Saturday, July 7, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 7.7.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Good gardening weather - made a small dent in much needed weeding, might get some flowers at the nursery this weekend. It would be nice to have some color to brighten the garden patch.

2. New (to me) fireworks spectacular - a red dotted outlined five-pointed star

3. Greek mythology - loved the storytelling in this retelling of Circe who is a lesser known mythological goddess/witch



Another Sun
by Timothy Williams
-Mystery, Caribbean
Amazon | Goodreads

JULY pick for the Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here).

Murder on the Left Bank
by Cara Black
-Mystery, France, Paris
Amazon | Goodreads

Books Inc. Laurel Village hosted a reading and Q&A with Cara Black to celebrate the release of the 18th Aimée Leduc Investigation mystery. Always a treat to get a visit from Cara and her thoughts on Paris.

This is going to be part of my Paris in July (here).


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
-Literary, Magical Realism
Amazon | Goodreads

SPOTTED this on a giveaway pile and have always wanted to read it.


Save the Date
by Morgan Matson
-Romance, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT some swag (notebook and stickers) with a pre-order of Morgan's latest.

AND watched: in theatre

Damsel (2018)
Director/Writer: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner
-Comedy, Drama, Western | imdb | my rating: 4

It's the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

TOTALLY taken with the miniature horse, Butterscotch ;-)

Per the description, the blur of characters plays out well in this storyline. Got a good dose of slow western pacing with some twists.

AND watched: on DVD

Teen Spirit (2011)
Director: Gil Junger
Writers: David Kendall, Kathryn McCullough,
Stars: Cassandra Scerbo, Carissa Capobianco, Gabriela Lopez, Bob Young
-Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

The story is about Amber, a mean popular girl who gets electrocuted and dies and is not allowed to enter into heaven unless she helps the least popular girl in school become Prom Queen within a week, but things do not go as planned.

ADORABLE teen flick with fashion guru, Tim Gunn, as a Supervisor in Limbo.

Also, part of the Blog All About It Challenge: Spirit (here)


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Hi! Thanks for coming by my blog! I adore Cara Black's books and can't wait to hear what you think of this one as I've not read it yet! Cheers!

  2. Glad you're loving Circe. That looked good to me, too. Yes, for gardening time.

    Oh boy the Mean girl trying to make good sounds like a fun one.

    Have a great week!

  3. I've been wanting to read Cara Black's series. It looks good. I hope you have a great week!

    My Sunday post is here.

  4. Ooh love to see fun new fireworks. Surprises are always nice! And I've seen a few good reviews now for Circe, so yeah...

    That book set in Paris sounds good too.

  5. I’m curious about Circe, but I know nothing about Greek mythology, so I don’t know if I’d fully appreciate the retelling. Enjoy your new books! Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I am glad you enjoyed the fireworks! I don't garden but I am enjoying the nicer weather. My daughter has her eye on the new Morgan Matson book so I might be adding to our collection soon. Have a great week!

  7. I could've sworn I'd already commented here, so apologies if this is a duplicate! I just picked up Circe and I'm quite interested to get to it. I liked Miller's previous book, definitely.

  8. A Murder in Paris sounds cool and I added it to my TBR list. I hope you enjoy it. I haven't read Circe. Have a wonderful week reading!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup #26!

  9. These are some interesting collections. I hope your holidays were good.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  10. MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK looks good...I saw it on another blog too.

    LOVE the cover on DAMSEL.

    ENJOY your reading week.

  11. Glad you are enjoying gardening. The fireworks star sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy all of your books. Happy Reading!

  12. Happy reading. Enjoy the new Cara Black.

  13. Seems like you had an amazing reading week. I want to read Circe. I have heard nothing but good things. Save the Date is also on my TBR. I hope you enjoy your new books :)


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