Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post - 3.18.17

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


Author event and Bought:

Book Passage of San Francisco hosted an author event with Mohsin Hamid to celebrate the release of his latest, Exit West, which is a timely story of immigrants. Loved the readings (more than one passage) and the Q&A was enlightening on thoughts of migration and the world of fiction vs. reality.

Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid
Amazon | Goodreads

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

For Review:

Fighting to Breathe
(Shooting Stars #1)
by Aurora Rose Reynolds
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Goodreads


THANKS to MAD of MAD Writes (and Reads) for sending me a surprise package of goodies! A couple of these are perfect for my Foodie Read challenge ;-)

Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love - Amazon | Goodreads
Bread of the Dead by Ann Myers Amazon | Goodreads
Cinco de Mayhem by Ann Myers Amazon | Goodreads
Museum postcards and notebook (tea party theme)

AND watched: in theatre

Bad Rap (2016)
Director: Salima Koroma
Starring: Dumbfounded (Jonathan Park), Awkwafina (Nora Lum), Rekstizzy (David Lee), Lyricks (Richard Lee)
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

Four Asian-American rappers run into tough obstacles as they try to make it big in Hip Hop, a genre rooted in black culture.

PART of CAAMFest 2017 (Celebrating Asian American Film, Music and Food - here) I was treated to a Q&A with Salima Koroma (Director), Jaeki Cho (Co-producer), Awkwafina, Rekstizzy and Lyricks after the film showing. AND there were live performances from the three rappers present.

The film did well in presenting the Asian American experience in the Hip Hop world. Unfortunately, there is a small audience for these performers and they remain unknown to the mainstream. It's films like these that help introduce these artists to the world.

Meet Awkwafina...

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  1. Recent additions for me are the usual...zombies, apocalypses and urban fantasy! Rap music is one thing I just hate I'm afraid...I just won't go near it. My dad is right into all kinds of dance music but I'm into 50's-80's music, rock and country! I think I was born in the wrong generation...! Have a good week!

  2. Oooo, author event! There aren't many author events in this area - most go to D.C. - but I actually managed to go to the NoVa Teen Book Festival last weekend, which was so fun! I got so many books signed. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. His book sounds good. Neat that you got to go to the Q&A.

    Oho! Goodie box. Those foodie cozy mysteries look good.

  4. Exit West sounds really interesting!

  5. I keep forgetting you live in the same general area that I do! I'm so glad you went to the book event for Exit West. I would love to go to more SF events, but it's hard on school nights. I also love Foodie books! Have a delicious time reading them!

  6. Sounds like a very timely author event!

    I love that title Cinco de Mayhem. :)

  7. Hope you enjoy your goodies, Vii <3

    Love the cover to Fighting To Breathe - looks like a fun one!! Haven't read or added much this past week (nursing sick kittie back to health & other assorted chaos lol). Anyhoos, that is so awesome to have events like you do so close to you ... hell, at THIS point I'd be thrilled to attend a Slurpee-Tasting in the bargain book section of Walmart :P


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