Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 2.10.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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1. Visiting with relatives

2. Cricket filled cookies (pictured below) - got this Chocolate Chirps Cricket Cookie Mix from the film screening of Bugs which I attended last week. It was yummy.

3. Finished crocheting an infinity scarf (pictured below) and grabbed The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry from my tbr shelf for the pic ;-)


Freebie: for kindle

Stranded with the Cyborg
by Cara Bristol
-SciFi, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

THANKS to Sophia Rose at the Delighted Reader for the review of this one.

Marrying Well for Fun & Profit:
Persuasion's Sir Walter Elliot advises the Upwardly Mobile Miss
by Laura Hile
-Romance, Jane Austen related
Amazon | Goodreads

ANOTHER tip from Sophia Rose -thanks!

For Review:

Comfort Food
by Julia Chen
-Food, Recipes
courtesy of tour -Thanks!

GOOD cookbook to sample for the winter season.

Health And Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Life:
Create a healthy lifestyle from beginner to winner with mind-set, diet and exercise habits
by James Atkinson
Amazon | Goodreads

ANOTHER good review copy for the start of the year.

Friends Without Benefits
(Knitting in the City #2)
by Penny Reid
-ChickLit, Humor, Romance
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

CURIOUS to see how knitting plays a part.

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Good Society
A Jane Austen role playing game

Good Society is a collaborative roleplaying game that seeks to capture the heart, and the countenance, of Jane Austen's work.

AND watched: on Netflix

On Body and Soul (2017)
Teströl és lélekröl (original title)
Director/Writer: Ildikó Enyedi
Stars: Géza Morcsányi, Alexandra Borbély
-Drama, Romance, Hungary | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.

LOVED this story of two people who meet each other through dreams.

Strong Island (2017)
Director: Yance Ford
Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe's wake, challenging us to change.

THOUGHT provoking with interesting history of Long Island and its racial mix.

AND watched: in theatre

The Radical Story of Patty Hearst (2018)
Episodes 1 and 2
Director: Pat Kondelis
-Documentary | details | my rating: 5

The transformation of Patty Hearst from kidnapped heiress to terrorist is a saga of privilege, celebrity and violence that gripped the nation. Over forty years later, firsthand accounts shed light on one of the most bizarre stories in modern American history. This six-part documentary series includes unprecedented access to Patty’s comrades and confidants and explores who Patty Hearst really is: victim or villain? The Radical Story of Patty Hearst premieres Sunday, February 11th at 9p/et.

THIS screening included a Q&A with author/executive producer Jeffrey Toobin, director Pat Kondelis, and journalist Carol Pogash, moderated by CNN national and international correspondent Sara Sidner.

INTERESTING to note that Patty refused to participate in the making of this series. However, the filmmakers were able to portray her based on past interviews and memoir.

After watching the first two episodes, I am excited to watch the rest of the series. The story is presented well with engaging interviews and archival footage.

Moving Parts (2017)
Director: Emilie Upczak
Writers: Nicholas Emery , Emilie Upczak , Jay White
Stars: Kandyse McClure, Valerie Tian, Jacqueline Chan
-Drama, Trinidad and Tobago, Mandarin | imdb | my rating: 4

After being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago, Zhenzhen discovers the true cost of her arrival.

THIS screening included a Q&A with producer, John Otterbacher who told us that the movie is based on the director's experience living in Trinidad and Tobago with a social justice message.

AND watched: on DVD

Logan (2017)
Director/Writer/Screenplay: James Mangold
Screenplay: Scott Frank, Michael Green
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
-Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 4
Oscar 2018 nominee

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

ALTHOUGH I have not watched the previous Wolverine films, this story does well as a standalone.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Screenplay: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
Based on story by: John Gatins
Based on characters by: Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson
-Action, Adventure, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 4
Oscar 2018 nominee

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

NOT what I expected. Enjoyed it as it was not campy. Make sure to watch all the way past the end credits for a little extra.


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



  1. Chocolate cookies of any kind make me happy! And that Comfort Food books looks good too. I think I'm hungry lol.

    I need to see Kong: Skull Island.

  2. I still need to read The Essex Serpent. The synopsis sounds awesome. I hope you enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Beautiful job with the crocheting!

  4. Oh hey! Glad you were able to pick up the freebies. The Essex Serpent sounds good now that I've looked it up. Great job on the scarf. I applauded those who can knit and crochet.
    Neat looking role-playing game.
    The Patty Hearst series looks interesting.

    Have a great week!

  5. A Jane Austen role playing game? Wow, that sounds awesome, I better go check it out :)

  6. Love the scarf, not so sure about the cricket cookies! I'm looking forward to watching Logan, I've seen all the previous Wolverine spin-offs.

  7. Your books all look good. The Jane Austen role playing game sounds great. Hope you have a great week!

  8. Ahhhh, I thought Stranded with the Cyborg looked familiar! I remember seeing Sophia's review. Happy reading, Velvet!

    Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  9. What an interesting screening that must have been. I remember the Logan movie making me sad. Hope you have a great week.

  10. Sophia Rose always has some great book recommendations. Love the scarf you made and the cookies sound interesting. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  11. Love the scarf. Great haul, the comfort foods cookbook looks interesting as does the Austin related book. Have a fab week!

  12. That scarf is beautiful. I tried crocheting once and you make me want to give it another go. I love cookbooks but mostly the ones with pictures. Hope you have a great week!

  13. What a fabulous selection of books! Enjoy! :-)

  14. The Radical Story of Patty Hearst looks good. I've read some books and have seen a movie or two about that time...which I clearly recall. A time I will never forget...the 1970s.

    Thanks for sharing...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  15. I've never had crickets before but I feel like anything that's surrounded in chocolate is a good thing. LoL

  16. The scarf you crocheted is so pretty!

  17. Sorry, I am a day late. Thank you for stopping over at Stacking My Book Shelves! I have wanted to see the new Kong but haven't had the chance. I would love to read Friends Without Benefits. I wish I could crochet. I have no talent for that. Have a great week of reading!


  18. Lovely scarf and the cookies look/sound good. Kong looks like a movie we would like. You got a nice variety of books. Happy Reading!

  19. Comfort food looks nice! Hope you enjoy it. Yikes on the cookies. lol I was sent cricket chips this past year but being a vegetarian passed those right along ;)

  20. I want the cook book. :)

    ENJOY all of your books...nice mailbox.

  21. Chocolate cookies are good, but with bugs?!? I think my brain would make it strange for me to eat those :)
    You got an excellent haul last week! I hope you'll enjoy all your new arrivals.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  22. Your scarf is really nice! Enjoy your books!

  23. I thought Logan was well done. I really enjoyed it.

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