Sunday, July 5, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 7.5.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Strawberry Drop Biscuits from NYT cooking (here) - added chocolate chips for extra yummy

2. Hadestown musical - performed pieces on NPR Tiny Desk Concert (here) - hope this show goes on tour with a stop in San Francisco

3. Honey Bear Scavenger Hunt by artist fnnch - something fun to look for on my walks about town



Don’t Send Flowers
by Martin Solares
Mystery, Crime, Mexico | Goodreads

The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead
Historical, Pulitzer Prize 2020 | Goodreads

Library: audiobook

The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich
narrated by author
-Historical, North Dakota | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library

Stamboul Train
by Graham Greene
Classics, Mystery, British lit, train travel | Goodreads

Don't have this cover version, but cover love this one.

For Review:

Falling for Provence
by Paulita Kincer
courtesy of France Book Tours -Thanks!
Women's Fiction, France | 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 with:
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui
Nonfiction, Swimming | Goodreads
The Firsts: The Women Who Shook Capitol Hill by Jennifer Steinhauer
Feminism, Politics, History | Goodreads

A conversation with:
Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why by Alexandra Petri
Essay, Politics, Humor | Goodreads
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washingtonby Alexis Coe
History, Biography, Politics | Goodreads

We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems
by Jessica Care Moore
Poetry, Feminism | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Politics and Prose Bookstore
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump
by Mary C. Jordan
Biography, Politics | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters
by Dominique Crenn, Emma Brockes
Memoir, Food | Goodreads


AND watched: on YouTube

Sanditon (2019)
The Musical 200 Years Later
Creator: Chris Brindle
Based on book by: Jane Austen, Anna Lefroy
Stars: William Hastings, Rebecca Huish
Musical, Jane Austen-theme | my rating: 4

In 1817 Jane Austen left an unfinished novel full of characters, issues and situations for posterity to finish sometime in the future. After she had inherited the manuscript in 1845 her niece Anna Lefroy added a continuation, similarly unfinished. In 2014 Chris Brindle put both fragments together and finished them as a play whilst also filming a documentary in Hampshire and Berkshire about the rivalry between niece Anna and nephew James Edward to honour and build the literary reputation of their late aunt. To mark the bicentenary of the death of Austen and the writing of 'Sanditon' Chris wrote and filmed two versions of 'Song For Jane Austen' and then kept on writing songs for all the characters in the book. Gradually the Play became a Musical with assistance of the recording studio of guitarist David Edward Booth in Bedfield Suffolk, and the piano genius of Vicky Clubb in Colchester. Finally with the assistance of Angie Diggens the whole thing was reduced to a show that could be premiered on the small stage of the Studio at 'The Other Palace' in Victoria, London on July 26th 2019. This filmed version is the work of more genius from Steve Dorrington, Tristan Syrett and Roger Allen at Colchester film-makers Aura Films.

AND currently binge-ing:

on Netflix:
Schitt's Creek, season 5
Marcella, season 1
Breaking Bad, season 5

on Crunchyroll:
Zombie Land Saga (Japanese anime)


Happy July the 4th weekend


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  1. UM- no. No to chocolate chips in breakfast food. My daughter likes chocolate that way. She likes them in her pancakes where I want fruit or nuts. Enjoy your week!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  2. My youngest likes chips in her I love the honey bear scavenger hunt. What fun!

    Enjoy your reads!

  3. Strawberry drop biscuits sound fantastic with or without chocolate chips! Enjoy your week!

  4. How are you liking Marcella? I'm a fan of the show although season 1 was my favorite- the next two were't as good for me (but that's just me, I'm sure others liked them!). I really liked the mystery of S1 though... I just finished Deadwind S2 on Netflix, a similar show but Finnish.

    The train mystery looks pretty good!

  5. Ooh, I like your political/history nonfiction books. I’ve gotten interested in those over the past few years. I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. The Honeybear scavenger hunt sounds cool. Sanditon as a musical play would be fun. I had no idea Graham Greene wrote mysteries.

    Have a good week and happy belated 4th!

  7. Those biscuits do sound yummy! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week.

  8. The Honey Bear Scavenger Hunt sounds so fun! Enjoy your books.

  9. Love biscuits but not sure about chocolate for breakfast.
    The Honeybear scavenger hunt sure sounds fun!
    Lots of good books this week. The Firsts sounds interesting.
    Have another good week and Happy Reading!

  10. Love The Honey Bear Scavenger Hunt too.

    I don't like to swim so I am curious to see what I am missing. LOL!!

    ENJOY the rest of your week.


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