Tuesday, August 19, 2014


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.


22501054 Sophomore Year is Greek to Me
 
Author: Meredith Zeitlin
Publisher: Putman
Release Date: April 21, 2015

Link to Goodreads:

A laugh-out-loud high school adventure set in Greece, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot 
High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they’re moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she's devastated— he must have an ulterior motive. See, when Zona's mother married an American, her huge Greek family cut off contact. But Zona never knew her mom, and now she’s supposed to uproot her entire life and meet possibly hostile relatives on their turf? Thanks... but no thanks.

In the vein of Anna and the French Kiss, Zona navigates a series of hilarious escapades, eye-opening revelations, and unexpected reunions in a foreign country—all while documenting the trip through one-of-a-kind commentary.



   
Why I'm Excited:

This sounds pretty cute. Maybe a bit young, but cute. Greece is in my top 3 places I would visit if possible. It might even be the top one. I don't take comparisons to Cabot and Perkins lightly, so this better be amazing. I'm not loving the cover, but it isn't terrible. That water sure looks nice. FL is HOT as hell right now. Keeping my eyes open for this one.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekly Rewind 8.16.14

Friday, August 15, 2014 9:38 PM with 11 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 Tyngas 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 beat, you guys. I'm seriously so exhausted that it is hard to even type this post up. I knew being a first year teacher was going to be difficult, especially while away from my husband, but I wasn't quite ready for the level of tired I am right now--and I'm teaching good kids. I have a couple of kids that are acting out a little bit, but I just keep reminding myself that they are only eighth graders. For the most part, the kids I have in my classes are sweet, good kids. I can't even imagine trying to work in a school where the students really acted out. I would fall apart!
 
I'm enjoying it so far. This week was a bit rough, I'm not going to lie, but my fellow teachers have continued to be very welcoming and helpful, and I love the assistant principal. I need to do some more exploring, but my commute is about an hour each way, and the days are just go, go, go, that all I want to do when I get home is eat a bowl of cereal and watch back-to-back episodes of Parks & Rec or ANTM on my new Roku.
 
Anyway, I made it through my first week as an official English teacher! Yay! Now bring on the 13 hours of sleep I'm about to get.
 
New Books: I'm sure I'll be featuring Isla next week (provided the bookstore has it when I go in tomorrow). All week, I just kept telling myself, "Just get through this first week, and you can buy yourself the book you've been waiting three solid years for as a reward." I never buy new HB books, but you better believe I'm treating myself to that. I've managed to avoid a single word about it (so, please, for the love of God, don't say anything in the comments!!), and cannot wait to spend the weekend curled up in bed/on the couch/etc. I have some curriculum to work on--which is going to be the recurring theme this year, I'm sure--but luckily I don't have any grading to do yet, so I'll be able to find some time to get into this weekend.

I'm still in one of the worst slumps ever, but I haven't given it TOO much thought with the moving and the starting a teaching career and so on and so forth. I'm sure Isla is exactly what I need to snap my ass out of it. On the plus side, I have been listening to audio books during my commute. So far I've listened to the first two books in the Heist Society series (books I've read a half a dozen times already). I love audio books, but I sometimes find that I need to listen to books I've already read because I will space out while driving and will realize I haven't heard a word for the last 3 minutes or so. If I'm listening to something I've already read, then it's really no big deal.
 
Other than that, I do have some books I'm excited to feature this week, so without further adieu, I hope you are all having splendid weekends!
 
 
Review Books
 
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Amity by Micol Ostow
I'm intrigued by the idea of a Amityville Horror YA book, but I have to admit that the early star ratings have me a bit worried.
Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
I've always been drawn to books/stories that take place in funeral parlors. It's what makes me fun at parties.
The Furies by Natalie Haynes
A woman connects with the rough students she teaches through Greek tragedies.
Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner
A girl with a popular online personality deals with the death of her sister.
Feral by Holly Schindler
GR says: The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.
Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers
It's the Parent Trap, basically.

What I snagged from the library
I was going to skip this this week, but an hour after I originally posted this, I found out that the library purchased over a dozen e-books I suggested for them. Made my night! I couldn't get them all, of course (damn limits), but here are a few...
 
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Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I skipped this when it was available, and then kicked myself when all the raves started pouring in. Definitely excited for this one.
I've been meaning to read this book about a trio of sisters with super powers for AGES.
A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
This one, too, has been on my TBR pile for forever.
Shadowlands by Kate Brian
Yeah, also this one. I've tried a couple of times to read this one, but haven't been able to get into it. Now that the series is completely out, hopefully I'll get through it this time. I adore--adore--the covers for this series.


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!




Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekly Rewind 8.9.14

Friday, August 8, 2014 7:46 PM with 10 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 Tyngas 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: Well, I made it to FL in one piece. I drove straight from PA--which was brutal--but I didn't want to stop anywhere by myself with all my stuff in the car, so I just powered through. Things are going ok. My parents left on Wednesday, so I have their house to myself for the next couple of months. I will decide after they return what I am going to do. The commute to my school is a monster (about an hour each way), plus, again, I just don't know if I can handle living-living with them. On the other hand, it would pretty much eat my entire salary to pay for an apartment here while still paying for  half of our house in PA. We'll see how it goes.
 
So the school. Everyone has been so nice and helpful to me. There really is some serious Southern hospitality here. I was so distressed on my first day, though. They had put in a module (a mobile home type unit) that was covered in this hideous dark wood paneling and smelled horribly. Thankfully, a woman in my department took another position at the last minute, and the principal was nice enough to offer me her old room. I adore my new room and spent all day today putting it together--organizing the desks, putting up posters, etc. Monday is open house and Tuesday is the first day of school. This week was crazy and exhausting, so I really just plan on taking a bath and relaxing tonight, but this weekend I definitely plan on buckling down and getting a handle on the curriculum.
 
I miss my husband horribly already, of course. Talking on the phone is just obviously not the same as being able to kiss his face, but, again, everyone has just been so welcoming and wonderful that it does make it a bit easier. I plan on going back for a friend's wedding in September and then Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it--you know it's true.
 
Blog: Obviously with the move and starting a new job, I haven't had the opportunity to sit down and do anything with this blog. I do have at least one review I would like to pound out, maybe this weekend, but I've really decided that for now my beloved blog will have to be placed on the back burner. Again, I will try to post at least my Weekly Rewind every week, so I can keep in touch with my blogging buddies and let you all know what is going on in my life as I live this new adventure.
 
New Books: I just have a couple of books to show you today. Luckily, my mom's library has a self check-out option, so she gave me her card before she left. This is awesome because there are a few books coming out this fall that I'm dying to get my hands on, plus I want to stock up on some audio books for that killer commute. Because I don't have an actual address here or a FL DL, there is no way I'd be able to use the library without her help. So, yay! Anyway, I've yammered on enough. I hope you are all having fantastic weekends. Mwah!
 
 
Review Books
 
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Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
I've been excited for this one for quite awhile, so I was thrilled when I got the approval this week. I have soooo many books I should read before this one (seriously my September pile is INSANE), but it got bumped up immediately. I've only read the first couple of chapters, but it's pretty cool so far.
Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup
After reading On the Road, a 60s teen drives to FL in search of Jack Kerouac. I love that cover. Those old cars are so awesome.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
I've been meaning to read this forever. It got some middling reviews, but the premise is interesting.
Day 21 by Kass Morgan
I hope I like the first book because I went ahead and snagged the sequel, too, as I am wont to do.
 
What I snagged from the library
 
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Just Life the Movies by Kelly Fiore
I've heard that this YA romance is pretty cute and full of movie references. As you may gather from my name, I'm quite the film buff, so I'm excited to read this one.
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
I was over half-way through this in PA, but I was slumping so badly before I left, that I just didn't finish it. I honestly started this months ago, so I plan to start over. I was really enjoying it, so it doesn't make any sense that I didn't finish it. Oh, well. Life. I was happy to snag it again.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
I've literally read this book half a dozen times, but I just wanted to snag something easy to listen to for my commute, and saw this. I love this series so much. Does anyone know when the fourth book is coming out?
 
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!
 

 




Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekly Rewind 8.2.14

Friday, August 1, 2014 10:42 PM with 18 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 Tyngas 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: As I type this I only have one day left in PA with my husband. We were planning on driving down to FL together, but he has complications at work (he owns his company) and now he isn't able to come with me. So on Sunday I will be making the 13 hour trek alone. I've never had a problem driving for long distances, so that isn't an issue, I was just hoping for a couple of extra days with him. His birthday is Monday which is, quite unfortunately, the day I have to report for my pre-employment meeting with HR. It's such lousy timing. Again, I'm not trying to complain. I'm so lucky to have found a job at a good school pretty much straight out of the gate, but I am just terrified. I don't know if there is anything quite like being a first year teacher. I have started a lot of jobs during my time on this earth, and I have never been so nervous in my entire life. Add that to the fact that I will be away from my love (and cats) for the next 10 months (sans holiday breaks) and its just a little too much. I've literally sobbed my eyes out every single day for the past 2 weeks. I won't even realize it. My eyes will just start leaking. Oh, so maudilin. I am excited. Sad and nervous, but excited. At least I'll be somewhere warm. I've never not had winter, so that will be awesome. 

So, as I'm about to pack up my life (do you know how hard it is to pack for 10 months?), and start my journey as a first year teacher--in service starts Tuesday with school starting on 8/12--I think it is fair to say that you all won't be hearing too much from me for a little while. I'm sure I will continue to do meme posts here and there, and I will definitely continue to keep up this weekly post about my life and new books, but I'm not going to put any extra undo pressure on myself when it comes to this blog. I love it--and the friends I've made through it--and I certainly hope to get back to writing book and movie reviews sooner rather than later, but I'll just have to see what kind of time I have. 

I know I have been the worst blogging buddy lately. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has continued to stop by and comment on the few posts I have put up these past few weeks. I seriously LOVE my blogging friends. You've been so supportive and awesome, and I will be doing some serious blog hopping as soon as I have the time. 

Wish me luck!!!

New books: As I didn't get my Weekly Rewind post up last week, this will be both the books I would have featured last week and this one. I'm still going through the worst slump ever. I did manage to finish a book this week--and I didn't end up really liking it. Boo. Anyway, without further adieu, onto the books. I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke 
So I didn't love Between the Devil, but I definitely want to see how this ends (although I don't remember the first book enough to not reread it first--so it might be awhile). I also just couldn't resist that cover! Gah. So gorgeous.
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
My buddy Jen from The Starry-Eyed Revue loved this, and that's a good enough endorsement for me.  Honestly, I've heard nothing but good things.
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
I just adore that cover. I started reading this--just, like, the first few pages just to see what the style was--and it definitely reminded me of movies like The Grudge or that one with Joshua Jackson if anybody knows what I'm talking about.
Forget Me by K.A. Harrington
I wasn't expecting too much from this "psychological thriller" about a girl who meets a dude who looks like her dead boyfriend, but a couple of my GR friends have given this a pretty high rating. *Shrugs*
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
So I'm just starting to realize that I'm showing you a whole lot of creepy titles right now. lol. I'm not exactly sure what this one is about, but I've seen good ratings. Mostly I just saw that cover and wanted. As one does.
GR has this to day about this adult novel: "What begins as a clever, gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure."
I don't read a whole lot of MG, but this looks adorable. 
The Roommates by Stephanie Wu
This is a nonfiction anthology of roommate stories. I've read the first couple. It's a pretty fun book. I've only had two roommates, both in the same year of college. I was going to jump into the story, but I'll save that for my review.
Charlie Glass's Slippers by Holly McQueen
A chick-lit retelling of Cinderalla.
Always, Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh
So I'm trying to sneak more MG into my reading rotation as I will be a MG teacher in less than two weeks (eep!). I'm probably half way through this story about a girl who is trying to survive her first year of middle school after her friends make the pom squad and she does not. It's alright. I'm not loving it, but at least some of that has to be blamed on this stress slump.

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, July 31, 2014

Why, Publishers, Why?! (Episode 5)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:07 AM with 9 comments
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My biggest pet peeve is when beautiful HBs turn into lackluster PBs. I completely understand that publishers may choose to change the cover due to various reasons, low sales especially, but the thing for me is: I don't buy new hardcover books. Ever. I can't afford them and I just simply prefer soft covers. Trade PB has always, and will always, been my preferred format. So when I'm salivating over a HB cover only to have it change before it comes out into PB it makes me CRAZY. Publishers would probably make MORE money on PB sales if they kept the amazing HB covers!

So I stand by my title for this post:

Why, Publishers, Why?!

Today's Pick:

The Ruining

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While I've never read this, I've always been intrigued by the HB cover of this book. I love the way the model's nose is barely above water, and that house in the background is gorgeous. I like the fairly simple font treatment of the original and the color scheme. 

I find the PB quite boring. While the cover model is pretty, especially her eye color, there is nothing special about the cover, and nothing about it makes me want to pick it up the way the HB does. 

Which one do you prefer? Do you like both or not like either? Sound off below!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (63) Denton Little's Deathdate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:11 AM with 9 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.


18883231 Denton Little's Deathdate
 
Author: Lance Rubin
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: April 14, 2015

Link to Goodreads:

Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.

Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that's tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's hostile sister. Though he's not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton's long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton's life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.



   
Why I'm Excited:

I don't know why really, but I always really enjoy stories where people know or can see when people are going to die. I know that's kind of weird. This sounds funny and original and interesting. Definitely looking out of this one. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why, Publishers, Why?! (Episode 4)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:36 PM with 13 comments
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My biggest pet peeve is when beautiful HBs turn into lackluster PBs. I completely understand that publishers may choose to change the cover due to various reasons, low sales especially, but the thing for me is: I don't buy new hardcover books. Ever. I can't afford them and I just simply prefer soft covers. Trade PB has always, and will always, been my preferred format. So when I'm salivating over a HB cover only to have it change before it comes out into PB it makes me CRAZY. Publishers would probably make MORE money on PB sales if they kept the amazing HB covers!

So I stand by my title for this post:

Why, Publishers, Why?!

Today's Pick:

Lola and the Boy Next Door

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My buddy Pam mentioned this series last week. This book was on my list of books for this feature, so I decided to showcase it this week. Ok, hear me out here. I don't hate the PB version of this book. I quite like the Golden Gate Bridge--I just GREATLY prefer the HB cover of this book. To begin with, it is just so charming. The color scheme is great, Lola and Cricket look like how I imagine their characters, the font has the perfect amount of whimsey, the houses in the background are exactly what I picture when I think of San Fransisco. In short, everything about the HB is perfect which makes me sad for the cover change. Again, I don't HATE the PB, but it is pretty boring when the story inside is so cute and charming. 

I imagine I'm going to be in the minority this week. I actually prefer the PB version of Anna, and I have the PBs of both books, and will definitely buy Isla when it comes out in PB next year sometime, but I really do prefer the HB of Lola.

Which one do you prefer? Do you like both or not like either? Sound off below!