Monday, July 22, 2019

Adèle by Leïla Slimani

by Leïla Slimani
translated by Sam Taylor

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Published: 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, France, Paris
Paperback: 216
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Adèle has been good. She has held out for a week now.

Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored--and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.

Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.

My two-bits:

With an unlikable protagonist this is a dark ugly story set in the lovely Paris which makes for an interesting juxtaposition.

Got me thinking of the role and importance of sex in people's lives.



* part of Paris in July (here)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 7.20.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Yummy classic ramen at Ippudo (here) - this place always has a long line, but we decided to give it the wait and it turned out to be a delicious delight

2. Picking up a lucky penny

3. Member's Preview night at SF MOMA - Silver Clouds from the Andy Warhol exhibit



Fixer Chao
by Han Ong
-Literary, LGBTQ, Filipino | Goodreads

FOR a future Filipino themed self reading challenge.

Author event:

The Bindery hosted a reading and Q&A with author, Helen Phillips, to celebrate the release of The Need.

The Need
by Helen Phillips
-Horror, Thriller | Goodreads


by Andrew Sean Greer
-Contemporary, LGBTQ | Goodreads

FOR the hype and it is a Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2018.

Waiting For Monsieur Bellivier
by Britta Röstlund
-Contemporary, France, Paris | Goodreads

Paris Letters
One woman's journey from the fast lane
to a slow stroll in Paris
by Janice Macleod
-Memoir, France, Paris | Goodreads

BOTH for Paris in July. BTW: I updated the post with a couple pictures (here).

AND watched: in theatre

Tattoo Uprising (2019)
Director: Alan Grovenar
Featuring: Ed Hardy
-Documentary, Art | website | my rating: 5

The history of American tattoos is, like that of any other art form, driven through movements and generations. In TATTOO UPRISING, which carefully studies the work of extraordinary American tattoo artists such as Ed Hardy, Stoney St. Clair, and Jamie Summers, we see how American tattooing art and culture evolved and grew through these young visionaries and tattoo masters alike. Also featuring Werner Herzog and Les Blank.

WANTED to see this before going to the “Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin“ exhibit at the de Young Museum, July 13, 2019 – October 6, 2019.

Wonderful dose of American history and culture of the tattoo phenomena.

Kill Bill: volume 1 (2003)
Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Actor/Writer: Uma Thurman
Based on book by:
Stars: David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen
-Action, Crime, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

DID a re-watch to prep for the upcoming Tarantino release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Loved this mashup of things western, Japanese and revenge.

AND watched: in theatre for Hong Kong Film Festival (here)

The Lady Improper (2019)
Director/Screenplay: Tsui Shan Tsang
Original story: Link Sng
Writer: Anna Yuet Shan Lai
Stars: Charlene Choi, Kang Ren Wu, Kwok Keung Cheung
-Drama, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

Siu Man is a nurse who has lost who she is as a person. Her marriage has ended partly due to her fear of intimacy and, having been abandoned by her husband, she now faces losing her father after he is hospitalised. Siu Man decides to reboot her life by taking over her father's restaurant but without the experience of being a chef, she has to hire someone. In steps Chia-hao, a Paris-trained cordon bleu chef, who is a free spirit but also treats cooking as serious philosophy and is able to recreate her father's culinary style. It seems that the handsome chef cooks up a storm in and out of the kitchen as he helps Siu Man learn to deliver delicious food and his delicious looks arouses her desire. Through him, Siu Man faces her fear of intimacy head-on and liberates herself.

LIKED how this character came into her own. Quite sexy with steamy scenes and I heard that some parts were edited out for some screenings in China.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up
by Tessa Bailey
narrated by Charlotte North

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Published: June 2019
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Paperback: 400
Rating: 5

Hot & Hammered series:
Fix Her Up
book 2 -tba

First sentence(s):
No freaking way.

Zombie sighting:
Georgie slicked paste onto the final cut out for her zombie birthday party vision board.
-chapter 16

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World... whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there's Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her...

My two-bits:

Fun story with a couple who are reinventing themselves and discovering each other along the way.


* Listened to audiobook version.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The HashTag Hunt Blitz

The only reason Lauren entered the Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her startup, and it sounded easy enough: twelve hours to text twelve photos to someone called the Wizard.

For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a #HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the perfect subject.

The only reason Brenner entered Barkley’s Pub was to have beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. Lauren explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner’s offer to help with hashtag number six.

While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash.

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About the author:
Kristina Seek's debut novel, The Hashtag Hunt, was published in 2018. She is a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and a member of Romance Writers of America. In March of 2019, she quit her day job to focus on a career in writing. Kristina lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. She cherishes time with her friends and family, loves traveling to new destinations, and wants to cross off the other items on her bucket list.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli

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Published: February 2019
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Literary
Hardback: 400
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Mouths open to the sun, they sleep.

A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate.

But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.

My two-bits:

Quite a road trip! Although this was a good and engaging read I was in a state anxiety the whole time. I was worried for the various characters and all the things that could go wrong.

The format of the storytelling was in a documentary style with full effects of both sound and visuals despite being presented in a written form.

Treated to photos in the last chapter.

Got me thinking of refugees and the state of immigrants.


* part of the Camp ToB 2019 (here)
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