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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
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]




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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 wonderful 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

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