Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 1.30.16

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!



K-Pop Now!:
The Korean Music Revolution
by Mark James Russell
-Non-fiction, Korea, Music
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Got this for the basic intro to Kpop music.

Freebie: PDF

The Book of Yes
by Sarah Von Bargen
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Goodreads | Website -get yours

The Book Of Yes is 51 pages of checklists, tips, and journaling prompts that will help you:
Travel more
Meet more people + strengthen your friendships
Be more intentional with your spending
Stop dating the wrong people
Treat yourself (in ways that don't involve shopping or food)
Actually enjoy winter
Get what you want

=====> Looks like a fun one to start the new year with. It includes lots of lists perfect for list lovers ;-)

Freebie: for kindle

by Derek Murphy
-Fantasy, Mermaids, YA
courtesy of author - Thanks!
Amazon -get yours | Goodreads -giveaway ends 2/4 | (Giveaway for Mermaid Lovers) -ends 2/4

=====> Adding this to my summer reading list. Who could resist mermaids?


I Have The Right To Destroy Myself
by Young-Ha Kim
-Korea, Mystery, Art
Amazon | Goodreads

"I don't encourage murder. I have no interest in one person killing another. I only want to draw out morbid desires, imprisoned deep in the unconscious. This lust, once freed, starts growing. Their imaginations run free, and they soon discover their potential... They are waiting for someone like me."

A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the lost and wounded of big-city Seoul, suggesting solace in suicide. Wandering through the bright lights of their high-urban existence, C and K are brothers who fall in love with the same woman - Se-yeon. As their lives intersect, they tear at each other in a struggle to find connection in their fast-paced, atomized world.

Dreamlike and cinematic, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself brilliantly affirms Young-ha Kim as Korea's leading young literary master.

=====> This starts my exploration into reading books by Korean authors. Feel free to send me any recommendations of other Korean authors or fiction that takes place in Korea.


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

JANUARY Box includes:
- Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley
- Letter from author, Lena Coakley
- Paper doll kit
- Funko POP figure, full-size, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter collection
- Patronus Lip Balm from Geek Fire Labs
- Bookmark inspired by The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater from Evie Bookish
- Art print inspired by Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas from Evie Bookish

=====> Dolls :-) Fun box for the kiddie in me!

Worlds of Ink and Shadow
by Lena Coakley
-Historical, Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

=====> Loving and looking forward to this Brontë theme.

AND watched: in theatre, Oscar nominees

Big Short (2015)
Director: Adam McKay
Screeplay by: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Based on book: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
-Biography, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

=====> Great historical piece for those of us who are a bit clueless as to what (and how) happened during this time period.

Carol (2015)
Director: Todd Haynes
Screenplay by: Phyllis Nagy
Based on book: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
-Drama, Romance, LGBTQ | imdb | my rating: 5

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

=====> Lovely. Beautiful shots. Tugs at the heart.

The Hateful 8 (2015)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Screenplay by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
-Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western | imdb | my rating: 4

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.

=====> Truly hateful. Tribute to the genre with Tarantino style violence. Cool film-making with shots taking place in mostly one room.


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  1. I really need to get watching more films but reading takes up all of my spare time! This week I read three good books that were made into popular books so maybe I can start with them-The Fault in our stars, Silver Linings Playbook and Still Alice. I hope to watch something tonight! Enjoy your books!

  2. I Have The Right To Destroy Myself sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy your foray in Korean-authored fiction.

  3. I really want to check out Owlcrate! It sounds awesome.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. World of Ink and Shadows sounds good.

    I have never read any Korean authors, but I was trying to remember a Korean modern fairy tale retelling that I was offered and couldn't take at the time.

  5. I've never heard of Owlcrate! ZOMG, I need to do it right now! The box looked awesome!! Thanks for sharing and you have a great haul this week :) Hope you enjoy all of them!

  6. Nice haul! I haven't heard of any of your new books, but those covers are awesome. Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  7. Wow that's some amazing books you got this week! I hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

  8. Wow, great post. So many interesting books here. Hey, I've heard of owlcrate! That so cool. :3

  9. Worlds of Ink and Shadow is on my wishlist, so I hope you enjoy that one. :) And I hadn't heard of Shearwater until now. I'm doing a "market research" project on mermaid novels because I'd like to write one in the future, so Shearwater would make a great addition for that project.

    Enjoy your haul!

  10. Worlds of Ink and Shadows *just* got on my radar and it looks so good. I've never heard of Owl Crate, but it sounds awesome! :D

    Thanks for visiting my Stacking the Shelves post :)

  11. I'm so jealous of your Owlcrate! Worlds of Ink and Shadow looks amazing, I hope you love it :)

  12. I like the cover on Shearwater. Oh, Owlcrate! How did I not know about this!?! I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

  13. This OwlCrate thing sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out. Hope you had a great new week (I know I'm a bit behind in comments. I always am.)


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