Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 7.15.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
Amazon | Goodreads

MANY references to this book has caused me to finally pick this up. This is another chunky book over a thousand pages.

The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry
-Historical, Literary
Amazon | Goodreads

IMPULSE buy due to the description and this blurb...

“An irresistible new novel…the most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice…By the end, The Essex Serpent identifies a mystery far greater than some creature ‘from the illuminated margins of a manuscript’: friendship.” -Washington Post

AND watched: in theatre

A Ghost Story (2017)
Director/Writer: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
-Drama, Fantasy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

HEE hee hee. I see a ghost.

This screening included director, David Lowery, for a Q&A session. He told us that inspiration for the film stemmed from wanting to create something using the guy in a bed sheet ghost imagery.

The movie was a beautiful and sad ghost story. Loved its comment on life and death.

Chocolate pie.

BTW: for the duration of the release there is a special A Ghost Story pop-up store in New York City. READ more about it (here)

Moscow Never Sleeps (2017)
Director/Writer: Johnny O'Reilly
Starring: Anastasiya Shalonko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Mikhail Efremov
-Drama, Russia | imdb | my rating: 4

The volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people.

SNIPPETS of the contemporary scene in Moscow gave a general sense of the place and people not unlike the stereotypical depressing portrayals we are familiar with.

We were treated with a Q&A with the director, Johnny O'Reilly. Being Irish, his main goal was to introduce and celebrate the Moscow he came to know and love.


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



  1. The Essex Serpent looks really interesting. Hope you enjoy it. - Katie

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  2. A Ghost Story looks like a really interesting film. I may have to try to see that one. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  3. Good for you for tackling Infinite Jest! I've heard it's a beast and I just don't have the heart for it right now. Maybe someday :)

  4. I'm curious about Infinite Jest. Enjoy all of your books, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

  5. ENJOY your books and reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. I keep hearing about The Essex Serpent. Hope you love it!

  7. I've never read Infinite Jest before but have always heard it's a great read. The cover for The Essex Serpent is gorgeous!

  8. I've been hearing good things about The Essex Serpent, I can't totally relate to the impulse purchase, the synopsis sounds very interesting. I hope you enjoy your new reads, have a wonderful week :)

  9. I've seen The Essex Serpent around a bit and hope you enjoy it. A Ghost Story sounds like a fun movie, even if sad.
    Have a good week filled with Happy Reading!

  10. Looks like you had a good week in movies and books


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