Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekly Rewind 1.10.15

Friday, January 9, 2015 10:03 PM with 9 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 Tynga's 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: Back to the grind. It was soooooo hard to get out of bed before 7AM again, but by today I was fairly used to it. The kids were a bit crazy when they came back on Wednesday, but they settled down yesterday and today. I learned early on that the only way I can survive Fridays is by having them be a quiet working day. I usually try to have some sort of writing assignment they need to complete on Fridays. It gives me more work to grade, but it's worth it. It's important for them to work on their writing skills and the different types of writing, too, of course. 

I'm happy that I've made it through the first semester, but have fewer vacations to look forward to in the spring. I added a couple of days to President's Day in February to go home for a long weekend and Spring Break is in March, but as of now, I don't know if I'll be able to make it back in April and May at all. I hope to figure something out because I don't know if I can make it for over two months without seeing my husband at all. It's only been a week since I left, and I'm already missing him horribly...with five weeks to go before I'll see him again.

On the plus side, it has been WAY warmer in FL than in PA. It got chilly here, but nothing compared to what they are dealing with. It's supposed to get back up to the 60s this weekend which is pretty mild. 

New books: I have a couple of review books to share this week--one that I'm beyond excited for--and I'm going to share my second Half Price Books trip that I took when I was home. So without further adieu...I hope you are all having fabulous weekends! 

For Review

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All Fall Down by Ally Carter
I may have emitted a small shriek when I got the approval for this one. I absolutely love Ms. Carter's Heist Society books, and this new series looks incredibly fun.
Mr. Kiss and Tell  by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
How my brain works: I've never seen the TV show or movie, nor have I read the first book in this series based on said show...but I should totally request this second book anyway because every one I know seems to love it. *Sigh*

What I Bought

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
I have heard nothing but good things about this one, so I'm excited to read it. Finally.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I've already read--and loved--this one, but I just couldn't resist this gorgeous English version. I love HB that don't have dust covers. Also, I seriously need to reread this before the second book comes out in a couple of months. I have some vague recollections of it, but it feels like it has been a long time since I read it. 
Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
I had the e-arc of this but never got around to it. It was only, like, $3 and looks pretty fun, so...
Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
I like the sound of this book that follows a girl spending her summer in the newsroom writing obituaries. 
Years after getting humiliated by her supposed best friend, a girl moves back to her old town with revenge on her brain. This cover makes me giggle. 

What I Snagged From the Library

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Because I need to read this first one...
Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty
A death during trivia night may not have been an accident. I've been hearing great things about this one.
Very Good Girls 
This movie with Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning looks interesting. It's about two girls who want to lose their virginities before going to college who end up falling for the same guy. I love both of the actresses, so I'm excited to watch it. 

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. Open Road Summer!! One of my favorites. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it..I hope you enjoy it as much as me. Good luck with all the grading and I hope this semester flies by for you. At least enjoy the warm weather. High of only 21 tomorrow in PA. UGH. Happy reading!

  2. Nice haul of books. I see a lot of pretty covers this week. It feels weird to get back into a routine. Good luck with your semester.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. I hope you get to somehow go back in April and May. :( Two months without seeing a boyfriend/husband sounds so hard.

    It's good that it's warmer there! I'd almost kill for 60 degree weather. Haha.

    I'm going to cry over you getting the Veronica Mars book. And now I'm going to nag you to watch the series. Seriously. Watch the series. It's amazing. It really is. And I want that book sooo much.

    I bought Open Road Summer and Ask Again Later too, a few weeks ago. :) I haven't read either one. The Diviners is on my TBR.

    Oh! I have a book by Eileen Cook! Called "Remember", I'm going to be reading it soon. That cover there looks great though, haha.

    Oh nooo, don't read the first one either without watching the series! :( Unless you can't help it and have to read it. I'm a huge VMars fan, despite not seeing all three seasons myself (only the first two, and the first episode of the third season, but I know what I should do now). :D

    I don't have a weekend post yet, but I have a "Character Names as Book Titles" discussion which you can check out if you wish.

    I hope you enjoy your books. :) And good luck with classes.

  4. Great books for you this week! I hope you enjoy your new books!
    My STS:

    Brittany @ Spare Time Book blog

  5. Such a good haul! I hope you love Open Road Summer! I was one of my favorite reads from 2014!

    Happy Reading!!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  6. I hope you'll find the time to enjoy all these books! Audiobooks help out a lot when you want to multi-task. Little Big Lies was a great book! And the narrator did a splendid job.


  7. I always HATED the Spring semester. I love the start of school, but after Christmas, it just seems like such a waste of time to stay indoors all day. Good luck to you. I hope everyone gets through this. Any luck finding a job closer to home next year?

    1. Not yet. Most schools don't seem to post their openings until the school year is over, so I'll be mostly applying in May and June. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  8. Eep! I really LOVED Ask Again Later, it's such a cute book. Plus, all the pretties.

    And in regard to real life, congratulations. You made it! <333


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