Sunday, November 7, 2021

Lovely Books and Things - 11.7.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. Creating a list of holiday themed things to do from now to the end of the year (see xmas lights, watch holiday films, holiday tea service...)
2. Completing a jigsaw puzzle and preparing to start the next one
3. Day of the Dead sights and sounds on 24th Street in the Mission district

Gothic Tales
by Elizabeth Gaskell
Short Stories, Gothic, Horror, Victorian | Published: 2000 | Goodreads

Library: audiobook
by Nella Larsen
Classics, Historical, African American | Published: 2021 (first 1929) | Goodreads

Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman
Mystery | Published: 2020 | Goodreads

Happy Endings
by Thien-Kim Lam
Romance, Contemporary, Vietnamese | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Borrowed: from friend
Ming Tea Murder
by Laura Childs
Mystery, Cozy, Tea | Published: 2015 | Goodreads

Freebies: from Little Free Library
by Dee Wells
1970s, Women's Fiction | Published: 1978 (first 1973) | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by SFPL
See archive of this (here)
The Holiday Switch
by Tif Marcelo
Romance, YA, Filipino, Christmas | Published: 2021 | Goodreads


AND watched: theatre
Dune (2021)
Director/Screenplay: Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth
Based on book: Frank Herbert
Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson
Action, Adventure, Drama | imdb | my rating: 5
Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

The French Dispatch (2021)
Director/Screenplay: Wes Anderson
Story: Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, Jason Schwartzman
Comedy, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5
A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine".

Artificial Gamer (2021)
Director: Chad Herschberger
Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5
At the 2017 annual eSports world championship, "The International", an Artificial Intelligence agent was unveiled that could play against some of the world's best players at DOTA 2, a popular online game considered one of the most complex video games ever. While this demonstration was based on a 1 vs 1 version of what is normally a 5 vs 5 game, and play was limited to a reduced section of the map, it was a major coup. After the demonstration, and to the surprise of both the gaming and artificial intelligence communities; the developers fueled by the excitement of the win announced to the crowd that they will be back the following year with a new AI that can play the full 5 vs 5 game. ARTIFICIAL GAMER follows the journey of the scientists and engineers at OpenAI, as they develop their artificial agent. During their quest, they face the unique challenges of building one of the largest and most complex AI systems in history, in only one year.

AND watched: theatre for SFFilm Documentary Film Festival (details)
Julia (2021)
Director: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5
Julia tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women.


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Thanks for stopping by :-)


  1. I love the Thursday Murder Club books! I have a bunch of Julia Child cookbooks and have cooked my way through a bunch of the recipes. Some are in my regular repertoire even though they are long and complicated I still make them at least once a year or so. Once we get past the kitchen reno, I hope we can use our dining room for puzzles and games again.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  2. I want to watch some holiday films too this year. and make time to drive around and see Christmas lights...

    I still need to see Dune.

  3. Fun and spooky Day of the Dead decorations and yay for finishing a puzzle. I read a different one from The Holiday Switch author, but this looks cute, too. You got to several books I'd love reading and movies for watching with Dune and Julia.

    Have a good week!

  4. Thursday Murder Club is on my TBR! It looks great. I love the idea of a list of holiday things to do. I always have all these ideas but all of a sudden Christmas is over and we haven't done 2/3 of them. Have a great week!

  5. LOVE the cover on Passing.

    Enjoy your books and your week.

  6. Great picture from the Day of the Dead.
    Gothic Tales looks like a good October read.
    You get some good books from your Little Free Library.
    Hope you have a good week and Happy Reading!


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