Sunday, February 14, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 2.14.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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1. Spaghetti and meatballs :-)
2. Fun fact: Puzzle Mansion museum in Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines hosts a collection of jigsaw puzzles which is recognized as the biggest in the world according to Guinness World Records in 2012.
3. Language of the Birds sculpture by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2008) found across the street from City Lights bookstore at Columbus Avenue and Broadway - Chinatown and North Beach (little Italy) border. The flying books light up at night.


Library: audiobook
The Old Drift
by Namwali Serpell
Historical, East Africa, Zambia | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

The Rage of Dragons
(The Burning #1)
by Evan Winter
Fantasy, Africa | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
(The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
SciFi, YA | Published: 2016 | Goodreads

AND watched: virtual theatre
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Director: Shaka King
Screenplay/Screenplay: Will Berson
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons
Biography, Drama, History | imdb | my rating: 5

The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 2.7.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
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1. King Cake Beignet (mardi gras themed) stuffed with berry compote, vanilla cream cheese and pecans
2. Outdoor dining - open again!

3. Field trip downtown to check out the Hearts of San Francisco hearts at Union Square (details)


Library: audio
Tender Is the Flesh
by Agustina Bazterrica
translated by Sarah Moses
Horror, Dystopia | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Know My Name
by Chanel Miller
Memoir, Feminism, True Crime | Published: 2019 | Goodreads

Free Little Library:
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
by Yiyun Li
Shorts Stories, Historical, China | Published: 2007 | Goodreads

AND watched: virtual screening
Bliss (2021)
Director/Writer: Mike Cahill
Stars: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 3

A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is a computer simulation.

Mixed feels. Is it scifi or mental illness or both?


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Happy Blogoversary Month

Happy Blogoversary Month
the big 13

Celebrating my book blogging years by reflecting on 13 books that stood out.

*+* 2009 *+*
Flowers in the Attic
by V.C. Andrews | Goodreads
the book that triggered the creation of this blog

*+* 2010 *+*
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson | Goodreads
blew my mind in regards to the mystery thriller genre

*+* 2011 *+*
Random Magic
by Sasha Soren | Goodreads
sparked a bunch of whimsy with author and virtual events on the blog

*+* 2012 *+*
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James | Goodreads
fun hype and hullabaloo

*+* 2013 *+*
A Spear of Summer Grass
by Deanna Raybourn | Goodreads
for the ambiance

*+* 2014 *+*
A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness | Goodreads
discovered and fell for this paranormal crew

*+* 2015 *+*
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr | Goodreads
beautiful ugly

*+* 2016 *+*
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara | Goodreads
emotional punches

*+* 2017 *+*
by Ottessa Moshfegh | Goodreads

*+* 2018 *+*
Crazy Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan | Goodreads
escape into a world of wealth with all its complications and drama

*+* 2019 *+*
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk | Goodreads
championing the horrors of our world

*+* 2020 *+*
The Snow Leopard
by Peter Matthiessen | Goodreads
first co-read with fellow book blogger, Naida at the bookworm

*+* Honorable Mention *+*
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong | Goodreads
beautiful and moving passages of painful memories


* image header source: cover for The Widow Cliquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo
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