Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Rewind 4.22.17

Friday, April 21, 2017 11:02 PM with 7 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. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


My Life and Blog

Life: The first week back from break is always soooo hard. I'm so tired right now that I almost didn't do this post. I'm staying in VA this weekend and plan to spend the vast majority of the weekend job searching and applying for the handful of PA jobs that have popped up. Again, keep those fingers crossed for me!

Blog and reading:WoW this week. I'm still reading It by Stephen King (and will be for the next couple of weeks, I'm sure). I'm somewhere around 800 pages into it. The copy I have is 1450. Still interesting, but I'm ready to be done with it. 

New books: I have some pretties I'm very excited about this week. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends! 

For Review

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
I've enjoyed all of the books by this author that I've read (which is probably about half of them). This sounds fun...but, ok, if your best friend bought you a lottery ticket and it won, wouldn't you give her half of the money (or at least, like, a quarter of it)? If the answer to that is no, then you are a shitty bf. Just saying. 
Dreamfall by Amy Plum
A group of kids in a facility for a sleep study end up trapped in a shared dream. I was so excited for this book. I started reading it a couple of months ago and wasn't as impressed as I was hoping, so I set it aside until closer to its release. I only got about a couple of chapters in, though, so totally plan on giving this more of a shot. It reminds me of that old movie Dreamscape, which terrified me when I was little. 
Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
Two teens accidently trade phones and because of reasons have to give each their messages (and can I assume fall in love as it happens?). This reminds me of Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number.
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
I don't even bother with blogger/reader controversies. I didn't even realize there was an issue with this book until I saw the extremely low rating. I wasn't rushing to pick this up because it is over 600 pages and I'm reading a tome right now (It), but witches are one of my buzzwords (and I like to form my own opinions). 
Say No to the Bro by Kat Heigeson
The whole auctioning off girls to be prom dates is one of the most cringe-worthy ideas ever, but I enjoyed this author's Gena/Finn so I'm going to give it a try.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
This is set at a boarding school for the performing arts. Sold. 

What I snagged from the library

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
So excited! I have zero excuses for not seeing this in the theater. 


Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, 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, April 18, 2017

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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Love From the Funny Farm

Author: Jenny Fran Davis

Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Goodreads:


Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won't admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he'll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn't show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora's dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

Why I'm Excited: I was immediately drawn to this colorful cover. It's a bit busy, but I love that shade of blue and that girl's coat is adorable. This sounds really fun, too. While I love a good snooty prep school story, I love the sound of this Quaker school. Also, epistolary stories are my favorite. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekly Rewind 4.15.17

Saturday, April 15, 2017 12:42 AM with 10 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. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.



My Life and Blog

Life: My spring break week has been glorious. I've spent a ton of time just hanging out with my honey. We saw the movie Get Out a few days ago (so good), went to our neighbor's for a cookout, and have made a ton of good food. I've done some reading, watched some hockey playoffs, and got caught up on Girls except for last week's and the series finale which airs on Sunday. It's crazy how quick this week has gone. What's keeping me going is knowing that I only have 9 more weeks when I go back to VA on Sunday and then I'll be home for the summer (and, hopefully, for good). A few PA job postings have started to crop up, so please send me the best vibes that you can to help me get a job here in PA. My husband has been a tropper, but three years of long-distance marriage has been a bit rough for both of us.

Blog and reading:WoW this week (yes, even with a week off, I continued to be the worst book blogger in the history of the book blogging world-lol). I've spent all of my reading energy on continuing It by Stephen King. I know that if I set it aside, or try to read anything concurrently, that I'll loose stem and never pick it back up. I'm about 40% of the way through it at a little over 600 pages. I don't know I didn't wait until summer to pick this stupid book up. I have SO many April and May arcs getting ignored due to this enterprise. 

New books: A small handful to share today. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends! Happy Easter, if you celebrate. 

For Review

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Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel
I absolutely loved (although loved isn't the right word--was impressed by, maybe) this author's novel Tease. It's about a girl who is on trial after a girl she bullied commits suicide. Lucky Girl's synopsis says it is about beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault, so it obviously isn't pulling any punches. I'm excited to read this...but also feel like I need to be in the right mood for it. 
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Half siblings who've never met share a beach house that neither of their families want to relinquish. 
The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson
Two friends who've lived countries apart for the past year try to reconnect by traveling around Europe together. This sounds cute, and I automatically wanted it after seeing this colorful cover. 

What I snagged from the library

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Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
I've always quite liked Alec Baldwin and am looking forward to this one. 
Movie:
Dr. Strange
I love Marvel, but am feeling just a tad burnt out. This is due back in just a couple of days, and between traveling and finishing getting all of my grades in, I don't know if that is going to happen. Has anybody seen this? Is it a must-see? I'm sure I'll put myself back on the list for it, but might make the time if I should...

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, 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, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (188)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:45 AM with 6 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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Speak Easy, Speak Love

Author: McKelle George

Publisher: Greenwillow
Release Date: September 19, 2017

Goodreads:

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.

Why I'm Excited: Words that make me excited for this book: Shakespeare, 1920s, speakeasy, mob. I love the 20s AND I love Shakespeare. So sold. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekly Rewind 4.8.17

Friday, April 7, 2017 9:57 PM with 20 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. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.



My Life and Blog

Life: I've made it! A whole week off for spring break starts today. I cannot wait to just be home with my honey and kitties. I really don't have anything else to say. Yay, breaks!

Blog and reading: WoW this week. After watching the spooky-ass trailer for It, I decided to pick the book up. The only Stephen King book I've ever read was Gerald's Game and that was literally over 20 years ago. I'm about 250 pages into the behemoth, and am enjoying it. I know that if I start something else, or try to read anything alongside it, that I will put it aside, so it is my main focus right now. 

New books: Just a handful of new pretties to share this week, but I am truly excited for each and every one of them. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends!

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Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
A book set in the 90s about the boy/girl band craze. So excited for this one. 
This is being billed as Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds...which sounds like a dream combination. 
Missing  by Kelley Armstrong
I love a good mystery, and this one is getting pretty good early buzz.

What I bought

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It by Stephen King
I had this for weeks from the library and just wasn't getting to it. I finally picked it up after seeing the new trailer (so excited), and got about 200 pages into it only to find it out was due back, like, the next day and that I couldn't renew. So I bought it for my kindle. The book was so heavy, anyway. Have you read this? I was scared of the size (the kindle edition is over 1400 pages!), but it is keeping my interest so far.

What I snagged from the library

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Because I'm reading the tome that is It, I doubt that I will get to this before it is due back, but I am intrigued by the premise of this one.
Movie:
Inferno
I kind of love Tom Hanks a lot, so I enjoy these movies more than most people do, I think. I'm quite looking forward to this and love anything that delves into Dante's work. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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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There's Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Goodreads:

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


Why I'm Excited: I know this one is going to be a popular choice today. While I normally try to pick books that aren't getting a lot of buzz yet, today I'm just going to fangirl over the fact that one of my favorite authors wrote a book that is being compared to the movie Scream, and finally has a cover. I love Stephanie Perkins and Cannot.Fucking.Wait for this book. Please don't come at me with your: "This one sure is popular" or "I've seen this on a few blogs today". Because OF COURSE it's a popular choice! Let's fangirl together! (Or move along...Lol. JK...kind of.)

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekly Rewind 4.1.17

Friday, March 31, 2017 10:21 PM with 15 comments
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The 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. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.



My Life and Blog

Life: One more week of school until Spring Break! I'm soooooo ready for a week off...at home...with my love and my bed and my books. Almost there. I'm in VA this weekend. Three of my fellow English teachers are getting married this summer, so we are having a joint wedding shower for them. I'm not invited to any of the weddings, but whatever. It will be fun. I completely understand having to cut off the guest list somewhere, and while I get along with all three, we don't hang out outside of school. I kind of hate showers, but I usually just sit inside my room on the weekends I stay here, so it will be nice to socialize for a little while. It's early in the afternoon, so I'll still have tomorrow night to burrow into my chair and watch tv. I have a ton of grading to get done over the weekend, too (although that's my own fault. I procastinated all week, and now I have to work all weekend). 

Blog and reading: Nothing on the blog because I left my laptop charger at home last weekend. My husband mailed it to me and it just showed up today--just in time to type up this post. I finished reading Mrs. Fletcher last night. I liked it, but all of the characters had the same sadness that those in Little Children did. Certainly worth reading, though. I love Tom Perrotta. I'm still reading 13 Reasons Why; Alex, Approximately; and rereading To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I'm almost done with all three, though, and hope to finish them all this weekend (although we'll see...again, I have a ton of grading that has to be my priority). 

New Books: I have some awesome titles to share with you today. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends! 

For Review

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The Upside of the Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda, so I have high hopes for this one. 
If We Were Villians by M.L. Rio
Ok, so this is going to sound crazy, but I LOVE books about pretentious college students. Throw in some Shakespeare and a murder mystery and I am in heaven. 
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
The synosis of this doesn't do a whole lot for me, but after seriously loving her amazing last book, The Female of the Species, I'm going to give this a try.
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
I don't have Hamilton fever, although I would love to see the play someday. Regardless, I am looking forward to this love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. 
Literally by Lucy Keating
This character finds out she is a character book sounds like a cross between Stranger Than Fiction and Ruby Sparks, two books I really enjoyed. 
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
I always want to read fairytale retellings, but I rarely enjoy them. This Sleeping Beauty retelling sounds pretty badass, though, so I have high hopes. 
Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon
This is a modern YA Jane Eyre retelling. It certainly sounds interesting. 

What I snagged from the library

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
So in love with this hair. A ComicCon-like setting is a great draw, as well. 
Movie:
Allied
I've been looking forward to this historical drama. I find it interesting that everytime Brad Pitt plays a spy, one of his marriages ends, though. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, 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!