Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 1.13.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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


Instead of a new year's resolution, I decided to join in on the phenomenon of choosing One Word for this year --> FOCUS.

After putting all the holiday decorations away, I got into rearranging furniture and clearing up clutter. This got me inspired to create a cozy reading corner in the dining room. The cat seems to like it too as he takes over when I am not occupying the seat.

Current happy things:

1. Rosca de Reyes with a cup of creamy coffee - went to the Mission district to hunt a small one down for twelfth night. I was successful at the third bakery.

2. Radio Atlantic and The Atlantic Interview podcasts (details) - I started listening to these weekly stories last year and enjoy getting a bit of news from it. They are part of The Atlantic magazine.

3. Reading corner



Braving the Wilderness:
The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
by Brené Brown
Amazon | Goodreads

REESE Witherspoon's book club January pick. This is one I would not normally gravitate towards. It will be interesting to see how I like it.

Author event:

Book Passage, Corte Madera hosted a conversation and Q&A between authors Karen Joy Fowler and Chloe Benjamin on the release of The Immortalists. Part of Chloe's research was learning a lot about magic.

The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
-Literary, Magical Realism
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

After We Fall
by Melanie Harlow
-New Adult, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


Calendar Girl
by Audrey Carlan
January - Goodreads | February - Goodreads | March - Goodreads

SET of three stories in this one.

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Bout of Books 21
hosted by Bout of Books
January 8 to January 14, 2018 (details)

PARTICIPATING in this as it a short term challenge that looks like fun. Go check out my Jane Austen inspired book spine poetry ;-)

AND binge watched: on viki

Legendary: (2018)
Making of a K-pop Star
Stars: Alex Christine, JRE
-Kpop, Competition, South Korea | viki | my rating: 4

Her mad dance skills shot her straight to the top of the dance competition of “Rising Legends: Season 2,” a K-pop audition show sponsored by Soompi and Cube Entertainment. Now Alex Christine is on her way to Seoul, South Korea, to begin her journey to find K-pop fame.

“LEGENDARY: Making of a K-Pop Star” is a Viki Original series that follows Alex Christine as she travels from her hometown in Oklahoma to Seoul, South Korea, to experience the K-pop star treatment for the first time. You’ll be able accompany her on a complete tour of Cube Entertainment, watch her official audition for the agency, see her practice and record her debut song and dance choreography. Alex Christine also gets a complete makeover from the hottest Korean salon and participates in her first photo shoot with the Hallyu magazine “KWAVE.” Accompanying her on the experience of her life is JRE, a popular YouTube K-pop fan.

The special series will culminate with Alex Christine shooting the official music video and debuting her first single “Strike It Up”! Don’t miss a minute of this exciting series and learn all the behind-the-scenes events that lead to the debut of a new K-pop star! Making special guest appearances are such influential people as “Produce 101” stars Jang Moon Bok and Seong Hyun Woo, f(x)'s Amber, The Ark's Euna Kim, 24K's Cory, UP10TION, and the international taekwondo demo team K-Tigers.

FUN to see this transformation. But, really wanted to see this for one of my fave YouTuber, JRE.

AND binge watched: on AmazonPrime

Good Girls Revolt (2015)
tv series, season one
Creator: Dana Calvo
Stars: Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

A look at the personal and professional lives of employees at an American news magazine in the late 1960s.

PICKS up where the Mad Men tv series leaves but with a mainly female oriented perspective. Not too crazy about the fashion in this time period. But the groovy vibe is present.

AND watched: in theatre

The Shape of Water (2017)
Director/Writer/Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Vanessa Taylor
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
-Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

In a 1960s research facility, Elisa, a mute janitor, forms a relationship with a mysterious aquatic creature.

BEAUTIFUL horror love story with a sexy beast ;-)


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



  1. I hope you enjoy these books! Looks like an intriguing selection. :-)

  2. What a cute little reading corner - I'm envious!

  3. I've been very curious about The Immortalists, still haven't decided whether to pick it up though! Enjoy the new books. :)

  4. I definitely want to see The Shape of Water. And nice reading area! Cats always seem to find the cozy places, don't they ha ha?

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I am interested in seeing Shape of Water when it opens near me. I hope you enjoy your new goodies!

  6. Love your bookspine poem. So fun and clever!

    Yay for 'focus' on holiday decorations put away and a reading nook appearing. Cats have no concept of yours and mine, I swear. ;)

    Neat that you got to go to The Immortalists event. I've seen mixed reviews on that one, but the blurb sounds great.

    Have a good week!

  7. Looks like you have some good reads to keep you busy. And I like that word, Focus. It's a good plan.

    My Sunday Post

  8. I love your one word (and your reading corner!)

  9. Your reading corner looks very inviting and cozy. The Immortalists is everywhere, I've not been tempted to purchase it yet. Enjoy your new reads and have a wonderful day.

  10. Very inviting! I haven't started a read a thon yet...Maybe soon!

    Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

  11. Seems The Immortalists is everywhere lately. I hope you like it!

  12. FOCUS is a good word.

    ENJOY your books and reading week.

  13. Good luck with your word Focus this year! I really want to see Shape of Water. I've heard so many good things and I love Del Toro. Have a great week!

  14. I'm so excited to see The Shape of Water. Glad you enjoyed it! I love your new reading corner, too. Happy reading!

  15. I like your word choice. That was my word last year. :-)
    Your reading corner looks lovely.
    You have nice variety in your books this week. Variety has been prevalent this week.
    Shape of Water sounds fascinating.
    Have a good week with Happy Reading!


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