Sunday, May 9, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 5.9.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Spotting jigsaw puzzles (with @karenpuzzles) in the reality tv show, The Circle.
2. Virtual Jane Con weekend, May 1-2 - see Jane Austen themed presentations (here)
3. Walking up the mosaic steps at Moraga and 16th Avenue and admiring red tailed hawks flying overhead - check out the article, San Francisco’s mosaic staircases turn forgotten places into colorful art: The California city is the hilliest in the U.S., with more than 600 public stairways, some of which are decorated with beautiful mosaics by Sharon McDonnell (here)


Bought: Book of the Month
The Last Thing He Told Me
by Laura Dave
Thriller, Mystery, Reese Book Club | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Stairway Walks in San Francisco
The Joy of Urban Exploring
by Mary Burk, Adah Bakalinsky
Guidbook, San Francisco | Published: 2018 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
The Nasty Bits
Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones
by Anthony Bourdain
Essays, Food | Published: 2007 | Goodreads

The Bloody Chamber
by Angela Carter
Short Stories, Fairy Tale Retellings, Horror | Published: 2006 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Amazon Kindle (free for a couple days)
Monet and Oscar
by Joe Byrd
Historical, France | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by TW Book Club
Check out their instagram for future free author events (here)

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

Virtual Author event: hosted by Booksmith
Check out their calendar for future free author events (here)

A conversation between:

Goodbye, Again
Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations by Jonny Sun
Essays, Memoir | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

The Best Girls
by Min Jin Lee
Short Stories, Horror, South Korea | Published: 2019 | Goodreads


AND watched: online
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Director: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John Ripa
Screenplay: Qui Nguyen, Adele Lim
Story by: Paul Briggs, Don Hall, Adele Lim, Carlos López Estrada, Kiel Murray
Qui Nguyen, John Ripa, Dean Wellins
Stars: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan
Animation, Action, Adventure | imdb | my rating: 4

In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.


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Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. I really enjoyed The Last Thing He Told Me. So good!

  2. The Jane Con event sounds fun!

    I want to get Laura Dave's new book.

  3. I love the mosaic art on the stairways. Jane Con sounded fun. A nice stack of books you got. I love flipping through Anthony Bourdain's food books.

    Have a good week!

  4. We watched Raya and the Last Dragon this week too! We enjoyed it very much! I've never really thought of public staircases being art but the pictures you've shared are very clearly art. Have a great week!

  5. Those mosaic steps are wonderful. You have a good book haul this week.
    The Last Thing He Told Me looks like good suspense.
    Happy Reading!

  6. My daughter loved Raya! I love those mosaic steps.

  7. Wow...lots of good books.

    I have heard The Last Thing He Told Me is very good.

    Enjoy your books, and I hope your week has been good.


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