Sunday, June 20, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 6.20.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Packing up the old office to get ready for a move into a new location
2. Pool side dining with Grandma - felt like being on vacation on a tropical island
3. Amusing social distance sign - keep 3 sourdough baguettes apart
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Freebies: from Free Little Library
The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases
by Henning Mankell
translated by Ebba Segerberg, Laurie Thompson
Crime, Mystery, Sweden | Published: 2009 (first 1999) | Goodreads


Wretchedness
by Andrzej Tichý
translated by Nichola Smalley
Literary, Sweden | Published: 2020 (first 2016) | Goodreads


Miss Buncle's Book
by D.E. Stevenson
Classic, Humor, Historical, England | Published: 2012 (first 1934) | Goodreads


To Be Featured:
The Hive
by Gregg Olsen
Mystery, Thriller | Published: June 8, 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of author -Thanks!

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Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Buy Me Love
by Martha Cooley
Contemporary | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


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AND watched: virtual screening
The Sparks Brothers (2021)
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Documentary, Music | imdb | my rating: 5

THE SPARKS BROTHERS, is a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks.

Eye opening documentary on these prolific, inspiring, innovative artists. I only remember them from the 80's song Cool Places that featured Jane Wiedlin.

Shanghai Queer (2019)
Director: Xiangqi Chen
Writer: Jiamin Hu
Documentary, China | imdb | my rating: 4

Shanghai Queer documents LGBTQ communities' pursuit of equality and freedom in Shanghai, China.

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AND watched: DVD
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)
Director: David Leitch
Writers: Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce
Based on characters created by: Gary Scott Thompson
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba
Action, Adventure, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Perfect summer action and adventure with that familiar fun, fast and furious vibe.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Books and Puzzles: Hidden Valley Road

Mixed feels: Happy memories and sad but hopeful memoir

book: Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

puzzle: Secret Cottage (art by Dennis Lewan) from Milton Bradley Puzzle

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 6.13.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Receiving a pretty bouquet of flowers
2. Exploring intermittent fasting
3. Spotting a whimisical mural while walking on Polk Street
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Freebies: from Free Little Library
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
(Isabel Dalhousie #2)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Mystery, Scotland | Published: 2005 | Goodreads


For Review:
No Spring Chicken
Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability
by Francine Falk-Allen
Travel, Disability | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


The Personal Librarian
by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
Historical, New York | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


*!*~Winner~*!*
The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu
by Tom Lin
Western, Chinese American | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of author -Thanks!

To Be Featured:
Never Saw Me Coming
by Vera Kurian
Mystery | Published: September 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


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Virtual Author event: hosted by Third Place Books
See archive of this (here)

With Teeth
by Kristen Arnett
LGBTQ, Contemporary | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Rainbow Milk
by Paul Mendez
LGBTQ, Historical | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
See archive of this (here)
Animal
by Lisa Taddeo
Thriller, Feminism | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Should We Stay Or Should We Go
by Lionel Shriver
Contemporary | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


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AND watched: DVD
Promising Young Woman (2020)
Director/Writer: Emerald Fennell
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie
Crime, Drama, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Ooo, vengeance. A dark heroine of sorts who brought the shivers.

The Invisibile Man (2020)
Director/Screenplay: Leigh Whannell
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer
Drama, Horror, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Loved this new take on the invisible man. More shivers with this story.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Griffin's Heart by Reagan J. Pasternak

Griffin's Heart
Mourning Your Pet With No Apologies
by Reagan J. Pasternak
Self-help, memoir, grief, journal | Published: 2021 | Goodreads | website


Griffin’s Heart is an interactive guide to pet loss and navigating the grief process. Through journaling, healing exercises, and contributions, readers will find an outlet for their pain while creating a keepsake filled with beautiful memories.

Losing a pet can be devastating and isolating. The trauma and grief that ensues is often trivialized or misunderstood by friends and family but it is unyielding and must be attended to. Griffin's Heart is an unwavering companion during the most difficult time and provides the reader with practical tools to help make sense of and navigate grief and loss.

Author Reagan Pasternak’s own story unfolds as the pages progress, reminding readers that they are not alone in their sorrow and that hope exists for all of us.

A Memoir, Healing Journal, and Keepsake.

Mourning Your Pet With No Apologies

Reagan's Story

Healing Through Journaling

• Find comfort and meaning in your loss

• Discover hope through the author's story

• Create a keepsake filled with precious memories


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Happy release: The Hive by Gregg Olsen

The Hive
by Gregg Olsen
Mystery, Thriller | Published: June 8, 2021 | Goodreads

In the Pacific Northwest, police officer Lindsay Jackman is investigating the murder of a young journalist found at the bottom of a ravine. Lindsay soon learns that the victim was writing an exposé. Her subject: a charismatic wellness guru who’s pulled millions into her euphoric orbit… To hear Marnie Spellman tell it, when she was a child, a swarm of bees lifted her off the ground and toward the sunlight, an uncanny event on which Marnie built a cosmetics empire and became a legend, a healer, and the queen of holistic health and eternal beauty. In her inner circle is an intimate band of devotees called the Hive. They share Marnie’s secrets of success—including one cloaked in darkness for twenty years.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 6.6.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Start of my birthday month :-)
2. 3-day weekend - short work week
3. Walking the stairways in Corona Heights, Saturn (with garden), Vulcan stairway and Mt. Olympus (with obelisk monument). Couples pics in collage is from TT.

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To Be Featured:
What's Done in Darkness
by Laura McHugh
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


The Other Black Girl
by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


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Virtual Author event: hosted by Murder By The Book
See archive of this (here)
Dead Dead Girl
(Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1)
by Nekesa Afia
Mystery, Historical | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Third Place Books
See archive of this (here)
The Nature of Witches
by Rachel Griffin
YA, Fantasy, Witches | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


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AND watched: Netflix
High on the Hog (2021)
How African American Cuisine Transformed America
tv series
Documentary, History | imdb | my rating: 5

Black food is American food. Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas in this docuseries.

Foodies delight. Would love a meal at Hercules and Hemmings in Los Angeles.

AND watched: DVD
Tenet (2020)
Director/Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Huh?! But an entertaining wild ride in past/future/present?!

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Lah Lah La-La La La-La... A Little Bit Velvet

National Velvet (1963)
silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer on canvas
by Andy Warhol
136.25" x 83.5"
Ben Blackwell/S.F. Museum of Modern Art


READ:
National Velvet
by Enid Bahnold
Classic, YA, Horses | Published: 1953 (first 1935) | Goodreads

A butcher's daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with "Oh, God, give me horses, give me horses! Let me be the best rider in England!" The answer to 14-year-old Velvet Brown's plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald, raffled off in a village lottery, who turns out to be adept at jumping fences--exactly the sort of horse that could win the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National. Richly atmospheric of rural life in England between the World Wars, National Velvet has enchanted generations of readers since its 1935 debut. The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of following a dream.

WATCH:
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
Director/Writer: Dan Gilroy
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton
Horror, Mystery, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 4
A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

HEADS UP:
Velvet Was The Night
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Historical, Mystery, Noir, Mexico | Published: August 17, 2021 | Goodreads

STATE OF BEING...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Japanese Readathon June

Japanese Readathon June
hosted by @jplitreadathon

#MiniMangaReadathon
Dates: June 11th-13th, your own timezone

Prompt: FREE CHOICE
What Did You Eat Yesterday?
volume 1
by Fumi Yoshinaga
Manga, LGBTQ, Food | Published: 2014 | Goodreads | my rating: 4
cute couple and includes recipes


#JPLitReadathon
Dates: June 14th-20th, your own timezone

Prompts:

1. free choice

2. Pride Month celebration: book/author with LGBTQIA+ representation (if you're unsure where to look for, here's a Goodreads list that might help you out in picking up a book for this prompt (here) or search "Japanese LGBTQ+ literature (translated to English)" in Goodreads Lists search

Almost Transparent Blue
by Ryū Murakami
Horror, Japan | Published: 2003 (first 1976) | Goodreads | my rating: tba


3. group pick:
The Sound of Waves
by Yukio Mishima
Literary, Classic, Japan | Published: 1956 | Goodreads | my rating: 5


Monday, May 31, 2021

Wrap-up: May 2021

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Check Please!
volume 1: Hockey
by Ngozi Ukazu
Graphic Novel, YA, LGBTQ | Published: 2018 | Goodreads | my rating: 5
adorable characters with general feel good vibes

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.


Check Please!
volume 2: Sticks and Scones
by Ngozi Ukazu
Graphic Novel, YA, LGBTQ | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: 5
continues to be adorable with happy finale

I'm a junior on the Samwell men's hockey team now, and not only do I have new teammates and new responsibilities and new pies to bake... I've got a new beau. ( Remember me ) Believe me: Dating a professional hockey player wasn't anything I expected to do in college. My parents don't know; my teammates have no clue...

And Jack and I aren't sure that we want to keep it a secret.


The Wife and The Widow
by Christian White
Mystery, Thriller, Australia | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: 5
cool character twist, ooh that guilty conscious

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?
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* books not previously listed on book club or challenge posts
* header image source: reading woman

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 5.30.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update


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

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HAPPY THINGS:

1. Upcoming dates with friends and family
2. Craftivism (here)
3. Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, San Francisco (details) - WOW!

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Freebies: from Free Little Library
Our Violent Ends
by Chloe Gong
YA, Retelling, ARC | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


*!*~Winner~*!*
Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty
by Lauren Weisberger
ChickLit, ARC | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


To Be Featured:
Yes, Daddy
by Jonathan Parks-Ramage
Contemporary, Thriller, LGBTQ | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!


Gifted: tea cozy mysteries -Thanks, S!
Tea & Treachery
by Vicki Delany
Mystery, Cozy, Food | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

A Glimmer of a Clue
by Daryl Wood Gerber
Mystery, Cozy, Food | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Murder with Oolong Tea
by Karen Rose Smith
Mystery, Cozy, Food | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

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Virtual Author event: hosted by Books Inc.
See archive of this (here)
Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir
SciFi, Space | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by The Book Report Network
See archive of this (here)
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
by Robert Kolker
Biography, Mental Health | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Green Apple Books
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Things We Lost to the Water
by Eric Nguyen
Historical, LGBTQ, Vietnamese American | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passages
See archive of this (here)
Metropolitan Stories
by Christine Coulson
Short Stories, Art, New York | Published: 2019 | Goodreads


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AND watched: virtual theatre
Profile (2021-usa)
Director/Writer: Timur Bekmambetov
Writers: Britt Poulton, Olga Kharina
Based on book: In the skin of a Jihadist by Anna Érelle
Stars: Valene Kane, Morgan Watkins, Christine Adams, Shazad Latif
Mystery, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.

Story telling was unique in that perspectives and interactions were shown through social media outlets.

AND watched: virtual theatre for CAAM Festival (details)

Better Days (2019)
Shaonian de ni (original title)
Director: Derek Tsang
Screenplay: Wing-Sum Lam, Yuan Li, Yimeng Xu, Nan Chen
Based on book: In His Youth, In Her Beauty by Jiuyue Xi
Stars: Dongyu Zhou, Jackson Yee, Fang Yin
Crime, Drama, Family, China | imdb | my rating: 5

A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.

Beautiful film. Loved the character growth.

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