Saturday, March 14, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 3.14.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Planning and setting up my first bullet journal for 2020 - decided to migrate from my Happy Planner system

2. Listening and prepping to sing Rossini's Stabat Mater in chorus when rehearsals will hopefully kick in again in April.

3. First embroidery class for series at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design - started out learning 8 stitches on a doodle muslin cloth before attempting the San Francisco Victorian house design


side note: I am participating in the 25 MILLION STITCHES - ONE STITCH FOR EACH REFUGEE (details here) and using a design created by my kid

The world is in flight. 25 million people* across the globe have been forced to flee their homelands as a consequence of genocide, war, poverty, natural disasters, targeted violence, and other grave threats. They leave behind everything they’ve known and possessed in order to live; they face immense struggles, misfortunes, and perils on their journey; and, through it all, survival, much less successful resettlement, remains but the slimmest hope.

Please join this project to hand-stitch 25 million stitches: one stitch for each refugee. How does making 25 million stitches help refugees? We believe that this project is a way for us to engage with this global crisis instead of ignoring it. And even though no single stitch can fully represent an individual, the act of stitching and the resulting work will help bring attention to the scale of the crisis. Two objectives of the project are:

1. To engage as many people as possible to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis and

2. To amass 25 million stitches to visually represent the sheer volume of this astronomical figure of refugees.



Here is my March tbr pile with the embroidery piece to be submitted. Dragon design created by Aber.

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Bought:

The Jetsetters
by Amanda Eyre Ward
-Contemporary | Goodreads

REESE bookclub March selection.


Author event:

The Phantom Twin
by Lisa Brown
-Graphic Novel, YA, Ghosts | Goodreads

Booksmith hosted a reading, slide show and Q&A of Lisa Brown in conversation with Wendy Macnaughton.

I was fortunate to attend this event before most public event cancellations in the city due to the Coronavirus.


For review:

What I Like About Me
by Jenna Guillame
courtesy of publisher for blog tour - Thanks!
-YA | Goodreads


AND watched: in theatre

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019)
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (original title)
Director/screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
-Drama, Romance, France | imdb | my rating: 5

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

LOVED this so much. I watched it twice. Superb setting, costumes and artist aesthetic. References to Orpheus and Eurydice.

Emma. (2020)
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Screenplay: Eleanor Catton
Based on book by: Jane Austen
Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn

-Comedy, Drama, England, Jane Austen | imdb | my rating: 5

In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.

LOVED this one too. Saw it twice as well :-) So many fun scenes and loved the sights and sounds of their world.

Onward (2020)
Director: Dan Scanlon
Writers: Dan Scanlon, Keith Bunin, Jason Headley
Stars: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
-Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.

PLEASANTLY surprised with this. Wonderful story with the fantasy element.

Happy Pi Day!

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* source: pies

* please note: This blog is on hiatus this year, but will have intermittent posts throughout.

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

Take care, stay healthy!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

5 comments:

  1. Fun to get your update, V!

    I love that you're learning embroidery so you can do the refugee stitches project.

    I adored Emma, too. You should see Austenprose blogs post on the costumes from it.

    Stay well, lady!

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  2. So good to see an update! I loved Emma. So funny and pretty. Keep safe and healthy!

    I just bought the young adult remix of Ibram's Stamped from the Beginning. Looking forward to that one.

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  3. Good luck with your stitches! That sounds like an interesting project. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. What a wonderful stitching project. I am pleased to know someone involved and may pass the info onto friends in my local woman's club. Many like projects and this is a good one to support.

    I have always liked Emma, the book and the 1996 movie version. I look forward to the new one too.
    Stay safe and enjoy happy stitching, singing and reading!

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  5. ENJOY your week.

    Stay healthy and safe.

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