Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 4.29.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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


I decided to create my in-house weekend update meme and link up with others as I wanted the flexibility to explore being included in other weekly wrap-up type memes already out there. Feel free to recommend ones you like or participate in for me to try.

TODAY is Independent Bookstore Day and I will be at the Green Apple Book store on Clement which will be the 11th store I visit for the Book Quest. This is the first time I hit so many different bookstores in one month!

You can see all the great stores I have been to in the San Francisco bay area (here).


Author events:

Book Passage at the Embarcadero Ferry Building, San Francisco, hosted a meet up with author (youtuber), Connor Franta. I think I may have been the only 40-something year old (non chaperone) in line. Everyone attending the event had a quick photo shoot and "Hello" with Connor. He was a sweetie.

Note to Self
by Connor Franta
-Biography, Poetry, Photos
Amazon | Goodreads

Bookshop in West Portal, San Francisco hosted an intimate discussion with author, Megan Miranda. Quite special. Found out that her reading gravitates towards dark mystery fiction. Her favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Crichton and Tana French.

The Perfect Stranger
by Megan Miranda
-Mystery, Thriller, Coming of Age
Amazon | Goodreads

In my mailbox:

GOT some lovely letters. As April' letter writing month is wrapping up this weekend I have two more to go. It has been a successful run. And got three letters and two email responses.


From Owlcrate package (details & signup):
OwlCrate is a subscription service that sends you magical monthly boxes tailored to a chosen theme. Each OwlCrate will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish treats to help you get your nerd on. @owlcrate

APRIL Box includes:
theme: Head Over Heels
- Owlcrate spoiler card - I love how it is inspired by Murad Osmann's Follow Me To.
- Owlcrate button
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
- Signed bookplate, letter and sticker from author
- Pride and Prejudice themed Fabric headband by Storiarts
- Anna and the French Kiss inspired tea from The Tea Spot
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda themed key chain by Bookworm Boutique
- Eleanor and Park themed vanilla candle created by Novelly Yours
- A Court of Thorns and Roses themed art print by Evie Bookish
- Book excerpt: Umberland by Wendy Spinale

The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli
-LGBTQ, Romance, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.


AND watching: on Netflix

13 Reasons Why (2017)
tv series, season 1
Creator: Brian Yorkey
Based on book by: Jay Asher
Starring: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro
-Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 4

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

IT is a slow telling. But does well in getting into the backstory of each of the characters involved.

Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
Creator: Mark Frost, David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan
-Crime, Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

I ALREADY know who did it. But I wanted to re-watch this series knowing what I know. It was tough watching at first because of the cheesy way certain things came across. I am so spoiled with current day special effects and film styles.


* comment with your weekly update



  1. I was addicted to Twin Peaks when I was at school but I'm not sure if I would like it now based on my changing taste in tv! I changed to my own version of the weekend catchup as I was tired of STS and waiting ages for the links to go up. I prefer doing my own post. I might consider linking up to a few of these other ones depending on any rules they have. Oh, expect a letter in the post soon! I posted one to you this week!

  2. Got to love the OWL Crate. I hope you love all of them.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  3. Oh man, the OwlCrate box for April is great! I definitely want to subscribe to OwlCrate of Fairy Loot one day. I also hit up my local indie bookstore! I got that special Rainbow Rowell book, which was great. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Check out my STS post!

  4. Neat weekend catch-up post you came up with to cover all the old ones you do. I don't really know of any other ones to help you there.

    Fun pick with author at one of your indie bookstore visits. I just love seeing each of the ones you've reached in the month.

    Oh wow, what a fun Owlcrate packet. That book is on my list of reads and her Simon one, too. Hope it's good.

    Ah, I see you got my card. :)

    I never watched Twin Peaks back in the day, but neat that you're getting funny old-style show moments as you watch.

    Have a good week!

  5. I don't think I have tried Megan Miranda but you have made me curious. I am loving your owlcrate. Your Book Quest sounds like fun. We get no authors expect locals here. Enjoy!

  6. I love indie bookstores and that's awesome that you got to visit so many! And I've been wanting to read a Megan Miranda for a while now, they looks like thrillers I would like.

  7. What a happy, beautiful pic of you & Connor! <3

    Kiddo & I started to watch Twin Peaks a few months back albeit we got distracted by something else and ended up putting it on the back burner. I remember when it was all the rage & must make it a point to give it another go lol

    And, as always, your Owlcrate looks terrific and it's fun to see what ya got! Enjoy your goodies, Vii and have a wonderful week :D

    Ps. MY weekly update consists of spending the last few days inside an ARK dodging tornadoes & torrential rains here in the God-forsaken Midwest. Did, however, get to finish book #2 of Mapp & Lucia and am eager to get ahold of the next duo. Have had the urge to speak like a Brit all week & host a High Tea ... ;D

  8. Hmmm...I haven't seen Twin Peaks for awhile now, but I would like to check it out sometime!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  9. Looks like you had fun at the bookstores. I love the Owlcrate idea!
    Glad that you linked at MM. Have a great week and Happy Reading!

  10. Looks like a great day at the bookstore.

    ENJOY all of your old and new books.

    Hope your week is good.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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