Weekly Rewind: 10.31.20

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.

Life and Blog

Life: I’m trying so hard to not let this post turn into a major bitch-fest every week, but I cannot even explain how badly this week kicked my ass. I had major sound/tech issues earlier this week that just threw me off my game — the joys of hybrid learning when students are both online and in front of you, my mother-in-law was in town, I couldn’t sleep all week and just felt like my body was breaking, and was neck deep in grading their first major essay of the year.

I finally got some sleep last night and finished grading all of the essays during my planning period today. I am planned out in one of my subjects through Thanksgiving and am pretty well planned for my second for at least next week, so I very much plan on spending this weekend catching up on sleep and reading. 

I voted by mail and was able to verify that my vote has been accounted for, which feels great. I’m terrified for the next couple of weeks (months) but am happy that I’ve done my civic duty. 

Blog and reading: Nothing on the blog this week — I just couldn’t do it. I’m still reading Plain Bad Heroines, although I really didn’t read any of it this week, but I did make a dent in Invisible Girl, which I’m enjoying. I also read the first chapter of The Good Girls, which is one of most anticipated books of the year. 

What I’m watching: We watched the first episode of the third season of Fargo early this week, but I was heading up to bed at, like, 8pm every night because I was just a walking zombie. Hopefully we’ll be able to make a bigger dent this weekend. 

New books: I have a handful of books that I’m super excited for this week. So without further ado, I hope you’re all having fabulous, healthy weekends! Happy Halloween! 

For Review

The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett

“After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian.” Like I said above, I’ve been excited to start this one for awhile. I’ve only read the first chapter but am hoping to get into this weekend. 

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

I enjoyed (but didn’t adore) One of Us is Lying, which is the only book by this author I’ve read. That said, I am quite excited for this book that sounds chock-full of family secrets. It follows three cousins who have been summoned by their grandmother, a rich and mysterious woman they’ve never met. I’m into it. 

Admission by Julie Buxbaum

The fictionalized version of the admission scandal — especially from the view of Lori Laughlin’s daughter. I’m curious and love the simple cover. 

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

“Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.” This sounds super cute. I’ve only read one book author (As I Descended — a queer MacBeth set at a boarding school that I loved) but have been meaning to read more. 

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

After her parents divorce a teen girl swears off love, but she cannot help but be charmed by the boy she works with at a movie theater. 

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!




5 thoughts on “Weekly Rewind: 10.31.20

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  1. Ouch sounds like a tough week! I hope the next one is a little less stressful, and that includes politics- I’m not optimistic about that lol but like you, it feels good to vote and we can hope for good results. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to The Cousins a lot!


  2. This clearly wasn’t your week, I hope this one will get better. My youngest daughter is back in school, but she may go one day out of two – we’re still waiting for news. My eldest studies from home. Take care 🙂


  3. This week has been awful for my mental health but I somehow managed to finish 2 books?!? I’m so confused but even today I told my husband I want everyone to leave me alone so I can read (of course that didn’t happen but I have high hopes for tomorrow)!


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