Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy release: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

The Crowns of Croswald
by D.E. Night
-Fantasy, Middle Grade
Release date: July 21, 2017
Amazon | Goodreads

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.



In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Read more excerpt (here).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy release: No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

No Good Deed
by Kara Connolly
-Fantasy, YA
Release date: July 18, 2017
Amazon | Goodreads

Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Happy Release: Darcy in Wonderland by Alexa Adams

Darcy in Wonderland
by Alexa Adams
-Mashup, Jane Austen theme
Release date: July 15, 2017
Amazon | Goodreads

Twinkle, twinkle, amber cross!
For a chain, it’s at a loss.
Heavy links or simple loop,
Do not dunk it in your soup.

The worlds of beloved authors collide as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Austen’s immortal hero, finds himself thrust into the topsy-turvey world of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland.

Many years have passed since Elizabeth Bennet became mistress of Pemberley, and the Darcys’ six children are a testament to their enduring love. As the eldest prepare to enter the world, the youngest, Alice, makes sure that life at Pemberley never grows dull. She stands out as the most intrepid of the brood, and while beloved by all the family and staff, her curious mind and penchant for mischief often proves rather inconveniencing. Never is this truer than when her father follows her down a mysterious rabbit hole, disrupting his orderly world in ways never before imagined. A treat for the young and the old, Darcy in Wonderland is both an adventure and an homage to two of literatures greatest minds.

Excerpt: Chapter One: A Troll and a Rabbit

“Papa! Papa! The most wondrous thing has happened!”

Fitzwilliam Darcy stifled the indulgent smile threatening his lips. “Alice, please recall our many conversations on manners.”

The little girl who had so unceremoniously burst into his office instantly checked her advance, freezing in place like a statue. Slowly she began to move, creeping her way backwards until she was again outside the door, upon the frame of which she knocked.

The smile could no longer be retained. “Can I help you, Alice?”

She returned it with one full of mischief. “How can you know it is me, Papa?”

Bennet, who sat on the opposite side of the massive mahogany desk, a mirror image of his father at the same age, rolled his eyes. “What is wrong with that child?” he muttered, incurring a quelling glance from his father.

“I can see you, my dear. The door is open. You may come in.”

“No, I cannot. There is a troll guarding a drawbridge, and one must have a password if one wishes to proceed,” she explained.

(more excerpt here)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 7.15.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)


Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace
Amazon | Goodreads

MANY references to this book has caused me to finally pick this up. This is another chunky book over a thousand pages.

The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry
-Historical, Literary
Amazon | Goodreads

IMPULSE buy due to the description and this blurb...

“An irresistible new novel…the most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice…By the end, The Essex Serpent identifies a mystery far greater than some creature ‘from the illuminated margins of a manuscript’: friendship.” -Washington Post

AND watched: in theatre

A Ghost Story (2017)
Director/Writer: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
-Drama, Fantasy, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

HEE hee hee. I see a ghost.

This screening included director, David Lowery, for a Q&A session. He told us that inspiration for the film stemmed from wanting to create something using the guy in a bed sheet ghost imagery.

The movie was a beautiful and sad ghost story. Loved its comment on life and death.

Chocolate pie.

BTW: for the duration of the release there is a special A Ghost Story pop-up store in New York City. READ more about it (here)

Moscow Never Sleeps (2017)
Director/Writer: Johnny O'Reilly
Starring: Anastasiya Shalonko, Yuriy Stoyanov, Aleksey Serebryakov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Mikhail Efremov
-Drama, Russia | imdb | my rating: 4

The volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people.

SNIPPETS of the contemporary scene in Moscow gave a general sense of the place and people not unlike the stereotypical depressing portrayals we are familiar with.

We were treated with a Q&A with the director, Johnny O'Reilly. Being Irish, his main goal was to introduce and celebrate the Moscow he came to know and love.


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Friday, July 14, 2017

A Contrary Wind by Lona Manning

A Contrary Wind
by Lona Manning

Find out more about this book and author:

Just released: January 2017
Publisher: self
Genre: Romance, Jane Austen, Retelling
Paperback: 351 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"Fanny," cried Tom Bertram, from the other table, "We want your services."

Fanny Price, niece to Sir Thomas Bertram of Mansfield Park, is an intelligent but timid girl from a poor family, who is grateful for the advantages of education and breeding conferred upon her as result of growing up with her wealthier cousins.

But the cruelty of her Aunt Norris, together with a broken heart, compel Fanny to run away from Mansfield Park and find employment as a governess.

Far away from everything she ever knew and the one man she loves, will Fanny grow in fortitude and independence? Will a new suitor help her to forget? Or will a reckless decision threaten to destroy her own life and the lives of those she holds most dear?

This variation of Jane Austen’s novel includes all the familiar characters from Mansfield Park, as well as some new acquaintances. There are some mature scenes.

My two-bits:

I enjoyed this variation on Mansfield Park. The different take and new characters fit well. The new characters portrayed other happenings during that time period especially in relation to the naval world.

The familiar characters were presented equally well.

The general vibe of the story was Jane Austen-like and had me engaged. The familiar Fanny anxieties and the dislike for the Crawford manipulations came through just right.

Definitely a novel with Jane Austen drama to be read with tea and scones.


* review copy courtesy of author

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17
by Edan Lepucki
narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Find out more about this book and author:

Just released: May 9, 2017
Publisher: Hogarth
Genre: Art, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 320
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
It was summer, the heat had arrived harsh and bright, bleaching the sidewalks and choking the flowers before they had a chance to wilt.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

My two-bits:

Another one of those novels that include unlikable characters left and right. But, the story managed to keep me interested despite knowing the general downward path. The curiosity of how far will it go was the draw.

Liked the concept of life imitating art and pushing its limits.


* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of BookSparks Reading Challenge, Summer (here)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It by Stephen King

Stephen King IT Parade
hosted by Daniel Kraus (details)
July 10 - September 4, 2017

Author/editor Daniel Kraus posts a 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. He is inviting folks to join in this venture and then watch the movie version which will be released September 8.

I will be posting my read-along tidbits here each week throughout.

B E W A R E: could be spoilery

by Stephen King

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2016
Publisher: Scribner; Reissue edition
Genre: Horror
Paperback: 1156
Rating: coming soon -posted around September 8

First sentence(s):
The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years—if it ever did end—began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

Soon to be a major motion picture—Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

First off, I was not expecting that the book was a chunkster! The other Stephen King novel I read that was similar in size was The Stand which was an awesome read indeed. So based on that and the hype for this book, I am excited to put in the time for this horror-ific experience.

My two-bits:

CHAPTERS 1-3: (Daniel's post)

This section covered the introduction to the main six (maybe seven) characters. Each individual is presented with their quirks and ugly sides. However, what is interesting to note is the common loyalty they share to fulfill a promise they made in their childhood past. This is the mystery. What is the pact they made?

Already, I can tell that I am in for a wild ride.


Zombie sighting:
George's eyes would be blank and terrible, the eyes of a zombie in a horror movie.
-page 248, chapter 5

New friendships and boy bonding begin amongst the main characters.

IT experiences are shared.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Favorite Things Giveaway Hop

My Favorite Things Giveaway Hop
July 9-22, 2017
hosted by Shooting Stars Mag
(details and complete list)

I found out about this hop on Herding Cats and Burning Soup (here) and thought her comment on man candy was a hoot.

Thought I would share some of my current faves and offer a giveaway as well.

* Whimsical, colorful pencils

* Craft kits

* Scarves

* YA romance books...

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - Amazon | Goodreads
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han - Amazon | Goodreads
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - Amazon | Goodreads

WIN my review copies!

Open to all.

Offer ends: July 22, 2017

TO DO: (2-parts)

1. READ and comment on one of my Happy Release posts (here).

2. LET me know a favorite thing of yours along with your email.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Glossies Made Me Do It: Mollie Makes

Glossies Made Me Do It
hosted by
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Shooting Stars Mag
cat eyes & skinny jeans

Sharing something that a current magazine has “made” us do!

JOIN in and add your link on any of the host sites above.

I came across Mollie Makes magazine: Living a Creative Life at the bookstore and immediately was taken. It is a magazine that includes creative project ideas and a bonus gift that is craft related.

This magazine reminded me of my younger days when I used to get a craft box kit subscription. The crafts were random and skill level for craft-making varied.

I love the girly vibe and interactive element of this magazine. It is visually fun to look through and gets the inspiration mode on.

Also, love the do-it-yourself kit included as it is a great way to be introduced to a craft. And gets you crafting right away - no need to go out and acquire the necessary items to complete it.

The June gift was a loom kit. I have done basic weaving - those art paper cut-outs from the elementary school days. Along with the basic tabby weaving, soumak knots are taught to create a mini textured wall hanging.

The instructions were easy to follow. The only part that had me stumped were in regards to finishing. Based on my crafting experience I "tied up the loose ends" as best I could, but I am not sure if it was done the proper way.

The magazine includes exclusive papers of graphic florals and greenery, but the downside is that patterns are back-to-back. If you want to cut and paste the paper, only one side can be used. Too bad.

I had a great time and went ahead and got the July edition of this magazine for the next kit.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 7.8.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)


I contemplating selling books online as I continue to organize and purge books from my shelves. I would love to hear any comments on experiences with selling used books via Amazon.

The rest of the books I am selling to used book stores and then the remaining are being donated to the library or to the Little Free Library stands people have set up in their neighborhoods.



Six Four
by Hideo Yokoyama
translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
-Mystery, Thriller, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

THIS is one of those books that kept calling to me at every bookstore visit. It is a chunkster and begs to be read. After my dystopia binge read in the Fall. I plan on a Japan binge read for Winter.

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
-Literary, Humor
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this for Book Passage Book Club (here) - December book. I tried listening to the audio version of this last year, but did not get into it. Going to give the print version a go especially since it has won a few literary prizes.

A Manual for Cleaning Women:
Selected Stories
by Lucia Berlin
-Literary, Short Stories
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this for Book Passage Book Club (here) - October book.

by Stephen King
Amazon | Goodreads

IN anticipation of the movie release in September and for IT parade mentioned below.


The Little Queen
by Meia Geddes
-Coming of Age, Fairy Tale
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

SOUNDS like a magical one.

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Stephen King IT Parade
hosted by Daniel Kraus (details)
July 10 - September 4, 2017

JOINED the Stephen King IT Parade where author/editor Daniel Kraus posts a 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. He is inviting folks to join in this venture and then watch the movie version which will be released September 8.

AND watched: in theatre

The Ornithologist (2016)
Director/Writer: João Pedro Rodrigues
Starring: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao
-Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Portugal | imdb | my rating: 5

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

THIS is one that created much discussion and thoughts after the viewing. I want to rewatch it to catch more of the underlying messages. Beautifully made in regards to cinematography.

WE were treated to a live cello performance of a couple of the musical pieces on the soundtrack by the composer, Séverine Ballon. Mesmerizing music. -photo by Aberswyth

AND watched: on DVD

Binge-ing on Johnnie To films, because he will be in town the first week of August.

Running on Karma (2003)
Daai zek lou (original title)
Directors: Johnnie To, Wai Ka Fai
Screenplay: Wai Ka Fai, Yau Nai Hoi, Au Kin Yee, Yip Tin-Shing
Starring: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung
-Action, Drama, Thriller, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

THIS was a fun one with Andy Lau in a buff body suit.

Fulltime Killer (2001)
Chuen jik sat sau (original title)
Directors: Johnnie To, Wai Ka Fai
Screenplay: Wai Ka Fai, Joey O'Bryan
Based on book by: Edmond Pang
Starring: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Kelly Lin
-Action, Crime, Drama, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 5

Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other's way. They use all their skill to solve the problem.

LIKED how this incorporated some American pop culture -- Point Break.

Running Out of Time 2 (2001)
Am zin 2 (original title)
Director: Wing-Cheong Law, Johnnie To
Writers: Nai-Hoi Yau, Kin-Yee Au
Starring: Ching Wan Lau, Ekin Cheng, Kelly Lin
-Crime, Action, Hong Kong | imdb | my rating: 3

Ho Sheung Sang finds himself wrapped up in another cat-and-mouse game, this time against a tricky magician.

Three (2016)
San ren xing (original title)
Director: Johnnie To
Screenplay: Ho Leung Lau, Tin Shu Mak, Nai-Hoi Yau
Starring: Louis Koo, Wei Zhao, Wallace Chung
-Action, Crime, Thriller | imdb | my rating: 3

Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human rights to refuse immediate treatment in order to bide time for his underlings to rescue him. The detective in charge sees through his scheme but decides to play along so as to capture his whole gang once and for all. - Written by DooK


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace

Find out more about this book and author:
Tumblr | Twitter

Published: 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Feminism
Paperback: 156
Rating: 5

"ah, life— the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales." a poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

My two-bits:

I liked the play on fairy tale themes and feminism mashups.

Also, amusing thoughts and commentary.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Life Would Suck Without You by Jennifer Preuss

Life Would Suck Without You
by Jennifer Preuss

Find out more about this book and author:

Just released: May 14, 2017
Publisher: Facetious Books
Genre: Humor, Memoir
Paperback: 184
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"I heard you could use a friend." I was rehearsing the line over and over again in my head.

Zombie sighting:
The medication made Aidan such a zombie.
-page 125, chapter 16

When life makes no sense, and the world is going straight to hell, a girl knows she can always count on her best friends ...

There are all types of friends. Rich friends. Poor friends. Fair weather friends—and then there are Best Friends—your BFF’s. Meet Jennifer, a wannabe soap opera star, new to LA and waiting tables in Century City. She makes three new friends, and they turn out to be inseparable.

Together they go from one hilarious adventure to another; crashing concerts and movie star bars, lingerie shopping, and laughing about men’s shortcomings, all revealed through the razor-sharp, self-deprecating humor of the author. Life is good, even laugh-out-loud funny, and Jen discovers the real meaning of friendship. But when life throws them a cruel curve ball, which rocks them to their very core . . . is friendship enough?

A feel-good story that will make you laugh and cry, Jennifer Preuss’ comical and heartwarming book tells the tale of an inseparable group of four women who navigate their 20s and 30s, dealing with life, death and all the things in between.

My two-bits:

This is a quick read that gave me chuckles along the way.

Loved the friendships and stories shared in this memoir.


* review copy courtesy of author

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Sharing some red, white and blue books from my tbr pile...

Just Another Girl
by Elizabeth Eulberg
Amazon | Goodreads

by Stephen King
Amazon | Goodreads

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
-Literary, Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads


* image source: book with fireworks

Monday, July 3, 2017

Startup by Doree Shafrir

by Doree Shafrir

Find out more about this book and author:

Just released: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Contemporary, Humor, New York
Hardback: 304
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
They came from all over the city in the predawn hours, a merry band of highly optimized minstrels in purple leggings and shiny headbands and brightly colored sneakers, walking the fifteen minutes from the L train or directing an Uber to the former spice factory in the no-man's-land between Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he's about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar business--in startup parlance, an elusive unicorn.

Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.

Sabrina Choe Blum just wants to stay afloat. The exhausted mother of two and failed creative writer is trying to escape from her credit card debt and an inattentive husband-who also happens to be Katya's boss-as she rejoins a work force that has gotten younger, hipper, and much more computer literate since she's been away.

Before the ink on Mack's latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message hints that he may be working a bit too closely for comfort with a young social media manager in his office. When Mack's bad behavior collides with Katya's search for a salacious post, Sabrina gets caught in the middle as TakeOff goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As the fallout from Mack's scandal engulfs the lower Manhattan office building where all three work, it's up to Katya and Sabrina to write the story the men in their lives would prefer remain untold.

An assured, observant debut from the veteran online journalist Doree Shafrir, Startup is a sharp, hugely entertaining story of youth, ambition, love, money and technology's inability to hack human nature.

My two-bits:

This was a good way to get an inkling of what goes on in modern day lives and loves set in the startup and tech worlds.

The story covers three women with different angles of being involved with social media and tech related businesses.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen

Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
by Chrissy Teigen

Find out more about this book and author:
Pinterest of recipe pics

Published: 2016
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Genre: Cookbook, Recipes, Celebrity
Hardback: 240 pages
Rating: 5

Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too.

For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics.

Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that’s the food, but that’s Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads). You’ll learn the importance of chili peppers, the secret to cheesy-cheeseless eggs, and life tips like how to use bacon as a home fragrance, the single best way to wake up in the morning, and how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts. Because for Chrissy Teigen, cooking, eating, life, and love are one and the same.

My two-bits:

Comfort foods with some asian flavors makes this one yummy one.

Good amount of photos of both the dishes and personal makes for entertaining eye candy.

Chrissy's comments and presentation of the recipes are personable and fun.


* part of Foodies Read Challenge (here)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 7.1.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



Memories and the City
by Orhan Pamuk
-Biography, Travel, Turkey
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this for Diesel Book Club (here) - July book. Looking forward to some arm-chair traveling with this one.

Green Apple Books on the Park hosted a double author event with Gabe Habash and Julie Buntin. We were treated to a reading and Q&A of their latest novels. It was interesting to learn that Gabe started out with film and Julie with poetry before getting creative writing. Fun fact: they are a married couple.

Stephen Florida
by Gabe Habash
-Literary, Coming of Age, Sports (wrestling)
Amazon | Goodreads

THE wrestling element of this story is what draws me.

by Julie Buntin
-Literary, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

A mystery with ghost-like vibe makes this interesting.

The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt
-Literary, Historical
Amazon | Goodreads

GOT this per member recommendation from Diesel Book Club (here).

For Review:

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
-Dystopia, YA
courtesy of Blogging for Books -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LIBRARY and books setting makes this intriguing.

AND watched: in theatre

Wonder Woman (xxx)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Story by: Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg
Based on comic by: William Moulton Marston
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
-Action, Adventure, Fantasy | imdb | my rating: 5

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

SAW this twice. Kick-ass heroine steals the show.

Walking Distance (2015)
Distancias cortas (original title)
Director: Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez
Writer: Itzel Lara
Stars: Luca Ortega, Mauricio Isaac, Joel Figueroa
-Comedy, Drama, Mexico | imdb | my rating: 5

Fede suffers from morbid obesity and lives enclosed among four walls. When his brother-in-law Ramón shows him a camera, Fede also wants one. During a trip to the camera shop he meets Paulo, a lonely teenager who loves comic books. The three of them form a friendship that completely changes their lives. Walking Distance is a urban fairy-tale about Fede, a man who weighs 200kg, which is causing him difficulties to move around his house. When he finds an old photographic film, he decides to have it developed and thus to go out of his house. In the photographic lab Fede meets Paulo, a solitary comics lover who sells him a used camera. While spending time with his brother-in-law Ramon and Paulo, Fede discovers that photography is more than just a hobby. A friendship between the three men grows, changing their lives forever.
- Written by Pluto Film

Lovely film that tells a story of hardship, friendship and photography.

AFTER the film we were treated to a Q&A session with director, Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez.
-instagram photo by Aberswyth

Harmonium (2016)
Fuchi ni tatsu (original title)
Director/Writer: Kôji Fukada
Starring: Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi
-Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

EERIE vibe to this one. This is one to watch at least a second time as there are lots of interesting subtle things going on to spin this story round.

AND watched: on DVD

My Life As A Zucchini (2016)
Ma vie de Courgette (original title)
Director: Claude Barras
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Contributing Writers: Germano Zullo, Claude Barras and Morgan Navarro
Based on novel: Autobiographie d'une Courgette by Gilles Paris
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat
-Animation, Comedy, Drama, France, Switzerland | imdb | my rating: 5

Oscar nominated for Animated Feature.

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

WELL deserving to be an Oscar nominee. Beautifully and whimsically made with a touching story.

Currently flipping through:

Noon on the Moon
by Luna Miguel
Editors Fiona Bryson, Ḳeren Tsiṭer, Keren Cytter
Illustrated by Vicki Khuzami
Contributor Art Projects Era
Website | Goodreads

The fourth issue in the Poetic Series is a seasonally themed special issue, a festive anthology composed of contributions from more than twenty writers and artists elaborating on everyones favorite and most controversial holiday in an unconventional and abstract sense. Artwork is provided in the form of a colorful collection of romance covers illustrated by Vicki Khuzami. The books title comes from a poem by Barry Schwabsky. Poetry and prose by Charles Bernstein, Gerry Bibby, Judith Goldman and Dorothea Lasky, Veronica Gonzalez Pea, Andreas Schlaegel, Karl Holmqvist and Sarah Wang, amongst others. The Poetic Series brings together works of poetry and literature in combination with visual art, introducing young as well as established writers concerned with challenging the boundaries of traditional forms of narrative.

UPON perusing the magazine rack, this romance cover caught my eye. When flipping through it more similar illustrations popped out which reminded me of the 80s Harlequin romance covers that I grew up with. So, yeah. Impulse buy ;-)


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