Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tournament of Books 2019

Morning News Tournament of Books
Rooster Award for best fiction
15th edition
sponsored by Field Notes and Powell's
details | daily

Each weekday in March, starting March xxx, 2019, two of the books below will be read and considered by one of our judges (also listed below). One book from the “match” will be chosen to advance, with the judge required to explain in detail how he or she came to their decision. Then the judge’s decision is evaluated first by our official commentators, then by you, the Rooster fan, wherein you politely and respectfully describe how your heart was broken and your mind inflamed by such erroneous arrogance. And the next day we do it all over again.

That time of year again...

I am always excited to see the announcement of the shortlist for this annual tournament. So far, I read one last year and some are already in my tbr pile. Per usual, I plan to read as many as I can before the March event.

The Shortlist:

Call Me Zebra
by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
-Contemporary
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

Census
by Jesse Ball
-Literary, Dystopia
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 4

The Dictionary of Animal Languages
by Heidi Sopinka
-Historical
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
-Literary
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

The House of Broken Angels
by Luis Alberto Urrea
-Literary
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

The Italian Teacher
by Tom Rachman
-Historical, Art, Italy
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
-Literary
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

Milkman by Anna Burns
Milkman by Anna Burns
-Literary, Ireland
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
-Mystery, Thriller, Africa
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

The Overstory
by Richard Powers
-Literary, Environment
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

The Parking Lot Attendant
by Nafkote Tamirat
-Literary, Africa
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

So Lucky
by Nicola Griffith
-Literary, Thriller, LGBTQ
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

There There
by Tommy Orange
-Literary
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
-Literary, Historical, War
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
-Historical, Canada
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba


Play-in round books:

America Is Not the Heart
by Elaine Castillo
-Historical
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

Speak No Evil
by Uzodinma Iweala
-Literary, LGBTQ
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen
A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen
-Contemporary, Russia
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

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STATS

CHAMPIONSHIP:
WINNER: tba

ZOMBIE ROUND:
Round 2:
Round 1:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Six Four
by Hideo Yokoyama
translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies

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BookExcerpt

Published: 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Japan
Hardback: 576
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
Snowflakes danced through the evening light.

Six Four. The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the 14 years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case.

He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.


My two-bits:

Mystery was more on the inner workings and politics of the police station in which the main character works.

It was interesting to see how the Six Four case tied in and the connections of all the people involved.

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* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Blog All About It 2019

Blog All About It 2019
Blogging Prompt Challenge
(details)
hosted by The Herd Presents
January to December 2019

Each month there's a different prompt that you can interpret as you'd like then create a blog post around it.

I like how this challenge is open to interpretation and flexible on timing.

The Prompts:

Jan- First: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Feb- Pink: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Mar- Luck: linkup -tba | my post -tba
April- Sweet: linkup -tba | my post -tba
May- Bloom: linkup -tba | my post -tba
June- Risk: linkup -tba | my post -tba
July- Heat: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Aug- Sky: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Sept- Crunch: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Oct- Shiver: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Nov- Thankful: linkup -tba | my post -tba
Dec- Twinkle: linkup -tba | my post -tba

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 1.12.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Goodbye to the old and Hello to the new

2. Organizing the new apartment

3. Encountering rainbows


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Library:

The Italian Teacher
by Tom Rachman
-Historical, Art, Italy | Goodreads


AND watched: on Netflix

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
Director: Susan Johnson
Screenplay: Sofia Alvarez
Based on book by: Jenny Han
Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
-Drama, Romance, YA | imdb | my rating: 5

A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

JUST as entertaining as the book version. The close-up footage style was done well.


AND watched: in theatre

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Anthony McCarten, Peter Morgan
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy
-Biography, Drama, Music | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of the legendary rock music band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

GREAT performance by Rami in telling us part of Freddie's story.

Stan & Ollie (2018)
Director: Jon S. Baird
Writer: Jeff Pope
Stars: John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan
-Biography, Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

WONDERFUL friendship story as well as historical bit on the Laurel and Hardy team.


AND watched: on DVD

Bitter Melon (2018)
Director/Writer: H.P. Mendoza
Stars: Jon Norman Schneider, Patrick Epino, Brian Rivera
-Comedy, Crime, Drama, Filipino American | imdb | my rating: 5

Bitter Melon is a "home for the holidays" dark comedy where a Filipino-American family plots to kill an abusive member.

DARK yet humorous piece on family dealings.


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* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
narrated by author

Find out more about this book and author:
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Published: 2016
Publisher: Touchstone
Genre: Humor, Memoir
Hardback: 304
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
1. braid hair
2. arrange books by color
3. do homework on the floor
4. fang shui room
5. magazine collage
6. lie in yard with Walkman

When I was thirteen I started making lists.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


PeekAbook:



My two-bits:

Entertaining account of the rise to fame process for Anna. Some funny and cute bits.

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* Listened to audiobook version.
 
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