Saturday, March 29, 2014

Weekly Rewind 3.29.14

Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:50 AM with 23 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. 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: I'm feeling a lot better this week. I still have a lingering cough and some congestion, but am much better. Thanks for all the well wishes! Tuesday was a horrible day, though. I got maybe 3 hours of sleep and then subbed for a half day and then had to go into the office. Subbing on no sleep is the worst! On Wednesday I went to a huge teacher employment fair which was interesting, but chaotic. I snagged some information from different schools, but didn't get a job or anything. My state is unfortunately not one of the ones who need teachers. I  would love to move down to FL where they actually need teachers, but with my husband's new-ish company, now just isn't the time for a move.  On Friday I subbed for a music teacher. I had to watch the same 40 minutes in the middle of a movie I've never seen 5 times.

My blog:
New books:

April is just going to be insane. I'm excited for so many of the books I have, but I'm also a bit overwhelmed by all the arcs I have to read. April also has two of the books I've been dying for: To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Dorothy Must Die. You better believe I'm making time for those two. I'm really excited for the books I'm sharing with you this week, so without further adieu, I hope you are all having fantastic weekends. 

For Review

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Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
I've been excited for this one since seeing that gorgeous cover. I love books that focus on friendship and a road trip is always fun. This one is on deck.
Great by Sara Benincasa
I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit weary about this retelling of The Great Gatsby, but I'm going to give it a shot. I'm loving the cover girl's makeup and the color scheme. 
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
5 years after dying, a 16 year-old boy's head gets attached to somebody else's body. It sounds pretty awesome. 
The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Two teenage heirs of feuding families fall in love. It sounds like Romeo and Juliet mixed with the Hatfields and McCoys. I seriously hate that cover, but it sounds interesting.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
A recovering addict searching for answers about her best friend's murder. 
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
I'm going to be honest and say that I have no idea what this fantasy novel is actually about. Something about sisters keeping souls quiet? 
A group of students decide to take down the reality show being filmed at their high school. 
Always Emily by Michaela MacColl
The Bronte sisters solve a mystery.

What I snagged from the library

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A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
I had an arc of this historical fiction story following a girl during the 1918 Spanish Influenza outbreak, but it was only formatted for Adobe Digital and I hate reading on my computer. 
The Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
Five journals are stolen from a locked cabinet. I've never read anything by this popular author, so I'm excited to give her a try.
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
A mystery following two disappearances years apart is being billed for fans of Gillian Flynn. I love a good dark mystery every once in awhile, but I'm afraid arcs are going to dominate my life this month. We'll see. 

Link Love

Blog Love: 

  • This joint review from Jen and April, the lovely ladies from Starry-Eyed Revue, of Open Road Summer made me wish I would have tried to snag this one after all. I can add this to the growing list of April (the month) books I just HAVE to have.

The Interwebs:

  • So this is a blog post, but from a non book blog. It is from The Nerdy Feminist and discusses She's Someone Vs. Narcissistic Fatherhood which is an extremely thoughtful post about how saying: you should treat that woman better because what if she was your daughter, wife, mother, etc is wrong because it makes the woman all about that man. It's awesome.


  1. I hated it when publishers only format books for Adobe Digital Editions, when I only had a Kindle. My Kobo is a godsend in that sense!

    I hope you enjoy these books! I need to read more by Kelley Armstrong.

    My StS.

  2. Everybody I know hates the cover for The Lonesome Young. And I agree. It's just all wrong!

    I like the sound of The Weight of Blood. Must check that one out.

  3. Evil genius? Why yes. Yes I accept that title with ease. Also: what is it with April?!! It's INSANE for releases! I have sooo many reviews to put up and nowhere to stick them. o.O Apparently people like to read in April??? STILL. I love this stack! I kind of heard Sea of Shadows was a bit slow?? But not sure. I want to read A Death Struck Year but it'd probably creepy me out. ;)

  4. I really want to read The Museum of Intangible Things and Sea of Shadows. :) I hope you enjoy all your books! Happy reading and have a great weekend!

  5. I'm not even going to lie, I am insanely jealous you have The Museum of Intangible Things and The Lonesome Young. They're both high on my TBR. I keep hoping I'll get my hands on an ARC.

    Happy reading!

    Check out my StS and my current giveaways!

  6. Great haul! There are quite many books on that review list that are to die for.
    And yes, you definitely should read Open Road Summer as soon as possible - IT IS SO GOOD. I think I have my review for it coming up next week. :)

  7. I got Far From You this week :-) I'm really excited to read it. I hope that you enjoy your books this week! Happy Reading.

  8. I really want to read "Sea of Shadows" but I'm on hold at the library for it.

    Tsuki’s STS

  9. Glad you are feeling better! You snagged some good books!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  10. glad that you are feeling better. you got some interesting books this week. Two of them are new to me.

    books of love

  11. Get well soon! Drown yourself in books, that's a good medicine ;D

    I LOVED Sea of Shadows so, so much. It totally surprised me how much I enjoyed, given my so-so experiences with several of Armstrong's other books. I was kind of meh about Far From You, but I might be in the minority. I'm curious about The Lonesome Young! Hope you love it.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  12. Great haul of books, I have so many on my wishlist!!! I'd never heard of The Lonesome Young or Always Emily but they're on the wishlist now too. I have Sea of Shadows and Great for review, looking forward to both of them especially Great as I can't wait to see how she does a female version of Gatsby.

    Enjoy your new books and happy reading :)

  13. I'm glad you're feeling a lot better, Nat!

    Great haul this week, but I can understand it being overwhelming, too! I really want to read Great and recently added a Death Struck Year to my list, it sounds amazing

  14. Glad you're feeling better this week! Always Emily is on my wishlist and I'm hoping it's as good as it sounds. :D

    ★ Under The Mountain is Un-Stacking Her Shelves ★

  15. Glad that you're feeling better! I've got Pretenders on my Kindle, and Far From You and Always Emily are on my TBR list too. Happy reading! My STS

  16. Amazing week! Enjoy your new haul

    OUT's STS

    Leydy from OUAT & RCE

  17. You got some great books this week! I can't wait to read Great and Intangible Things looks really cute. This is the first time I've read what Vigilante Poets was about, and now I'm interested!

  18. A lot of books to review! Noggin sounds interesting, hadn't heard of that one. And I like the sound of The Lonesome Young, but I agree, that cover is pretty horrible. I've heard great things about The Weight of Blood, hope you enjoy it. Glad you're feeling better! ~Pam

  19. Nice haul. I'm reading Far From You right now and so far I am loving it. It's taken me completely by surprise and it's so much more than I thought it would be. I hope you enjoy all of your books :) My STS.

  20. I have been seeing great things about Noggin and I am obsessed with the cover for The Museum for Intangible Things! You should spend all day relaxing with a good book so you are back to 100%! Feel better!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  21. Always Emily! I have found this book creeeping into my feed, and now I find myself considering a copy off of Amazon.

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! I hate to hear about the job search. Oddly enough, I'm in the same spot. I graduated last May with my BS and all I could find was a preschool job. Not my thing at all. I live in Texas, and they are not hurting for teachers. There are so many grads finding other jobs. It is a sad situation at the moment. :(

    1. Good luck! I'm certified for 7-12--and, yeah--there is no way I could do pre-school. When I decided to go back for my master's everyone said: oh, teachers will always be needed, but it seems like everyone I know has to sub or find jobs in a different field. I just graduated in Dec, so I'm kind of expecting to have to sub for another full year before I find something...but I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed I get a job in the fall.

  22. I'm glad you're feeling better! My daughter's dealing with a cold and earache this week, and I'm developing a sore throat, so I feel your pain. And the laziness. :)

    April's books are daunting but nothing compared to what I have coming up in May, though that might have something to do with the fact that I already read several of the April releases. Still, I have a ton more that probably aren't going to get read any time soon because I need to start on May books. Well, I don't NEED to, but some of them I've been looking forward to for ages and I'm not missing out on them. =)

    Good luck with the job hunt and enjoy all your new reads!


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