Weekly Rewind 4.11.20

Weekly Rewind

The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.

This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

My Life and Blog

Life: Like many states, mine has announced that school will not open for the rest of the year. I’ve been teaching classes via Zoom for the last couple of weeks and it looks like that will continue. I miss seeing my students and my co-workers but am very thankful that this technology exists. I’m feeling very thankful in general. I have a house. I have a husband I like and love. I have fluffy pets to snuggle when I’m feeling sad. But I’m also starting to feel restless and need to remind myself that it is ok to be outside, even if it’s just in my own backyard. I need to remind myself to exercise. Teaching used to be my biggest source of movement, but now I’m teaching from a chair in front of a screen. I hope you’re all still hanging in there.

Blog and reading: I posted my regular look at new book and movie releases: What I’m Excited For. I finished Sloppy Firsts and moved on to Second Helpings but have been reading The Prettiest – a MG novel that comes out this Tuesday.

What I’m watching: My husband has finally “roped me” into watching Deadwood (do you see what isolation is doing to me?), a show he loved back when it came out. I’ve never really been a fan of westerns, but it’s alright so far. We’re still watching Westworld every Sunday.

Actually, I need opinions if you have them. I started watching Light as a Feather and really enjoyed the first couple of episodes. I stopped because I own the book and thought maybe I should read it first…but then couldn’t really get into it. Read the book or just watch the show? On that note, same for You. I haven’t started the show but kind of want to. I own the book for that, too. Read it or just watch the show?

New books: I have a small handful of pretties to share. So without further ado, I hope you’re all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

An outcast lesbian witch finds a new coven among the popular girls at school. I love a good witchy book and am excited for this one.

Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli

This sounds a bit like Booksmart. After doing everything right for years, and having it pay off, a girl decides to say yes to all opportunities the summer after her senior year.

The Obsoletes by Simeon Mills

Fraternal twin brothers are just trying to make it through high school like everybody else, except they’re robots and know that if anyone finds out, it will mean big trouble.

What I snagged from the (digital) library

I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir when I say this, but just in case I’m not: Check out what type of services your library has. Mine uses both Overdrive and Hoopla, which give FREE access to e-books and audiobooks. I’ve used both for years and am especially thankful for that service now.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

A women’s book club in the 90s has to protect their neighborhood from the mysterious new stranger who happens to be a vampire. I’m so excited for this one.

The Last Book on the Left by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski

So I don’t actually listen to the podcast, but I love me a good serial killer (yes, I know how that sounds).

Well that’s it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, 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!



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  1. My husband and I were just talking this morning about how thankful we are. It’s easy to get caught up in how different things are right now – and all the minor inconveniences – but overall we are so fortunate. I’m so thankful for our home, a kitchen filled with food, the ability for both of us to work from home, ways to stay in touch with family who I am distanced form right now. Hopefully we can remember to continue to be thankful in the days to come.


  2. It is so different now, isn’t it? Our school starts online learning on Monday so it will be all new for us here too. It’s a shame all this is happening…

    The Obsoletes looks fun.

    I’ve heard Westworld is different this season and I’m curious.


  3. I totally agree with you about online teaching. I’m so glad the technology exists, but I really miss seeing my students in person. And it takes a lot more energy to teach online. Also, you made me laugh about the just sitting in front of a screen, I have the same problem. I need to move a lot more than I’ve done these past few weeks.
    I have the same problem you have with series and books. I have The Witcher book, and I can’t get into it – so now, I’m wondering if I should just watch the show.
    I’m glad you’re able to find things to be thankful for. I think that’s a good thing for our mental health if we’re able to continue to be thankful for things these days.
    Have a good week ahead, stay safe and healthy and happy reading.


  4. Oh wow! Out of school for the rest of the school year… I fear that will be the case here too but I’m hoping not!

    I need to take advantage of going outside more. We have pretty strict rules on what we’re allowed to do under lockdown but I’m allowed out for exercise once a day and I often don’t use it. I think I may be less tweaky about everything if I started to actually do so.

    Never watched Deadwood but I have watched You (S1 & 2) and I liked it a lot! Season one more than season two. I haven’t read the books though. I’d definitely give it a watch.


  5. My daughter starts distance learning tomorrow. The district is using Google Classroom mostly. She’s had a couple of Zoom meetings with her teacher, but it sounds like the school is moving away from that platform completely. Her dance studio, however, offers their classes via Zoom, and so my daughter has been adjusting to taking dance that way. It isn’t the same. She’s such a social person and she really misses seeing her friends and interacting with them in person. With the staff rotating between home and the office within my agency, I’m now taking part in Skype and Face Time meetings.

    My husband and I watched Deadwood when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I haven’t seen You for much of the same reason you haven’t yet. I want to read the book first . . .

    The Scapegracers sounds good. I have a soft spot for witch related books. I will have to look for it. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires is on my TBR pile. It sounds so good! I hope we both love it.

    Have a good week. Stay safe and well.


  6. It’s amazing that so many can work from home, and I’m thankful my husband is able to take advantage of that. I still go into the hospital 4 days a week.

    I love the online/digital library catalog and use it for both e-books and audios. I’m really curious about The Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Vampire Hunting. I’m going to check that one out! Enjoy your books and stay safe! 🙂


  7. Sounds like you guys are coping well. We’re doing okay too but since my husband works in a prison, he is still working as he is essential. I finished the Grady Hendrix book this weekend and LOVED it! I hope to get my review up this week. I’ve not seen The Scapegracers before but now I really want it. I love all things witchy. I actually watched YOU and then loved it so much I directly dove into the book. It was one time reading after watching worked for me. I’d say continue watching whatever you are enjoying.


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