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Reading / Movie List 2016

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 will eventually be linked to my Goodreads reviews. [UPDATE: I am so, so bad at updating this list. Goodreads is super accurate, though!]

* = reread or rewatch


January (6)
1. Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts. 358 pg/1995. [1/2]
2. The Honk and Holler Opening Soon - Billie Letts. 1998. [1/5]
3. I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios. 388 pg2015. [1/16]
4. These Girls - Sarah Pekkanen. 2012. [1/18]
5. Catching Air - Sarah Pekkanen. 2014. [1/18]
* 6. What Happened to Lani Garver - Carol Plum-Ucci. 2002. [1/25]

February (5)
7. Young Widows Club - Alexandra Coutts. 304 pg/2015. [2/6]
8. The Fall - Bethany Griffin. 426 pg/2014. [2/12]
9. The Spell Book of Listen Taylor - Jaclyn Moriarty. 497 pg/2007. [2/18]
10. 600 Hours of Edward - Craig Lancaster. 318 pg/2012. [2/19]
11. You Have Seven Messages - Stewart Lewis. 289 pg/2011. [2/21]

March (7)
12. Edward Adrift - Craig Lancaster. 307 pg/2013. [3/2]
13. House of Glass - Sophie Littlefield. 304 pg/2014. [3/4]
14. The Secret Ingredient - Laura Schaefer.  240 pg/2011. [3/6]
15. Breed of Giants - Joyce Stranger. 209 pg/1966. [3/15]
16. Kym [NF] - Joyce Stranger. 171 pg/1976. [3/17]
17. The Truth About You and Me - Amanda Grace. 229 pg/2013. [3/20]
18. And Then She Was Gone [3/27]

April (4)
19. The Running Foxes - Joyce Stranger. [4/9]
20. Mandrake Root - Janet Diebold. 277 pg/1946. [4/16]
21. How Do You Spank a Porcupine? [NF] - Ronald Rood. [4/29]
22. Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop [NF] - Jeff Miller. [4/30]

May (9)
23. Keeping the Castle [5/4]
24. Subway Love - Nora Leigh Baskin. [5/5]
25. A Snowflake In My Hand [NF] [5/8]
26. My One Square Inch of Alaska - Sharon Short. 327 pg/2013. [5/9]
27. A House By the Side of the Road - Jan Gleiter. 264 pg/1998. [5/12]
28. Dreamsleeves - Coleen Murtagh Paratore. 288 pg/2012. [5/17]
29. Goodnight, Cinderella - Richard Posner. 244 pg/1989. [5/18]
30. Out of the Shadows - Sarah Singleton. 252 pg/2006. [5/19]
31. Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon. 310 pg/2015. [5/31]

June (10)
32. One Thing Stolen - Beth Kephart. [6/1]
33. Dead Girls Don't Lie - Jennifer Shaw Wolf. [6/2]
34. Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys. 346 pg/2013. [6/7]
35. The Art of Secrets - James Klise. [6/15]
36. Time Between Us - Tamara Ireland Stone. 368 pg/2012. [6/17]
37. The Chapel Wars - Lindsay Leavitt. [6/21]
38. My Life as a Rhombus - Varian Johnson. 297 pg/2007. [6/24]
39. The Body Book [NF] - Cameron Diaz. [6/26]
40. All We Have Is Now - Lisa Schroeder. 266 pg/2015. [6/30]
41. Liquidating an Estate [NF] - Martin Codina. 282 pg/2013. [6/30]

July (5)
42. Time After Time - Tamara Ireland Stone.
43. Abandoned - Angela Dorsey.
44. Dogtripping [NF] - David Rosenfelt. 278 pg/2013. [7/23]
45. *Thunderwith - Libby Hawthorne. 1989.
46. Watermelon - Marian Keyes.

August (12)
47. What Do You Do With a Kinkajou? - Alice Gilborn. [8/5]
48. Rizzoli & Isles #5: Vanish - Tess Gerritsen. [8/5]
49. Rizzoli & Isles #2: The Apprentice - Tess Gerritsen. [8/6]
50. A School For Brides - Patrice Kindl. [8/9]
51. Rizzoli & Isles #3: The Sinner - Tess Gerritsen. [8/11]
52. After The Woods - Kim Savage. 2016. [8/13]
53. Rizzoli & Isles #4: The Body Double - Tess Gerritsen. [8/13]
54. A Gift From Bob [NF] - James Bowen. [8/14]
55. Rizzoli & Isles #6: The Mephisto Club - Tess Gerritsen. [8/21]
56. Rizzoli & Isles #7: The Keepsake - Tess Gerritsen. [8/21]
57. Rizzoli & Isles #8: Ice Cold - Tess Gerritsen. 464 pg/2010. [8/27]
58. A Skunk in the House [NF] - Constance Taber Colby. 144 pg/1973. [8/29]

September (6)
59. Emily's Dress, And Other Missing Things - Kathryn Burak. 232 pg/2012. [9/5]
60. Rizzoli & Isles #9: The Silent Girl - Tess Gerritsen. 315 pg/2011. [9/5]
61. Chosen Forever [NF] - Susan Richards. 2008. [9/16]
62. Rizzoli & Isles #10: Last to Die - Tess Gerritsen. 338 pg/2012. [9/16]
63. Jenny, Sam and the Invisible Hildegarde - Mary Kennedy. [9/17]
64. Under the Knife - Tess Gerritsen. 1990. [9/25]

October (6)
65. * The Dog Who Rescues Cats [NF] - Philip Gonzalez. 1995. [10/4]
66. * Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs. 352 pg/2011. [10/9]
67. * X-Files: Ruins - Kevin J. Anderson. [10/23]
68. Fifty Acres and a Poodle [NF] - Jeanne Marie Laskas. [10/23]
69. Leap of Faith - Jamie Blair. 234 pg/2013. [10/30]
70. Don't Fail Me Now - Una LaMarche. 273 pg/2015. [10/30]

November (14)
71. Hollow City - Ransom Riggs. 396 pg/2014. [11/2]
72. An Affair With a House [NF] - Bunny Williams. [11/2]
73. The Big Tiny: A Built It Myself Memoir [NF] - Dee Williams. [11/7]
74. * Whinny of the Wild Horses - Amy C. Laundrie. [11/9]
75. Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow [NF] - Jan Pol. 288 pg.2014. [11/17]
76. Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs. 458 pg/2015. [11/19]
77. A Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis. 371 pg/2014. [11/19]
78. 37 Things I Love (in no particular order) - Kekla Magoon. 216 pg/2012. [11/19]
79. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse - Lucas Klauss. 403 pg/2012. [11/20]
80. The Way Back From Broken - Amber J. Keyser. 210 pg/2015. [11/20]
81. Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs. 160 pg/2016. [11/20]
82. This Raging Light - Estelle Laure. 270 pg/2015. [11/21]
83. Zac and Mia - A.J. Betts. 292 pg/2013. [11/24]
84. The Indigo Notebook - Laura Resau. 2009. [11/27]

December
85. Take Me There - Carolee Dean. 325 pg/2010. [12/1]
86. Some Boys - Patty Blount. 329 pg/2014. [12/1]
87. Girl on a Plane - Miriam Moss. 277 pg/2016. [12/1]
88. The Islands at the End of the World [12/2]
89. Winner - Maureen Odonoghue [12/4]
90. Someone I Wanted to Be - Aurelia Wills. 324 pg/2016. [12/6]
91. Rizzoli & Isles #11: Die Again - Tess Gerritsen. 2014. [12/7]
92. Maybe a Fox - Kathi Appelt. 272 pg/2016. [12/8]
93. Dreaming in the Dust: Restoring an Old House [NF] - Katherine Chrisman. [12/13]
94. Emmy & Oliver - Robin Benway. 352 pg/2015. [12/17]
95. The Ruby Notebook - Laura Resau. 373 pg/2010. [12/21]
96. Welcome to the Ark - Stephanie S. Tolan. 250 pg/1996. [12/24]
97. Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone. 368 pg/2015. [12/24]
98. The Jade Notebook - Laura Resau. 365 pg/2012. [12/27]
99. Openly Straight - Bill Konigsburg. 320 pg/2013. [12/28]
100. The Girl at the Center of the World - Austin Aslan. [12/29]
101. Tumbling - Caela Carter. 424 pg/2016. [12/29]


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January
1. Breaking Dawn pt. 1, 2011, PG-13 [1/2]
I'll be over here in my happy place.

* 2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King [1/3]
FINALLY FINISHED. I don't know if it's among my top movies of all time anymore, but it is still a majestic piece of filmmaking.

3. Z for Zachariah, 2015, PG-13, 1:33 [1/4]
I don't understand why they added a third character and changed the plot into a boring-ass love triangle with a boring non-ending. I could forgive the first thing but not if it fails at payoff.

4. The Rover, 2014, R, 1:43 [1/17]
The longest, slowest, most tedious and probably only car chase in history to retrieve a dead dog, in which people stare, mumble, ask annoying questions and get violently killed a lot to the backing of an obnoxious and intrusive soundtrack.

* 5. Laggies
More R-rated antics than I remember. But it's otherwise still so freaking adorable and so 90% BASICALLY ME.

* 6. Into the Woods, 2014 [1/23]
STILL UTTER MAGIC.

7. The Waitress, 2007, [1/23]
What an underrated gem. Despite its overt adultery theme, it's so darling and full of heart and charm from beginning to end. My feelings of adoration formed around the Sara Bareilles CD may have influenced this feeling, but we'll never know for sure.

8. Nightcrawler, 2014, R, 1:57 [1/28]
For someone so handsome, Gyllenhaal really managed to bring the slimy, skin-crawling sleaze. I spent the whole movie with my shoulders hunched to my ears and shuddering and just repeating, "Ew." Not sure if impressed or disturbed.

9. October Baby, 2011, PG-13, 1:53 [1/30]
Beautifully shot and acted, with a beautiful actress, super-cute budding relationship and only a tiny bit of Evangelical tarnish/treacle near the end.

February
* 10. Jurassic World, 2015 [2/20, 2/24]
I remain a very great fan of both Buff New Chris Pratt and all the dinosaurs eating all the people. "WE NEED MORE TEETH." I am pretty sure it's now my favorite of the franchise.

March
11. Inside Out, 2015, PG , 1:30 [3/6]
Well damn. I was so determined it wasn't going to impress me, but not only was it an amazingly creative way of thinking about how emotional responses are controlled, the NBC comedy actresses were astounding, there was tons of hilarity, the girl was from Minnesota, and it managed to squeeze some involuntary tears out of me thanks to Bing Bong. Sorcery!

12. No Escape, 2015, R, 1:43 [3/12]
It's rated mainly for "strong violence throughout," which is extremely accurate. But oh, what a well done, heart-pounding thriller of an action film it is, with a strong emotional core. I thought about it the entire next day.

13. The Family, 2013, R [3/13]
Weird & not especially interesting film, of which the best/only good part was Dianna Agron being beautiful and perfect at all times, including while kissing a very fetching French college student, at least until that scene went to a very awful place and had to be immediately skipped.

14. The Homesman, R [3/20]
I decided to watch this based on a preview alone, with zero research into its rating or other aspects. Won't make that mistake again! Thoroughly bleak and depressing from beginning to end (aside from intermittent moments of laconic wisecracks from Tommy Lee Jones), and more sex and nudity than I've ever seen in a movie (because I take great pains to research and avoid that content). Though I will give it credit for a Shocking Twist.

15. The Fast and the Furious, 2001, PG-13 [3/21]
I don't even know. It was stupid and ridiculous but I got very invested in most of the characters, especially Brian. And Mia. And Toretto, and Letty. And all of their relationships with each other.

April
16. 2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003, PG-13 [4/12]
2 much Ppl Who Were Not In The First Movie, you mean. WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO GET EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN. That one hot girl's love for her pretty pink butt-kicking chick car? Brian is better than nothing, but it was hard to focus on his new/reconnected friendship.

17. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2006, PG-13 [4/19]
Um...okay. It wasn't entirely as bad as I assumed it would be? I guess it's good I saw it so that I could become invested in that one guy who comes back for the next films? He was v. attractive.

18. Fast and Furious, 2009, PG-13 [4/23]
Ahhhhh, that's better. That's the stuff. So weird seeing Brian try to wear a suit, though. He looks terrible in it. Like a dressed-up dog.

19. Fast Five, 2011, PG-13 [4/24]
Alternate title: Ocean's Furious Five. What a wild ride of sheer heisting crack. LOVED IT. Best one yet: so much glorious Brain/Mia, Awesome Dwayne Johnson, the people from the second movie being made relevant, a super strong theme of family and friendship running through it; everything was perfect! Really handy to be able to watch back to back with the previous one too.

20. Fast & Furious 6, 2013, PG-13 [4/28]
So much non-stop action and increasingly ridiculous stunts, plus B-side romances, I almost forgot to notice that Mia was barely in it and Brian was in it less than I would like. Impressive work.

21. Ricki and the Flash, 2015 [4/30]
Sorry to bust up the action streak, but that was quite a lovely marriage of casting win & musical excellence, supported by a serviceable family plot. Also, I am totally here for Rick Springfield/Ricki. Much more so than I ever thought possible. This rules!

May
22. Furious 7, 2015, PG-13 [5/7]
So we not even gonna try and be slightly believable in any aspects now, huh? Tha's cool. I'll roll with it as long as Brian's all up in that white picket domesticity, even if we haven't quite finished smoothing out the wrinkles in the transition.

23. Hours, 2013, PG-13 [5/8]
Unrelenting dread, mostly well done with occasionally stretches of drudgery. Nolan kicks off the film dissociating from reality and only gets more crazy and grimy. But, there is an adorable dog! And all of the new father anxiety + widower grief one could request.

24. Eight Below, 2006, PG [5/14]
Emotionally exhausting but also wonderful and beautiful. Not once is there a scene without either Jerry or the dogs, a.k.a. zero wasted setup.

25. The Jungle Book, 2016, PG [5/15]
It was nice enough. Good action sequences. Some cute computer-animated animals. (PORCUPINE/PANGOLIN)

26. Joy Ride, 2001, R [5/28]
This thriller was distinctly devoid of thrills or joy, unless you count how I will take any excuse to gaze at a Preppy Campus Boy version of Paul Walker for an entire movie. He doesn't even kiss the pretty girl, which is unfair because the pretty girl is Leelee Sobieski, one of the most gorgeous women ever.

27. Mr. Holmes, 2015, PG [5/29]
Not quite awful but boring. There is a bit of lift to the mystery by the end, but mostly it is like a long warning about how being old/being around old people is awful.

28. Takers, 2010, PG-13 [5/29]
Fast Five: The Darkest Timeline version, in which the losses are heavy and constant. But it made for a great movie! Action went on from beginning to end, whilst featuring a surprisingly excellent cast & character set (Matt Dillon notwithstanding, because when has Dillon ever improved a movie).

29. The Boy Next Door, 2015, R [5/30]
Well, that was thoroughly explicit and disgusting. #I-don't-know-what-I-expected.gif. (Mom: "It's like they made this movie just to prove what a great body Jennifer Lopez still has.")

June
30. Brick Mansions, 2014, PG-13 [6/12]
I thought this had some pretty cool things to say about marginalization and the possible effects of gentrification in the extreme, so it was probably racist in some manner, but it was also full of near-nonstop action scenes and Paul Walker being his usual dazzling self. Impossible to get bored.

31. Into the Blue, 2005, PG-13 [6/18]
While somewhat cheesy and gratuitously focused on hot lean bodies (hey, I was appreciating the musculature), that was also super fun because how many movies do they make about finding shipwrecks and sunken treasure, huh?

July
August

32. Drive Angry, 2011, R, 1:45 [8/14]
This is...the absolute worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life.

September
October

33. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, 2016, PG-13, 2:07 [10/4]
Half completely different from the book but 100% as amazing. My eyes were like stars when I left the theater.

* 34. Ghost Ship, 2002, R, 1:30 [10/8 on TV, 10/24 on DVD]
A high school favorite I forgot about until I saw it was on TV, and still the horror movie of my dreams. It's a ghost ship. A 1962 ghost luxury liner, to be precise, with all the eerie murder backstory, present-day murder and beautifully decayed treasures amidst a hauntingly ruined backdrop one could ever want, plus my fave found-family of a salvage crew ever. [edit: also, the bonus feature with the quasi-deleted scenes/backstories of ship passengers...amazing!]

35. The Forest,, 2016, PG-13, 1:30 [10/26]
Well that was all kinds of spooky and also sad. P.S. So I'm never going camping again...

36. Untraceable, 2008, R, 1:37 [10/28]
I thought I had already seen this plot on at least one crime show, but...yeah, not to this degree. That definitely sent a chill down my spine.

November
37. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2016, PG-13, 2:13 [11/27]
Sixteen out of ten stars! Like experiencing the first Harry Potter movie all over again. The beasts truly were fantastic.

38. The Purge: Election Year, 2016, R, 1:49 [11/30]
A terrifying, timely reminder to please not let your political differences convince you violence is justifiable, and also maybe examine what your limits re: fiscal conservatism and/or nationalism should be. And it's all headed by my best, brilliant gal Elizabeth Mitchell, who is the tipping factor in verifying that this franchise only gets better.

And none for December, bye.


Comments

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dollsome
Dec. 18th, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, I love your review of Drive Angry. I had to look it up to remind myself of what it was, but as soon as I saw the name "Nicolas Cage" on its IMDB page, all the logic stars aligned.
rainbowstevie
Dec. 19th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
as soon as I saw the name "Nicolas Cage" on its IMDB page, all the logic stars aligned.
*snicker* This is very true.

IT'S SO BAD THOUGH. The affront continues months later. My hopes that Billy Burke would make a small portion of it not-bad were soundly dashed.
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