Weekly Rewind 11.21.20

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 haven’t been shying away from saying how much this year is kicking my butt all over the place. Hybrid learning has legit been exhausting. Add to that the stress of Covid and the election, and I’ve just been a ball of tired stress. There are certainly bright spots. My husband has been cooking up a storm for me. He’s been making me soups to eat for dinner and to take to school for lunch. Last night he grilled me up a huge steak and mashed potatoes. We’ve managed to stay healthy (knock, knock, knock), and as tired as I am, I still really love my job. My teacher team are some of my best friends and I love my school.

All of this to say: I have a week offfffffffff and I am so, so ready for it!

Blog and reading: Nothing on the blog this week. I love doing my regular Tuesday post highlighting new releases in books, movies, and streaming, but I really need to start doing it on the weekend because leaving it for Mondays is just straight not working. I’m also not really reading. I’ve picked up several books over the past couple of weeks but haven’t finished anything in ages. I usually read on my kindle in bed for about an hour before going to sleep, but lately I can only get about two pages before picking my phone back up. I hate it. I’ve been somewhat half-heartedly been rereading Ready Player One in preparation of the out-of-nowhere sequel (ok, it’s been a couple of months since it was announced) this week. I loved the book so much when I read it a couple of years ago, but I hated the movie with a deeply burning hatred I seldom feel that has definitely dampened my feelings for the book.

I really loved Victoria Schwab’s Y’All Write talk last weekend (I know I said this last weekend), but it is up on youtube now if you are interested. The “corpse” metaphor really worked for me, and my WIP is really starting to take real shape. I didn’t sign up for NaNoWriMo this month because I knew it wouldn’t happen, but I do think I’ll spend a good chunk of this week long break filling out my “skeleton.”

What I’m watching: Not a damn thing. I’ve been going upstairs at like 8PM. I’m hoping to finally get through the third season of Fargo and plan on watching the first season of Succession finally. Actually, I have been watching the first season of Veronica Mars for the first time, but honestly mostly just a background noise.

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

For Review

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve been trying really hard not to snag or request YA fantasy. It just isn’t my genre, but oh man this cover. It’s one of my favorites maybe of all time. I do love Greek mythology, so I’m hoping that I’ll jive with this one (I was able to snag the full arc – yay).

You Have a Match by Emma Lord

After her well-received debut, Emma Lord is tackling summer camps and secret sisters (a nod to The Parent Trap I’m assuming). It looks cute.

One of the Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulite

After her sister is killed at a social justice rally, a teen grapples with her new status as being “one of the good ones” and a poster child for police brutality. This sounds really powerful.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

A modern retelling of Jane Eyre with a domestic thriller twist.

Influence by Sara Shepard

A twisty YA thriller about the world of influencers.

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

“Fans of Sadie and You will be riveted by this compulsively readable new thriller about a survivor of dating violence who uses her newfound awareness of everyday evil to hunt for a killer.”

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

This looks like a cute YA romance about an “awkward” girl and the love triangle she finds herself in.

Glimpsed by G.F. Miller

“This charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.”

No One Asked For This by Cazzie David

This was one of those request approvals after the release date. I’m on the list for it at the library already. I don’t really know anything about Cazzie David beyond her dad is Larry David and she used to date Pete Davidson, but I usually enjoy celebrity autobiographies, so I’m excited.

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!

4 thoughts on “Weekly Rewind 11.21.20

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  1. Enjoy your week off! I honestly don’t know how teachers are keeping it together through all this. My daughter is hybrid learning and I know it has challenges. Hope you have a great holiday!


  2. Thank you, Natalie… while my weekend wasn’t particularly fabulous, as we are in lockdown in the UK, I did manage to be healthy and productive going for two morning jogs and cooking up a big batch of lamb and root veg soup. 😋 Take care, stay healthy and enjoy your week off (hopefully you’ll get your reading mojo back in that time). 🙏🙂


  3. There are some wonderful titles in your book haul. I am very interested in Lore. Thank you for being a teacher. You seem like a very very upbeat person, which is a hard thing to be right now. Have a wonderful week off.


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