Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekly Rewind 7.19.14

Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:07 AM with 21 comments

Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves 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.

My Life and Blog

Life: Not a whole lot to report. I'm down to two weeks before I need to hit the road for FL. It still hasn't really sunk in, if I'm honest. I really thought something was going to pop up here, but alas. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful that I found a teaching job pretty much right out of grad school--I know so many people who can't say that. I'm excited to get into my classroom and meet my students. I bought some posters off of Amazon a couple of days ago to put up in my room that are awesome. I found this set of 8 of literary genres that are so cool. I'm excited that I won't have to suffer through a winter for the first time in my life, but I'm scared and saddened to live so far from my husband. It makes me sad to think that I won't be able to sink into his arms after a bad day, or snuggle with my cats whenever I (they) want. So, good and bad. Again, for those following my saga, I will be living close to my family (which is why I applied there in the first place), so it's not like I will be all alone. 

I'm going through a HUGE book slump at the moment which isn't surprising due to my current state of upheaval. I've been buying more books lately, mostly because I'm not sure I'm going to get a FL license as my permanent address will still be in PA, so I don't know if I'll be able to get a library card. Thankfully, my Kindle is stocked full of arcs well into 2015. Honestly, I'm not sure how much reading I'm going to get done over the school year anyway. I have no idea what the curriculum is yet--although I do know I'll be teaching 5 classes in a combination of regular and honor English--so I haven't been able to do anything to get my ass ahead. I'm only driving my car down (I'm going to stay at my parent's for at least the first month while they are out-of-town...and maybe for the duration of the year if the commute isn't too bad and if my mom doesn't drive me bat shit crazy. I love her, but, you know, I'm a married adult and don't know if I can handle living with my parents again. I imagine the answer will be: I cannot), so I can't go crazy with too many books as there are other things I'll need to stuff in there.

Blog: Not too shabby this week. Mostly memes, but again, book slumping. 
  • Tuesday: Top Ten Teen Movies.
  • Wednesday: I'm waiting for Inherit Midnight which sounds like a fun race-around-the world adventure.
  • Thursday: For my feature Why, Publishers, Why!? I featured All Our Yesterdays. I've been so excited for this book to come out in PB only to find out that they changed the cover to this monstrosity. 
New Books: I have some lovely titles to share with you this week, so without further adieu. I hope you are all having fabulous weekends! 

Review Books

Winterkill by Kate A Boorman
I'm beyond excited about this book--I'm so in love with that font treatment. The synopsis sounds like a cross between Little Red Riding Hood and the film The Village (a movie I quite liked--I know I'm in the minority on that one).
Oh Yeah, Audrey by Tucker Shaw
This novel about a girl who runs a blog dedicated to Audrey Hepburn looks adorable.

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Magnolia by Kristi Cook
I've actually started this one, and am enjoying it so far. It is about two teens whose mothers have always been convinced will end up together...too bad they hate each other (although I'm pretty--ahem, completely--sure that isn't going to last).
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
This novel about four strangers who have a girl in common looks pretty cute.
No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace
A girl falls for her twin brother's girlfriend.
The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman
I don't really know what this is about, but isn't that cover lovely?

What I bought

The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
I loved Commencement by this author and enjoyed Maine as well. The author is not at all afraid to write feminist novels, and I love her for it. I'm excited for this one.
Parallel by Lauren Miller
I read and enjoyed this book about a year ago as an arc, but was happy to find a copy during my latest HPB trip (what am I going to do without Half Price Books? *sobs*). This is an original twist on the multi-worlds novel.
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Found on the same HPB trip. I really enjoyed the author's book Golden, but that is the only one of hers I've read so far. I'm excited to read this book about a girl and her father who move back to the beach town where her parents fell in love.
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
This isn't the best retelling of P&P out there, but it's pretty cute and I couldn't resist it for $1.

What I snagged from the library

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Perfect Ruin  by Lauren Destefano
I meant to read this when it first came out, but just never got to it. I've heard mixed things, but that is what the library is for.
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
I love The List and the Burn for Burn series she writes with Jenny Han, so I decided to give this one a try.

Upcoming Reviews
 I'm not even going to pretend to know. I'm reading a couple of books, but nothing is really keeping my interest. This, sadly, includes Landline which I was SO excited for. It is what it is. I have enough shit going on right now that I refuse to let this slump get to me. I'll snap out of it soon enough, I'm sure.

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. I am super excited about Magnolia since it just sounds like a book I would like.
    Prom and Prejudice is super cute - I remember reading the whole thing on one sitting because I just couldn't put it down.

    Good luck with the move!

  2. Lovely haul Natalie. I'm looking forward to Perfect Ruin. Lots of positive thoughts for you when you make that massive change in your life!

  3. Your books have the most beautiful covers. And they all sound amazing. You've got some good reading ahead :)

  4. Really nice haul. Winterkill is very popular this week. I see a few here that look interesting. I really liked Lets Get Lost and hope you do as well.

    Books of love

  5. Congrats on getting that job! But, ohh, the change must be a bit stressful. Best of luck with it all. ;) And your books look awesome too, of course (I totally get having reading slumps when life is a little stressful). I think Let's Get Lost sounds really fun and quirky and I have my eye on Perfect Ruin. Mostly for the gorgeous cover. XD
    My Stacking the Shelves!

  6. I have Oh Yeah, Audrey for review, it sounds fun and hopefully Winterkill is on it's way. Happy reading.

  7. Congrats on your job in Florida. I am so jealous you won't have to deal with PA winter. My husband is from Florida and all of his family is down there…I am always trying to figure out a way to visit when this PA winter weather gets me down! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Oh, Yeah Audrey and Magnolia. I am hoping to read Magnolia soon!

  8. You have a huge change ahead of you but I'm sure you'll make it through fine. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  9. You should post pictures of your classroom when you get the posters up! (If it's OK with the school, that is.) Magnolia sounds like it could be a fun read!

  10. The cover of The Angel of Losses is absolutely stunning. I wish you a lot of luck with your new job, despite the disadvantages :)

  11. Looks like you got some great books. I hadn't heard of WINTERKILL, but now I HAVE to have it :) The cover is eye-catching, for sure.

  12. Okay, I want WINTERKILL too and it reminded me of The Village as well (which I also liked). I love the little village-type setting. I hope it's good!

  13. Looks like a good haul! Hope you enjoy. I don't know any of these, I think.

    My StS.

  14. You got Winterkill! I'm so jealous :D

    My new pretties :)

  15. These look like great books! I hope you like them. I hope you get a library card as soon as you land in FL! :) I am going to read Winterkill soon too! But I haven't started it yet because it's been so freaking hot in Southern California, I can't bring myself to read anything about the cold! ha! I wish it was cooler!
    Happy Reading!!

  16. Awesome haul! I got Winterkill awhile back and I am really looking forward to it. Magnolia and Let's Get Lost are both really great books, I am sure you will enjoy them. I hope you enjoy everything else you got too! :)

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  17. Not that Kind of Girl looks really good. I may have to add it to my list. Thanks for sharing!

    Our STS!

  18. Sorry to hear you're still in a reading slump (Landline disappointed me as well), but you've got so much going on, you probably don't have much time to read anyway! How exciting to have your own classroom and to be getting prepared for that! I'm sure you will miss your husband like crazy, but that will make the time you spend together that much more special! (that probably doesn't help, I know).

    Magnolia and Let's Get Lost both sound really cute, they're on my TBR list. I enjoyed Perfect Ruin, but it wasn't great, although I do think the sequel will be better given where it ended. Have fun reading! ~Pam

  19. I could never live with my parents again. Like you, I love them and I get along with them, but it would be so different -- and probably a lot of the same -- living with them as a married adult. Sorry to hear nothing has magically saved the day for you, but it sounds like you're getting things figured out.

    I am very excited about Winterkill for the same reasons, and I've heard nothing but good things about Magnolia. Must make time for both very soon. Also, YES to the cover of The Angel of Losses. Gorgeous!

  20. I'm glad you were able to find a job, even if it's not quite what you were looking for, hopefully it all works out in the end!
    Oh book slump, I just went through that, it's so frustrating. Funny enough, the two books that got me out of it was Just Like the Moves, and Magnolia (I hope you're enjoying that one, I thought it was pretty cute!)
    Also, great haul! I love the cover of Lets Get Lost (:

  21. If you take a utility bill to the library, they might go ahead and give you one. I did it for my local library, so maybe it will work. Anyways, best of luck to you! I really hopes it goes well!


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