Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 1.21.17

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)
Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer (details)


Between watching current films in the theatre I have been buried in Alexandra Bracken's Passenger and Wayfarer this past week. I took off the book jackets to show off the beautiful hardcover designs.

Going to get into an Arthurian tale this week.


For Review:

My Skylar
by Penelope Ward
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Goodreads

Luna Rising
by Selene Castrovilla
courtesy of book tour -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Been in a Romance genre mode these past weeks, so looking forward to reading these.


QUIRKSGIVING Winner Box: from Quirk books (here) - THANKS!

- Quirk Books tote bag

AND this book...

Wonder Women:
25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
by Sam Maggs
illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino
-Biography, Feminism
Amazon | Goodreads

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .

· Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
· Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

Table of Contents:
Women of Science
Women of Medicine
Women of Espionage
Women of Innovation
Women of Adventure

Perfect read for March Women's History Month.

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

a collection of many thousand landscapes
Published with the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
purchase one (here)

Playing with one of my christmas gifts. It is a wonderful prompt for creative endeavors. I love the English setting. The landscapes seem endless.

AND watched: in theatre

La La Land (2016)
Director/Writer: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
-Comedy, Drama, Musical | imdb | my rating: 5

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Costume Design, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Production Design.

La la lovely! La la loved the music soundtrack! Wonderful tribute to a romantic Hollywood lifestyle.

Hidden Figures (2016)
Director: Theodore Melfi
Screenplay: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Based on book by: Margot Lee Shetterly
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle MonĂ¡e
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay.

Gem of a story. Amazing women! Loved learning about these ladies in history.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Director: Tom Ford
Screenplay: Tom Ford
Based on book by: Austin Wright
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal
-Drama, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Whoa! was not expecting that. Loved how this one got me re-hashing the story afterwards. Also loved how the film evokes a surreal artsy vibe.

UPCOMING reviews for January:
The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O'Keefe
Brake Failure by Alison Brodie
River Road by Carol Goodman
Different Class by Joanne Harris
Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe


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


  1. I must admit that the hype surrounding La La Land is very much passing me by! I can't see me watching it to be honest but I'm glad you had fun watching it. Have a great week!

  2. A lot of new books this week. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. Wow, lots of additions this week! I admit, I haven't heard of any of these. Although, I definitely have heard of Hidden Figures and La La Land. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have an awesome weekend. :)

    Check out my STS post!

  4. Hidden Figures is on my to watch list. Your landscapes kit is really cool. Super Women sounds neat, too.

  5. Would love to see an Arthurian review. And Nocturnal Animals looks interesting.

  6. Wow! That's a lot of great books you've read! I really need to watch Hidden Figures someday!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  7. Oh, I love that parts of your haul and movies fit so well with the theme of the Women's March :) I really want to read Wonder Women and Hidden Figures because I do love a good underdog story about women in science.

  8. That's such an amazing haul, Vii!! I especially love love love the Myriorama <3
    Not much new going on in cornland atm, but I'm currently nose deep in Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. Only thing in my stupid mailbox this week is junkmail from AARP lol

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