Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 8.25.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Macadamia nuts sprinkled on fruit salad

2. Connecting with someone with a book as a conversation starter

3. Starting the day with reading an affirmation once-a-day from the Affirmators! deck of cards.



Death On Demand
by Paul Thomas
-Mystery, New Zealand
Amazon | Goodreads

SEPTEMBER pick for Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

Author event:

Open Me
by Lisa Locascio
-YA, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

Green Apple Books on the Park hosted a discussion between Lisa Locascio and Kate Folk about the newly released novel, Open Me. The premise of female interior exploration was touched upon in the fascinating talk.


Once Upon A Book Club
August Book Box
details | instagram

Once Upon a Book Club is a unique, interactive online community that offers a monthly subscription service where readers will receive a monthly box in the mail containing a newly released book to read for the month, along with 3-5 individually wrapped gifts. The gifts will have page numbers attached to them and are strategically designed around something that is mentioned in the book. Readers are not meant to open the gift until they have reached that particular page.

We are a unique, interactive reading experience that allows our readers to 'become' the character(s), holding items they are holding and bringing the book itself to life. Our monthly read-a-longs and discussion questions included with every box allow readers to interact with other subscribers and discuss the book/gifts. It's all the wonder of a book club without leaving your living room!

August Adult Book Box includes:
theme: A Starry Night Murder!
-The Space Between by Dete Meserve
-packages with page numbers corresponding to the book - to be revealed later
-Quote card
-Flyer with readalong details
-Envelope of book related vendors

I love the whimsical presentation of this box subscription.

I plan to open the page boxes as I come upon the pages while reading the book to prevent any spoilers. The reveals will appear on my review post. This is a great incentive to move this book onto the top of the reading pile.

The Space Between
by Dete Meserve
Amazon | Goodreads

The truth isn’t what it seems in this stirring novel of suspense.

After presenting a major scientific breakthrough to a rapt audience across the country, renowned astronomer Sarah Mayfield returns home to a disturbing discovery. Her husband, Ben, a Los Angeles restaurateur, has disappeared, leaving behind an unexplained bank deposit of a million dollars, a loaded Glock in the nightstand, and a video security system that’s been wiped clean. The only answers their son, Zack, can offer are the last words his father said to him: keep the doors locked and set the alarm.

Sarah’s marriage was more troubled than anyone suspected, but now she is afraid that her husband’s recent past could be darker than she dares to admit. Suspecting that nothing about Ben’s vanishing is what it seems, Sarah must delve into the space between old memories, newfound fears, and misleading clues to piece together the mystery of her husband’s disappearance—and find what she hopes in her heart is the truth.

Updated: 11/14/18 the gifts revealed...

AND watched: on DVD

Thoroughbreds (2017)
Director/Writer: Cory Finley
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
-Comedy, Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 4

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

STRONG feeling of detachment vibe amongst wealth and privilege.

AND watched: in theatre

Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Director: Tim Wardle
Stars: Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland, David Kellman
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why.

WHOA. The discovery part of the film is lots of fun. But then, the story takes a turn. Whoa.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenplay: Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim
Based on book by: Kevin Kwan
Stars: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding
Release date: August 15, 2018
-Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

MADE me smile and laugh throughout most of the film. Follows the book pretty well. Great to see the Singapore sights.


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. I need to see Crazy Rich Asians, but am currently reading it so probably won't get to it until it's out on DVD. I love the card deck. Very cute!


  2. Books can be such great conversation starters! And I love the Starry Night Murder theme for the Once Upon A Book Club- that book sounds good, adding it now lol.

    Crazy Rich Asians looks fun!

  3. So many people are loving Crazy Rich Asians. I also love that deck. What a great way to start the day.

  4. Macadamia Nuts on fruit salad sounds yum. That book service has a great idea with matching their gifts to page numbers. The book definitely grabs my attention. Glad Crazy Rich Asians turned out as good as the book.

    Have a great week!

  5. That deck of cards look interesting.

  6. That is a very unique book box. I would probably not be able to wait to open the extras but it is a really nice concept. Enjoy all of your new goodies and have a great week!

  7. Lovely books and movies. The author event looks good, too. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. Sounds like a great book box to open. I like it. I want to read it too. Have a great week!

    Mary my Sunday Roundup 33!

  9. Look at all those lovelies.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

  10. That book subscription service looks so fun!

    I'm going to see Crazy Rich Asians tomorrow. I really want to see Three Identical Strangers but it's not showing around here yet.

  11. I read all three of the Crazy Asians books. Glad to hear they are planning a follow up movie to the first one.

  12. I love that deck of affirmation cards! What a great way to start your day. I've also been wanting to read Crazy Rich Asians because of all the hype.

    My list!

  13. That subscription box looks great. I wish I could afford those. Enjoy your new book. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  14. Affirmators sounds like a great idea. Once Upon a Book Club sounds like fun.
    Happy Reading!

  15. I would like to read Crazy Rich Asians before watching the movie. I've been seeing it around lately and everyone seems to love it.

  16. Can't wait to watch and read Crazy Rich Asians. And wow, that subscription box looks great ^.^


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