Saturday, September 2, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 9.2.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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I had a slow reading week. While I am enjoying Stephen King's It, the reading is not going as fast. Going to do a big push to catching up with the read-along in time for the movie release. There are so many details of doings. It is amazing how Stephen King can churn out so many works - many of which are quite lengthy.

The seasonal weather changes and unusualness (currently feeling a heatwave in San Francisco) have affected me. Feeling out of sorts. I am feeling the need for change, but still want the comforts of stability.



Green Apple Books on the Park hosted an evening with Gabriel Tallent with his debut novel, My Absolute Darley. He had some interesting comments on writing about courageous characters that touched me.

My Absolute Darling
by Gabriel Tallent
-Literary, Coming of Age
Amazon | Goodreads

I was attracted to the feisty main character mentioned and the story is set near my neck of the woods, Mendocino county, California.

For Review:

Happy Dreams
by Jia Pingwa
-Literary, China
courtesy of Wunderkind -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

From one of China’s foremost authors, Jia Pingwa’s Happy Dreams is a powerful depiction of life in industrializing contemporary China, in all its humor and pathos, as seen through the eyes of Happy Liu, a charming and clever rural laborer who leaves his home for the gritty, harsh streets of Xi’an in search of better life.

I got a second review copy. If you would be interested in it, let me know in comments with your email address. -offer ends 9/30/17


The Crowns of Croswald
by D.E. Night
-Fantasy, Middle Grade
courtesy of JKS Communications -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Cool delivery for an ARC.

This box includes:
-The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night (signed)
-Postcard of book theme
-Letter from author
-Glanagerie bottle (that glows)

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

The Fall Film Challenge
September 1 to November 30, 2017
hosted by Quirky Pickings (details) | my list

JOINED the Film Fall Challenge. Looking forward to getting to some films that have been wanting to watch.

AND watched: on DVD

Saving Mr. Wu (2015)
Jie jiu Wu xian sheng (original title)
Director/Writer: Ding Sheng
Script advisor: Alex Jia
Starring: Andy Lau, Ye Liu, Qianyuan Wang
-Action, Crime, Drama, China | imdb | my rating: 4

Mr. Wu (Andy Lau) is kidnapped in Beijing by Zhang Hua (Wang Qianyuan) and three accomplices, all disguised as cops and demanding a ransom of 3 million RMB. In the ensuing 20 hours, the Chinese detectives led by Chief Xing (Liu Ye) quickly form a task force and sweep the city. Time is of the essence as Mr. Wu is ordered to be killed at 9 PM regardless of whether the money is collected or not. The police eventually apprehend Hua alone. As the deadline approaches, the detectives and captors collide. -Written by UEP North America

For Fall Film challenge: about greed

BASED on a true event. Interactions and motivations play out with suspense.

The Intouchables (2011)
Director/Writer: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Starring: Fran├žois Cluzet, Omar Sy
-Biography, Comedy, Drama, France | imdb | my rating: 5

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

For Fall Film challenge: about charity: an organization, an individual, a cause, an act... interpret this as you will.

BASED on a true story. Heartwarming and hopeful despite circumstances.

AND watched: in theatre

Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Director: Matt Spicer
Writers: David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen
-Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

CYCLED through creepy, sad and then hopeful feelings.

AND watched:

Game of Thrones
Season 7
Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Based on book by: George R.R. Martin
-Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

WINTER has arrived.

Lots of OMG moments with reveals and such as well as amusing dialogue which catered to fans. In general it felt rushed and a bit off in the storytelling - maybe because it was lacking George RR Martin's details.

Season 8 will most likely be released in 2019.


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



  1. Slow reading, but busy as ever. Love that you go and support the authors at their visits to the local shops. We've had a cool wave which has been great because it was extra hot earlier. Hope you get more promising weather next week so you don't feel so off kilter.

  2. I did an unboxing for Crowns Of Croswald this week too. Looks like a fun adventure story. I also finally caught up and finished Game Of Thrones. What an epic show. Now we have a whole year to wait for the final season. Walking Dead starts soon and some other favorite shows that will keep me happy until then:)

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  3. I agree on Game of Thrones. The rushed storytelling because of reduced episodes meant we missed on on more of the scenes with the Brotherhood ie getting captured by Tormund, Brienne and Pod, the captivity of Yara and Ellaria, the battle for Highgarden. If they had kept the same episode number we could have had more of the interactions we love and Jon could maybe explain himself better and Bran could look more into his memory!

  4. The Crowns of croswald looks neat, I think I've seen that cover somewhere before- I like it. And that glowing bottle is pretty awesome! I kind of agree about Game of Thrones too- it had some moments but there was something a little off (and definitely rushed) about it.

  5. Great week you had! I meant to check out Stephen King's It for awhile now, but I was scared of the huge length of the book, but I might check it out someday!

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  6. It seems to me you had a great week. Meeting authors is an awesome experience. Glad that you had a great time. Enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week. :)

  7. I love going to author events but haven't been to one in a while. Hoping to change that. Did a remake of It come out recently? I think I saw a commercial for it. Not my thing but I know fans are probably happy about it (I'm such a wimp).

  8. ENJOY your books!!

    Sorry about the heat. We have been unusually chilly here in PA, but today turned out to be gorgeous.

    I can't read Stephen King. :)


  9. I'm not sure I could handle It.

    I have My Absolute Darling on audio and have high hopes for it.

    Enjoy your new books!

  10. Unfortunate you are still fighting heat. Nice to support nearby authors.
    That box arc looks really good.
    Happy Reading!

  11. I love that Green Apple Books sign, and imagine myself enjoying a browse there.

    I can't imagine heat in SF....but it's been many years since I lived there, and didn't actually spend many summers there.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Oh I love the glowing bottle! That's wonderful. Hope you enjoy all your new reads and have a great week!

  13. Hooray for The Fall Film Challenge! I've put in my requests at the library :)

  14. The Chinese looks very interesting! But I'm international, so I'll leave the giveaway to the people who are closer to you :) have a fun reading week!

  15. I've just finished A Wreath of Roses by Elizabeth Taylor. I thought I was the only one on the planet to have discovered this wonderful writer but she's mega famous. I might sound like a literary thicko here but the first time I saw her name was on a book called In A Summer Season. Now if you look at the cover, it looks totally like Elizabeth Taylor, the actress, so I pickd it up thinking it was a biography. This is how I discovered this wonderful author. Her stories are always slow and so English, like punting down the river Cherwell at Oxford. The prose is lean, tantalising, pulling you forward until you get to the twist at the end. It's great to discover a new author. But don't expect any WHAM! BAM! from her. Just a gentle glide as your savour the smells, the old English scenery, and the fascinating characters of the 30's.


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