Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekly Rewind 1.24.15

Saturday, January 24, 2015 8:01 AM 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 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: Four day weeks always seem longer. Why is that? This week was pretty good. We are at the tail-end of A Wrinkle in Time, and I think most of my students are starting to get pretty into it. The book does get a lot more interesting once they are on Camazotz with the--um, spoilers for a 60 year old book--kids who all bounce the balls in rhythm and the reveal of IT as a giant, disembodied brain. It's a fun book. I'm a little less enthusiastic about reading the same chapter by my 5th period (I am still human, after all), but luckily the periods rotate so it isn't always the same class that is getting me last--and I'm not always getting them last...ALL of my classes are more hyper after lunch. 

I'm about 3 weeks out from my next trip home. I added two days to the President's Day weekend so I'll be home for five nights. After that, I'll have a month before spring break. At least I'm on the downward swing. La di da. You've all heard this before. 

Blog: So, I was actually pretty productive this week, blog-wise. I posted a review for the movie What If (a romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe), and posted both a TTT and a WoW. I've been reading fairly steadily although I've been flipping back and forth between several books without finishing any of them. I did, however, finish the audio of Big Little Lies this week and I do plan on getting a review up soon--hopefully next week.

New books: I have several new books to share with you this week. February is a bit out of control. I can't wait for this summer when I'll have some time to actually read...Anyhoo, I hope you are all having spectacular weekends!

Review Books

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I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I've been excited for this one since I first saw that cover. I haven't read any reviews yet, but I have seen several 4 and 5 star ratings on my GR feed. 
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby 
Nick Hornby is one of those authors that I almost always pick up, but that is often hit or miss for me. I liked About a Boy and High Fidelity, but didn't really care for A Long Way Down and Juliet, Naked. This one sounds like a comedy, though, so I'm hoping to enjoy it. 
Scripted by Maya Rock
This one sounds interesting. From what I can gather, the book is about a futuristic reality show where you get "cut" if the public doesn't find your story-line interesting enough.
Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
A short story collection that is getting some good early buzz.
Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
I couldn't resist this fairy tale retelling. That cover!
We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
I'm honestly not exactly sure what this one is about. Pirates, I suppose. 
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi
A girl tries to find out the truth about her heart donor. 
Love by the Book by Melissa Pimentel
When I saw this cover, my first thought was that it had been awhile since I'd read a good chick-lit story. I hope this one delivers.

What I snagged from the library

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This psychological thriller has been getting great early buzz. I'm excited to read it. 
Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
I've been putting this off because I kind of felt like I should do a reread of the first book, but I haven't really felt like a reread...so I might just give this a shot with what I do remember. *Shrugs*

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!

13 comments:

  1. Awesome books this week! The review books are all new to me, so I will have to go check them out. I love that you got The Girl on the Train from the library…wow, you must have really had to fight people off to snag that one. :) I am currently reading it and it's great so far! I loved Nantucket Red. Not as much as Nantucket Blue, but it was still a great beach read. Can't wait to hear what you think! Have a great weekend! (And I hope you are enjoying that FL sunshine. We just got snow here in PA. Ugh.)

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  2. I haven't read any of these but I am on hold for "The Girl on the Train" at the library. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

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  3. I have not heard about any of these books yet, but The Forgetting sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy them.
    Here's My StS

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  4. I've heard so much about The Girl on the Train, can't wait to see what you think about it! :)

    Check out my STS here! :)

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  5. I'm going to get The Girl on the Train this week as well - everyone seems to be talking about it! I recently finished Big Little Lies (and have hand written a review but we'll see if I ever type it up!) but missed the discussions when it was a buzz book last year, so looking forward to reading your thoughts.

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  6. I just finished THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. It's really good -- tense, haunting, chilling. A little predictable, but still good, twisty, edge-of-your seat reading.

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  7. I'm so jealous of I'll Meet You There! I hope you enjoy all these books!
    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

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  8. I'll Meet You There…can't wait to read it, I've only seen rave reviews. And The Girl on the Train…we're reading that for book club! Hope it's good. Have fun reading! ~Pam

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  9. I've heard a lot of great things about I'll Meet You There. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week. My STS

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  10. Great books this week! I'm excited for Scripted and Beastkeeper! Glad to hear your classes are going well. Hang in there! :D

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  11. You had an awesome haul! I personally didn't like We Are Pirates, but I truly hope you enjoy it more. Have a great week!
    -Jon from Bookish Antics!

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  12. It's been so long (tooo long) since I've visited, Nat, but it is great to read that you're teaching, hoory! I'll have to catch up on your rewind posts ;)

    I just listened to Funny Girl, it was good but I didn't love it like I do About a Boy

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  13. I really hope you enjoy Beastkeeper - it was very imaginative!

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