Saturday, September 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 9.26.15

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!



1 Page at a Time:
A Daily Creative Companion

by Adam J. Kurtz (some guy)
-Art, Writing, Journal
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> This looks like a fun daily journal with creative prompts. It will be perfect for the new projects mode i have been in.

Mt. Shasta: California's Mystic Mountain
by Emilie A. Frank
-Historical, New Age
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> I am very curious about the mystery and alien folklore related to this place. Browsing in a couple of the new age shops in Mt. Shasta, I picked this up. This was a road trip pit stop while driving up to Oregon to drop my daughter at college. I am going through mixed emotions. It will be the kid's first year away from home --- aaaak!

Freebie: for kindle

Incite: Adam
(Sphere of Irony #1)
by Heather C. Leigh
-Music, New Adult, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> I haven't looked through the whole catalog of freebies but it looks like that it is mostly romances available to grab. Good way to try out series as usually the first book is offered for free.

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

Erin Condren Life Planner
(details and order yours here)

=====> I spotted this on Happy.Pretty.Sweet (here) and thought it would be a new and colorful way to start off next year as I have been wanting to change my current organizer system.

I treat my calendar as a kind of scrapbook in that I like to include personal and event pictures (mini-versions). As this planner is customizable, I picked out a different weekly layout (vertical) which I think is more suitable with how I like to calendar things. It should accommodate my bit of scrapbooking perfectly. The package also comes with stickers and notecards!


From Owlcrate package (details & signup):
OwlCrate is a subscription service that sends you magical monthly boxes tailored to a chosen theme. Each OwlCrate will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish treats to help you get your nerd on.

September Box includes:
- Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (with letter and sticker from author)
- Divergent-inspired tote bag
- Photo prints of Hermione by Megan Lara
- Katniss (of Hunger Games) Arrow Necklace by Crystal Compass
- Daenarys (of Game of Thrones) key chain by Funko

by Julie Murphy
-Humor, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

=====> I was excited to be able to try this subscription box service this month. I signed up back in May for the wait list and finally got through :-) I will be testing it out for 3 months. I am pretty happy with what I found inside. LOVED the blend of book and current bookish swag per theme. Also, could be biased because I love Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Divergent and the Hunger Games.


My Life at Grey Gardens: 13 Months and Beyond
by Lois Wright
Amazon | Goodreads

Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, known as Big Edie and Little Edie, were the aunt and cousin of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. They led an unconventional existence in Grey Gardens, a mansion in East Hampton. Their home was surrounded by overgrown gardens, and filled with fleas, cats, raccoons, and old cans and rubbish. In 1976, the release of a documentary film also called 'Grey Gardens' highlighted their unique lives among the East Hampton elite, and introduced the Beales to their cult fan following. In 1975, Lois Wright, a fellow artist and dear friend of the Beales, was invited to live with them in Grey Gardens. Wright kept a journal of her thirteen months with the Beales, and using those logs, has developed this book. 'My Life at Grey Gardens' offers the reader an intimate look at the daily lives of the Beales, and chronicles the events from Lois's arrival at the house through the passing of Big Edith Bouvier Beale in 1977.

=====> I had to pick this one up out of curiosity influenced by my binge watching (see below).

AND binge watching:

=====> Things related to Grey Gardens (wiki).

Grey Gardens (1975)
-Documentary, Criterion Collection version
Criterion | imdb

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. The Blu-ray edition features the 2006 follow-up to the film, The Beales of Grey Gardens, constructed from hours of extra footage in the filmmakers’ vaults.

The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006)

Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens.

Grey Gardens (2009)
tv movie
-biography, drama
HBO | imdb

Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis (both named Edith Bouvier Beale aka "Big and Little Edie") raised as Park Avenue d├ębutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." As their wealth and contact with the outside world dwindled, so did their grasp on reality. They were reintroduced to the world when international tabloids learned of a health department raid on their home, and Jackie swooped in to save her relatives.

Grey Gardens (2015)
the musical - San Francisco (here)

=====> I missed it! Boo hoo. Had I gotten turned on to this sooner, I would have gone.

Documentary Now (2015)
episode one, Sandy Passage
spoof of Grey Gardens

=====> This is what inspired the binge watching. Awesome twist to this story! Fred Armisen and Bill Hader nailed it! And, are a hoot!


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

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  1. (I don't know if my other comment posted, it seemed to reset?)

    1 Page At A Time looks fun :) I'm interested to see how you get on with it.

    Also, thanks for sharing your Owlcrate - I've heard a lot of people talk about them but haven't seen one before.

  2. The owl boxes do sound cute. I like the blurb on Dumplin. I live under a rock so the Big Edie Little Edie thing totally escaped me.

    Ooh, love the calendar kit.

    Ahhhh, taking the daughter to school. Poor mama!
    Haha, I have totally made road side purchases of whimsy like that.

  3. I've been thinking of signing up for one of those monthly boxes. I've been wanting to read Dumplin', so that seems like a good box!

    I also love that planner kit. :)

  4. The creative journal looks really interesting. I may have to check out something like that at some point in the future. The monthly boxes are cool, but I haven't jumped on that bandwagon yet. Although it is always a possibility. Hope you enjoy all your books and shows!

  5. Lots of awesome new things! That planner is adorable, I need to order one. I have heard of OwlCrate but I'm worried I won't like what they send me if I subscribe. Thank you for visiting my STS, and you will LOVE Illuminae (I seriously can't stop reading it). :)

  6. The daily companion and the new planner will help you on the route to organized creativity. I love those Erin Condren landers, I wish I had a need for one these days, but I keep all my bloggi stuff electronically.
    Thanks for visiting today.

  7. I'm in desperate need of a good quality planner... I'll have to check them out!
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

  8. I keep meaning to try the 1 page a day book! My brother was doing it for a while with his comics. Hope you enjoy the new books!

  9. Incite sounds good, hope you enjoy and have a great week.

  10. OMG I LOVE your life calendar! I adore things like that :D I'm quite crafty so it appeals to my creative and whimsical side. I love the little thank you note they included too! So sweet!! :D *girly squeal*
    Have a great day,
    Amy x


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