Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Rewind 1.23.16

Friday, January 22, 2016 9:28 PM with 15 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.

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: So I live in the DC area right now. If you live anywhere in the US, you have probably heard about the winter storm that is about to hit us, and it is freaking insane around here. My school district called for a snow day right after school yesterday (I'm not going to lie: the unadulterated joy I felt as a student on snow days only slightly surpassed my joy as a teacher. Lol). This morning I checked to see if the library was open because I knew I had some items to pick up and had some stuff I wanted to return.  I saw it was closing at 12, so decided to swing by there and then get some gas before putting my car in the garage for the next few days (I usually park on the street, but my awesome roommate moved some stuff in the garage so both our cars could fit). Outside was pandemonium. The library was insane. All of my people were like: Must stock up on books and movies!! There were lines for the self check-out! Starbucks was, like, nope. I walked in and right back out. The first gas station I went to was OUT OF GAS. This is all before a single snow flake had even falling from the sky! The next gas station had lines for each pump (but at least they had gas). After getting gas, I definitely had enough. I was thinking about getting a case of water from the grocery store (I went to a Walmart yesterday and they were sold out), but decided to just say screw it. We filled up water bottles and I was able to snag individual bottles of Smart Water yesterday. We filled up the hallway bathtub with water in case we need to flush toilets. It is seriously insanity. I'm typing this up in the early afternoon just in case my power goes out.  Right now, I'm under a blanket with a space heater running while the first few flakes start to fall. So, yeah, while I'm sure I'm going to be fine (I grew up in WY after all), please keep me in your thoughts anyway.

Blog and reading: Despite having an extremely easy week (Monday off for MLK, 2 hour delay Tuesday, off today), my energy level for writing was pretty low. I did post a WoW this week for a YA mystery that looks amazing. I'm currently in the middle of a handful of books. Book clubs started for my students this week (once a quarter I give my students 5 books to choose from and then put them in groups where they silently read the book of their choice--I try to give them their first or second choice book--and then they have book discussions and have a final group project). I try to read at least 2 of their options so I can talk to them about it, so right now I'm reading The Lions of Little Rock and just picked up Wonder on audio. For me, I'm reading Carrie Pilby which is a book I read back in 2003 when I gobbled up all the Red Dress Ink books, but wanted to reread when I heard they were filming a movie. I'm also reading American Housewife which is a collection of short stories.

New Books: I have a small pile to share with you today. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends. For my fellow Northeasterners: please stay warm and safe!

For Review

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Various refugees find their lives converging as WWII comes to an end. It sounds intriguing.
I couldn't help but snag this one even though I don't really like westerns OR paranormals. We'll see...
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
A(nother) reimagining of Neverland.
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
So this is blend of 1920s gangsters and magic. If done well, this could be amazing.

What I snagged from the library

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The hype over this has me beyond weary.
American Housewife by Helen Ellis
First off: I love this cover. I'm roughly a third of the way through this. Like all short story collections, some stories have been more successful than others, but I am enjoying the collection.
Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner
I read this years ago, but don't really remember it.
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation
I like these movies--even though they are totally silly and I don't know if we really need 5 (or 6?) of them.

I debated doing this last week...and the week before I'm just going to do it because it is noon on Saturday. If you have a weekend post that you would like to link up, please do so. I don't care what the title of your post is or what format you use. My Weekly Rewind posts are one of the only posts that I write every single week, and it bums me out when there is nowhere to link it, or when I spend all day (I mean I do other stuff, too) waiting to see if a link is available. So I'm going to start having a linky tool for those who like to post a link at midnight (est) and then forget about it for the rest of the weekend. Again, you don't need to call your weekend post the Weekly Rewind to use this link, and I don't care if you link to 15 other weekend posts. It would be awesome if you followed me via Bloglovin', but it's not necessary (if you do, though, please let me know in the comments because I do like to follow back). So, yeah, here's a linky. Hope you are having fabulous weekends!


  1. Wish you the best with the snow storm - we don't even know what snow is over where I am.. Good call on stocking up on the books ;)

    Sounds like a great project for the students, I hope they enjoy it.

    Hope you have a wonderful (and safe) week!

  2. I am so excited for A Criminal Magic! I'm definitely looking forward to your thoughts on it. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. Oooh Truthwitch! I can't decide if I should buy it or not. I'd love to hear what you think of it!

    Happy Reading! ♥

  4. I think you got hit worse than WV but we had about 16 inches. You have to read A Criminal Magic - it's awesome. I have a non- spoiler review on my blog. The author is really nice as well. Stay safe.

  5. Stay safe with all of that snow. It looks like you have some great books to keep busy with while you are snowed in. I have requested Truthwitch from my library because I want to see if it is really worth all of the hype around it. Enjoy!

  6. All the reports of the weather I've heard are so intense, so please be safe! Also, love the idea of the link-up!

  7. I'm in Baltimore! We've got around 26 inches of snow so far. Tomorrow we'll dig ourselves out, LOL. I loved Truthwitch and Unhooked! Lisa Maxwell is in the D.C. area, she's fantastic. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fantastic weekend. :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  8. Hope you're doing okay with the storm, it looks insane on the news here (where it is summer hah).

    I love the Mission Impossible movies! I think the fourth one is my favourite, because it didn't take itself seriously but the first also holds a special place in my heart <3

  9. I'm reading Unhooked now and really enjoying it! Sending warm cozy thoughts to you in all that SNOW!!

  10. Thanks for providing a link-up! It is frustrating when that happens. I am looking forward to reading Salt to the Sea soon and I also got Truthwitch from the library on Friday before the storm. I have only read about 50 pages--so far so good though! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. I hope the snow wasn't too bad for you. We got hit here much harder than we thought we would.....but we still have power, so it wasn't too bad!

  11. Wow. That is insanity! I don't think we've ever had such a day of craziness in all the time we've gotten a blizzard up here in Canada. I'm glad you managed to cozy up with books!

  12. I'm in Baltimore! Hope you didn't suffer too much during the storm! I haven't left my apartment since Friday and I was hoping for one more snow day but the library is open again tomorrow and that means I have to go into work:(

  13. I really hope you are safe. Cold weather is nothing to play around with, and I really worry that so many people are panicking and trying to find rations.

    Read Truthwitch. IT IS SO, SO GOOD!

  14. I'm really looking forward to A Criminal Magic - can't wait to hear what you have to say about it! I think I like the two newest Mission Impossible movies the most - Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation - lots of fun. I just missed out on the weather here - by miles. Hope you guys thaw out soon! :)

  15. I'm glad I read your snow story because Northerners in the South make fun of us when we freak out over a little impending snow. Now, I completely understand the snow up North is way more intense than snow in the South, and I actually don't freak out personally, but I'm just glad to know we aren't the only ones running to the stores and whatnot in preparation. :)

    I just finished reading Between Shades of Gray recently and now I'm dying to read Salt to the Sea! I think I'm going to buy it right away which I basically never do unless it's one of my top authors, which might mean Ruta Septys could become that for me!


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