Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 8.24.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)


I'm waiting for...

The Wangs vs. The World
by Jade Chang
-Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Road trip
Release date: October 4, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together

Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.

Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

=====> This one sounds like an all-around good time.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 8.20.16

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:

Inspired by Paris:
Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French
by Jordan Philips
-France, Travel
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Fall of Lord Drayson
by Rachael Anderson
courtesy of tour by eBooks for Review
Amazon | Goodreads

Audiobook: from library

by Mira Grant
narrated by: Jesse Bernstein, Paula Christensen
Amazon | Goodreads

Other things book-related:

=====> Stay tuned: There will be a small infestation of ZOMBIES on my blog next month trickling down from the May zombies (here).

AND watched: in theatre

Operation Chromite (2016)
Director: John H. Lee
Screenplay: Man-Hee Lee, John H. Lee, Sean Dulake
Starring: Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee
-Action, Drama, History, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 4

A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Incheon.

=====> Got a good dose of some Korean history as this story is based on true events during General MacArthur's involvement with a secret mission in the Korean War.

Currently flipping through:

Popshot Magazine
The Adventure Issue
The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing
-Short stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Illustrations

=====> Loving the whimsical illustrations.


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

Friday, August 19, 2016

Siracusa by Delia Ephron

by Delia Ephron
narrated by Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, John Slattery

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

Just released: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Genre: Italy, Travel, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 304 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
I have a snapshot of me standing on Finn's shoulders when I was twenty-nine, a trick we'd perfected.

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astute­ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

My two-bits:

Good one for arm-chair traveling as a small town in Sicily is captured via a tourist viewpoint.

Although unlikable characters and their unsavory deeds are the focus of this story. The drama creates a kind of fascination for how things progress and meet its inevitable end.

The narration with four people makes the story come alive moreso. Loved hearing John Slattery ;-)


* part of Audiobook Challenge

Thursday, August 18, 2016

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me
by Megan Abbott

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

Just released: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Hardback: 352 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
The vinyl banners rippled from the air vent, the restaurant roiling with parents, the bobbing of gymnast heads, music gushing from the weighty speakers keeled on the window ledges.

Zombie sighting:
It was like in a horror movie, when a person you are very close to, like one of your family changes. A vampire, a zombie, voice dropping low, eyes murderous. -chapter 11, page 171

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits--until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers--about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself--forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.

From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl" (Janet Maslin), You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.

My two-bits:

This is a dark story that incorporates the world of women's gymnastics. We get insight on some of the ins and outs of what it takes to rise to the top in this sport.

Although the focus is on the star gymnast, the story involves the family and how their motivations and sacrifices affect their individual lives.

I found this to be another one of those stories without likable characters, but kept me interested.

Got me thinking of the crazy things parents do for their kids.


* review copy courtesy of and part of Summer Reading Challenge (here) @booksparks #SRC2016 #BestSummerEver

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 8.17.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)


I'm waiting for...

(Newsflesh #4)
by Mira Grant
-Horror, Thriller, Zombies
Release date: October 4, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads

FEEDBACK is a full-length Newsflesh novel which overlaps the events of Feed and covers the Presidential campaign from the perspective of reporters covering the Democrats side of the story.

There are two sides to every story...

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the truth while competing against the superstar Masons, surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows.

=====> I need to catch up before reading this one ;-)

FYI: next month...

=====> Join me for September Zombies ;-)

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