Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekly Rewind 4.17.15

Friday, April 17, 2015 9:40 PM with 11 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.

Life and Blog

Life: So my internet was down all last weekend which is why I didn't do an update. Today's update is going to be brief. It's already getting late, and I'm tired. I'll give a proper update next week. I'm down to 32 school days (yes, I'm counting). I'll be home one last time in three weeks. There were eleven weeks between spring break and summer break which was just way too long to go without seeing my husband. Even the seven weeks we are going is excruciating long. 

Blog: This week left me exhausted every day. I have reviews to do, but just no energy. I hope to get some serious blog time in this weekend--including doing some visiting. I did write a post last week that I have to admit I'm really proud of about Showtime's show The Affair and my growing wish that more shows would follow the single season show format. You can read that here if you're interested.

New books: Because I didn't do an update last week, this week will include what I would have featured last week. I'm so excited for the vast majority of these. So without further adieu, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

Review Books

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Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Yes, I have it, and yes, I'm super excited.
Rook by Sharon Cameron
Two people (teens, I'm assuming) in an arranged marriage discover neither is who the other believed them to be. 
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
I really enjoyed Golden by this author, so I'm hoping to love this book about a girl who begins to fall for the guy who got her ex-boyfriend's heart through organ donation. 
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Per GR: "For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always." I'm intrigued. 
Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
I usually don't like kiss-y covers, but this is pretty cute. 
In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
A multiverse novel. 
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Billed as a cross between Stardust and The Fault in Our Stars which is...interesting. 
Secrets We Keep  by Trisha Leaver
A twin pretends to be her sister after her sister's death. I've been looking forward to this one. 
Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
A companion to The Duff which I bought recently but still need to read. 
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
I'm currently reading this book. It is obviously influenced by the Megan Meier/Lori Drew case which I just talked about in class a couple of weeks ago. 
City Love by Susanne Colasani
Three girls living together in NYC before their freshmen years of college. 
The sequel to The Prisoner of Night and Fog which I still need to read.
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin
This book about a girl spending time in Greece with her family sounds charming.
Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
Two girls at an all-girl school in the 1930s start a detective agency which sounds adorable. 
Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
A girl with magical ancestry is becoming a genie. This is not getting great reviews, unfortunately. 

What I snagged from the library


Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp
I'm excited to watch this although I wish it wasn't constant singing. 
Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale
This got pretty poor reviews, but I'm always curious about epics. My expectations are pretty low. 

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. Awesome books! I thought Sophomore Year is Greek to Me was a cute read. I loved Things We Know by Heart though! I hope you enjoy that one. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Ember in the Ashes! Pretty soon it will be summer vacation! Hang in there and have a great weekend.

  2. On the film topic I'm not a religious epics kind of person and as much as I love Meryl Streep, I'm not feeling the love for an all singing woods story! I think I'll give both a miss!

  3. An Ember in The Ashes was go good. Heard good things about Rook. You got a few amazing books in that haul that I need to get hopefully. Have an awesome weekend.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. There's lots of books that you've picked up that I really want to read. I hope you enjoy them all when you get around to it! :-) I hope the weeks fly by until you can be home again! My haul!

  5. Great Haul!! I read The Promise of Amazing and really want to read The Secrets of Attraction. I hope the characters from the first book make an occasional appearance. Sophomore Year is Greek to Me looks really cute as well. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!!

    Here is my STS:

  6. Great haul this week! I can't wait for In A World Just Right and Backlash. They both sound really good. I'll be looking forward to your reviews! Have a great week and happy reading!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  7. I haven't read any of these but there are so many great covers. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  8. Sorry to hear about your internet. That sucks so much.

    You are in the final stretch! There is light at the end of the tunnel!!

  9. Yay! I'm really excited for you, Nat. I know it's tough to be away from your loved ones. I had a taste of that when I left for a couple of weeks without my husband and my daughter. Sigh. I'll never go on vacation without them again. Anyway, you can do it!!!

    Have a great week, regardless. :)

  10. I can't wait to read Magonia and Sophomore Year is Greek to Me. Enjoy them.

    My STS

  11. So many great books! I'm looking forward to Rook, Things We Know By, Magonia, The Secrets We Keep, and Lying Out Loud. I loved Ember in the Ashes!!! So good. I still need to read In a World Just Right, I hope to read it soon. I haven't heard of City Love, I'll have to check that one out. Have fun reading! ~Pam


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