Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 8.27.16

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

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 Voodoo Killings
by Kristi Charish
-Urban Fantasy, Zombies
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review: from the library

So Close
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
-Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

UNBOXING: treats to eat while reading...

Snack Fever

AUGUST Box includes:
get up close with details (here)
-Korean snacks (sweet and salty)
-Kdrama Viki pass (one month free)
-Kdrama sticker set

=====> Inspired to try this box subscription after seeing their booth at the KCON L.A. festival.

AND watched: in theatre

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Director: Travis Knight
Screenplay: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler
Story by: Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes
Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
-Animation, Adventure, Family | imdb | my rating: 4

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

=====> Loved the animation and origami magic.

AND binge watching: on DVD

The Affair
tv series, season one
Creators: Hagai Levi, Sarah Treem
Starring: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson
-Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

=====> Started watching this earlier, but finally getting around to finishing it. It is one of those more than meets the eye kind of stories. Love the format and style of this storytelling with he said/she said sequences.

Currently flipping through: from the library

by Gray Malin
-Art, Photos
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> A fun one to flip through in the summertime. This is a coffee table art book of photos of beaches especially with beach umbrellas. I want to visit Faraglioni, Capri Italy which is pictured here.


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean

Chasing Fireflies
by Taylor Dean

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @taylordeanbooks

Just released: July 1, 2016
Publisher: self
Genre: Romance (clean), China, Travel
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
My three older sisters - Saige, Sadie, and Samantha - are all staring at me as if I just committed some type of cardinal sin or something.

My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love.
She told me to search far and wide for him.
I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.
The memory silences them.
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will.

My two-bits:
The matchmaker's hand made an early appearance in the protagonist's life in this storyline which gave an interesting twist to the usual mode of this series.

In this story the main character, Savannah, is set to search and seek out her love which is somewhat defined, by name. What a funny concept - to pursue only men with the "name" - in this case Paul. It was sad to see what she went through in this pursuit. To restrict experiences with other people based on certain criteria was sad.

Got me thinking of fortunes and futures foretold and how much of it do you allow them to guide your life.

But as the story unfolds and Savannah's history revealed, her actions makes sense which made me want to continue with her story to find out if she finds her true love.

I liked the character growth of Savannah and her friends in this story - all mostly in the romance department.

Also, liked learning about the teacher/travel exchange program and living abroad.

Descriptions of food and places visited were a tease. Made me want to go to China ;-)

About the author:
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children.

Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance.

Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of CLEAN Romance in her line-up.


* courtesy of eBooks for Review -get free ebooks to review (here) -Thanks!

* part of POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER SERIES (here) - so far, Chasing Fireflies is my favorite one

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 8.24.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)


I'm waiting for...

The Wangs vs. The World
by Jade Chang
-Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Road trip
Release date: October 4, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together

Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.

Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.

=====> This one sounds like an all-around good time.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 8.20.16

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

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!


For Review:

Inspired by Paris:
Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French
by Jordan Philips
-France, Travel
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Fall of Lord Drayson
by Rachael Anderson
courtesy of tour by eBooks for Review
Amazon | Goodreads

Audiobook: from library

by Mira Grant
narrated by: Jesse Bernstein, Paula Christensen
Amazon | Goodreads

Other things book-related:

=====> Stay tuned: There will be a small infestation of ZOMBIES on my blog next month trickling down from the May zombies (here).

AND watched: in theatre

Operation Chromite (2016)
Director: John H. Lee
Screenplay: Man-Hee Lee, John H. Lee, Sean Dulake
Starring: Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee
-Action, Drama, History, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 4

A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Incheon.

=====> Got a good dose of some Korean history as this story is based on true events during General MacArthur's involvement with a secret mission in the Korean War.

Currently flipping through:

Popshot Magazine
The Adventure Issue
The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing
-Short stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Illustrations

=====> Loving the whimsical illustrations.


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Siracusa by Delia Ephron

by Delia Ephron
narrated by Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, John Slattery

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @DeliaEphron

Just released: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Genre: Italy, Travel, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 304 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
I have a snapshot of me standing on Finn's shoulders when I was twenty-nine, a trick we'd perfected.

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astute­ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

My two-bits:

Good one for arm-chair traveling as a small town in Sicily is captured via a tourist viewpoint.

Although unlikable characters and their unsavory deeds are the focus of this story. The drama creates a kind of fascination for how things progress and meet its inevitable end.

The narration with four people makes the story come alive moreso. Loved hearing John Slattery ;-)


* part of Audiobook Challenge
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