Friday, March 11, 2016

Weekly Rewind 3.12.16

Friday, March 11, 2016 9:20 PM with 19 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 this was a week. As much as I love my school (and I do), there are a couple of girls in my department that I just don't get along with very well. It isn't a big deal as I'm a professional adult, but they are seriously mean girls (like, straight up Regina George and Gretchen Weiner), and I totally had a run-in with them this week that left me so shaken. I wasn't planning on going home this weekend, but my husband is extremely sick and I need to go take care of him, but also because I just need to be around someone who loves me. I'm worried about him, though, he has been super sick all week and it has been so hard to be away from him when I don't know what it is that he has. He went to the hospital a few days ago and they gave him antibiotics, but he hasn't been eating and said they are making his stomach hurt even worse. Keep him in your prayers, please, if that is something that you do. I'm typing this up on Thursday night and am so happy tomorrow is Friday...and that spring break is only one more week away. I seriously need a break.

Blog and reading: Just a WoW this week. Have you seen this one? It's a retelling of the Canterbury Tales which is one of my favorite classics. This week I finished my reread of Rebel Belle. I haven't really started anything else yet (by which I mean I read the first chapter or so of about 10 books, but nothing has stuck yet), but I plan on starting Miss Mayhem, A Tyranny of Petticoats, and The Way I Used to Be next. I ended up taking Blue Lily, Lily Blue out during my commute (I just couldn't anymore. I definitely plan on finishing it before The Raven King comes out, but I needed a break from it). I just snagged Girls in White Dresses--which I've read, like, three times already--but I've never listened to the audio.

New Books: The Scholastic Book Fair rolled through my school last week. I was pretty restrained, but had to snag The Orphan Queen and Black Widow: Forever Red since both were in PB at the fair before they will be released everywhere else. PB is my preferred format, so. I also have a handful of review books to share. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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I Woke Up Dead in the Mall by Judy Sheehan
The "dead girl needs to figure out how she died" thing has been done to death (I'm so witty), but this looks fun anyway. Plus I love this cover, so...
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
This follows a girl recovering from a sexual assault. What makes it sound different is that it is told in four parts over the four years of high school. I'm excited to read this one.
So I just skimmed the beginning of a review for this that stated the synopsis of the book is a gigantic spoiler (why do publishers do that?), so I wouldn't read the synopsis (even though I personally already did) if you are interested in reading this.
Harmony House by Nic Sheff
A haunted house book that is frankly getting very poor reviews so this one probably won't happen.

What I Bought

Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
This is a "Sliding Doors" type story about two different possible summers. I love these split stories.
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
I started reading this a couple months ago when I had it from the library. I ended up getting distracted and then had to take it back because it had holds. I'm excited to finish it.
Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
I've been starting to wait until series are out before starting them. I have the second book, so I won't have to wait to read this duology. Yay.

What I snagged from the library

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This compilation has long been on my most anticipated 2016 reads, so I'm thrilled to have this.
Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I've been meaning to read this for ages. I've heard it's awesome.
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
I adore this book and have read it several times, but have never listened to the audio.
In the Heart of the Sea
Soooooooooo excited!

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 can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Way I Used to Be. I'm really excited about that and can't believe it's coming out real soon!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

  2. I also received The Way I Used To Be - I think it sounds really good. I'm sorry to hear you have to put up with mean girls...the worst! I'm also sorry to hear your husband is so sick. I hope he gets better soon! Enjoy your books and you're almost to spring break!

    1. He's doing better, thanks. It's disheartening that I'm dealing with mean girl shit as an adult, but what do you do? I'm there to teach. C'mon spring break!

  3. I am interested in The Way I Used to Be....

    I hope your husband is better is hard to be away from loved ones when they are sick.

    Enjoy your new books and the upcoming spring break.


  4. I hope your husband is feeling better! I have The Way I Used to Be in audio and can't wait to start it soon!

    1. He's doing better, thanks! I love audiobooks. I'll look for your thoughts!

  5. Aw, a rough week, Natalie! I'm sorry to hear about your co-workers. I hate hearing about adults who still act like immature jerks. :( Hope hubby is feeling better soon, too.
    I Woke Up Dead at the Mall does sounds fun---with a title like that, it has to be funny, right? OH no, I hate when the synopsis gives away too much. I sort of skim descriptions now because I've seen that happen way too many times. Tyranny of Petticoats sounds awesome, need to get my hands on that one soon. Enjoy all of these!

    1. Yeah, they suck. Lol. He's doing better. Thanks for your kind words!

  6. Sorry for the rough week you've had, Natalie. And I hope your husband will feel better soon. It's tough to work with such people. It takes a toll on your morale. Keep your head up!

    1. He's better, thanks! It really is hard to work with them--and mind blowing that they are responsible for teaching kids which is so much more than just grammar and how to write an essay, you know? Thanks for your kind words!

  7. I feel so bad... I ended up getting 10 new books! You definitely did a lot better than me!

    My weekly rewind

  8. I really really enjoyed Simon! I have a copy of Tyranny, I really want to read it, I hope we both enjoy :)

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  9. Mean girls suck. Sorry you had a bad experience and your hubby is sick. Hopefully can escape into a book for a little while.
    Bambi's StS

  10. Read Simon ASAP.

    That is so shitty about your run in. One would think that the "bully" situation clears up after high school, but it doesn't. My heart hurts for you. And I am super worried about your husband. I had a cold last week, which made me feel terrible, but I can't even imagine what he is dealing with this week. Are you going to take some time off and go home? I hope he's okay....

    1. He's doing better. Just a really nasty strain of the flu and mostly recovered now. Thank you!

  11. Hope your husband's feeling better, and that you have a better week! I can't stand mean people. :(

    1. He's better, thanks! It's disheartening, for sure, dealing with them on a daily basis. You'd think teachers would be nice and supportive, and they are...for the most part...


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