Sunday, July 19, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 7.19.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Working on french themed craft projects to post for Yarn Along July post for later this month.

2. Zucchini spaghetti - who knew it could be so tasty and pasta-like ;-)

3. Been seeing this stencil around from unknown artist. I'm calling it the Covid Kiss - new scavenger hunt while walking.


Library: audiobook

The Black Swan of Paris
by Karen Robards
Historical, WW2, Paris | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual
by Kim Izzo
Chick-lit, Jane Austen theme | Goodreads

For Review:

Engaging The Heiress
by Juli D. Revezzo
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Romance, Historical | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Booksmith
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Tune in Tuesdays 11am pst VIRTUAL: ZYZZYVA & The Booksmith Present: Lockdown Lit @ Lunch
A conversation between:
What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers by Jessica Pearce Rotondi
Memoir, History | Goodreads

Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Historical | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Reese's Book Club
Check it out via instagram (here)

A conversation between:

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Mystery, Thriller | Goodreads

One By One by Ruth Ware
Mystery, Thriller | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
A conversation between:
A Good Family by A.H. Kim
Mystery, Korean American | Goodreads

River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
Literary, China | Goodreads

A conversation between:
Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World by Leila Slimani
Essays, Feminism, Morocco, France | Goodreads

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
Feminism | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
A conversation between: Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl and Kate Hudson
Rad American History A-Z: Movements and Moments That Demonstrate the Power of the People (Rad Women)
by Kate Schatz
illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
History, Illustrated | Goodreads

A conversation between:
French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris by Scott Dominic Carpenter
Memoir, Travel, France | Goodreads

The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George by Don George
Travel | Goodreads

A conversation between: Miss Manners and Liam Mayclem
Minding Miss Manners: In an Era of Fake Etiquette by Judith Martin
Guide, Etiquette, USA | Goodreads


AND watched: virtual theatre for SFFILM Hong Kong Cinema (here)

Twilight's Kiss (2019)
Suk Suk (original title)
Director/Writer: Ray Yeung
Stars: Tai-Bo, Ben Yuen, Patra Au
Drama, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

SUK SUK is a quiet portrayal of a gay relationship between two men in their twilight years. PAK, 70, a married taxi driver who refuses to retire meets HOI 65, a retired single father. Although both are secretly gay, they are proud of the families they have created through hard work and hardship over the years. HOI is a member of the Mature Tongzhi Society, a social group, which caters for gay men who are over 60. The group is planning to attend a public forum to request the government to create senior citizen homes dedicated exclusively for gay people. However, due to the fact that most men in the group are in the closet, there is no one who is willing to voice their opinions in the public forum. HOI supports the notion of a gay senior citizen home and considers speaking in the public forum. However when HOI begins to wonder whether his son WAN suspect he is gay, his attitude shifts. As PAK and HOI fall in love they contemplate a possible future together. SUK SUK studies the subtle day-to-day moments of the two men as they struggle between conventional morals and their personal desires.

BEAUTIFUL, gentle, sad love story. Also, learned a bit of the LGBTQ situation in Hong Kong.


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  1. Oh I love a scavenger hunt! Hopefully you'll find them all. Sounds like you had an awesome week! Happy reading and have a safe week!

    My TTT

  2. Ah! It's good to know that courgette spaghetti is tasty, because I've been wanting to get a good-quality spiralizer, but wondered if they were worth the money... Have a peaceful week crammed with good books:)

  3. I’ve never tried veggie spaghetti, I’m trying to eat more veggies, I might give this a try.

  4. Your books look good! I enjoyed The Guest List and have added One by One to my list.

    Zucchini spaghetti sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. We have a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. Tonight though we are having regular noodles and I made sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. I'll be watching for the Yarn Along post. Have a lovely week. Stay safe and be kind.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  6. That kiss artwork is cute. I love things like that. Good luck with your projects. I hope you have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. I'd like to try those noodles. Your scavenger hunt sounds cool. The Ruth Ware virtual event would be neat.

  8. The Guest List is one I want to read.

  9. I have always liked scavenger hunts.
    I like spaghetti squash as well as zucchini spaghetti.
    The Yarn Along July sounds like fun too.
    Great selection of books for you.
    Happy Reading!


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