Sunday, June 26, 2022

Lovely Books and Things - 6.26.22

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Staying outside late on the summer solstice day
2. Found a new (to me) gelato place, Gelato Classico (here) - yummy spumoni
3. Spotted a gold frog at an art gallery window in San Francisco North Beach aka little Italy

The House in the Cerulean Sea
by T.J. Klune
Fantasy, LGBTQ | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Library: audiobook
A Flicker in the Dark
by Stacy Willingham
Thriller, Mystery | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Rainbow Rainbow
by Lydia Conklin
Short Stories, LGBTQ | Published: 2022 | Goodreads
For Review:
A Little Bit Country
by Brian D. Kennedy
YA, Romance, Music, LGBTQ | Published: June 2022 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passage
See archive of this (here)
The Catch
by Alison Fairbrother
Literary, Coming of Age | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Macmillan

by Laurie Lico Albanese
Historical, Retelling, Scotland | Published: October 2022 | Goodreads


AND watched: San Francisco Opera
Dream of the Red Chamber (2022)
Sung in English with English and Chinese supertitles)
Director: Stan Lai
Conductor: Darrell Ang

Based on book:
Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin
Classic, Historical, Romance, China | Published: 1791 | Goodreads


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Friday, June 24, 2022

It's... Midsommar

A place to visit with a bit of folklore horror...
The Ritual
by Adam Nevill
Horror, Paranormal | Published: 2011 | Goodreads

Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.

Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artifacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they’re the prey.

and then watch:
The Ritual (2017)
Director: David Bruckner
Writer: Joe Barton
Based on book by: Adam Nevill
Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton
Horror, Mystery, Thriller | imdb

A group of old college friends reunite for a trip to a forest in Sweden, Northern Europe, but encounter a menacing presence there stalking them.


* image source header: Yuko Higuchi artwork for film Midsommar directed by Ari Aster (here)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Jane in Summer

Lovely image spotted in the JASNA-NC June newsletter

Queering the Work of Jane Austen is Nothing New
by Devoney Looser
an article in The Atlantic (here)

Jane Austen July
July 1-31, 2022
hosted by Booktubers:
Spinster's Library (here)
Blatantly Bookish (here)
Books and Things (here)

Virtual Jane Con 2022
July 16-17, 2022 (details)

Austen in August 2022
August 1-30, 2022 hosted by Roofbeam Reader (details)

Current binge...
Sanditon (2019)
season 1 Creator: Andrew Davies
Based on book by: Jane Austen
Stars: Rose Williams, Theo James
Drama, Romance, Jane Austen | imdb

About Charlotte Heywood, a spirited and impulsive woman, who moves from her rural home to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort.


* header image source: from Emma (2020) film
* header image source June: Happy Pride, Jane from JASNA-NC newsletter
* header image source July: Persuasion by Jane Austen cover by Vintage Classics, 2007)
* part of Jane-austenesque 2022 (here)

Monday, June 20, 2022

Explore: Hawaii

Explore The World 2022
through books, films, etc.
June: Hawaii


Bones of Hilo
by Eric Redman
Mystery, Hawaii | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

A young, inexperienced detective from the wet, working-class side of Hawaii's Big Island, Kawika Wong faces an uphill battle to gain the respect of his more seasoned colleagues. And he has the chance of a lifetime when Ralph Fortunato, the Mainland developer of an unpopular resort on the island's tourist side, is found murdered on a luxury golf course, an ancient Hawaiian spear driven through his heart.

With the other detectives desperately trying to solve another string of grisly killings, Captain Terry Tanaka has no choice but to send Kawika to investigate. As Kawika joins forces with his father and girlfriend to help read the signs and make sense of the ritualistic murder scene, they uncover a cache of secrets reaching far back to the Island's ancient past. And the journalist who found the body has her own theories about Fortunato's demise--but do they line up with the evidence?

On a perilous journey that stretches from the Big Island to Washington State and back, Kawika finds danger at every turn. But he still has much to learn about Hawaii, and about the rugged terrain of the North Cascades. And he'd better learn it fast, because his instincts may not be enough to catch a killer who's closing in even faster.


Patrick Makuakāne’s Nā Lei Hulu dancers performance
at the Yerba Buena Gardens festival


Ravensburger puzzle with tropical scene

VISIT: someday...

da Shop: books + curiosities
local + independent + community (details)
3565 Harding Ave
Honolulu, Hawai'i


* part of Explore the World (here)

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Lovely Books and Things - 6.19.22

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Yerba Buena Gardens free outdoor summer Saturday shows (here)
2. Cello/vocal performance by Theresa Wong, artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Asian Art museum (here)
3. Stroll through Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden

Library: audiobook
The Cruelest Month
by Louise Penny
Mystery, Canada | Published: 2007 | Goodreads

Mustique Island
by Sarah McCoy
Historical, 1970s, Women's Fiction | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

For Review:
In Our Blood
by Caitlin Billings
Memoir, Mental Health, LGBTQ | Published: 2022 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passage
See archive of this (here)
Just by Looking at Him
by Ryan O'Connell
Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
See archive of this (here)
Cult Classic
by Sloane Crosly
Mystery, Thriller, Magical Realism | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by A Wonderful World Book Club from The Human Impacts Institute
See archive of this (here)
Things You Can Do:
How to Fight Climate Change and Reduce Waste

by Eduardo García
illustrated by Sara Boccaccini Meadows
Nonfiction, Science, Environment | Published: 2022 | Goodreads


AND watched: theatre
Brian and Charles (2022)
Director: Jim Archer
Writer: David Earl, Chris Hayward
Stars: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey
Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5
ahhh, the imagination

After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation. He builds a robot.

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