The Weekly Recap (251): Bleeding Gums & Bug Bites

Weekly Recap

Nick’s Weekly Recap:

Hi guys!

How are you all doing? This week went by fast for me. I don’t remember doing much of anything, which is both a good thing and a bad thing, in my opinion. I did have a dental appointment on Wednesday. I’m not scared of the dentist or anything, but it’s not something that I look forward to going to. I have a sensitive gum conditions that causes me to bleed a lot. So while the dentist was drilling through plaque in my teeth, there was a bloodbath in my mouth – gross! He did give me a gel to apply, so hopefully that will slow down the bleeding.

I also got some shopping done since I leave the Thursday after. I bought some new shirts and blouses, and of course, stocked up on my favorite non-perishable food stuff. Usually, I’ll bring like one full baggage worth of spices and such, but this time around I’m not bringing any spices because there’s an international grocery store right down the street from my place in Philly.

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

What I Read:

East in Paradise (Journey to the Heart #2) A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy, #3) Ties that Bind (Hot in Hollywood, #1) Animal Attraction (Hot in Hollywood, #2) The Surgeon (Rizzoli & Isles, #1) Invictus Head Over Heels (Something New, #5)
Putting this week’s read list together, I’m actually surprised I got 6 books read because I spent most of the week not reading. I’m not sure what happened here. Maybe I read in my sleep or something!
Anyways, I read East in Paradise over the weekend. It was a good book, though I didn’t love it as much as I loved North to You. It was mostly because the heroine was unbearable. The hero made the book for me though. I started A Rake’s Guide to Seduction, but I was bored out of my minds reading it, so I ended up DNFing that one. I also was lucky enough to read Katee Robert’s upcoming novella duology, Hot in Hollywood, and omg!! I loved both books, but Animal Attraction was the BEST. I loved loved loved loved loved Levi. He’s such a cutie and I’m going to need all of you to pick it up! I also found my huge collection of Tess Gerritsen books on my shelves at home, and felt a sudden urge to read The Surgeon. I had forgotten the story, so it still managed to surprise the heck out of me. Tess Gerritsen is A+ at crime thrillers. I also picked up Invictus, my only YA read of the week, and it was very entertaining! Head Over Heels was a decent romance and the couple had a lot of chemistry together. I wanted more of an emotional connection however. It was fun to see some of my favorite characters from the previous books though!

What I’m Currently Reading:

I See You

I think I’m finally getting back into reading murder mysteries/crime thrillers. I’m 30% into this one, and it’s going well so far!

Review Copies Haul:

Busted Beyond a Darkened Shore Meant to Be

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

Nereyda’s Recap:

I gotta say, as much as I enjoy summer, even though our temps are in the 110’s, I can definitely do without all the damn mosquitos. I don’t know what it is about me or my blood, but mosquitos love me. I must be immune from bug spray because mosquitos always attack me. Thanks to my camping trip last weekend (which was so much fun) I have about 50 mosquito bites all over my body…and no, that’s not even an exaggeration. My week went by crazy fast and most days I didn’t even know what day it was but I’m glad the weekend is here! I finally finished my last batch of audiobooks last week and it always takes me a few days to add new ones to my phone so I decided to re-listen to some old audiobooks. I did a bit of shopping this week for clothes that isn’t workout clothes! My body is naturally drawn to the workout clothes section in stores so I had to force myself to not go there. I found some really cute fall clothes, even though it’s still freaking hot but I’m so ready for fall because I love the clothes. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I started drinking coffee. I’m not a fan of hot drinks so I tried out iced coffee and I gotta say I’m liking it. I’m boring and just brew my own hazelnut coffee and add a lot of ice and a bit of coconut milk creamer and call it a day, but I do enjoy drinking it in the mornings… even if my kids make fun of me for being old and drinking coffee. I can’t even remember what else happened since my last update but I am happy to report that my daughter is getting better at the clarinet. I can’t distinguish songs yet but at least my ears don’t hate me anymore. Hope everyone had a great week!

What I Read/Listened:

Truly (New York, #1) The Ends of the World (The Conspiracy of Us, #3) All Broke Down (Rusk University, #2) The Distance Between Us

I finally finished Truly! Guys, I started this so long ago but I read like maybe once a week for a few minutes so it takes me forever to finish a book now. Luckily I have audiobooks. The Ends of the World was decent, All Broke Down and The Distance Between Us were re-listens. I freaking love that Kasie West book!

What I’m Reading:

Alex, Approximately
I love this book so I’m in the mood to read it again. I got it on audiobook so it will be nice to listen to it this time around.

Audiobooks Received for Review:

Warcross (Warcross, #1)
I liked her last series and theres something about this cover that calls to me… even though I have no idea what this book is about.

eARC’s Received for Review:

Temporary Love, Life, and the List  Roomies
I’m hoping these are all good!

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  • laura thomas

    My gums bleed too, Nick. Not as bad as yours though. Ouch. I had to laugh about reading in your sleep. And I got bitten all over by those pesky critters today, Nereyda. I was doing some pruning and they like to hide in the monkey grass. I stirred up a ton of them! Enjoy your books and have a lovely week:)

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  • I hate going to the dentist, too, Nick! I usually have to take Tylenol after for pain! I guess it’s a necessary evil in life, though. I haven’t read Tess Geritsen, but you know I love mysteries/crime procedural/romantic suspense, so I’ll have to check her out for sure!

    Ah, Nereyda! Mosquitoes love me, too! I use 100% Deet anytime I to camping. It’s worth not having the itch of bites for weeks!

    I got the audio of Alex, Approx too. I be getting to it very soon. 🙂

  • Glad you both had a great weekend!

    Nereyda, I agree with you that mosquitoes are the worst! Every time I go to Charleston, I always get lots of mosquitoes bites, so it’s never fun when that happens!

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  • Comment for Nick 😀
    Aw, that sounds awful about the dentist. I’ve never heard about something like this – people can be so different, huh? You could never imagine the problems your friends might have even exist. I hope the gel you got is helping!
    6 books is awesome! I barely got any reading done cause I am basically stormed by house guests!

    Comment for Nereyda 😀
    Mosquito bites suck xD I used to be allergic to them! But then a lot of bees stung me and the allergy went away, imagine that 😀 weird, weird, weird.
    I’m glad you’re venturing into coffee territory! Although it IS addicting. But god is it good xD

    Also, Warcross sounds amazing, glad you got it! Many people keep recommending it to me.

    I just noticed your blog has 5.2k follows on Bloglovin’. WHAT??? 😀 Am I seeing double 😀 is that even possible, lol! Amazing!

  • Nick I am not a fan of the dentist either. Busted is one I had my eye on but trying not to request that many books. Nereyda I am one that gets killed by mosquitos too! We have our home sprayed for them so I can enjoy sitting on the deck at night otherwise I can’t even go out. It is crazy!! Have a great week you guys!

  • I have never enjoyed the dentist either. I think its because I had braces and all that as a kid so I spent so much time at the Orthodontist. Luckily, I adored my orthodontist but still.
    I get mosquito bites too. Like it doesn’t matter if I am wearing the 100% deet stuff, they still come after me. It sucks!
    Hope you both have great weeks!

  • Shopping is always fun to do!!! It feels like forever since I have gone out, need to change that soon.

    Looks like some great books read here. I am sorry to hear Nick that you DNF Caroline Linden’s book. Sometimes I struggle with her. Although I do like her older books more.

  • Jasprit

    The Summer has flown by super fast for you Nick, I can’t believe the you’ll be going back again already! But I’m glad that you’ve been able to read a lot of books whilst you’re home, this is never the case for me when I’m home, my sisters always say I’m far too anti-social, but all I want to do is read! And I’ve been seeing Katee Robert’s books on my feed this week thanks to you, I may need to go and check them out now! and welcome back Nereyda, I’m glad you had a fun time camping, despite the mosquito bites. And like you I always find myself gravitating towards the workout clothes in a store, even though I don’t need them! You have some amazing books to look forward too, I also can’t wait to read Warcross, I might even give it a go on audible, if it’s available! I hope you both have a great week!

  • Wow…lots of great reading girls and both of your current reads are on my TBR! So many books… lol

  • My husband has the same issue too Nick, he can only use soft toothbrushes because his gums are so sensitive. Hopefully it’s feeling a lot better and the gel worked. I’m really looking forward to Invictus. I haven’t been shopping for clothes in ages, I’m insanely jealous that you and Nere were shopping this week. It’s just bill after bill lately and I don’t want to adult anymore.

    Although Nere darling, you can keep those mosquito bites. I end up covered with them every summer. I found that a dry skin cream and an allergy tablet work well to clear them up quicker and stop that itch. Hope you’re both doing fabulously well <3 <3

  • I hope your mouth is better. I am so behind in my reading. I haven’t hardly picked up a book all week. So busy. I need to catch up. I can’t wait to see what you thought of I See You. Hope you both have a lovely week.

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    Ooh nice new reads! They’re mostly new to me ones though I did just read Warcross this week and really liked it! Hope you will too Nereyda! Happy Reading this week!

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  • I devoured Alex, Approximately on audio ..loved!!! Yes, Philly has wonderful stores and you can find almost anything there Nick!

  • Nick: That is gross lmao! Anyway, I like Claire’s books so it’s cool that youre enjoying it.
    Nereyda: I hate mosquitos like most people. It’s especially annoying when I’m out with my BF and he’s perfectly ok while I’m busy swatting them away from me!

  • Charlie Anderson

    Nick, that sounds so painful! I hope the bleeding has lessened or stopped entirely. I just recently started seeing the dentist. I postponed my spring visit; I need to schedule one. Last time I thought my face was going to get drilled off! Nereyda, I think we have the same flavor blood. I always am the one the mosquitoes go to. It is still in the 90s here. Fall clothes are cute!

  • Sorry about your mouth. I hope it’s getting better. Enjoy your new books. They look great. 😁❤️

  • Nick – the only Dr I like is the dentist (almost 45 years without a cavity). I need to check out Katee Robert. I think I have a book of her’s.
    Nereyda – Coffee is my magic elixir of choice. Don’t resist its lure. The real test of your ears will be when you go to your daughter’s concert. I will never forget elementary/middle school band concerts. I get some PTSD type flashbacks when I think about them. I am drooling over your copies of Love, Life and the List and Roomies. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Nick, I’m not a big fan of the dentist either. I usually put off going for as long as possible so I can avoid all the poking and prodding — it’s just so unpleasant. It’s been a slow reading week (couple of weeks, really) for me too, but I’m definitely intrigued by Tess Gerritsen now. I’ve been in a murder mystery kinda mood!

    Nereyda, iced coffee is the beeeeest! It gets me through the summer, since it’s too humid to be drinking hot drinks and I need my hit of caffeine. Fall fashions are my favourites of the year, so I’m happy to hear you got some good stuff. I need to do some shopping of my own soon!

  • 6 books in a week is still pretty damn good, Nick. Sucks that one of them was a DNF. I hate DNFing books but sometimes, you just gotta do it.

    Nereyda, you read some fabulous books last week. I love All Broke Down and The Distance Between Us. I also adored Alex, Approximately.

    I hope you ladies have a fabulous week!!

  • Nick, that entire dentist story just makes me not want to go more. I have actually not been to the dentists in forever (much like I put off changing doctors for an age I have also avoided the dentist which is stupid because I just know that means next time I go they’ll have to give me fillings or something awful). You did some reading (you always read loads) and I know there’ll be even more books I need to read once I manage to get caught up on the blog posts.

    And Nereyda sorry to hear you got eaten alive by mosquitoes but at least you enjoyed your camping trip. I actually don’t ever seem to get bitten (I know, I’d hate me too) or I never have a reaction to bites if I do. While I was away my mom was there suffering with bug bites and I didn’t have a single one. I read up on it and turns out some people don’t react to bug bites at all, how weird is that? Glad to hear your ears are no longer suffering from the Clarinet learning as well. Hopefully you’ll be able to distinguish songs next.

    I’d say I hope you both have a good week but as I’m a bit behind I’ll be finding out when I get to the next post.