Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekend Wrapup (3)




Here's what has been going on with me lately plus some book acquisitions, literary and movie news and an sneak peek of reviews to come of a few books I was lucky enough to read this week. So, enough jibber-jabber...here we go!


Audio Books:

A late but happily received arrival from BEA:






My hero, Kevin Smith, hosted a book signing last weekend at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ and I was lucky enough to attend. Not only was he signing his latest book, Tough Sh*t,  (for five hours longer than he anticipated) they were also filming his AMC series Comic Book Men. Full deets and pics coming soon.



I devoured this book in less than 24 hours and loved every minute of it. Review coming soon!




If you are a Nook owner, you might already now that B&N offers a free book every Friday. The book of the week is offered for free for an entire week. So, it's not to late to grab your own copy! If you need more info here's a link: Free Fridays for Nook.



This week: Pets in a Pickle by Malcolm D. Welshman

Scoop (Goodreads):

Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colorful characters—including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye—and an ark's worth of marvelous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan.

When Paul Mitchell arrives for his first day's work at Prospect House Veterinary Hospital, he never expects this. On his very first day, he is bitten by a feisty hamster, but this is a mere prelude to a cavalcade of hilarious—and often painful—encounters with fish, flesh, and fowl. From stalking a feral cat to rescuing a cow stuck in a gravel pit, life is never short of animal adventures for the newly qualified vet.

On top of treating all manner of creatures at the practice, Paul and his girlfriend Lucy also nurse a host of waifs and strays back to health at their home. Besides six budgerigars, two love birds, a hoard of guinea pigs, and three tabby cats, their menagerie includes Gertie the Goose, whose talent for house security saves her from the Christmas Day table, and Nelson, their lovable—and stone deaf—Jack Russell.





Here's a peek at all of the books I've read since we last caught up. A couple of these I am finally getting to after months / years of hearing great things about them (Beautiful Creatures, The Body Finder, The Other Life). The rest are from my BEA pile that I'm trying to get through so I can publish the reviews in a timely manner. I'm still getting organized from BEA and learning lessons for next year, for sure. Now to write all of these reviews!!








Already reviewed: Breed


Here are the amazing books that I reviewed this week:





What great books! Check out the reviews here: Tell the Wolves I'm Home (A Steph's Stacks 2012 Fave), Dreamless and Something Strange and Deadly



In the mood for some bookish news? Well, you're in the right place, friend!


I Like My True Blood Sizzling Hot:
Head over to Entertainment Weekly to check out a preview of True Blood: Eats, Drinks and Bites (on shelves 9/5/12). The recipes look great and also include cocktails such as Ruby Mixer by Nan Flanagan and Mama's Whiskey Sour by Tara Thorton. Sounds like I need to pick this one up before my Halloween party!

Venti Fowl, Please:
According to Publishers' Weekly, Eoin Colfer has teamed up with Starbucks and Apple's iBookstore to provide Starbucks customers with a FREE copy of the first book in Colfer's famous Artemis Fowl series. Get your Pick of the Week cards (with iTunes code) at your local Starbucks to enjoy the fruits of your lattes.

Rowling With Her Homies:
You don't need a Cloak of Invisibility or Polyjuice Potion to eavesdrop on a conversation between J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliff discussing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Just head over to Entertainment Weekly for an exclusive peek at the exchange filmed for inclusion in the upcoming Harry Potter's Wizard's Collection (out 9/7/12). 

SQUEEEE News:
The L.A. Times reports that the following YA novels have been optioned for movies: Divergent, Tiger's Curse, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Fault in Our Stars, Switched, The Scorpio Races, Before I Fall, Delirium, Divine Intervention, Under the Never Sky, Legend, Origin and The Diviners. Shut. Up. I'm so excited!!!!!

More J.K. Rowling news:
Rowling will appear in New York City on October 16th at Lincoln Center for an interview with Ann Patchett (State of Wonder). Info on scoring tickets (only $43 and includes the book? Count me in!!) as well as insight into the much-anticipated release of her upcoming adult novel, The Casual Vacancy can be found at USA Today.

SQUEEE Part Deux:
How do I not have my hands on a copy of Every Day by David Leviathan, yet!?! (That's it I'm heading to B&N as soon as I finish this post!) This book is getting much praise from every corner including Entertainment Weekly. In an EW exclusive many of our favorite YA authors (Green, Condie, Lu, Cremer, Bray and more) can be found narrating an excerpt from Every Day.


Well that's all of the Steph's Stacks scoop for this week, friends! Be sure to check in next week for another Weekly Wrapup. In the meantime you can look forward to more book reviews, breaking news, movie scoop and book deals!



Have a wonderful week!


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