Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekly Rewind 6.24.17

Friday, June 23, 2017 9:18 PM with 10 comments
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Weekly Rewind

The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


My Life and Blog

Life: This first week of my summer vacation has definitely had some ups and downs. I had a second-round interview the first day of break--which I thought I rocked, but I found out yesterday that I didn't get it. This came after a disastrous interview on Wednesday where I babbled incoherently in a way that made me want to get up and leave in the middle. It was so fucking horrible. I didn't get a lot of sleep the night before and my brain just stopped working. You would have thought that I just learned how to speak English instead of spending the last 3 years teaching it. So embarrassing.
It's early in the summer still, but I'm already steeling myself for yet another year away from home. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, but it is hard. I just want to live with my husband. That isn't a lot to ask. Ugh...sorry. I'll quit now.

On a positive note, I took my kitty to the vet yesterday and he got an all clear. After losing my sweet Juniper a couple of months ago, I've had a huge hole in my life. Of course, a new pet can never replace an old one, but it is so nice to have a little buddy. We have our calico, but since she has spent most of her time exclusively with my husband, she is definitely his cat. They (the cats) are getting along like gangbusters, which is so awesome. Here's a photo:



Blog and reading: A WoW this week, but I'm hoping to get back into some light blogging this summer. Another positive is that I've been reading up a storm this past week. I was going through a slump like you wouldn't believe the last 6 weeks, or so, of school, so it is so nice to have my mojo back. I finished reading Devoted--which is about a girl who is starting to question her life in a cultishly religious church. I'm currently reading Eliza and Her Monsters, Summer Sisters, Once and For All, and Why Not Me?. 
New Books: A handful of new stories this week. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends! 

New Books

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White
I snagged And I Darken in paperback this week to catch up on the series before diving into the second book. I've heard great things about it, so I'm definitely excited. 
Bombshell by Rowan Maness 
A teen girl who lives multiple lives online gets an anonymous email threatening to expose her. This seems like a pretty common synopsis lately, but I like the cover and am hoping for some light fun. 
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
I'm not exactly how to summarize that synopsis...so I'm not going to. I know this is magical realism, and that's about it. 
Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
I have yet to read a book by this author despite owning at least a couple arcs. This one follows a competitive swimmer. I'm hoping to get to it, but we'll see. I'm not really feeling cutesy romances lately. The used to be my bread and butter...

What I Bought


And I Darken by Kiersten White
Like I said above, I've heard great things about this. For whatever reason, I thought this was a duology instead of a trilogy, which is disappointing, but I'm excited regardless.

What I snagged from the library

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I was so excited when I got the e-arc for this a few months back. Even though it was early, I started it right away, only to realize that even on my laptop the "extras" of the book (drawings from the comic, mostly) just weren't showing up clear enough to be appreciated. I put it aside and decided to be patient, and I'm glad I did. I'm loving this story of a girl who starts to fall for the new boy at school who happens to write fanfiction for the online comic she created.
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
I used to be a huge fan of Ms. Green back in my early 20s when the chick lit genre was exploding. I haven't paid much attention to her work lately, but for whatever reason decided to give this a try. I'm liking it so far, but am only a few chapters in.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
This book was a casualty in my fickle reading habits. I started it months ago, and was enjoying it, too, but put it aside for whatever reason and never picked it back up. I'm going to have to start over, but I am determined to read it. 
Movie:
La La Land
Ok, so I would have actually featured this last week but didn't do a weekend post. I already watched this and loved it so much. The scene in the beginning when Emma requests Ryan's band play Hungry Like a Wolf at the party--so funny. I cried at the end. So good. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (194) Olivia Twist

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:12 PM with 1 comment
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Olivia Twist

Author: Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Harper
Release Date: March 8, 2018

Goodreads:


Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.


Why I'm Excited: I never knew I needed an updated version of Oliver Twist--starring a young heroine--but now I do. This sounds really fun. I'm not enamored by the cover, but it isn't the worst. Regardless, I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekly Rewind 6.10.17

Friday, June 9, 2017 11:09 PM with 6 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


Life and Blog

Life: Today was the last day of school!!! I just woke up from a 3 hour nap. Lol. Today was a good day, but exhausting. We always do a field day for the last day of school and I spent the morning doing Wii Dance and the afternoon in the hot sun watching kids run around losing their minds. I'm so ready for summer! My husband will be down tomorrow to help me pack up to go home for the summer (at least...hopefully for good). I still have to go in on Monday for in-service days, but I'm pretty much done with everything. I have to do some last minute organizing, but all of my grades are posted and everything is pretty much a wrap. 

I'm going out tomorrow with my roommate and her boyfriend for a last hurrah. The house we live in has been sold, and they have bought a place together. Sunday my English team is getting together with spouses for our final send-off, too. It should be a fun, albeit, bittersweet weekend. 

Blog and reading: I've been so busy these past couple of weeks, that I just haven't had time to post. I also haven't been reading at all. I just haven't been in the mood to read lately, and cannot get into any of the books I've picked up. Although I started The Woman in the Window last night (which is supposed to be the next "big" thriller). I has super short chapters, and I definitely would have read a bit more if I hadn't started it at, like, midnight the night before the last day of school. I've been very much struggling with YA lately, so I'm hoping an adult mystery will help snap me out of my slump. 

New books: Just a small handful today. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends! 

For Review

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I usually try to keep a loose reading schedule, but I've been slumping so hard lately, that I just decided to read the first couple of pages of several books to see if anything stuck. This doesn't come out until 2018, but it caught my attention, which is frankly all I care about right now. This is about a woman who watches the neighbors in her NY neighborhood and believes she sees a crime in one of their houses--very Rear Window.
I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. I need to get on it. 
Such a Good Girl by Amanda Morgan
I'm not sure about this one. As a teacher, I struggle with books about teacher/student relationships because it is seriously gag-worthy to me (for real--so gross). I've heard there are some good twists to this one, but I read the first chapter and had to put it down when the girl's parents weren't excited for her when she got into Princeton. Give me a break.

What I snagged from the library

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Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Nothing says summer like a new Dessen novel. I know I'm not going to get to this this weekend between packing and partying, but luckily it is waiting for me at my PA library, too. 
Movie:
Passengers
This really didn't get the best reviews, but I really love both of them, so hopefully I'll enjoy it more than most. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (193) The Forgotten Book

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:09 AM with 5 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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The Forgotten Book

Author: Mecthild Glaser

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Goodreads:


A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn't seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they'll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.
 

Why I'm Excited: That cover is preeeettttyyy. I love the idea of a book where everything written in it comes true. Also, boarding school is my go-to setting. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly Rewind 5.27.17

Friday, May 26, 2017 10:55 PM with 10 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


My Life and Blog

Life: Home for the long weekend, and only 2 more weeks of school! I usually type this post up on Thursday night when I'm making the 4 hour trek, but didn't yesterday. So I'm pretty beat. Life is trucking along. I've been busy sending out resumes to hopefully snag a job in PA for next fall, and have been putting together my lesson plans for these last two weeks. I'm doing a brand new unit, which has been a ton of work, but it is mostly front-loaded. Once I get it all figured out, I'll be able to let my students go--which will give me time for all those last minute things I'll need to do. 

Blog and reading:WoW this week. Check out that cover! I'm slumping big time these last couple of weeks--which is just a combination of stress, getting over a nasty cold, and being so close to summer. I've started a billion books, but nothing is sticking. It is what it is. I'm sure I'll make my way out of it once school is out. 

New books: I do have some pretty titles to share with you this week. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekend! 

For Review

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crawley
Many trusted blog friends are raving about this romance, so I'm excited to dive in.
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
So I thought the "bastard" was a dude (because of the word bastard, I guess, and the male author), so I'm kind of disappointed that it's not...
The Possible by Tara Altebrando
I had to snag this after seeing the cover. I'm intrigued by the mother with kenetic powers.
Follow Me Back by AV Geiger
An obsessive fan and a famous singer fall in love on twitter...but I think this is supposed to be more thriller than romance (certainly based on that cover and title). 
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This adult novel follows a journalist who is hand-selected by an iconic actress to talk about her scandalous life. It sounds pretty fun. 
Perennials by Mandy Berman
I downloaded this so long ago, that I completely forgot about it. After rereading this synopsis of two friends who meet back up at summer camp as counselors the year after graduating college. I'm definitely excited to give this a try. Billed as for fans of Jennifer Close and Curtis Sittenfeld--two of my favorite authors. 
Liberty: the Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes
A "super-fun, fast-paced spy novel"? Sold. 
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
I feel like comparing a novel to The Breakfast Club AND The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (one of my all-time favorites) is kind of setting me up for major disappointment...but, we'll see.

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!







Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (192) Reign of the Fallen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:00 PM with 2 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 23, 2018

Goodreads:


An LGBT fantasy series that follows a talented necromancer who must face down a deadly nemesis who has learned how to turn her magic into a weapon.

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

A lavish fantasy with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable read that will grab readers by the throat and never let go....


Why I'm Excited: I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I've always been fascinated by necromancy. Let's be honest, though, that cover is amazing. I'd probably pick this up if it was about a girl watching paint dry. So pretty! I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly Rewind 5.20.17

Friday, May 19, 2017 8:27 PM with 4 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.


Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


My Life and Blog

Life: I'm feeling sick as shiiiiiiit. I just do not have the energy to write about life right now...I'll catch up next week. Only 3 more weeks of school! 

Blog and reading: Nothing this week on the blog front. I've started a trillion books over the last couple of weeks, but nothing is really sticking. I hate slumping, but it happens. I really just don't read when I'm sick. I watch bad tv.

New books: I am excited for this small haul. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
The Breakfast Club + murder mystery is a compelling synopsis. I need to get on this one. 
Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Two sisters at a prep school fall for a royal. I'm a bit hesitant about the sibling love triangle...but swoon at princes. 
Dawn Breaks Dawn by Sara Larson
Princess. Power. Kingdom. Yada, yada.
House of Furies by Madeline Roux
A maid at a boarding house realizes everything is not as it seems. I like books with photos. 

What I snagged from the library

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
I've only read one book by this author so far, but I am looking forward to this one and like the camp setting. 
It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
I love a good twisty mystery, especially when it's about bad female friendships. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!