! I need to do some of that – especially with Goodreads. Good luck with your online courses.Whoah that is a lot of books Nereyda! That is crazy with the trampoline. Hope you both have a great week!!

  • Kudos on cleaning up your GR list! Maybe I should do that too one of these days. Most of those I don’t even remember, probably. That’s insane that you only kept like 200! That’s a real accomplishment.
    I keep all my ARC schedules in a notebook, so it’s definitely a good idea to make lists. Otherwise it would be so hard to follow 🙂
    And WOW, is that a LOAD of books.
    We’ve also been having crazy storms, but I can’t help laughing at that pool/trampoline pic. I know I shouldn’t, but just… lol.

  • oh Good for you Nick on cleaning up your Goodreads. Currently I am working on my shelves, getting all my books more organized. I don’t think I could simplify my TBR down that much though, there is just too many that I want to read. But I am very impressed that you were able to do it.

    Nereyda…I used to be the same way for running. I used to be able to only go for one minute….now I can run for 30 minutes without stopping which is amazing to me.

  • Nick, good for you on organizing Goodreads! Keeping a calendar with all the ARC release dates always helped me before. 🙂
    Nereyda, that it a massive amount of books! Love it! Our weather here where I live is been strange. The leaves are already changing. Not a good sign for us. That means snow is coming soon. Ugh! Ya’ll enjoy the new books and the week ahead.

    Jenea’s Book Obsession Sunday Post

  • Sam Kozbial

    Packing my books to move was the rude awakening. It did not look like that many books when they were on the shelf. I am so glad to see This is How it Happened getting some love. I am a Stokes fan, and thought this book was great. I was sad to see Jilted was not good. Bennett is usually great for me. I LOVED Dimple & Rishi!!!! Girl Out of Water was good. I couldn’t get enough of Lincoln.

  • Oh you two are organizing queens this week!! Way to go! I can’t believe someone trampoline ended up in a pool! Thats nuts!
    Hope you both have a great week!

  • Oh wow, you both had a really busy yet so productive week. You did so much in one week. I would never do it. A lot of procrastination would happen. Haha..
    Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. 😁👍🏻❤️

  • Yasss! I’m back in. Lol. I’m so glad the only reason I had a hard time accessing your blog last night was due to technical difficulties. *breathes a sigh of relief* And yay for being organized! I so need to do that. My Kindle isn’t all that full, tbh but my physical books for sure need some attention. Anyway, have a fantastic week, Nick!

    Gah. I love organizing bookshelves but man, it’s such a tedious and time consuming chore! I can’t wait to see how your new library looks, Nereyda.

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Oooh nice!! I’m really curious about There’s Someone Inside Your House! Love a good creepy thriller and intrigued to see how Stephanie does it! Haven’t read her before since her books were contemps. Always intrigued when an author switches genres.

    Sounds like some pretty crazy times! I keep meaning to reorganize my books that “my” shelves can at least be in one wave of alphabetical order. Since I moved them around so many times, things have gotten kind of mixed up! It’s more like three sets of alphabetical order what with the cases in my room, the living room and the downstairs living room. Oddly, I know enough where authors are located and if one series is in another room or not. But I’d at least like to organize my “upstairs” collection to be one wave of alphabetical. But since I did just finish doing a rather large book inventory in general, that’s not making it high on my priority list! Lol!

    Great new reads! Hope you enjoy them all and that you both have a great week as well!

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  • Your organisation skills are exhausting me haha. I wish I war more organised with my reading/blogging schedules but I find I’m too easily distracted. I’ve only just now got my hands on my very own kindle so I’ve not got many titles on there but I should start categorizing them before it gets out of hand haha.

    A trampoline in a pool? I can’t say I’ve ever seen something like that before. The weather seems to go from one extreme to the other in Tuscon. Since I work most afternoons now I’ve not been going on my daily walks as much but once I do I always try to do some running in between.

  • You two have been busy busy busy! Nick, great idea with cleaning up on Goodreads. I did that a few years ago and I felt less stressed, after doing that. I went from about 1k “to-read” to like, 300? Right now I think I’m in the 100s which makes me feel uncluttered. Even though it’s a website, LOL. It’s the little things! I was following your Twitter/Goodreads updates and it seemed like you weren’t enjoying Disorderly Conduct? A few readers I follow enjoyed it but I’m curious as to what is making the hero so douche-y. The second book in the series is on Edelweiss already so I’m hoping I’ll like book one and keep going!

    Nereyda, power to you! That’s a lot of books! I was 18 when I technically got my own room, and 21 when it officially became mine. I don’t even know how I did it before the room became mine. My sister and I actually got along pretty well in our teeny tiny room! But now, by myself, I don’t know how we did it. I’m glad you enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi! That book has some good parallels in my life and I love it overall.

    Have a fantastic week, ladies! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I thought the hero was really problematic and Tessa Bailey tried to romanticize his creepy/stalkerish behavior. He also didn’t seem to understand the meaning of “no”, and for me, it straddled the line of lack of consent for me. I just really hated him. You can read more about my thoughts here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2055240374

  • Charlie Anderson

    I always say I’m going to use Goodreads shelves to help me, and then I never end up using them. I did declutter my to-read a few years ago. I took it from over 3K to MUCH less. Good luck keeping things updated, Nick.

    I would be extremely exhausted with moving all that furniture! It takes a lot out of you. Your neighborhood FB group is too funny! How will they get the trampoline out? lol

  • Nick: You are super organized! I’m nowhere near that organized. I should really work on that. lol! I have a little planner that I list publication dates for my ARCs but other than that I’m a little all over the place. I had no idea there was a batch edit on Goodreads! I’m going to have to go through my list too. It’s getting really out of hand.

    Wow, Nereyda, that is A LOT of books!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi. I own it but haven’t gotten to read it yet. I’m excited to pick it up tho.

  • Go you Nick! I really want to organize Goodreads better. And I need to set up collections for my Kindle. All those books are just out of control now.

    And Nereyda – that’s a ton of books to be carting around. Also, whoa on that trampoline!

  • YAY for all your organizing, Nick! I have so many Goodreads shelves it’s not even funny, but it sure does help me when I look for books. And I have one TBR shelf (where there are books I own, ARCs I have received, pre-orders, and books by fave authors I know I’ll buy as soon as I can) plus one that’s a ‘might-read-one-day’ shelf, where all books that look good end up…
    I love the way I can have collections on my kindle, too, I have ARCs to read, ARCs to review and ARCs already reviewed, for example 🙂 It takes a lot of time to set up but once you have them, it’s all good, right? And you can actually use a laptop and sort books from your amazon account 😉
    It sure is a hassle to sort physical books, Nereyda, but I would love to see an ‘after’ photo of your loft – just so I can sigh and be jealous 😉
    Have a wonderful week, both of you!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • Organising may be extremely satisfying once it’s done it doesn’t half take a lot of motivation to get started. Glad to see you’ve managed to clear off some books from your Goodreads shelves and yay for Kindle collections. I have to say, maintaining mine has been the biggest issue. I think the most recent 20 books on mine need categorising but it’s better than 200 needing sorting so it’s good you’ve done it. I’m jealous of all of your TV watching. I am stalled on Psych mostly because I’ve been watching a bunch of films but Suits is coming up on my epic TV catch up plans.

    And Nereyda that’s a hell of a lot of books to move! Well done on getting them all moved and sorted. And is it weird I kind of enjoy putting new furniture together? I am the queen of all things Ikea as well. Flatpack extraordinaire! The weather round by you sounds insane, though. love the rogue trampoline, if stuff like that happened here stuff would just be lost forever.

  • Dang ladies, y’all are organized as hell! I wish I could say the same. I kinda feel like I use all my organizational ability up at work (#librarylife) and have absolutely nothing left over on that front when I get home….that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

    Wildfire was so good but like that ending??? Can that really be the end??? I need a cousin spinoff ASAP, please! I have Disorderly Conduct to read too but I’m a bit nervous because TB’s books are either love or hate for me, there is no in between. 🙈

    LMAOOO that facebook post is hilarious, Nereyda. I had no idea there was such extreme weather (aside from the heat) in Tucson. Good for you for moving all those books, that’s quite the endeavour! My least favourite part of moving to a new place is always packing/unpacking all my books.

    *promptly watches all corgi vids*