Sunday, May 3, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 5.3.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Unexpected letter from a faraway friend

2. Maple glazed old-fashioned donut

3. Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park


Free Little Library:

The Intellectual Devotional:
Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class
by David S. Kidder, Noah D. Oppenheim
-History, Philosophy, Education, Science | Goodreads

Library: audio

My Dark Vanessa
by Kate Elizabeth Russell
-Literary, Thriller | Goodreads

For Review: audio

Cold Backed
A Dream Horse Mystery prologue
by Candace Carrabus
courtesy of publisher for blitz tour -Thanks
-Mystery, Cozy | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

The Knockout Queen
by Rufi Thorpe
in conversation with Chloe Benjamin
-YA, LGBTQ | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Bookshop West Portal
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

Rebel Cinderella:
From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes
by Adam Hochschild
-Historical | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Register and listen to the archive of this or to future Book Passages author talks for free (here)

by Colum McCann
in conversation with Dave Eggers
-Historical, Israel | Goodreads

AND watched: on Netflix

The Willoughbys (2020)
Director: Kris Pearn, Cory Evans, Rob Lodermeier
Screenplay: Kris Pearn, Mark Stanleigh, Priscilla Parizeau
Based on book by: Lois Lowry
Stars: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
-Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

Convinced they'd be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

CHECK this out...

My French Film Festival
stay-at-home version
available free!
extended to May 25 (here)
SEE my picks (here)


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

*** THANKS to those on the front line during these times ***
Shelter In Place - Day 48, Week 8

Stay healthy! Be safe!

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. I'd love to get donuts but it is tough to get tasty ones which are gluten-free. There are plenty of great sweets I can make though. Our weather has been good and looks almost perfect this week with days around 70 and only one day of rain. We are staying home, even if some things are opening up.

    Take care, be kind and sensible!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  2. I want a donut so bad. I’m trying to cut down on sugar, and I miss them. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I love and miss maple glazed donuts! I haven't had one in years!

    My Dark Vanessa is waiting on my shelves. Can't wait to read it.

  4. Maple glazed Old-Fashioned and Golden Gate Park- those would make my Happy List, too. :)

  5. Beautiful pic from the Park. Looks like a nice place to be right about now. :)

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  6. My Dark Vanessa gave me chills and broke my heart. The book I most want to read that arrived in my mailbox was Find Them Dead by Peter James.

  7. Mm... that doughnut sounds divine! And I love the pic of Stow Park Lake... Thank you for swinging by my blog. What a lovely spread of books and The Willoughby's looks like a nice escapist film - I'm finding it a struggle to find TV fictional viewing that isn't angst-ridden or steeped in violence. Have a peaceful, healthy week:)

  8. I've heard My Dark Vanessa is dark but so good. I hope you have a great week!

  9. A unexpected letter from a friend sounds cool!! So does the

  10. Beautiful park photo! Yum, I could go for a donut. Enjoy your books, I want to read My Dark Vanessa. The Willoughbys looks cute also. Have a good week!

  11. Fun on the unexpected letter from a friend.

    How was MY DARK VANESSA on audio?

    Take care, and I hope you have good week.

  12. Some interesting virtual opportunities here! Sorry I missed the French film festival. Maybe next time?

  13. That lake photo is lovely. Looks like such a peaceful and relaxing place. I hope you have a great week!

  14. I love the phot of the lake it looks so serene. Have a great week!

  15. An unexpected letter sounds does the doughnut...sitting by that pretty lake.
    Looks like an interesting book haul. Enjoy the week and your reading.


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