Monday, January 20, 2014



Hello Lovelies!!

I got a little tied up yesterday with life, so I'm a day late with my week in review. Fortunately, not a whole lot happened this week.

Let's see here...

This week I...
worked. A lot. Or maybe it just felt like a lot because I had a wonky schedule since I went home last week.
went to Oula a couple times, which was awesome and I love it.
cleaned up my house a bit.
took some books into my local used bookstore (yay! Paring down my book collection aka one of my New Year's Resolutions!)
watched several movies from Empire Magazine's 500 Greatest Films list (aka one of my other New Year's Resolutions!) I was a big fan of The Apartment.

This week I read...
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO!!!!!!!!!! Seriously everyone needs to read it.
The New World (A Chaos Walking Novella)
Ketchup Clouds.

This week I added to my book collection...kind of a lot. Oops. (It's a PROCESS guys, okay??)

These are most of the books I got this week. From Wednesday when I took books in.
Spindle's End by Robin McKinley : It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and even though it's been out for several years, I've never read. I love Sunshine by McKinley, so I'm excited to delve into this one.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo: This was a preemptive buy for Middle Grade March. I've never read any DiCamillo but I feel like I should have!
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck: This series sounds awesome, and this book is nominated for a 2014 YRCA. I would love to read the whole series this year.
Unbelievable by Sara Shepard: This is #4 in the Pretty Little Liars series, and I wanted it to be on hand for when I finish #3.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman: I've heard really great things about this book, but I hadn't gotten around to it yet. Now I have it, ready to read!
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi: This is another book which I'd heard great things about but hadn't gotten around to. Dystopic future? Right up my alley.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look: This was another preemptive buy for Middle Grade March, but I think Alvin Ho looks so cute!!
Purple Hibiscus by Chiamanda Adichie: To be fair, I mostly bought this one for my roommate, but I kept it in this list because I'll probably end up reading it.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow: This has been on my radar for literally like four years, but I hadn't gotten to it. I really want to read it because it's a sort of retelling of 1984, and it could be a fantastic partner novel for when I teach English.
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald: This was another Middle Grade March buy. Judy Moody seems really popular with youngins and I want to know what's it's about!
Beautiful Darkness by Garcia & Stohl: I read Beautiful Creatures last year, and it was good, but I wasn't in a particular hurry to get the sequel. Now that I'm doing the Sequels & Prequels Challenge, it seemed smart to pick up a copy of this one.
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon: I love, love, love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, so I'm excited to give this book a try.
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson: I hadn't even heard of this Maureen Johnson novel, so when I saw it, I grabbed it! I love Johnson's other works and I'm excited to read this one.
Teaching with Love & Logic: This is more of a resource book, but I'm trying to be honest about what I'm getting book-wise!
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: This is another one which I've been really excited about and just got around to grabbing! Can't wait to read it.
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon: This is a gorgeously illustrated Native American version of Cinderella. I wanted it on-hand for classroom use.
Tales From Shakespeare by Tina Packer: This is a fun, illustrated compendium of different Shakespeare plays. It'll be great for use in a classroom.
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth: This is a beautiful picture book with a wonderful story that I just had to have on hand.
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett: Yet another Middle Grade March buy!

 I also caved and bought Rainbow Rowell's Attachments  from Barnes & Noble. It's the first full-price book I've bought in a while!!

To be fair, I downloaded The Knife of Never Letting Go for free, so I didn't really buy it. But I will be buying it soon. I ordered The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men from Amazon, so they haven't gotten here yet, but I am dying for them to arrive.

And finally, I borrowed A Monster Calls from my friend because I needed more Patrick Ness in my life.

Woooh. It's been a big week for books! I'm reading Specials by Scott Westerfeld, right now, and I can't wait to get to these!

What did you do last week? Anything exciting? Have you read any of the books I picked up?? Let me know in the comments!

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