Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 4.7.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Easter Egg salad sandwiches ;-)

2. I just got a spam comment on a post that went up back in 2012. The post was titled Zombie Pets and featured zombie cats. I found it hilarious considering the post was pure silliness.

Original post (here)

Hi choco has left a new comment on your post "Keep Calm: Zombie Pet":

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cat gift ideas

3. Stationery - craft journal, mini notebooks, stickers and an issue of Flow magazine (paper craft theme)



Mad Country
by Samrat Upadhyay
-Short Stories, Asian American
Amazon | Goodreads

STARTING another self challenge by reading the Aspen Words Literary Prize short list (here). Breaking out of my usual reading pattern with this one as I rarely read short story collections.

For Review:

It Ends With Her
by Brianna Labuskes
-Mystery, Thriller
courtesy of Amazon Kindle First -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

THRILLER has been a genre on my radar these past couple months. So, I gravitated to this one.

Friend's library: Thanks Bethany!

by Natsuo Kirino
-Mystery, Horror, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

Dark Water
by Koji Suzuki
-Horror, Short Stories, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

BOTH of these will fit right into my self challenge Japanese binge later this month.


From Deep Readers Club (website & instagram):

The Deep Readers Club is a new monthly book box for the #bookworm who wants to be moved by the books they read. Each box follows a theme around a certain feeling and includes a literary novel and 3-5 bookish goods.

YES, a new book box subscription to try!

I was introduced to this book box subscription via @bluestockingbookshelf instagram feed. Both the premise and the March box theme grabbed me.

March box includes:
theme: Anxiety

- The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (paperback)
- Lavender scented candle by Bow & Arrow Company
- Woolf quote notebook by Obvious State
- 2 Anxiety themed art prints by Typologie Paper
- London Fog and Mellow Mediterranean sample loose tea blends from Harlow Tea Company
- AfterGlow dead sea bath salts by Slow North
- Clay cleansing mask by Anitako Organics

The Wolf Road
by Beth Lewis
-Thriller, Dystopia
Amazon | Goodreads

Elka barely remembers a time before she knew Trapper.

She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.

But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.

The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.

AND watched: in theatre

Isle of Dogs (2018)
Director/Writer/Screenplay: Wes Anderson
Writers: Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
-Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

LOVE Wes Anderson film making style and aesthetics. From the taiko beats to the dog quirks, this was an entertaining bit of animation.

Best F(r)iends: volume one (2017)
Director: Justin MacGregor
Writer: Greg Sestero
Stars: Greg Sestero, Tommy Wiseau
-Comedy, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

When a drifter befriends a quirky mortician, an unlikely business partnership is formed. Paranoia soon develops, however, and both men are forced to come to terms with the fragility of friendship and loyalty.

AFTER falling for this duo in The Room and The Disaster Artist, this was a must-see. And now, I must-see volume two in June!

What Will People Say (2017)
Hva vil folk si (original title)
Director/Writer: Iram Haq
Stars: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain
-Drama, Norway, Pakistan | imdb | my rating: 5

Sixteen year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but when out with her friends, she is a normal Norwegian teenager. When her father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. To set an example, Nisha's parents decide to kidnap her and place her with relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a country she has never been to before, Nisha is forced to adapt to her parents' culture.

SOME painful moments to watch but a peek into this culture and family dynamics vs. self.

AND watched: on Netflix

The Crown (2016)
tv series
Creator: Peter Morgan
Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith
-Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

WOW. What took me so long to watch this. Fascinating to watch the making of a queen and the adjustments of the players that surround her.


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Ha I love it when spam comments go up on years- old posts. Like, really??

    It Ends With Her looks quite good.

  2. Thriller has been my genre of choice lately, too. I'll have check out It Ends With Her. Yay for egg salad sandwiches!

  3. That spam comment is brilliant. I hope you enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Giggling over the comment. We've had a few comment on older review posts, but nothing outlandish.

    The themed boxes do sound neat.

    What Will People Say sounds so sad.

    Good luck on your short story challenge.

  5. That is so funny about the spam cat comment :D

  6. My son is anxious to see Isle of Dogs but I don't "get" Wes Anderson films. I'm tempted by those subscription services.

  7. That spam comment is just bizarre!
    Looking forward to your Japanese book reviews. I love stories from Japan :-)

  8. I am impressed. Seems like you´ve had a busy week. Happy reading and have a great new week ahead.

    Best wishes

  9. The Crown is a quality series about the life of the Royal Family, loved it! I'm thinking about subscribing to a monthly box but I have the disadvantage of living in Europe and most boxes are only delivered in the US or if not, they are very expensive... Too bad. Enjoy your new books!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  10. LOL spam comments always make me chuckle. That's so funny that it was on a post from 2012. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fantastic week, Velvet. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  11. Funny with the spam cat comment. I love egg salad sandwiches! YAY for eggs. Books look good this week. My favorite genre is Horror/Thriller so for me I will read what I can get my hands on. Have a great week!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup #13!

  12. Oh, that cover for Grotesque is intriguing, and kind of creepy. Have a wonderful week. - Katie

  13. Spam comments are just hilarious sometimes. Like, what? LOL I've never heard of that subscription box - I hope you enjoy all of your new items.


  14. ENJOY your books and your week.

    The Crown looks good.

  15. I like the sound of The Wolf Road. Happy Reading on all your books.


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