Monday, September 22, 2014

Dreaming of France - 9.22.14

Dreaming of France
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Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to my blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it. Maybe we can all satisfy our yearnings for France, until we get there again.


Here's a book that looks like a good one for the upcoming Halloween season that I picked up from the library...

by Toby Barlow
-fantasy, historical, France
Amazon | Goodreads

The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems.

We meet Will, who hails from Detroit and works at an international advertising agency, which is also a front for the CIA. Then there’s the enchanting Zoya, who could cast a spell with her looks—and, as a witch, she often does (she also recently impaled her ex on a spike).

Inspector Vidot, on the other hand, is a hardworking police detective who cherishes a quiet evening at home. Until he follows a lead on a particularly gruesome murder—and finds himself turned into a flea. And the adventure wouldn’t be complete without Oliver, a fun-loving American patrician who has come to Paris to launch a literary journal with the support of certain secretive friends.

Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of angry witches, and a weaponized LSD program, and you have Toby Barlow’s Babayaga: a wickedly sharp tale of the City of Light that’s part love story, part thriller, and pure brilliance.


* fyi: French word for witch is sorcière

Here's a cute etsy paper doll created by Altered Artifacts of Marie Antoinette dressed as a witch

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014

Banned Books Week
Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Sept. 21-27, 2014

CHECK out this cool trailer created by Books Inc. for Banned Books Week:

Top Ten Challenged Books Lists for 2013

Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Captain Underpants (series)
by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

The Bluest Eye *
by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Fifty Shades of Grey *
by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games *
by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl
by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska *
by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Bless Me Ultima
by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Bone (series)
by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence


* books I read in the past

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

I plan to read a couple from the challenged books list above. One from the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey and one from the Bone series by Jeff Smith for this event.

How about you?


AND, check out the 4th Annual Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, September 21st to 27th, here

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 9.20.14

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!



by Meljean Brook
-paranormal, romance
Amazon | Goodreads

Dead Over Heels
by Alison Kemper
-zombies, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

FREE kindle version:

The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace
(London Steampunk) novella
by Bec McMaster
-romance, steampunk
thanks for the heads up: Sophia Rose of Delighted Reader
(see her review here)
Amazon | Goodreads

by Christopher A. Gray
-sci-fi, robots
thanks for the heads up: Laura of fuonlyknew
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

Destined for Doon
by Carey Corp
-fantasy, YA
courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge 2014
Thanks Janay!
Amazon | Goodreads


Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life:
Because You Can't Go Naked
by George Brescia
-fashion, how-to
Amazon | Goodreads

Open the door to harmonious, powerful, and positive dressing with a guide that’s like The Secret—for your wardrobe. In this groundbreaking how-to book, style expert George Brescia shows you how to transform yourself from the inside out.

More than a style guide, this revolutionary book by a seasoned stylist teaches a method of conscious dressing that begins with a powerful internal change. Instead of just grabbing for whatever’s on hand, you’ll learn to set your goals for the day, determining how you want to be perceived, and then dress in a way that helps manifest those intentions. Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life reveals the true power your clothing has to affect your life, showing how this second skin impacts your job prospects, your romantic life, your income, and even your deepest sense of self. Translating his styling methods into a philosophy anyone can apply on her own, Brescia also delivers tips and tricks of the trade to help convert even the most hapless dresser into a happy and educated shopper. Because the goal is to have you not only looking great, but feeling more confident, too. From major closet overhauls to a whole new philosophy on color, this is a comprehensive manual for anyone who’s ever looked at her closet in despair.

Accessible, direct, honest, and thought-provoking, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life takes an eye-opening look at the intersection between our clothing and our emotions, hopes, and dreams, showing us how improving our external appearance can have life-changing effects on how we’re perceived by others—and more importantly, on how we perceive ourselves.

-----> wanting to add more style and fashion to my life

Dreaming about getting soon:

The Jewel
by Amy Ewing
-dystopia, romance
Amazon | Goodreads

The Selection meets The Handmaid's Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold.

The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering facade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess's control, and a forbidden love erupts. But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.

-----> can't resist the cover every time i see it


* 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, September 19, 2014

Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop

Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop
September 20-25, 2014
hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Stuck in Books


Here are a few to keep you engaged...

The Fever
by Megan Abbott
-horror, mystery, YA
Amazon | Goodreads
my review

Rock Angel
by Jeanne Bogino
-music, new adult
Amazon | Goodreads
my review

Mating for Life
by Marissa Stapley
Amazon | Goodreads
my review

by Edith Pattou
-poetry, YA
Amazon | Goodreads


FOR 4 winners...

WIN my review copy of a book listed above!

Open to US only.

Offer ends: September 25, 2014

TO DO: (3 parts)

1. GO to my sidebar and do ONE of the following:

FOLLOW me on BlogLovin.

FOLLOW me on Twitter.


FRIEND me on Goodreads.

SUBSCRIBE via email to my blog.

2. TELL me what you did in comments.

3. TELL me which book you want.

AND, leave your email OR make sure I have a way to contact you (twitter link, clickable profile, etc).


NOW, hop-along to these other sites for more goodies...

Duran Duran: Unstaged (2011)

Duran Duran Unstaged (2011)
directed by: David Lynch
Simon Le Bon - vocal
Nick Rhodes - keyboard
John Taylor - bass
Roger Taylor - drums

Per imdb:
Duran Duran concert performed at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, CA filmed by David Lynch, and broadcast over the internet. September 10, 2014 it was turned into a Fathom event, in theaters for one night only.


So, I was part of the group who went to see the September 10 theatre viewing.

I have mixed feelings. While I loved seeing and hearing the band, I didn't love the presentation.

This article and title describes the experience well David Lynch’s ‘Duran Duran Unstaged’ is crazy town banana pants (read article here)

I would have much preferred to see the raw image rather than this version which seemed to throw in random imagery (like hotdogs on a bbq grill) which detracted from what I wanted to see which was -- the band!

Also, I missed, original guitarist, Andy Taylor's presence.


Duran Duran and featuring Beth Ditto

Just had to share one of my favorite parts of the movie which is the raw footage (much better than in the movie version - ahem).


I do have this in my library and plan to crack it open soon...

In The Pleasure Groove:
Love, Death, and Duran Duran
by John Taylor
Amazon | Goodreads

John Taylor, Duran Duran’s co-founder, takes the reader on a wild ride through his life. From the eighties through today, from Rio to All You Need is Now, John writes about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon.

With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single ‘Planet Earth’ right up to their latest number one album, All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet.

It’s been a ride – and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling... and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story. A tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered.

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn’t an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John Formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the summer of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit.

In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs –hanging out with icons like Bowie, Warhol and even James Bond; dating Vogue models and driving fast cars – all the while playing hard with the band he loved. But there were tough battles ahead – troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction – before turning his life around.

Told with humor, honesty and hard-won wisdom, and packed with exclusive pictures, In the Pleasure Groove is a fascinating, irresistible portrait of a man who danced into the fire... and came through the other side.

-----> side note: my favorite bandmate has always been keyboardist **Nick Rhodes** ;-)