Tune-In Tuesday: 4-14-15

A Weekly Meme from GReads
Since music is one of the main things in my life outside of books, I jumped on the bandwagon for this fun meme.

Gods and Monsters

Lana Del Rey is hit or miss with the music industry - a lot of fans, a lot of haters. I don't like every song she does, but I love several and consider myself a fan. I like how she tries to blend the retro with the modern, surreal and vintage. Everyone who reads these knows I love nostalgic music, something she's an expert at.

This is my favorite from her, although there's a few close ties. Digging into the lyrics and their explanation, the meaning is giving up everything - including your innocence and soul - to make it in the brutal Hollywood, which the person giving everything willingly  up for the cesspool of novelty.

American Horror Stories Jessica Lange did an excellent job covering the song for an episode in Freakshow. I love the video for it too, so will show both here.

I just wish the letterhead wasn't so narrow for the official video...

MM: April 13, 2015

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia years ago, and has since jumped to different hosts.  It's a post to showcase books and book-related items gathered through the previous week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Since I haven't been book shopping as much, I was looking forward to finally doing another Mailbox Monday. For fun, I ordered a new book this week from Amazon that was released a few days ago, got some bookish gifts from a great friend, and hit up the local library sale of the year. Definitely a worthy book week.

Bookish Purchases

It's finally here! Diana Rowland's new book in the Kara Gillian series.  I almost missed the notice of this even thought I had it on my 'waiting release shelf' at Goodreads since last year. Thankfully it caught my eye from a friend - I preordered and received in the mail (thanks Amazon) a few days after its release.

If curious, here's my reviews of the series so far:

A nifty surprise - my great, great, GREAT friend Amber brought me these bookish EARRINGS and bracelet as a gift! I've never had ANY bookish jewerly - bookish bags, bookish shirts,  but never bookish jewelry. To say I love these is an understatement. They are awesome, and the little books even move if you twist them with your fingers. The bracelet is charming.

It's that time again - the yearly book sale from my local small library. They have the funds now to move, and move they did, pushing their yearly sale to this month instead of the usual February. No cool book bags for sale this year, but they did have THIS T-shirt, which I love, is comfortable, and good quality fabric.

Apologies for the blurry picture - here's from the yearly library sale. Dixie Ghosts looks awesome since nonfiction ghost books are awesome (easy to explain, see?) The Gathering is a fiction book set in Ireland that sounds intriguing, although the reviews aren't too high. We'll see one day! The same can be said for the ratings for Arcadia Falls, but the blurb for this makes it sound so good, so it turns out to be one of those cases where I like it better than others. The Little Friend sounded like a creepy book, maybe a horror one, but I've been assured it's NOT horror but a type of drama - either way sounds great. The Woodman's Daughter has the lowest reviews of the group, barely three, so not sure if picking up this historical novel was a good choice. And finally, the joy of the day's find - The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus, a Dark tower companion guide! Not usually something you find used, cheap, so I'm delighted.

Here's the last of the group - The Widow of the South sounds like historical drama that should interest me, although it's likely depressing. Mistletoe Murder is a cute, cozy, holiday-themed mystery that's part of an existing series. When I went to add it, saw I had it on my wishlist already, so score. The Undead in My Bed is a three-story vampire-themed anthology that is PNR. And last but never least - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. An author well liked and respected, this is a straight fantasy book, and my luck to find it since it's the opening book to the series.

As always, happy reading!

Sunday Salon - April 12

The Sunday Salon was originally started in 2008, but over the years has grown too large to accept new members. They are now a facebook group and open to all. Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....