Friday, April 1, 2016

Weekly Rewind 4.2.16

Friday, April 1, 2016 9:52 PM with 9 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: This week was SO hard. I seriously struggled all week to get back into the swing of things after spring break. I'm not going to go into super bitch-fest mode because I can feel my fingers veering into that direction, so let me just say that I am so happy it is the weekend. I'm staying in VA this weekend. I just don't have the drive in me after this week, and my husband has stuff going on (like helping friends move), so I wouldn't see him that much even if I did go home. I'm most definitely looking forward to a weekend of just sleeping, reading, and watching bad tv. It's much needed after the week I had.

Blog and reading: Just a WoW this week. I'm currently on a major rereading spell. This week I finished rereading Tease which is just such a powerful and awesome book (seriously, if you haven't read it, I cannot recommend it enough). I've also been rereading 99 Days. A couple of days ago I picked The Magicians back up and have started making progress with it. I'm currently listening to Illuminae, a book I've owned since it came out, but haven't picked up yet.

New books: I've a handful of pretties to share with you this week. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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The Passion of the Dolssa by Julie Berry
This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. Unfortunately, it is one of those kindle arcs that just isn't formatted correctly, so I've been torn between trying to power through it regardless (I've had it for awhile) or just wait until it comes out.
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
The synopsis starts with: If Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl, which is all I needed to snag this one. It is getting fabulous reviews, too, so I'm excited to start this one.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
I'm not exactly sure what this one is about. A poisonous girl and a missing one. Shrugs. Pretty green cover.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
A girl spends time in Italy after the death of her mother in order to learn more about her father. I'm always drawn to books set in Italy...I'm not sure why.
Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
I didn't read the synopsis of this because I need to read the second book still, but it is high on my list. This series is fun. I just reread the first book a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it (again).
Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
If you write a retelling of a Shakespeare play, I'm probably going to read it.
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
A girl dreams of a boy every night, and then there he is in her new school. (I cannot help but feel kind of...yawn...about this synopsis. Has anybody read this one?)

What I snagged from the library

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Rebel of the Suns by Alwyn Hamilton
After lots of trusted bloggers loved this one, I decided to give it a try (even though fantasy isn't usually my bag).
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is interesting as an audio as it has a full cast. I've owned this book for months, but just haven't had the energy to pick it audio it is.
The Visit
I have to admit that while M. Night Shyamalan is hit or miss for me, he isn't nearly as hit or miss for me as he is to others. I quite liked both The Village and Lady in the Water (although I hated Unbreakable and found the plant one just silly). This seems like a wink to Hansel and Gretel (I haven't watched it yet, so I don't know if that's true...but I hope it is).

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 hear you! This week has been a doozy. I hope you can relax this weekend. I just picked up Love & Gelato. I hope it doesn't disappoint. I also can't wait to hear your thoughts on Dolssa. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Natalie. I'm sorry you had a rough week. I am a Special Education Aide and I know that teaching is hard work! But you did get some wonderful new books to occupy you, right? I broke down and ordered Rebel Of The Sands and Lady Renegades. So I will be reading those soon. Also, I am on the waiting list at my library for the audiobook of Illuminae. So many people have said it was amazing. I have read the book, but I want to experience it again! Have a great week.

  3. Sorry you had a rough week, it looks like you got a great assortment of books this week. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. I liked The Visit do much more than I thought I would. I didn't care for The Village, but most if his others have been OK. It was fine for a rental.

  5. Oh I imagine my kids will be suffering the same affliction this week since they're going back tomorrow. But that's too bad about not seeing your husband though. Honestly, you are so strong.

    Enjoy your books this week, Natalie!

  6. These sound so good! Thank you so much for sharing, now I want to read some of them as well :D
    Happy reading!

    Lipstick and Mocha

  7. Hope this week is better for you. I've been wanting to watch The Visit since last year. Gotta see if my library has it. Happy reading.

  8. Tease is an AMAZING book! I agree, everyone needs to read it.

    My spring break wasn't great either- the week before the Hubs and I drove from Virginia to Oklahoma to visit his family (which we haven't done in 6 years) and then when we got back I had to immediately house sit for my brother and his wife while they took their kids to Williamsburg for Spring Break and to look at colleges for their eldest. I cant really complain though, because they let us borrow their middle daughter to look after our animals while we were away, but it sucked not being back in my own bed.

    And you can bet I came home with so many books from Oklahoma!

    I want to read Lady Renegades too!

    The Hubs and I really liked The Visit- it's unlike anything else I've seen in a long time!

  9. I always hated the spring semester, and it seems that after spring break, school was just a huge burden. You are definitely on the home stretch to summer, but it seems that the worst is at the end! Good luck!


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