Friday, December 25, 2015

Weekly Rewind 12.26.15

Friday, December 25, 2015 9:21 PM with 12 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've been home for the last week and time is just flying by. It is so easy (too easy) to slip into a vacation schedule of staying up way too late and laying around like a worthless sloth all day. We've done a few things: We saw Star Wars (loved it), we had dinner with our Italian neighbors and their many, many kids and grandkids like we always do on Christmas Eve when we are in PA (instead of FL or WY), and I've made one shopping trip to Half Price Books (I didn't find any books, but I did pick up a handful of magazines for fifty cents each). Christmas--today--has been pretty uneventful. We opened our presents this morning and I cooked breakfast. We had Chinese for dinner since neither of us felt like cooking, and it wasn't until about 5 minutes ago that I realized today was Friday and I hadn't typed up a weekend post yet. One more week at home before getting back to the grind. I have some plans with friends next week, but I imagine it will be more of the same for the most part: reading, watching TV, hanging out with my husband and cats. Basically what a holiday break should be. I did get some gift cards for Christmas, including two for Barnes and Noble, so I will definitely be doing some shopping as early as tomorrow.

Blog and reading: I posted both a TTT and a WoW this week. I finished reading Eligible late last night and loved it. I'm so drawn to Curtis Sittenfeld's style of writing (Prep is one of my all-time favorite novels). She did an awesome job of making a Pride and Prejudice retelling that was at once familiar and fresh. I definitely plan on writing up a review some time this coming week. I was hoping this break was going to make me want to write more for the blog, but that really hasn't been the case. I've been sooooo lazy, but it has been awesome so I'm not going to be hard on myself for it. I haven't decided what I'm going to read next. I read the first chapter of about 5 different books this afternoon, but nothing really caught my attention. I'm sure I'll settle on something tonight or tomorrow. Eligible was over 500 pages and while I really did enjoy it, I always have a hard time getting into a new book after spending that much time with something.

New Books: I've a decent haul to share with you today. So without further ado, I hope you all had a merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you personally celebrate) and that your weekends are full of fabulousness.

For Review

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The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
A girl who is supposed to inherit the magic of the queen when she dies doesn't, so she flees. It sounds interesting, but I have to admit that I'm incredibly wary of starting too many series in 2016. Has anybody read this one yet?
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
I'm not exactly sure what this is about, but I know that the characters are able to jump in and out of famous libraries around the world which sounds amazing.
Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley
This is a novel about the Bronte sisters. I've read one not-so-great review about this one, by a trusted reviewer, but I do plan to still give it a try.
Navel Gazing: True Tales About Bodies, Mostly Mine by Michael Ian Black
I absolutely love Michael Ian Black. I think he is hilarious, and sincerely wish more people knew about him. I'm excited to read this one...but I hope my library purchases the audio.
The Past by Tessa Hadly
This adult novel follows siblings who are spending time at the summer house they may need to sell. This is a premise that has been done, but one that I'm drawn to regardless. I love this cover, too.
Once Upon a Kiss by Robin Palmer
This follows a 16 year-old in 1986 who after a choking incident wakes up in the year 2016 where she is now the most popular girl in school. It sounds very 13 Going on 30 without the age change, but very fun.

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. The Imposter Queen was very good. I enjoyed it a lot and hope you do as well. Hope you enjoy your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. Ooh Once Upon A Kiss sounds intriguing :-) I hope that you enjoy it and that you pick up some great books with your gift cards. Enjoy the holidays!

  3. Once Upon a Kiss sounds fun :) I love 13 Going on 30!
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

  4. Nice haul! I've been hearing people talk about The Imposter Queen and I'm getting veeeery curious. Hope it's good!

    My STS.

  5. The Impostor Queen is one I'm interested in as well! :)

    My STS!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  6. Your new books sounds amazing, I'm going to have to add a few to my TBR. I hope you enjoy them all! Happy reading :)

    Novel Ink's STS

  7. I just finished Thief of Lies last night and really liked it. I wasn't sure what exactly it was about but was pleasantly surprised. Hope you enjoy your time at home.

  8. I also have a copy of Thief of Lies. It sounds really good so I hope that we both like it!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  9. I have been a sloth all day, so I totally understand! I cannot wait to read Thief of Lies!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings Enter my 2nd Annual Blogoversary Giveaway

  10. OH i have Thief of Lies on preorder and I can't WAIT to read it. Libraries, time travel---NEED IT. Your quiet Christmas with hubby and cats and chinese food sounds wonderful! Merry Christmas, Natalie!

  11. It sounds like your having a relaxing break! Once upon a Kiss sounds like a fun book.

  12. Navel Gazing sounds hilarious. I want to hear that one. Hope the rest of the holiday break goes well. Happy reading.


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