Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (76) Between Us and the Moon

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 1:34 AM with 3 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.


20807316 Between Us and the Moon
 
Authors: Rebecca Maizel
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 30, 2015

Link to Goodreads:

A luminous young adult novel that evokes Judy Blume’s Forever for a new generation.


Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict.





Why I'm excited: I love a good summer story--especially when they take place on the Eastern seaboard. I don't know what it is about Cape Cod or Nantucket, but it just evokes something in me...even though I've never been there. I'm also a fan of stories that look at the complicated nature of sisterhood. Put in a nod to Han and Perkins (I know, I know), and I'm pretty much sold. I'm crossing my fingers this one ends up in Harper's summer dump. 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly Rewind 11.15.14

Friday, November 14, 2014 10:41 PM with 8 comments



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







Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. 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.

My Life and Blog

Life: I'm pretty beat tonight, so I'm not going to ramble on too long. This week went pretty well. It was nice to have Veterans Day off in the middle of the week, and today was a silent working day where they just worked on their essays. One more week until Thanksgiving break! I fly out next Friday for the entire week. I cannot wait to be home for an extended break. 

New Books: Not too many books to share this week. November has been a pretty light month which is good as I'm so far behind. I've been reading a little bit more this last week, but not nearly as much as I would like. I'm hoping to read more over Thanksgiving break, but plan to spend as much time as possible with my honey and friends while I can. Anyhoo, hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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On the Edge by Allison Van Diepen
A girl witnesses gang members attacking a homeless man one night which makes her their next target. The leader of a rival gang decides to protect her.

What I bought




Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
I've been meaning to read this one for quite awhile. I don't read a whole lot of fantasy, but this one sounds pretty interesting.

What I snagged from the library

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Books:
I am the Mission by Allen Zadoff
I enjoyed Boy Nobody, the first book in this series. It was kind of silly, but fast-paced and fun. 
Audios:
Suck It, Wonder Woman by Olivia Munn
I read this when it first came out, but have been finding it hard to focus on narratives during my commute. I listened to Bossypants for the third time, and decided to give this audio a try. Any recommendations on memoirs--especially by comedians--are welcome!
Movies:
About Time
A romantic comedy starring Rachel McAdams and written by the dude who wrote Love, Actually. Sold. 
Stick It
I cannot help but find this gymnastics movie charming. Yes, it's cheesy, but some of the dialogue is pretty witty and it does make some good points about bringing gymnastics competitions and the confusing scoring system. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, 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, November 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (75) Saint Anything

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:49 PM with 7 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.


23009402 Saint Anything
 
Authors: Sarah Dessen 
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Link to Goodreads:

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

Why I'm excited: Look, I know I'm not showing you anything you haven't seen before this week, but it's Sarah Dessen! And it finally has a cover! (Albeit a pretty generic, snooze-ville cover.) While I don't always LOVE her novels, I do admire how Ms. Dessen really tackles family relationships. If there is an absentee parent, it doesn't feel like it is just for convenience. She really understands true family dynamics which is truly spectacular gift for a YA author. In addition, I just cannot stomach any new series right now, so I'm flocking to contemporary stand-alones now more than ever.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this one. Nothing says summer like a new S.D. novel. 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekly Rewind 11.8.14

Friday, November 7, 2014 9:44 PM with 5 comments





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




Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. 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.

My Life and Blog

Life: Chugging along. All my classes are writing their major science fair paper which is pretty crazy because probably 20% of my students haven't done what they are supposed to have done up until now, and a lot of them are doing projects that will be impossible to really write about--like which football will go the farthest--which is fine for an experiment, but  not at all practical for a minimum 2-page research paper about the history, science, and application of their topic. See my school has this awesome (for real it's awesome) project that starts with the science department and goes through all four of the major disciplines. I love that all of the departments collaborate on one project, but the English department is the 3rd dept and it's hard trying to get some of the students caught up when so many of the other students are exactly where they are supposed to be. Blah, blah, blah. #teacherproblems

Two more weeks until I'm back home for Thanksgiving break! I get to be with my honey for the whole week. I seriously cannot wait. While, some days are certainly worse than others, but I just miss him so much and cannot wait to spend a whole week at home instead of just a long weekend. 

New books: Not a whole lot to share today which is good. I'm so behind on my arcs! I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For review

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In this world people wear their memories as beads which are getting stolen...or something along those lines.

What I snagged from the library

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Books:
A ghost story set in the 1910s during the Spanish influenza outbreak. I've heard nothing but good things about this one. 
Audio Books: 
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
I'm on the last audio book of the Harry Potter series, so I decided to snag the audio of this adult Peter Pan continuation. I have the arc for this, but just simply cannot find the time (or concentration) to read it.
Movies: 
The Spectacular Now
I tried and tried to get through this book. And I honestly liked it; I literally have no idea why I just kept losing interest. I've been holding off on watching the film, but the cover was screaming at me during my last library trip, so...

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, 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, November 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (74) The Edge of Forever

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 8:10 PM 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.


 The Edge of Forever
 
Authors: Melissa Hurst Lane
Publisher: Sky Pony
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Link to Goodreads:

In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.
 

Why I'm Excited:

This sounds very similar to that movie Looper with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt which I enjoyed quite a bit. It sounds very cool. Also, I'm completely drawn to the release date as the next day is the last day of the school year which means I'll be totally ready for some awesome summer reading. Definitely keeping my eyes open for this one.

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

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly Rewind 11.1.14

Friday, October 31, 2014 9:44 PM with 13 comments





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




Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted byTyngas Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. 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.

My Life and Blog

Life: Holy moly, exhaustion is teaching 8th graders on Halloween when Halloween falls on a Friday! For absolutely NO reason, I woke up at 4:45 this morning and could not go back to sleep for the life of me. It's almost 9 now, and I am definitely hitting the hay as soon as I type this. Honestly, it wasn't TOO bad. My one class was a bit insane, but they were doing their Salem witch trial reenactments today (which was hilarious when they were in costumes) which they were pretty into. I debated just showing a movie, but figured it would be more fun for them if they were more active and watching their classmates acting out the various trials. This weekend I HAVE to finish reading the county essays for a meeting with the vice principal next week. I still about 60 to get through. I'm going to try to tackle half of them on Sat and the other half on Sun. I ALWAYS do this thing where I bum around on Sat and then hate life on Sun when I have to get everything done. And every single time I lecture myself about getting half the work done on Sat so it doesn't happen the next time. If only I would listen to the smarter part of my brain more often. It really does know what it is talking about.

I went down to my sister's last weekend for my niece's birthday party. My sister and her husband took me to a Halloween party Saturday night at one of the nicest houses I've ever been in. These people had this gorgeous indoor swimming pool room that had a bar and a fireplace and several sitting areas. Their master bedroom and the living room both had sets of double doors that opened up to the pool. Rich people, man, it must be nice. I danced all night with my sis which was so fun--and exactly what I needed. 

I'm down to 3 weeks left before my next trip home. I get the entire week for Thanksgiving (YAY!!!), so I'm flying out the Friday before after school. Sometimes 3 weeks seems like forever, but honestly each week goes by pretty fast. Life is pretty much just a crazy blur right now: Teach, grade, plan, sleep, repeat. 

New books: No review books this week which is good. I'm SOOOO behind that I cringe just thinking about it. As much as I miss reading, I just cannot feel guilty about it. I have been slowly reading the Lena Dunham book which I'm enjoying quite a bit. I read someone else say that if you like Girls you'll probably enjoy the book. I'm going to have to agree with the sentiment. I really enjoy Girls. I just like Lena Dunham. She's a weirdo, but I like that she isn't afraid to just put her shit out there. I do have a couple of fun things to share, though, so without further adieu, I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. 


What I bought




The Target exclusive CD of Taylor Swift's 1989. I bought this on the way home from school tonight (I deserved a little present after today). I'm listening to it now, and am loving it so far. 
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
I meant to read this anti-superhero book when it first came out, but just never got around to it so I couldn't resist snagging the PB. 



What I snagged from the library

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Books:
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
I had the e-arc of this, but I wasn't crazy about the format and so wanted to wait until it came in at the library. I've heard nothing but good things about this Aussie author and this book about two girls at an outdoor education camp.
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
A Hollywood ghost story. Perfect for this time of year. 
Movies:
The To-Do List
I love Aubrey Plaza. She is so funny on Parks and Rec. I'm excited to finally watch this film about a girl who wants more sexual experiences before starting college.
Palo Alto
I don't know a whole lot about this movie besides Emma Roberts plays a girl who is crushing on her soccer coach. I'm curious about Gia Coppola who directs. The Coppola's are obviously Hollywood royalty, but this is the first of her films I (will) have seen. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, 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!





Thursday, October 30, 2014

Discussion Post: Favorite Scary Movies

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:09 AM with 5 comments




Discussion Post
Have I ever mentioned that I love a good scary movie?



For parents who were pretty strict in every other sense, my parents were fairly lax when it came to my TV and movie tendencies growing up. One of the first movies I can remember seeing in the theater was a film called Witness. For those who don't know the film, it features a fairly gruesome scene where a young Amish boy witnesses a man getting his throat slit (if I'm even remembering it correctly--I was pretty young) in the bathroom of a train station. This was terrifying to me, but it also gave me a thrill that I still seek out to this day. Throughout my childhood I watched horror films that were way too mature for me. By the time I reached junior high, I was already slightly obsessed with Freddy Kruger and thought Pinhead was the neatest looking dude around. Growing up with these films, it takes A LOT to scare me. I'm not one to cower behind my hands or cling to my husband (who, quite unfortunately, isn't even close to enamored with the horror genre as I am). No way! I say bring on your monsters, your loud noises, and your spooky music. Here are some of my favorites:

A Nightmare on Elm Street

There is something truly terrifying about a monster who haunts our dreams. We are never as vulnerable as we are when we are sleeping--and there is no getting around it--we all need sleep to survive. What makes Freddy and the franchise so awesome is that off-putting, almost slap-stick humor that just barely takes the edge off on who, in my opinion, is the scariest monster there is. 

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Scream

What makes Scream so brilliant is that for a movie that is making fun of scary of scary movies, it is truly down-right scary in its own right. I clearly remember leaving the theater after watching this gem truly impressed with how absolutely meta the whole enterprise  is. Again, it's the humor, the winking at the audience, that raises this film (and its sequels) above the usual horror fare. 

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Saw

This film is a little gorier than what I usually prefer, but that twist ending--which I won't spoil here--is AMAZING. I watched the first couple of sequels, but nothing they did could top the pure ingenious of that first film. Completely different than anything else at the time. 

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The Cabin in the Woods

This film is pure genius. Period. 

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Silence of the Lambs

This is another film I can clearly remember seeing in the theater. This is kind of a funny story. My sister and I had driven to Denver for some reason or another--I want to say she needed a dress for a school dance, but I have no idea if that is true--when we decided we would go see this R rated film. I was definitely not old enough to see an R rated film, but she must have been if my parents let her drive us the two hours it took to get to the city. She had grabbed my hand when we entered the already pitch black theater, and like the asshole I was as a teen, I shook her off. Pissed, she stormed up the row and sat down. Because it was dark, I couldn't see where she went and also just sat down. So that is how, at the tender age of, I want to say 14, I watched one of the scariest movies ever alone in a dark theater. That night vision goggle scene at the end? Nightmares for months. I have to admit that I do love Hannibal Lector, though. 

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The Conjuring

While the ending got a little TOO crazy/unbelievable, I was pleasantly surprised by how genuinely scary this movie was. 

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The Shining

Jack Nicholson. The isolation. Those twins. Everything about this classic film is amazing. 

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Those are just a few of my favorites. What's your favorite scary movie? Sound off below! 

Happy Halloween!!!