Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 8.18.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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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 ;-)


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
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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  1. I have had The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on my Kindle forever. I need to make time to read it. ☺

  2. I liked The Shallows. And The Fall Film challenge sounds fun.

    Portugal would be an amazing place to visit.

  3. Ooh, cake! I’d eat that. The panel discussion sounds interesting, too. I’d happily listen to that (while eating cake).

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. How fun that you're headed out to Portugal soon. Your Black Forest Cake and the movie both sound good.
    Just watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society tonight and loved it.

    Have a great week!

  5. Yay for planning trips! I can see how a slice of Black Forest Cake makes you happy. Thanks for sharing the movie recs.

  6. Ooh, yummy cake!

    I loved the Guernsey adaptation.

    Enjoy your trip to Portugal...and your books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  7. You go to so many interesting book events. I do hate it when I go to an event and something from the book is spoiled. That slice of cake looks heavenly plus Footloose! Have a great week!

  8. Oh yum, cake! Exciting on the trip planning :)

  9. How exciting! Portugal. I've also wanted to go there. I'll be enjoying your fall movie challenge. How in the world did you find those movies to use for the six degrees of Kevin Bacon. I spent 5 minutes to just find one movie! Good luck!

  10. Mmmm, black forest cake! And yay for planning a trip to Portugal. That's on my travel bucket list :)

  11. I need to watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society asap because Netflix keeps recommending it! I will definitely check out the Fall Film Challenge - sounds like a lot of fun!

    Enjoy your trip to Portugal!

  12. That cake looks yummy. And Fall Film Challenge sounds fun.
    Happy Reading!

  13. The Film Challenge sounds like fun. Sounds like some good movies. I want to see The Guernsey Film. It has mixed reviews tho. Have a great week!


  14. I hope you will be able to enjoy your trip to Portugal! I've been there once and it was absolutely amazing. Also, that cake there looks delicious ^.^


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