The Weekly Recap (247): Nereyda Tries Coffee

Posted August 13, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda/ 19 Comments

Weekly Recap

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi guys!

How’s everyone doing? I’m fine and have been mostly chilling this week. Other than get ragey about a book romanticizing incest and child abuse that is, but most of you have probably seen me complaining about that all week, so I’m not going to talk about that lengthily here.

The baby from last week, who still doesn’t have a name, was over at our place for a couple of hours while his mom was at a doctor’s appointment. He wasn’t at all fussy, and basically was very quiet. All he did was sleep and fart while he was here haha. He’s a cutie though. Apparently, he’s pediatrician thinks he drinks too much milk because he’s gained weight quickly since he was born. His mom said he’s constantly hungry and scream-cries until he’s fed. My mom says it’s because he’s a boy.

Other than having him over, my mom and I went to this fair to get me some cheap clothes. I usually buy most of my clothes from home because everything is so expensive in the US unless there are major sales. I also got an email notification from school that it was time to register for classes, which ugh means school is close. I don’t know how to feel about that.

I was also a productive blogger this week. I wrote a bunch of reviews, and have been experimenting with a new style so that I make sure my reviews aren’t too long. I’m aware that my reviews tend to be on the lengthy side, so this week I tried to challenge myself by having a 550 words limit. It worked, but not going to lie, it was tough trying to decide what to include in the reviews and what not to.

Anyways, that’s it for me this week, let’s go on to my book updates for the week:

What I Read:

The Undercurrent Little Monsters Maybe I Do (Whiskey and Weddings, #1) Blood Guard (Mission, #1) Our Broken Pieces The Ones Who Got Away Ferocious (Vicarious, #2)

An overall decent reading week. The Undercurrent was an enjoyable YA thriller from a favorite Australian YA author of mine. It was different from her previous novels, but still excellent. Little Monsters was also terrific. It kept me guessing and it made me want to try the author’s other books. Maybe I Do had its ups and downs, but overall it was a nice romance. The only thing I wasn’t blown away by was the hero. Blood Guard was a fun new book from Megan Erickson about vampires. It’s not the best PNR book out there, but I was entertained. Our Broken Pieces started off very strongly for me, then I started to lose interest in it. Ultimately, there were parts I liked, and parts I didn’t. I also couldn’t wait and ended up diving into The Ones Who Got Away even though the book isn’t out until January, and I loved every moment of it. It wasn’t as angsty as I thought it would. Instead, it was sweet and flirty, and very very romantic. Definitely an all-time favorite romance. I ended the week with Ferocious, the sequel to Vicarious. It was okay and I liked it for the most part, but I wasn’t as blown away with it as I was with the sequel.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)

I had to start this one the minute I got it because I knew spoilers would be everywhere. I’m about 20% in and so far, I just want to punch the hero in the nuts.

Review Copies Haul:

Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4) That Thing You Do Beautiful Lawman (Devil's rock, #4) Reunion

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

Nereyda’s Recap:

I have 3 words to describe my week: back to school. Ugh. Needless to say, I am not handling it well at all, even though my kids have been loving school. It’s definitely been an adjustment for me to get used to a new schedule again. I find that my day flies by so fast and I feel like I did nothing. I try to get everything done before my girls get here because once they do it’s a whole different pattern with getting them lunch, having them put their stuff away, helping with homework (yes, my daughter got homework on the first day of school) and dinner and getting everything ready for bed. All summer, I was waking up at 6am to go for a 2 mile run so I assumed I wouldn’t have a hard time with getting up for school. I was wrong! It’s one thing to wake up, brush my teeth and throw on my hat and tennis and get out the door in about 5 minutes, but having to wake up 2 girls, do their hair and make sure they have all their stuff ready in time for them to be at the bus stop at 6:45am is so much harder.

On top of all the back to school craziness, my week was plenty busy and I was running around on errands most of the week. Between parents night at my daughters school (which could have very well been handled in an email) and doctors appointments for me and my kids, I felt exhausted by the time I got home. I blame school for me feeling lazy and sluggish all week even though I was in fact very productive. I also blame school for not reading, although to be fair it’s not like I read much these days. But I did only manage to listen to one audiobook last week which was a low for me since I can usually listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.  I’ve been feeling really tired lately so I did something I thought I’d never do… I tried drinking coffee. *gasp* I’ve never been a big coffee fan because I just despise hot drinks but thought a caffeine kick sounded nice so I bought a coffee and tried it iced since I love anything with ice. I wasn’t too impressed with it (I just mixed it with coconut milk since lactose and dairy make my stomach hurt) but I tried a coconut creme coffee creamer and it actually made my iced coffee very yummy. I’m not ready to declare my love for coffee yet, but it’s a nice mid-day treat for now.

I really was missing my morning runs, but since I can’t go in the morning anymore and I cant go after 7am (too hot, I tried going one day last week and felt like it was gonna pass out since it was about 100 degrees already) I started… running around my house downstairs. Yes, I know it’s sounds crazy and ridiculous and I feel ridiculous doing it but oh well. My body needs some kind of regular exercise or else I get really bad headaches (I suffered from bad chronic headaches for years until I started exercising) so I run around for 35 minutes (which my fitbit calculate sis about 3.5 miles) and I feel great. Gives me that energy boost to start my day. I’m hoping I can find a good routine next week so that I could stop bitching about school already and I need to find a way to fit in some damn reading time somewhere in my day. Hope everyone had a great week!

What I Read:

  What to Say Next

Oh man, I feel torn on this one. I was really enjoying it but that twist was so not needed…

What I’m Reading:

 Spellbook of the Lost and Found
I’m starting this next and I hope it’s as good and creepy as her last book.

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  • Wow the baby still doesn’t have a name!! So funny about him just sleeping and farting. Yay for being a productive blogger. I need to try that. I have so many reviews to write!!!! Hope you enjoy your new books.

    I am dreading getting into a new routine with the kids when school starts. I am a coffee lover and actually have laid off it a bit this summer and it feels weird to not drink so much. I do miss the caffeine boost! Hope you enjoy Spellbook.

    Hope you both have a great week!

  • I got Fallen Heir this week as well! Are you in college? My school started last Thursday (I’m in high school).

    Have a great week!

    Anne @ The Reading Life

  • Nick – that little one sounds like a dream! Half you had a good week but it sound alike school is looming.

    Nereyda – well done on getting exercise in regardless. I hope you find a routine that suits next week. It’s crazy how some exercise was the cure to your headaches… I think I need to try stack some more into my week.

    I want to read Erin Watt’s series! I guess I’ll be binging it one day! Although wanting to punch the hero in the nuts…. Not sure if that’s good or bad yet. 😂

    Have a great week ladies!

  • Nick sounds like a good week for you (for the most part, let’s not get into the incest thing because blech… although isn’t there a really old school book about incest… which freaked me out a little when I learnt about it). The baby (it needs a name, no one likes being called the baby) sounds like a typical newborn. Eating too much is not a bad thing because some babies can really struggle with feeding at first and lose weight. They don’t start getting really interesting until they stay awake a little longer as then they get fun (as long as you can hand them back when they get fussy). Classes starting isn’t a bad thing. I used to find I was looking forward to the routine again by the end of summer because I always had such lazy summers. At least you’ve had a good reading week, I’m always impressed with how many books you get through it’s absolutely insane.

    Nereyda, sorry to hear you’re struggling to get into the school routine. It’s always a struggle at first and it’s worse when you’re trying to get two kids out the door and ready for school. It is a bit crazy there was homework on the first day back, though! And I can’t believe you don’t love coffee. It’s what gets me through the day because I spend 11 hours out of the house working and I’d be dead on my feet by midday if I didn’t have caffeine keeping me running. And it sucks you can’t fit in a morning run anymore. Hopefully things will settle so you can get a good routine to fit in some exercise too.

  • Nick – I actually just read the first two Paper Princess books and on your GR recommendations, err reviews, I think I’m going to stop reading them. They were good! But after your review of the 3rd, it’s like same sh*t, different day. 🙂 Thanks for saving me time and $$!!! Phew…

    Nereyda – Good luck with trying to find a new schedule to work out and run. It’s hard!!! Stupid weather and school definitely don’t make it easy! With our stupid weather, I gave up on running and went to yoga (ha!).

    Have a great week!!

  • Nick – You had a great reading week! I haven’t started Blood Guard yet but I’m really excited about it because I love Megan Erickson. I caught a little bit of your ragey posts about that book. Honestly, I don’t blame you at all. That is disgusting. I ended up going on Goodreads to read other reviews and it was so bizarre to me that so many people were loving it and defending it! It’s not my type of book at all, that’s for sure.

    Nereyda – Wow, your kids already started?! My friend’s kids won’t start until the end of this month. My daughter is starting PreK at the beginning of September. She’s so excited. lol! Good luck trying to find ways to get your run in. I definitely wouldn’t want to run in 100 degree weather either. That sounds awful. I suffer from chronic migraine so I’ve been trying to exercise more and it seems to be helping a lot…along with the piercing I got. lol!

    Hope you both have a great week! Happy reading!

  • Nick-I have heard that Easton is a real ass in Fallen Heir! Is this one a cliffhanger like Paper Princess and Broken Prince? I might wait until they are all out if that is the case.
    Nereyda-sounds like you need a treadmill or something! But, its awesome that you at least found some way to make it work. I just posted about how I have started using some of the online videos you posted about a few weeks ago. Popsugar fitness is my fav!

  • Nick – I can relate to your school feelings. I start orientation this week for grad school, and one part of me is excited to start but another part of me isn’t ready for summer to end just yet. That’s nutty about the baby still not having a name. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Dark Monsters! I bought it this week, and I can’t wait to start it. I just finished Fallen Heir, and I enjoyed it overall. A part of me, though, really missed Ella and Reed’s POVs…it was easier to like them, especially Ella. However, the ending sealed the deal with me reading the next one. It’s insane.

    Nereyda – I’m sorry to hear your week was so busy. 🙁 That’s awesome you found a creamer you like…I tried a coconut creamer not too long ago too, and thought it was really good. It managed to make the coffee yummier. The heat is always a big reason why I never run outside (I don’t handle heat well at all), but props to you for still trying to get your runs in! 🙂 I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on the Spellbook – it looks great!

    Hope you both have a great week, and happy reading! 🙂

  • Nick, you crack me up, and I think your mom is right, boy babies do tend to eat more (from my experience). I don’t know how I would feel about a romance where I wasn’t into the hero. I NEED to love the hero. I thought Thomas’ last book was fantastic. It had twists and turns up until the very end.
    Nereyda, you’re breaking my heart! My morning coffee is the best part of my day. Anyhow, I hope you love Spellbook. I thought it was fantastic!

  • Have a great week ahead girls!

    Nereyda: I go for cheap clothes too! not only is it smart money management, I feel less guilty when I splurge.
    Nick: Is there a correlation between your headahces and exercise? I’m just curious if it’s some medical condition. I stopped running a few years ago, bad ankle. Someone recommended jump ropes, I can’t even if my life depends on it. I follow YouTube videos now lol

  • Sounds like you both had interesting weeks. Ha, Nick your mom is right about baby boys.

  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    It does sound like you two had interesting weeks! Hope you both enjoy your new reads and that the week ahead will be great!

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  • Good job on being a productive blogger! I’ve just returned from my vacation, so I have written/finished/scheduled three posts tonight as well. So I’m also feeling productive!
    And thank goodness I have no school to go back to xD
    Have a great reading week!

  • oh looks like you had a good week here. I don’t mind long or short reviews, I like both. But I can see the appeal of trying to do shorter reviews. Although sometimes when I get going its hard to keep it short especially when I have so many thoughts on it.

    I am pretty excited to read Beautiful Lawman as well.

  • I love babies. Having a new born in the house is SO lovely. Yay, glad that you had a great week, blogging wise. My review is long sometimes. Like you, I try to make them short but haven’t succeeded so far. Hehe 🙈 I have lots to say and it’s difficult to choose.

    I hope you guys have a wonderful week. Happy reading. 😁

  • Hi, Nick – I think my reviews are getting shorter. Maybe you can send me some of your extra words.
    Nereyda, uggghh on back to school. I can’t believe you have to have them at the bus at 6:45.Cracking up at your coffee story. I used to be able to drink it but can’t have too much now or I’m bouncing off the walls…

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    Ahhh, the next Roni Loren book! SO very happy to hear you loved it, Nick! I cannot wait for that one! Nereyda, I’ve never been big on coffee either though sometimes I wish I was. lol

  • I’ve been out of loop apparently, THERE IS A BABY IN THE FAMILY? YAAY! How is that going? When will said baby have a name? Also 500 word reviews? I think I’m lucky if I can brush 400 words. You need to lead a seminar. “How to read crazy fast and write all the words”.I picked up Little Monsters because everyone was talking about it. Can’t wait!

    Man school is savage, school on the first day? And Chicago doesn’t start school until after Labor Day so I’m always surprised to see kids starting in August. The Back to School section in Target was a living nightmare. I was in love because of all the stationary, but afraid because of the people. Are you listening to Spellbook as an audiobook? I was listening to it but lost interest for some reason. Maybe you’ll inspire me to pick it back up.

  • I’ve been seeing people rage about that damn child abuse/incest book for several weeks now, and I gotta say I’m glad that I don’t know what it is and will never read it. The world’s a dark enough place without all that, y’know? Oooh clothes! I am sort of a clothes-addict and should probably cut back but…well, this is probably the only time in my life I’ll actually have disposable income so may as well enjoy it. 😂 Good luck with your new review format Nick, I’m excited to see what it looks like!

    Nereyda, I don’t know how you do it. You’re a superstar mom, I swear! The idea of getting two kids ready to be at the bus stop at 6:45 AM is my hell. I’m glad that you were able to come up with an alternative to your usual morning run, although I gotta say the image of you racing around your house is pretty hilarious. I hope you enjoy Spellbook of the Lost and Found, I’ve heard good things about it!