Saturday, April 6, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 4.6.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Finding clarity after being in a dream haze

2. Bringing out the spring clothes

3. Spotting something red and fuzzy at the bus stop


Author event:

Booksmith hosted an event featuring Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance with co-editor Edie Meidav and local contributors Carolyn Cooke, Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Melinda Misuraca.

Strange Attractors:
Lives Changed by Chance
edited by Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin
-short stories | Goodreads

Has a stunning surprise or lucky encounter ever propelled you in an unanticipated direction? Are you doing what you always thought you would be doing with your life or has some unseen magnetism changed your course? And has that redirection come to seem inevitable? Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin asked leading contemporary writers to consider these questions, which they characterize through the metaphor of "the strange attractor," a scientific theory describing an inevitable occurrence that arises out of chaos. Meidav's introduction and the thirty-five pieces collected here offer imaginative, arresting, and memorable replies to this query, including guidance from a yellow fish, a typewriter repairman, a cat, a moose, a bicycle, and a stranger on a train. Absorbing and provocative, this is nonfiction to be read in batches and bursts and returned to again and again.

Freebies: ARC and review copies from local book shop :-)

An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good
by Helene Tursten
translated by Marlaine Delargy
-Mystery, Short Stories, Sweden | Goodreads

COULD not resist a scandinavian mystery.

The Stationery Shop
by Marjan Kamali
-Literary, Iran | Goodreads

LOVE the setting - book and stationery shop.

The Need
by Helen Phillips
-Horror, Thriller | Goodreads

CURIOUS about this horror and motherhood theme.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota
by J. Ryan Stradal
-Contemporary Fiction, Food | Goodreads

FOODIE in me is drawn to this one.

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
by Juliet Grames
-Historical, Italy | Goodreads

THAT title.

by Christina Dalcher
-Dystopia, Feminism | Goodreads

PREMISE grabs in regards to women not allowed to speak.

AND watched: in theatre

Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018)
Director: Morgan Neville
Stars: Fred Rogers
-Documentary, Biography | imdb | my rating: 5

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

WHAT a kind, gentle and wonderful person who touched so many lives.

The Invisibles (2017)
Die Unsichtbaren (original title)
Director/Screenplay: Claus Räfle
Screenplay: Alejandra López
Stars: Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee, Aaron Altaras, Victoria Schulz
-Biography, Drama, History, Germany | imdb | my rating: 5

While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin "free of Jews" in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of WWII. The Invisibles traces the stories of four young people who learned to hide in plain sight.

WOW, interesting bit of history.

AND watched: on DVD

Meru (2015)
Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin
-Documentary, Action, Adventure | imdb | my rating: 5

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

WANTED to see this after watching Free Solo as I like the directors work. The film footage was just as breathtaking and nail biting ;-)


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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Several of your books look really interesting, thanks for sharing them.

    Have a great reading week :)

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  2. I love beer as well as books so I need to get hold of The Lager Queen of Minnesota.

  3. Oooh, I'm so intrigued by The Need! I'll add it to my list. And The Vox was interesting. Have a great week and happy reading!

  4. Meru and The Invisibles are ones I'd love to see.

  5. I'm loving everything about spring right now! And ooh The Need looks kinda creepy, in a good way. :)

    Yay for author events. Have a fab week!

  6. I like the sounds of Strange Attractors.
    So many new to me books this week. I have been interested in Vox.
    Three good movies too - thanks for sharing your ratings.
    Happy Reading (and watching)!

  7. What a lovely post and I found a great couple of new books for my own list too!

    'The Need' sounds particularly spooky, although I find the cover art quite oddly alluring.

    However my personal winner this week has to be 'The Stationery Shop'. Not only for the amazing cover and storyline, but because after books, knitting wool and jigsaw puzzles, stationery and notebooks have to be my favourite passion!

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading this week :)


  8. I'm hooked in by titles, too. Yay for a red fuzzy and spring clothes. I want to watch that Mr. Roger's movie.

    Have a great week. :)

  9. I am so happy Spring is finally here, although I wish it was a bit warmer! I love the cover of An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good.

  10. Yes so happy with all things spring. Clothes, flowers, not freezing. lol

  11. Some interesting books on your list. An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good sounds like one I would like to read. Enjoy!


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