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: Last weekend ended up being awesome. My husband and his mom got into town on Friday night, and Saturday ended up being mostly dry. Chilly, but dry. So we ended up doing the whole touristy thing after all. We got to see the White House, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. It was all so amazing and cool. I was seriously in awe of how gorgeous everything was. If you ever get the chance to explore our nation's capital: Do it! It was so cool and humbling and just plain awesome. We had lunch at a pretty upscale restaurant about 3 blocks from the White House where I had the coolest brunch plate I've ever seen. (I was kicking myself for not taking a picture before digging in. I'm not a food photo taker, but I should have made an exception in this case).
I'm making the drive this weekend for a three-day weekend. Is it too early in the school year to really need a three-day weekend? If you're a teacher, you know the answer to that is: fuck, no. I love my job, but teaching 11 year-olds is exhausting. Beyond exhausting. I had to buy a toaster this week because my roommate didn't have one (and mine is back home), and cooking for me after a long day is seriously throwing a bagel into a toaster. Maybe, maybe, I'll heat up some soup in the microwave (or go though a drive-through). I can barely think after 4pm.
Blog and reading: Just a WoW this week. I'm in LOVE with this cover. I did finish two books this week, though. Yay! I finished Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling which was funny and charming, but frankly kind of forgettable. I also finished listening to The Silkworm which I enjoyed (I would never get through this series big-ass books if I wasn't listening to them), but I liked The Cuckoo's Calling better. I was, however, more surprised by The Silkworm's whodunit. I'm currently reading Velvet Undercover, Wolf by Wolf and The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray. I'm listening to The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy which is the Star Wars: New Hope retelling by Alexandra Bracken.
New Books: I have some awesome titles to show you this week. So without further ado, I hope you are having fabulous weekends!
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This book that takes place in a world where the Axis Powers won the war and is also about a motorcycle race! has been on the top of my TBR list for ages. The protagonist has entered the race with the intention of killing Hitler. I seriously hope this is as awesome as it sounds. I finally started it last night...but only got a few pages before passing out (not because it wasn't interesting, I promise. I was just tired).
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
I also recently started this book about a girl who has been offered the job of a spy during the first World War. Pretty interesting so far.
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
The synopsis calls this an adorkable romance. To that I say: sold. I don't need to know anything else.
The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer
A teen finds set of journals all in the same hand that stretches over centuries. Sound intriguing.
Red Girl, Blue Girl by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Kids of opposing politicians (or script writers, maybe) fall for each other. I've not read any of the books in this "If Only" series, but they always sound pretty cute.
What I bought
Rook by Sharon Cameron
I've been wanting to read this book about two teens in the Sunken City that was once Paris--neither of whom are who the other believes them to be.
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
I probably got 30-40% of the way through the e-arc of this last winter, and then just never finished it. I can already say that this series will not in any way surpass my love of the Heist Society series, but I'm hoping that it was simply a case of last year being brutal and not the book. We'll see.
What I snagged from the library
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
This cover is just so flipping charming. For real.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
I listened to this author's debut Let's Pretend This Never Happened and loved it. I had to go the audio route for this one, too, and plan to start it this weekend after finishing the Star Wars book.
Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara
While I found the two star's love feast on social media pretty charming while they were filming this, I have to admit that my hopes aren't too high. A cop has to find and drag back a fugitive, and the two become friends. Yawn. I love Reese Witherspoon, though, and have followed her entire career, so of course I'm going to give it a try!
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!