Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekly Rewind 11.1.14

Friday, October 31, 2014 9:44 PM with 13 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: Holy moly, exhaustion is teaching 8th graders on Halloween when Halloween falls on a Friday! For absolutely NO reason, I woke up at 4:45 this morning and could not go back to sleep for the life of me. It's almost 9 now, and I am definitely hitting the hay as soon as I type this. Honestly, it wasn't TOO bad. My one class was a bit insane, but they were doing their Salem witch trial reenactments today (which was hilarious when they were in costumes) which they were pretty into. I debated just showing a movie, but figured it would be more fun for them if they were more active and watching their classmates acting out the various trials. This weekend I HAVE to finish reading the county essays for a meeting with the vice principal next week. I still about 60 to get through. I'm going to try to tackle half of them on Sat and the other half on Sun. I ALWAYS do this thing where I bum around on Sat and then hate life on Sun when I have to get everything done. And every single time I lecture myself about getting half the work done on Sat so it doesn't happen the next time. If only I would listen to the smarter part of my brain more often. It really does know what it is talking about.

I went down to my sister's last weekend for my niece's birthday party. My sister and her husband took me to a Halloween party Saturday night at one of the nicest houses I've ever been in. These people had this gorgeous indoor swimming pool room that had a bar and a fireplace and several sitting areas. Their master bedroom and the living room both had sets of double doors that opened up to the pool. Rich people, man, it must be nice. I danced all night with my sis which was so fun--and exactly what I needed. 

I'm down to 3 weeks left before my next trip home. I get the entire week for Thanksgiving (YAY!!!), so I'm flying out the Friday before after school. Sometimes 3 weeks seems like forever, but honestly each week goes by pretty fast. Life is pretty much just a crazy blur right now: Teach, grade, plan, sleep, repeat. 

New books: No review books this week which is good. I'm SOOOO behind that I cringe just thinking about it. As much as I miss reading, I just cannot feel guilty about it. I have been slowly reading the Lena Dunham book which I'm enjoying quite a bit. I read someone else say that if you like Girls you'll probably enjoy the book. I'm going to have to agree with the sentiment. I really enjoy Girls. I just like Lena Dunham. She's a weirdo, but I like that she isn't afraid to just put her shit out there. I do have a couple of fun things to share, though, so without further adieu, I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. 

What I bought

The Target exclusive CD of Taylor Swift's 1989. I bought this on the way home from school tonight (I deserved a little present after today). I'm listening to it now, and am loving it so far. 
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
I meant to read this anti-superhero book when it first came out, but just never got around to it so I couldn't resist snagging the PB. 

What I snagged from the library

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Wildlife by Fiona Wood
I had the e-arc of this, but I wasn't crazy about the format and so wanted to wait until it came in at the library. I've heard nothing but good things about this Aussie author and this book about two girls at an outdoor education camp.
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
A Hollywood ghost story. Perfect for this time of year. 
The To-Do List
I love Aubrey Plaza. She is so funny on Parks and Rec. I'm excited to finally watch this film about a girl who wants more sexual experiences before starting college.
Palo Alto
I don't know a whole lot about this movie besides Emma Roberts plays a girl who is crushing on her soccer coach. I'm curious about Gia Coppola who directs. The Coppola's are obviously Hollywood royalty, but this is the first of her films I (will) have seen. 

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. You got some great books. I have heard good things about Taylor Swift's new album. Every once in a while we need to treat ourselves.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. Awesome stuff! I really want to read Famous Last Words, Katie Alender is a favorite author of mine. Wildlife looks so good! I need to grab Taylor Swifts new CD! LOL I saw her on Graham Norton last week and it was SO cute and funny. :D

  3. I hope you enjoy your new books! I have also heard good things about Taylor Swift's new album. I think it's fine to treat yourself especially when you've had a hectic day!

  4. I'm a huge fan of 1989, I've been listening to it ALL week. I have so many favorite songs all ready and it's so addicting. Hope you enjoy your book!
    -Jon from Bookish Antics!

  5. I need to get T Swifts album still!! I really enjoyed Steelheart and have heard good things about Wildlife! I hope you enjoy all of your new reads :) Good luck with your essays this weekend!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  6. I think you are describing what I called the "guilt" bag. I would bring home piles and piles of essays to grade and it would sit in my house making me feel guilty all weekend. Then Sunday night I would finally open it and hate myself for procrastinating. Haha. That Halloween party you went to sounds amazing…an indoor pool?! Sign me up for that. I hope you have a good week!

  7. Enjoy all your new purchases and reads! My STS

  8. Famous Last Words looks interesting! I hope you enjoy your new books!

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  9. I really want to read Famous Last Words. Looks great. And I also bought the Taylor Swift CD this week. I saw her on her Red tour (because Ed Sheeran was opening) and totally fell in love with her. Happy Reading!

  10. I need to read Steelheart too! The paperback is sat there tempting me right now... Hope we both enjoy it. *crosses fingers*

    And wow, I can't imagine trying to keep control of a class of kids on Halloween. *shudder* Glad I'm not a teacher, I think.

    My StS.

  11. I just picked up this version of Steelheart a couple of weeks ago as well; I was so excited to finally find it in paperback since I am always more willing to spend the money on a paperback instead of hardcover. I also bought the Taylor Swift C.D. this week, and I am LOVING it!

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  12. Wow! Sounds like a fabulous house! I can only imagine how grand it must have been! Plus it sounds like your family had such a wonderful time dancing - I love times that, too!

    Taylor's new album looks so cute. Love her! I'm going to have to check it into it! Glad to hear you love it!


    It's a Wonderful Movie

  13. To Do List…I've been meaning to watch that, I should soon! And Palo Alto, I saw it and it was pretty good (pretty disturbing, as far as a slice of teenage life). It's actually based on a book of short stories by James Franco. I love Emma Roberts so I usually see anything she's in. Hope you enjoy! ~Pam


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