The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.
My Life and Blog
Life: One more week of work before two glorious weeks off for winter break. We are still fully remote right now (and will be next week), which, like I said last week, has been most welcome. Hybrid teaching has been kicking my butt all over the place this year (my anxiety and stress levels have never been so high), so while I certainly don’t want to be a remote teacher for the rest of my life, these couple of weeks of fully remote have been great, frankly. I am, of course, speaking only for myself. I know teachers from all over are having their own struggles this year, whether they have been remote this entire year, are still in the building, or have been hybrid (in the building with students both online and in front of them) like me.
Blog and reading: Nothing on the blog this week. I for real need to start writing more on the weekend because I just don’t feel like sitting in my computer anymore at the end of the work day. I didn’t do my regular look at new releases (because I’m lazy) because there is always such a lack of new releases in December, which has always been so confusing to me. I read Small Spaces this week, which is a fun MG horror novel. It’s fun and creepy without the blood and gore. Appropriate for 11 and up, especially if they like horror. It’s the first in a series that has two currently out and a third coming next year. I’ve been mostly reading writing guides this week. I’ve been fleshing out my novel and love reading writing guides while working because it forces me to think about my WIP.
What I’m watching: We watched the first couple of episodes of The Mandalorian and I found it…really bad. I wasn’t overwhelmed with love for the first season but liked it ok. Does the second season get better, or? I rewatched Perks of Being a Wallflower last night and just fell in love again. I’ve seen it a couple of times, but it had been awhile, and where my emotions are right now — it just hit me different. So good.
New books: I have a handful of pretties to share today. So without further ado, I hope you’re all having fabulous, healthy weekends!
This follows the daughter of a con artist who gets taken hostage during a bank robbery. This has been optioned for a film by Netflix with Millie Bobby Brown tapped to star and Jason Bateman to produce. Read the Variety article here if you’re so inclined.
Man, that cover. I just love it so much. This is the first of two novels this week that focus on a true crime podcast. This on follows a young woman who becomes obsessed with finding the host of her favorite podcaster after she goes missing.
A retelling of The Trojan War from the point of view of several women. “From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, to Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus, to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, these are the stories of the women whose lives, loves, and rivalries were forever altered by this long and tragic war.” I’m SO here for this book.
This is the other podcast novel. This one follows a true crime podcast that gets a ten year old case reopened. A murder that someone was charged with and that the wife “has no memory of.” It looks interesting.
What I Snagged From the Library
I’ve been excited for this book that follows a college freshman who gets seduced into a cult.
A dude pretends to be the front man of a band to impress the girl he likes. This looks cute.
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!