Perfect week except for homework woes! #WeeklyWrapUp

Hello readers! I hope you all are well, enjoying your vacation or having a lovely summer. It was the first week of my kid’s school and it feels so good to have some routine back in life. It’s been a perfect week except for homework woes!

Her school started giving homework and it’s hard to explain her school is not just to play and do activities, you have to do homework. She likes matching letters, counting, and coloring… Did I tell she can read words now (which is a surprise to us), can write her name and most letters in ABC, but she hates tracing patterns (an important part of her syllabus). She literally threw her pattern book across the room.😐 I have a vision she might dump it in a dustbin in the future. 😁

homework woes

As for the reading, I just can’t believe I managed to read three books last week! I also managed to start writing that guest post on self-hosting that I was planning to write in May but couldn’t. I also made a rough draft on another discussion post, not something new but I like to add my own thoughts to already discussed topics. I still need to work on those Blogger Support posts that I’ll this weekend.

Last week I read

The Beach Trap by Ali Brady

This was perfect summery beach read. I enjoyed reading this story of sisterhood, acceptance, forgiveness, family, how half-sisters dealt with their emotions and could reconnect through the beach house renovation project. it was heartfelt, entertaining, lovely, and a wonderful chicklit with so many emotions and laters. Check out full review HERE.

Thank You, Next by Andie J. Christopher

This started out really good and it’s also entertaining but in the second half it lost its charm. I was annoyed by both characters and it felt dragged and repetitive after some point. But it’s still enjoyable with hot and sexy romance. Review will be up this week.

For the Love of the Bard by Jessica Martin

I so much enjoyed this book. It’s sassy, fun, and entertaining with so much Shakespeareness. I loved the concept of main character, Miranda Barnes, a literary agent and writer having writer’s block after getting angry comments from fans on her second YA novel. But returning back to her hometown Bard’s Rest not just helped with her book but she got lot more than she bargained for. The setting is the best part of the book and I loved the literary references and dialogues. It’s making me want to read Shakespeare books. Review will be up next week.

I’m Starting

It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters #1) by Tessa Bailey

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart. 

I was this around a lot and I loved that cover and I was getting a big discount so how can I resist. I didn’t plan to read it this month but when I saw my buddy reader, Toni, also have this book, it was time to start buddy reading after a month of break. We are starting it today and I so hope to enjoy this book.

Next I might read

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.

When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.

Who doesn’t like ghost stories? I really enjoy them especially if it’s romance and if there is unfinished business. I can’t wait to see what’s it and where this story will go.

Words of the Week

cogent – (of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing

nascent – (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential. [developing, budding, growing]

aught – Anything at all

scintilla – a tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling

cockamamie – ridiculous; implausible

asinine – extremely stupid or foolish

reprobate – an unprincipled person / express or feel disapproval of

bacchanal – a wild and drunken celebration

harridan – a strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman

hammy – (of acting or an actor) exaggerated or over-theatrical

posterity – all future generations of people / the descendants of a person

iconoclast – a person who attacks or criticizes cherished beliefs or institutions

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The Beach Trap by Ali Brady – Book Review
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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think I’m going to stop reading books in this life. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


  • Briana | Pages Unbound

    I keep reading that some schools in the US apparently do not give homework to younger kids now, and that sounds amazing, honestly. I didn’t think much of it when I was a kid myself, but I can see how homework would be frustrating to both kids and parents. Like, as a parent you might work all day and then have limited time with your kid after school and you have to spend a large chunk of it doing homework instead of something fun as a family? Bleh.

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      I also don’t remember how I was as a kid but according to my parents I liked doing homework. These days kids either want to play or want to watch Peppa Pig or whatever the show they fancy. Good or bad, i think homework might be to instill discipline and add it to their routine earlier so they get used to it gets easy when they get actual homework from first grade. But try to tell that to hyperactive kid!! She doesn’t like sitting in one place at all.

  • Lady Tessa

    Oh, I hope it doesn’t end up in the trash bin, but I can definitely tell by what you said that it does frustrate her very much. Sounds like you had a very nice week ❤️. Hope this one is as good or better!

  • WendyW

    Your daughter sound like she’s very intelligent and knows her own mind! I enjoyed all three books you read and agree that Thank You Next was good, but did get bogged down a bit in the middle.

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      Thank you, Wendy! Yes, she is her own person already. It’s kidn of good when she grows up but at this age, let’s say we have our hands full.

      Thank you, Next was okaish. I didn’t like middle part and also the last few chapters.

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      She reminds me of Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Right now she reads words by memory but i hope she learns to read on her own in near future.

      Thank you, Next was promising but characters are really frustrating. I also didn’t like they way they talked about things. those sex scenes were also okay. but I liked side charaters, they were much better than main characters.

  • kat

    My kids started getting homework when they were just a little older than your daughter, and they hated doing the tracing, too. Writing without tracing was fine, but it was just something about having to trace. I thought Thank You, Next sounded cute, so I’m hoping to read it sometime this summer, so I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on it!

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      Looks like hate for tracing is common in kids. I think they get tired of it.

      Thank you, Next is okay. It was promising at first but then it lost its charm by the end. I might rate it 3, just for concept and secondary characters. I hope it works for you if you already have the book.

  • Teri Polen

    I had to laugh when I read about your daughter tossing her pattern book across the room. Maybe she prefers her own original creations instead of tracing over others, lol. Have a great week, Yesha!

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      I get it. It’s age of playfulness and she is full of it but I also think if they don’t teach them to do homework at this age, even if it’s one page with six standing lines to trace, I don’t think kids these days will ever learn to do homework. It might be to instil some discipline and incorate it to their routine. Whatever the reason I hope she don’t tear the book as we have to pay to school for book! 🙄

  • Carla

    It sounds like a great week Yesha, getting back into routines definitely helps. I am actually surprised your daughter gets homework so young. Here we encourage parents to read with their little ones and give them various fine motor tasks to do, but nothing formal. Two of the books you read are on my TBR, but I was declined for both on NG. I’m glad you enjoyed them. Have a great week!

  • Reading Tonic

    Sounds like you had a really good week, Yesha. I’m so impressed that your daughter can already read words, my little one is still finding it difficult to connect letters into syllables…and he hates patterns 🙂
    Three books is great, especially since you seem to have enjoyed all of them. I’ve read a couple books by Andy J.Christopher and they were a bit of a hit and miss with me…can’ wait to read your full review to find out what this one is like.
    Looking forward to starting our book today!

    • Books Teacup and Reviews

      Thanks, Toni! It was great week. Yeah I didn’t like Andy Christopher book that much. It started promising but lost its charm just like Mr Wrong Number.

      I don’t think she knows how to connect syllables it’s more from her memory. Like she has seen the word ‘bird’ through her bird book Or i have read it to her and when I write the same word on her black board she can say I’ve written bird.
      Looks like kids aren’t fond of pattern tracing.

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