Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weekly Rewind 5.10.14

Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:03 AM with 12 comments

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: On the job front my life is just in such limbo. I need to work over the summer, obviously, but don't know how long my office is going to employ me. They are looking for my replacement now, so it could be at any time--although they will keep me for about a month to train. I spent a good portion of this week going to different restaurants in the city to apply for serving jobs. It's been over a decade since I've had to work as a waitress, but it's definitely better than nothing and I'm sure I could make some great money at some of the restaurants I applied for. I've applied for 3 English teacher jobs that were advertised for the fall, so please continue to send good thoughts my way. It would be so amazing if I could just find a full-time teaching position. 

My Blog: For now, I'm just going to be comfortable posting 3-4 posts a week. I'm still working through a bit of a way reading slump which sucks, but what do you do? I'm hoping to get back into a reading groove soon, but I'm not stressing about it. 

  • Monday: I posted a review for the much buzzed about book We Were Liars. This one seems to be hit or miss for most people. I personally really enjoyed it, but e. lockhart is one of my all-time favorite authors. I did figure out the what of what was happening, but the how of it all was still intriguing. 
  • Wednesday: I'm waiting for yet another Cinderella retellings Damsel Distressed. This one is from the perspective of the not-so-evil stepsister and looks really interesting. 
  • Thursday: I was bummed to miss this week's TTT, so I decided to take a look at what themes really draw me in a book cover in my discussion post: My All-Time Favorite Covers.
New Books: Once again, I have some amazing books to share with you this week. I hope you are all having fabulous weekends full of happiness and reading.

For Review

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The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
A girl turns to the classic strategy book, The Art of War, for advice after a break-up.
V is for Villain by Peter Moore
I'm a sucker for super-heroes. This one follows a boy genius who is always compared to his super-hero older brother.
Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
I'll be honest, I always want to like Jennifer Echol's books more than I actually like them, but that cover is adorable so...
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
I stopped at 6 or 7 on the Pretty Little Liars series, and I really wish SHE would have stopped at four, but this sounds pretty interesting. This Review on GR may be my favorite review ever. 
Now & Forever by Suzanne Colasanti
I've talked before about how I'm not crazy about how all of this author's character sound like the same space cadet, but I think a book about a girl whose boyfriend becomes an over-night sensation sounds interesting.
Infinite Sky by CJ Flood
A caravan of illegal travelers decide to set up camp in a family's front yard. Said to be a tear-jerker, so I'll definitely be saving it for a melancholy mood. 
This MG novel about a girl who wants to be a director who is having friend issues looks so adorable.
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
So, I never got into the Castor Chronicles. I, for real, tried to read Beautiful Creatures 3 times before giving up, but I'm hoping to get into this. If not, *shrugs*.

What I snagged from the library

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Pointe by Brandy Colbert
I've been excited for this one since I heard about it. I love books about ballerinas. Love them.
The Taking by Kimberly Derting
I was excited to get an e-arc of this book, but when I went to read it, the document wouldn't open. Oh, well. I'm still excited to read it.

Link Love

  • The girls over at Books of Amber wrote a wonderful review for one of my favorite novels: Vicious.
  • Amanda from On a Book Bender wrote a thoughtful post about how bloggers need to: Stop Putting Yourself Down.
Anticipated Reviews
I'm sure I'll be posting something next week, but I haven't finished any books this week, so...
I'm planning on reading this on over the weekend: 
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. Ireally hope you have some luck soon with your job applications...sending good luck thoughts your way! Hope you enjoy your books when you feel a bit more like reading. x

  2. Sending all the good thoughts your way, I hope a good job comes up soon!

    I'm really on the fence about The Heiresses. I mean, it sounds good and I love the cover but Sara Shepard has some of the most ridiculous plots ever, especially with Pretty Little Liars. I think I'm going to read it anyway and hope I won't regret it. But first I'm going to read that Goodreads review you linked to!

    *comes back* Ahahhahahahaaa, I can actually see that happening!

    Under The Mountain's STS

  3. Fingers crossed for the jobs! Hopefully you get offers from all three as it's always nicer when you have a choice.

    I can't wait to read We Were Liars. For some reason I thought it wasn't out over here until the summer but I just checked the Foyles website and I stand corrected. I'll have to get myself a copy ASAP. Pointe, on the other hand, definitely isn't available over here yet, which is annoying as I love a good ballet book too. However, I'm reading Misty Copeland's memoir/autobiography and it's so inspiring! I'd recommend it to anyone who loves dance and/or stories about overcoming adversity.

  4. The Art of Lainey, Pointe, Biggest Flirts, and Now & Forever are all on my TBR list. I can't wait to read all of your reviews. I don't know when I will be able to get to these, but hopefully soon.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books and good luck finding a teaching job!!

    Here is my STS:

  5. so many good books. I'm hoping to get to read the Art of Lainey soon. have a lovely weekend.

    My STS

  6. I haven't read any of these but happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  7. The Taking looks really cool - I'm excited to see what you think!
    good luck figuring out your summer!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

  8. Good luck on with finding a job! I really hope you'll get a teaching position. :)

    As for the books, I'm excited to read Pointe too. I don't have a copy yet, but eventually, I'll get my hands on one. The Art of Lainey is on my TBR for this month! I've heard good things, so let's hope it goes well for both of us. I hope you enjoy your new books!

    By the way, I recently got a copy of Vicious. I'm glad to see it's one of your favorites.

  9. It's been ages since I worked in a restaurant/cafe too, but it's always good to know you could fall back on if needed. I hope you get the teaching jobs, hun! *FINGERS and TOES crossed*

    The Art of Lainey looks so, so good, as does Biggest Flirts!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  10. Good vibes your way, Natalie.

    I was bummed I missed out on TTT, too! There are so many books I would definitely use as art work on my wall.

    Anyway, happy reading!

  11. Good luck with the job search!

    Wow, so many great books to read. I enjoyed The Taking so hopefully you will too. It's fast-paced and fun.

    The Art of Lainey, I've heard mostly good things about it and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    One of my all time favorite books that I haven't read in forever is "Ballerina". I can't remember the author off the top of my head, but I just remember loving that book so much, I read it multiple times. I can't wait to read your review of Pointe.

    Hope you have a great week! ~Pam

  12. Ha, I saw that review of The Heiresses awhile back...definitely a realistic outlook, lol. The Art of Lainey was such an unexpectedly awesome read, especially since I thought this book sounded very much like Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. Sending happy thoughts your way and hoping the job search goes well for you!


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