Sunday, April 11, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 4.11.21

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. The Alexander String Quartet (here):
2. Start of the SF Film Festival (virtual)
3. Dynamo Donuts in the Mission district

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Bought:
Cattle Kingdom
by Alan LeMay
Western, Classic, Pulp | Published: 1948 | Goodreads


Library: audiobook
Summer
by Ali Smith
Literary, England | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Library:
The Wife and The Widow
by Christian White
Mystery, Thriller, Australia | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

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Virtual Author event: hosted by Alta Magazine
Listen to archive of this and check out their calendar for future free author events (here)
Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
by Caribbean Fragoza
Short Stories, Horror, U.S., Mexico | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


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AND watched: virtual theatre for SF Film Festival (details)
The Dry (2020)
Director/Screenplay: Robert Connolly
Screenplay: Harry Cripps, Samantha Strauss
Based on book by: Jane Harper
Stars: Eric Bana, Genevieve O'Reilly, Keir O'Donnell
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Australia | imdb | my rating: 5

Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound - the unsolved death of a teenage girl.

Lily Topples the World (2021)
Director: Jeremy Workman
Stars: Lily Hevesh
Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

Lily Topples The World follows 20-year-old Lily Hevesh - the world's greatest domino toppler and the only woman in her field - in a coming-of-age story of artistry, passion, and unlikely triumph.

A Leave (2020)
Director/Writer: Ran-hee Lee
Stars: Ah-Seok Kim, Bong-ha Lee, Woon-Seop Shin
Drama, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

Middle-aged worker Jaebok recently lost a lawsuit asking for the invalidation of his recent dismissal. Sitting in a tent in the cold weather, he and his colleagues lose their will to fight further and feel pity for not being able to relish the time off work. Jaebok returns home but what awaits him are his daughters neglecting him and the feeling of worthlessness. His misery is aggravated because he cannot provide financial support for his oldest daughter's college tuition, and a longpadded coat that his little one has always wanted. The issues that director Lee has drawn attention to in her short films are now coalesced, developed and displayed in A Leave, her feature film debut.


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Friday, April 9, 2021

Japanese Literature Challenge 2021

Japanese Literature Challenge
(self-challenge)
April to December 2021

After The Quake
by Haruki Murakami
translated by Jay Rubin
Short Stories, Japan | Goodreads | my rating: tba

Spring Snow
by Yukio Mishima
translated by Michael Gallagher
Horror, Ghosts, Japan | Goodreads | my rating: tba

The Summer of the Ubume
by Natsuhiko Kyogoku
translated by Alexander O. Smith, Elye J. Alexander
Horror, Ghosts, Japan | Goodreads | my rating: tba

Where the Wild Ladies Are
by Aoko Matsuda
translated by Polly Barton
Short Stories, Feminism, Japan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: tba


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* image header source: reading woman
* also reading picks for:
Japanese Literature Challenge Jan-Mar (here)
Japanese Mystery Readalong Book Club (here)
TW Book Club (here)
Japanese Readathon April (here)

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Japanese Readathon April

Japanese Readathon April
hosted by @jplitreadathon

#MiniMangaReadathon (manga)
date: April 16th-18th, your own timezone
prompt: free choice (read as many manga titles, volumes, chapters as your heart desires)
The Promised Neverland
Volume 1
by Kaiu Shirai
illustrated by Posuka Demizu
Manga, Japan | Published: 2016 | Goodreads | my rating: tba

#JPLitReadathon (Japanese literature)
date: April 19th-25th, your own timezone

prompts:
1. free choice
In Praise of Shadows
by Jun'ichirĊ Tanizaki translated by Edward G. Seidensticker, Thomas J. Harper
Essay, Architecture, Art, Japan | Published: 1977 (first 1933) | Goodreads | my rating: tba

2. a new beginning: author new to you or genre new to you or anything else from the Japanese literature that might be new to you
Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Memoir, Travel, Buddhism, Japan | Published: 2016 | Goodreads | my rating: tba


3. group pick:
The Old Capital
by Yasunari Kawabata
translated by J. Martin Holman and Vanja Lantz
Classic, Historical, Japan | Published: 2006 (first 1962) | Goodreads | my rating: tba

Mini challenges:

1. arts & crafts: make a bookmark and draw a character or scene from an anime, manga, novel of your choice, so you can use for this edition or future editions - made a matching bookmark for the group read
2. watch an anime movie
The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017)
Yoru wa mijikashi aruke yo otome (original title)
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Screenplay: Makoto Ueda
Based on book by: Tomihiko Morimi
Stars: Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Japan | imdb | my rating: tba

In this comedy about one epic night in Kyoto, a college sophomore goes on a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife, all the while unaware of the romantic longings of her classmate Senpai.

3. cook a Japanese dish that is new to you: tba

4. beautiful cover: share with us a picture of your most favorite edition of a Japanese book that sits on your shelf
Cherry blossoms theme pairing of Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima and Cherry Blossom Parade puzzle I found at Walmart.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

TW Book Club 2021

TW Book Club
(Tokyo Weekender)
January to December 2021
details | Goodreads

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January: The View From Breast Pocket Mountain
by Karen Hill Anton
Memoir, Travel, Japan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: tba

February: The Forest of Wool and Steel
by Natsu Miyashita
translated by Philip Gabriel
Literary, Music, Japan | Published: 2019 | Goodreads | my rating: tba

March: Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Memoir, Travel, Buddhism, Japan | Published: 2016 | Goodreads | my rating: tba


April: Water, Wood and Wild Things:
Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town
by Hannah Kirshner
Travel, Memoir, Food, Recipes, Japan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: tba

May: Lonely Castle in the Mirror
by Mizuki Tsujimura
translated by Philip Gabriel
Fantasy, YA, Japan | Published: 2021 (first 2017) | Goodreads | my rating: tba

June: Stranger in the Shogun's City:
A Japanese Woman and Her World
by Amy Stanley
Biography, Japan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads | my rating: tba

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Japanese Mystery Readalong Book Club 2021

Japanese Mystery Readalong Book Club
March to December 2021
(details)
March: The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows
by Edogawa Rampo
translated by Ian Hughes
Mystery, Japan | Published: 2006 (first 1928) | Goodreads | my rating: 4
old school mystery presentation with speculations hashed and re-hashed; what naughty women
April: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
by Soji Shimada
translated by Ross MacKenzie, Shika MacKenzie
Mystery, Japan | Published: 2015 (first 1981) | Goodreads | my rating: tba
May: Malice
by Keigo Higashino
translated by Alexander O. Smith
Mystery, Crime, Japan | Published: 2014 | Goodreads | my rating: tba
June: Real World
by Natsuo Kirino
translated by Philip Gabriel
Mystery, Horror, Japan | Published: 2008 (first 2003) | Goodreads | my rating: tba

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 4.4.21

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. Calamari Israeli Couscous at lokma
2. Booktubers - Books and Bao (here); with cindy (here)
3. Easter decorations in Bernal Heights

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Library: audiobook
Where the Wild Ladies Are
by Aoko Matsuda
translated by Polly Barton
Short Stories, Feminism, Japan | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Library:
The Old Capital
by Yasunari Kawabata
translated by J. Martin Holman and Vanja Lantz
Classic, Historical, Japan | Published: 2006 (first 1962) | Goodreads


Borrowed: from friend/family
The Unreal and the Real:
Selected Stories Volume I
Where on Earth
by Ursula K. LeGuin
Short Stories, SciFi, Speculative Fiction | Published: 2012 | Goodreads


The Unreal and the Real:
Selected Stories Volume II
Outer Space, Inner Lands
by Ursula K. LeGuin
Short Stories, SciFi, Speculative Fiction | Published: 2012 | Goodreads


Freebies: from Free Little Library
The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
Mystery, Thriller | Published: 2019 | Goodreads


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AND watched: Netflix
The Trial of the Chicago (2020)
Director/Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen
Drama, History, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

AND watched: online
Firebringer (2016)
Directed by Julia Albain, Nick Lang
Music & Lyrics: Meredith Stepien, Mark Swiderski
Based on book by: Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Brian Holden
Musical | youtube | my rating: 5

Meet Jemilla and her tribe of stone-age pals. Every day, they work hard collecting nuts and berries. Every night, they take cover in their cave, hiding from the most fearsome predator alive... Snarl. When the tribe troublemaker, Zazzalil, goes out during a storm to test her latest invention, she stumbles upon the most important discovery in human history. It's one that will take her on a whirlwind journey from omega to alpha, as she becomes... the Firebringer!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Books and Puzzles: Black Lizard

This pairing includes a puzzle of Vincent Van Gogh's Souvenir de Mauve which is a piece dated March 1888 and the March Japanese Mystery Readalong Book Club selection, The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows by Edogawa Rampo.
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fyi: March 30 - Van Gogh's birthday

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 3.28.21

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. Received my renewed passport in the mail faster than expected.
2. Learning about the Guerilla Girls political art (here)
3. Outdoor reading with a Matcha Latte at a cafe - The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows by Edogawa Rampo for Japanese Mystery Readalong Book Club (here)

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Bought:
Play the Red Queen
by Juri Jurjevics
Mystery, Historical, Vietnam | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Library: audiobook
In Order to Live
A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
by Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers
Memoir, Korea | Published: 2015 | Goodreads


Library:
Ex Libris
100+ Books to Read and Reread
by Michiko Kakutani
illustrated by Dana Tanamachi
Memoir, Essays | Published: 2020 | Goodreads


Freebies: from Free Little Library
Yolk
by Mary H.K. Choi
YA, Mental Health, Korean American | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


For Review:
VIDAS
Deep in Mexico and Spain
by Edward Stanton
Travel, Memoir, Mexico, Spain | Published: March 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher - Thanks!
The Bounty
by Janet Evanovich, Steve Hamilton
Mystery, Thriller, Paris | Published: March 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher - Thanks!

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San Francisco School of Needlework & Design
Embroidery lecture series (details):
Erica Wilson - A Life in Stitches
by Linda Eaton and Anne Hilker
Biography, Embroidery | Published: 2020 | details | virtual exhibition

Elizabethan Lady, circa 1973 (source)

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AND watched: DVD
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Director: Marielle Heller
Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
Inspired by article: "Can You Say... Hero?" by Tom Junod
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper
Biography, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.

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