Sunday, August 2, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 8.2.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Falling into the internet rabbit hole about puzzles. And then, starting a 1,000 piece summer themed puzzle that I won from Marlene M. Bell's book tour in June.

2. Mason Jar Smoothies - made without a blender (details) and trying out recipes from Pick Up Limes (here) - so far loving the Mango Spinach combo

3. Grabbing a burrito from local eatery next door to the laundromat on wash day.


Library: audiobook

The Jane Austen Society
by Natalie Jenner
narrated by Richard Armitage !!!
Historical, Romance, Jane Austen theme | Goodreads

Writers & Lovers
by Lily King
narrated by Stacey Glemboski
Literary | Goodreads

For Review:

Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter
by Juli D. Revezzo
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Historical, Romance, England | 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:
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich | Historical, North Dakota | Goodreads
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett | Historical, Literary, Family | Goodreads

A conversation between:
Deacon King Kong by James McBride | Historical, Literary | Goodreads
The Library Book by Susan Orlean | History, True Crime | Goodreads


AND watched: online virtual theatre, Roxie

Around the Sun (2019)
Director: Oliver Krimpas
Writer: Jonathan Kiefer
Book reference: Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds by Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
Stars: Cara Theobold, Gethin Anthony
Drama, set in France | imdb | my rating: 5

Touring a repossessed French chateau, a film location scout falls for its flirtatious representative, who recounts the story of an influential book written there. But is their connection for real, or just a projection of the book's characters?

ROMANTIC and cerebral rendezvous and déjà vu moments as a couple walks through a beautiful setting in France.

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

Lion Rock (2019)
Shi zi shan shang (original title)
Director: Nick Leung
Screenplay: Man-Ho Cheng, Cheung Chung-Leong, Nick Leung
Stars: Alex Tak-Shun Lam, Michelle Wai, Kevin Kam-Yin Chu
Drama, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 4

In 2011, Lai Chi-wai - one of the top rock climbers in Asia - lost everything when a motorcycle accident took away his ability to walk. Rather than succumbing to his fate, Lai found his own way of scaling those dizzying peaks again. With his second feature, Nick Leung offers a remarkable change of pace, eschewing the macabre humour of his debut Get Outta Here for an inspiring and touching tale about how a human being overcomes adversity. Featuring a career-best performance from Alex Lam as the wheelchair-bound athlete, this incredible fact-based story is a rousing tribute to Hong Kong's never-say-die spirit.

VIBRANT positive human spirit is inspiring. Surreal scenes brought in a touch of dark humor.


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

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  1. You've got so many great books here. I really liked Writers & Lovers. And the virtual author visits look lovely, too.

    Have a great week! Take care.

  2. oh I hate doing laundry at a laundrymat in good times. I would not enjoy it now. I did find some nice ones when on vacation last year in Maine which weren't so bad.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  3. Now you've made me want a burrito! ...This is not really a complaint. :D Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier -- hope you have a good week!

  4. Puzzles are fun! And smoothies too haha.

    Lion rock looks quite good.

  5. All of your books look good, especially The Jane Austen Society. I hope you enjoy all of them and have a great week!

  6. I still need to listen to The Jane Austen Society
    by Natalie Jenner

  7. I’ve read Euphoria by Lily King which I enjoyed, I hope Writers & Lovers is as good.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  8. Mason Jar Smoothies, how curious! Puzzles are a good way to beat the summer heat. :)
    Loved Jane Austen Society narrated by RA!
    Have a good week!

  9. Internet rabbit holes are the best and it’s always such random things I find myself looking at!

    Your books all look fab, have a lovely week!

  10. I love burritos! They make me happy for sure. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. I have to avoid Facebook because somehow a 5 minute peek doesn't end until 2 hours later.
    I need to find time to do a jigsaw - I do enjoy them.
    Lots of good books for you. Courting the Stationmaster’s Daughter is one I think I would like.
    Happy Reading!

  12. Puzzles and smoothies sound prefect for summer! I hope you love The Jane Austen Society on audio as much as I did!


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