Saturday, March 19, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 3.19.16

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!

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Freebie: for kindle

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
-New Adult, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> From Stacking Shelves, I decided to give this series a try after reading a recommendation and review from Words With Sarah (here).

For Review:

The Invisible Guardian
by Dolores Redondo
-Mystery, Thriller, Spain
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Not Always Happenstance
by Rachael Anderson
-Romance
courtesy of eBooks for Review -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Nikolas and Company Book 4:
Fire of The Lionsbran
by Kevin McGill
-Fantasy
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Library:

Kill The Boy Band
by Goldy Moldavsky
-Humor, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Had to pick this up when I found the library had it. It is one of my anticipated reads for the year.

So Cute It Hurts!!
volume 1
by Gō Ikeyamada
-Japanese, Manga, Humor, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> From Stacking Shelves post by Waiting for Wentworth (here). So cute I had to give it a try. Gobbled it up in a day. And, yes. Super cute ;-)

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

Snape Tribute Box
from Fandom of the Month Club (here)

Box includes:
- Info card
- Decal: Always
- Magnet: Snape
- Velveteen bag: Half Blood Prince
- Necklace: charms representing Snape, Lily and James
- Earrings: Snape
- Ring: 394
- Cuff bracelet: After all this time? Always.

UNBOXING:

From Uppercase package (details & signup):
A hand-selected young adult book & fun bookish item, delivered monthly #UppercaseBox


March package includes:
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Signed bookplate
- Stickers: Rebel of the Sands theme
- Bookmark with links for book interactivity
- Earrings: Quote Couture (18k gold) from JewelSugar
- Magnet: Read More

Rebel of the Sands
(Rebel of the Sands #1)
by Alwyn Hamilton
-Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.



AND binge watching: on Netflix

Bob's Burgers
tv series, season one
Creators: Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal
-Animation, Humor | imdb | my rating: 5

Bob Belcher, along with his wife and three children, try to run their last hope of holding the family together, which is running Bob's dream restaurant.

=====> Watching it for the odd humor and chuckles derived.

AND binge watching: on YouTube

IISuperwomanII
vlogger
Starring: Lilly Singh
-Humor | YouTube channel

Hi! My name is Lilly and I make funny videos every Monday and Thursday. I rant, create sketches and sometimes even dress up as my parents! Most importantly, I smile a lot and want to make you feel happy.

=====> Loving her sense of humor! Came across this Canadian comedian after seeing an ad about her in Entertainment Weekly.

AND watched: in theatre

Knight of Cups (2015)
Director/Writer: Terrence Malick
Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
-Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3 but turned into 5!

A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.

=====> At first I did not take to this. First, note that I went into this without knowing premise. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman were the main draws for me.

The film was artsy with metaphors to figure out and lots of voiceovers (which I haven't been keen on lately). BUT, I was forced to seriously think about it when a someone sitting next to me in the theatre started a conversation with me about it. Spent a delightful dinner with the person dissecting the film and came to appreciate and really like the film.

Got me interested in learning about tarot cards and interpretations.

The Wave (2015)
original title: Bølgen
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dahl Torp
-Action, Drama, Thriller, Norway | imdb | my rating: 5

Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85-meter-high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

=====> Went to see this for the cinematography as Norway is one of those place I want to visit some day. Loved it. The story was just as gripping.

AND watched: on DVD

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenplay: Jesse Andrews
Based on book by: Jesse Andrews
Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
-Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

=====> So glad I watched this. I thought it might be too sad which is why I had not seen it sooner. Yes, there were sad parts as cancer is a sad topic. However, overall the story is true and touching with its portrayal of friendships and character growth.

Loved the mini-films and animation presented.

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14 comments:

  1. OOH I love the Snape tribute box! I'm so jealous! Looks like you got some great stuff in the post today!

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  2. I'm really curious to see what you think about Rebel of the Sands. I love the idea of joining a book club. I hope you enjoy!

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  3. Ooh, Rebel of the Sands was fun. Hope you enjoy it!

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  4. Kill the Boy band sounds interesting :)

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  5. Hmm, I see lots of goodies of which I'm envious. I've hesitated on Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, too, but maybe...

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  6. Kill The Boy Band sounds interesting, but I don't feel the NEED to read it! OOOH! Lilly SIngh is amazing - I love her parent's reaction videos (the again, I have Indian Parents, so...) LOVELY BOXES! Rebel Sands is an AMAZING book and I hope you love it.

    Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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  7. Great haul! I haven't read any of these but I hope you love them!!
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

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  8. All your new books are new to me, but they look really good, and I hope you'll enjoy them.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  9. I've not heard of any of your new books - except the Uppercase package! I loved Rebel of the Sands so much. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week. :)

    Check out my STS post!

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  10. Just bought Rebel of the Sands, too. I've heard good things. I hope I like it. And the Addicted series is pretty popular, so I'm excited to see what you think about it. Enjoy!

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  11. I've wanted to get Uppercase and Fandom of the month for awhile now. This makes me want to get it even more! Great haul! Enjoy!
    -Amanda @ She's Quite Bookish

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  12. I still need to read Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl but I really want to watch the movie. Kill the Boy Band sounds funny. I hope you love all your new books. Enjoy!

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  13. I think this is a interesting haul of books.
    also love the manga :)

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