Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekend Rewind 10.11.14

Friday, October 10, 2014 6:48 PM with 14 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 byTyngas 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: One quarter down! I have (another) hundred essays to read this weekend that need to get into the online grade book by Wednesday--plus a few other last minute grades--but the first quarter officially ended on Thursday. Today (Friday) was an in-service day. I had a three hour ethics training this afternoon, but was able to get a few things done this morning. I'm definitely feeling good about being 1/4 of the way through my first year of teaching. 

Six days until I'm home! I think I may have mentioned this already (ahem, once or twice), but I was smart and took Friday and Monday off this time, so that the long weekend will actually be three full days. I'm excited for some autumn. It has been so hot here! Again, a little over four weeks after that, I'll have 8 whole days at home for Thanksgiving. Then just 19 days after that I'll have 16 days at home--well, probably more like 14 because I plan on driving up for Christmas break. I need to get my car inspected and don't want to have to be at my husband's mercy to get rides. I plan to spend some quality time with some of my friends over the holidays, too, and he will be working for at least some of the time, I'm sure. While it is seriously so hard to be apart, it does help to have trips home planned to look forward to. Also, I really am loving the school where I work. The district, principals, and other teachers are all awesome, so that helps out a great deal, as well.

My slump is breaking a little bit. I have a few books that I'm pretty excited about in my possession, and have tried to read at least a few pages before I go to sleep. This weekend is definitely going to be dedicated to getting through the essays and entering in grades, but I do plan on going to see Gone Girl this weekend, and hope to get at least a couple of chapters read here and there. Maybe I'll reward myself with a chapter for every 10 essays I get through or something. Rewarding reading with reading: the life of an English teacher. 

New books: I have a few fun books to share with you today, so without further adieu I hope you are all having fabulous weekends. 

For Review 

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
So, I still need to read the second book (I'm actually reading it now), but just could not resist. I didn't really understand the first book--even though I read it twice--but I really did like it. 
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
A boy goes into a creepy swamp and a girl comes out in his place--and nobody remembers the boy except his sister...or something. Love this cover with the cool tree and font treatment. 
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
A behind-the-scenes look at a YA teen movie being filmed. The movie has a "famous love triangle", which sounds very Twilight/Hunger Games. Sounds like fluffy fun.
Loop by Karen Akins
Time traveling romance. Sounds cute. The cover makes me want rainbow sherbet.
So apparently this woman is a famous YouTube figure, but I'm not familiar. This book sounds funny, though, and I love a good memoir/advice book--especially an illustrated one.

What I snagged from the library

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Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
I'm SO excited to finally have this in my hands. I love this series, and it was a loooong wait after that second book's cliffhanger. I can't wait to see how this series ends. 
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I'm annoyed with myself for putting this off. I started this a couple of days ago, and while I'm honestly not that far into it, I am enjoying it quite a bit. 

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 want to pick up the Burn for Burn series soon! I loved Jenny Han's other works. I also need to read the Raven Boys series. So many books to read!

  2. I really want to read The Raven Cycle series. I got an audiobook for Ashes To ashes last week :) enjoy :)

    My STS

  3. Awesome haul. I enjoyed the Raven Cycle & hope you will as well.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. So many good looking books in your haul this week Natalie. I really need to get around to reading Maggie Stiefvater!

  5. I loved Blue Lily, Lily Blue! And I've heard great things about Loop so I added it to my TBR! AND I need to read Ashes to Ashes to know what happens! That series definitely went in a direction I was NOT expecting.

    Happy Reading and congrats on finishing your first quarter of teaching!!!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  6. i'm excited for loop. it sounds like a fun time travel read with a super cute boy. awesome haul :)

    hope you can stop by my StS Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  7. I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue this week and loved it, of course. I have Beware the Wild as an e-galley to get to this week as well. Great haul!
    Check out my STS

  8. Loop is AMAZING! I hope you love it. And I'm planning on reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue soon…first I need to read over the summaries of books 1 & 2 on recaptains because I vaguely remember the first one and don't really remember the second one at all. My book memory is so sucky!

    So glad you're loving the school where you're teaching! I'm sure it's been so hard, but that's got to make it better. Have fun reading…can't wait to see what you think of Loop. ~Pam

  9. So happy to hear that you are enjoying your first year of teaching so much! You've got a great haul this week. I like the look of Famous in Love, although not sure if that's the kind of story that will end up just bugging me. It looks so good though, so I am not sure. Really need to hurry up and start the Raven Boy series. I hope you enjoy all of your reads! :) Here's my STS.

  10. I'm actually very excited for Beware the Wild. It's got such a cool concept and a great cover! I haven't read The Dream Theives, but I have it. So cool to see you've got Blue Lily, Lily Blue!

    Please check out my haul (and leave a comment?), here!
    - Nova @ Out of Time

  11. I need to read The Raven Cycle. I don't know why it's taking me so long to read those books.

    Have a great week, Nat!

  12. I would love Blue Lily, Lily Blue! And The Raven Cycle has been on my TBR for ages!

    I hope you'll find the time to read and grade all your essays, Natalie, and that you'll enjoy your long weekend home in just a few short days.

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  13. YAAHH! Hooray for long weekends! I hope it is worth it! It is also hard to believe how fast this school year is going for you.

    I am really curious what you think about Loop. I am reading it for a blog tour, and I would love to see some other reviews regarding this one.

  14. I think it would be hard to read students' writing after reading from a published book! I would be like, "No, you're doing it all wrong!"


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