Sunday, November 3, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 11.4.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Start of NaNoWriMo. I plan on working on short stories.

2. Fried Chicken Sandwich from The Bird in SOMA (here)
*Our chicken is always free-range
*We use a berbere spice blend to give the chicken that little something special
*Our fried chicken is served on a fresh bun that’s baked each morning by a local baker
*The sandwich is loaded with our own crunchy apple slaw (made fresh in house daily)

3. Sauron's eye atop the Salesforce building on Halloween


Author event:

The West Portal Book Shop hosted a conversation with authors Meg Waite Clayton and E.R. Ramzipoor.

The Last Train to London
by Meg Waite Clayton
-Historical, WWII, London | Goodreads

The Ventriloquists
by E.R. Ramzipoor
-Historical, WWII, Brussels | Goodreads

Book Passage of Corte Madera hosted Lara Prescott with her debut novel The Secrets We Kept which was inspired by Lara in Dr. Zhivago.

The Secrets We Kept
by Lara Prescott
-Historical, Romance, Russia | Goodreads


Doctor Zhivago
by Boris Pasternak
-Classic, Historical, Russian | Goodreads

PLAN to read this before Lara's book to familiarize myself with this classic.

Reading challenge:

SciFi Month 2019
(details & signup)

My reading list:

The Future is Female!
Women's Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave
by Lisa Yaszek (Editor), Leslie F. Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree Jr.
-SciFi, Short Stories | Goodreads

(Kojiki #1)
by Keith Yatsuhashi
-SciFi, Japan | Goodreads | my review

Record of a Spaceborn Few
(Wayfarers #3)
by Becky Chambers
-SciFi, Space Opera | Goodreads | my review: tba

FOR the SciFi Challenge read-along.

AND watched: in theatre

Earthquake Bird (2019)
Director/Adaptation: Wash Westmoreland
Based on novel by: Susanna Jones
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Jack Huston
-Crime, Drama, Mystery, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

An enigmatic translator with a dark past is brought in for questioning after an ex-pat friend, who came between her and her photographer boyfriend, ends up missing and presumed dead.

SENSE of longing and belonging struck me.

AND watched: in theatre, part of the SFFILM Documentary Film Festival (here)

The Kingmaker (2019)
Director: Lauren Greenfield
-Documentary, Philippines | imdb | my rating: 5

Documentary centering on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand's presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.

AMAZING how this documentary was so much more than expected and kinda scary too. Definitely one to watch in regards to the current politics of the Philippines.


* updated 11/17/19

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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. That chicken sandwich sounds mouthwatering. Fun, a sci-fi challenge! Cool doing Sauron's eye on the building.

    Have a good week!

  2. Author events are fun.

    I want to read The Last Train to London, but have two other books by the author that I must read first.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. I was wondering if there would be a Sci Fi month for November. So glas you shared the info and link.
    Record of a Spaceborn Few looks interesting.
    Happy Reading!

  4. Mmmm, you have me craving that fried chicken sandwich. It sounds amazing!


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