Saturday, July 1, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 7.1.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



Memories and the City
by Orhan Pamuk
-Biography, Travel, Turkey
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this for Diesel Book Club (here) - July book. Looking forward to some arm-chair traveling with this one.

Green Apple Books on the Park hosted a double author event with Gabe Habash and Julie Buntin. We were treated to a reading and Q&A of their latest novels. It was interesting to learn that Gabe started out with film and Julie with poetry before getting creative writing. Fun fact: they are a married couple.

Stephen Florida
by Gabe Habash
-Literary, Coming of Age, Sports (wrestling)
Amazon | Goodreads

THE wrestling element of this story is what draws me.

by Julie Buntin
-Literary, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

A mystery with ghost-like vibe makes this interesting.

The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt
-Literary, Historical
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this per member recommendation from Diesel Book Club (here).

For Review:

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
-Dystopia, YA
courtesy of Blogging for Books -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LIBRARY and books setting makes this intriguing.

AND watched: in theatre

Wonder Woman (xxx)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Story by: Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg
Based on comic by: William Moulton Marston
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
-Action, Adventure, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

SAW this twice. Kick-ass heroine steals the show.

Walking Distance (2015)
Distancias cortas (original title)
Director: Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez
Writer: Itzel Lara
Stars: Luca Ortega, Mauricio Isaac, Joel Figueroa
-Comedy, Drama, Mexico | imdb | my rating: 5

Fede suffers from morbid obesity and lives enclosed among four walls. When his brother-in-law Ramón shows him a camera, Fede also wants one. During a trip to the camera shop he meets Paulo, a lonely teenager who loves comic books. The three of them form a friendship that completely changes their lives. Walking Distance is a urban fairy-tale about Fede, a man who weighs 200kg, which is causing him difficulties to move around his house. When he finds an old photographic film, he decides to have it developed and thus to go out of his house. In the photographic lab Fede meets Paulo, a solitary comics lover who sells him a used camera. While spending time with his brother-in-law Ramon and Paulo, Fede discovers that photography is more than just a hobby. A friendship between the three men grows, changing their lives forever.
- Written by Pluto Film

Lovely film that tells a story of hardship, friendship and photography.

AFTER the film we were treated to a Q&A session with director, Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez.
-instagram photo by Aberswyth

Harmonium (2016)
Fuchi ni tatsu (original title)
Director/Writer: Kôji Fukada
Starring: Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi
-Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

EERIE vibe to this one. This is one to watch at least a second time as there are lots of interesting subtle things going on to spin this story round.

AND watched: on DVD

My Life As A Zucchini (2016)
Ma vie de Courgette (original title)
Director: Claude Barras
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Contributing Writers: Germano Zullo, Claude Barras and Morgan Navarro
Based on novel: Autobiographie d'une Courgette by Gilles Paris
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat
-Animation, Comedy, Drama, France, Switzerland | imdb | my rating: 5

Oscar nominated for Animated Feature.

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

WELL deserving to be an Oscar nominee. Beautifully and whimsically made with a touching story.

Currently flipping through:

Noon on the Moon
by Luna Miguel
Editors Fiona Bryson, Ḳeren Tsiṭer, Keren Cytter
Illustrated by Vicki Khuzami
Contributor Art Projects Era
Website | Goodreads

The fourth issue in the Poetic Series is a seasonally themed special issue, a festive anthology composed of contributions from more than twenty writers and artists elaborating on everyones favorite and most controversial holiday in an unconventional and abstract sense. Artwork is provided in the form of a colorful collection of romance covers illustrated by Vicki Khuzami. The books title comes from a poem by Barry Schwabsky. Poetry and prose by Charles Bernstein, Gerry Bibby, Judith Goldman and Dorothea Lasky, Veronica Gonzalez Pea, Andreas Schlaegel, Karl Holmqvist and Sarah Wang, amongst others. The Poetic Series brings together works of poetry and literature in combination with visual art, introducing young as well as established writers concerned with challenging the boundaries of traditional forms of narrative.

UPON perusing the magazine rack, this romance cover caught my eye. When flipping through it more similar illustrations popped out which reminded me of the 80s Harlequin romance covers that I grew up with. So, yeah. Impulse buy ;-)


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



  1. I certainly plan to see Wonder Woman but not until it available as a cheap dvd. Cinema is too expensive here to go and see stuff now. Enjoy your new books!

  2. I need to see Wonder Woman. And the Ink and Bone series I need to get to, because library. And they sound so good.

    The Green Apple Books event looks great!

  3. You got lots of awesome looking books! I hope you enjoy them all. I got Until It Fades last week and currently reading it now. I'm loving it so far. :)

  4. The coming of age and ghostly mystery books look good. I want to see Wonder Woman, but Walking Distance looks pretty cool, too.

    Have a good week!

  5. What a neat event! Hope you enjoy Caine's book. I love the series. It's very interesting. I'm working on book three right now :) Happy reading!

  6. How fun. Those look like really great events!

  7. ENJOY your books!!

    Lovely blog.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. The Children's Book looks different.
    We'll want to see Wonder Woman when available on HBO or DVD. We rarely go to movies any more. The Green Apple event looks/sounds fun. Nice to have two authors and married no less.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  9. I want to see WW. Oh and I am glad you will be reading Caine's series. I love it. The author event looks like it as fun. Hope you have a wonderful week.


Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu