Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 1.6.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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

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After being in a reading slump for the past couple months, I am getting back into habit of reading novels everyday! Yay!

Current happy things:

1. Setting up my Happy Planner for 2018 - goal setting, doodling, decorating with stickers and hand lettering

2. Enjoying a good cheeseburger (with cheddar) and fries

3. Blooming amaryllis - this is my first. I spotted it at Trader Joe's with the notation that no water or care was needed. I says to myself, "Really?" and bought one for the heck of it. And look what it did...


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Bought:

The Last Mrs. Parrish
by Liv Constantine
Amazon | Goodreads

CATCHING up with the December pick for Reese Witherspoon's Book Club.

Freebie:

Truth or Beard
by Penny Reid
-Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

SPOTTED this on someone's Stacking Shelves last week. The cover and title just tickled - so do the covers for the rest in the series.


For Review:

The Birdwoman's Palate
by Laksmi Pamuntjak
translated by Tiffany Tsao
-Literary, Indonesia
courtesy of Amazon Kindle First -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

STILL feeling tropical from my Bali trip last year. Picked this up for some arm chair traveling.

Gift:

Choices
A Two-Family Love Story
by Magda V. Grant
-Contemporary Fiction, Family
Amazon | Goodreads

MY mother-in-law self published her first book! Exciting!


OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Romance Read-of-the-Month Club
(signup & details)

JOIN the club for free romance ebooks from a wonderful lineup of authors.

Now able to read on a larger variety of devices, including a Kindle, Nook, phone, and laptop!

Badass Herstory
instagram details | signup
#BadassHERstory

EXPLORING craftivism.


AND watched: in theatre

Phantom Thread (2017)
Director/Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
-Crime, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

GOT a Q&A with the director at this screening. He shared his excitement for working with Daniel Day Lewis a second time - first being with the film There Will Be Blood.

LOVED this gothic romance story with its fashion and decor. A great film for Daniel Day Lewis to end his activing career with. Going to watch it again for the details ;-)


AND watched: online

Tin Men (1987)
Director/Writer: Barry Levinson
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey
-Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 3

A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: nine. it's always sunny in philadelphia. Danny DeVito

GOOD acting but unlikable characters.

Logan Lucky (2017)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Rebecca Blunt
Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
-Comedy, Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

For post-Fall Film challenge bonus round: sixteen. parenthood. David Denman

SLOW start but gradual heist action plays out well. Adam Driver is becoming a favorite to watch. LOL - another part for him where he is missing a hand.


AND watched: on DVD

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Director: David Leitch
Screenplay: Kurt Johnstad
Based on graphic novel series The Coldest City by: Antony Johnston
Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy,
-Action, Mystery, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

BEEN meaning to watch this sooner because of Charlize. And got prompted to see it after reading the graphic novel, The Coldest Winter, it was based on which I loved. The 80s soundtrack rocked. Charlize was awesome as this action heroine. Loved her persona and style.

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

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15 comments:

  1. I wanted to see Atomic Blonde and missed it. I definitely need to rent that soon. Plus cool 80's soundtrack? Nice bonus. :)

    Glad the slump is on the way out! Have a great week.

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  2. Cool that your Amaryllis bloomed. I would have been skeptical, but curious, too. The Daniel Day Lewis film does look good. Atomic Blonde sounds like a fun spy movie.

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  3. Wow that Blooming amaryllis is really pretty. i didn't know that thing even exists :D And nice haul! I hope you enjoy all of your new reads!

    My STS: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/01/stacking-shelves-14-first-book-haul-2018/

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  4. Wait, how does a flower not need water O_o I am impressed. So beautiful too!

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  5. Oh, I saw Tin Men on Amazon Prime (I think), but I remember it from back in the day. I love Richard Dreyfuss and Barbara Hershey, although nowadays, they do not resemble their 80s selves. None of us do, sadly.

    I had a craving for a cheeseburger the other day, and drove over to In & Out near my home. Delicious! LOL

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  6. I need to watch Atomic Blond. I didn't know it had an 80's soundtrack. How awesome.

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  7. Truth or Beard. Hehehe. For some reason, that book makes me giggle. I have no idea what it is about. :D I love your amaryllis plant, so gorgeous. Happy New Year, Velvet!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  8. There's nothing like a tasty cheeseburger! And congrats to your mother-in-law!

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  9. I really want to watch Phantom Thread. Have a good week!

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  10. I would do well with a plant that needs no care. I am so bad with plants.

    Nice books...I LOVED The Last Mrs. Parrish. :)

    Congrats to your mother-in-law.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  11. Looks like you got some interesting reads. I've never been able to get an Amaryllis to bloom.

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  12. The amaryllis is lovely. It is nice that they survive with neglect. :-) You got some interesting books too. Happy reading!

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  13. I think a blooming amaryllis sounds like my type of plant. :-) I like Penny Reid, love her beard books. Hope you're having a great week!
    Check out my Sunday Post

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