Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Rewind 9.19.15

Friday, September 18, 2015 9:28 PM with 13 comments
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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: I'm typing this up on Thursday night because I'm heading back to PA tomorrow after school, and the past couple of times have taught me that I'm never really in the mood to type up a post after sitting in the car for 4 hours...after teaching all the end of the week. Lol. I'm so excited to go home this weekend as I haven't seen my husband for 3 weeks with him being out of town. I'm taking my kitties back home tomorrow. It's kind of a bummer because I've loved having them around. It's so nice to come home to something that loves you, you know. I might actually bring my tortie girl back with me...We'll see.

That's really all I have to report this week. School is going well. I'm enjoying my new school, and love my classes.

Blog and reading: I was actually a pretty efficient blogger this week. I posted a review for the movie Age of Adaline. I also posted a TTT for freebie week (I did favorite teachers in pop culture), and a WoW that reminds me of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, a book I loved.

I'm currently reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas after finally finishing Throne of Glass this last weekend, and I've switched to the audio of The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith--which has been an awesome decision as I really want to know what happened, but was struggling to read the book. The narration is great.

New books: I have a few pretty titles to share with you this week. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

 For review

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
A dude with a superpower that isn't all it's cracked up to be has to turn to his old friends--who call themselves the zeroes--who all have similar powers. It certainly sounds interesting. I never got into the Uglies series, but I've heard great things. I'm not familiar with the other authors.
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
An "ordinary" woman visits a traveling carnival only to get captured by the show when a sharp-clawed creature is discovered under her skin. This sounds majorly weird, but it's been on my radar for awhile now, and I'm excited to read it.
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
I went through a MAJOR Margaret Atwood phase after I graduated from college and basically read her whole collection. There are still a few I haven't read (she's pretty prolific and has had a very long career), but I'm still excited whenever she comes out with something new. I really prefer her contemporary work more than her sci-fi/dystopian work, but this sounds so interesting, and very Stepford Wives.
Never Never by Brianna Shrum
I'll be honest: I like the idea of retelling more than I like reading them. There have been some stand-outs, of course, but I often give up on them half way through (if that). I am excited for this Peter Pan retelling that is more like an origin story for Hook--which may be awesome (even though I just read a negative review for it, like, yesterday).
Madly by Amy Alward
When the princess takes a love potion meant for her crush and falls for herself (lol), a girl from an alchemist family tries to find the cure. This sounds hilarious.
The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver
This MG novel about orphans with abilities who live in a museum sounds adorable. I LOVE that cover, too.

What I snagged from the library

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I'm about a quarter of the way through it and am absolutely loving it. Mindy Kaling is hilarious and this book is just more fun and intimate than her last book (which was also awesome).
A girl decides to go to New York after a blogger blogs about getting dumped by his girlfriend. A crazy night follows. This sounds pretty charming.
How many Cinderella stories can this world possibly need? I plan on watching this, but I'm not over-the-moon excited for it or anything. 

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 haul. I'm with you on the retellings. Sometimes they are good, but I'm wary. Never Never sounds awesome.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. I watched Cinderella this week (today actually). I'll be interested to hear what you think of it. I am super curious about Menagerie. I really don't know if it's a book I'd enjoy or not so I'm so eager to read reviews about it. I've only seen a couple so far (so read it soon, haha)

  3. Oooh Never Never! I've had that one for a while and started it a few weeks ago but something else came in between. I need to get back to it already. Also, personally I loved Cinderella. I thought it was such a beautiful movie. And this is coming from someone who usually quits on movies 30 minutes in. lol

    Stephanie @ Bookfever

  4. I gotta admit, I'm kinda excited about the new Cinderella movie :)
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

  5. Ooh, nice haul! I don't know most of them, but I'm pretty curious about Zeroes.

    My STS.

  6. Both Zeroes and Menagerie look great. I think I'll have to check them out. All the other books are new to me.

    I'm curious what you think about the Cinderella movie as well. I'm not sure I care for the actors, so I've been putting off even looking at the movie.

    Great haul! Happy Reading!!

  7. I can't wait for Zeroes! Scott Westerfeld's novels are always the best. I hope you enjoy them.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  8. Menagerie continues to interest me. May have to get that. Happy reading.

  9. Awesome haul! Enjoy

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    Leydy @ OUaT

  10. I am so thrilled to hear that everything is going well! I was a bit worried when I read about your set up, but thank the stars that it is all turning out for the better!

    'It's so nice to come home to something that loves you, you know."

    I seriously cannot live without a cat. My sister would actually like to not have them around, since she worries about taking care of them, but I have that seriously deficient of kindness in my life, so they are a lifeline to me. I love the kitties I have now. They really do help me get up in the morning and continue on, even when I don't want to.

  11. I've never heard of Zeroes, but I like Scott Westerfeld, so I hope you enjoy it! And I feel you about not feeling like typing up a post when you've been working/driving all day. I'm so much more productive when it comes to blogging when I don't have to work! I constantly struggle with not getting a pet haha. I'd love to have one around at home, but I know it's not the right place and time, and I'd resent the responsibility. BUT THEY'RE SO CUTE AND LOVEABLE DAMMIT. :D

  12. I'm the same as you when it comes to retellings. I love the idea of them but I have yet to come across one that I really love. I also really want to read Never Never though, even though I've never read or seen a Peter Pan adaptation/retelling that I have liked... EVEN THE DISNEY FILM and I'm a huge Disney fan. Hmm.

    I'm off to check out your review of Age of Adaline because I'm really keen to see it.

  13. I'm so excited for Zeroes! Also, Cinderella is actually pretty good. I saw it when it was in the movies and found it much better than I thought I would.

    I don't know if you'd be interested, but I'm hosting a review on my blog; you can find out more here


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