Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 10.31.15

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!


H A P P Y * H A L L O W E E N !
Hope the day is magical!


Willful Machines
by Tim Floreen
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Books Passage of San Francisco presented Tim Floreen and his debut novel!
Here are a few things he shared:
- wanted to write a book he would have loved to read at the YA age
- wanted to present an LGBTQ person as a main character

For Review:

The Space Between Heartbeats
by Melissa Pearl
courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading 2015 @booksparks -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

You Are Dead
(Detective Superintendent Roy Grace #11)
by Peter James
-Mystery, Thriller
courtesy of Wunderkind
Amazon | Goodreads

The Crescent Spy
by Michael Wallace
-Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Spy Thriller
courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading 2015 @booksparks -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

BFI Love Fest
Nov 19 to Dec 26, 2015
sponsored by HarperCollins UK
(details | signup)
=====> Signed up to participate to share books and movies with the LOVE theme.


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. #owlcrate

October Box includes:
* A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis book, author note and poster
* Sugar Skull Erasers from NPW
* Magnetic Monster bookmarks by Craftedvan
* Scented beads and bookmark from Adventure Scents
* Edgar Allan Poe-lka Dot canvas pouch from Out of Print Clothing

A Madness So Discreet
by Mindy McGinnis
-Historical, Mystery, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

=====> Such a treat to get box subscriptions - mostly for the surprise of which book is selected. Happy dance! A Madness So Discreet was on my want list and GOT it :-)

Freebie: from Owlcrate

Ancient Appetites
(Wildenstern Saga #1)
by Oisin McGann
-Steampunk, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

AND watched:

The Russian Woodpecker (2015)
Director: Chad Gracia
Cinematographer: Artem Ryzhykov
-Documentary, War | imdb
| Website
Starring: Fedor Alexandrovich
As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.
Artem, Chad, Fedor
=====> I have been trying to incorporate more documentary films in my viewing and had the opportunity to catch a special showing of this which included Q&A with the director and artist in the film. The film reveals a perspective of the situation in Ukraine and the Chernobyl incident through the eyes of an artist - some surreal moments and awesome shots of Duga.

Steve Jobs (2015)
Director: Danny Boyle
Based on book by: Walter Isaacson
Starring: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs
-Biography, Drama | imdb
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.
=====> My first foray into learning about the man behind the name. I left the theatre wanting to know more. The film style reminded me of Birdman in that there were scenes of constant movement in and around the performance event spaces that Steve was going to make his big presentations.


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

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  1. I'm kind of interested in the Steve Jobs movie, but know that I will end up waiting for it to come out on dvd. I haven't heard of The Space Between Heartbeats, but that cover is lovely. Great haul and happy reading!

  2. Some of these reads look great! I can't wait to pick up a couple!

  3. I LOVE the OwlCrate! I've been considering getting a subscription to one of those monthly services for some time now. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week. :)

    Check out my STS post!

  4. That is so cool that you got to listen to the author and get his book.

    Actually you're whole haul has me drooling with book envy. Enjoy!

  5. I've been hearing a lot about A Madness so Discreet. I will have to check it out! I am a new follower via Bloglovin.

  6. Oh my goodness, you got a lot of very good-looking books this week! And I need to check out Tim Floreen!
    I've read (and enjoyed) A Madness so Discreet, and hope you'll enjoy it as well.
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  7. It looks like you've got a bunch of great reads... They're all new to me but I'll have to check them out! Happy reading :)
    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

  8. I need to get my hands on Willful Machines. Grest books this week and I hope you enjoy them all.

  9. Amazing haul this week! I just received my Owl Crate today, so can't wait to put that in next weeks haul. I am so excited to read A Madness so Discreet, it sounds so good and I need to read it ASAP. I love the look of Wilful Machines as well. I hope you enjoy them all :)

  10. Ooh you also got Owl Crate. My co-blogger got the box. I hope you enjoy it!

  11. You got so many great looking books! And Owl Crate sounds amazing!!! D: I've actually been wanting to read A Madness so Discreet. I hope you enjoy your new stuff :D

    Lipstick and Mocha

  12. A Madness So Discreet sounds so interesting! I'm tempted to get Owlcrate :)

  13. You have a handful of awesome and good looking books here! So many genres and beautiful covers! Happy reading and can't wait to see what you think about them! :)

    My STS:

  14. Oh wow, The Space Between Heartbeats has beautiful cover and blurb sounds great! Great haul btw, I hope you will enjoy all your books :)

  15. I love the look of these Owl Crates! I wish they did a nice cheap version of them in the UK! I'd grab them for sure! Enjoy your books!


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