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.


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