Saturday, September 22, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 9.22.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Short work week due to taking the kid back to college.

2. Oregon Shakespeare Festival - going to see Sense & Sensibility, Manahatta, and Othello.

3. Traditional Cheese Fondue


For Review:

Art Boss
by Kayla Cagan
-Art, YA
Release date: October 2018
courtesy of publisher -Thanks! | Goodreads

A companion novel to Piper Perish which includes illustrations sprinkled into the pages of the book.

by Hannah Moskowitz
-Fantasy, YA
Release date: November 2018
courtesy of publisher -Thanks! | Goodreads

SEA monster hunters premise makes this a good candidate to add to my R.I.P. 13 challenge.


By a Lady:
Being the Adventures of an Enlightened American in Jane Austen's England

by Amanda Elyot
-Historical, Time Travel, Jane Austen | Goodreads

GOT this from the bookswap table at the local chapter Jane Austen Society Fall meeting.

Finding Fraser
by K.C. Dyer
-Chick-lit, Scotland | Goodreads

GOT this from the free bin at Green Apple Bookstore. Could not resist this Jamie Fraser inspired romance (from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon).

AND watched: in theatre for Fall Film Challenge - six degrees from Kevin Bacon (here)

A Simple Favor (2018)
Director: Paul Feig
Screenplay: Jessica Sharzer
Based on the novel by: Darcey Bell
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding
-Crime, Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

A Simple Favor, directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.

Watched: 9/15/18
Connection: Anna Kendrick was in Pitch Perfect 3 with John Lithgow who starred with Bacon in Footloose
I liked this chick-lit thriller and enjoyed the french swinger tunes in the soundtrack.

AND watched: on DVD for Fall Film Challenge - six degrees from Kevin Bacon (here)

Annihilation (2018)
Director/Writer: Alex Garland
Based on novel by: Jeff VanderMeer
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
-Adventure, Drama, Horror | imdb | my rating: 4

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Watched: 9/14/18
Connection: Benedict Wong starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in Avengers: Infinity War who starred with Bacon in Black Mass
Interesting concepts brought up in the mysterious zone aka the shimmer. Ended with an interesting cliffhanger too.

The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writer: Chris Morgan
Writer/based on characters created by: Gary Scott Thompson
Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson
-Action, Crime, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Watched: 9/17/18
Connection: Jason Statham was in The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg who starred with Bacon in Patriot's Day.
This film series continues to entertain with its action packed scenes (with cars), especially the zombie time sequence.


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  1. Eventful week. I want to go to a Shakespeare festival at some point. They always look fun. Neat freebies. I liked Finding Fraser when I got the chance to read it. I want to read Annihilation and eventually watch it.

    Have a great week!

  2. Ooh short weeks are the best. And a Shakespeare festival sounds great! how fun.

    I still need to see Annihilation.

  3. I love fondue but my husband is lactose intolerant so rarely get it. I'm excited about Art Boss!

  4. I want to see A Simple Favor...and I LOVE the Oregon Shakespearean Festival...the one in Ashland? I first went there in the 60s.

    I love fondue, too; we first had it in the 70s, and then it made a comeback! Yay for that.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. I love how eclectic your reading and watching lists are. :)

    My list!

  6. Good variety. Salt sounds interesting. Good movie watching - I like the connect references.
    Happy Reading!

  7. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival sounds fantastic!


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