Weekend Wrap-Up: 10/07/2021

Weekend Wrap-Up: 10/07/2021

The Weekend Wrap-Up offers a little look at what I’m reading, the new books that came my way, and anything else I may have gotten up to this past week. I will be linking up to Stacking the ShelvesThe Sunday Post and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and hopping around your blogs a little to see what the community has to share too!

My Week

It has been a strange week for me. My sleep issues continue (you will learn this is a theme, the doctors shrug it off, it’s a barrel of fun). The schedule was starting to veer towards late nights once again and then Thursday I was woken up by one of the neighbourhood children screaming and that got me tired enough for an early night, which last for 3 or 4 hours. So I woke up at half 3 in the morning, and then had to sleep a bit more in the day, so now my sleep is utterly wonk and we’re gonna have to just ride this cycle back around to “normal”. Sadly, this means I had to cancel both of this weekend’s D&D games because I just am not awake enough to DM, but that’s just how it goes some weeks.

My husband also wrapped up his last day at one of his two jobs last Sunday which is a huge relief to me, I’m super proud of him for going through with leaving and he’s got some decent work at his other job. It’s still long hours for him but he seems a lot better for it.

In my reading, I finished City of Glass which I really enjoyed. I will have a review for that one very soon, it’s mostly written just gotta find the energy to go over it, make sure it’s coherent and all that. Then I started reading Artifact Space by Miles Cameron. This is maybe my… third space opera book? And my first Miles Cameron, so it’s been pretty fun exploring a new author and an unfamiliar genre, but I’m really enjoying it.

I also finally started my rewatch of the Buffy TV series. I did tweet out some thoughts as I was watching if you’re curious about that thread, I’m not sure I’ll be doing ongoing posts about the show itself as my thoughts are pretty scattered and marred in nostalgia and legendary lines. But yeah, that means I’m ready to start on the books now so hopefully, we can dive into some Sunnydale fiction in the next few weeks!

On the Blog

I had 5 or 6 posts I wanted to get out this week and managed 3, which is a pretty good indicator of my personal limits these days but that’s okay! I’m glad I got at least one non-meme post out, and it was for the Buffyverse Project. Win/win!


Grabbed a couple books on Kindle Unlimited. I was in a certain reading mood (summery YA contemporary romance? I basically planed to watch anything with Baby O’Riley in the soundtrack if that’s any indication), still not sure exactly what will hit the spot but grabbed a few things. I was also convinced to pick up Sword of Kaigen by a new Discord I joined.

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram; Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah; A Thousand Boy  Kisses by Tillie Cole; Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky; The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram; Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah; A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole; Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky; The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

Then I picked up The Poppy War for 99p on Kindle, the day after I’d been discussing the book with a friend and was suuuper close to clicking ‘add to cart’. Love that timing, haha. I’ve heard amazing things about this series so I was super happy to grab this.


And there was also a game this week. Yakuza 0 was super cheap on Steam so I yoinked that. I started on Yakuza Kiwama over a year ago and I loved the vibe of it, so I want to go through the whole Yakuza franchise at some point. May as well start from the beginning!

Next Week

My plans for this upcoming week are:

  • Try to get sleep back to night mode.
  • Hopefully finish up reading Artifact Space. I’m about halfway through at this point and slowly getting through it, but I’m hoping I can finish it next week.
  • Get out my review for City of Glass, and perhaps the post listing off the Buffy the Vampire Slayer tie-in novels by series order for the Buffyverse Project that I promised Bhagpuss.
  • Really need to watch that second Avengers movie and Wandavision and then start Loki. I’ve mostly avoided spoilers thus far but social media has no chill!
  • Squeeze in some D&D prep for the weekend games because this past fortnight has been tough on that front.

How have your weeks been? Reading anything good? Got up to anything interesting? Let’s encourage each other in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’re all getting up to!

0 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up: 10/07/2021

  1. Sorry to hear about your sleep pattern – I really hope you’re able to get back into a night-time routine soon and I am pleased you are taken comfort in Buffy. 😊 I read the easy, nostalgic The Comedy Club Mystery by Peter Bartram and watched the new, bittersweet comedy-drama Fatherhood (2021), starring Kevin Hart. 🙂 Take care and happy reading in the coming week!

    1. Yeah, season one has its issues but there’s a lot of good in here too! 2 and 3 were for sure my favourites.. I think. We’ll see as I rewatch, I’m sure! And thanks!

    1. Oh yikes! Mine’s hesitant to prescribe sleeping pills (they certainly don’t work anyway, just make me more fatigued during the day which isn’t helpful). They take blood tests, say things look okay, and then shuffle me back out the door with a repeat prescription for my anti-depressants. eyeroll Grateful at least for that! And thank you, you too. <3

  2. I haven’t watched Buffy in ages!!

    Sleep deprivation and disruptions can be a real problem. A diffuser with some essential oils seems to help my husband.

    At least you got some great books to help with those sleepless hours!

    Have a good week and I hope you get some well deserved sleep in this week.

    Elza Reads

  3. Ugh, sleep is so important! It sucks when things get messed up. I hope you can get that back on track soon. I need to start a rewatch of Buffy. I did start rewatching Supernatural, something I’d probably only watched once when it first came out, and the second episode didn’t keep my attention. But I’m going to try to go on. Have a good week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

    1. I’m not hopeful, it’s been going on for years. Alas. All we can do is try!

      Supernatural is another I want to rewatch some time, I never watched the last couple seasons.

      1. I am sorry to hear about your sleep problems, I have been facing similar issues as well. The Poppy War has been on my TBR for the longest time and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. Hope you have a great week ahead!

  4. I’m impressed that you have been able to avoid WandaVision and Loki spoilers! People are talking about those everywhere. Everyone in my family is a big fan and I will say this: you will not be disappointed!

  5. Oh I absolutely loved the Mortal Instruments series! Can’t wait until you finish them, Cassandra Clare is one of my favourites! Congrats to your husband – change can be so difficult but so worth it! Hope you have a great week!

    1. I’m taking a bit of a break for now to read some other stuff, they’ve become my inbetween reads when I need something a bit different. 😀 But I am warming up to Cassandra Clare, for sure! Thank you <3

  6. Good luck with your sleep issues. My brother suffers from similar ones which are compounded by an irregular work schedule that sometimes has him starting at 8 am when the next day could be a 2PM start or even a day off. Your books do sound good. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Sorry about your sleep issues. I definitely know how you feel – I’ve suffered with insomnia often throughout the years, and it is no fun! I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’ve stopped fighting it. If I can’t sleep, I just get out of bed and stop trying. It’s not any more refreshing, but it’s less frustrating.

  8. I’m very curious to hear what you think of The Poppy War when you get there! I’m trying to hold off on reading the last book in the trilogy because then it’ll be over.

    I’ve considered picking up SoK a few times… curious to hear what you think.

    I finished Gideon the Ninth and I’m glad you turned me onto it. The ending was unexpected as heck and I’m really pumped to continue the series.

    1. Oh nooo, big mood. Haha.

      It’s on Kindle Unlimited if you have that, otherwise it’s actually pretty cheap on Kindle.

      Aaaaa, yay! I am going to have to add that to my priority wishlist, for sure. It sounds like a great read.

  9. I’m not sure if I want to try The Poppy War or not, I feel like it might be a bit too much military stuff for my taste, but I paid for WorldCon supporting membership to get the voting packet this year (wanted all the October Daye stories that I can never find) and the whole trilogy is in it…so I might give it a try in the fairness of knowing what I’m voting for.

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