Saturday, November 24, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 11.24.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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



1. Circle of friends

2. Warm and cheerful holiday decorations

3. All about the turkey


Library: feeling Christmas-y

Carols and Chaos
by Cindy Anstey
-Historical, Romance, YA, Christmas | Goodreads

Christmas Camp
by Karen Schaler
-Contemporary, Romance, Christmas | Goodreads

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop
November 23-26, 2018
hosted by Reading Reality and Caffeinated Reviewer
SIGNUP to win my book box (here)

AND watched: in theatre

Burning (2018)
Beoning (original title)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Screenplay: Jungmi Oh, Chang-dong Lee,
Based on short story, Barn Burning by Haruki Murakami
Stars: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon
-Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su's with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.

THIS screening included a Q&A with actor, Steven Yuen (a treat for Walking Dead fans).

SLOW thriller burn, but worth the wait. One of those ones that requires a re-watch. Beautiful long shots throughout.

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

Murder In The First (1995)
Director: Marc Rocco
Writer: Dan Gordon
Stars: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman
-Drama, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

Watched: 11/18/18
Connection: Christian Slater was in this with Bacon
Stellar performance of Bacon in this role. Also, enjoyed the San Francisco scenes.

What Women Want (2011)
Wo zhi nv ren xin (original title)
Director: Daming Chen
Story by: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, Diane Drake
Screenplay: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa
Adapted by: Daming Chen, Eva Cao
Stars: Andy Lau, Li Gong, Li Yuan
-Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 3

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

Watched: 11/18/18
Connection: Russell Wong was with Ming-Na Wen in The Joy Luck Club who starred with Bacon in The Darkness.
While I like the star actors in this film, the chemistry was lacking between the couple.


* image source: vintage turkey card

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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Love your happy things list. Carols and Chaos! I enjoyed that one.

  2. I love your happy things. Enjoy the week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. Mmm turkey... and yes holiday decorations. Starting to feel like the season! Also Carols and chaos sounds fun. :)

  4. I think I need to break out the holiday reads, too!

  5. I got a Christmas book, too. I’m looking forward to reading it as soon as it gets here. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I like your HAPPY things..thanks for sharing.

    Have a great week.

  7. Your two Christmas books look inviting.
    That is a different What Women Want from the one Mel Gibson was in.
    Happy Reading!

  8. I'm not Christmas reading right now since it feels like I just finished HoHoHoRAT. I've got a few ARCs but mostly I am reading what strikes my fancy in December. Enjoy your new books! Anne - Books of My Heart


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