The new books on my shelves, the links I loved, 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, and the links I've enjoyed over the past week from other blogs and the interwebs in general.
My Life and Blog
Life: This week was pretty uneventful. I've been sick all week, so have mostly just been on my couch watching bad TV. I can't explain why, but I just cannot read when I'm sick. It's silly because I'm not doing anything, but I just can't do it. I had a couple of sub jobs scheduled, but had to cancel both.
The girl I was supposed to start training accepted a different job which is kind of good for me as it means I'll hopefully be able to hold on to my job for a couple extra weeks. I'll be fine while school is in session as I could pick up sub jobs every day if I need, but I'm worried about the summer months. We'll see. I'm sure everything will work out.
So how's Spring going for you all so far? It's snowing as I type this, so that's awesome. When will it be warm??? I need to move south, I think.
On the blog front:
- Monday: Sick
- Tuesday: I've all but stopped doing TTT posts, but I can't resist the semi-annual Books Topping My TBR Lists.
- Wednesday: I'm waiting on The Doubt Factory which looks intriguing and has a very Andy Warhol-ish cover.
- Thursday: Sick and especially lazy. I watched a lot of hours of ID TV. Like, an embarrassing amount.
- Friday: A film review for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon.
I have some pretty awesome titles to share with you this week. So without further adieu, I hope you are all having awesome weekends.
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
I'm so intrigued by the concept of this novel that follows a girl with special powers in Soviet Russia who is captured by the KGB, but the execution isn't quite as good as it could be. I read about 40% of so before getting bored and picking something else up instead. I need to finish it this week. It might pick up in the second half. Has anybody read this one?
The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
After her mom dies, a girl and her father take a road trip to the coastal town where her grandmother lives and falls in love. I've never actually read a Deb Caletti book despite owning, like, 4.
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
In the future a girl escapes a space ship in favor of a floating continent in the Pacific Ocean. This star-ratings from my GR friends have been pretty dismal which makes me wary about picking up this 500 + page novel.
Cold Calls by Charles Benoit
Per GR: In the vein of the teen suspense classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Face on the Milk Carton, Cold Calls is a chilling thriller, an unsettling mystery, and a provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A novel about a book store owner whose wife has died and a bookseller. It's getting great reviews so far.
What I snagged from the library
Split Second by Kasie West
Finally! I cannot wait to dive into this Pivot Point sequel.
The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson
Based on the fairytale Tam Lin (which I have to admit I'm not familiar with) and set in Mississippi and something about voodoo. Sounds pretty interesting.
Insanity by Susan Vaught
Three interconnected stories about an insane asylum. Any American Horror Story fans? Is there anything spookier than an asylum?
- The blog Stacked had a guest post by author Corey Ann Haydu which looked at YA Sex Scenes and Feminism and such and is pretty awesome.
- Gillian from Writer of Wrong talked about Disney Princess Tags.
- Going to BEA this year? The Irish Banana Has These Tips for You. I soooo wish I was going. Hopefully next year.
- Publisher's Weekly posted The Ten Worst Boyfriends in High School Literature.
- Huffington Post shared some pretty awesome news about my favorite Childhood Cartoon.
- For my fellow teachers (or you young 'uns who read my blog) this NY Times article about How High School Should Start Later is pretty interesting.