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)



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


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

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

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


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 √Črelle
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.


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. It's nice to see family and friends. :)

    Profile looks good!

  2. That exhibit looked interesting!

    I read Project Hail Mary last week, it was a good time (though The Martian stays my favorite). Have a great week and happy reading!

  3. Ooh I should get involved in these author events, I was fascinated by 'Hidden Valley Road'! Am also very jealous you found a free copy of 'Our Violent Ends', that one is still on my list! I hope you have a lovely start to the week and do drop by my Monday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in Words

  4. Lots of good titles here!!

    Tea & Treachery caught my eye.

    ENJOY the first week of June!! Can't believe it's June, though.

  5. I am curious about the Lauren Weisberger book...and I hope you enjoy them all.

    Thanks for sharing, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. I've read a few good reviews for Hidden Valley Road. Sounds like a compelling read.

  7. The immersive Van Gogh sounds fun. Yay for a visit with family.

  8. You always attend fun events.
    The tea cozies are so cute looking.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!


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