Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekly Rewind 5.17.14

Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:02 AM with 14 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: This week was pretty busy. I worked a couple of days as a sub, and things were pretty crazy at the office. The sub job was insane. My position was a science/art teacher (charter school) and so saw a variety of grades and the kids were out-of-control monsters. You could just see the resignation on every teacher's face and the administration was so lax that there was just no consequences for bad behavior. I just wanted to cry by the end of the second day. I cannot wait until I have my own classroom. Substitute teaching is for the birds. It's not teaching, it's baby-sitting. Most days aren't nearly as bad as this week, but I still cannot wait to have my own classroom, and actual connect and teach students. I applied for a couple more jobs on Thursday, and I plan on applying for one more this week. I also applied for a few jobs out of state. I'm not sure how that would work with my husband's business, but I just don't know if I have a full year of subbing in me, but I obviously want to be in the school environment...Please continue to keep me in your thoughts and send good vibes my way. Sorry to sound like a broken record. I appreciate all of the support you all are sending my way!! 

The library I work for is celebrating its 100 birthday this weekend, so I was there tonight (Friday) and will be there all day tomorrow. The library is in this gorgeous old Victorian house full of history. I'm so lucky to work there.

I usually throw this post together at work on Thursdays, but I didn't have time this week, so this will be an abbreviated post (relatively speaking) without Link Love or Anticipated Reviews. I haven't finished anything since Sunday night, so I'm not sure what reviews will go up this week. Honestly, I'm not sure I'm going to have time to read this weekend between the library celebration and my never-ending job search. Also, due to my busy week, my blog hopping was pretty light. If you left a comment this week, I will respond and pay you a visit. Hopefully this weekend, but if not, definitely soon. Please know that I love you all!

  • Monday: An early review for The Secrets of Lily Graves. I enjoyed this mystery quite a bit. I wasn't expecting it to be as dark as it was considering the author's last book which was beyond super fluffy.
  • Wednesday: Have you heard of Disney-Hyperion's latest reveal Death Date? It look ah-maz-ing!
  • Thursday: A movie review for the cute and funny Our Idiot Brother which can be found on Netflix streaming. 

New books: Not too many this week--which is awesome because I'm behind and slumping which is the worst combination. Regardless, I'm excited to add these to my shelves, so without further adieu. I hope you are all having fantastic weekends!

For Review

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The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 
Being compared to the movies La Femme Nikita and Hanna. I'm not exactly sure what this is about, but there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding it, and I liked both those so I'm hoping to enjoy it. 
Oblivion by Sasha Dawn
This mystery about a girl found scrawling I KILLED HIM over and over looks intriguing, but the size is a bit daunting, and I've heard that it really is too long. We'll see.
The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst
A woman finds herself trapped in a mystical town called Lost. Looks interesting. 
After her summer plans change due to getting dumped, a girl has to spend the summer in the Hamptons with her father and face people she wronged years before. I love that cover. Especially the font treatment.

What I bought 

Half Price Book trip. I've read all three of these. I rarely buy books I haven't already read.
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
A woman and her two daughters try to recover from her husband's, a senator, affair.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
A girl tries a new persona every time her and her father move. I greatly prefer the HB's cover, but I prefer trade PBs. It's a dilemma. Why do you have to change good covers, publishers? GRR.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
I love this book about a couple of teens who magically get Facebook in 1996 and get to see their futures through FB updates. So cute and such a great idea.

What I snagged from the library

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Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I've been SO excited for this one...and I still am, but I started it and the first chapter was 30 pages. Then I looked and the second chapter is over 60 pages. Super long chapters are one of my biggest book pet peeves. I read at least 2 or 3 books at a time usually, so long chapters throws off how I read. I know it's silly, but we all have our tics. 
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
A girl starts having visions about missing girls. I've heard great things about this one. 
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
A girl with nobody to talk to "talks" to the passengers in the airplanes that travel above her town. I'm beyond excited for the book the author has coming out later this year, but haven't read anything by her yet. My buddy Mands from the Bookish Manicurist raved about it (here), so I decided to give this one 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!


  1. Been hearing really good things about Since You've Been Gone. You got a few others that look really good. Come check out my stack as well.


  2. I've seen sooo much hype around The Murder Complex. I WANT IT. Except, hehe...the reviews I've read haven't been very positive so far. >.< I still want to try it though! And I'll be looking out for your thoughts. ;) Sucks about the horribly subbing week, though. I hope next week is better!

  3. I've never liked kids and never wanted any so I admire anyone who has the patience and desire to teach them! Still keeping my fingers crossed for you. Enjoy your books!

  4. I hear you about subbing. Good luck w/ the full-time job hunt. You might like a long-term sub position…one that is for 1/2 the year if you can't find a full time job. A lot of long-term sub positions should be coming in for the new school year; plus, people retiring, so keep your eye out! I know I didn't get my first teaching position until a few days before the first day of school…so you never know! I hope you find something. I love all of your books, especially What Happened to Goodbye. I have a copy of that one on my shelf and I need to read it…one of the only Dessens I haven't read! I also picked up a copy of Since You've Been Gone…can't wait to read it…thanks for the heads up about the long chapters. UGH! I'm not a fan of that either. I hope you enjoy Broken Hearts…it didn't "wow" me, but it was summertime fun!

  5. I hope your job search ends up well! I have huge admiration for teachers because I could never do it myself - I was a school assistant for a month a couple of years ago, and that was it for me!
    I am super excited to read The Murder Complex since the premise for it sounds pretty interesting and intriguing. And YAY for Sarah Dessen - I will definitely reread some of my favorites by her during the summer months. :)
    Have a good weekend!

  6. I wanted to teach but I didn't have a year of subbing in me and left the career of education. I'm happy in the library so it all works out. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  7. I want to read Since You've Been Gone too, but I'm put off by the long chapters. Good luck with your job applications!

  8. I haven't read What Happened to Goodbye, but I've read a few other Dessen books and loved them. I'm slowly making my way through her books. Since You've Been Gone also looks good.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!! Here is my STS:

  9. Sorry you had such a bad week; I hope things will improve soon.

    I have this wonderful dream of owning a bookstore in a Victorian house, so I'm so jealous that you work in such a place. I'm still looking for an ideal location. I figure that if I find it, I'll know for sure I need to get going towards that goal.

    Have a lovely week, Natalie!

  10. Oh, sorry you had a rough subbing job! Keep your chin up, sweetie! I hope you find a job with your own classroom soon!
    I know what you mean about the long chapters! I just finished a book where each chapter was like 2 or 3 pages long and it flew by---makes it easy to say "just one more chapter" until you're reading late into the night! :) Still excited to read Since You've Been Gone, though!

    I'm so jealous that your library is in a Victorian!! How gorgeous must that be! The library I work at is a newer building, well---about 20 years new, but in comparison to a Victorian, you know!

    Have a great week!

  11. Man, subbing does not sound like fun, or rewarding. I so hope you get a permanent teaching job, preferably in your home state, because you'd make an awesome teacher!

    I too love the cover of Broken Hearts, it' such a nice shade of blue and the font is amazing! I hope Since You've Been Gone improves, I cannot wait to grab a copy!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  12. So many great books! I really enjoyed Since You've Been Gone and What Happened to Goodbye.

    Sorry you had a rough week, and good luck with the job hunt! And a library in an old Victorian house…that must be so beautiful!

    Have a good week and have fun reading! ~Pam

  13. Sarah Beth Durst tends to impress me, entertain me at the worst, so that you for promoting LOST. I've never head of it before.

    Unless the class is your own class, teaching is a huge pain. There is such a big difference between "your" class and "someone's" class. All the best luck!! <3

  14. Great haul!! :) I am really looking forward to reading The Murder Complex. In fact, I'm choosing my next book now so maybe that will be it! Sarah Beth Durst is pretty fun too so I'm hoping The Lost will be equally as enjoyable as her other books. Happy Reading! Hope this coming week isn't as crazy and you get more time to read!


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