Sunday, January 24, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 1.24.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Feeling hopeful with thoughts of better days ahead.
2. Home made chocolate chip cookies. mmmm.
3. Unicorn puzzles to puzzle. This is one of twelve by Cra-Z-Art.
Library: audiobook
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
translated by Geoffrey Trousselot
Fantasy, Time Travel, Japan | Published: 2019 (first 2015) | Goodreads

These Violent Delights
by Chloe Gong
YA, History, Retelling Romeo & Juliet | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
Equal Rites
by Terry Pratchett
Fantasy, Humor, Witches | Published: 2009 (first 1987) | Goodreads
A Little Book of Japanese Contentments:
Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-sabi, and More
by Erin Niimi Longhurst
illustrated by Ryo Takemasa
Cultural, Travel, Japan | Published: 2018 | Goodreads

AND watched: Netflix
El Camino (2019)
A Breaking Bad Movie
Director/Writer: Vince Gilligan
Stars: Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons
Action, Crime, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Fugitive Jesse Pinkman runs from his captors, the law, and his past.

WRAPS up things well with the closure of Jesse's story.

AND watched: virtual theatre
Soul (2020)
Director/Screenplay: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers
Screenplay: Mike Jones
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz -- and he's good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.

LOVE how this explores passion.


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Friday, January 22, 2021

Wrap up: Books 2020 pt2

This is another wrap up to catch up with the rest of the books read in 2020.
America's First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray
Historical, USA | Published: 2016 | Goodreads | my rating: 4
my two-bits: For the most part I liked this story. Some of it new to me as I did not know much about Jefferson's personal life. With Patsy and so many children, I wonder why she never opted for the birth control option she knew of. While the story got tedious at times, it works if you are in the mood for soap opera-like drama of that time period.
The Devil And The Dark Water
by Stuart Turton
Historical, Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: 4
my two-bits: Enjoyed the old-ish sea-faring vibe.

Long Bright River
by Liz Moore
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: 4
my two-bits: It turned out better than expected. I was dreading how it might end which is most likely why it took me so long to finish. Sure had a couple twists. So glad it turned out the the way it did.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Book Stitchalong 2021

Book Stitchalong 2021
hosted by Meg Scarbie Art
#bookstitchalong2021 on instagram
create a piece based on the books read this year

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (in progress)
Legacy by Cayla Kluver (piece up next)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 1.17.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)


1. Cozy reading beside a fireplace. Or getting that vibe from Ambience/ASMR: Edwardian Library/Study with Fireplace & Snowfall via YouTube (here).
2. Start of the free Short films at French Film Festival, January 15 to February 15 (here)
3. Browsing open shops in Japan Town mall


Library: audiobook
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab
Fantasy, Historical, Romance | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

volume 1
by Alice Oseman
Graphic Novel, Romance, LGBTQ | Published: 2016 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library

The Best American Travel Writing 2000
edted by Bill Bryson
Essays, Travel | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


AND watched: Netflix
Enola Holmes (2020)
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Screenplay: Jack Thorne
Based on book: The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter
Action, Adventure, Crime | imdb | my rating: 5

When Enola Holmes-Sherlock's teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.

LOVED meeting more of the clever thinking Holmes family members.

AND watched: virtual theatre

Minari (2020)
Director/Writer: Lee Isaac Chung
Stars: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim
Drama, Korean American | imdb | my rating: 5

A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.

TOUCHING moments in this immigrant experience.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Jane-austenesque 2021

Jane-austenesque 2021
doing things Jane Austen related
* read - watch - listen - craft - puzzle - etc. *

JANUARY: watch
Lady Susan: Facts are Such Horrid Things!

Lady Susan adapted by Bettye Dew and performed by members of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Region on December 4, 2020 - the video will be available for 90 days, until March 4, 2021 (here)

my two-bits: Nice online zoom storytelling of a Jane Austen epistolary.

Young Filmmakers Contest
Jane Austen themed short films
hosted by JASNA Southwest
Available to watch after premiere on January 24
(details here)

First place (20+)—Jillian Davis and Yolanda Rodriguez, “Jane Austen Virtual Book Club”
First place (under 20)—Thomas Fitzgerald, “Handsome, Clever and Rich”
Second place (20+)—Lydia Smith, “A Letter to Jane”
Second place (under 20)—Elliot Cagle, “A Certain Step Towards Falling in Love”
Third place (20+)—Courtney Birnbaum, “Morland and Mishaps”
Third place (under 20)—Sajween Khan, “Letters to Cassandra”

FEBRUARY: nibbles

my delectables: pic tba

MARCH: embroidery

my stitchery: pic tba

APRIL: puzzle
Pride and Puzzlement: A Jane Austen Puzzle
A 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Featuring Literature's Most Beloved Characters and Couples
art by Jaqui Oakley
release date: March 29, 2021 | details

Featuring illustrations and information about Austen’s most famous novels and characters like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mr. Knightley from Emma, Elinor and Margaret Dashwood from Sense and Sensibilty, and more, this puzzle, with its accompanying frameable poster, is perfect for both longtime fans and Austen newbies.

my two-bits: tba


* header image source: cover of Austenland by Shannon Hale

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 1.10.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Energy and motivation to organize closet. Pre-spring cleaning ;-)
2. Surprise lasagne meal with oreo cookies for dessert from friend.
3. Creative plant presentations.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
MinaLima Edition
by J.K. Rowling
YA, Fantasy | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Excited to see the interactive elements to this new illustrated edition.

Library: audiobook
The Down Days
by Ilze Hugo
Dystopia, South Africa | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Artificial Condition
(The Murderbot Diaries #2)
by Martha Wells
SciFi, Novella | Published: 2018 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Skottie Young
Middle Grade, Fantasy | Published: 2013 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Strand Bookstore
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
by Marie Benedict
Historical, Mystery, Agatha Christie | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


AND watched: on Netflix
Bridgerton (2020)
Creator: Chris Van Dusen
Based on book by: Julia Quinn
Stars: Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan
Drama, Romance, Regency | imdb | my rating: 5
Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

LOVED the diversity take for this romance. Enjoyed the costumes and soundtrack (especially the Billie Eilish cover)

Someone Great (2019)
Director/Writer: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Stars: Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow, Alex Moffat
Comedy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 3
After a devastating break up on the eve of her cross-country move, Jenny enjoys one last NYC adventure with her two best pals. Someone Great is a romantic comedy about love, loss, growth and the everlasting bond of female friendship.

CUTE moments and liked the growth spurts for each of the characters.

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
Director: Frank Coraci
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Stars: Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider
Action, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5
An outlaw who was raised by Native Americans discovers that he has five half-brothers. Together the men go on a mission to find their wayward, deadbeat dad.

WESTERN tropes with fun and funny bits. And, interesting twists.

AND watched: on DVD
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Director/Screenplay/Story: Wes Anderson
Story/: Hugo Guinness
Inspired by writings by: Stefan Zweig
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Adventure, Comedy, Crime | imdb | my rating: 5 | rewatch
A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge.

INSPIRED to rewatch this as I wanted to see the details and whimsy parts.


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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Medieval-a-thon 2021

Medieval-a-thon 2021
hosted by Holly Hearts Books
January 10 to February 10, 2021
details: twitter | instagram | youtube | discord


I will follow the Seamstress route and try to rise in the nobility ranks from a lowly Prisoner to an enchanting Empress.
Read a book you are unsure about:
The Betrayal of Trust
by Mystery, Crime, England
Published: 2011
Mystery, Crime, England | Goodreads | my rating: tba | my two-bits: tba

First book to a series:
The Bridal Wreath
(Kristin Lavransdatter #1)
by Sigrid Undset
translated by Charles Archer J.S. Scott
Published: 1987 (first 1920)
Historical, Classic, Scandinavian | Goodreads | my rating: tba | my two-bits: tba

A book embossed or foiling on the cover:
by Cayla Kluver
Published: 2011
YA, Fantasy, Romance | Goodreads | my rating: tba | my two-bits: tba

The last book you bought/borrowed:
by Sylvia Plath
Published: 2010 (first 1966)
Poetry, Feminism, American | Goodreads | my rating: tba | my two-bits: tba

Prettiest book on your shelf:
Breasts and Eggs
by Mieko Kawakami
translated by Sam Bett, David Boyd
Published: 2020
Literary, Feminism, Japan | Goodreads | my rating: 5
my two-bits: Got me thinking about the female body, children and meaning of life.

MORE picks required to rise in the ranks:
Bad Debts
by Peter Temple
Published: 2005 (first 1996)
Mystery, Australia | Goodreads |my rating: tba | my two-bits: tba

A Closed and Common Orbit
by Becky Chambers
Published: 2016
SciFi, Space Opera | Goodreads |my rating: tba | my two-bits: tba

RESULTS: tba after February 10

Friday, January 8, 2021

ibc 2021

International Book Club
(my online book club 2021 pics)
complete list (here)

The Paying Guests
by Sarah Waters
Historical, LGBTQ | Published: 2014
Goodreads | my rating: 5
my two-bits: Female friendship and beyond.

by Charlotte McConaghy
Literary, Dystopia | Published: 2020
Goodreads | my rating: tba

The Sun Down Motel
by Simone St. James
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2020
Goodreads | my rating: tba

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