Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 9.16.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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I had a bit of an uptick with reading this week. Managed to read a novel and novella. And, finished IT by Stephen King for the read along (here). There is something to be said of chunky books that are over 1,000 pages. After investing so much time reading it and getting into the novel's world, there is a craving for more at the end of the last page.

The next chunkster book I will dive into is Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1.

Gearing up to do a reading binge session with the Man Booker Prize long listed books for the rest of the month and into next. Hopefully I can read over half from the list (here) before the winner is announced. Do any of you ever read Man Booker nominees?



Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
-Literary, Ireland
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the Man Booker 2017 long list.

INTERESTING thing about this one is that it is one super long sentence - 265 pages worth.

Reservoir 13
by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
-Literary, Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the Man Booker 2017 long list.

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the Man Booker 2017 short list.

For Review:

Best Day Ever
by Kaira Rouda
-Thriller, Mystery
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

THIS cover screams "READ ME".

Say You'll Stay
by Corinne Michaels
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the romance fix ;-)

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Book Blogger Hop
features a book related question
Sponsored by The Coffee Addicted Writer (details)

This week's prompt: Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?
(submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

YES, but rarely - only if I really want to keep it in my library. I mostly pick out paperback editions and then give the book away.

AND watched: in theatre

It (2017)
Director: Andy Muschietti
Screenplay: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
Based on book by: Stephen King
Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis,
Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer,
Wyatt Oleff, Bill SkarsgÄrd
-Adventure, Drama, Horror | imdb | my rating: 4

A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of clown, begins hunting children.

For Fall Film challenge: about fortitude

Gotta hand it to the kids for figuring out things. This version did not get too much into the paranormal bits found in the book. Clown creepiness cringe moments, indeed.

TO add to the creepy, we spotted this in the theatre lobby after the show. Ahhhh.

AND watched: on DVD

Lust, Caution (2007)
Se, jie (original title)
Director: Ang Lee
Screenplay: James Schamus, Hui-Ling Wang
Story by: Eileen Chang
Starring: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen
-Drama, Romance, Thriller, Taiwan | imdb | my rating: 5

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

For Fall Film challenge: about lust

BEAUTIFULLY done with lots of sexy lust and caution thrown about. And then an inkling of love? Lovely closeups.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Director: James Bobin
Screenplay: Linda Woolverton
Based on book by: Lewis Carroll
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
-Adventure, Family, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 3

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

For Fall Film challenge: starring alan rickman

COLORFUL world with lots of time related puns that got stale after awhile. Alan Rickman had such a small part compared to the first Alice film.


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



  1. I remember thinking The Stand didn't seem as long as it was when I was reading it. It went to fast. I haven't read IT, and am not sure I will, but I hope you enjoyed it! Finishing it is quite an accomplishment!

    Your new books all sound good! I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week!

  2. I cannot bring myself to read It because I don't like clowns. Lol.

  3. I've never read any Man Booker Nominees. Anyway, Say You'll Stay is SO good. I hope you enjoy it and the other books. Have a wonderful week. Happy reading. ❤️

  4. Wow, a thousand pages... that is a chunk. Way to go and to finish two others as well.
    Good luck on your Man Booker reading challenge. I don't notice when books are up for an award or get nominated. Hope they are good ones for you. :)

  5. I'm also reading It, 60% done and enjoying the slow burn with it. Movie was fantastic as well. I love seeing what all the book award nominees are. I am disappointed that The Man Book Prize changed their policy a couple of years ago so Americans are now apart of it. I have yet to read a nominee or winner but have plans to do so in the future!

  6. Nice, I have read 4321! It is a good book, although don't be surprised if it takes you some 100 pages to enter into it. But it's definitely worth it! Have fun :)

  7. Congrats on getting so much read. I read It a long, long time ago, but now I'm too lazy to read it. I bought Under the Dome a couple of years ago and still haven't read it. Big books intimidate me.
    Have a great week!
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  8. Funny thing about IT! I didn't realize it was a Stephen King novel turned movie. I'm definitely not going to see the movie now! I knew it was horror but King's horror is on another level. (I'm a scaredy cat.) That's awesome that you had such a great week in reading!

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Have a fabulous week, Velvet. =)

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  9. I really wish I didn't have to work! It cuts into my reading time!!

  10. Wow 1000 pages. That's huge! I do like a good long book once in a while. I'm not sure I could do IT though. Clowns? No thanks. :)

  11. I have to admit that I am not into chunky books. I have one or two I haven't read due to size. I might get them on audio some day.
    Your new books look like good variety. Enjoy your reading!

  12. I can't wait for It to come out on DVD!

  13. Nice post, nice books.

    ENJOY, and have a good week.

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  14. Say You'll Stay is great. I hope you'll give it a try. You'll enjoy it. Trust me. :)

  15. People are always giving me books, so I end up reading quite a mix of stuff that I wouldn't normally choose. I've just inished The Duke of Bedford's Book of Snobs. This is a funny book informing you how to mix with aristocrats (it's written by a Duke so he should know). I read Vet in a Spin by James Herriot. He was a vet in Yorkshire in the 1930's and this is funny, and totally addictive - and I want to read ALL his books. I tried One for the Money by Janet Evanovich but I can't really get into it, I don't know what it is, it just doesn't suck me in. Perhaps it doesn't have enough depth.


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