Saturday, March 3, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 3.3.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Author event starring André Aciman

2. Getting the taxes done!

3. Starting #luckofthebookish bookstagram challenge for March hosted by @asreadbytina (details)

SHOT of my nightstand with March TBR pile which includes:

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yukanavitch
Health And Fitness Tips That Will Change Your Life by James Atkinson
The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash



The Neruda Case
by Roberto Ampuero
-Mystery, Historical, Chile
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR Foreign Intrigue Book Club March pick (here).

Author event:

Booksmith in San Francisco hosted an event with André Aciman with Q&A about Call Me By Your Name and Enigma Variations. Had a delightful evening listening to the origin story for Call Me By Your Name and his thoughts on the film version.

FYI: Watch out for André's appearance in Call Me By Your Name as Mounir.

AND: Psychedlic Furs are on tour this year - San Francisco July 24 (details)

Enigma Variations
by André Aciman
-LGBTQ, Short Stories
Amazon | Goodreads


Make Special Cards #10
Spring 2018

includes: spring theme
card stock
printed paper

AND watched: on Netflix

Last Men in Aleppo (2017)
De sidste mænd i Aleppo (original title)
Directors: Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen
Writer: Feras Fayyad
Stars: Khaled Umar Harah, Batul, Mahmoud
-Documentary, War, Syria | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

Khaled, Mahmoud, and Subhi volunteered at the white helmets trying to save lives of hundreds of victims at besieged city during the Syrian civil war.

SAD that this happened and continues to.

AND watched: in theatre

A Fantastic Woman (2017)
Una Mujer Fantástica (original title)
Director/Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio
Screenplay: Gonzalo Maza
Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
-Drama, Chile | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

ALSO sad film that deals with grief with some beautiful moments.

Loveless (2017)
Nelyubov (original title)
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Writers: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov
-Drama, Russia | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

ANOTHER sad one with unlikable people that is said to be descriptive of current times.

AND watched: online

The Square (2017)
Director/Writer: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
-Comedy, Drama, Sweden | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

DISTURBING with cringeworthy parts and yet an art exhibit in itself.

Oscar Shorts 2018


Traffic Stop (USA) Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner.
Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, TRAFFIC STOP tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer.

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (USA) Directed by Frank Stiefel.
This is a portrait of a brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles’ top galleries. Her body of raw, emotional work reveals a lifetime of depression and mental disorder. Mindy Alper has suffered through electro shock therapy, multiple commitments to mental institutions and a 10-year period without speech. Her only consistent means of communicating has been to channel her hyper self-awareness into drawings and sculpture of powerful psychological clarity that eloquently express her emotional state. Through an examination of her work, interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mache’ bust of her beloved psychiatrist, we learn how she has emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support.

Heroin(e) (USA) Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon.
Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs — one of hope. Sheldon highlights three women working to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. Fire Chief Jan Rader spends the majority of her days reviving those who have overdosed; Judge Patricia Keller presides over drug court, handing down empathy along with orders; and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry feeds meals to the women selling their bodies for drugs. As America’s opioid crisis threatens to tear communities apart, the Netflix original short documentary HEROIN(E) shows how the chain of compassion holds one town together.

Knife Skills (USA) Directed by Thomas Lennon.
What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? KNIFE SKILLS follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. In this improbable setting, with its mouthwatering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant’s founder, who is also dogged by his past. They all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives — an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.

Edith+Eddie (USA) Directed by Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wrights.
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

THESE set of films are pretty intense to watch all in one sitting. They were all good and informative in their unique ways.

AND watched: on DVD

Wonder (2017)
Director/screenplay: Stephen Chbosky
Screenplay: Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne
Based on book by: R.J. Palacio
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts
-Drama, Family | imdb | my rating: 5
Oscar 2018 nominee

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

ALREADY knew that I would like this film as I loved the story from reading the book version.

AT this point I have just a couple more films to squeeze in today before the Oscar's.


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Author events are always nice. And getting taxes done too lol. I haven't seen any of those movies, sadly. I'm so behind on all the movies right now...

    The Psychedlic Furs! Fun.

  2. Congrats on getting your taxes done. I wish we had more author events around here. I used to go to a lot of them when I was in college.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I have Wonder on my list to stream. Oh, your Chilean Historical Mystery looks good. And yay for getting your taxes done.

    Have a great week! :)

  4. Yaay for taxes done! And good luck with your TBR - I am so bad at reading my TBRs so I do not set one.
    The Square is on my list too - it won Palm d'Or, right?

    I only managed to watch all the Best Picture films for this edition of the Oscars.

  5. Lots of great books. I have our taxes done too. Load off our minds! I am riding out the storm that took out our power at a friends. So surreal looking at all the downed trees and power lines cut in half. They say we won't have power to our area till Wednesday!! Have a good Sunday!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #8

  6. I love author events, and it has been too long since I attended one.

    I enjoyed Wonder...and watched Billboards yesterday.

    It is great having that tax chore behind us, isn't it?

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. The Neruda Case has an interesting cover. I'm curious about Wonder. I almost watched it in the cinema but then we opted for something else with the friend I went with. I'd still like to watch it, but perhaps read the book first...

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  8. I've wanted to read Wonder but the hold list at the library was long but the movie looks like it would be good. I haven't been able to attend any author events because they rarely come to the south where I live. Hope you have a great week!

  9. I was a little afraid of my taxes this year. I just heard the number I was waiting for and it wasn't all that bad. I loved the book Wonder but am a little afraid that the movie won't be nearly as good. Author events are the best so I am happy to see you were able to make it to one. Have a great week!

  10. It's been a long time since I was at an author event, but those are so much fun. I hope you have a great week!

  11. Yay for getting taxes done! And I haven't seen a single Oscar movie....I never watch movies any more. Crazy right?
    Have a great week!

  12. I hope you enjoy your books! :-) Have a lovely week ahead!

  13. Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

  14. Author events are very fun.

    Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week.

  15. It's such a great feeling to check taxes off the to-do list :)

  16. I enjoyed The Neruda Case when I read it. Enjoy


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