Bought Bagged and Wrapping it Up #152

Posted 24 September, 2016 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Memes, Stacking the Shelves, Wrap-up Posts / 62 Comments

Bought, Bagged and Wrapping it Up is where I share my new books, as well as what happened here at (un)Conventional Bookviews and elsewhere in the blogoshpere. I’m linking up with the usual suspects, AKA Team Tynga’s Reviews, Talk Supe and Caffeinated Reviewer.

STS / BB&B - (un)Conventional bookviews

STS #152 – Bought Borrowed & Bagged #102

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is all about the latest additions to your library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  you will be reading soon. Bought Borrowed and Bagged is a homage to to Barron’s Books and Baubles from KMM’ Fever series, and is hosted by Braine over at Talk Supe. Without further ado, here’s what I bought, borrowed or bagged this past week:

ARCs Recieved - (un)Conventional Bookviews - Bought Borrowed and Bagged Stacking the Shelves

One Blood Ruby cover - (un)Conventional BookviewsThe Foundling cover - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Thank you HarperCollins, Howard Books and Edelweiss!


Sugar Rush audiocover - (un)conventional BookviewsUnited audiocover - (un)Conventional Bookviewsthe one that got away audiocover (un)Conventional Bookviews

Thank you Tantor Media!

Purchased - (un)Conventional Bookviews bought borrowed and bagged stacking the shelves

Magic Binds cover - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Of course, I had this beauty on pre-order *sighs* Kate and Curran ♡ ♡ ♡
The Sunday Post - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The Sunday Post # – Wrapping it Up

Kim @ The Caffeinated Reviewer, is our hostess with the mostest for the weekly Sunday Post where I’m wrapping things up. It is the perfect opportunity to share what happened here on my own blog, as well as some of the happenings elsewhere in the Blogosphere.


My week ended up being more busy than anticipated, as instead of just a couple of hours of substitute teaching, I ended up with 12… Yesterday, I had one class that was quite difficult, especially one student who talked back and showed a complete lack of respect. It was exhausting! And it reminded me why I prefer long-term stints. Hopefully, an English teacher will have a happy announcement to make soon (a high school teacher, if possible!) and I’ll be the one they call in for the rest of the year 😉

I didn’t really read much this week, as I spent my free time working on my MA thesis. I haven’t exactly written very much (I kind of feel like Cal Lightman in ‘Lie to Me’) but I have sharpened my focus.

This Week’s Freddy in Action:

Freddy bought bagged

This guy has had a hard week! On Monday morning, he was castrated… One of the reasons we decided to do this is that we don’t want him running off! We have an enclosed back yard, but if he really wanted to, he might be able to leave. And as there are a lot of dogs around, he could be tempted when a female dog is in heat. The only thing he’d find just outside of our garden is a quite heavily trafficked road. And dachs hunds aren’t all that easy to spot from a car, you know. He’s been a real trooper, though! Already on Monday afternoon, he was in great shape, and I’m really impressed with his energy. Go Freddy, go!

This Week's Posts - (un)Conventional Bookviews - Sunday post wrap-up

This Week's Reviews - (un)Conventional Bookviews - Sunday post wrap-up


Elsewhere Blogosphere - (un)Conventional Bookviews - Sunday post wrap-up

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight discusses her Least Favorite Required Reads were in school.

Did you get some good books last week? What have you been up to this past week? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend, and that next week will be filled with awesome!

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,155 other subscribers

62 responses to “Bought Bagged and Wrapping it Up #152

  1. Short term would be tough, I would think, for just that reason. If they know you’re not going to be there long are they more likely to be rude? Hoping you get a good call soon. 🙂

    Glad to hear Freddy came through his procedure well. Poor guy lol!

    One Blood Ruby has a nice cover. Happy reading this week.

    Greg recently posted: Bookcover Spotlight #67
    • Yeah, especially students in that age-group can be hard to deal with, I think. And that’s why I prefer the older students, too. They are more invested in their education, it seems.
      I have that whole series by Landers, and I haven’t started reading (or listening) yet… *sighs*

  2. I got United, as well! I need to finish this series so now is the perfect way to do it. I hope we both like the audio!
    Omg poor Freddy, but it’s good you made the decision. My dog Scruffy would never go off on his own so we never had him on a leach. Suddenly, he would disappear and we had no idea to where or how he would escape until we caught him. He was jumping the fence (he was pretty small and the fence was high but he did it anyway) so he could be with a female dog a few houses down. I felt like I was dealing with a teenager haha I definitely miss him. He was always full of energy. Never sitting down to relax. Just always so hyper.

    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews recently posted: Weekly Latte Rewind ~ 9.24.16 | Power Outage + Cappuccino
    • I actually haven’t started the Landers series, Gen, even if I have all the books. I hope we’ll both enjoy the audio as well 🙂
      I know we made the right decision for Freddy, because he’ll be safer that way. Also, he won’t ever make unwanted puppies arrive in a poor, unsuspecting family…
      LOL, Scruffy does sound like a teenager when you put it like that!

  3. Awesome haul of books. I hope you love all of your new books. I’m trying to stay away from NG/EW, but I fail. Great stack this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. I’m ashamed of myself — I had an eARC of Magic Binds and yet I still haven’t got round to reading it! Fingers crossed we both love it as much as we hope…

  5. Wonderful looking haul, Lexxie. I like the cover of One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr. Hope you enjoy all of your new books and have a great weekend. And my get well soon wishes to Freddy, poor little cutie …

    best wishes
    Vi @ Gone With The Books

  6. I work in a school, too, as a special education 1:1 aide. I love my job, but sometimes it’s the general ed. kids who are the most difficult to deal with! I can’t stand it when kids have an attitude! Deep breaths… I’m so glad you are able to listen to lots of audio books. I find them so relaxing and I can get other work done at the same time, so i feel like Super Woman! Have a good week.

    • I agree, sometimes, it’s the kids who have the easier time in school who are those with the worst attitude, and when you’re only there for an hour or two, it’s really hard. The kids think they can get away with more than they would with their own teacher, for sure!

  7. OOoh nice new reads!! I still need to read Seven Black Diamonds and already seeing ARCs of Melissa’s new books makes me cringe! Falling so behind yet again! I really can’t get caught up! LOL! The trouble with wanting to read it all I guess! LOL!

    Glad to hear Freddy is doing well. We just had to put the Cone of Shame back on one of our dogs because he was licking his leg raw. Poor baby, though I think he secretly likes the cone because he can whack his head into our shins and be like, “but I can’t help it!”. I swear I see him smile when he does it! LOL!

    Hope you enjoy all the new reads this week!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  8. That’s great you got a lot of sub hours in, but I’m sure that was a bit much for one week, especially with a difficult student in one class. I do hope you get a longer term opportunity!

    Aw, poor Freddy! That’s great he seems to be doing well. It’s a good thing to have done; you want to be careful and keep him safe.


    ShootingStarsMag recently posted: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    • It’s just so much easier to be their actual teacher! We get to know each other, and there is a real relationship that forms between the students and me when it’s long term.
      Freddy is doing great, and I, for one, am very happy we got it done.

  9. Berls

    I have Sugar Rush and United coming my way from Tantor too 🙂 I finished Sugar Baby this week and was like OMG I need the next one, now!

    I think subbing has to be harder than teaching – I don’t know if I could do it, unless I was in a long term sub job. So I hope you get one soon! I think spade and neutering animals is the best decision – I know that there are reasons not to, but unless you have a good reason to have them reproduce, it’d better for their health and the overpopulation of animals. The way I see it, you kept Freddy from getting hurt, improved his life span, and made it so that several more unwanted dogs have a chance at a home – instead of the puppies that Freddy may have brought into the world 🙂

    Have a great week! Hugs!

    • I’m so happy you loved Sugar Baby, Berls 🙂 I love how naughty it is, while there is still mystery and hunger for revenge as well!
      Subbing is really hard when it’s only short term. And I think the age group 12-15 is a lot harder than 115-19 as well.

  10. I hope you get a long term stint soon, and I hate when students are rude, too.

    Good that Freddy came through the procedure….

    Your mention of Cal Lightman, of Lie To Me, reminds me that I had been watching that show for a while…and then got distracted to other shows.

    Enjoy your week!

    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted: AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE
  11. You got some great looking books this week, Lexxie. Still, I think you’re spending too much time on those sites you’re supposed to be staying away from. *wink* I’m envious of the Marr book though. I really want to start that series – as I love her writing and I think those covers are stunning! I can’t wait to see what you think of the story.
    I’m sorry your week turned out busier than planned but I know you enjoy staying busy. Although I bet it was hard dealing with the disrespectful student. That makes me growl. Grrr!! I’m so happy that Freddy is on the mend!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, wifey!! Miss you & love you! *BIG HUGS*

    • I know, Brandee! I’ve had a very hard time staying away from those sites. And I really should! Especially because I’m hardly reading at all these days. I’m binge-watching TV shows instead 😮
      Yeah, it was hard with that one student, and it made my administrative work load heavier too.
      Miss you and love you, too, wifey!! {{hugs}}

  12. Fingers crossed for you! Sorry that kids was disrespectful. I know how exhausting it can be to have someone that doesn’t respect you.
    Love the cover of One Blood Ruby! I really like Melissa Marr’s Books. Will have to look that one up.
    Hope Freddy is feeling better, losing those man bits are hard but Dexter doesn’t seem to mind and I am sure Freddy will be good. Give him a kiss for me and make sure he give you one back from me. 🙂

    Have a great week, Lexxie! Miss your face, lots and lots oxoxox

    Michelle @Because Reading recently posted: #Review ~ The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
    • Thank you, Michelle! It would be so nice to have enough hours to feel busy, and to keep them for the rest of the school year. But still have time to finish my thesis 🙂
      Freddy is doing great, thank you. He bounced back the same day, which is really amazing. He didn’t even need his painkillers for more than one day.

  13. Sorry you had a problematic student this past week and fingers crossed the right opportunity comes along.

    You reminded me how much I used to enjoy Lie to Me and then it kinda disappeared. I saw one of the younger guys from the show in something recently and had to work out where he was from.

    I know it’s a cliche, but better safe than sorry with Freddy – you really don’t want him wandering off!

    Deborah recently posted: Weekly check-in
  14. I’ve never heard of audio ARCs before – I didn’t know that was a thing. That’s a good pile of books you’ve got there 😀

    Too bad about that subbing experience. I find some students tend to pull some stunts when it’s not their usual teacher because they can “get away with it”. Best of luck for the long term job! Aww I hope Freddie is feels better during the week. He’s adorable!!

    Emily @ theBookishLounge recently posted: Partial disappearings // Updates
    • I heard about audio ARCs about a year ago, and it’s really nice to have another way with books! I love listening to audio books, so I’m very happy I don’t have to get all my own.
      You’re right, some students do tend to try things with temporary subs because they think it won’t matter.

  15. RO

    Becoming an English Professor was my high school dream. I lived and breathed English classes in high school, and the teachers even used to leave me in charge for 5 – 10 minutes if they had to go on a bathroom run! (lol) Like you, I also wanted to teach high school English first, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. While working in Group Homes for “at risk” youth we ran into these scenarios all the time, and it was worse with the teen females, so I feel your frustration. Turning just one person around, however, always made it worth it in the long run. Hope you can get some reading in soon, and some rest. Hugs…RO

    • I will be able to teach in high school once I finish all the necessary diplomas. In the meantime, though, I kind of just have to take what is offered…
      I bet it was tough sometimes to deal with at risk youth. And I think some kind of training is needed in order to do that correctly. I haven’t had any formal teaching training yet, hopefully, I’ll learn some conflict resolution and mediation as well as actually teaching, you know?

  16. Great haul! I hope you enjoy all of these new reads. Magic Binds was fabulous!

    Poor Freddy. I hope he is feeling better. He is such a cutie pie! I think it would be really hard to deal with being a substitute. I would be scared to death of having a student that was difficult. Glad you got through it okay. Have a great week!

    Carole @ Carole's Random Life recently posted: Stacking the Shelves #38
  17. Wow – this is my first visit to your blog and you are busy! 🙂 I’m glad Freddy is pulling through well – it’s never fun though! I hope he continues to feel better and better.

    You have a lot of great incoming books this week. I need to start the Magic Bites series – it’s been on my TBR for ages!

    Great to come across your blog through these weekly memes. 🙂

    Di @ Book Reviews by Di recently posted: Weekly Round Up #1
  18. Oh Nice haul Lexxie! I am curious about that Melissa Landers series. Have you read the first book? was it good?
    Sounds like a busy and difficult week work wise. I can understand you prefer a long time stint, then you have time to get to know the class and they you.
    I am glad to hear Freddy came through the surgery okay and was already doing well again the same evening. I hope this week is a good one for you!

Thanks for commenting - chat soon!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.