Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Rewind 1.30.16

Friday, January 29, 2016 7:18 PM with 5 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: As I discussed last week, I currently live in the DC area. We got SO much snow last weekend, but luckily I never lost electricity and had stocked my cabinets and fridge before the storm started so I really just had to wait it out. My car was stuck in the garage until Wednesday because the poor plow men and women just had so much snow to get rid of (and nowhere to put it), so it took them awhile to get to the alleys. Thankfully school was cancelled for the week, though, so I really didn't have anywhere to go. I'm kicking myself for not waking up on Friday morning before the snow hit and just driving home to PA, but I just didn't have anyway of knowing when school would resume or how the roads would be in the 4 hour stretch between my apartment and my house would be. School was cancelled chunks at a time, too, not just: school will be out next week, so I didn't want to be stuck trying to get back last minute. Oh, well. Hindsight is 20/20. It would have been awesome to have an extra week with my husband, but is was nice to just have a week of taking it easy on my own, too. School is resuming on Monday, but I had already requested off next Friday the 5th and the following Monday the 8th so I could have a four-weekend to go home for my birthday (which is next Saturday). So for the next three weeks will all be four-day weeks for me, which is pretty awesome.

It was still snowing when I took these pictures and the car with the windshield wipers up is a SUV.

Blog and reading: I was pretty productive on the blog this week. I posted a TTT for freebie week focusing on my favorite female-driven comedies, a WoW, and debuted a new feature called The Grass is Always Greener where I compare US covers to their (superior) foreign counterparts. I didn't get nearly as much reading done with the unexpected vacation, however. I did reread the six books that make up the Scott Pilgrim series and finished American Housewife. I started Blackhearts and am about 50% of the way through. I also started Save the Cat Goes to the Movies and A Darker Shade of Magic (which I have literally owned since the week it came out almost a year ago). I really want to get through it before the sequel releases. I already have A Gathering of Shadows on hold at the library and have no explanation for why I haven't started it. I LOVED Vicious. Loved it. I think part of it just has to do with my reluctance to read series right now. I'm just kind of over them. I'm DNFing the audio I have now and plan to start 11/22/63 on Monday when my commute starts back up. Finally, I just snagged the book Pull today which is one that I've been so excited to read, so chances that I start that this weekend is extremely high.

New books: I have some pretties to share this week. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Like I said above, I'm about halfway through this. I'm enjoying it, but it's not one of those I-can't-put-this-down books for me. While I like that this is about Blackbeard before he became Blackbeard...I also kind of wanted pirate hijinks.
Pull by Anne Riley
I'm so excited for this book about a girl who joins a group of crime fighters with the ability to rewind a finite amount of time to stop crimes from happening. I adore this cover, too.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
After the death of her parents, the king and queen, are brutally murdered a princess hides in a tower until escaping with an archer...and then stuff happens. I didn't read the synopsis before snagging this because of that cover. If I'm completely honest, I'm pretty over royalty in fantasy books, but I have heard great things about this one so hopefully it will be the exception.

What I bought

Library Sale Haul for $4

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I've heard this adorable. Have you read this one?
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I wasn't planning on reading this one, but I saw the trailer for the new Hulu mini-series based on it and it looks pretty good. I actually had this on order at the library, but they only had the hb which weighed a trillion pounds. I hate reading super thick books in hb, so I was happy when I saw the trade PB at the sale.
Cure CD, Galore, which has one of my all-time favorite songs: pictures of you

What I snagged from the library

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
I have the arc, but didn't get to it in time, so I decided to snag the final copy.
This is actually the book that is most holding my attention right now. While I'm not likely to write a screenplay anytime soon, it has helped me really think about the story I've been wanting to write and I love the way the book shows the different genres of movies, but shows how they all use the same structure. It's fun.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
I also snagged this on audio. For particularly large books, I like to "double-team" by listening to the audio during my commute as well as reading.
The Intern
This looks pretty schlocky. Has anybody seen this? Is it worth watching? I'm fine with "feel good", but not looking for super cheesy...

That's all for me. Hope you're all having fabulous weekends!


  1. Oh wow. That's a lot of snow! Are they all gone? My husband was supposed to be in Baltimore all of last week, but since all the flights were cancelled, his work trip got postponed until mid-February.

    I hope you'll enjoy all your books and all the time you will be spending at home. :D

  2. I am looking forward to Reign of Shadows and Blackhearts as well....I need to get a copy of Dark Days Club- I've heard good things. I had no idea that there was a show coming to Hulu based on 11/22/63. I have had the ebook for sometime now...hopefully I can read it before I see the show. Enjoy your books and have a great weekend!

  3. The Dark Days Club sounds so good! Happy reading.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. I love 11/22/63 and read it when it was first released. I have already read The Dark Days Club and liked it too. Too bad you couldn't go home but better safe than sorry. Enjoy you birthday weekend.

  5. OMG all that snow!! Glad you had a nice quiet week because of it, though. Pull looks amazing, very excited for that one! I've got mixed feelings about reading Reign of Shadows, too! LOL And I'm hearing mixed things, so I'm not sure I'll devote the time.
    Great haul, Natalie---have a great week!


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