Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 8.18.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Dreaming and making plans for travel to Portugal in the fall season.

2. Listening to hits from the 80's.

3. Black Forest Cake from Schubert's Bakery - film made me do it ;-)



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Author event:

A River of Stars
by Vanessa Hua
-Contemporary Fiction, China
Amazon | Goodreads

Booksmith in San Francisco hosted a celebrated the release of A River of Stars with author Vanessa Hua in-conversation with Oscar Villalon, Managing Editor of ZYZZYVA. A couple things spoiled during discussion at this jam-packed event. Ah well, still plan to read it though. The inspiration for the story was triggered by the maternity centers phenomenon. Also, Vanessa's previously released short story collections includes a couple characters from this story.

Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win
by Jo Piazza
-Women's Fiction, Politics
Amazon | Goodreads

BookShop West Portal hosted a panel discussion with author, Jo Piazza and Lindsay Lassman, political fundraiser; Kimberly Ellis, former Executive Director of Emerge CA; and Judson True, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Assemblyperson David Chiu.

A lively and informative discussion on the state of women and politics highlighted this event that also introduced Jo Piazza's latest, Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win.


Other book-ish stuff:

Bout of Books 23
read-a-thon
hosted by Bout of Books
August 20 to 26, 2018
signup | details | my post

JOINING this challenge for a third round of fun ;-)

The Fall Film Challenge
September 1 to November 30, 2018
hosted by Quirky Pickings | details | facebook group

SIGNED up to do this again! Some of the films I picked were based on books. See my complete list (here).


AND watched: in theatre

The Cakemaker (2017)
Director/screenplay: Ofir Raul Graizer
Stars: Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roy Miller
-Drama, Israel, Germany | imdb | my rating: 5

A German pastry maker travels to Jerusalem in search of the wife and son of his dead lover.

BEAUTIFULLY done with scenes in Berlin and Jerusalem. Themes of being kosher, germans, jews, love and loneliness with the binding element of food. Gotta love it.


AND watched: on Netflix

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Director: Mike Newell
Screenplay: Don Roos, Kevin Hood, Thomas Bezucha
Based on book by: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Stars: Lily James, Michiel Huisman
-Drama, History, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

LOVELY adaptation that treats us to a few actors from Downton Abbey.


AND watched: on DVD

The Shallows (2016)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: Anthony Jaswinski
Stars: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo
-Drama, Horror, Thriller, Shark | imdb | my rating: 5

A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

PERFECT summer horror flick and villain.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bout of Books 23

Bout of Books 23
read-a-thon
hosted by Bout of Books
August 20 to 26, 2018
signup | details | daily
#boutofbooks @boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

TBR pile:

A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
-Literary, Family, India, Muslim
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba

BEEN working on this one slowly and want to finally finish it this week. It is a good one, but just can not be skim read.


Reservoir 13
by Jon McGregor
-Literary, Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: tba



Children of Blood and Bone
Legacy of Orïsha #1
by Tomi Adeyemi
-Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | my review: DNF

STARTED this and just could not get into it.


CHALLENGES:

Monday 8/20
(daily post)

Introduce yourself #insixwords

adventurous, anxious, curious, reader, observer, open


Tuesday 8/21
Book Plot Emoji

Wednesday 8/22
Literary Villain

Thursday 8/23
Book Trip

Friday 8/24
Bookish Playlist

Saturday 8/25
Discover Books

Sunday 8/26
Stretch Goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Fall Film Challenge 2018

The Fall Film Challenge
September 1 to November 30, 2018
hosted by Quirky Pickings | details | facebook group

I had such a great time with this last year (here). I am down for it again!

the challenge:

six degrees of kevin bacon. choose twenty-five films that you can connect to other motion pictures in which he has starred in SIX FILMS OR LESS, counting his work and your choice.

the list:

one
A Simple Favor (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

two
Annihilation (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

three
Beautiful Boy (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

four
Bel Canto (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

five
Black Mass (2015)
imdb | my review: tba

six
Diary Of A Chambermaid (2015)
imdb | my review: tba

seven
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

eight
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
imdb | my review: tba

nine
Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

ten
First Man (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

eleven
Interstellar (2014)
imdb | my review: tba

twelve
Jurassic World (2015)
imdb | my review: tba

thirteen
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

fourteen
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
imdb | my review: tba

fifteen
Maudie (2016)
imdb | my review: tba

sixteen
The Monuments Men (2007)
imdb | my review: tba

seventeen
Ocean's Eight (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

eighteen
On Chesil Beach (2017)
imdb | my review: tba

ninteen
Paddington (2014)
imdb | my review: tba

twenty
Paddington 2 (2017)
imdb | my review: tba

twenty-one
The Sea of Trees (2015)
imdb | my review: tba

twenty-two
Sing (2016)
imdb | my review: tba

twenty-three
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
imdb | my review: tba

twenty-four
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
imdb | my review: tba

twenty-five
What Women Want (2011)
imdb | my review: tba

the results:

will be posted in October

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* catching up on a few series ;-)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan

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Published: 2014
Publisher: Anchor
Genre: Chick-lit, Romance, Asian American, Singapore
Hardback: 544
Rating: 5

Crazy Asians series:
Crazy Rich Asians
China Rich Girlfriend
Rich People Problems

First sentence(s):
London, 1986
Nicholas Young slumped into the nearest seat in the hotel lobby, drained from the sixteen-hour flight from Singapore, the train from Heathrow Airport, and trudging through the rain-soaked streets.

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.


Zombie sighting:
Astrid continued to recount her adventures in Paris while Michael stared zombielike at the sports channel on mute.
-chapter 9, page 76


My two-bits:

ABSOLUTELY loved getting into this world of wealth with all its complications and drama.

PeekAbook: trailer for film that released today!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Asian American, India
Hardback: 384
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Dimple couldn’t stop smiling.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


PeekAbook: back cover - auspicious start for this couple ;-)


Zombie sighting:
Wait, the Aberzombies?
-chapter 13, Dimple, page 86


My two-bits:

Fun summer YA romance read that takes place on the campus of San Francisco State University and includes familiar San Francisco sites.

This couple was cute with chemistry.

Plays with traditional versus contemporary Indian romantic relationships.

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* part of World Reads challenge - India (here)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Mail: Book Box Subscriptions pt 2

Happy Mail
Book Box Subscription Reviews
part 1 (here)

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Owlcrate
(every month)
$29.99 (plus shipping)
details | my boxes

Includes:
New hardcover Young Adult novel either signed or with a signed book plate
3-5 other bookish keepsakes related to the theme
Owlcrate custom made items
Owlcrate booklet - with details on the book

My two-bits:

So far, my favorite YA box as the themes have been fun and I like bookish item selections.


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Uppercase
(every month)
$29.99 (with shipping)
details | my boxes

Includes:
Signed first-editions of the best new YA books
High-quality, practical items (no trinkets or fandoms)
Exclusive behind-the-scenes content and video from the author
Interactive reading experience to connect and discuss the book

My two-bits:

While I also like this YA book box, my only concern is the packaging. The ones I received were in bubble envelope instead of a box. Because of this, a couple books received had damaged corners from travel.


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Deep Readers Club
(every month)
$35.25 (plus shipping)
details | my boxes

Includes:
A critically acclaimed literary novel
3-5 bookish goods that encompass an emotion
(usually a text print, candle and tea)

My two-bits:

Loved the emotion themes and the usual items included.

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* Please note that subscription prices may have increased since this was posted.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jaws by Peter Benchley

Jaws
by Peter Benchley
narrated by Erik Steele

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Published: 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books (reprint)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sharks
Paperback: 352
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail.

Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.

When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the ensuing decades, Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers on expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks. Also during this time, there was an unprecedented upswing in the number of sharks killed to make shark-fin soup, and Benchley worked with governments and nonprofits to sound the alarm for shark conservation. He encouraged each new generation of Jaws fans to enjoy his riveting tale and to channel their excitement into support and protection of these magnificent, prehistoric apex predators.


My two-bits:

Although this sea battle of man vs. shark did not come off so much as a horror story (like the movie version), it included summer time small town doings in regards to the locals, their relationships and politics.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Sharks in August (here)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 8.11.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Loving arm-chair traveling to Singapore via reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. And, excited to continue the fun with book 2 of the trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend.

2. Free tickets to see the film The Wife.

3. Visiting the Legion of Honor museum and finding art by Julian Schnabel




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Library:

Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton
-Romance, Caribbean, Cuba, Havana
Amazon | Goodreads

REESE Witherspoon's book club July pick (here).


Author event:

The Masterpiece
by Fiona Davis
-Historical, New York City
Just released: August 7, 2018
Amazon | Goodreads

BookShop West Portal hosted an event with Fiona Davis to celebrate the release of her third historical novel set in New York's Grand Central Terminal, The Masterpiece. Loved to listen to the research process for the novel and found that Helen Dryden was one of inspirational points.


AND watched: in theatre

Puzzle (2018)
Director: Marc Turtletaub
Screenplay: Polly Mann, Oren Moverman
based on the Argentinian film "Rompecabezas" by: Natalia Smirnoff
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

LOVED the scenes at Grand Central Station. One of those taking stock of your life stories.

The Wife (2018)
Director: Björn Runge
Screenplay: Jane Anderson
Based on book by: Meg Wolitzer
Stars: Christian Slater, Glenn Close, Max Irons
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

GLENN is amazing in this role. Interesting take on a couple and the power that writing holds.


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