Saturday, December 29, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 12.29.18

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. Planning goals for the new year - 2019!

2. Café Bombon - espresso with condensed milk

3. La La Land movie soundtrack


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Library:

Rich People Problems
(Crazy Rich Asians #3)
by Kevin Kwan
-ChickLit, Romance, China, Singapore | Goodreads

EXCITED to start the audio version of this last part of the trilogy.


OTHER things (kinda book-related):

The Backlight Reader Challenge 2019 (here)

JOINED one challenge for next year. I plan on seriously working on my tbr pile in 2019.

First Book Of The Year 2019
hosted by Book Journey (details)

JOINED the First Book of the Year 2019.


AND watched: on Netflix

Roma (2018)
Director/Writer: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
-Drama, Mexico | imdb | my rating: 5

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

BEAUTIFUL film shot in black/white that captures the daily life and time period of a family.

Love Actually (2003)
Director/Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson
-Comedy, Drama, Romance, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

RE-watch with Christmas theme. Wonderful ensemble cast and scenarios to follow in this. Bill Nighy singing The Troggs' "Love Is All Around" is catchy.

Christmas With A View (2018)
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Screenplay: David Finley, Rebecca Lamarche, Keith Cooper
Based on book by: Teresa Southwick
Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Mark Ghanimé
-Drama, Romance, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

Secret aspirations between a failed restaurateur and a celebrity chef threaten their blossoming Christmas romance.

GREAT for the foodie element.

Christmas Wedding Planner (2017)
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Screenplay: Keith Cooper
Based on book by: Stacy Connelly
Stars: Jocelyn Hudon, Stephen Huszar, Kelly Rutherford
-Romance, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 4

Wedding Planner, Kelsey Wilson, is about to have her big break: planning her beloved cousin's lavish and exclusive wedding. Everything is going smoothly until Connor McClane, a devilishly handsome private investigator, shows up and turns Kelsey's world upside-down. Hired by a secret source, Connor quickly disrupts the upcoming nuptials but wins Kelsey's heart in the process.

CUTE scenes with a spunky heroine.

White Christmas (1954)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama
Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Melvin Frank
-Comedy, Musical, Romance, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

RE-watch with Christmas theme. Love the singing and dancing.


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* image source: La La Land (here)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Christmas 2018


HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY

KIND OF DAY!

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* image source: vintage card (here)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019
January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019
hosted by The Bookwrym’s Hoard
Details | Review links | #BacklistReader


The Backlist Reader Challenge encourages you to read all those older books that have been piling up on your TBR pile or list—not just the books you already own, but also the books you’ve wanted to read for a long time but haven’t gotten around to yet.

This is the perfect challenge to really get into my ever growing tbr list.

I plan to pick out books from my bookshelves based on my mood.


Reading list:

Calypso
by David Sedaris
translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
-Essays, Humor
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 5

The Jane Austen Project
by Kathleen A. Flynn
-SciFi, Historical, Jane Austen-related
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 4

Road Trip of the Living Dead
by Mark Henry
-Urban Fantasy, Zombies
Goodreads | my review -tba | my rating: tba

Six Four
by Hideo Yokoyama
translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
-Mystery, Thriller, Japan
Goodreads | my review | my rating: 4

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 12.22.18

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. Receiving unexpected help in times of need

2. Sharing a gelato with friends

3. Packing that last box for a move

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It has been a very light week for books and films for me as I am in the midst of the logistics of a major house move from a 2 bedroom house to a small one bedroom in-law apartment affectionately now being called the hobbit house. Wish me luck!


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Library:

Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
-Memoir, Humor
Amazon | Goodreads

LISTENING to the audio version which is read by Anna, one of my favorite actors.


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*image source: Bilbo's house (here)

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Friday, December 21, 2018

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 2018

Happy National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (details)

PUT on your ugly sweater and snuggle with a cozy book next to a warm fire. Egg nog on the side table is optional ;-)

I want to try this one...

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

Haley Hanson’s idea of the perfect Christmas is escaping to the Caribbean to work so she can avoid all the traditional Christmas distractions. Over the years, she’s sacrificed her personal life to climb the corporate ladder at a prestigious Boston advertising agency. Now she just needs to land a coveted Christmas toy company account to make partner. But first, her boss, Larry, thinks she needs a holiday attitude adjustment, so he ships her off to a Christmas Camp at Holly Peak Inn to help her find her Christmas spirit.

Arriving at the charming mountainside inn, Haley meets the owner’s handsome son, Jeff, and feels an instant spark, but resists the attraction, refusing to be distracted from her goal of doing all the required Christmas tasks as fast as possible so she can get back to work.

At first Haley struggles with all the traditional Christmas Camp activities. It’s not until she finally allows herself to slow down, live in the moment, and let Christmas back into her heart, that she begins to grow closer to Jeff. But when he finds out Haley’s come up with a plan to help his dad save the struggling inn while he’s been trying to convince his dad to sell it, their relationship takes a serious holiday hit. Now it will take the magic of the season to bring these two hearts together.


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* header image source: Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones Diary (here)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Amateur by Thomas Page McBee

Amateur
by Thomas Page McBee

Find out more about this book and author:
Goodreads
Website
Twitter

Published: 2018
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Memoir, Sports, LGBTQ
Hardback: 224
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
According to the laws of physics and USA Boxing, this wasn't a fair fight.

In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing—learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body—McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a new way forward, a new kind of masculinity, inside the ring and outside of it.

In this graceful, stunning, and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting, and healing, we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.


My two-bits:

Perspectives of masculinity and the boxing world are handled and explored with care. Lots of food for thought.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

Happy 243rd Birthday, Jane!

I am celebrating the lady with this...

The Jane Austen Project
by Kathleen A. Flynn
-SciFi, Historical, Jane Austen-related
Amazon | Goodreads


AND I will feast on a pudding sweet - will hunt down a christmas plum pudding




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* image source: Jane Austen Christmas Tree Decoration (here)

* image source: pudding sweet (here)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 12.15.18

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. Invited to enjoy a borsht meal during Hanukkah :-)

2. Christmas cards - both sending and receiving (want one? email me with your mailing address)

3. The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian at Marin Theatre. Loved the holiday theme with favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice.


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Library:

Kitchen Confidential
Adventure in the Culinary Underbelly
by Anthony Bourdain
-Food, Memoir | Goodreads

WANTED to learn more about Anthony and his foodie experiences.


Other things book related:



As I am always taken with miniature things, I loved this holiday video from Chronicle Books. Enjoy!


AND watched: on DVD

Remember The Night (2013)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Preston Sturges (original screenplay)
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi
-Comedy, Drama, Romance, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 4

A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

FOUND this a sad story in the end.


AND watched: in theatre

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Director: Josie Rourke
Screenplay: Beau Willimon
Based on book: Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie
-Biography, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

GREAT costumes and location scenes. Interesting to see how both queens handled their lands.


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

First Man (2018)
Director: Damien Chazelle
Screenplay: Josh Singer
Screenplay/based on book by), James R. Hansen
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
-Biography, Drama, History | imdb | my review: 4

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Connection: Ryan Gosling starred with Bacon in Crazy Stupid Love
The astronaut perspective was main focus in this film. We get the inside scoop on Neil and his family.

TREATED to a special screening with guest appearances including writer, Josh Singer.


AND watched: in theatre (live)

Dear Evan Hansen
Director: Michael Greif
Book by: Steven Levenson
Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
at the SF Curran Theatre
-Musical | my rating: 5

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.”The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent)


THIS contemporary pieces ties in technology and a serious topic to a kind of extreme. Lots to ponder after watching and enjoying this show.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Blog All About It: Shine/Sparkle


VISIT:

The deYoung Museum currently has an exhibit of Contemporary Muslim Fashions running through January 2019. I spotted some sparkle and shine amongst the designer clothes displayed.


READ:

Radiant Shimmering Light
by Sarah Selecky
-Humor, Canada | Goodreads

A nuanced satire--both hilarious and disconcerting--that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives.

Lilian Quick is 40, single, and childless, working as a pet portrait artist. She paints the colored light only she can see, but animal aura portraits are a niche market at best. She's working hard to build her brand on social media and struggling to pay the rent.

Her estranged cousin has become internet-famous as "Eleven" Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, and when Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite twenty years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at The Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in The Ascendency, Eleven's signature program: an expensive, three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self: confident, affluent, and self-actualized.

In just three months, Lilian's life changes drastically: She learns how to break her negative thought patterns, achieves financial solvency, grows an active and engaged online following, and builds authentic friendships. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! . . . But can Lilian trust everything Eleven says? This compelling, heartfelt satire asks us: How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?


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* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
translated by Quentin Bates
narrated by Will Damron

Find out more about this book and author:
Goodreads
Website
Twitter

Published: 2015
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Iceland
Paperback: 300
Rating: 4

Dark Iceland series:
Snowblind
Nightblind
Blackout
Rupture
Whiteout

First sentence(s):
Siglufjörður
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
The red stain was like a scream in the silence. The snow covered ground was so white.

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.

My two-bits:

Good start to a new series starring young, Ari Thór, who is starting out in police force in a small town in Iceland.

Loved learning about this small town and its folks.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 12.8.18

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. Christmas music ;-)

2. Outdoor holiday lights during a neighborhood stroll

3. Being amused by the illustrations in The Helpless Doorknob, a shuffled story by Edward Gorey


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Slow week in regards to books and films which will be the case for most of this month as I am in the midst of a big home move. Looking forward to when things settle down again and all I need to worry about is which book to read next.

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Library:

Snowblind
by Ragnar Jónasson
-Mystery, Thriller, Iceland | Goodreads


AND watched: on DVD

The Christmas Train (2017)
Director: Ron Oliver
Teleplay: Neal H. Dobrofsky, Tippi Dobrofsky
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover
Based on book by: David Baldacci
-Hallmark, Drama, Romance, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 4

A cynical journalist decides to take a train from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas to get inspiration for a story in honor of his late father. He gets to know the other passengers and runs into an old flame while aboard.

Love the writers on a train theme and orchestration of things.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews

Find out more about this book and author:
Amazon
Goodreads
Website
Facebook

Published: 2013
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Thriller, Espionage, Russia
Hardback: 448
Rating: 4

Red Sparrow Trilogy:
Red Sparrow
Palace of Treason
The Kremlin's Candidate

First sentence(s):
Twelve hours into his SDR Nthaniel Nash was numb from the waist down.

In the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carré…comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

Page by page, veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews’s Red Sparrow delights, terrifies and fascinates, all while delivering an unforgettable cast, from a sadistic Spetsnaz “mechanic” who carries out Putin’s murderous schemes to the weary CIA Station Chief who resists Washington “cake-eaters”. Packed with insider detail, this novel brims with Matthews’s life experience of espionage, counterintelligence, spy recruitment, and cyber-warfare. Brilliantly composed, Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale. Authentic, tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new American talent.


PeekAbook:



My two-bits:

This story gets into some of the intricacies of the Russian espionage world. However, I found myself more interested in heart to heart scenes with Dominika and Nate rather than the story as a whole.

Interesting to note: there are food recipes included at the end of most chapters.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

* part of World Reads challenge - Russia (here)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy Mail: Book Box Subscriptions pt3

Happy Mail
Book Box Subscription Reviews
part 1 (here) | part 2 (here)

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Once Upon A Book Club
(every month)
$34.99 (plus shipping)
details | my boxes

Includes:
- newly released book (adult or YA -you pick)
- 3-5 individually wrapped 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.

My two-bits:

Instead of a subscription I opted for a one-time gift box to review. I like the premise of the gifts matching things in the story.


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Chatterbox
(every month)
Free (if you win the giveaway)
from Keep Turning the Pages Goodreads group (here) | my boxes

Includes:
- newly released book
- 3-5 items related to the story

My two-bits:

Pretty good deal if you are a winner of this box.


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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Browse: The World in Bookshops edited by Henry Hitchings

Browse: The World in Bookshops
edited by Henry Hitchings

Find out more about this book and author:
Goodreads

Published: 2016
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Genre: Non-fiction, Essays
Hardback: 253
Rating: 5

Jane Austen sighting:
English, at the time, was the third language in my life but I fell in love with it fast and hard, Chalres Dickens, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Oscar Wilde, and then one day, Jane Austen.
-My Homeland Is Storyland by Elif Shafak, page 238


Edited and introduced by the writer and critic Henry Hitchings, these fearless, passionate, inquiring essays by award-winning international writers celebrate one of our most essential, but endangered, institutions: the bookshop. From Denmark to Egypt, from the USA to China, Browse brings together some of the world's leading authors to investigate bookshops both in general and in particular - the myriad pleasures, puzzles and possibilities they disclose.

The fifteen essays reflect their authors' own inimitable style - romantic, elegant, bold, argumentative, poetic or whimsical - as they ask probing questions about the significance, the cultural and social (even political) function as well as the physical qualities of the institution, and examine our very personal relationship to it.

Contributors include:

Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt)
Stefano Benni (Italy)
Michael Dirda (USA)
Daniel Kehlmann (Germany)
Andrey Kurkov (Ukraine)
Yiyun Li (China)
Pankaj Mishra (India)
Dorthe Nors (Denmark)
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya)
Elif Shafak (Turkey)
Ian Sansom (UK)
Iain Sinclair (UK)
Ali Smith (UK)
Saša Stanišic (Germany/Bosnia)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia)


My two-bits:

Loved the visits to small independent bookshops around the world. Interesting to note that many mentioned have closed since being written about.

Monday, December 3, 2018

World Reads: Russia

World Reads
hosted by Stephanie Jane
details | my world posts

World Reads blog series challenge is to encourage and promote the reading of global literature. On the 5th of each month Stephanie Jane highlights five books. Everyone is welcome to join in by reading one or more books from a different country each month, write a post about them and include the World Reads banner.

For the next two months arm-chair traveling to... RUSSIA

My reading list:

Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews
-Espionage, Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads | my review | my rating: 4


A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
-Historical, Russia, Mosco
Amazon | Goodreads | my review DNF

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Release: Fatal Legislation by Ellen Butler

Fatal Legislation
(Karina Cardinal Mystery Book 2)
by Ellen Butler
-Mystery | Goodreads
Release date: December 11, 2018

Lawmaking can be a murderous affair.

If any day calls for a soothing glass of wine, it’s today.

One moment, Capitol Hill lobbyist Karina Cardinal is having a heated discussion with Senator Harper, who just torpedoed her latest health care legislation initiative. The next, after a cryptic remark, the senator is dead at her feet. Hours later, she’s still so rattled she wakes to a freezing apartment because she forgot to close her back door. Or did she?

When her boyfriend, FBI cybercrimes expert Mike Finnegan, is suddenly reassigned to work a new case, he’s got bad news and worse news. The bad: the senator’s death was no heart attack—it was assassination by a hacker disabling his pacemaker. Worse: Karina’s a “person of interest”.

Certain that status could change to “suspect” at any moment, Karina begins her own back-channel investigation into who could have wanted the senator dead. Of course, in Washington, that means playing politics and following the money trail. A trail that leads to more murders…and possibly leaving the door open for a killer to change her status to “dead.”

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 12.1.18

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. Personal challenge: Holiday Movies (see list here)

2. Godiva masterpieces chocolate

3. Taylor Mac Holiday Sauce show at the Curran theatre - fabulous way to kick-off the xmas season


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Library:

Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
by May-lee Chai
-Short Stories, China | Goodreads


AND watched: on Netflix

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Director: Clay Kaytis
Writer: Matt Lieberman
Story by: David Guggenheim
Stars: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis
-Adventure , Comedy , Family, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

FUN one with Santa in the lead. Serious topics are thrown in and dealt with as well.


AND watched: on DVD

Christmas Cookies (2016)
Director: James Head
Writer: Robert Tate Miller
Stars: Jill Wagner, Wes Brown, P. Lynn Johnson
-Drama, Romance, Hallmark, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

A corporate agent is sent to a small town to buy a cookie company and shut down its factory. When she starts falling in love with the factory's owner, the town's Christmas spirit over takes her.

SMALL town cozy in this one.


Snow Bride (2013)
Director: Bert Kish
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Stars: Katrina Law, Jordan Belfi, Patricia Richardson
-Comedy , Family , Romance, Hallmark, Christmas | imdb | my rating: 5

Greta Kaine (Katrina Law) is always in search of juicy gossip. As a tabloid reporter of gossip in Los Angeles, it's her job to expose the rich and famous. So when word gets out that the late Senator Tannehill's sons might be proposing marriage at the families Big Bear compound during Christmas, Greta and her chief rival Wes (Tom Lenk) are challenged by their old-school editor to get the scoop. There's incentive to be the first, too -- the editorship of the magazine's new online incarnation. Greta's assistant tells her that Wes has a head start to snowy Big Bear, so she dashes to the mountain resort. When she mistakenly ends up as a guest of the family, she's in the middle of what could be her best story yet! However, she soon discovers that the family, including matriarch Maggie Tannenhill (Patricia Richardson) and caretaker Peters (Robert Curtis Brown) are more down-to-earth than she ever gave them credit for. Increasingly guilt-ridden about her game of subterfuge, Greta must make a decision: how far will she go for the sake of a story?

LOVED the chemistry and interaction with this couple.


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

The Way (2010)
Director/screenplay: Emilio Estevez
Based on book: Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain by Jack Hitt
Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger
imdb | my rating: 4

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Watched 11/27. Connection: Martin Sheen starred with Bacon in JFK.
Loved learning about the whole pilgrimage thing.


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