The Weekly Recap (249): Nick Is Sad While Poor Nereyda Is In Clarinet Hell

Weekly Recap

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi guys!

How are you all doing? I’ve been a bit down lately. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been freaked out and panicked this whole week. I think it’s finally dawning on me that I’m about to enter my final year of school, and I guess with everything else going on, I’m just really nervous about life in general. I’m not ready to be an adult, and I desperately want to have a stable job around this time next year. So there’s a lot of internal freaking out going on inside my head. I’m also sad because I’m going to go back to Philly soon, and I’m going to miss my parents. I mean there’s Skype and everything, but it’s not the same. And my parents aren’t rich enough to buy flight tickets regularly to come see me. Maybe if I were still in Colorado I would be happier to go back, but though I love my school and program, Philadelphia is not for me. On the plus side though, one of my friends (the one who I go on food adventures with) who is in all my classes is moving into the apartment next door to mine when I go back, so I’ll have someone close by!

Anyways, I know you all are eager to know if my mom’s friend’s baby has a name yet from all your comments last week. Sadly, he still doesn’t have a name haha! Sorry to disappoint! As soon as he has one, I’ll share here, with a picture with his parents’ permission. A family friend of ours invited us to a dinner party on Thursday night. I tagged along with my parents because who can say no to food. This weekend, I’m probably going to be spending my time at to the beach. I’ve been home close to 3 months now, and this will be the first time I’m going to the beach! The weather hasn’t been suitable enough, but it’s finally starting to warm up. I’m excited!

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

What I Read:

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) Going Dark (The Lost Platoon, #1) Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4) Rebel Seoul Play On (Play On, #1) One of Us Is Lying Completely (New York, #3)
I’ve officially read 200 books this year! Last year, I was able to get to 260 books. I think I might be able to reach that number this year too, but we’ll see. Before She Ignites wasn’t exactly the boo I was expecting it to be. The dragons don’t feature as heavily as I expected them to, but the series as a whole is promising. Going Dark is one of my most-anticipated books of the year, and I’m happy to say it delivered. It’s sexy and fun. I also adored Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis. I’m in love with this series and Jill Shalvis just keeps delivering. Then, I read Rebel Seoul which came very highly recommended from lots of readers, but I was let down by the book. I had a hard time connecting with the characters, and thought the book consisted mostly of info-dumps. I also read Play On by Samantha Young this week and was surprised by the book. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but it was good stuff. One of Us Is Lying caught my attention because it’s been on the NYT Bestseller’s since it debuted, so I was curious. It was a fun book for sure. Completely was how I finished my week and it was just as swoony and amazing as I hope it would be.

What I’m Currently Reading:


Review Copies Haul:

Heart of Iron Everless (Untitled #1) Roomies Bad for Her (Bad Boys Gone Good, #1) Temporary Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

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

Nereyda’s Recap:

I had a much better week than the previous one. Besides the fact that my kids are getting me sick, it’s all good because at least my mood is much better. I don’t have a full on cold but I feel the beginnings of a cold: scratchy throat, sneezing, cough, runny nose… maybe I do have a cold but I don’t actually feel sick, which is good. Last week was definitely interesting. My daughter is in 5th grade and she has to play in instrument this year. She ended up picking the clarinet and we picked up her instrument on Sunday. My house is now a constant state of random noises coming from her trying to learn how to play the instrument.  Now I feel for my poor parents who had to put up with 3 years of me practicing the violin. This scene from Friends came to mind while she was practicing one night:

Other than that, not much new with me. I did finally finish two books I have been reading/listening on and off for a while now, I got a new journal so I have been wetting that up and my friend and I have been fully immersed in all things related to Game of Thrones and freaking out over the finale next week. The weather is getting a bit cooler and I just can’t freaking wait for Fall! I love October because once Halloween hits, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years is pretty much all a blur. Can you believe how fast this year has gone by? Hope everyone had a great week.


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  • Nick sorry you are feeling down. Also sorry Philly isn’t for you. Glad your friend is moving next door though! I can’t wait for this baby to be named lol. Glad to see you enjoyed One of Us is Lying.

    Oh we have sick kids right now and I am feeling some effects but like you don’t feel sick. I am not looking forward to when my kids start learning an instrument. I am excited for fall too.

    Hope you both have a great week!

  • Aww, I reckon it’s awesome her school is making her learn an instrument…though yes, I do feel sorry for you :’) Did you get far with learning the violin? I used to play the violin…but I stopped it three years ago, because time constraints and all 🙁
    Aw Nick, I really hope your freaking out stops soon! It must be pretty stressful…but everything will eventually work out in the end, even though it doesnt seem like it now. Keep pushing on! Something will fall into place eventually 🙂

  • Nick – you were a reading beast this week, and I am so with you. Shalvis’ new series is a total winner for me (but seriously, I love all her books). Senior year!!! Scary and exciting. I am sure you will do great and your job search will be successful, but let’s be serious, are any of us every really ready to be adults? Roomies looks good. I will be keeping an eye out for your review.
    Nereyda – good luck with the instrument. I remember when my daughter came home in 3rd grade with a flute. The most painful part was going to the school concerts and having to listen to the strings students. I will be honest and admit to my bad mommy side – I was sort of relived when she quit. Those concerts were torture!

  • Nick, I am so glad to hear you liked Going Dark. Its coming up on my TBR and I am excited! Sorry you are anxious about going back to Philly. I know what you mean about it not being your type of place. And being anxious about what to do when you finish school is what we all experience. The terror that you won’t find a job, the horror that is adulting all on your me, we ALL felt that and we understand!

    Nereyda, that clip from Friends is one of my favorites. Your story made me realize how much a clarinet can sound like a bag pipe and I feel sorry for you! Hopefully she is a quick learner 🙂

  • Nick, I totally relate to your anxiety about your final year of school! This is my senior year, and I went into my first week of classes with this huge feeling of dread I couldn’t shake. Like you said, it’s honestly terrifying to think about having to be a “real adult” in just a few short months. But we can do it!! I hope you enjoy your last days at home before heading back to Philly (the picture of the beach you posted on Twitter was STUNNING, wow). I was curious about Rebel Seoul, but I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you! Info-dumps are the worst. I also got Meet Cute this week, and I’m so excited to read it!

    Nereyda, omg, that clip is so perfect. Clarinet is definitely one of those instruments that has a learning curve, haha. I’m in music school, and anytime a clarinet or saxophone player takes the practice room next to mine, I switch rooms lololol. I am also SO excited for fall!

    I hope you both have a wonderful week! Happy reading! <3

  • Nick, the fear about your final year of school is justified. I was terrified of finishing under grad and I am still terrified of adulthood but you’ll make it through. It probably doesn’t help that Philly is not the perfect city for you. It’s hard if you’re not looking forward to going back but at least you’ll have a friend next door when you do. Friends make everything better. I’ve seen your picture of the beach as well and I’m green with ency. We’re having a couple of sunny days here so at least I’m not jealous of the sun but still, I live nowhere near a beach so I have continual beach envy. Two weeks until my holiday, though! You are reminding my I’ve not read Completely yet, I am definitely picking that up next. I think I want some swoony romance (I’m going from fantasy to romance and back again with my reading lately). I hope you have a good week this week, enjoy your time at home while you can.

    Nereyda, I totally know what you mean I have colds like that sometimes. You have the symptoms but you feel fine in yourself. The best colds are the ones where you sound awful to everyone else, sneezing and coughing, but in actual fact you feel fine. No sluggishness or anything. And children learning instruments is always a bit painful. I played trumpet as a kid and I feel for me mother I really do. And I am excited for fall (or autumn, fall just sounds weird to me) because I cannot wait for the leaves to turn, colder days and I can start wearing my boots again. Got to love a good pair of boots. The year is passing too fast, though. I definitely could do with a breather before mentions of Christmas.

  • Sorry you’ve got the back to school blues Nick; I completely understand not meshing with a place. But at least you’ve got your food buddy with you! Soak up as much family time as you can now, and keep us updated on that name! We did NOT discuss One of Us Was Lying, did you manage to guess what happened? I definitely didn’t! I loved that book, but I thought the ending dragged on a bit.

    NEREYDA, YOU CANNOT BE SICK. Although I’m sick now. I don’t know how the weather is for you, but it’s super hot-then-cold in the midwest. It’s killing my immune system. And I had to laugh out loud about your predicament, because I played the clarinet in high school!

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    It’s nice that your friend will be living right next door, Nick. And I hope the beach cheers you up. Along with some of those nice looking books.
    I played Violin when I was in school. My son and his 2 friends got into Guitar Hero, and I learned to understand how my mother felt, Nereyda. LOL

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  • Charlie Anderson

    That poor baby! He’s never going to get a name! They had better pick a good one after all this suspense. I’m sorry you’re anxious about this year – I would be too. Actually, I think I’m anxious all the time, but it’s hard to imagine you being an adult. I’m almost 30 and I still look for more adulter adults than me in certain situations. I am so glad your friend is moving in next door! It will help a lot!

    Nereyda, I’m glad you’re having a better week. My parents lucked out on instruments. I hope she starts picking up soon and learning little bits of songs. Once you know how to play, the music can be beautiful.

  • oh I know how that is Nick. Skyping is NOT the same, I mean its better than nothing but I think it can be torture sometimes. But congrats on it being the last year of school for you. That is so exciting. I am glad that you enjoyed Jill Shalvis’ book though, I am waiting to read that closer to the holidays though.

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    Hey Nick! Sounds like hectic times! That final school year always seems to fly by. I’m still trying to find the right/perfect/dream job for myself and I’ve been out of school for…a long time! Lol! I wish you the best of luck!

    Nice new reads this week too! Seeing a lot of these since Edelweiss had them up there this week! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Sorry to hear about the possible cold Nereyda! Hopefully it won’t happen! That’s always the worst thing about back to school time it seems! Kids bring home everyone else’s germs. Hope you have a good reading week this week as well!

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  • I can understand the anxiety over your future, Nick, but I think you’re going to be successful with whatever you pursue. Your intelligence and passion come through in your posts and reviews. 🙂 Bummer to go back to a city that doesn’t agree with you, but yay for a good friend close by. That can make all the difference in the world!

    I’m excited to pick up Going Dark and One of Us is Lying!

    Glad to see your 5 stars for The Duchess Deal, Nereyda! I really enjoyed it, too! Maybe some earplugs would be a good investment? I’m about to get some for snoring that my husband insists he doesn’t do…

    Great post, ladies! 🙂

  • Glad to hear you have a great time with your parents and you love your hometown. Oh I felt the same way when I was in my final year of college. Lots of uncertainty and worries. Don’t worry though. You will do awesome. Everything will be fine. Follow your heart and do what you’re passionate abou then you will be in the right path.
    Anyway, enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. 🙂
    Ohh can’t wait to hear about the baby’s name. 😁

  • Nick, I love visiting Philadelphia, but would not want to live their. I grew up in the burbs of NJ just over the bridge from Philly. Colorado is beautiful, but embraces more of the small town feel. At least I think so. I am confident you will settle in and blossom. Nereyda take care of yourself and feel better.

  • A Novel Glimpse

    Nick – Don’t sweat your last year of school. Enjoy it! Adulting is hard, but rewarding. 🙂 I remember that feeling, though! I also just finished Temporary!

    Nereyda – I understand the clarinet thing! My daughter just started taking guitar lessons. I imagine the clarinet would be WAY worse!!!

  • Nick: Congrats on 200 books! That’s awesome! That’s my goal for the year. So far I’m ahead of schedule. Last year I read way more than that but I don’t think I am doing quite as well as last year. lol. Sorry to hear that you have been kind of down in the dumps. That’s no good. I’m happy to hear that you will have someone living close by tho.

    Nereyda: Glad to hear that you are had a better week, but sorry that everyone is getting sick. My sinus’ have been really unhappy but I’m not sure if it’s just allergies or the beginning of a cold. REALLY hoping it’s not a cold. lol. I have a feeling that my husband and I are going to have to deal with all kinds of musical sounds when our daughter is a little older. I really think she is going to be a musician like her daddy. She can keep the beat well and can pick out different parts of songs. It’s so crazy! lol

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

  • I don’t know if you’ve ever mentioned this or not, Nick, but do you plan to stay in the U.S. to work after you graduate? I know what’s happening here isn’t much of an incentive anymore. 🙁

  • Look at you, Nick. 200 books! That’s amazing! I’m super jealous because I’m struggling to 100 books read. Congrats to you, my friend!! That’s an awesome haul and I’m reading Temporary too!

    Nereyda!!! My Game of Thrones sister!! I’ve been completely obsessed with all things Game of Thrones this season. What did you think of the season finale? I thought it was awesome!! I freaking loved that episode of Friends. Haha.

    Hope you ladies have a wonderful week filled with books and less clarinet noise. 🙂

  • Nick, I completely empathize with your panic about your last year of grad school, looking for steady and stable employment, and fear about the future. Honestly I think that’s all pretty normal — I felt the exact same way when I was in my last semester. Having even one thing settled makes a lot of the panic go away in my experience, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you and sending out good vibes into the universe. 🙂

    Nereyda, I’m laughing my ass off picturing your daughter making random clarinet noises. I come from a pretty musical family and I know well the pain of a beginner trying to play a sophisticated instrument…especially one that has a reed like the clarinet. The squawking noise it’s capable of is truly hair raising, haha. I hope you don’t get too sick, and hopefully your daughter’s having fun with her new instrument!