Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weekly Rewind 3.1.14

Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:29 AM with 17 comments

The Weekly Rewind
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. During my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life. 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: My mother-in-law was in town for over a week and left on Monday. Is it bad to say that I'm so relived to have my house back? My hubs and I have made our life out of just being the two of us. We cook for two people and have been together for so freaking long that we just have a way of flowing around each other pretty seamlessly. Having a long-ish house guest is like putting a magnifying glass on your life: why, yes, I do watch way too much cooking tv while sitting in pajamas and reading my Kindle, is that weird? 

I subbed three days this week. Once for a middle school English class (a different school than last week and it went much smoother), a elementary art class--which was fun, and for a smarty-pants (that's the technical term) class called GOAL at a high school. They had me fill in for a Spanish class in the middle of the day even though I don't speak a word. Subbing is exhausting, but it's fun to go to all these different schools and have each day be different. I'm definitely crossing my fingers for an actual full-time teaching position in the Fall. 

On the blog front: 

Monday: An early review for Don't Even Think About It. I personally enjoyed this cute contemporary with a paranormal twist by one of my favorite authors, but I know the first person plural narration will be the deal breaker for some readers.
Tuesday: Lazy
Wednesday: I'm waiting for Glory O'Brien's History of the Future. If you haven't heard of this one, take a minute to read the synopsis. It sounds beyond amazing. 
Thursday: I explain Why the 90s Were the Best. Here's just a couple of reasons: My So-Called Life, Clueless, and Nirvana. This was probably the most fun I've ever had writing a post. 
Friday: Lazy squared. I usually post a movie review on Friday, but I didn't watch a single movie this week. Instead, hubs and I binge watched Game of Thrones season 3 which came out on DVD last Tuesday. That red wedding. GRRRR.

On the book front:
As always, I have a handful of books I'm excited to share with you guys. So without further adieu...I hope you are all having splendid weekends!

For Review

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Ask Again Later  by Liz Czukas
I'm about 40% through this at posting. It's pretty cute, but not really holding my attention. It follows a girl with two prom options. The book shows the evening with both choices using a coin flip (heads: this happens, etc). 
Promise of Shadows by Justine Ireland
Snagged solely for that bad-ass cover. Seriously the feathers. So cool. Um, about a harpy or something. 
Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
A girl is murdered at her boarding school and then discovers a classmate can see ghosts. It sounds interesting.
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler is somebody that I small chunks. I'm reading this now, and it's relatively funny, but I would never want to go on an extended vacation with this woman. 

What I Bought


The Archived by Victoria Schwab
I absolutely adored--adored--Vicious and have heard this one is awesome. I'm excited.

I do have a question for those who have read this though: After buying this I heard a rumor that the publisher may not publish the third book in the series due to low book sales. If I read this and the sequel will I be super pissed that there isn't a next book due to cliff-hangers, or are the two stories complete enough that it would be ok story-wise to have it end after the second book?

What I snagged from the library

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The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
I honestly don't know how to summarize this book, so if you're interested click the link. That cover is pretty interesting, no?
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Rehoe
This is a book in prose poetry which I really feel needs to be said in the synopsis, and it isn't. I don't care as I checked this out from the library and I'm willing to give it a shot, but people need to know what they are buying.
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
For the 5th or 6th time. I will read this book. I will. 

Posts/Links I Loved

From Blogs:

Books for a Delicate Eternity posted a very thoughtful posts about Instalove 101 from an author's perspective.
At Such a Novel Idea Loren and Jess tag-teamed a review for Gone Girl.
Jen and April over at Starry Eyed Revue discuss Authors Behaving Badly.
My Friends are Fiction posted some awesome pictures in her post My Other Hobby: Photography.

From around the interwebs:

I discovered book blogging through Goodreads, so I found this Salon article about how How Amazon and Goodreads Could Lose Their Best Readers very interesting. 
I love this Buzzfeed post of 17 Genius Photos of People Posing with Books.
This Huffington editorial about how JK Rowling should stop writing adult fiction is a load of crap.
Bored Panda featured this Russian mother's photos that are absolutely breathtaking. 
17 Pintrest Fails from Buzzfeed had me cackling. Nailed 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!


  1. OH Glass Casket is awesome and creepy, Natalie---I hope you enjoy it! Perfect blend of fairy tale and horror. I loved this one.

  2. Awesome books! I am interested in Liv, Forever…can't wait to hear your thoughts. I hear you about houseguests. I think I would die if my MIL stayed for longer than one night. hahaha. It sounds like you are getting a lot of experience subbing. I'm sure by the time the school year is over, you will have some interesting stories to share! :) Also, GoT. Amazing, right? That wedding scene left me in shock for days. Actually I am still in denial! Have a good weekend!

  3. I can't wait to read Liv, Forever. I have it coming up really soon. I've heard some great things. Great haul this week :-)

  4. The red incredibly shocking. I usually read books before I see the movie or tv show or whatever but I was so glad I didn't in this case because I was not expecting that at all. Ask Again Later...sorry to hear it's not holding your attention, it sounds really cute and I've read some rave reviews. Hmmm...not sure about The Archived. I'm thinking I read somewhere that she wrote it not expecting it to be any more books (it's not like she had a deal for a trilogy) so I think it's ok to read. I actually ordered the second book from the library but I haven't read it yet so I can't tell you for sure. But the first one didn't end in a cliffhanger, if I'm remembering correctly, the basic story wraps up, and I'm thinking I read somewhere that she did the same thing with the second book. But don't hold me to that. Have fun reading! ~Pam

  5. I have The Archived to read, not done so yet but it looks amazing.

  6. Haha, sitting in your pyjamas isn't weird at all. Promise of Shadows does have a badass cover. I have no idea what it's about but I want to read it. Liv, Forever sounds good as well, I love boarding school stories and this is an interesting twist on that. I read The Archived last year, and quite enjoyed it. I have higher hopes for Vicious - which I'm about to start reading - though! I read Dare Me for book club in February and it was attrocious. Well, I enjoyed the beginning. I hope you like it more than I did!

  7. Nice haul. Promise of Shadows sounds really good. I enjoyed The Archived and hope you will as well.

    Books of Love

  8. I love that cover of The Glass Casket. Glad to have your house back, it is always different with MIL rather than even your own family!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  9. Liv Forever sounds good, I'll be keeping an eye on this one.
    And yes house guests are tiring and should never stay more than 3 days in my opinion! I need my space and my down time which I can't get with people around. I love family and friends to come around but am equally happy to see them leave :O

  10. I want to read Liv, Forever, it sounds really good. Nice haul.
    Enjoy your books.
    Here is My Stacking the Shelves

  11. I am going to have to check out The Glass Casket!

  12. Your post about watching tv in pjs and reading made me laugh! We don't have house guests very often either ;)

    I really want to read some of Victoria Schwab's books, I hear such good things.

    And the book pose link was fantastic!

  13. Great list this week! I hope you enjoy them all!

    The Glass Casket and Liv, Forever look good!

    My STS

  14. Nice haul! I have The Archived & the sequel but haven't read them yet... now I am scared to if the third book won't be getting released. I might wait and see ;) I love the look of Liv, Forever and the cover is really great too. I hope you enjoy your books :) My STS

  15. I LOVE your 90's post! I agree with everything you said. I re-watched MSCL last year - still love it!

    Great books this week. I keep meaning to check out The Archived.

    My STS

  16. I agree with you on Chelsea Handler. She's funny but over the top sometimes. That said, I definitely put in a request for that book. I hope you end up enjoying it! My STS


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