Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekly Rewind 2.13.16

Friday, February 12, 2016 11:32 PM with No 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.

My Life and Blog

Life: So I totally caught the cold my husband was suffering with when I was home last weekend and have been miserable all week. I started getting sick on Monday night and had a rough week. I'm starting to feel a little bit better today, but am still definitely under the weather. I was hoping to get back home for the weekend because this is the last three-day weekend I'm going to have for quite a while. I had my bag packed, but after checking the weather obsessively all day decided not to risk it. There are supposed to be squalls in between VA and PA causing poor visibility, plus a snow covering that is supposed to almost immediately turn to ice because it is so freaking cold in the northeast right now. I'm bummed because I just miss my husband. This year has definitely been better than the year I spent in FL, but I just miss seeing him every day. Three days of rest should help me feel better, at least.

Blog and reading: Just a WoW this week (and that almost didn't happen). I'm currently reading and listening to The Dream Thieves. I love getting the audio of the book I'm reading so that I can continue the story in the car. For research purposes I'm reading The Modern Guide to Witchcraft. I have this seed of an idea and truly hope this one goes somewhere.

New Books: I've some pretties to share today. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Descendants of Holmes and Watson go to the same prep school. Pretty excited for this one!
Titans by Victoria Scott
A Story of mechanical horses. Sounds interesting. And a stand-alone!
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Four lives intersect in 1970s Alaska. This cover is so pretty.
Movie Freak by Owen Gleiberman
So it probably won't come as a surprise that I love movie critics. Entertainment Weekly is the one magazine that I subscribe to, and I really enjoy Owen's reviews.

What I bought


Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
From what I've heard this book is full of cupcakes and ice skating (and I'm pretty sure the love interest is a hockey player *swoon*).
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
I remember being so excited for this one based on this cover but getting scared away based on some middling review, but I just couldn't resist the charm of this cover when I found it for a couple of dollars.
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
The popular blonde cheerleader is hiding the fact that she is secretly a comic-book nerd. This looks adorable and will probably be read first.

What I snagged from the library

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Books:
The Siren by Kiera Cass
I never got into The Selection series (and never will--it just doesn't sound like my cup of tea at all), but I do love me some mythology, so I hope to enjoy this one.
The Modern Guide to Witchcraft by Skye Alexander
I've been reading a lot of screenplay writing guides lately. This has led to a seed of an idea. This book is for research. I love this cover; it is even prettier in person.
Audio:
How to be Single by Liz Tuccillo
I've owned this book for years, but just have never gotten around to reading it. The movie looks pretty cute.
Movie:
Sicario
I've heard that Emily Blunt is badass in this. I'm excited, but will probably wait to watch it until I go home next because I'm sure my husband will like this one.

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!






Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (137) The Sudden Appearance of Hope

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:26 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 Sudden Appearance of Hope

Author: Claire North
Publisher: Redhook
Release Date: May 17, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Listen.
All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds.
So listen. Remember me.


My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .

The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of the girl no one remembers. But this gripping story – of love and loss, of hope and despair, of living in the moment and dying to leave a mark – is novel that will stay with you for ever.


Why I'm excited:
This doesn't sound like anything I've read before, which is a huge selling point. Even though this is an adult novel, it definitely sounds like something that YA lovers will enjoy as well. I'm so curious about Hope and which direction this story goes. Will be keeping my eyes open for this one.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Rewind 2.6.16

Friday, February 5, 2016 9:22 PM with 11 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.

My Life and Blog

Blog: I'm home for a long weekend for my birthday which is Saturday. On Sunday we are going to the casino which has this unbelievable brunch buffet. It's so good. Multiple international stations, dude making omelets, salad bar, and huge dessert table. It's right on the river with amazing city views. I'm so excited. After that we are going to a friend's house who is having a Super Bowl/birthday party for me. Tonight I'm just hanging out with my husband (who is sick and acting like a baby because he is sick) and tomorrow will be pretty chill, too. He's making me dinner and we might go see a movie (or just watch one at home...again, sick husband). I'm not going to ramble on tonight because I'm enjoying my time at home, but will be back to my rambling self next week.

Blog and reading: Just a WoW this week. I'm currently reading Winning which doesn't come out until June, but after reading the first couple of pages out of curiosity, I was hooked. I'm listening to The Dream Thieves in preparation for the last book in the Raven series.

New Books: I've a pretty nice collection of new pretties to share with you today. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Winning by Lara Deloza
So this is really good so far (I'm at about 60%). Definitely has allusions to Mean Girls, but not in a bad way, and one of the characters even acknowledges it.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heibi Heilig
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2016--and I still want to read it--but I tried picking this up a few weeks back and it didn't snag me immediately so I ended up setting it aside. I definitely think that it just wasn't what I was in the mood for that day and not the book itself.
The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
Oh, that cover. I just love it so much.
Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth
A murder mystery where a girl tries to figure out who attacked her and killed her friend.
The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
Based on the book's title and synopsis, I'm assuming this about a rape, but it also sounds like a book about sisters, which I like.
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange
This is supposed to be an "updated" Breakfast Club, but I'm not sure it needs an update...

What I snagged from the library

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Book:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I'm getting pretty into the new show...so much so that I've watched the first 3 episodes already and am not sure I'm going to bother with the book. Has anybody read it? Should I bother or just continue with the show?
Audio:
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I have no explanation for why I haven't read this yet. I read and loved The Raven Boys--twice. I already have The Raven King on order at the library, so I'm hoping to get through this one and the third book before it releases.
Movie:
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
I didn't love the first movie...and I haven't read this series...but I actually just popped this into the DVD player so hopefully I love it.

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, February 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (136) The Girl in the Picture

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 11:52 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.


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The Girl in the Picture

Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep.

The Girl in the Picture.

After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. A girl who no one knew was even close to Chace–and whose dormmate, Lana Rivera, was Chace's girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl and now she's the primary suspect in his murder.

But what really happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back; were he and Lana over? Could either of them have killed him?

Told in alternating points of view, that of our suspect, Nicole Morgan, and her former best friend and roommate, Lana Rivera, readers will piece together the story of a starcrossed love, a fractured friendship–and what really happened the night Chace was killed.

From Alexandra Monir, author of the popular time-travel novel Timeless, comes a gripping mystery and a poignant romance in one thrilling read.


Why I'm excited:
As soon as I read this synopsis, I was intrigued. I love the idea of the alternating POVs as we piece together the murder mystery. I love mysteries and I love multiple POVs, so...yeah, this sounds like my kind of book. I can't wait to read this one.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Rewind 1.30.16

Friday, January 29, 2016 7:18 PM with 5 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.

My Life and Blog

Life: As I discussed last week, I currently live in the DC area. We got SO much snow last weekend, but luckily I never lost electricity and had stocked my cabinets and fridge before the storm started so I really just had to wait it out. My car was stuck in the garage until Wednesday because the poor plow men and women just had so much snow to get rid of (and nowhere to put it), so it took them awhile to get to the alleys. Thankfully school was cancelled for the week, though, so I really didn't have anywhere to go. I'm kicking myself for not waking up on Friday morning before the snow hit and just driving home to PA, but I just didn't have anyway of knowing when school would resume or how the roads would be in the 4 hour stretch between my apartment and my house would be. School was cancelled chunks at a time, too, not just: school will be out next week, so I didn't want to be stuck trying to get back last minute. Oh, well. Hindsight is 20/20. It would have been awesome to have an extra week with my husband, but is was nice to just have a week of taking it easy on my own, too. School is resuming on Monday, but I had already requested off next Friday the 5th and the following Monday the 8th so I could have a four-weekend to go home for my birthday (which is next Saturday). So for the next three weeks will all be four-day weeks for me, which is pretty awesome.

 
It was still snowing when I took these pictures and the car with the windshield wipers up is a SUV.


Blog and reading: I was pretty productive on the blog this week. I posted a TTT for freebie week focusing on my favorite female-driven comedies, a WoW, and debuted a new feature called The Grass is Always Greener where I compare US covers to their (superior) foreign counterparts. I didn't get nearly as much reading done with the unexpected vacation, however. I did reread the six books that make up the Scott Pilgrim series and finished American Housewife. I started Blackhearts and am about 50% of the way through. I also started Save the Cat Goes to the Movies and A Darker Shade of Magic (which I have literally owned since the week it came out almost a year ago). I really want to get through it before the sequel releases. I already have A Gathering of Shadows on hold at the library and have no explanation for why I haven't started it. I LOVED Vicious. Loved it. I think part of it just has to do with my reluctance to read series right now. I'm just kind of over them. I'm DNFing the audio I have now and plan to start 11/22/63 on Monday when my commute starts back up. Finally, I just snagged the book Pull today which is one that I've been so excited to read, so chances that I start that this weekend is extremely high.

New books: I have some pretties to share this week. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Like I said above, I'm about halfway through this. I'm enjoying it, but it's not one of those I-can't-put-this-down books for me. While I like that this is about Blackbeard before he became Blackbeard...I also kind of wanted pirate hijinks.
Pull by Anne Riley
I'm so excited for this book about a girl who joins a group of crime fighters with the ability to rewind a finite amount of time to stop crimes from happening. I adore this cover, too.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
After the death of her parents, the king and queen, are brutally murdered a princess hides in a tower until escaping with an archer...and then stuff happens. I didn't read the synopsis before snagging this because of that cover. If I'm completely honest, I'm pretty over royalty in fantasy books, but I have heard great things about this one so hopefully it will be the exception.

What I bought

Library Sale Haul for $4


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I've heard this adorable. Have you read this one?
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I wasn't planning on reading this one, but I saw the trailer for the new Hulu mini-series based on it and it looks pretty good. I actually had this on order at the library, but they only had the hb which weighed a trillion pounds. I hate reading super thick books in hb, so I was happy when I saw the trade PB at the sale.
Cure CD, Galore, which has one of my all-time favorite songs: pictures of you

What I snagged from the library

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Books:
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
I have the arc, but didn't get to it in time, so I decided to snag the final copy.
This is actually the book that is most holding my attention right now. While I'm not likely to write a screenplay anytime soon, it has helped me really think about the story I've been wanting to write and I love the way the book shows the different genres of movies, but shows how they all use the same structure. It's fun.
Audio:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I also snagged this on audio. For particularly large books, I like to "double-team" by listening to the audio during my commute as well as reading.
Movie:
The Intern
This looks pretty schlocky. Has anybody seen this? Is it worth watching? I'm fine with "feel good", but not looking for super cheesy...

That's all for me. Hope you're all having fabulous weekends!




Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Grass is Always Greener (Episode 1) Uprooted

Thursday, January 28, 2016 12:05 AM with 6 comments
The Grass is Always Greener

Is there anything worse than seeing a drop-dead beautiful cover only to find out that it is from another country? (Ok, yes, there are way worse things, but can we all agree that it is at least a little heartbreaking?) Like my Why, Publishers, Why?! posts this won't be a weekly feature, but every once in awhile I'm going to be focusing on beautiful covers I covet but can't have because I don't have the money I spend on books as it is, let alone books from other countries that come with international shipping charges (yet...I will be rich someday...right?).


Today's focus: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I don't hate the US cover (left or first, I guess, depending on the size of the screen you're viewing this one). In do, in fact, quite like it. I love the font used, the tree with the branches spreading throughout the cover, and the fact that the pictures are in the windows of the towers. It's a lovely cover. It just cannot compare, in my opinion, to the awesomeness that is the UK edition (middle or second). I'm seriously in love with this cover and have been since I first laid eyes on it and jealously sunk in. I love everything about this UK cover, but I especially love the way the one house is in the long shadow of the tower. This may be one international edition I eventually find a way to own. To make things even more interesting, look at the PB edition that comes out in the UK this May (right or third). I wants this version as well!

Like always, I'd love to hear from you! Which cover is your favorite?


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (135) Vassa in the Night

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:58 PM with 10 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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Vassa in the Night

Author: Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yaga, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students, Vassa in the Night weaves a dark yet hopeful tale about a young girl’s search for home, love, and belonging.


Why I'm excited:
With the recent cover reveal, I'm going to guess this one is going to be fairly popular this week, but I just couldn't resist because what a cover this is. So pretty! I never really got into Russian fairytales, so while I know about Vassilissa the Beautiful, I don't know, like, ALL about her. I love a new look at an old story, though, so I'm looking forward to this one.

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