Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lovely Books and Things - 9.13.20

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Discount coupon for fresh bagels at House of Bagels - oh yeah, going for garlic bagels!
2. Listening to KPop - back to my gateway band, MBLAQ :-)
3. Before the smoke alert days this past week on a daily walk I found this stencil in front of 4-Star theatre (miss movie outings). Dorothy and her famous last words...There's no place like home.


Library: audiobook
Mexican Gothic
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Historical, Horror, Mexican | Goodreads


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

Nevertheless, She Wore It: 50 Iconic Fashion Moments
by Ann Shen
History, Fashion, Feminism | Goodreads

Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
A conversation between: Sophie Yanow and Suzy Exposito
The Contradictions by Sophie Yanow
Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Feminism, Travel, Paris | 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: Mary Ladd and Don Asmussen
The Wig Diaries
by Mary Ladd
illustrated by Don Asmussen
Memoir, Cancer, Humor | Goodreads

A conversation between: Rhy Bowen and Cara Black
The Last Mrs. Summers
by Rhys Bowen
Mystery, Historical, British | Goodreads

AND watched: on Netflix

Desperados (2020)
Director: LP
Writer: Ellen Rapoport
Stars: Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp
Comedy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3

A panicked young woman, with her reluctant friends in tow, rushes to Mexico to try and delete a ranting email she sent to her new boyfriend.

CRAZY feels, fun and friendship.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Director: Craig Brewer
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps
Biography, Comedy, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

LOVED Rudy's spirit, passion and drive.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
Director: David Dobkin
Writers: Will Ferrell, Andrew Steele
Stars: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens
Comedy, Music | imdb | my rating: 5

When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world's biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

DREAMERS doing it, gotta love it!

Readalong update:

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen | Goodreads
co-read with Naida at the the bookworm

Aug 17-23: Prologue & chapter 1
I got halfway through the introduction and decided to stop as it was getting too spoilery for me. I will get back to it later along with the acknowledgments which was also part of the front matter of the book.

Enjoying the details of the trek and learning about the various members of the party and how they function.

Aug 24-30: chapter 2
Importance of a good comfortable pair of hiking boots made an impression. Similar to what I found when I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Love his writing style. Felt the cold, danger and beauty of the Himalayas as the search for the Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard continue.

"I am here to be here, like these rocks and sky and snow, like this hail that is falling down out of the sun." -page 108

Liked the reference and thoughts about the Yeti.

Aug 31-Sep 6: chapter 3
Meditation and expectations.

Sep 7-13: chapter 4 & wrap-up
Final thoughts and observations by the author of the place and people left me ready for a new outlook on future travel adventures.


* 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 181, Week 27

Stay healthy! Be safe!

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. Ack, I need to get round to starting Mexican Gothic. Every time I see it I remember that I'm excited to read it... but argh, so many books, so little time.

    Here's my weekly roundup post!

  2. Enjoy Mexican Gothic, I've had my eye on it.
    I enjoyed The Snow Leopard by and found it so interesting! Alot of stuff I would not have thought of like the danger along the way. Thanks for co-reading. Stay well!

  3. I hope you like Mexican Gothic, I loved it - though it was a while before I could look a mushroom in the face... The idea of Will Ferrell playing a contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest is hilarious - and it wouldn't be hard to turn the whole premise of the competition into a comedy wouldn't be a huge stretch from the way it plays out most years, anyway. Have a great week!

  4. Aw that stencil is cool! And yay for yummy bagels.

    I love the cover of the Rhys Bowen book. I read one of those a while ago.

    Hope you have a great new week! :) :)

  5. I have all of those Netflix picks on my list! :-)

  6. I enjoyed Mexican Gothic on audio. Happy listening. I love all things garlic, so those bagels sound lovely. I am streaming Lucifer at the moment I am watching season 4. Have a great week!

  7. Great coupon to snag. Fresh bagels are the best. Fun sidewalk stencil. Have a good week!

  8. My daughter is a huge KPop fan and knows all the groups but I know next to nothing. I always think I will watch Netflix or something and never do. I hope you enjoy your new reads!

    Anne - Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post

  9. Yummmm i haven't had a bagel in an eon

  10. What a cool stencil! And how sad it is that movies are a thing of the past...for now.

  11. Fresh bagels are something I do miss in our small town.
    Nice stencil.
    Enjoy your reading/listening and sidewalk exploring!

  12. LOVE the Dorothy stencil.

    ENJOY your books, and I hope you are having a good week.

  13. I love virtual author events. I now get to listen to far more authors than I did for real life events. I hope they continue.


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