Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekly Rewind 5.23.15

Friday, May 22, 2015 9:37 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 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: Just seven more teaching days! I have a four day week next week and a three day week after that. Well, it's a four day week, but only three of them are with students. It's pretty brutal right now. The weather is super hot and the students are soooooo restless. They are just days away from being freshmen in high school and just do not want to listen to me at all. What do you do? I would be restless, too. I AM restless, too. 

This weekend is going to be pretty awesome. My best friend of a billion years is going to be in town for the weekend. I'm looking forward to actually doing the things in FL I should be doing. Honestly, without anybody here I just never do a whole lot. I'll think about going to the beach (which is literally, like, 10 minutes from my house), but the idea of packing up stuff for the beach and finding parking and then just sitting there alone never sounds appealing. That's so silly, I know, but I've never really been one to sit outside...especially alone. Not that I'm not alright just hanging out by myself--I totally am--it's just really more that I'm pretty lazy. Lol. I'll stop rambling now.

New Books: I have so many pretty titles to share today. This week was the spring Scholastic Book Fair. I showed some restraint this time as I'm going to have to pack next weekend. Anyhoo, without further adieu, I hope you are all having splendid weekends. To my American friends, I hope you get a three-day break!

For Review

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My ears always perk up when I hear the word witch. That being said, I rarely actually like books about witches. Here's hoping I like this one because it sounds awesome. 
Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Doesn't this cover just scream summer? About a talented singer who loses her voice after an accident. 
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
This is one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. Female friendship focused, summer camp, and time travel. 
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
I really like the author's last book The Truth About Alice about bullying and am looking forward to how she tackles a religious cult. 
Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
This sounds kind of like that JGL movie Looper...which was awesome. 
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
I'm on book 4 of my re-reading. I'm excited to see what's going on with Princess Mia. 
Charlie, Presumed Dead Anne Heltzer
This is also a book that I have been really excited to dive in to. Two girls meet at a funeral for their mutual boyfriend who may have been hiding even more secrets.
Look at that cover! 
Thank You, Goodnight by Adam Abramowitz
Per GR: Nick Hornby meets Almost Famous in this side-splittingly funny coming-of-middle-age debut novel about the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band who tries for one more swing at the fences.
If You're Not the One by Jemma Forte
This is another: an accident causes a woman to go back in time to see what her life would have been like if she would have chosen the other guy...

What I Bought

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
I've been meaning to read this book for forever. I'm fascinated by WWII.
What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott
I was immediately drawn in by this cover when I first saw it months ago. 
Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance
A dude has a break-up service. Not a new idea, but it sounds fun and was $2. 

What I Snagged from the library

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I don't really know a whole lot about this. I know it has a dragon in it and that people seem to think it is pretty awesome. 
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
I haven't had a whole lot of luck with this author. I have friends that love her work, but I have a hard time connecting with her writing. That said, this sounds really interesting and I hope I dig 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. So jealous of your haul this week! So many books I want to read. I hope you get to enjoy them, and your weekend with your friend!

  2. I find I'm always looking forward to these because you have the best weeks ever!! I really want to read All the Rage and am looking forward to your review on it! Have a wonderful Memorial Day three day weekend :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

  3. You got a lovely haul this week, Natalie! I hope you'll enjoy all your new books.

    Here, school is still going until the middle of June, but classes are over at the end of next week. Then it's exam time instead - which means correcting and grading time for me after that.

    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  4. I know exactly what you mean by not liking being outside alone even though you're comfortable being yourself in general - I'm exactly the same! Laziness definitely plays a role for me too, but there are just somethings which are best experienced with other people, even if just simple things like going to the beach. I just finished reading Uprooted and absolutely loved it! I hope you'll too - enjoy your Saturday!

  5. I am really looking forward to The Edge of Forever. I though Summer of Chasing Mermaids was just ok. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on that book and Royal Wedding. Enjoy your last few days of school...I hope it goes by quickly!

  6. You got such a lovely haul :) I want all your review books, they look so interesting. A lot of them I'm looking forward to. Happy reading.

    My STS

  7. Great haul this week! You got just about everything that I either want or have picked myself. Great choices.

    Shannon @ The Tale Temptress' StS

  8. Hope you love all your new books this week. They look amazing.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  9. ooh Charlie Presumed Dead looks interesting. Nice haul and happy reading :D

    Maura @

  10. Great haul this week! I read Charlie Presumed Dead last week and it was way different than I thought it was going to be. I highly recommend it, definitely, so I will be looking forward to your review. Happy reading! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  11. It is time to break out the games for the kids! When I was in middle school, we always did some sort of interesting group project or unit to help us get to the end of the year. The teachers were as tired as we were, and they tried something different to just get to the finish line.

    Ugh, good luck with The Witch Hunter. My review goes up on Monday. I was not impressed in the least.

  12. I've got Witch Hunter this week, too. Though I'm not as much of a fan of witches than you are, I'm sure. I thought I'd see what the big deal is since it's been getting so much good rep lately. Anyways, two more weeks (well, less than) for you! You're almost there, Nat!

  13. Have a great visit with your friend, Natalie! Ahh, and living 10 minutes from the beach would be amazing, but I know what you mean about laziness and preferring to do those thing with company. I was thinking it would be awesome to just head out alone and read on the beach, but that would probably be hard with other little beach-goers running all around, huh? :D

    You got some great stuff---very, very excited for Mirror & Goliath!

  14. Last week of school…showing movies sounds good! :)

    The Witch Hunter…I really enjoyed it, hope you do too. And I liked Summer of Chasing Mermaids although it was more serious than I was expecting (I was wanting light and fluffy).

    Have a great week! ~Pam

  15. First - love your Rewind image! So fun.

    Second - I received The Witch Hunter this week too. And I'm dying to read All The Rage.

    Last - hope you had fun with your BFF.

    -new follower

  16. You've got a great haul this week! The Edge of Forever has a really amazing cover, I haven't seen that one before. Proof of Forever looks really good, I'm hoping to read that one myself soon. I hope you enjoy all of your books :) Here's my haul if you want to check it out!


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