Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 12.26.15

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!



A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James
-Historical, Literary, Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> This is one of those special must-read books that has been winning awards and recognition all-around.

by Chuck Palahniuk
-vinyl --> yes, going to play it on a record player

As the official vinyl audiobook accompaniment to both Dark Horse's Fight Club 2 ten-comic maxiseries and Doubleday's new story collection, Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread, Rare Bird is very pleased to announce the first vinyl audiobook release featuring Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club prequel, Expedition, in a beautiful single LP and format with art by David Mack.

=====> Spotted this in my local bookstore and curiosity made me pick it up. And of course, HAD to pick up one of those nifty portable record players from Urban Outfitters - xmas gift to self ;-)

Freebie: (from contest)

The Silent Sister
by Diane Chamberlain
-Mystery, Thriller, Women's Fiction
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> This is one of those surprise prizes! I got this book a few months ago as a review copy, so it is my second copy received. IF you would like to read this, I will send it to you. Let me know in comments with your email address and I will send it your way. Offer ends: December 31, 2015.


The Mistletoe Inn
by Richard Paul Evans
-Holiday, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads | my rating: 5

At thirty-two Kimberly Rossetti, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember. With two failed engagements, a divorce and again alone with no prospects, she hardly seems the type to dream of being a published romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, she signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat in Savannah, Georgia. Deep inside Kimberly knows she's at a junction in her life and it's time to either fulfill her dream or let it go. The other reason she decides to attend the conference is because famed romance writer, H.T. Cowell, once the best selling romance writer in America, and the author whose books instilled in her the desire to be a writer, will be speaking in public for the first time in more than a decade.

In one of her breakout sessions Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conference, Zeke, an intelligent man with a wry wit who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him about her stories and dreams, she inadvertently reveals her own troubled past. As Zeke helps her to discover why her books fail to live up to their potential she begins to wonder if he's really talking more about her life than her literature. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes that Zeke has his own darkness, a past he's unwilling to talk about.

The theme of The Mistletoe Inn is that like literature, relationships must be lived with passion and vulnerability to succeed.

=====> Wonderful, feel good holiday romance :-) Just right for the season! Looking forward to next year's addition to this series.


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

DECEMBER Box includes:
- Da Vinci's Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott
- Da Vinci's Tiger themed poetry magnet set
- Reading journal
- Book Lovers' Soy Candle by Frostbeard Studio
- To Do list pad by Boy Girl Party
- The Little Prince Magnet by Sandra Vargas

Da Vinci's Tiger
by Laura Malone Elliott
-Historical, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

AND binge watching:

Secret Garden (2010)
tv series, season one
Director: Kwon Hyuk-Chan, Woo-Cheol Shin
Writer: Eun-sook Kim
Starring: Ji-won Ha, Hyun Bin, Sang-Hyun Yoon
-Korean Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance imdb | my rating: 5

A rich young CEO falls for a poor stuntwoman despite class differences, cultural traditions and the man's firmly objecting mother.

=====> With elements of Pride and Prejudice courtship, it is sure to please Jane Austen fans. First foray into the Korean drama tv series realm. Enjoyed it! This series it a delightful hoot and made me happy this holiday break.

A little cheer...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
at NYC's Empire State Building
-be treated to the sounds and check out the lovely light action


* some of these may be offered as giveaways within the next two months

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