Saturday, May 7, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 5.7.16

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!



The Darkest Corners
by Kara Thomas
-Mystery, Thriller, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Keep hearing good things about this one. And very interested in the thriller aspect.

The Book of Roads:
Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech
by Phil Cousineau
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> The June book for the face-to-fact SF Travel Book Club.

=====> Kepler's Books presented a YA author event at Redwood City Public Library.

The panel included: (pictured above)
Ryan Graudin
Aimee Kaufman
Jay Kristoff
Stacey Lee (moderator)

Something about each…

Ryan: one of the inspirations for her alternate history, Wolf by Wolf, includes the tv series Long Way Round (imdb) which is about a motorcyle tour and happens to star my fave actor, Ewan McGregor ;-)

Aimee: the inspiration for Illuminae was from conversations of various interests between her and Jay

Jay: he and Aimee met via sharing their horror story experiences with the IRS

Stacey: loves to listen to audio books and is currently enjoying Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

ALSO bought their recent books:

The Walled City
by Ryan Graudin
-Dystopia, Thriller, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Actually this book was released before her recent book, Wolf by Wolf which was mentioned on my shelves before.

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> I reviewed the ARC. But wanted a finished copy which is even more awesome!

Under A Painted Sky
by Stacey Lee
-Historical, Western, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

AND watched: in theatre

MIKU EXPO Short Film Festival
-Documentary, Music Videos | website | my rating: 4

Needless to say, Hatsune Miku's world is produced by innumerable amazing creators - of music, art and even movies too! MIKU EXPO will host its first short film festival by curating an exciting collection of Hatsune Miku related movies including "Mikumentary Remix", "#UltraMiku Special Edition!", and music videos that won the Grand-Prix at previous years' UGC Awards of Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market!

=====> I did not know what I was getting into with this one. Mostly was compelled because it was a special showing at the Japan town cinema. I was blown away with the popularity of this phenomenon of an animated character gaining such a following and how various media continues to create and morph Miku.

Right Now, Wrong Then (2015)
Ji-geum-eun-mat-go-geu-ddae-neun-teul-li-da (original title)
Director/Writer: Sang-soo Hong
Starring: Jae-yeong Jeong, Min-hee Kim
-Drama, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She's never seen any of his films, but knows he's famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different.

=====> A kind of love story told with two perspectives. Interesting to watch for the filming sequencing.

Journey To The Shore (2015)
Kishibe no tabi (original title)
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Screenplay: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Takashi Ujita
Based on book by: Kazumi Yumoto
Starring: Eri Fukatsu, Tadanobu Asano
-Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

Mizuki's husband (Yusuke) drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let Yusuke take her on a journey.

=====> Beautiful story that is sad yet uplifting.

SPECIAL: book event

=====> Exciting! I will be in Chicago attending BEA (and Book Con) next week walking around in the floor plan above amongst authors, publishers and books ;-)

Currently flipping through: from the library

Lookbook Cookbook--Salty:
Vegan Food, Hot Models, Great Eats for Healthy Living

by Jessica Milan
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> This cookbook has an interesting format where all the recipes are pictured in color with hipster models. How cute and cool is that! The Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Pesto looks like a yummy one that I plan to try.


* image source: Miku

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  1. I've been really busy lately so I haven't been to bookstores that much but I did buy two so far this month -- Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally and Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

  2. Heard Good Things about The Darkest Corners. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. I've heard good things about The Darkest Corners, too, and I thought Illuminae was amazing!

  4. I love Illuminae. That's neat that you met the authors. I eventually want to read Ryan's books. Oh that sad film actually has appeal.

    BEA looks fun. Hope you have a good time.

  5. Looks like it was a productive week for you-I really need a few productive weeks!

  6. I liked The Darkest Corners! I'm not usually a fan of that type of book, but it turned out to be really good. I also loved The Walled City, and Illuminae. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week. :)

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