Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 11.22.14

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!

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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

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

8 comments:

  1. I need to start Gail Carriger's books. I want to read Forbidden too. Nice stack this week.

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  2. Forbidden! I had it from Edelweiss but still haven't gotten around to reading it, oops. Happy reading!:)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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  4. The Beautiful American looks good, are you going to review it? Anurseandabook.com - I got a facelift on my blog!

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    1. Marcee, vvb32 received The Beautiful American to review on a virtual book tour hosted by France Book Tours. If you are interested in reading and reviewing all kinds of books related to France, you can sign up or free here: http://francebooktours.com/be-a-tour-host/

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  5. lots of good things here. Looking forward to your review of The Beautiful American for France Book Tours

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  6. So, I really think I need to buy The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar. I would get it for the title alone, but I, also, like this series :)

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  7. Always a pleasure to connect a reader with a new book! :)

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