Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekend Wrapup (4)

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 we go!


Oooooh, Audible had a sale and you know I am a sucker for a good deal. So, with three credits still in the bag for Audible books, I proceeded to ignore my paid-for credits and buy some books I have been pining for, but somehow have never acquired. I have already finished Shatter Me (awesome!) and am halfway through Game Change (perfect for an election year!) and loving every minute of it. I also now have every version of 1Q84 imaginable and have yet to start any of them - what is my problem!?



Half Price Books:

I have a love/hate relationship with Half Price Books. I love their stores, prices and selection. I hate that I love them so much that I like to give them half of my paycheck every time I walk in their doors!

Amazing, fantastic, incredible, page-turning, unique, fun and thrilling. That's how my reading week went. These books are wonderful!!

Check out the reviews here: Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

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

Walmart Fires Kindle: According to Reuters, Walmart will no longer carry Amazon's Kindle as part of their e-reader line-up. Target had similarly dropped the line this past summer. It seems Walmart is choosing to focus on iPads rather than selling Kindles that then lead to more online sales for Amazon and less for them.

Nixon and Dickinson: Sex and the City star, Cynthia Nixon has been tapped to play the beloved poet Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies' biopic, A Quiet Passion. Nixon is quite the Dickinson fan and Davies finds her to be the perfect match for the role.

Is the Book Always Better?: If you love comparing the book to the movie, then this fall will provide plenty of fodder for your heated B vs. M discussions. USA Today is here to keep you in the loop with the latest upcoming movie releases based on some of my favorite novels. (Such as: Wuthering Heights, Cloud Atlas, Les Miserables, The Hobbit and more!)

Recapturing Our Misspent Youth: A new survey has proven what many of us book bloggers already know too well: 55% of YA readers aren't "Y" at all, (and the "A" is questionable too - at least in my case.) The largest age segment of these over 18 readers? Ages 30-44. Publishers are loving this news since this age range is a highly targeted demographic. Probably because this age range might pop into a bookstore on a whim and buy a ton of books that she doesn't need, especially when she already has a big TBR pile that is towering over her bed threatening to crush her...sorry, maybe that's only me...

Hang out at J.K. Rowling's House: Rowling has invited ABC's Cynthis McFadden to Scotland for a chat and to promote her highly anticipated adult novel, A Casual Vacancy. ABC is pulling out all of the stops to make sure you get a chance to check this interview out. The special will air on Wednesday September 26th on GMA (7-9AM), World News With Diane Sawyer (6:30PM), and Nightline (11:35PM-12AM) and again on GMA the next day.

Check out Scout and Boo on the Big Screen: Mark your calendars, Fathom Events and TCM are bringing the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird (based on the even more classic book of the same same by Harper Lee) to a theatre near you for one night only: November 15th.

Finally, a Date for Gatsby!: My heart was broken into a million little peices when Baz Luhrmann postponed the release of his interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Well, I can start picking those tiny bits up and put myself together again because Luhrmann has set a date for the film's release: May 10th, 2013. Waiting is the hardest part, but given my love for Gatsby, Fitzgerald and Luhrmann, I suppose I can patiently wait...

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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