Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekly Rewind 8.2.14

Friday, August 1, 2014 10:42 PM with 18 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: As I type this I only have one day left in PA with my husband. We were planning on driving down to FL together, but he has complications at work (he owns his company) and now he isn't able to come with me. So on Sunday I will be making the 13 hour trek alone. I've never had a problem driving for long distances, so that isn't an issue, I was just hoping for a couple of extra days with him. His birthday is Monday which is, quite unfortunately, the day I have to report for my pre-employment meeting with HR. It's such lousy timing. Again, I'm not trying to complain. I'm so lucky to have found a job at a good school pretty much straight out of the gate, but I am just terrified. I don't know if there is anything quite like being a first year teacher. I have started a lot of jobs during my time on this earth, and I have never been so nervous in my entire life. Add that to the fact that I will be away from my love (and cats) for the next 10 months (sans holiday breaks) and its just a little too much. I've literally sobbed my eyes out every single day for the past 2 weeks. I won't even realize it. My eyes will just start leaking. Oh, so maudilin. I am excited. Sad and nervous, but excited. At least I'll be somewhere warm. I've never not had winter, so that will be awesome. 

So, as I'm about to pack up my life (do you know how hard it is to pack for 10 months?), and start my journey as a first year teacher--in service starts Tuesday with school starting on 8/12--I think it is fair to say that you all won't be hearing too much from me for a little while. I'm sure I will continue to do meme posts here and there, and I will definitely continue to keep up this weekly post about my life and new books, but I'm not going to put any extra undo pressure on myself when it comes to this blog. I love it--and the friends I've made through it--and I certainly hope to get back to writing book and movie reviews sooner rather than later, but I'll just have to see what kind of time I have. 

I know I have been the worst blogging buddy lately. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has continued to stop by and comment on the few posts I have put up these past few weeks. I seriously LOVE my blogging friends. You've been so supportive and awesome, and I will be doing some serious blog hopping as soon as I have the time. 

Wish me luck!!!

New books: As I didn't get my Weekly Rewind post up last week, this will be both the books I would have featured last week and this one. I'm still going through the worst slump ever. I did manage to finish a book this week--and I didn't end up really liking it. Boo. Anyway, without further adieu, onto the books. I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

18667954 17303139 17847318 Forget Me 
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20518986 Charlie Glass's Slippers: A Very Modern Fairy Tale 18509629

Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke 
So I didn't love Between the Devil, but I definitely want to see how this ends (although I don't remember the first book enough to not reread it first--so it might be awhile). I also just couldn't resist that cover! Gah. So gorgeous.
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
My buddy Jen from The Starry-Eyed Revue loved this, and that's a good enough endorsement for me.  Honestly, I've heard nothing but good things.
The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
I just adore that cover. I started reading this--just, like, the first few pages just to see what the style was--and it definitely reminded me of movies like The Grudge or that one with Joshua Jackson if anybody knows what I'm talking about.
Forget Me by K.A. Harrington
I wasn't expecting too much from this "psychological thriller" about a girl who meets a dude who looks like her dead boyfriend, but a couple of my GR friends have given this a pretty high rating. *Shrugs*
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
So I'm just starting to realize that I'm showing you a whole lot of creepy titles right now. lol. I'm not exactly sure what this one is about, but I've seen good ratings. Mostly I just saw that cover and wanted. As one does.
GR has this to day about this adult novel: "What begins as a clever, gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure."
I don't read a whole lot of MG, but this looks adorable. 
The Roommates by Stephanie Wu
This is a nonfiction anthology of roommate stories. I've read the first couple. It's a pretty fun book. I've only had two roommates, both in the same year of college. I was going to jump into the story, but I'll save that for my review.
Charlie Glass's Slippers by Holly McQueen
A chick-lit retelling of Cinderalla.
Always, Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh
So I'm trying to sneak more MG into my reading rotation as I will be a MG teacher in less than two weeks (eep!). I'm probably half way through this story about a girl who is trying to survive her first year of middle school after her friends make the pom squad and she does not. It's alright. I'm not loving it, but at least some of that has to be blamed on this stress slump.

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 reeeally want to read The Girl from the Well. It sounds super original and I've heard it's seriously freaky. I know. I'm sad. But I like scary books. x)

    Good luck with your drive and the starting of being a teacher! Omg! It sounds scary but I hope it's everything you dreamed about. And I hope you have a good beginning with it too. Yaaaay for exciting (but scary) things, right?!

  2. Oh I love the covers, they're so cute! I hope you'll enjoy all your new books. Happy reading!

  3. I can't wait to read Forget Me! Enjoy your new reads :) I am a new follower :)

  4. The Girl From the Well & Fiendish - ooh the envy. Enjoy!

  5. Good luck starting your new job!!!! I hope it goes well and that you have a group of good kids. I'm sure it will be stressful but also very rewarding.

    The Spark and the Burn…I feel the same way. I didn't love the first one, but with how it ended, I'm interested to find out what happens next (and I barely remember it too…how I hate my bad book memory!) Have fun reading! ~Pam

  6. Good luck starting your new job! :D Ohh I really want to read The Girl From The Well! I hope you enjoy all your books! :)

    Amber @ The Book Bratz
    My Stacking the Shelves

  7. Those are great books. I really want to read Between the Spark and the Burn. I did like the first book so that's awesome. Can't wait to hear what you think of it. Good luck with your move and the long drive. Hopefully you will fill it with audiobooks and podcasts. I hope it all goes well and it'll be amazing.
    Safe travels!

  8. Good luck with the long drive and starting your new job! It does sound nerve-wracking, but exciting too. I hope the time will fly in the best of ways!

    I've got Edgar Cantero's to read too, although with a different cover. Cool! Hope you enjoy your new books.

    My StS.

  9. Literally all of these books are on my wishlist, so I'll watching your blog to see what you think of them :). I wish you a lot of succes with your new job :). Happy reading, Natalie!

  10. Congratulations on the new job! I'm sorry it's so far away from your husband and kitties. As someone who really struggles with change and finds a lot of comfort in home and routine, I feel for you - but I'm glad to know that you'll be near family (I just read your last update).

    You got some good books. I'm really looking forward to reading the K.A. Harrington - I love her Clarity books (written as Kim Harrington)

    My STS is up on the blog if you get a chance to pop by! :)

  11. Good luck with this new chapter in your life. Being a first year teacher is tough--it's definitely a whirlwind. If you ever need to talk or have any questions, let me know. And seriously, I am SO jealous of your "winter" in Florida. I hate winter and would love to be somewhere warm in January/February. It's the worst here in PA, as you know. Good luck with everything and keep us updated on how it goes!

  12. Good luck with the move and the new teaching job! I hope it'll be a fantastic experience and the 10 months just fly by!!

    Also, great haul this week! I'm dying to get my hands on Of Metal and Wishes! Charlie Glass's Slippers sounds adorable! Hope you enjoy your new books (:
    Here's my SP & STS!

  13. As an education student- the BEST of luck!

    Enjoy all your new books, I want to read The Girl From the Well so badly! Happy reading and safe trekkin'. My STS.

  14. Good luck with everything!!

    Ooh, sweet books! I've heard great things about Of Metal and Wishes. Hope you enjoy everything :)

  15. Good luck with the job, Natalie! I'm sure there will be hard days, but I bet there will be awesome days too when you realize why you chose this job!

  16. Good luck with the new job!!! I know it's going to suck being away from your husband but I am sure it will all be worth it in the end. I hope it all goes well :) Great haul this week, quite a few of these are new to me. I hope you enjoy all of your reads this week :) Here's my STS.

  17. Gah, that IS terrible timing. That would be my luck, as well, though. :( And we know you're not complaining, that you're very grateful for this opportunity, but I still imagine this has got to be one of the toughest changes you've ever faced. I have faith that it'll all work out for the best...and you're a strong, capable woman, so I know you'll see this through.

    Eeek! I can't wait to see what you think of Of Metal and Wishes. I really hope I didn't talk it up too much. But I love the author's other series, too, so either it's just me, or she really is as awesome as I believe her to be. :)

    So many other great titles this week. I really want to get my hands on Fiendish. I've read a couple of Brenna Yovanoff's novels, and they're pretty eerie. Anyway, I hope you enjoy all your new reads and that you're able to relax a little.


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