Sunday, June 27, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 6.27.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Halo Halo flavored Mitchell's Ice Cream located in the Mission District (here)
2. Became one of the hosts for Mailbox Monday (here) and my posts start in July 😊
3. First movie theatre outing (since last year) with friends to see In The Heights

The Chosen and the Beautiful
by Nghi Vo
1920s, LGBTQ, Vietnamese, Retelling (The Great Gatsby) | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
fyi: Goodreads Giveaway for this ends June 29

The House in the Cerulean Sea
by T.J. Klune
Fantasy, LGBTQ | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
The Terranauts
by T.C. Boyle
SciFi, Historical | Published: 2016 | Goodreads

To Be Featured:
Ghost Forest
by Pik-Shuen Fung
Contemporary, Chinese Canadian | Published: 2021 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!

AND watched: theatre
In The Heights (2021)
Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenplay: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Based on Musical Stage Play Music and Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Stars: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera
Drama, Musical | imdb | my rating: 5

A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.

Immigrant and American dream stories in musical form.

AND watched: DVD
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
Director/Writer: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg
Based on book: Chris Van Allsburg
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan
Action, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 4

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.

I did not see the first film, but enjoyed this romp into a video game scenario. Fun summer film.
Jungleland (2019)
Director/Writer: Max Winkler
Writers: Theodore Bressman, David Branson Smith
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jack O'Connell, Jessica Barden
Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Two brothers try to escape their circumstances by travelling across the country for a no holds barred boxing match that becomes a fight for their lives.

Talent, passion, sacrifice, oh yeah.

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

Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. What a great haul of new books. I got a bunch yesterday so they will go on next weeks post.

  2. I love your happy things, and The Heights is on my list. And yummy popcorn! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. I've missed going to the movies! We went out to eat in a restaurant last Friday, and that was the first time since Feb 2020. It felt kind of weird! Enjoy your new books! I have the Klune book on my TBR shelf. I hear it's wonderful.

    Here’s my •Sunday Post• post this week. — Diana

  4. Isn't it nice to be back to the movies? In The Heights looks really good. Hope you have a great week!

  5. Fun that you enjoyed Halo Halo and the theater. I need to check out Chosen and Beautiful especially since it's a The Great Gatsby retelling.

    Have a great week!

  6. I saw the first Jumanji and it was fun! I need to watch the next.

  7. Thank you for being a host of Mailbox Monday!

  8. How fun to get back into the theater after so long. I bet it was a great experience (and hopefully the movie was great). Wonderful book haul... hope you enjoy them all!

  9. Good haul of books! Thanks for joining the Mailbox Monday hosting team!

  10. THANK YOU SO MUCH for volunteering to be a Mailbox Monday will do a great job!!

    Enjoy your books and your week.

  11. Good happy things and Yay for hosting MM!
    You manage to get some good books through free Little Library. The Terranauts looks interesting.
    The first and second Jumanjis were fun. I haven't seen the Next Level version.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  12. I love the new Jumanji movies! So glad you were able to go out to the theater again. It's been forever since we've taken our kids to see anything ... thank you, Covid.

    And that's so exciting that you're going to be hosting Mailbox Monday! I haven't participated yet but it looks like a fun linky!!

    -Megan Bookstacks & Golden Moms

  13. I want to watch In The Heights!


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