Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Trip to Italy (2014)

The Trip to Italy (2014)
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Screenplay by: Michael Winterbottom
-Comedy, Drama, Travel

Steve Coogan as Steve
Rob Brydon as Rob

My rating: 4.5

Per imdb:
Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.


My two-bits:

Loved the sites from where these two stopped for meals and lodging during their road trip along the western coast of Italy.

Food plays a big part in the film with scrumptious looking dishes of pasta get served to tantalize our eyes and the actors' bellies.

A little bit of bookish trivia is included as they visit places related to romantic poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The road chit chat is amusing with pop references and impressions of movie celebrities.

Places viewed:
Amalfi Coast
San Fruttuoso
Villa Borghese
and more

Restaurants mentioned:
Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli
La Suvera, Pievescola
La Cantina, San Fruttuoso
Il Riccio, Capri
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Oliver Glowig, Rome


* image source: restaurant scene

* part of my Armchair Summer Travel (details) - check it out to enter Armchair Summer Travel Book Box Giveaway

* made me want to visit country? Italy - YES

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 7.4.15

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

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!


For Review:

Maybe in Another Life
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
-Women's Fiction
courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015
Amazon | Goodreads has a giveaway offer -exp July 10

Beautiful Girl
by Fleur Philips
courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015
Destination: Hit the mountains of Montana
Amazon | Goodreads

Don't Ever Change
by M. Beth Bloom
courtesy of author
Amazon | Goodreads

Stone Rider
by David Hofmeyr
-Dystopia, YA
courtesy of publisher
Amazon | Goodreads

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
-SciFi, YA
courtesy of publisher
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> SQUEEEEEEEEE! Surprised and absolutely thrilled to get this unexpected arc!

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

I joined and YOU can too!

details & signup

=====> A brand new young adult challenge sponsored by BookSparks.

AND just watched:

Inside Out (2015)
-animation, comedy, drama
my rating: 5

Tagline: Meet the little voices inside your head.

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

=====> Wasn't feeling like watching an animation film, but my buddies wanted to see it for varied reasons. Loved how it went into the brain and how it works in regards to memories.


* 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

* per usual, check out the sidebar for my current giveaways offers

Friday, July 3, 2015

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened:
A Mostly True Memoir
by Jenny Lawson

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @TheBloggess

Published: 2012
Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition
Genre: Humor, Memoir
Hardback: 336 pages
Rating: 5

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things -released on September 22, 2015

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.


My two-bits:


The author describes many mishaps in her life with a sense of humor that tickles. Despite it all lessons are learned or at least provide warnings for readers ;-)

About the author:
Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn't classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Her blog ( is award-winning and extremely popular.


* heard the audio version which the author reads which makes this book so much more enjoyable.

* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

YA Summer Reading Challenge 2015


sponsored by BookSparks (details here)

I am thrilled to share the news about BookSparks new Summer reading challenge!

#ReadingIsBeautiful is a two month YA reading challenge that celebrates the beauty of books (and those who read them)!

I will be participating and adding most of my review book copies to my Summer YA Book Box Giveaway - signup up to win a giveaway box here.

HERE is the line up:
(link for my review will be activated when posted)

Season of Fire
(The Remnants #2)
by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Amazon | Goodreads

Summer by Summer
by Heather Burch
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

Bear Witness
by Melissa Clark
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

Beautiful Girl
by Fleur Philips
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Red Sun
Legends of Orkney
by Alane Adams
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

The Looney Experiment
by Luke Reynolds
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

Never Said
by Carol Lynch Williams
Amazon | Goodreads | my review


* head over to get more details and to signup for this challenge here - books provided for honest reviews

Winner for July

Here is the winner for giveaway that
ended June 30, 2015

Thanks to all contestants!


Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer by Lisa Pliscou -signup
Winner: Danae


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