Saturday, December 30, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 12.30.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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


Managed to get some reading done this week of short novels, magazines and graphic novels.

I have been searching my bookshelves this week to figure out which book (excluding requested review copies) will be THE ONE to open the new year with - for First Book Of The Year 2018 hosted by Book Journey (details) Have you picked yours?

Current happy things:

1. See's nuts and chews chocolates

2. Release of Kpop song Instagram by Dean and album Her by DPR Live

3. Decorating cookies from the Trader Joe's Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookie Kit



Lies Jane Austen Told Me
by Julie Wright
-Chick-lit, Jane Austen
Amazon | Goodreads

LOOKS like a fun one.

Small Wonders
Life Portrait in Miniature
by Tatsuya Tanaka
-Photography, Miniatures
Amazon | Goodreads

LOVE the whimsical creations and scenarios. Ready to go see the new Matt Damon film, Downsizing after looking through this.

AND watched: on AmazonPrime

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
season one
tv series
Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen
-Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

A housewife in the 1950s decides to become a stand-up comic.

LOVED how this was done with its colors and soundtrack. Learned some behind the scenes stuff about comediennes.

The Big Sick (2017)
Director: Michael Showalter
Writers: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
-Comedy, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.

STANDS up to the hype. Enjoyable film about interracial relationships particularly in regards to the Muslim religion.

Killing Gunther (2017)
Director/Writer: Taran Killam
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cobie Smulders, Hannah Simone
-Action, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 3

A group of eccentric assassins are fed up with Gunther, the world's greatest hitman, and decide to kill him, but their plan turns into a series of bungled encounters as Gunther seems to always be one step ahead.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: eight. how i met your mother. Cobie Smulders

FUNNY, cute take on hit men.

AND watched: on DVD

Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Director: Rupert Sanders
Screenplay: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger
Based on the comic: Shirow Masamune
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano
-Action, Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 3

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: twelve. lethal weapon. Chin Han

LIKED the visuals. The story was okay. Reminded me a bit of Blade Runner.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
Director: Tim Burton
Screenplay: Jane Goldman
Writer/based on the novel by Ransom Riggs
Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson
-Adventure, Drama, Family | imdb | my rating: 4

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: twenty-three. the west wing. Allison Janney

INTERESTING peculiar characters. I liked the world building and curious to read the book for more details.

50/50 (2011)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Will Reiser
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
-Comedy, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 4

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: twenty-four. the x-files. Donna Yamamoto

PERSPECTIVE of young adult cancer patient is portrayed in a thoughtful way.

AND watched: online

Flight of the Living Dead (2007)
Plane Dead (original title)
Director/Writer: Scott Thomas
Writers: Sidney Iwanter, Mark Onspaugh
Stars: David Chisum, Kristen Kerr, Kevin J. O'Connor
-Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 4

A fellow scientist accidentally escapes containment aboard a plane during turbulence. After she is gunned down by a security guard, she reanimates as a zombie, killing and infecting several passengers and crew members on board the flight. A U.S. federal air marshall, along with a police officer, a flight attendant and a handful of survivors, must ride out the horrific flight just long enough to stay alive.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: ten. judging amy. Siena Goines

FOUND slithering zombies in this one. Little bit of campy, science, military and a plane load of zombies.

I did not get to watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies I had planned. But did find this SNL skit about the films in general amusing. Gotta love James Franco ;-)


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



  1. Decorating cookies is always a fun activity to do! I haven't bought anything recently to put on my shelves. Sad, isn't it? haha. :)

  2. I think I might be finishing a couple of zombie books as January begins so they will be my first for 2018. I'll be reading mostly on the 31st so it'll be a nice quiet night!

  3. Small Wonders looks fun! And I've been wondering too which book to start the new year with. :)

    Love the cookies ha ha.

  4. Haha, Lies Jane Austen Told Me is such a fun title! I hope the actual book is good too! Those cookies look delicious!

    Happy New Year!

  5. OMG those cookies look so good! My office had an ugly Christmas sweater party and I was kinda upset I didn't own an ugly Christmas sweater. I need to hunt one down now that Christmas is over and stores might have them 50% off. ;) Happy New Year, Velvet!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. Oh my goodness, See's!!!! I love their chocolate, but have to order it now since I'm on the other side of the country. LOL, your ugly sweater cookies are a hoot!
    Fun movie marathon. I was on an Agatha Christie kick this week so watched several older ones.

    Have a Happy New Year, Velvet! :)

  7. Oh, I loved The Big Sick. My mom did too! I still need to see 50/50. I meant to when it was actually in theaters and then just...never did. haha

    I'm not sure what my first book of the year will be! I need to figure that out. Granted, I'm in the middle of one but if I don't finish that today, then that doesn't count as the first REAL book of the year.


  8. Those ugly Christmas Sweater cookies, are cute. I'm going to have to watch The Big Sick, sounds entertaining. Happy New Year.

  9. Those ugly Christmas sweater cookies look amazing! It's such a cool idea, I've never heard of anything like that :D amazing.
    Have a wonderful start to 2018 :)

  10. Those cookies are so cute :D You watched so many movies and shows. I'll definitely check some of these.

    I wish you a very Happy New Year!
    My STS:

  11. My sister keeps going on and on about Mrs. Maisel. I still haven't seen it.

    Also, those cookies look yummy!

  12. Love the cookies! The ugly sweater theme is pretty awesome. Looks like you fit in some great shows and movies. Happy New Year!

  13. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is so good! I'm halfway through and can't wait to finish it!

  14. I loved 50/50. I'd watch JGL in anything. The Big Sick was also great. Those cookies are absolutely adorable. Happy New Year!

  15. OMG! Those cookies are incredible. I love them!!! And yes, I watched each and every Hallmark movie. They are my addiction and they make me happy.

  16. Oooh! Those cookies look delicious and awesome! I hope you have a great New Year!

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  17. Those cookies are so cool. I don't know if I've seen Flight of the Living Dead. I may have to look for it.

  18. Those cookies look like such fun! So many various movies - I like that you share those with your books too.
    Small Wonders looks like fun. Happy New Year and Happy Reading!


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