Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 11.22.14

Stacking the Shelves
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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Bought:

The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
(The Parasol Protectorate Book 6)
by Gail Carriger
-steampunk
Amazon | Goodreads

-----> in Gail Carriger mode

FREE:

The Wielder: Betrayal
(The Wielder Series Book 1)
by David Gosnell
-paranormal
Free kindle from The Midlist
Amazon | Goodreads

Zombie Games
(Origins 1)
by Kristen Middleton, C.J. Pinard, Mae I Design
-zombies
Free kindle from The Midlist
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

Everything to Lose
The Rookie Club, Book 5
by Danielle Girard
-mystery, thriller
courtesy of author via Kate Tilton's Book Bloggers
Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Forbidden
by Kimberley Griffiths Little
-historical, YA
courtesy of Media Masters Publicity
Thanks Casey!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Beautiful American
by Jeanne Mackin
-France, Historical, WW2
courtesy of France Book Tours
Thanks Emma!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Body Tourist
by Dana Lise Shavin
-memoir
courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge 2014
Thanks Janay!
Amazon | Goodreads

Toothache Man
by Sal Conte
-horror
courtesy of author
Thanks E. Van Lowe!
Amazon | Goodreads

Library:

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast
-graphic novel, memoir, humor, family
Amazon | Goodreads

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.


-----> Read this in one sitting and really enjoyed this. Many funny and touching points in regards to caring for the elderly.

Dreaming about getting soon:

Serenity:
Leaves on the Wind (Serenity #4)
by Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty (Penciller),
Fábio Moon (Artist), Karl Story (Inker),
Laura Martin (Colorist), Dan Dos Santos (Cover Artist)
-graphic novel, sci-fi
Amazon | Goodreads

In the film Serenity, outlaw Malcolm Reynolds and his crew revealed to the entire ’verse the crimes against humanity undertaken by the sinister Alliance government. In this official follow-up, circumstances force the crew to come out of hiding, and one of their own is captured, setting them on another mission of rescue and resistance . . . Collects the six-issue miniseries and the 2012 Free Comic Book Day story.

-----> because I love the Firefly tv series ;-)

OTHER things: kinda book-related

Serial
a podcast (details)

I had a binge listening session with this podcast and got hooked. It is a weekly show that is uploaded on Thursdays. I learned about it from Books on the Nightstand Episode #305.

Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us.

Listen to Episode 1: The Alibi here
It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

For those obsessed with Serial:

Discussion podcasts: Slate, Pete and Rabia

Reddit - for a place to talk about it

Other links related

Book recommendation tie-in from Books on the Nightstand:

The Journalist and the Murderer
by Janet Malcolm
-true crime, non-fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

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* some of these may be offered as giveaways within the next two months

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas in Snow Valley: The Christmas Eve Kiss by Taylor Hart

The Christmas Eve Kiss
by Taylor Hart

Find out more about this book and author:
Amazon | B&N
iTunes | Smashwords | Kobo
Goodreads
Website
Goodreads-author

Just released: November 3, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Holiday, Romance, Novella
Paperback: 582 pages (complete anthology)
Rating: 4

Molly O’Hare gets the utterly ridiculous prediction that she will kiss her true love on Christmas Eve. But when she returns to Snow Valley and comes face to face with Kevin Snow, suddenly the kiss thing seems…a lot less ridiculous. Too bad the reason she left still has the power to make her deny her real feelings. Now Molly is left with a choice—forget the home town and the boy that she never quit loving or let Christmas work out a miracle all on its own.

My two-bits:

Another clean romance in the Christmas in Snow Valley collection that warms the heart.

Along with a romance, the main character must contend with other matters of the heart involving her relationship with her parents.

Issues of forgiveness and coping with long term illnesses are touched upon as well.

This tale involves interaction with a pastor for guidance in certain scenes. Hence, the Christian aspect comes into play.

Excerpt:

“Hey, Mol.” Kevin said it before I got there. “Are you coming to sell me something? Mud pies, snow balls? Let’s see, what else did I buy from you over the years?” He snapped. “Rocks. Do you remember when I paid a nickel for a bag of rocks?” He let out a soft laugh.

Mol. He had said ‘Mol’ like he still could say it. Like he was still that boy that I went to the swimming ditch with. Like he was still my best friend. Like he cared about me. He couldn’t talk to me like that. “Why are you doing the chores?” I demanded.

His chin jerked up and he gut laughed. “You sound angry.”

“I am angry.” And I was. So angry. For so long angry. He sat here like…like…like he could just sit here and talk to me about the past and do chores for my parents.

His face got serious. “How’s your dad?”

This question almost dispersed my anger. “He’s fine.”

Kevin put his hand on the rope above his head; his eyes slowly searched my face. “What do you think of the swing?”

“What?” He kicked his legs back and then forward. “I dug her out of the shed today.” The side of his lip tugged up. “I could use a push here.”

I shook my head, trying to understand this ludicrousness. “Wh-no. No. Kevin, you and I are not people who push each other on swings anymore.”

The speed of the swing increased with his leg pumping. “Oh.” He cleared his throat. “Right. Well, I just thought it would be fun to swing on it again.”

Fury. Damnation. Hell itself wouldn’t describe the way I wanted to push his swing off the tree track or whatever… “Well, it’s not fun. It’s not fun to swing or push or see you sitting out here.” I looked at my bedroom window. “Have you just been waiting for me to come out like some stalker?”

He lifted his eyebrows. “You look good, Mol.”

I didn’t respond.

He grinned. “Let’s try this again. I say ‘you look good.’ You say, ‘thank you, Kevin, you look amazing. What—do you do like one hundred push-ups a day? You look like it. Plus, I know you’re not a crazy stalker.”

I wanted to be anywhere except here.

“C’mon, you used to love it when I’d have conversations for us.”

I longed to chip more paint off my fingernails, but they were hidden in my gloves.

“What do you want?”

“I just want to know about you, what you’re doing?”

Before I could stop myself, I said. “Really? You want to know? Because I thought we ‘needed time.’” I air quoted and then hated myself. For showing myself.


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Christmas in Snow Valley
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Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be.

Christmas in Snow Valley is packed with six wonderful Christmas novellas sure to bring romance into your holiday season.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pemberley Ball: Post Apocalyptic Epilogue


In a paranormal world inhabited by our Pride and Prejudice characters, Elizabeth Bennet has other things to contend with that distract her from our Mr. Darcy. She proves herself to be a heroine in more ways than one.

We will eventually see her display her ninja skills in this film next year...

Pride Prejudice and Zombies (2015)
Directed by: Burr Steers
Screenplay by: David O. Russell and Burr Steers
Starring:
Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet
Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy

Per IMDB:
Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge -- an army of undead zombies.

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Based on book...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Amazon | Goodreads

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.


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Mr. Darcy
played by Sam Riley
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2015)

Mr. Darcy wants to know…

Are you planning on watching this when it is released?

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* image source: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Bennet sisters, P&P&Z fan poster, Mr. Darcy

~~- Pemberley Ball schedule -~~

Pemberley Ball: Post Epilogue


Mr. Darcy attends to many of the guests with goodbyes and farewells at this late hour after the ball.

Miss Phillipa is one guest who had waited all night to finally meet him. Although brief, a most exciting moment I am sure.

Miss Phillipa's rsvp...

I'm Miss Phillipa Hodge and graciously accept your invitation. Though I'm not much of a dancer, I do love balls and I'm most eager to acquaint myself with the lovely ladies who will be present.

I'm especially looking forward to meeting Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley, both of whom I've heard as charming gentlemen.


To her delight, Mr. Bingley pops his head into her carriage to bid Adieu as well.

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Bit o'sip sip gossip...

Goodnight Mr. Darcy
by Kate Coombs
Amazon | Goodreads

Austeneque Reviews has a special giveaway offer here
Offer ends: Nov 24, 2014

The adored children’s classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen’s much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball. In the great ballroom, there was a country dance, and a well-played tune, and Elizabeth Bennett; and Mr. Darcy surprised, by a pair of fine eyes . . . And don’t forget Jane with a blush and Mr. Bingley turned to mush, and a gossiping mother and father saying hush. Parents and toddlers alike will enjoy this new take on Austen’s timeless work à la Goodnight Moon.

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Mr. Darcy
played by Benedict Cumberbatch
based on Pride and Prejudice (2014)
part of Hello Darling/Hey Girl meme on Pinterest

Mr. Darcy wants to know…

What other actor do you envision as Mr. Darcy?

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* image source: P&P silhouette, gown for Miss Phillipa Hodge (aka Ashfa from Bookish Musings), Mr. Darcy

~~- Pemberley Ball schedule -~~

next post: 6pm pst

Pemberley Ball: Epilogue


Flash forward into the future.

We find that Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have wed. I suppose we saw that coming as we witnessed several playful bantering between the two. They do make a handsome and happy couple.

But paradise for them is interrupted as told in this tale...


Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
tv mini-series (now on DVD)
Directed by: Daniel Percival

Starring:
Matthew Rhys as Fitzwilliam Darcy
Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Darcy

Per IMDB:
Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice.

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Based on the book...

Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James
Amazon | Goodreads

A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.


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Mr. Darcy
played by Matthew Rhys
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)
based on Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Darcy wants to know…

Have you watched this show? If so, what did you think?

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* image source: Death Comes to Pemberley tv series, Mr. Darcy

~~- Pemberley Ball schedule -~~

next post: 12pm pst