Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 4.23.16

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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 Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
-Contemporary Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Book Passage, Corte Madera, hosted a visit from author Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. She said that The Nest was her love letter to New York.

Summer Skin
by Kirsty Eagar
-New Adult, Romance
Book Depository | Goodreads

=====> Stacking Shelves find from Random Things in Action

Freebie: for kindle

Summer of Dreams:
A From This Moment Novella
by Elizabeth Camden
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Stacking Shelves find from Faith Hope and Cherrytea

Freebie: from Romance Times Convention (courtesy of publishers) -Thanks!

Break Out by Nina Croft Amazon | Goodreads
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer Amazon | Goodreads
Lux: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout Amazon | Goodreads
Up In Smoke by Tessa Bailey Amazon | Goodreads
Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch Amazon | Goodreads

Met this author:

=====> While walking through the hallways of the convention I met author, Kris Tualla along with a billboard of one of her main characters. The model for the book was not present, but sexy models for others covers were roaming the area for photo ops, etc.

A Modern Viking:
Sveyn & Hollis: Part Three
by Kris Tualla
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

The Big Interview
by Libby Kirsch
courtesy of tour hosted by I Heart All The Books -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

A Loaded Gun
Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century
by Jerome Charyn
-Biography, Poetry
courtesy of tour sponsored by Tribute Books -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

This Is the Story of You
by Beth Kephart
-Mystery, YA
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


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

APRIL Box includes: Dystopia
- Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
- Flawed letter from author, tattoo and mini poster
- Decal of WICKD (Maze Runner) by Shailey Ann Designs
- Bracelet (Hunger Games) from The Geeky Cauldron
- Magnet (Hunger Games) from Half Blood Prints
- Notebook (George Orwell) from Manuscript
- Coaster (Shatter Me) by Evie Bookish

by Cecelia Ahern
Amazon | Goodreads

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She's a model daughter and sister, she's well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule. And now faces life-changing repercussions.

She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything.

AND watched: in theatre

Love & Friendship (2016)
Director/screenplay: Whit Stillman
Based on novella: Lady Susan by Jane Austen
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Release date: May 13, 2016
-Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

=====> Loved it! and so will Jane Austen fans :-)
This story brings out the outrageous and humor of Jane Austen's characters. Many chuckles throughout the film. And, Kate Beckinsale fit just right as Lady Susan.

This was the kick-off film for the San Francisco International Film Festival (details) and it certainly created a fun and exciting start to the festival.

FYI: the director's book version comes out next month...

Love & Friendship:
In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated
by Whit Stillman
-Jane Austen theme, England
Release date: May 17, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads

Jane Austen's funniest novel is also her least known--until now.

Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: Meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed, with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands--and fast.

But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of "most accomplished coquette in England," Lady Susan must rethink her strategy.

Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law's country estate. Here she intends to take refuge--in no less than luxury, of course--from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to "I do." Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.

With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility and wry social commentary, filmmaker and writer Whit Stillman cleverly reimagines and completes one of our greatest writers' unfinished works. As much homage to its muse's perennial influence as testament to its author's brilliance, Love & Friendship is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.

Happy Hour (2015)
Happî awâ (original title)
Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Writers: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara, Tomoyuki Takahashi
Starring: Rira Kawamura, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara, Sachie Tanaka
-Drama, Japan | Part of San Francisco International Film Festival (details)
imdb | my rating: 5

Four women. All in their 30s. Three married, one divorcee. They are able to tell each other anything. Or at least they thought. One day, after losing in divorce court, one of them gives up on a future with their partner and disappears. The three remaining women take a second look at their lives. The long night is full of questions. 'Are you really the you you wanted to be?'

=====> For this film festival, I have chosen only a handful to see this time around. Happy Hour is a special one from the bunch as it is a whopping 5 hours and 17 minutes of film (no intermission).

Loved it! The filming and scene transitions were done so well that the time just whizzed by. There were only a couple long and involved scenes but needed as subtle nuances and character personalties were hinted at. The scenes that really attracted me were ones of conversations around a dinner table.

Currently reading...

The Nordic Cook Book
by Magnus Nilsson
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> I picked up this 768 page cookbook because I was drawn to its hugeness. Such devotion to a food topic in this way deserves to be flipped through at least once. I love that color photos are included of the landscape. But, I would have liked to see more photos of the recipes provided.

I do not know if I will actually get into the kitchen to try my hand at the recipes. However, I will most definitely get ideas of what I want to taste when at a restaurant that presents nordic fare.


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


  1. Awesome week. I love seeing the Owlcrate boxes. I hope you love all of your new books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. I'm finally planning to watch some films or catch up on a box set dvd this weekend. I'm determined! Every week I see you reading and also getting some films or TV done and I so need to be doing that! Have a good weekend!

    1. Looking forward to which tv/films you end up watching :-)

  3. Wow, you seem to have had an EPIC week!

    I LOVE that the book in Owl Crate this month was Flawed--that was one of my favorite reads of last year, here's hoping you enjoy it! (though I know, from reviews I've seen recently, it's not for everybody)

    Also, enjoy all your other awesome acquisitions! Happy book-ing, and thanks so much for stopping by my own StS this week!

  4. Goodness, you've gotten tons of books! So happy for you! The Owlcrate is especially gorgeous and full of fun stuff. Hope you enjoy Lux Beginnings! Happy reading, and thanks for stopping by at Million book Mill :)

    My STS

  5. You lucky dog! I'm so glad Love & Friendship was a hit. I love the casting and the teaser clips.

    The Owlcrate pack and the story sound great.

    Enjoy your haul!

  6. The Nest definitely sounds interesting. I have an early copy, but haven't gotten to it yet. I'm excited to read Flawed. I have it on hold at the library. I haven't read all of her adult books, but I've enjoyed the couple I have read. Happy reading!

  7. Ooooo, lots of books! I spy a JLA one - very nice. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  8. Seems like you had an awesome week! That Owlcrate box looks amazing! Happy reading!!

  9. Great haul!!! And a Tessa Bailey PB?! So jelly!! Happy reading :)

    Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

  10. Great haul! Flawed sounds so good! I hope you enjoy your new books. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  11. Love me some JLA! I hope you enjoy the Lux books, if you haven't already read it. :)

    Rachelle @ Shell's Stories


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