Saturday, September 5, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 9.5.15

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!



The Happy Reader
Issue 1: Fall 2014
Issue 2: Spring 2015
Issue 3: Summer 2015
Website | Goodreads

The Happy Reader is a new magazine published by Penguin Classics in collaboration with the creators of the award-winning Fantastic Man. For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, it is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is excitingly simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one Penguin Classics title from an array of surprising and invigorating angles, through fashion, art, lifestyle, history, film and more. The Happy Reader never patronizes, nor does it seek to baffle its audience with literary name-dropping or pedantry, wearing its bookish curiosity with a playful lightness of touch, delighting in the potential for whimsy and humour. The magazine is centred on the concept of 'precious print', as embodied by Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man. It explores the myriad advantages of the printed word and image: beautiful typography, high dwell time, the matte charm of ink on paper, the calming luxury of being 'offline'. The magazine is a design object in and of itself.

=====> Discovered this on Savidge Reads (here). I thought I would give this periodical a try as I like the sounds of the layout. Plus, the covers with Dan Stevens and Aziz Ansari were eye-catching. AND, how could book lovers resist the title ;-)

by Gail Carriger
-audio version
Website | Goodreads

=====> Interesting to note that this project started on Kickstarter and is now available!

A Carriger Quartet
Four Short Stories
by Gail Carriger
-fairy tale, warrior's song, love story, mystery

=====> Special treat: CD that came with Crudrat ;-)

For Review:

The Measure of Temperance
by Ichabod Temperance
(updated edition)
-steampunk, zombies
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


More Than Exes
by Elizabeth Briggs
-novella from Chasing The Dream series
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads
GET your free copy (here)

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

SEE who I picked for my AUGUST Literary Hunk of the Month (here)


From Powell's Indiespensable club package (details & signup):
Powell's subscription club delivers the best new books, with special attention to independent publishers. Signed first editions. Inventive, original sets. Exclusive printings.... Every six weeks, another installment to read and admire. Plus, every package is stocked with exciting surprises!

This is box #54. (sorry - this is sold out, but you can signup for the next one)

Box includes:

* A collectible booklet featuring the interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Eli Gottlieb
* Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb, signed hardcover
* The Boy Who Went Away by Eli Gottlieb, signed paperback
* Powell's "Adventure Awaits" magnet

Best Boy
by Eli Gottlieb
-Autism, Contemporary Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

Sent to a “therapeutic community” for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the “Old Fox” of Payton LivingCenter. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel “normal” again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return “home” to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams.

Written astonishingly in the first-person voice of an autistic, adult man, Best Boy—with its unforgettable portraits of Todd’s beloved mother, whose sweet voice still sings from the grave, and a staffer named Raykene, who says that Todd “reflects the beauty of His creation”—is a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget.

The Boy Who Went Away
by Eli Gottlieb
-Autism, Contemporary Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

Author trailer: from E. Van Lowe

=====> LOVED this mashup of author and books - so cool ;-)

AND binge watching:

Mr. Robot
tv series, season one
-Crime, Drama
Wikipedia | imdb

Follows a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He's recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot.


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

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  1. Hi Velvet!

    Yay, my book made it to you!
    I hope you enjoy it.

    Cheers, and Happy Reading, everybody!
    Your pal,
    ~Icky. :-)

  2. Nice haul! I haven't heard of any of your new books, really, but I hope you'll enjoy each and every one of them.
    Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. More Than Exes looks interesting... I'll have to check that out :)
    Stacking The Shelves

  4. Looking forward to reading the Chasing the Dream series. Got my copy of the books just a few weeks ago :) Enjoy!

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

  5. Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb looks interesting. And, possibly kind of sad. Hope you enjoy all your new books. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  6. I had not heard of any of these books before so I'll have to Goodreads them all and learn more. Oh I watched Mr. Robot, have you finished Season 1?

  7. Hmmm, I've not heard of any of these! I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a lovely week :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoy your books and have a great week!

  9. Wow, lots of cool things. I love the idea of that magazine and the Indie Author box from Powell. I'll have to check out the story.

  10. Looks like a nice haul! I really like the look of More Than Exes so I'll check it out on Goodreads :) I hope you have an awesome week and enjoy all your new books!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

  11. It looks like you got a pretty awesome haul this week! I've never heard of that magazine, but I'll definitely check it out! Best Boy looks really good too! I hope you love all of these :D

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

  12. These are new to me, but look great! I plan to binge watch Mr. Robot too. I hear that it's so good. Have a great weekend!

  13. A lot of fab things here and books I do not know.
    I hope you love everything.

  14. Congratulations on your gift box. That is really cool!! these are all new to me, but I hope you enjoy them!!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!

  15. Great haul. I've never heard of any of these.

    Happy Reading!

  16. So many books! I hope you enjoy everything you got :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

  17. A Carriger Quartet looks like a great read. I so need that book!! I hope that you enjoy all of your goodies!

  18. Ooh, Gail Carriger is always fun, that should be good! Hope you enjoy all of these.

  19. Best Boy sounds good, hope that you enjoy and have a great week.


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