Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 3.17.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Happy St. Patrick's Day - going out to get Irish Soda Bread

2. Watching Japanese tv show about making miniature food with miniature appliances (source: image)

3. Studio Ghibli Pop Up Shop



My Neighbor Totoro
by Tsugiko Kubo
illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki
-Fantasy, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

MY treat from the Studio Ghibli Pop Up shop.

Prize: books and audiobooks

Red Sparrow Trilogy
by Jason Matthews
-Espionage, Mystery, Thriller
courtesy of Simon and Schuster via instagram -Thanks!

FIRST book win from an instagram giveaway! So cool ;-)

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews Amazon | Goodreads
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews Amazon | Goodreads
The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews Amazon | Goodreads

AND watched: in theatre

Red Sparrow (2018)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay: Justin Haythe
Based on book by: Jason Matthews
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker
-Mystery, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 4

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to 'Sparrow School,' a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

THE origin story for the Dominika character with Jennifer Lawrence doing what she does best. Tough cookie that she is.

AND watched: on Netflix

The Armstrong Lie (2013)
Director/Writer: Alex Gibney
Stars: Lance Armstrong, Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 4

A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.

THE curiosity of this whole affair is fascinating.

AND watched: at event

The Ito Sisters (2018)
An American Story
Director/Writer: Antonia Grace Glenn
-Documentary | website | my rating: 4

THE ITO SISTERS is a feature-length documentary film that captures the stories of three Japanese American sisters, interviewed in their 80’s and 90’s, as they recount how their immigrant parents struggled to make a life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners, labor leaders and others that culminated in the evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. THE ITO SISTERS is written, directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn, the granddaughter of the middle of the three sisters.

THE Presidio Trust presented a screening of this which included a Q&A with director, Antonia Grace Glenn, and lead scholar, Evelyn Nakano Glenn.

GREAT personal story piece to watch and learn about for Women's History Month!


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Busy week but it sounds like you enjoyed it! Nice haul.

  2. I’ve seen that Japanese mini food on YouTube. I guess you can buy kits to make it? I don’t know why you’d want to make mini food. It’s entertaining, I guess. Enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Happy St. Patrick's Day (um, yesterday). And that Japanese foods show looks interesting!

    I want to see Red Sparrow.

  4. That miniature food video... Me and mom often watch Tastemade (they have similar videos. Maybe it's even the same person?) It's like THE BEST evening entertainment :D I love it.

  5. OK, I am intrigued with the miniature food show..I have to check this out. With miniature appliances...So cool. Happy Reading!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #10

  6. Oh I am interested in the Armstrong Lie! That sounds like a good documentary! And I'm glad you liked Red Sparrow-it looked good too.

  7. Oh my god! There's a Studio Ghibli shop? This I got to see!!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

  8. Love that miniature food-amazing! I'd really like to go to a Studio Ghibli shop, hope you enjoy your new book. I didn't add anything new to my shelf this week. I'm trying to be good and cross off some of my TBRs.

  9. Love the miniature cakes.

    THE ITO SISTERS looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your week.

  10. That miniature food looks fascinating and the Red Sparrow Trilogy looks like good reading. Happy Reading!

  11. The miniature foods are always crazy to watch. Happy Thursday!

  12. The whole miniature food thing freaks me out...

    1. I should have added that it's oddly addictive to watch though!


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