Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 3.11.17

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


I have been in a mystery, thriller mode with my recent reading. Nothing like a nail biter story to keep you on your toes.

I am also sneaking in a page or two a day from Wonder Women by Sam Maggs and Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen for a dose of Women's history for this month.

My audiobook listening is going steadily which is compiled of titles from the Tournament of Books list (here). The discussions started last Wednesday (here). I know I will not have completed reading/hearing the lot before the end of the month, but I am so excited to read the dailies.

Although I have a kindle, I am considering getting a nook e-reader. Would love to hear any comments on the nook if you have one.

Going to work on organizing my shelves to pull out candidates for the TBR Pile challenge. MUST create a donation pile while I am at it.


For Review:

A Contrary Wind
by Lona Manning
-Romance, Jane Austen theme
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Roanoake Girls
by Amy Engel
-Mystery, Suspense
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

by Kelley Armstrong
-Mystery, Thriller, YA
courtesy of tour -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

AND watched: in theatre

T2 Trainspotting (2017)
Director: Danny Boyle
Screenplay: John Hodge
Based on book by: Irving Welsh
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

I loved Trainspotting and its characters (Ewan!) style and music. And this sequel, T2, was more of the goodness. And, there is a cameo of author, Irvine Welsh ;-)

I was treated to a preview screening of this sequel which included a guest appearance and interview with director Danny Boyle afterwards. Loved hearing his thoughts on finally getting this sequel created.

AND watched: special screening

Girl Rising (2013)
Director: Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, Richard Robbins
Marie Arana - Peru
Doreen Baingana - Uganda
Edwidge Dantical - Haiti
Mona Eltahawy - Egypt
Aminatta Forna - Sierra Leone
Zarghuna Kargar - Afghanistan
Maaza Mengiste - Ethiopia
Ranjan Nautiyal
Vipul Rathore
Sooni Taraporevala - India
Manjushree Thapa - Nepal
Loung Ung - Cambodia
-Documentary, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

SAD to know the status of girls and women in other countries due to the lack of education. This film does well in presenting the importance of education in order to change things for the better all-around the world.

AND watched: on DVD

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Director: Jake Szymanski
Writers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien
Starring: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick
-Adventure, Comedy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4

Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.

BECAUSE sometimes something silly and funny is needed.

Currently flipping through: from the library

In the Company of Women:
Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
by Grace Bonney
-Art, Business, Feminism
Amazon | Goodreads

Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience). The book is rounded out with hundreds of lush, original photographs of the women in their work spaces.

THIS gem has present day women who inspire with color photos and a Q&A format per profile.


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


  1. I liked Trainspotting at the time and liked a few songs on the soundtrack but I'm not going to be looking at the sequel. I just haven't got excited by the prospect of it after all this time. So many other films I need to watch if I ever get round to them! Have a good weekend!

  2. I hope you love these books! :-)

  3. Very ecletic mix of books for you this week. I hope you love all of them.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. Oooh Kelley Armstrong. It's been ages since I read a book by her.

    My STS

  5. Oh good, the Bad Girls book sounded good so I'll look forward to your thoughts on it. I just won a copy of the Contrary Wind. A couple of your films sound good. I've been not in the mood for movies lately, but I'll have a long list of ones to watch when I am.

    Have a good week!

  6. These books are all new to me :) I hope you enjoy them! Great haul :D

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  7. I’m reading a horror book right now and loving it. Sometimes you need those fast-paced stories. Happy reading!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. Great week you had! I need to read Wonder Women someday!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

  9. I've been reading a ton of mystery/ thrillers lately, and I agree. Nothing like a good suspenseful read! I'm looking forward to Missing as I've recently discovered Kelley Armstrong.

    I have a Nook and I've been happy with it, although I've never had a Kindle so I can't really compare.

  10. Great books on your list! Enjoy!

  11. Wow, that's a lot of cool books! I got an email about that new Armstrong book, but unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to squeeze in that one. Too many books to read, not enough time. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week. =)

    Check out my STS post!

  12. Awesome assortment, Vii! Hope you enjoy the Roanoke Girls (and be sure to let us know your thoughts) - been on a big thriller/mystery kick lately and that one is one my list. Have a beautiful week <3


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