Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 5.7.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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Got back to some YA reading. I did a binge read of the Jenny Han series, To All The Boys I Loved Before. This is a rarity as I usually read the first in a series and get around to the rest at a later date. It was prompted by a book tour for the new release of the last book in the series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Loved it all!

Also got back into some Netflixing. And totally got sucked into Sense 8 which is similar to The Matrix series also created by the Wachowskis. Takes the interconnectedness theme onto another level.

Today, I will start Caroline Leavitt's Cruel Beautiful World which is (per the cover blurb):

"A gorgeous, seductive novel that is also terrifying and pulse-pounding."
-Wiley Cash, author of The Dark Road to Mercy

Ooo, looks like I am in for a wild ride now.


Author event:

Books Inc. of Opera Plaza, San Francisco and NYMBC presented The Love Panel of YA authors and moderated by Christy, YA blogger for Tales of the Ravenous Reader. Along with a Q&A session, introductions to each of their new novel releases were presented.

Seated above are:
Nina LaCour, author of We Are Okay
Stacey Lee, author of The Secret Heart of a Note
Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Just Another Girl
Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall
Rachel Cohn, author of Kill All Happies


Just Another Girl
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Amazon | Goodreads

Elizabeth said the cover illustration is inspired by Rube Goldberg contraptions.

by Jennifer E. Smith
Amazon | Goodreads

Jennifer said the bear and alligator on her book cover are not charms, but little figures painted in gold.

Kill All Happies
by Rachel Cohn
Amazon | Goodreads

Rachel said she loves the image of the french fries on her book cover as it resembles being flicked "the finger" - LOL.

A History of Loneliness
by John Boyne
Amazon | Goodreads

PICKED this up for a book club I am going to try out. Not something I would get on my own. So, yes, expanding my reading palette. Hope I like it.

Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

HOT book. Going to also read it for the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge (here). Because I loved Girl on the Train I am looking forward to gobbling this one up.

(Kojiki #1)
by Keith Yatsuhashi
Amazon | Goodreads

HAD to get this after I got Kokoro earlier in the week as this is first in the series.

(Kojiki #2)
by Keith Yatsuhashi
Amazon | Goodreads

IMPULSE buy. Rarely do this, but the cover just GOT me. Also, I want to read some SciFi this year.

For Review:

A Short History of the Girl Next Door
by Jared Reck
-Humor, YA
Release date: September 26, 2017
courtesy of tour -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

THIS comes out in the Fall and has an interesting premise...

A debut that is perfect for readers who are stuck in that awkward limbo between childhood and adulthood (and those who just barely escaped).

In my mailbox:

GOT some snail mail. A Thank you card. And, a lovely letter in response to my April Writing Month efforts. It is on super cute stationery which has a pop-up character on the page!

AND watched: in theatre

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
Director: Niki Caro
Screenplay: Angela Workman
Based on book by: Diane Ackerman
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl
-Biography, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

GREAT story based on a true historical account from diaries of Antonina Żabińska.

AND binge watching: on Netflix

Sense 8 (2015)
tv series, season one
Creators: J. Michael Straczynski, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Starring: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Aml Ameen
Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews
-Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 5

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.

JUST the right amount of mystery, action, romance, drama and variety of likable characters to get me hooked. You can guess what I will be watching next week...


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



  1. Wow! Lots of lovely author events going on this weekend! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Great haul! I love Sense 8! I already finished watching season 2 and I really enjoyed too! Have a great week and happy reading!

  3. I have gone crazy on my (electronic) shelves this week. Got like 9 books... ugh dear :D

  4. I got When Dimple Met Rishi yesterday and I'm really excited! I'm curious about Sense8 but I'm SO bad at watching TV shows - or even movies. I feel like I lose focus or something. haa


  5. Those are all new to me authors and books from your bookstore visit. Those Jenny Han's have caught my eye.
    Oh neat, more snail mail!

    Have a great week! :)

  6. I have Kill All Happies! Two copies, actually. I have no idea how that happened, especially since I'd not even heard of the book before the first copy arrived. Ah well! I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. Nice haul. I want to listen to Into the Water. You have me curious about Sense 8 I love the Matrix. Hope you have a lovely week!!

  8. Yea the letter arrived safe! Good! To be honest I was running short of writing paper...I haven't restocked as I haven't wrote a letter in close to ten years!


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