Sunday, February 14, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 2.14.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Spaghetti and meatballs :-)
2. Fun fact: Puzzle Mansion museum in Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines hosts a collection of jigsaw puzzles which is recognized as the biggest in the world according to Guinness World Records in 2012.
3. Language of the Birds sculpture by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2008) found across the street from City Lights bookstore at Columbus Avenue and Broadway - Chinatown and North Beach (little Italy) border. The flying books light up at night.


Library: audiobook
The Old Drift
by Namwali Serpell
Historical, East Africa, Zambia | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

The Rage of Dragons
(The Burning #1)
by Evan Winter
Fantasy, Africa | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
(The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
SciFi, YA | Published: 2016 | Goodreads

AND watched: virtual theatre
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Director: Shaka King
Screenplay/Screenplay: Will Berson
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons
Biography, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 2.7.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. King Cake Beignet (mardi gras themed) stuffed with berry compote, vanilla cream cheese and pecans
2. Outdoor dining - open again!

3. Field trip downtown to check out the Hearts of San Francisco hearts at Union Square (details)


Library: audio
Tender Is the Flesh
by Agustina Bazterrica
translated by Sarah Moses
Horror, Dystopia | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Know My Name
by Chanel Miller
Memoir, Feminism, True Crime | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

Free Little Library:
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
by Yiyun Li
Shorts Stories, Historical, China | Published: 2007 | Goodreads

AND watched: virtual screening
Bliss (2021)
Director/Writer: Mike Cahill
Stars: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 3

A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is a computer simulation.

Mixed feels. Is it scifi or mental illness or both?


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Happy Blogoversary Month

Happy Blogoversary Month
the big 13

Celebrating my book blogging years by reflecting on 13 books that stood out.

*+* 2009 *+*
Flowers in the Attic
by V.C. Andrews | Goodreads
the book that triggered the creation of this blog

*+* 2010 *+*
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson | Goodreads
blew my mind in regards to the mystery thriller genre

*+* 2011 *+*
Random Magic
by Sasha Soren | Goodreads
sparked a bunch of whimsy with author and virtual events on the blog

*+* 2012 *+*
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James | Goodreads
fun hype and hullabaloo

*+* 2013 *+*
A Spear of Summer Grass
by Deanna Raybourn | Goodreads
for the ambiance

*+* 2014 *+*
A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness | Goodreads
discovered and fell for this paranormal crew

*+* 2015 *+*
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr | Goodreads
beautiful ugly

*+* 2016 *+*
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara | Goodreads
emotional punches

*+* 2017 *+*
by Ottessa Moshfegh | Goodreads

*+* 2018 *+*
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan | Goodreads
escape into a world of wealth with all its complications and drama

*+* 2019 *+*
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk | Goodreads
championing the horrors of our world

*+* 2020 *+*
The Snow Leopard
by Peter Matthiessen | Goodreads
first co-read with fellow book blogger, Naida at the bookworm

*+* Honorable Mention *+*
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong | Goodreads
beautiful and moving passages of painful memories


* image header source: cover for The Widow Cliquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 1.31.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Catching up with videos by booktubers: Savidge Reads, cari can read, monica kim, Books with Chloe
2. Finding a missing puzzle piece in an unexpected place. Whew!
3. Browsing independent bookstores - Green Apple Books on Clement


Library: audiobook
The Memory Police
by Yoko Ogawa
translated by Stephen Snyder
Dystopia, Japanese-Japan | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

The Best of Me
by David Sedaris
Essays, Memoir, Humor | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

The Viscount Who Loved Me
(Bridgertons #2)
by Julia Quinn
Romance, Regency | Published: 2000 | Goodreads
listening to the English version, but showing off this cute cover

AND watched: DVD
Birds of Prey (2020)
And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Director: Cathy Yan
Writer: Christina Hodson
Harley character created by: Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett, Ella Jay Basco
Action, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

GIRL power rockin' it.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
Director/Writer: Eliza Hittman:
Stars: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder
Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

SOME harsh realities.

Phantom Lady (1944)
Director: Robert Siodmak
Screenplay: Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Based on book by: William Irish (pseud.), Cornell Woolrich
Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | imdb | my rating: 5

A devoted secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

COURAGEOUS lady doings for love.


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Friday, January 29, 2021

Poetry Challenge

Poetry Challenge

Here is a challenge based on titles on a card from the Bibliophile note card collection by Jane Mount.

This is a big challenge for me as poetry is not my usual reading genre and not sure how it will go. So there is no end date and I plan to use this post as a checklist as I read each.


77 Dream Songs
by John Berryman
Poetry, USA | Published: 2001 (first 1964) | Goodreads | read: tba

Annie Allen
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Poetry, African American, USA | Published: 1972 | Goodreads | read: tba

by Sylvia Plath
Poetry, Feminism, USA | Published: 2010 (first 1966) | Goodreads | read: 1/26/21

Autobiography of Red
by Anne Carson
Poetry, LGBTQ, Canada | Published: 1999 (first 1998) | Goodreads | read: tba

by Charles Baudelaire
Poetry, France | Published: 1993 (first 1942) | Goodreads | read: tba

by Audre Lorde
Poetry, Feminism, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 1996 (first 1976) | Goodreads | read: tba

Collected Poems
by e.e. cummings
Poetry, USA | Published: 2016 (first 1991) | Goodreads | read: tba

Dance Dance Revolution
by Cathy Park Hong
Poetry, Dystopia, Asian | Published: 2007 | Goodreads | read: tba

Dickinson Poems
by Emily Dickinson
Poetry, USA | Published: 1993 (first 1890) | Goodreads | read: tba

Field Work
by Seamus Heaney
Poetry, Ireland | Published: 1981 (first 1979 | Goodreads | read: tba
by Allen Ginsberg
Poetry, LGBTQ, USA| Published: 2015 (first 1956) | Goodreads | read: tba
Just Give Me A Glass of Water 'Fore I Diiie
by Maya Angelou
Poetry, Feminism, African American | Published: 1977 (first 1971) | Goodreads | read: tba
Leave of Grass
by Walt Whitman
Poetry, | Published: 2007 (1885) | Goodreads | read: tba
Life on Mars
by Tracy K. Smith
Poetry, SciFi, African American| Published: 2011 | Goodreads | read: tba
Lunch Poems
by Frank O'Hara
Poetry, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 2014 (first 1964) | Goodreads | read: tba
Poems New and Collected
by Wislawa Szymborska
Poetry, Poland | Published: 2000 (first 1998) | Goodreads | read: tba
Selected Poems
by Lanston Hughes
Poetry, African American | Published: 1990 (first 1959) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Collected Poems
by Wallace Stevens
Poetry, USA | Published: 2015 (first 1954) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Complete Poems 1927-1979
by Elizabeth Bishop
Poetry, LGBTQ, USA| Published: 1984 (first 1980) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Dream of a Common Language
by Adrienne Ric
Poetry, Feminism, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 2013 (first 1978) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
Poetry, Spirituality, Philosophy, Islam | Published: 2004 (first 1273) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Poems
by John Keats
Poetry, Romanticism, England | Published: 1994 (first 1817) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Selected Poetry
by Rainer Maria Rilke
edited by Stephen Mitchell
Poetry, German | Published: 1989 (first 1948) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Waste Land and Other Writings
by T.S. Eliot
Poetry, USA | Published: 2002 (first 1922) | Goodreads | read: tba
by Mary Oliver
Poetry, Spirituality, Nature, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 2006 | Goodreads | read: tba
W.B. Yeats Poems Collected
by Seamus Heaney
Poetry, Ireland | Published: 2009 (first 1962) | Goodreads | read: tba
When the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
Poetry, Childrens, USA | Published: 2002 (first 1974) | Goodreads | read: tba

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