Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 6.16.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Brought the kid home from college for summer break.

2. Attending the kid's friend's graduation festivities from UC Santa Cruz.

3. Treated to an appearance and Q&A with director/actor Tommy Wiseau before a screening of The Room



Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
by James Runcie
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

WANTED to read this before getting into the tv version.


The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

PART of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2018 (here).

For Review:

Dead If You Don't
by Peter James
-Mystery, Thriller
courtesy of Wunderkind -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

THIS is #14 in the Roy Grace series. Curious to see how it goes.


A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
-Literary, Family, India, Muslim
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this to celebrate the first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth. I like the pre-order offer of swag with this edition.

AND watched: in theatre - part of the SF Film Documentary Festival (here)

Unfractured (2018)
Director: Chanda Chevannes
-Documentary, Environmental | imdb | my rating: 5

A triumphant documentary about resistance, UNFRACTURED follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist.

LEARNED about the activist activity on the topic of the historic fight against fracking in New York state. A Q&A with the director and local activists who are part of the California fight.

Mole Man (2017)
Director: Guy Fiorita
Writer: Cassidy Hartmann (story consultant)
-Documentary, Autism | imdb | my rating: 5

MOLE MAN follows RON, a 66-year-old autistic man who has spent the last five decades building a 50-room structure in his parents' backyard. Using no nails or mortar, Ron instead creates perfectly balanced structures from scavenged materials he finds in the woods outside his Western Pennsylvania home. When Ron's father passes away, leaving him living alone with his 90-year-old mother, Ron's siblings are left to figure out what's best for Ron - who has never been officially diagnosed with autism - when his mother can no longer care for him. In an effort to find the money to keep Ron in his home, his friends team up in search of a mythical mansion Ron insists lays abandoned in the forest. But will they be able to find it? And, more importantly, does it even exist? This is the story of an extraordinary life, a family, and the beauty of thinking differently.

Q&A with the director gave a little more insight and update on Ron and his situation. The film presents some history of autism in relation to its affect on family.

AND watched: in theatre

Hereditary (2018)
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
-Drama, Horror, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 4

After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

A couple shockers in an otherwise slow moving horror tales that delivers in the end. Oh boy!

AND watched: on DVD

An Autumn Afternoon (1964)
Sanma no aji (original title)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Screenplay: Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada
-Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

SAD but beautiful story of parent/daughter relation in Japan in the 1960's.

Loving Vincent (2017)
Director/Writers: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Writer: Jacek Dehnel
Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk
-Animation, Biography, Crime | imdb | my rating: 4
Oscar 2018 nominee

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

THE story told by way of paintings was beautifully done. Loved how they incorporated Van Gogh's actual works and subjects.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story
by Marie Kondo
illustrated by Yuko Uramoto

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2017
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Graphic Novel, Japan
Paperback: 192
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
You really want to tidy up, but you don't believe you can. If this describes you, don't worry. You, too, can be just like Chiaki in this story.

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home--and life--in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy.

My two-bits:

This is just as helpful as the book this manga was based on, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The added illustrations make the process easy to follow. FYI there are videos online as well for visual instructions.

And a cute romance is added to this art of organizing to make this a fun read.


* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 6.9.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. My Happy Birthday week :-)

2. Won free movie tickets for the SF Documentary Film Festival

3. Alexander Nevsky at Herbst Theatre - I had a blast singing with the chorus at this performance.



THE Bindery hosted a conversation between Mariko Tamaki and Gene Luen Yang to celebrate the release of Mariko's Supergirl: Being Super. Cool talk on graphic novels, superheroes, DC vs. Marvel as well as Mariko's origin story.

Supergirl: Being Super
by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Joëlle Jones
-Graphic Novel, Superhero
Amazon | Goodreads

She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams--shattered glimpses of another world--behind her.

Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale...and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.

Now Kara's incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she's ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?

THIS will be my introduction to the superhero Supergirl as I do not know anything about her. Looking forward to the mega-zit part as that was spoken of affectionately at the talk.

Library: for the Rooster Summer Reading Challenge (here)

An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
-Literary, African American
Amazon | Goodreads

by Jesse Ball
-Literary, Dystopia
Amazon | Goodreads

The Friend
by Sigrid Nunez
Amazon | Goodreads

Tomb Song
by Julián Herbert
-Literary, Historical
Amazon | Goodreads

AND watched: in theatre

The Pain of Others (2018)
Director: Penny Lane
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 4

The Pain of Others is a found footage documentary about Morgellons, a mysterious illness whose sufferers say they have parasites under the skin, long colored fibers emerging from lesions, and a host of other bizarre symptoms which could be borrowed from a horror film. The Pain of Others is composed entirely of videos shared by a group of "Morgies" who have turned to YouTube for community and to prove they're not crazy. Unsettling, funny and intimate, The Pain of Others is at once a body-horror documentary and a radical act of empathy.

INTERESTING compilation of videos to inform and start dialogue about this unusual illness.

American Animals (2018)
Director/Writer: Bart Layton
Stars: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd
-Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

LOVED the mish mosh kind of way this was filmed with heist movie pop culture references and documentary vibe.

EARLY birds got a free coloring book that is illustrated by one of the four, Spencer Reinhard.

RBG (2018)
Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg
-Documentary, Biography | imdb | my rating: 5

A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

AN amazing woman to take note of indeed!


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End by Manel Loureiro

Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End
by Manel Loureiro
translated by Pamela Carmell

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2012
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Paperback: 333
Rating: 4

Apocalypse Z series:
The Beginning of the End
Dark Days
The Wrath of the Just

First sentence(s):
Today's going to be insane.

The dead rise…

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news—it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men.

Humanity falls…

A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog would ultimately record humanity’s last days.

The end of the world has begun…

Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance against…

Apocalypse Z

My two-bits:

Good start to a trilogy. It is an intro to Spain, the protagonist and his cat.

The story focus is on the day-to-day puzzling out what is happening and how to survive in this world gone apocalyptic.

The cat element is a new one for me. So, it is interesting to see how he fares.


* Zombies in May (here)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Winners for June

Here is the winner for giveaway that
ended May 31, 2018

Thanks to all contestants!


Isabella's Painting
(Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 1)
by Ellen Butler
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads | giveaway

Winner: Midnight Cowgirl


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