Monday, July 22, 2019

Adèle by Leïla Slimani

Adèle
by Leïla Slimani
translated by Sam Taylor

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Published: 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, France, Paris
Paperback: 216
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Adèle has been good. She has held out for a week now.

Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored--and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.

Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.


My two-bits:

With an unlikable protagonist this is a dark ugly story set in the lovely Paris which makes for an interesting juxtaposition.

Got me thinking of the role and importance of sex in people's lives.

PeekAbook:



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* part of Paris in July (here)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 7.20.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Yummy classic ramen at Ippudo (here) - this place always has a long line, but we decided to give it the wait and it turned out to be a delicious delight

2. Picking up a lucky penny

3. Member's Preview night at SF MOMA - Silver Clouds from the Andy Warhol exhibit


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Bought:

Fixer Chao
by Han Ong
-Literary, LGBTQ, Filipino | Goodreads

FOR a future Filipino themed self reading challenge.


Author event:


The Bindery hosted a reading and Q&A with author, Helen Phillips, to celebrate the release of The Need.

The Need
by Helen Phillips
-Horror, Thriller | Goodreads


Library:

Less
by Andrew Sean Greer
-Contemporary, LGBTQ | Goodreads

FOR the hype and it is a Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2018.

Waiting For Monsieur Bellivier
by Britta Röstlund
-Contemporary, France, Paris | Goodreads

Paris Letters
One woman's journey from the fast lane
to a slow stroll in Paris
by Janice Macleod
-Memoir, France, Paris | Goodreads

BOTH for Paris in July. BTW: I updated the post with a couple pictures (here).


AND watched: in theatre

Tattoo Uprising (2019)
Director: Alan Grovenar
Featuring: Ed Hardy
-Documentary, Art | website | my rating: 5

The history of American tattoos is, like that of any other art form, driven through movements and generations. In TATTOO UPRISING, which carefully studies the work of extraordinary American tattoo artists such as Ed Hardy, Stoney St. Clair, and Jamie Summers, we see how American tattooing art and culture evolved and grew through these young visionaries and tattoo masters alike. Also featuring Werner Herzog and Les Blank.

WANTED to see this before going to the “Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin“ exhibit at the de Young Museum, July 13, 2019 – October 6, 2019.

Wonderful dose of American history and culture of the tattoo phenomena.

Kill Bill: volume 1 (2003)
Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Actor/Writer: Uma Thurman
Based on book by:
Stars: David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen
-Action, Crime, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

DID a re-watch to prep for the upcoming Tarantino release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Loved this mashup of things western, Japanese and revenge.


AND watched: in theatre for Hong Kong Film Festival (here)

The Lady Improper (2019)
Director/Screenplay: Tsui Shan Tsang
Original story: Link Sng
Writer: Anna Yuet Shan Lai
Stars: Charlene Choi, Kang Ren Wu, Kwok Keung Cheung
-Drama, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

Siu Man is a nurse who has lost who she is as a person. Her marriage has ended partly due to her fear of intimacy and, having been abandoned by her husband, she now faces losing her father after he is hospitalised. Siu Man decides to reboot her life by taking over her father's restaurant but without the experience of being a chef, she has to hire someone. In steps Chia-hao, a Paris-trained cordon bleu chef, who is a free spirit but also treats cooking as serious philosophy and is able to recreate her father's culinary style. It seems that the handsome chef cooks up a storm in and out of the kitchen as he helps Siu Man learn to deliver delicious food and his delicious looks arouses her desire. Through him, Siu Man faces her fear of intimacy head-on and liberates herself.

LIKED how this character came into her own. Quite sexy with steamy scenes and I heard that some parts were edited out for some screenings in China.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up
by Tessa Bailey
narrated by Charlotte North

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Published: June 2019
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Paperback: 400
Rating: 5

Hot & Hammered series:
Fix Her Up
book 2 -tba

First sentence(s):
No freaking way.

Zombie sighting:
Georgie slicked paste onto the final cut out for her zombie birthday party vision board.
-chapter 16


Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World... whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there's Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her...


My two-bits:

Fun story with a couple who are reinventing themselves and discovering each other along the way.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The HashTag Hunt Blitz


The only reason Lauren entered the Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her startup, and it sounded easy enough: twelve hours to text twelve photos to someone called the Wizard.

For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a #HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the perfect subject.

The only reason Brenner entered Barkley’s Pub was to have beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. Lauren explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner’s offer to help with hashtag number six.

While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash.


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Kristina Seek's debut novel, The Hashtag Hunt, was published in 2018. She is a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and a member of Romance Writers of America. In March of 2019, she quit her day job to focus on a career in writing. Kristina lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. She cherishes time with her friends and family, loves traveling to new destinations, and wants to cross off the other items on her bucket list.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli

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Published: February 2019
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Literary
Hardback: 400
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Mouths open to the sun, they sleep.

A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate.

But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.


My two-bits:

Quite a road trip! Although this was a good and engaging read I was in a state anxiety the whole time. I was worried for the various characters and all the things that could go wrong.

The format of the storytelling was in a documentary style with full effects of both sound and visuals despite being presented in a written form.

Treated to photos in the last chapter.

Got me thinking of refugees and the state of immigrants.

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* part of the Camp ToB 2019 (here)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Death in Brittany
by Jean-Luc Bannalec
narrated by Jean Brassard

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Published: 2015
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery, France
Hardback: 320
Rating: 3

Brittany Mystery series:
Death in Brittany
Murder on Brittany Shores
The Fleur de Sel Murders
The Missing Corpse
The Killing Tide
books 6-8 not yet translated

First sentence(s):
The seventh of July was a magnificent summer's day, one of those majestic Atlantic days that always lifted Commissaire Dupin's spirits.

Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, is not happy when he is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven-a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen-is in shock. The legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead.

A picture-perfect seaside village which played host to Gaugin in the 19th century, Pont-Aven is at the height of its tourist season and is immediately thrown into uproar. Dupin and his team identify five principal suspects, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim, and a wealthy art historian. An obstinate detective whose unconventional methods include good food, good wine, and taking in plenty of sea air, Dupin finds his case further complicated when ongoing incidents compound the mystery. As Dupin delves further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village's quaint image. A delectable read, Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec transports readers to the French coast where you can practically smell the sea air and taste the perfectly cooked steak frites in an expertly crafted, page-turning mystery.


My two-bits:

While I liked the setting and it was presented well, I could not get into the story or the characters.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait
by Liz Nugent

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Published: 2018
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Ireland, Dublin
Hardback: 320
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

My two-bits:

Creepy dark vibe with this one with unlikable characters all-around. And yet, it draws you in for the end that leaves you with a "whoa" moment.

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* part of ibc book club (here)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne
narrated by Katie Schorr

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Published: 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 384
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them.

Zombie sighting:
Sorry for missing the deadline the other day. I can't wait to have a proper night's sleep. I'm like a zombie.
-chapter 8


Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


My two-bits:

Loved the banter and games these two played along the way to their eventual climax. Also, some chuckles and cuteness along the way.

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* a movie version is in the makings with Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell are set to star as the leads as of May 2019

* Listened to audiobook version.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 7.13.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Made fresh walnut pesto to go with spaghetti into my belly ;-)

2. Hainan Chicken with rice and soup to help combat a cold

3. Used an Amazon gift card to pick up some Paris in July themed items
- Harney & Sons Paris, Black Tea
- 8pcs Mini Notebook, with Eiffel Tower icon
- Cavallini Vintage Paris 10 Pencils and 1 Sharpener
- iPhone Case with Eiffel Tower and Pink Flowers


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Library:

Lunch in Paris
A Love Story, with Recipes
by Elizabeth Bard
-Memoir, Food, Travel, Paris | Goodreads

FOR Paris in July reading list.

The Perfect Nanny
by Leïla Slimani
-Thriller, Mystery, Paris | Goodreads

FOR Paris in July reading list.


For Review:

The Hashtag Hunt
by Kristina Seek
-audiobook, Romance| Goodreads
courtesy of publisher for blitz tour -Thanks!


AND watched: in theatre

Midsommar (2019)
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
-Drama, Horror, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

HORROR done in a visually beautiful way with its vibrant colors and constant sunlight.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Roger Avary
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
-Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster & his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

PREPPING for the upcoming July 26 release of Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a local theatre presented Pulp Fiction this week. I won a free ticket to see this. Next week will be Kill Bill, volume 1. And the following week will be Jackie Brown.

It was a re-watch for me and continues to be a wonderful classic with its innovate way of storytelling. Love that dance scene.


AND watched: on DVD for Paris in July

Fidelio: Alice's Odyssey (2014)
Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice (original title)
Director/Writer: Lucie Borleteau
Writers: Clara Bourreau (scenario), Mathilde Boisseleau (collaboration)
Stars: Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie
-Drama, Romance, France | imdb | my rating: 5

Thirty-year-old Alice's occupation is rather unusual for a woman : she works as an engineer on a freighter. She loves her job and does it competently but even in a greasy blue overall a woman will be a woman, with her heart, her desires and her seduction... In such conditions can an all-male crew really remain totally insensitive to her charms? A situation all the more complicated as not only does Alice leave her fiancé Felix behind but she also discovers on board the Fidélio that the captain is Gaël, her first love...
—Guy Bellinger


LIKED the female perspective of life as a sailor. Loved the character's strong independent spirit.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Bride Test
by Helen Hoang
narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

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Published: 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Romance, Asian American, Vietnamese
Paperback: 320
Rating: 5

The Kiss Quotient series:
The Kiss Quotient
The Bride Test
The Heart Principle -tba

First sentence(s):
Ten years ago
San Jose, California

Khai was supposed to be crying. He knew he was supposed to be crying. Everyone else was.

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.


My two-bits:

Loved the male perspective with this couple. Also loved how quirks and differences were handled between this pair.

This series have a great set of characters that bring about a cozy family setting.

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* Listened to audiobook version.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient
by Helen Hoang
narrated by Carly Robins

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Published: 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Romance, Asian American, Vietnamese
Paperback: 352
Rating: 5

The Kiss Quotient series:
The Kiss Quotient
The Bride Test
The Heart Principle -tba

First sentence(s):
"I know you hate surprises, Stella. In the interests of communicating our expectations and providing you a reasonable timeline, you should know we're ready for grandchildren."

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...


My two-bits:

Loved the portrayal of diversity in this story with sexy Asian American characters in steamy scenes. The gentle push and pull between the couple was just right.

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* Per Helen's website...
Film rights for The Kiss Quotient have been sold to Pilgrim Media Group, and Lionsgate has signed on to develop the book into a feature film!

* Listened to audiobook version.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Murder in the Marais by Cara Black

Murder in the Marais
by Cara Black

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Published: 1999
Publisher: Soho Crime
Genre: Mystery, France, Paris
Hardback: 354
Rating: 5

Aimée Leduc Investigation series:
Murder in the Marais (1999)
Murder in Belleville (2000)
Murder in the Sentier (2003)
Murder in the Bastille (2004)
Murder in Clichy (2005)
Murder in Montmartre (2006)
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (2007)
Murder in the Rue de Paradis (2008)
Murder in the Latin Quarter (2009)
Murder in the Palais Royale (2010)
Murder in Passy (2011)
Murder at the Lanterne Rouge (2012)
Murder Below Montparnasse (2013)
Murder In Pigalle (2014)
Murder on the Champ de Mars (2015)
Murder on the Quai (2016)
Murder in Saint-Germain (2017)
Muder on the Left Bank (2018)
Murder in Bel-Air (2019)

First sentence(s):
Aimée Leduc felt his presence before she saw him.

Aimée Leduc has always sworn she would stick to tech investigation—no criminal cases for her. Especially since her father, the late police detective, was killed in the line of duty. But when an elderly Jewish man approaches Aimée with a top-secret decoding job on behalf of a woman in his synagogue, Aimée unwittingly takes on more than she is expecting. She drops off her findings at her client’s house in the Marais, Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, and finds the woman strangled, a swastika carved on her forehead. With the help of her partner, René, Aimée sets out to solve this horrendous murder, but finds herself in an increasingly dangerous web of ancient secrets and buried war crimes.

My two-bits:

I read this awhile back but wanted to re-read it for a reading binge of the series.

Loved it as much as the first time I read it.

Part of the appeal of this series and character is the fashion and kick-ass attitude that is Aimée Leduc. The other part is the details, descriptions and history of the individual neighborhoods of Paris which are tackled per book.

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* part of Paris in July (here)

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Blog All About It: Heat



READ:

Summer Skin
by Kristin Eagar
-New Adult, Romance | Goodreads

Park Avenue Summer
by Renee Rosen
-Historical, 1960s, New York | Goodreads

The Summer Demands
by Deborah Shapiro
-Women's Fiction, Massachusetts | Goodreads


FLIP THROUGH:


The "Heat" issue from bitch magazine.


GO:


Escaping the San Francisco fog for summer heat in Hawaii next month.


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* image source: beach illustration by Ana Galvan; hula dancers by Julien Capmeil

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 7.6.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Being greeted with a big warm hug

2. Picnic on a sunny day with friends

3. Restaurant view of the 4th of July fireworks in San Francisco


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Library:

The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne
-Contemporary, Romance | Goodreads

CUTE cover caught my eye.

From Scratch:
A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
by Tembi Locke
-Memoir | Goodreads

MAY pick for Reese's Book Club.

American Spy
by Lauren Wilkinson
-Historical, Mystery, Africa | Goodreads

PART of Camp ToB 2019.


For Review:

A Small Zombie Problem
by K.G. Campbell
-Middle Grade, Zombies | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!

Freebies: Green Apple Books free bin

Grace: A Memoir
by Grace Coddington
-Fashion, Memoir | Goodreads


AND watched: in theatre

Ever After (2018)
Endzeit (original title)
Director: Carolina Hellsgård
Writer: Olivia Vieweg
Stars: Marco Albrecht, Trine Dyrholm, Gro Swantje Kohlhof
-Horror, Zombies, Germany | imdb | my rating: 3

It has been two years since a zombie virus epidemic infected all but two German cities. Vivi and Eva flee the struggling community in Weimar for the one other safe-haven: Jena.

Beware: running zombies in this one. And a train. Some nicely shot scenes in the forest.


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Friday, July 5, 2019

A Small Zombie Problem by K.G. Campbell

A Small Zombie Problem
by K.G. Campbell

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Just released: June 4, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Middle Grade, Zombies
Hardback: 229
Rating: 5

series:
A Small Zombie Problem
book 2 - tba

First sentence(s):
Thunder rumbled and lightning flickered across the troupe of skeletons: a gruesome, silent circus of grim clowns and tumbling, hollow-eyed acrobats.

August DuPont has spent his whole life inside a dilapidated house with his aunt Hydrangea. His lonely existence ends abruptly with the arrival of an invitation to meet an aunt--and cousins--he didn't even know existed. When Aunt Orchid suggests that August attend school with his cousins, it's a dream come true. But August has scarcely begun to celebrate his reversal of fortune when he is confronted by a small problem on his way home. So begins an adventure filled with a wild child, a zombie, a fabled white alligator, and an unimaginable family secret.

My two-bits:

Wonderful start to a series of zombie cute. Instead of horror brain eating zombies, I encountered a low level slow paced zombie with a mystery.

With charming illustrations and an endearing protagonist this story pulled me in for an adventure which includes making friends, learning family history and dealing with zombies.


~*~

* review copy courtesy of publisher

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July


Sharing some red, white and blue books on my want list...

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev
-Romance, Re-telling Jane Austen, Indian American, San Francisco | Goodreads


The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
by Tomihiko Morimi
-Romance, Comedy, Japan | Goodreads
Release date: August 13, 2019


Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
by Roselle Lim
-Romance, Magical Realism, San Francisco Chinatown | Goodreads


Here's a cute looking all in one...

Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
-Romance, LGBTQ, New Adult | Goodreads

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