Book Babbles: BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK UNBOXING AND AN IDEA

In my last wrap up I discussed the fact that I have been reading more lately and it was suggested that I share some of what I have been reading.  So, in that vein I wanted to share two things with everyone!

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First, I recently purchased a “Blind Date With A Book” from Under The Radar Books on Etsy.  Brittany aka Under The Radar Books is a terrific booktuber who I have been watching for several months.  If you haven’t seen her channel check it out here, especially if you like less known books, literary fiction, and magical realism.  Brittany just opened her Easy store with the idea of setting readers up on blind dates with books.  You simply pick any genre of book and Brittany will pick a book and send it to you!  If this sounds like fun you can find her store here!

I selected “Brittany’s Choice” which meant that I told her some of my favorite recent reads and linked her my Goodreads account (which you can do if you have one but you don’t have to have one in order to get a book), and then I waited!  Last week my blind date arrived!

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Not sure if you can read that but on the tag Brittany put a few “clues” as to what the book is…any guesses?

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I am so excited!  I had not heard of this book but I am really looking forward to giving it a try!

On to my second bookish topic.  I definitely am planning to include what I am reading in my monthly wrap ups but I wanted to see what you all thought about me starting to include some book reviews/discussions of what I am reading?  I am currently reading COLD COMFORT FARM with two other awesome booktubers (Kate Howe and Ange of Beyond The Pages, both of whom are great especially if you like the classics) and I am really enjoying discussing the book with them.  I am also giving serious thought to watching the film version after I finish the book and writing a post about it.  I am also reading a biography of Catherine the Great and thinking about watching THE SCARLET EMPRESS afterwards.  So, let me know what you think and if you would be interested in seeing some posts about my reading in the future!

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One More Classic Film Book Haul

OK, OK, I promise this is the last one for a little while!  This weekend my Dad and I traveled to a local used book store and I lost my mind.  Seriously.  I did.

I got so many books that the man behind the counter upon seeing me said “I’ll go get you a box”.  But the crazy thing is that I left a lot behind!  I will definitely go back at some point, but for now I will content myself with THIS:

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What I Got

Rita Hayworth; If This Was Happiness by Barbara Leaming

Ava by Ava Gardner

Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball

Burt Lancaster; An American Life by Kate Buford (Also, I didn’t see the back cover until after I bought it…Wow.)

Marlene by Marlene Dietrich

Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger (This was more of a curio interest rather than believing the stories to be fact.)

Child Star by Shirley Temple Black

Frank Capra; The Name Above the Title by Frank Capra

Lemmon by Don Widener

Vivien; The Life of Vivien Leigh by Alexander Walker

Self Portrait by Gene Tierney

Mabel; Hollywood’s First I-Don’t-Care Girl by Betty Harper Russell

Mae West; Empress of Sex by Maurice Leonard

The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans

Goldwyn; A Biography by A. Scott Berg

Like I said, I left a ton behind so hopefully I will get back there one day!  Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought.  Also, do you tend to prefer autobiographies or biographies of your favorite stars and why?

Classic Film Book Haul from Book Outlet

Since no one opposed the idea of seeing more book hauls here we go with another one!  Thanks to Raquel from Out of the Past and Vanessa from Stardust, I have recently discovered Book Outlet.  It has a ton of books for really low prices and they have quite a few classic film books!  This is my Book Outlet haul, which is actually about three hauls over two months condensed into one.  All told, with shipping, these books only cost me about $50!  Without further ado, here is my book haul…

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What I Got

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck; Steel True 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson

Five Came Back; A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris

Hope by Richard Zoglin

Spencer Tracy; A Biography by James Curtis

Beautiful; The Life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Michael Shearer

The Searchers; The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel

Empire of Dreams; The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille by Scott Eyman

The Accidental Feminist; How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice by M. G. Lord (This one was a total cover buy just from the title)

‘Tis Herself by Maureen O’Hara (Just finished reading and reviewing this)

The Entertainer; Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century by Margaret Tablot

Have you ever read any of these books?  What did you think?  Let me know in the comments!  And stay tuned because my Dad and I are going to a used bookstore tomorrow so there might just be a haul coming from that!

Another Classic Film Book Haul!

Today I stopped by my local church thrift shop and so you know what that means…

Classic Film Book Haul!

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And these books were just 50¢ each!

What I Got

Sweetheart; The Story of Mary Pickford by Robert Windeler

Me; Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn

Ernie; The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine

My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn (Yay!)

The Vaudevillians by Bill Smith

A Remarkable Woman; A Biography of Katharine Hepburn by Anne Edwards

Judy Garland; A Biography by Anne Edwards

Ginger; My Story by Ginger Rogers (Yay yay!)

Charlie Chaplin; Pyramid Illustrated History of The Movies by Robert F. Moss

Shirley Temple; Pyramid Illustrated History of The Movies by Jeanine Basinger

Marlon Brando; The Way It’s Never Been Done Before by George Englund

The Great Movie Shorts; Those Wonderful One- and Two-Reelers of the Thirties and Forties by Leonard Maltin

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these books and how you like book haul posts.  I have some other classic film books, as well as some I have ordered that I am waiting for, that I haven’t posted about yet so if you like seeing book hauls let me know and I will keep posting them!

Library Book Sale!

One of our local libraries was having a book sale…it was madness but luckily the books I want are of no interest to the book sellers who push you out of the way. I got tons more but these are the classic film related ones!

In case the picture isn’t clear here is a list of what I got:

Those Fabulous Movie Years: The 30s

Bing by Charles Thompson

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

Life Itself by Roger Ebert

Kate; The Life of Katharine Hepburn by Charles Higham

Garbo by Norman Zierold

Swanson on Swanson; An Autobiography by Gloria Swanson

Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg 

Haunted Houseful by Alfred Hitchcock