Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 8.19.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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


Slow reading week. Instead, have been going the audio route with a couple starts and stops before finding a couple stories that grabbed me.

Still working on culling the bookshelves and creating donation and to-sell piles. I want to get to the point where there isn't an overflow from my shelves. It takes a good chunk of time so I have just been doing a little here and there and patting myself on the back when I manage to fill a bag ;-)

I am training myself to be more mindful and picky of book acquisitions.

Things to consider...

- Is it just cover love?
- Is it the hype surrounding it that appeals?
- Can I pass this on to share with another person, so that the book gets at least two readings?



Book Passage at the Ferry Building hosted an author event with Tom Perrotta to celebrate the release of his latest, Mrs. Fletcher. Part of the inspiration for the novel was to explore the empty nest syndrome parents experience while their kids are experiencing the college world.

Mrs. Fletcher
by Tom Perrotta
-Contemporary Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

THE exploratory vibe of this book catches my attention.

For Review:

Good Boy
(WAGs #1)
by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
-New Adult, Romance, Sports
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the romance pile.

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Jane Austen in August
hosted by Faith Hope & Cherrytea
instagram: #austeninaugustrbr #jausteninaugust

ENJOYING Jane Austen related posts on instagram.

AND watched: in theatre (live)

Gloriana Musical Theatre

GOOD fun with snappy tunes.

AND watched: in theatre

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)
Director: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Starring: Al Gore
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 4

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

THE current status of climate change with the political aspects. Although some measures have been taken to address climate change, we need to continue.

The Battleship Island (2017)
aka Goonhamdo
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Starring: Jung-min Hwang, Su-an Kim, Joong-ki Song
-Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 4

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island ("Hashima Island") to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

SOME Korean history with action scenes. I do not know much about Asian history, so this was interesting to learn.

Wind River (2017)
Director/Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner
-Action, Crime, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

An FBI agent teams with a town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

SET in snow, this mystery captures a bleak world. Some scenes included a droll sense of humor that manages to create some light moments in this sad tale.

AND watched: in theatre - part of the YBCA New Filipino Cinema 2017 festival (details).

Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)
Director: Baby Ruth Villarama
Starring: Rudelie Acosta, Cherrie Bretana
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

Sunday Beauty Queen is a real-life Cinderella tale of a Filipina house helper who dreams to be a Beauty Queen in Hong Kong.

WE were treated to guest appearances from the director and producer for Q&A. While in Hong Kong in 2011, they happened upon pageant festivities on Chater Road which is what inspired the film.

THE plight of overseas domestic workers is touched upon in this tale. But a bit of escapism in the pageantry world provides some entertainment in a dreary life away from home.

Inside The War On Drugs With Photojournalist Raffy Lerma (2016)
slideshow presentation by Raffy Lerma
-Documentary | details | my rating: 5

For twelve years he worked as a staff photographer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, covering the daily news beat in metro Manila. He recently shifted into working independently to focus on documenting the government’s “war on drugs,” which he has covered since the beginning of the Duterte presidency. Lerma shot the photo that went viral and came to be known as “The Pieta,” and he was featured in the 2017 New York Times documentary When a President Says, “I’ll Kill You.”

THE killing continues with reported numbers of deaths over 8,000 since last year.


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



  1. I am the WORST at just grabbing books (especially e-arcs, but book buying, too) based on a lovely cover or early buzz. I've been trying to be better, but it's SO HARD. I read Mrs. Fletcher a few months ago because I just couldn't wait. I love Tom Perrotta. This wasn't my favorite of his, but it's certainly worth reading. Happy reading!

  2. Wow! Lots of great books you got and Good Boy looks both cute and sexy!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. Ugh, yes, the annual shelf clearing is painful for me, but like you, its necessary. :)

  4. Those books look really good. I loved the movie Chicago. I hope you have a great week!

  5. Sunday Beauty Queen sounds fascinating!

  6. Good luck with culling the shelves. I'm SO prone to cover love, and then end up with way too many books. I would like to see the Inconvenent Truth movie.

  7. The battleship island sounds really good. And my, what a lovely new books you've got there :)

  8. Oh man, if you are able to remove any books from your shelves, you have more strength than I do. Good luck with your book culling. - Katie

  9. Good for you being fussy about books and clearing your shelves! I'm not sure I have the self control to do that ;)

    I'm dying to see Wind river!! It looks excellent. And it's good there's some humour to break up the darkness.

    Have a lovely week ahead!

  10. I loved Mrs. Fletcher, too, and had to get it because I'm a fan of his work.

    How exciting that you met him at the book event.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Oooo, I've been culling books too. It's a sad but satisfying process. So far, I've donated books, done giveaways, done trades, mailed to friends, given away to family members... and yet books still pop up, when I've just cleared space! It never ends. :D Anyway, I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Happy organizing!

    Have a fabulous week, Velvet. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  12. Hehe I had the same problem when I decided to donate some of the books especially the ones I knew I would never have the time to read. I managed at the end though but it was SO hard. I get it. Hehe. Take your time.

    I hope you enjoy your books or audiobooks and have fun reading/listening. I'm pretty new to audiobooks myself but I enjoyed it.

    Have a wonderful week. :)

  13. So true...I think we all have to training ourselves to be more mindful and picky of book acquisitions. We are after all addicts. Good luck and enjoy your week!

  14. I really want to watch Wind River. I saw a preview and was super intrigued. Good luck on the book project. I should do that but...nah. I've seen Mrs. Fletcher around a lot lately!

  15. Looks like you have a lot going on. Enjoy your week.

  16. I like your three things to think about before you choose a book.

    I am a cover lover. They just pull me in.

    ENJOY your reading looks good.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  17. Good thought process. I no longer pick up print books (except for book club) because I read faster on Kindle. I still have many shelves of books to give away.
    I even hesitate to buy the $.99 books as I have too many to read. But then I think I should contribute that little bit to authors now and then since I get so many free books.

    Good Boy really does look like a fun book. Glad you are enjoying movies too.
    Happy Reading, listening and watching!


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