Sunday, July 25, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 7.25.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Preparing next week for Jane in July (host details)
2. Browsing in a bookstore in a leisurely manner
3. Dolce & Gabbana window - the Carretto print caught my eye

The Decagon House Murders
by Yukito Ayatsuji
translated by Ho-Ling Wong
Mystery, Crime, Japan | Published: 2020 (first 1987) | Goodreads

Library: audiobook
Where The Rhythm Takes You
by Sarah Dass
YA, Romance, Retelling - Persuasion by Jane Austen | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Friends and Strangers
by J. Courtney
Contemporary, Women's Fiction, New York | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Third Place Books
See archive of this (here)
by Lish McBride
Fantasy, YA, Retelling - Beauty and the Beast | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


AND watched: Netflix
The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021)
Director: Augustine Frizzell
Writers: Nick Payne, Esta Spalding
Based on book: Jojo Moyes
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Joe Alwyn, Felicity Jones, Nabhaan Rizwan
Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

A pair of interwoven stories set in the past and present follow an ambitious journalist determined to solve the mystery of a forbidden love affair at the center of a trove of secret love letters from 1965.

Loved how the time period was captured. Beautiful scenes and scenery in Spain.


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Thanks for stopping by :-)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Books and Laundry: Ghost Forest

Ghost Forest
by Pik-Shuen Fung
Contemporary, Chinese Canadian | Published: 2021 | Goodreads | my rating: 4
vignettes of the feels, poetic

How do you grieve, if your family doesn't talk about feelings?

This is the question the unnamed protagonist of Ghost Forest considers after her father dies. One of the many Hong Kong "astronaut" fathers, he stays there to work, while the rest of the family immigrated to Canada before the 1997 Handover, when the British returned sovereignty over Hong Kong to China.

As she revisits memories of her father through the years, she struggles with unresolved questions and misunderstandings. Turning to her mother and grandmother for answers, she discovers her own life refracted brightly in theirs.

Buoyant, heartbreaking, and unexpectedly funny, Ghost Forest is a slim novel that envelops the reader in joy and sorrow. Fung writes with a poetic and haunting voice, layering detail and abstraction, weaving memory and oral history to paint a moving portrait of a Chinese-Canadian astronaut family.

First sentence(s):
Twenty-one days after my dad died, a bird perched on the railing of my balcony. It was brown. It stayed there for a long time.

Hi Dad. I said. Thanks for checking up on me.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 7.18.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Fresh french bakery croissants
2. Paris in July (here)
3. Old San Francisco buildings - SF Chronicle building (1924)

Library: audiobook
A Paris All Your Own
Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light
edited by Eleanor Brown
contributors: Michelle Gable, Jennifer Coburn,
Cathy Kelly, Julie Powell, Lauren Willig,
Therese Anne Fowler, Maggie Shipstead
Essays, Memoir, Travel, France | Published: 2017 | Goodreads

An Annotated Edition by Jane Austen
edited by Robert Morrison
Classics, Historical, England | Published: 2011 | Goodreads

The Lost Books of Jane Austen
by Janine Barchas
History, Jane Austen theme | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear
Historical, Mystery, England | Published: 2004 | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Third Place Books
See archive of this (here)
A Psalm for the Wild-Built
by Becky Chambers
SciFi, Novella | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


AND watched: theatre
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)
Director: Morgan Neville
Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.

Enjoyed learning about the other parts of Bourdain's life apart from food and travel.

AND watched: DVD
Watchmen (2019)
tv series
Creator: Damon Lindelof
Based on DC characters by: Dave Gibbons
Stars: Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Action, Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Got me thinking... what is saving the world, what is saving humanity?

fyi: jigsaw puzzle sighting at episode 4.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Books and Puzzles: No Spring Chicken

Food, not food

book: No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability
by Francine Falk-Allen

puzzle: Bon Apetit! Summer Salad art by Tracy Flickinger
Ceaco (300 pc)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Paris in July 2021

Paris in July
hosted by Thyme for Tea
(details & signup)

Paris in July is an international blogging event that brings together lovers of Paris and all things French, for a Virtual visit to Paris through literature, film, theater, art, music, food, wine and memories.

Happy Bastille Day!

Celebrating the day with first post for Paris in July ;-)

Les Gourmands Bakery
SoMa district (here)
for yummy croissants

Maison Nico
Financial district (here)
for fantastic paté en croûte

PAIR UP: Paris Fashion Week pick and book coming in the Fall
From Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 show (here)
photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images
The Ladies of the Secret Circus
by Constance Sayers
Fantasy, Historical | Published: November 2021 | Goodreads

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder-a world where women tame magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. But each daring feat has a cost. Bound to her family's strange and magical circus, it's the only world Cecile Cabot knows-until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate love affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2005: Lara Barnes is on top of the world-until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. Desperate, her search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother's journals and sweeps her into the story of a dark circus and a generational curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations.


Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop
by Roselle Lim
Romance, Magical Realism, France, Paris | Goodreads

Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.

Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.

Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.

The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.


My 7 Favorite Classic Romantic Movies Set in Paris by Cine Gratia Cinema

Amélie (2001)
Original title: Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writers: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
Comedy, Romance, Paris | imdb | my rating: 5

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Loved this the first time around.

one of Amélie's simple pleasures
cracking crème brûlée with a spoon
Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu