Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 2.6.16

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!



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondō, Cathy Hirano (Translator)
-Japan, How-to
Amazon | Goodreads

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

=====> With such rave reviews, I wanted to pick up some tips and inspiration for this new year from this book. I went Kondo in my dresser drawers and am amazed at how much space I gained.


H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
-Birds, Memoir
Amazon | Goodreads

When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.

Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

=====> Listening to the audio version. Although interesting facts about goshawk, even more thoughtful observations on life and death.

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

BookSparks Bookgram
sent one to a gal pal for Valentine's Day
includes a book (details)

AND listening to: trying out these podcasts

The Black Tapes
-paranormal | Website

The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her enigmatic subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.

How do you feel about paranormal activity or the Supernatural? Ghosts? Spirits? Demons?

Do you believe?

Welcome to Night Vale
-Fantasy, Horror, SciFi, Humor | Website

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

=====> Book based on this is now available...

Welcome to Night Vale
by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
Amazon | Goodreads

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "King City" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "King City". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it.

=====> I will most likely read this once I get caught up with the podcast series.

AND watched: in theatre, Oscar nominees

Mustang (2015)
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Screenplay: Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour
Günes Sensoy as Lale
Doga Zeynep Doguslu as Nur
Tugba Sunguroglu as Selma
Elit Iscan as Ece
Ilayda Akdogan as Sonay
-Drama, Turkey | imdb | my rating: 5

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

=====> France's entry. I liked getting a small peek into girl's world in Turkey.

Oscar Shorts Live Action (details):
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay

=====> Except for Ave Maria and Stutterer, this set of entries are mostly serious and heavy topics. All good.

Oscar Shorts Animation (details):
Bear Story
Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

=====> Also, all good. Also, most hit heavy except for Sanjay's Super Team.


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  1. I'm still grabbing prepper and zombie books from a ton of sites so my collection is growing rapidly! It'll take me a good few weeks to upload them all to my STS! Enjoy your books!

  2. Hmmmm. I'm not a very good declutterer. I could really use the author's advice. :) Nice selection this week.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  3. Lots of diversity in your STS this week! Hope the book helps + enjoy all of your other picks AND the Oscar shorts. :)

    Stacking the Shelves

  4. Huh, that organizational guild looks good and practical. I already learned to fold clothes like that so I know it works. :)

    The H is for Hawk looks good.

    Enjoy your Oscar prep movies. :)

  5. I've heard about the Japanese tidying book, but the friend who told me about it forgot what it was called. Now that I know, I am so getting this! Thank you!

  6. I don’t know these books but I hope you enjoy them! Happy reading :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

  7. Oh Bookgrams! What a cute idea!!!

    My StS:

  8. I've started using the KonMari Method, and I really like it :)

  9. I could probably use some help with tidying up. I may need to see if my library has that book. Bookgrams sound really neat!


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