Friday, January 1, 2016

Weekly Rewind 1.2.16

Friday, January 1, 2016 11:21 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 truly cannot believe how quickly these two weeks flew by! I drive back down to VA on Sunday with work resuming on Monday. I have never had a lazier vacation. I think I've been in real pants for a total of, like, 16 hours in the past two weeks. Lol. I've seriously barely moved from my bedroom (my husband is doing renovations on our house--STILL--so our bedroom has also become the living room). I'm typing this up early Friday afternoon because we are going to a friend's house for a poker tournament in a couple of hours. I love playing poker. For years we had a standing Thursday night game with some friends, but that eventually broke up. 

Blog and reading:TTT and a WoW this week. I'm bummed that I didn't get much reading done this week...and that I really don't have an excuse for it. I went into a bit of a slump after finishing Eligible last week, and haven't been able to get into anything. I started Into the Dim a couple of nights ago, and though I'm not very far in, I am enjoying it so far, so hopefully I'll make it through that. 

New books: I was so excited to win the Brightly tote from my friend, Christina, and her awesome blog Confessions of a Book Addict. I'm sure most of you follow her already, but if you don't, she is one of the best bloggers out there and you should remedy that immediately. Besides that, I just have a couple of review books to share with you. So without further ado, I hope you are all having a fabulous New Year's weekend! 

For Review

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor
When I found out that this was about time travel and secret societies, this book got bumped up my TBR to help me get out of my mini slump. I'm only on the fourth chapter, but it is interesting so far. Can we all agree that this new cover is horrible, though?
And Again by Jessica Chiarella
This adult novel has an intriguing concept: four terminally ill patients are given the opportunity to inhabit genetically perfect clones of themselves. It sounds a bit like the recent movie Self/less except for the bodies are their own...kind of.


From and Christina at Confessions of a Book Addict
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I actually own a copy of this one already, but I'm sure my student will love it when I put a copy in their classroom library.
Everything, Everything by Nicole Yoon
I started reading the e-arc of this AGES ago, but then put it aside when I realized it would be better read in real book form...and then never got back around to it, so I was thrilled to see a copy of this. 
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
How cool is this cover? This historical novel follows a girl trying to solve her father's murder. 

What I snagged from the library

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Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts
A 17 year-old girl tries to move on after the death of her 19 year-old husband. 
Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
I was reading, and enjoying, this book a couple of months ago, but had to take it back to the library before I could finish it...just got it back (but will probably have to start at the beginning). 

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. I got Illuminae and I'm excited to read it. Everything Everything is one of my favorites. Happy New Year!
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  2. Thanks for the shoutout, Natalie! I really appreciate it. I am so glad you got your Brightly package. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Illuminae and Everything Everything. These Shallow Graves is a great read -- I hope you enjoy it! I am glad you had a relaxing deserve it! Teachers work hard! I can't wait to read Into the Dim...probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Happy New Year!

  3. Ooooh! What a great win! The review books look fantastic as well! "The Dead House" has been on my list for a while now! Must read it!

    Great haul! Enjoy!

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  4. I've heard really good things about Every Thing, Every Thing. I hope you like it, and Illuminae is also one I've heard a lot of fuss about.

    My stacking the shelves post

  5. Wonderful haul and so glad you had a nice break. I managed to read 3 books and a graphic novel while watching bowl games and husband playing his new PS4. I can't wait to see your thoughts on Into the Dim.

  6. I'm looking forward to reading Into The Dim. I hope you've had a nice break. I know what you mean about it going too fast.

  7. Congrats on your wins and Happy New Year!!

  8. Wow, the books you won are all ones I want! Good for you. I , too, have had a lazy vacation. School starts on Monday, but I am happy to get back to the kids I work with. They are so much fun! Have a great week.

  9. Congrats on the wins!! I like your books this week, and I love the cassette!!

  10. Hope the nice and lazy vacation helped you unwind! I was still thinking of work even on Christmas Day, but thankfully post-Boxing Day things wound down a lot.

    I really need to get my hands on Illuminae! I've been hearing amazing things about it. Hope you enjoy your new books, too.

  11. Into the Dim sounds really amazing. It's definitely one that I can't wait for. This is the first that I've heard of And Again, but it sounds like something I'd love. I hope you have a lovely 2016. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  12. Ah, lazy vacations---that's what they're for, right? You got some lovely things! I can't wait to read Into the Dim. It sounds amazing, but yea, new cover is no good for me either.

  13. Where did the holiday go??! I need another one. I need a few. I need to win the lotto.

    I have Into the Dim as well, and I am really excited to read that one! <3


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