Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Comfort Book Club 2021

The Comfort Book Club
hosted by Miranda Mills (details)
@thecomfortbookclub | YouTube
A monthly book club for fans of classic comfort reads.

84, Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff
Memoir, Epistolary | Published: 1990 (first 1970) | Goodreads | my rating: 5

Diary of a Provincial Lady
by E.M. Delafield
Classics, Historical, Humor, England | Published: 2016 (first 1930) | Goodreads

The Country Child
by Alison Uttley
Classics, Childrens, England | Published: 2016 (first 1931) | Goodreads

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril xvi: Peril of the Listen

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril xvi
September 1 - October 31 (details)
hosted by @perilreaders
#ripxvi #ripperils #ripcozy #riptradition #ripatmosphere
Peril of the Listen


Enjoying episodes from this one...

Macabre London
podcast hosted by Nikki Druce
Published: 2016 to present | Website
London’s gruesome history


* part of RIP xvi challenge (schedule)

Monday, October 18, 2021

Netflix Book Club

Netflix Book Club
hosted by Uzo Aduba (details)
A new book club with a Netflix film connection.



by Nella Larsen
Classics, Historical, African American | Published: 2021 (first 1929) | Goodreads
But Have You Read the Book? episode on November 16


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 10.17.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. The Great Candycopia ice cream flavor creation for Ice Scream! Series from Salt & Straw
As darkness falls across the land, the candymaking hour is close at hand. Swarms of housemade trick-or-treat favorites--Kit Kats, Reeses, Snickers, Heath bars--are transformed into milk chocolate -buried crispy feuilletine, peanut butter trapped inside walls of chocolate, and alomonds smothered in BOOrbon vanilla toffee before getting folded into a diabolically delicious salted butterscotch ice cream, stuck for eterinity.
2. Won free tickets to a screening of The Last Duel
3. Blue Angels flyby from Alta Plaza Park with picnic goodies - Fleet Week in San Francisco

Aurora Floyd
by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Classic, Victorian | Published: 2009 (first 1863) | Goodreads

People of Abandoned Character
by Clare Whitfield
Historical, Mystery, Victorian | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Touring the Land of the Dead
(and Ninety-Nine Kisses)
by Maki Kashimada
translated by Hadyn Trowell
Short stories, Japan | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Little Free Library: - thanks to the folks who share their books
Love In A Cold Climate
by Nancy Mitford
Classics, Humor, England | Published: 1987 (first 1949) | Goodreads

Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
Short Stories, Contemporary, Literary | Published: 2008 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Murder By The Book
See archive of this (here)
God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen
by Rhys Bowen
Mystery, Cozy, Historical | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


AND watched: virtual theatre
Alimuom (2018)
Director/Screenplay: Keith Sicat
Stars: Ina Feleo, Jeffrey Quizon
SciFi, Filipino | imdb | my rating: 4

A futuristic Philippines with specific sections of the country under individual bio-domes. The OFWs are actually Outerspace Filipino Workers and the song Bahay-Kubo is a distant memory that makes a young boy ask: "Ano ang singkamas?"

AND watched: theatre
No Time To Die (2021)
Director/Screenplay: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Screenplay: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Based on character by: Ian Fleming
Stars: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek
Action, Adventure, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

The Last Duel (2021)
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
Based on book by: Eric Jager
Stars: Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Adam Driver
Action, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Saturday, October 16, 2021

On The Nightstand: Witches

The Nature of Witches
by Rachel Griffin
YA, Fantasy, Witches | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she's the only one who can make a difference.

In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she's terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.

In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves... before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

Heather House: Witch of the Moors
by Carmen Caine
Romance, Historical, Witches | Goodreads

Scotland, 1589 - As the spare for the heir, Alec Montgomery devoted his time to the pursuit of pleasure.

Lighthearted and fiercely loyal, Alec spent his days as his brother's right-hand man while avidly thwarting the matchmaking attempts of the king and his mother's desire that he join the priesthood. But on one stormy night, a mysterious crone and a chance meeting on the moors bring his fate full circle.

To escape a Montgomery raid as a wee lass, Sorcha Cunningham and her mother fled into the forest and stumbled upon the refuge of Heather House with its ancient stone circle. The dreams came to Sorcha that night, dreams that would portend the horrors of her future, forcing her to face a destiny written in the stars.

As the age-old feud between the Montgomery and Cunningham clans ignite, Alec and Sorcha walk a precipice of desire and danger as King James VI of Scotland ushers in the age of witch-hunting and the North Berwick Witch Trials threaten to rip them apart.

by Suzanne Walker
art by Wendy Xu
lettering by Joamette Gil
Graphic Novel, YA, LGBTQ, Witches | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers' bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Director: Kenny Ortega
Story by: David Kirschner, Mick Garris
Screenplay: Neil Cuthbert
Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Witches | imdb | my rating: 4

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

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