Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekly Rewind (5.23.14)

Friday, May 23, 2014 11:16 PM 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:  Every spare minute I've had this week has been spent in front of the computer looking for a teaching job. I've applied for a few jobs that I would be absolutely thrilled to land, so I'm keeping my hopes up. Please continue to keep your fingers crossed for me that one of these positions will pan out. The office has continued to be pretty crazy and they are still looking for my replacement (which is good for me as I would love to hold on to the job through the summer). So, yeah, second verse same as the first. I can't wait to tell you all some good news.

I'm excited for this long weekend. Most of it will definitely be spent on the never-ending job search and doing some cleaning around the house, but I'm hoping to get out of the house at least a little bit. I'm writing this on Friday night after a fabulous day. My husband and I said screw it, let's go to lunch and a matinee and had a great afternoon. We saw the new X-Men film. I liked it, but I've always been a fan of those movies. I'll try to get a review up for it in the next couple of days.

Blog: As job searching has become my number one priority, my blog posting and blog hopping was a bit sparse this week. I'm still book slumping which I think is at least a little bit due to the stress and uncertainty that looking for employment brings. This week's post will again be without Link Love or Anticipated Reviews. I hope you all continue to bear with me as I concentrate more on my life than on this blog. I do have a couple of movie reviews I'd like to post soon, as well as some discussion posts in mind, so hopefully I'll have some new material up this week. 
  • Wednesday: I cannot wait--like fangirling times 100--for V.E Schwab's newest book that doesn't come out until next February: A Darker Shade of Magic.
I hope all of those going to BEA this year have a fabulous time. I'm excited to hear about your experiences and to drool over all the pretty books you bring back.

New Books: Once again, I have some titles I'm excited to share with you this week. So without further adieu, I hope that you all have a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!!

For Review

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Vivine Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel 
A famous teen actress receives a death threat after her famous actress mother was murdered. Terrified, she flees to Mexico. 
The Truth About Alice  by Jennifer Mathieu
I'm curious about this novel that examines the roles girls play and the labels they are given.
A homeless runaway helps try to find a missing girl.
My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
A girl is perplexed when her ex-best friend invites her on a family vacation to Greece.
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
This memoir follows a girl in her early 20s in the 90s who spent a year answering J.D. Salinger's fan the author, himself. 

What I Bought


This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
I quite like Jonathan Tropper, and read this when it first came out a few years ago. I found it for $2 and am excited that it is getting made into a film with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. The movie comes out in September, I believe.

What I snagged from the library

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
I read probably fifty percent of this last year before putting it aside for some unknown reason (I get in weird moods--I can't even explain it as I was actually enjoying this one). I'm looking forward to finishing it. 
Awkward by Marni Bates
I'm not quite sure how a YouTube video makes a girl famous enough to hang out with rock stars, but this looks pretty fun...if unbelievable. 

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. Job searching Can Be stressful. I'm sure you will find something. you got some interesting books from the library. Enjoy your new reads.

  2. Really hope you get good news from one of these applications-you're working so hard for a job and you deserve some luck. Fingers still crossed for you.

  3. I really want to read All Our Yesterdays. Except, it's about time travel, right? I get confused very easily, lol, so that's why I haven't searched it out! Ooh AND The Truth About Alice! NICE. I hope you get some lucky in the job-hunting-department soon. :| Sounds kind of stressful all the hunting. I'm so jealous of you seeing that X-Men film though. Huzzah! I can't WAIT until it's out in Oz. XD
    My StS!

  4. Good luck in your job hunt! I know how stressful it can be! Crossing my fingers for you that you land one of those teaching jobs!

    All Our Yesterdays is SO GOOD so you should definitely finish that one up :)

    Happy Reading!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  5. My partner is job hunting too, it feels endless! It's very disheartening when you don't even receive a reply from them. He's looking for anything and applying for 20+ jobs a week, it's really getting him down. I hope you find something soon!

    I really like the look of My Salinger Year, going to buy that one soon. Surprised I haven't seen it around before.

    Under The Mountain

  6. Good luck with the job hunting, I'm sure it's exhausting.

    I think I'm seeing the new X-Men on Monday, I love those movies too!

    How did you not finish All Our Yesterdays????? I loved that book. Hopefully you will enjoy it this time. That has happened to me in the past, where I started a book, it didn't click for some reason, and then later I read it and absolutely loved it.

    Have a good week! ~Pam

  7. Good luck with the job hunt!

    I love the sound of My Best Friend Maybe --looks like a great summer read! I really enjoyed All Our Yesterdays when I read it last year. Hope you enjoy it when you get back to it!

    My STS

  8. Still got my fingers and toes for your job hunt, hun!

    The Awkward books sound so cute, I'd like to read them eventually :)

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  9. Good luck with the hunt, Natalie. :) But I hope you'll find some much needed stress relief from these books.

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Sending some good luck vibes your way and that you find a job soon. It sucks trying to find something. You have some good books to read

  11. Awkward is so much fun to read, hope you like it. Good luck on the job hunt!

  12. Fingers crossed for you and the job hunt, Natalie!
    I'll be checking back for your thoughts on X-men! I'm hoping to find time to see it soon!

  13. I'm really hoping your job fruit will prove fruitful soon! I know how much it stinks to constantly be applying, waiting for responses! My husband and I also watched X-Men on Friday, and I thought it was pretty good as well. I actually don't really love most of the X-Men movies, but I did like First Class quite a bit and thought this was pretty good as well. I plan to review it sometime as well.

  14. I love long weekends. I'm catching up on some reading before leaving. Take care!


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