Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 9.9.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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More movie watching this week as the reading is in the slump mode, hmmmm.



The Jane Austen Project
by Kathleen A. Flynn
-SciFi, Historical, Jane Austen-related
Amazon | Goodreads

SIMPLY irresistible.

Home Fire
by Kamila Shamsie
-Literary, Audio
Amazon | Goodreads

WORKING on the Man Booker 2017 long list.

For Review:

by Alison Brodie
-Thriller, Romance
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

I like Alison's writing style, so this should be a fun one.

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 book because you liked its cover art?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

YES, but rarely now. When I started blogging and visiting fellow bloggers years ago, I had many cover love moments which prompted some purchases. However, as the years passed I found those books end up in the tbr pile for quite awhile. So, I am being more mindful when it comes to the draw of the covers.

One book that I bought for the cover which has been sitting in the tbr pile since 2012...

Alien Tango
by Gini Koch
- romance, sciFi
Amazon | Goodreads

I have the first three books in a series that is reaching book 20 soon. Soooo behind.

AND watched: in theatre

Mrs.B., a North Korean Woman (2016)
Madame B., histoire d'une Nord-Coréenne (original title)
Director/Writer: Jero Yun
-Documentary, China, Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

Portrait of Mrs. B., a tough charismatic North Korean woman who smuggles between North Korea, China and South Korea. With the money she gets, she plans to reunite with her two North Korean sons after years of separation.

A peek into one side of human trafficking as well as a tale of the "grass is always greener".

Bakuman (2015)
Director: Hitoshi Ohne
Writers/manga: Tsugumi Ôba, Takeshi Obata
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki
-Comedy, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. Mashiro declines. Takagi incites Mashiro to meet with Miho Azuki, Mashiro's crush, and tells her the two plan to become mangakas (manga artists). In response, Azuki reveals her plans to be a seiyuu (voice actress). Mashiro proposes to her that they should both marry when Azuki becomes a voice actress for the anime adaptation of their manga. The two then start creating their manga, under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, in hopes of getting serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump.

For Fall Film challenge: about hope.

Loved the scoop on manga artists. Great scenes with manga art. Friendship, Struggle, Triumph.

AND watched: on DVD

The Innocents (2016)
Les innocentes (original title)
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writer (scenario: Sabrina B. Karine, Alice Vial
Writer (adaptation): Anne Fontaine, Pascal Bonitzer
Based on an original concept created by: Philippe Maynial
Starring: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
-Drama, History, Poland, France | imdb | my rating: 5

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

For Fall Film challenge: about temperance.

BASED on actual events. Struggles of temperance and faith with some ugly realities interplay here.

The Human Stain (2003)
Director: Robert Benton
Screenplay: Nicholas Meyer
Based on book by: Philip Roth
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris
-Drama, Romance, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 4

When a disgraced former college dean has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark, twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking fact about his own life that he has kept secret for fifty years.

For Fall Film challenge: starring anthony hopkins

INTERESTING with different perspective on racism. Fun dancing scene with Gary Sinise.

Patriots Day (2016)
Director/screenplay: Peter Berg
Screenplay: Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon
-Crime, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 4

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

For Fall Film challenge: starring kevin bacon

SOME history on the event with a focus on how the investigation of finding the bombers. Great to see the team work.


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



  1. I loved The Human Stain (the book and the movie; I have both). The Jane Austen Project looks good.

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  2. Great haul you got this week! That Alien Tango book looks interesting!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. I want to get The Jane Austen Project eventually. Hmm, had no idea there was a movie on the Boston Marathon bombing.

    Ha, yes, I have definitely gotten books because of their covers, too.

  4. The Jane Austen Project looks interesting!

  5. Sorry to hear about your reading slump. I hope those new books can be the cure. I need to check out the movies. I rarely watch movies. The Nicole Kidman's movie sounds good. :)

  6. I totally watched more shows than reading this week, so I can relate! Zenka and the Jane Austen Project both sound good.

  7. I keep seeing The Jane Austen Project. I'll probably go for it. I had a small reading slump and went to a favorite reread to help get past it. It worked as I was then digging in my stacks for other books in the genre to read. I binged several shows and now have some new episodes of other shows to check out.

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  8. A lovely haul! I think my sister would love The Jane Austen Project. I should recommend it to her!

  9. Great haul this week! I have been guilty of buying books for the cover before. It's hard not to sometimes. I hope you have a great week!

  10. It's definitely true that cover love books lie on the shelf for too long. I also try to not buy them anymore :)

  11. The Jane Austen Project looks interesting. I'm with you - I don't buy books based on cover very often. Covers just aren't as important when I read mostly ebooks or audiobooks.

  12. ENJOY your books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
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  13. Yes, to Jane Austen. The Innocents sounds like an interesting movie. Oh lord, covers are what initial draw me to a book, and then I read the synopsis. Sometimes I buy them solely for the cover *hangs head*

  14. Zenka looks very interesting. That Alien series by Gina Koch is an author/series I have been meaning to read someday.
    You've watched some interesting movies.
    Happy Reading!


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