Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 10.7.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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My reading efforts remain the same. I realize that this slower reading pace may be the new norm for me. Some of it is due to impending changes in life and lifestyle. The questions "to move?" or "not to move?" roll about in my mind.

Current happy things:

1. Anything Jane Austen
2. Beach scenes showcasing beautiful sunsets
3. Coffee flavored gelato dipped in chocolate and rolled in hazelnuts from PopBar
4. Visit with a long time friend



A Jane Austen Education:
How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

by William Deresiewicz
-Memoir, Jane Austen
Amazon | Goodreads

I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend
by Cora Harrison
-Historical, YA, Jane Austen
Amazon | Goodreads

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew:
From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England

by Daniel Pool
-History, British, Jane Austen
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

by Michael Okon
-Paranormal - Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies
Release date: October 13, 2017
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

FrightFall Readathon 2017
October 1 - 31, 2017
hosted by Seasons of Reading
Details | Facebook group | #FrightFall | my list

JOINED an October challenge to get some hoopy hoopy scary things in my reading mix this month.

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

This week's prompt: Both Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein are considered classics. Have you ever read either of them?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I read Frankenstein a couple times. But not Dracula... yet. It is a perfect candidate to add to my FrightFall readathon ;-)

AND watched: in theatre

SEOUL, ONLY: Korean Shorts (2015-2017)
-Shorts, Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

1. HAPPY PAPA’S BIRTHDAY! (2016. 17 mins.)
Director: Ryu Yeon-Su
Today is the day, papa’s birthday. As usual, Dayoung’s family is acting weird.

2. FAMILY PLAN (2016. 27 mins.)
Director: Ji-Yun Chung
High school girl Jeongmin suggests a bizarre plan to her same-sex lover Yoonseong; that they have a child who looks like both of them. Nine years later, Jeongmin’s wedding, scheduled in a few days, is just the start of that scheme.

3. FLY TO THE SKY (2015. 14 mins.)
Directors: Lee, Okseop and Koo, Kyohwan
After Sunghwan comes back from Italy, he reunites with Kyohwan. His goal is to obtain a license to operate construction machinery. But first Kyohwan must teach Sunghwan to drive.

4. TRIVAL MATTERS (2017. 33 mins.)
Director: Jo Yong-ik
Aspiring director Dohwan, still suffering from the breakup with his girlfriend, attends the gathering of freelancers and makes the acquaintance of the strangely attractive Eunha. With her help, he begins to gain insight to what really happened with his past love and his script finally comes together. As their relationship deepens, Dohwan resists the urge to become romantically involved all over again.

Curated by Jee Yeon Min of Orange Film, these short films are made by four of the more promising young filmmakers emerging from South Korea’s thriving film industry. -Roxie, theatre

GREAT perspectives of South Korea outside of the Kdrama genre I usually watch.

AND watched: in theatre - part of the Hong Kong Cinema film festival (here)

77 Heartbreaks (2017)
Yuen Loeng Taa 77 Chi (original title)
Director: Herman Yau
Writer: Erica Lee
Starring: Charlene Choi, Pakho Chow, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
-Drama, Romance, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

Adam made up his mind to restore Eva's love after he went through Eva's diary that filled with heartbreaking mistake made by Adam.

GOT me thinking about journals and how they can me used for more than just diary entries especially with personal growth.

This Is Not What I Expected (2017)
Director: Derek Hui
Writers: Joyce Chan, Yuan Li, Yimeng Xu
Based on book by: Lan Bai Se
Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Dongyu Zhou, Yi-zhou Sun
-Comedy, Drama, Romance, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

An obsessive CEO of a company meets a ragged chef by chance. They are drawn closer together because of their love for delicacies, yet their personalities clash big time.

THE foodie in me adored this one.

AND watched: on DVD

Secret Sunshine (2007)
Milyang (original title)
Director/Writer: Chang-dong Lee
Based on book by: Chong-jun Yi
Starring: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Yeong-jin Jo
-Drama, Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

For Fall Film challenge: about faith

AN exploration of faith, oh boy. Great cathartic cry scene by main character.

Tharlo (2015), Tibet
Director/Writer: Pema Tseden
Starring: Shide Nyima, Tsemdo Thar, Yangshik Tso
-Drama, China | imdb | my rating: 5

Tharlo is an orphan whom lives a simple life but could a brief encounter with a woman in his local town change his life forever?

For Fall Film challenge: set in an exotic locale

VIEWING long vast countryside scenes in black and white was beautiful. One of those slow movies and long shots that hit you well after watching it.

Pride and Prejudice (2003)
Director: Andrew Black
Screenplay: Anne K. Black, Katherine Brim, Jason Faller
Based on book by: Jane Austen
Starring: Kam Heskin, Orlando Seale
-Comedy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3

Jane Austen's classic is transplanted to modern-day Utah. While her college roommates search for love, aspiring writer Elizabeth Bennet focuses on her career but constantly finds herself fighting haughty businessman Will Darcy.

For Fall Film challenge: about pride

CUTE contemporary rom-com P&P version with locations set in Utah and Las Vegas.


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



  1. Look at all those Jane Austen related books! Oh, yes, definitely happy making. I don't think I've heard of most of them, so thank you for introducing them to me. Monsterland looks really good as well. I hope you enjoy Dracula if you read it. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I haven't read Frankenstein yet, but I do want to.

    I hope you have a great week!

  2. A lot of Jane Austen things! They look great :)
    I have actually not read neither Frankenstein nor Dracula :) maybe one day.
    Have a great week!

  3. I have read Dracula but it was a struggle. I found it like other 'classics'...slow and over descriptive for my personal tastes. I've seen so many Frankenstein films that I don't have any interest in reading the story. I was disappointed by Monsterland. Great idea but I found the execution of it poor.

  4. Monsterland looks like fun. Loving all things Jane related! Enjoy and we all experience changes to how much we does that.

  5. Oooo, that Monsterland package is awesome! I love it when the book comes with swag. I've also been reading at a slower pace which kind of sucks given that I know how fast I'd been reading up until a few months ago. :/ Oh well! It is what it is. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fantastic week, Velvet. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. I love the different Jane Austen type books. I need to read a couple. Have a great week!

  7. Anything Jane Austen makes me happy, too :)

  8. I read the book "Dracula I'm in Love." I'm not sure it's the right title. It's a romance. Anyway, I haven't read any Jane Austen books. I hope you enjoy them. Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

  9. That first Jane Austen book looks like a good read. And that Monsterland swag looks awesome.

    Ooh you're doing the Frightfall readathon too! I love that it's a month lol- I don't do so well with the shorter ones. :)

  10. I read I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend a few years back and I really enjoyed it!

    Enjoy your new books!
    My STS post!

  11. Ooh, enjoy the Jane Austen stuff. :) I didn't always like her work, but I grew to really appreciate it lately.


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