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[sticky post] Reading List / Movie List 2017

Standard rules apply: Bold means I loved it, italicized means I really liked it, plain text indicates good to just okay, and strikethrough means it was awful. Titles link to my Goodreads reviews. Theoretically. Let's see if I do it this year.

* = reread or rewatch


January (9)
1. The Summer of the Dancing Horse - Eth Clifford. 114 pg/1991. [1/1]
2. CSI: Cold Burn - Max Allan Collins. 303 pg/2003. [1/3]
3. Better Off Friends - Elizabeth Eulberg. 278 pg/2014. [1/9]
4. Pax - Sara Pennypacker. 278 pg/2016. [1/9]
5. Lara's Gift - Annemarie O'Brien. 193 pg/2013. [1/12]
6. Just Kiss Me - Rachel Gibson. 368 pg/2016. [1/15]
7. No Way of Telling - Emma Smith. 256 pg/1972. [1/21]
8. NCIS: LA: Extremis - Jerome Preisler. 381 pg/2016. [1/21]
9. Flight of the Raven - Stephanie S. Tolan. 294 pg/2001. [1/26]

February (6)
10. A Matter of Days - Amber Kizer. 276 pg/2013. [2/5]
11. Luck of the Trail - Esther Birdsall Darling. 309 pg/1933. [2/15]
12. If We Survive - Andrew Klavan. 352 pg/2012. [2/19]
13. Faith, Hope and Ivy June - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 280 pg/2009. [2/25]
14. Saving Red - Sonya Sones. "440" pg/2016. [2/25]
15. 738 Days - Stacey Kade. 431 pg/2016. [2/27]

March (15)
16. Boomer's Bucket List - Sue Pethick. 253 pg/2017. [3/2]
17. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek [NF] - Maya Van Wagenen. 262 pg/2014. [3/4]
18. NCIS: LA: Bolthole - Jeff Mariotte. 334 pg/2016. [3/9]
19. Anywhere But Here - Tanya Lloyd Kyi. 320 pg/2013. [3/12]
20. All In Pieces - Suzanne Young. 259 pg/2016. [3/16]
21. Women in Clothes [3/20]
22. The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson. [3/21]
23. Whisper to Me - Nick Lake. 535 pg/2016. [3/24]
24. It's A WIld Life: How My Life Became a Zoo [NF] - Bud DeYoung/Cindy Martinusen Coloma. 267 pg/2014. [3/25]
25. Curses and Smoke - Vicky Alvear Shecter. 324 pg/2014. [3/26]
26. Hound Heaven - Linda Oatman High. 194 pg/1995. [3/27]
27. Positively Beautiful - Wendy Mills. 368 pg/2015. [3/28]
28. Missing - Becky Citra. 178 pg/2011. [3/28]
29. Nothing But Ghosts - Beth Kephart. 278 pg/2009. [3/29]
30. Wandering Wild - Jessica Taylor. 357 pg/2016. [3/31]

April (5)
31. Cherry Money Baby - John M. Cusick. 385 pg/2013. [4/15]
32. Stranger Than Fanfiction - Chris Colfer. 296 pg/2017. [4/15]
33. This Side of Home - Renee Watson. 326 pg/2015. [4/16]
34. Baldy of Nome - Esther Birdsall Darling. 301 pg/1916. [4/23]
35. Horse Houskeeping [NF] - Margaret & Michael Korda. 184 pg/2005. [4/28]

May (8)
36. In Honor - Jessi Kirby. 235 pg/2012. [5/4]
37. 99 Days - Katie Cotugno. 384pg/2015. [5/11]
38. Naming the Stars - Susan Koefod. 146 pg/2016. [5/11]
39. The Chance You Won't Return - Annie Cardi. 344 pg/2014. [5/20]
40. Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle - Katie Coyle. 296 pg/2015. [5/20]
41. Furiously Happy [NF] - Jenny Lawson. 341 pg/2015. [5/21]
42. Factory Girl - Josanne La Valley. 280 pg/2017. [5/26]
43. The Last Forever - Deb Caletti. 336 pg/2014. [5/29]

June (8)
* 44. Blood Secret - Kathryn Lasky. 256 pg/2004. [6/6]
45. Enchanter's Wheel - Helen Oakley. 181 pg/1966. [6/10]
46. The Female of the Species - Mindy McGinnis. 341 pg/2016. [6/10]
47. Silhouette of a Sparrow - Molly Beth Griffin. 224 pg/2012. [6/11]
48. Empress of the World - Sara Ryan. 215 pg/2001. [6/16]
49. Trapped In Death Cave - Bill Wallace. 151 pg/1984. [6/19]
50. Sisters, Ink - Rebeca Seitz. 338 pg/2008. [6/28]
51. You Can Buy Happiness (And It's Cheap) [NF] - Tammy Strobel.182 pg/2012. [6/30]

July (8)
* 52. Pirates! - Celia Rees. 2003. [7/4]
53. Girls in the Moon - Janet McNally. 341 pg/2016. [7/6]
54. Bright Island - Mabel L. Robinson. 277 pg/1937. [7/10]
55. Coming Unglued - Rebecca Seitz. [7/19]
* 56. No Shame, No Fear - Ann Turnbull. 2003. [7/23]
* 57. Forged in the Fire - Ann Turnbull. 2006. [7/23]
* 58. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit. 1978. [7/25]
59. 10 Things I Can See From Here - Carrie Mac. 312 pg/2017. [7/30]

August (14)
60. The OC: The Outsider - Cory Martin. 310 pg/2004. [8/2]
61. Sara Lost and Found - Virginia Castleman. 320 pg/2016. [8/6]
62. Seeking Eden - Ann Turnbull. 2012. [8/11]
63. What Light - Jay Asher. [8/13]
64. The OC: The Way Back - Cory Martin. 2004. [8/14]
65. Scrapping Plans - Rebecca Seitz. 2009. [8/14]
66. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. 639 pg/2000. [8/21]
67. The OC: The Misfit - Aury Wallington. 194 pg/2004. [8/21]
68. Okay For Now - Gary D. Schmidt. 360 pg/2011. [8/22]
69. Circle the Soul Softly - Davida Wills Hurwin. 169 pg/2006. [8/24]
70. Running Loose - Chris Crutcher. 1983. [8/25]
71. Perfect Piece - Rebecca Seitz. 2009. [8/28]
72. Woof at the Door - Laura Morrigan. [8/31]
73. The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily Danforth. 473 pg/2012. [8/31]

September (4)
74. Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic [NF] - Kevin Grange. 336 pg/2015. [9/3]
* 75. Bel Ria - Sheila Burnford. 215 pg/1977. [9/19]
* 76. Mandy - Julie Andrews Edwards. 279 pg/1971. [9/22]
77. We Are the Goldens - Dana Reinhardt. 208 pg/2014. [9/26]

October (9)
78. Emancipated - M.G. Reyes. 384 pg/2015. [10/1]
79. Run - Kody Keplinger. 288 pg/2016. [10/2]
80. The Sweetheart Deal - Polly Dugan. 320 pg/2015. [10/3]
81. The Paradise Guest House - Ellen Sussman. 2013. [10/7]
* 82. Danza! - Lynn Hall. 1981. [10/21]
83. Incriminated - M.G. Reyes. 2016. [10/26]
84. Vindicated - M.G. Reyes. 2017. [10/26]
85. Halfway to the Sky - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 166 pg/2002. [10/30]
86. Last Chance Family - Hope Ramsay. 337 pg/2014. [10/30]

November (11)
87. I Know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles no.12) - Tess Gerritsen. 314 pg/2017. [11/4]
88. After: 19 Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia - ed. Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling. 370 pg/2012. [11/5]
89. Home on Apple Blossom Road - Sheila Roberts. 384 pg/2016. [11/11]
90. Girl Last Seen -  Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown. 272 pg/2016. [11/15]
* 91. Blue Willow - Doris Gates. 1940. [11/16]
92. Hoofbeats on the Trail - Vivian Breck. 1950. [11/18]
93. You Are Here - Jennifer E. Smith. 256 pg/2009. [11/19]
94. The Women in the Walls - [11/25]
95. The Lost City of the Monkey God [NF] - Douglas Preston. 302 pg/2017. [11/27]
96. Thanks For the Money [NF] - "Joel McHale" or more accurately Brad Stevens and Boyd Vico. 299 pg/2016. [11/30]
97. What the Dead Leave Behind - Rosemary Simpson. 391 pg/2017. [11/30]

December
98. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story [NF] - Jewel. 387 pg/2015. [12/1]
99. Starting From Here - Lisa Jenn Bigelow. 282 pg/2012. [12/3]
100. Sunny Days for Sam - Jennifer Shirk. [12/7]
101. High Trail - Vivian Breck. 1948. [12/7]
102. Oliver, The Cat Who Saved Christmas - Sheila Norton. 315 pg/2015. [12/12]

BONUS STATS
Categories of where/how I frst became aware of this year's books

Library: 33
Goodreads: 28
More From This Author: 13
Friends/family: 7
Garage sales: 5
Google search for specific ideas: 5
Thrift/antique stores: 3
Bookstore, new: 2
Used book sale: 2
Pop culture (TV, magazine or blog): 2
Dollar store: 1
School: 1

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MOVIES

January
* 1. The Legend of Wolf Mountain, 1992, 1:30, PG [1/5]
This was one of my two favorite childhood movies, and that love will never fade. NINETY-SEVEN STARS.

2. Hidden Figures, 2017, 2:07, PG [1/16]
I watched the whole thing with a giant smile on my face. To quote Chris, "it's about a lot of positive things happening to people who deserve them."

February
3. What A Girl Wants, 2003 [2/18]
Can't remember if I've seen this or not, but I am so glad this is the kind of teen movie my teen years had. What a happy pile of fluff and joy!

4. Unexpected, 2016, R (for brief language only) [2/24]
What a solid feel-good pregnancy movie that manages to simultaneously highlight and praise supportive husbands, supportive teachers, ambitious teenagers, pregnant-lady bonding, and supportive matriarch-headed multi-generational homes.

March
April
5. The Equalizer, 2014, R, 2:12 [4/1]
I was promised "Taken" with Denzel Washington. What I got was a fairly slow film of weird dramatic close-ups punctuated by spurts of violence. But there was little satisfaction to be had due to the lack of passion behind it. It was just him repeatedly going "shit, guess I gotta kill these guys too. All right, done."

6. The Fate of the Furious, 2017, PG-13, 2:16 [4/30]
This movie should have been fun but it hit one of my top rage triggers and then killed off a favorite and I ended up too mad to enjoy the rest of it. Me & this series are done, I think. Spoilery review.

May
June
7. Black Beauty, 2015, G [6/10]
Good lord, the acting is a shock to the system...but push through the first 10-15 minutes and you get a story loaded with a pretty girl who loves animals, infinite shots of her taking care of and petting the eventually beautiful horse and enjoying a picturesque country setting, and basically living my dream life and owning my dream appearance and wardrobe. Bonus, some fun music + Luke Perry being a strangely attractive dad.

8. A Cowgirl's Story, 2017, PG 1:28 [6/17]
Less beauty and more praying than expected, but better acting than the above. Super-cute feel good movie that I would have watched 50 times at age 6-11, probably.

* 9. The Mummy Returns, 2001, PG-13, 2:10 [6/19]
Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Perfection. Flawless.

July
10. Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, 2017, PG-13, 2:09 [7/3]
I am still deciding if I actually loved POTC: The Next Generation, or if I'm just bowled over by the non-zero amount of Will Turner in the endcaps, but that was definitely better than expected! Great casting for Henry.

* 11. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003, PG-13, 2:23 [7/9]
Why is this movie the greatest thing I have ever clapped mine eyes upon?

12. POTC 4: On Stranger Tides, 2011, PG-13 [7/9]
Nice, mostly fun little standalone pirate adventure. Even if it did force me to have Feelings about a weird human/mermaid relationship and insist upon proving me to me that some pirates are in fact pure evil, which was somewhat less fun.

13. The Internship, 2013, 1:59 [7/9]
Well, that was...a movie. With a surprising number of faces I know and do not particularly like. Maybe it was more endurance test than movie.

14. Don't Breathe, 2016, R, 1:25 [7/16]
What in the effing soul-unsettling hell?? I honestly don't even know how to describe how weird and bad I feel after watching this.

* 15. Tuck Everlasting, 2002, PG [7/25]
I will love this heartbreaking movie until the day Jesse Tuck dies.

August
16. McFarland, USA, 2015, PG, 2:09 [8/13]
Your standard feel-good inspirational Disney sports story that, somewhere between the bridge scene and the end of the quinceañera, took a sudden upswing into Super Awesome Mentor Coach + Quality Teen Boy territory and exceeded expectations.

17. Kong: Skull Island, 2017, PG-13 [8/18]
Well, that certainly was someone's attempt to mash a history lesson up with a lot of giant scary creatures and weird, awkwardly placed humor. At least the scary creatures worked (when not grossing me out). Small bonus for somehow managing to make Hiddleston vaguely fetching as a rugged adventurer who swoops in to hug the pretty girl after she nearly drowns, without going a step too far with a kiss.

18. Short Term 12, 2013, R for language [8/20]
Some unpleasantness and some unnecessary crudeness. But mostly an incredibly well cast and moving portrait of group-home fostering + the most quintessentially Millenial romance ever seen.

19. Goodbye World, 2014, R [8/26]
It's got some raunchy language, but damned if this doesn't also have like 4800 things I love between plot and people (especially everything Ben McKenzie says, does or has a facial expression about) while being about the best dawn-of-a-survivalist-era story I've ever seen.

September
20. Through The Looking Glass, 2016, PG-13, 1:52 [9/3]
More fantastical whimsy? Yep, despite the trying campiness of Time. Definitely wish I had seen this on the big screen.

21. Lights Out, 2016, PG-13, 1:21 [9/16]
Not sure if actually boring, or just full of boring faces after Billy Burke peaced violenced out, but I kept zoning out.

22. Power Rangers, 2017, PG-13, 1:53 [9/22]
Wow, watching as an adult with no investment in 80% of the kids' faces really makes Rita Repulsa the only redeeming feature of this thing (besides that glorious Tomberly cameo). Minor improvement on Original Jason, though.

23. Miracles From Heaven, 2016, PG, 1:49 [9/28]
Example A, this movie. Flawless casting. Best screen family ever. Bonus animals. My heart cannot contain any more happiness.

24. Moms' Night Out, 2014, PG, 1:39 [9/30]
Now why would anyone ever make R-rated versions of this concept when they could have something as darling as this?? Patricia Heaton always stands for wholesome quality, but Sarah Drew channeling her best Dr. April is a delightful bonus. Even its soundtrack gets me. Also, Harry Shum Jr. dances!

25. Along Came A Spider, 2001, R, 1:43 [9/30]
Instead of just cutting it down to the Billy Burke footage, I chose to suffer this entire film full of bad special effects far cheesier than the general tone just to say I'd seen it. Well cast as it was, I chose...poorly.

October
26. Komodo, 1999, PG-13, 1:29 [10/3]
Way too slow to start, but then it amps up into a fantastically cheesy B-grade monster movie adventure. You can fight me on this, but I thought the title creatures looked about as awesome as Jurassic Park.

27. Fracture, 2007, R, 1:58 [10/8]
Congrats on keeping Dt. Nunally alive long enough for me to finally get invested in finding out where the damn gun went. It was real touch and go for a while there, because Buzzcut Ryan Gosling retains zero percent of his normal facial charm.

28. The Conjuring 2, 2016, R, 2:15 [10/16]
There were definitely some peak scary reveals, but it took too long to get going and seemed to think I cared way more about the characters than I did.

29. Zoolander 2, 2016, PG-13, 1:41 [10/27]
It's so stupid and awesome.

November
30. Lion, 2016, PG-13, 1:58 [11/19]
Moves slowly at times, but also: why did this not win all of the awards. My emotions! My unending "hot damn, what the hell, how did Slumdog Millionaire grow up into this" response to Dev Patel, whose magnificent mane of hair makes me suspect the title of this movie has more than one meaning!

31. The Disappointments Room, 2015, R, 1:25 [11/26]
I'm unsure why this didn't take a few minor edits to become PG-13, or why the wife kept running up to the title room or out into the creepy garden by herself (frequently after dark), but nevertheless, A+ terrifying haunted-house story, with a fascinating/heartbreaking explanation for the title. Way better than I expected!

32. The Darkness, 2016, PG-13, 1:32 [11/29]
B and C grade actors in a D grade plot, with a side of "autistic children are such trouble they will summon literal demons." The only thing that was not completely boring and hateable was the brief sight of the awesome Anasazi shadow creatures themselves.

33. Crimson Peak, 2015, R, 1:58 [11/30]
This would have been a better film if not rated R, because if not for the grossness: SO TERRIFYING AND HORRIFYINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND SPOOKILY WELL CRAFTED WITH GORGEOUS PERIOD DETAILS IN EVERY WAY. Edit: in fact, upgraded, because I watched it twice within 24 hours and I'm ready to see it again.

December
34. Tomorrowland, 2015, PG, 2:09 [12/1]
Ugh. With a pedigree like that I really expected better than a silly children's sci-fi adventure, thinly held together on the strength of Britt Robertson's charm and George Clooney grumpily chaperoning a couple of kids. With an even slightly worse cast I would have struck the title through.

35. The Pyramid, 2014, barely an R (for violence), 1:28 [12/12]
Actually ended up pretty scary despite its less than promising start of documentary-style filming. "Very claustrophobic," as my mom mentioned, being filmed almost entirely inside the title location. Dismal end, though.

36. The Lost City of Z, 2017, PG-13, 2:20 [12/12]
Too long. Parts of it were definitely both exciting and beautifully shot, but I also kind of expected way more jungle exploration and less The Life of Percy Fawcett.

BONUS STATS
People I watched these movies with

Just me: 27
Parent(s): 5
Boyfriend: 4



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