Sunday, January 31, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 1.31.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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1. Catching up with videos by booktubers: Savidge Reads, cari can read, monica kim, Books with Chloe
2. Finding a missing puzzle piece in an unexpected place. Whew!
3. Browsing independent bookstores - Green Apple Books on Clement


Library: audiobook
The Memory Police
by Yoko Ogawa
translated by Stephen Snyder
Dystopia, Japanese-Japan | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

The Best of Me
by David Sedaris
Essays, Memoir, Humor | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

The Viscount Who Loved Me
(Bridgertons #2)
by Julia Quinn
Romance, Regency | Published: 2000 | Goodreads
listening to the English version, but showing off this cute cover

AND watched: DVD
Birds of Prey (2020)
And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Director: Cathy Yan
Writer: Christina Hodson
Harley character created by: Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
Stars: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett, Ella Jay Basco
Action, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 5

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

GIRL power rockin' it.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
Director/Writer: Eliza Hittman:
Stars: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder
Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.

SOME harsh realities.

Phantom Lady (1944)
Director: Robert Siodmak
Screenplay: Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Based on book by: William Irish (pseud.), Cornell Woolrich
Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | imdb | my rating: 5

A devoted secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

COURAGEOUS lady doings for love.


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Friday, January 29, 2021

Poetry Challenge

Poetry Challenge

Here is a challenge based on titles on a card from the Bibliophile note card collection by Jane Mount.

This is a big challenge for me as poetry is not my usual reading genre and not sure how it will go. So there is no end date and I plan to use this post as a checklist as I read each.


77 Dream Songs
by John Berryman
Poetry, USA | Published: 2001 (first 1964) | Goodreads | read: tba

Annie Allen
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Poetry, African American, USA | Published: 1972 | Goodreads | read: tba

by Sylvia Plath
Poetry, Feminism, USA | Published: 2010 (first 1966) | Goodreads | read: 1/26/21

Autobiography of Red
by Anne Carson
Poetry, LGBTQ, Canada | Published: 1999 (first 1998) | Goodreads | read: tba

by Charles Baudelaire
Poetry, France | Published: 1993 (first 1942) | Goodreads | read: tba

by Audre Lorde
Poetry, Feminism, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 1996 (first 1976) | Goodreads | read: tba

Collected Poems
by e.e. cummings
Poetry, USA | Published: 2016 (first 1991) | Goodreads | read: tba

Dance Dance Revolution
by Cathy Park Hong
Poetry, Dystopia, Asian | Published: 2007 | Goodreads | read: tba

Dickinson Poems
by Emily Dickinson
Poetry, USA | Published: 1993 (first 1890) | Goodreads | read: tba

Field Work
by Seamus Heaney
Poetry, Ireland | Published: 1981 (first 1979 | Goodreads | read: tba
by Allen Ginsberg
Poetry, LGBTQ, USA| Published: 2015 (first 1956) | Goodreads | read: tba
Just Give Me A Glass of Water 'Fore I Diiie
by Maya Angelou
Poetry, Feminism, African American | Published: 1977 (first 1971) | Goodreads | read: tba
Leave of Grass
by Walt Whitman
Poetry, | Published: 2007 (1885) | Goodreads | read: tba
Life on Mars
by Tracy K. Smith
Poetry, SciFi, African American| Published: 2011 | Goodreads | read: tba
Lunch Poems
by Frank O'Hara
Poetry, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 2014 (first 1964) | Goodreads | read: tba
Poems New and Collected
by Wislawa Szymborska
Poetry, Poland | Published: 2000 (first 1998) | Goodreads | read: tba
Selected Poems
by Lanston Hughes
Poetry, African American | Published: 1990 (first 1959) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Collected Poems
by Wallace Stevens
Poetry, USA | Published: 2015 (first 1954) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Complete Poems 1927-1979
by Elizabeth Bishop
Poetry, LGBTQ, USA| Published: 1984 (first 1980) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Dream of a Common Language
by Adrienne Ric
Poetry, Feminism, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 2013 (first 1978) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
Poetry, Spirituality, Philosophy, Islam | Published: 2004 (first 1273) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Poems
by John Keats
Poetry, Romanticism, England | Published: 1994 (first 1817) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Selected Poetry
by Rainer Maria Rilke
edited by Stephen Mitchell
Poetry, German | Published: 1989 (first 1948) | Goodreads | read: tba
The Waste Land and Other Writings
by T.S. Eliot
Poetry, USA | Published: 2002 (first 1922) | Goodreads | read: tba
by Mary Oliver
Poetry, Spirituality, Nature, LGBTQ, USA | Published: 2006 | Goodreads | read: tba
W.B. Yeats Poems Collected
by Seamus Heaney
Poetry, Ireland | Published: 2009 (first 1962) | Goodreads | read: tba
When the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
Poetry, Childrens, USA | Published: 2002 (first 1974) | Goodreads | read: tba

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 1.24.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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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.

* header image source: reading woman

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


Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu
The Black Lizard/Beast in the Shadows by Edogawa Rampo
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (in progress)
Legacy by Cayla Kluver (piece up next) - dnf
Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu