Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 3.31.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Hanging out with the kid who is home from college for spring break :-)

2. Grilled Cheese sandwich made with cheese from Cowgirl Creamery - yummy in the tummy

3. Crafting projects - from craft magazines mentioned in a previous post (here)

I made my first pom pom creature with a pom pom maker from Mollie Makes #88 spring edition. It turned out scrappy looking - so dubbed it the zombie chick.

From the Make Special Cards magazine kit, I made a spring card themed card by assembling some of the kit ingredients into a layered piece. Sending it off to one of my nieces.

FYI: I ended up using the stickers, washi tape, etc. from the My Creative Journal kit for my Happy Planner and will use the journal for something else later.



Tokyo Hearts
by Renae Lucas-Hall
-Romance, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR a Japanese reading binge I will be doing in April.

Death Going Down
by María Angélica Bosco
-Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Argentina
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR Foreign Intrigue Book Club April pick (here).

Author event:

Book Passage, Corte Madera hosted a Q&A with Jacqueline Winspear for the release of To Die but Once (Amazon | Goodreads). She mentioned that this book was inspired by her Dad and his war experience.

For Review:

Perfectly Misunderstood
by Robin Daniels
-Romance, YA
Release date: April 4, 2018
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads


Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
by Balli Kaur Jaswal
-Women's Fiction, India
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR Reese Witherspoon's book club March pick (here).


From Owlcrate package (details & signup):
OwlCrate is a subscription service that sends you magical monthly boxes tailored to a chosen theme. Each OwlCrate will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish treats to help you get your nerd on. @owlcrate

MARCH Box includes:
theme: Across the Galaxy

- Owlcrate spoiler card
- Owlcrate button - monthly theme
- Owlcrate booklet - includes Q&A with author
- Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
- Signed edition, letter and character poster from author
- Candle inspired by Kady Grant character of The Illuminae Files from Wick & Fable.
- Rocket of Guardians of the Galaxy FUNKO pint-sized hero
- Bookmark inspired by Star Wars created by Lexy Olivia
- Infinity scarf by Owlcrate
- Ceramic mug inspired by Lunar Chronicles designed by Sasha Natasha.

Heart of Iron
by Ashley Poston
-Fantasy, SciFi, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

AND watched: in theatre

A Silent Voice (2016)
Koe no katachi (original title)
The Shape of Voice
Director: Naoko Yamada
Writers/Screenplay: Yoshitoki Oima, Reiko Yoshida, Amanda Winn Lee, Clark Cheng
Based on comic: Koe no katachi by Yoshitoki Oima
Based on book: Curry and Rice by Kiyoshi Shigematsu
-Animation, Drama, Romance, Japan | imdb | my rating: 4

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

INTERESTING take on the consequences of a bully.

Ready Player One (2018)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline
Based on book by: Ernest Cline
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
-Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 5

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

LOVED the book, so had to see this. Although not as detailed as the book, it was adapted well for a fan like me.

AND watched: on DVD

Whisky Galore (2016)
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Writer: Peter McDougall
Stars: James Cosmo, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick
-Comedy, Romance, Scotland | imdb | my rating: 4

Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

THIS was part of the Mostly British Film Festival selection that I missed seeing last month. So, I got the DVD to complete that viewing session.

Loved the small town island community and the humorous trials and tribulations that surround the love of whisky during a time when it was scarce.

Marshall (2017)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Writers: Jacob Koskoff, Michael Koskoff
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens
-Biography, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

GEM of a film that is a good bit of history about Thurgood Marshall.


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. That little pom pom guy is so cute! I've been learning to knit and want to knit little stuffed critters. :D That OwlCrate box is awesome! One day I will subscribe to either OwlCrate or FairyLoot. I hope you enjoy all of your new additions!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Velvet. =)

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  2. I really want to watch Ready Player One!

  3. I never have read Ready Player One, but as someone who has, I'm glad you liked the movie adaptation! :) Aw, love your crafts! You should link up for Glossies Made Me Do It (first Friday of the month)!


  4. Neat to see some of your crafts from the magazine kits. Your Owl Crate book looks good. Cute swag.
    The Marshall movie is a must.

  5. Looks like you got some great goodies from Owlcrate!

  6. what an awesome author event, I've thought a few times about reading the Jacqueline Winspear books but haven't yet. Soon, hopefully. And I need to see Ready Player One!

  7. A Japanese reading binge? Is this a blog hosted event, or just something you wanted to do on your own. I'm a bit intrigued.

    Have a great weekend. - Katie

  8. There is a good chance Tokyo is presented in a unique way in Tokyo Hearts. I bet the city is like a character in the novel. I hope you'll enjoy your new books. Happy Easter!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  9. Death Going Down looks good! I like my South American fiction so one for the TBR, thank you :-)

  10. I bet the Winspear event was fabulous. Happy Easter!

  11. I love grilled cheese! I hope you enjoy your new books. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  12. Tokyo Hearts looks gorgeous. That will go definitely on my wishlist *sigh* Happy Easter and have a great week.

  13. So many lovely books...and the Owlcrate looks like fun. Also the author event...and the grilled cheese sandwich! Sounds like a wonderful week. Enjoy the upcoming week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. Ahhh that pom pom is cute!

    Enjoy all your new books! Happy Easter :)

  15. Heart Of Iron looks good! I hope you enjoy your crafts and your books! Happy Easter!

  16. Your zombie chick is adorable! LoL I had to make two pompoms for a hat I did over the winter and it was so frustrating. I made my own pompom maker which was a huge mistake for me. I was so aggravated over it that the Mister took the scissors away from me and gave me a glass of wine instead. LoL

  17. That Owlcrate is so cool. Glad you are enjoying it. The zombie chick and you made that awesome card very nice. Well, have a great week of reading and glad you are spending time with your college kid!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup #12!

  18. I love grilled cheese! A good grilled cheese sandwich would make me happy too :) Have a great week!

  19. Mmmm...grilled cheese. I cannot wait to see Ready Player One. I loved the book and am excited for the film. Happy reading!

  20. Ooh, I keep thinking I'd love to subscribe to Owlcrate, it looks lovely. Hope you enjoy your new books!

  21. I've never heard of Owlcrate, what a cool idea. Happy Reading!

  22. Mmmm grilled cheese sounds good. The bookcrates look fun :)

  23. Your Owlcrate box looks like a good one. Love the crafts :) Enjoy all of your new books and have a great week!

  24. I thought about getting an Owlcrate. I'm going to give a try one day. I loved grilled cheese sandwiches! Have a great week.

  25. I love your 'zombie chick' and your spring card. I can't wait to see Ready Player One. The Owl Crate looks wonderful, I'm going to ask for a subscription for my birthday. Enjoy your new books!

  26. Whisky Galore is going on my list. Sounds fun.

  27. I just recently acquired Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women because I simply couldn't pass it up! What a title! LOL! I hope to read it soon. I'm just trying to finish a book challenge at the moment.

  28. ENJOY your college kiddo.

    And enjoy your books and week.

  29. Looks like a pom pom chick. So cute.
    You have lots of good books. I can't decide which I like best.
    Hope you enjoy them all. Happy Reading!

  30. I was into grilled cheese too for the past couple of weeks! A Japanese binge read sounds like a lot of fun - I really like Japanese literature but also books about Japan written by non-Japanese authors.

    Enjoy your books and time with your kid from college.

  31. Looks like a nice variety of books. I'm always interested in those monthly boxes but afraid the stuff wouldn't be for me.


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