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[sticky post] 2019 Reading List / Movie List

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.

* = reread or rewatch. [NF] =nonfiction

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Favorite Tropes in Books

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a fun one. Had to cut myself off.

Note: this is a queued post and will be linked to the main one when I get a chance.
How badly will I embarrass myself this week? Come find out.Collapse )

Reading Triage: LJ Version

I did one a week ago on Tumblr, so it's too soon to post again (not least because half of these books carried over), but after a miniature reading slump earlier this month, I've been racing through books like a mad thing (9 in 12 days already). MORE STORIES. STUFF THEM INTO MY BRAIN.  CONSUME THEM ALL, GREEDY BOOK MONSTER STYLE. And I think I read a couple of the good ones too fast, just because I was SO EXCITED to genuinely enjoy reading again, so I want to try and talk the next set out, maybe pace myself a tad.
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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie, so I'm choosing one literally no one else will.

Earlier this summer I flailed SUPER HARD about a lit crit book called Lost Masterworks of Young Adult Literature, featuring books that had fallen out of print and/or the public eye which contributors to this collection felt deserved better name recognition. However, the titles included in the collection weren't all perfect. And it made me think about which forgotten books I would like to bring attention to. Ergo...

Top Ten Forgotten Teen Books
This list consists of books with teen characters published no more recently than 15 years ago (but ended up mostly being from the 80s oops). The only rules are that the protagonists have to be at least 14 and they have to be books I think mainstream readers would enjoy, so I can't just stuff it full of horse books. (edit: looks like without meaning to, I accidentally included zero horse books. Oops again.)

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ChaseR: A Novel in E-mails

This is a queued post for the weekly theme at That Artsy Reader Girl and will be linked to the main post when I get a chance.

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W O W I just looked at the spoilers for the new Veronica Mars season, and that's...

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Every year I am more grateful that no one ever tapped Pushing Daisies back to life. A few years ago it seemed a cruel twist of fate, for it to have just missed the burgeoning era of alternate-network and streaming service saves; they were still talking about it in 2012 and it still seemed plausible then, but now I think (I HOPE) it's too late for a season revival, thank heavens. I can think of nothing that would strike more terror into my heart than such an announcement.

Can you even imagine?? No thanks at the inevitable Ned/Chuck breakup and possible death of a main character! Even if they didn't break up on screen, it would probably start off like "Chuck's been traveling the world solo for the past 8 years" and/or be about a weird open relationship they'd introduced to cope with the lack of touching until one of them started to catch feelings for another.

So following that fit of hysteria...

ANOTHER FIT OF HYSTERIA, because credits rolled on Unicorn Store and then my jaw hit the floor as A MIKE VOGEL MOVIE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS FILMING FELL OUT OF THE SKY, FULLY FORMED, INTO MY LAP AS THE AUTO-PLAYING NEXT REC. A Mike Vogel thriller, even. NICE.

A True Story

When I was a little kid, I started to watch Dumbo at my grandparent's house, but I started crying so hard when they separate him from his mother that I wore myself out and fell asleep. No amount of my parents telling me it had a happy ending when I woke up could convince me to finish watching it, so I never did.

I'm bringing this up because I am 12 minutes from the end of Unicorn Store, and I don't actually know if this one has a happy ending but I HAVE BEEN SOBBING OFF AND ON FOR ROUGHLY THE PAST THIRTY MINUTES OF THIS FILM and I was just starting to dry up but now I am like, seizing and struggling to breathe through my blocked nose, so IDK how I am going to get there.

This film, for all its fantastical whimsy and legit magic, is just such a SHOT TO THE HEART of what it feels like to stumble out of college and back to your parents' house with no idea what to do next. How to be a grown-up. What to make of boys. (or are they men now? are you old enough to interact with Men on a personal level?) Especially when you still cling to your childhood loves that the world has told you to put away. HI I'M CRYING AGAIN because I just remembered the part where she angrily bags up all her old things. I did that with my Breyers and My Little Ponies and (some of) my stuffed animals in a similar fit of anger and heartbreak. (of course the My Little Ponies eventually made it back out, which I really hope is paralleled by her getting her unicorn at the end)

Anyway, go watch it. Being in the Pushing Daisies state I am, I am almost as perfectly primed to be receptive to it as I would have been when I was closer to these acute feelings, say, 9-11 years ago.

UPDATE: I made it to the end.[spoilers!]WHAT IS THIS ONE UNICORN STYLE NONSENSE. HOW DARE YOU. God, this is horrible! Now I'm crying HARDER THAN EVER because this is horribly remniscient of something else in my life and I don't even know what. My memory is blocking it. But there is something where I cried my heart out and consigned it to the past even though I still wanted it and that's why even though this is a stupid-ass decision, i cannot elect to ignore it because I understand for some reason that she has to, even though I'm pretty sure that reason is just SELF SABOTAGE AND UNCONSCIOUS SELF-HARM.

(WHAT DUDE WOULD NOT INSIST YOU KEEP A UNICORN. Throw that whole man away. The other lady can wait her turn. There are obviously more unicorns.)

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, I decided to divide my list in two: auto-buy and auto-read. Because I don't buy new books, but there are certainly authors where I'll automatically read (or plan to read) anything they release, I just get it from the library. I do buy old books, from secondhand stores and book sales all over, where I always have my eye out for certain names and will snap up their work whether I've read it before or not. So...

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Note: anonymous users, and possibly Open ID users who include hyperlinks, your comments are screened but will be unscreened at my earliest opportunity.
a.k.a. "who needs Amazon Prime when I can wreck my bank account locally for secondhand goods."

I don't always take advantage of Half Price Books' Coupon Week -- last time I think I even gave away the almighty 50% off one, so sated was I on other media at the time -- but I was feelin' it this week and I went nuts. And so I display, for an undisclosed sum of money because honestly even w/ coupons these were not quite garage sale prices:

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That part was gonna be the whole post, except I started drafting it on Friday and then the next 3 days happened.Collapse )

The Music of 2019: Quarter 2

Oops. I totally forgot to post this on time. I SAVED IT AS A DRAFT POST ON JUNE 25 AND FORMATTED IT AND EVERYTHING.

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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is "character freebie," and I wasn't sure what to do with that until I decided, you know, I have this terrible habit of falling in love with screen characters and then deciding I really need to see them in a written story as well, with richer exploration of the internal unspoken. To which you're probably thinking, "Fanfic? Exists??" but no. I want a whole novel-length AU written to professional publishing standards (I try tie-in novels, but more often than not they smack of work for hire and are less emotionally fulfilling than true fanfic).

This is not quite the same as just imagining an actor -- though it often ends up that way once the book character is established enough -- because I very specifically want a book character with a similar personality / behavior to the screen character. Which means I need to find a plausible starting match. It's a whole thing I waste hours on googling every couple of months, and every single time I come up empty-handed I yell anew, "WHY DO YOU BOTHER WITH THIS," but then I find a book where it works and it's such a better reading experience.

Like these.
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And now the floor: what books would you add to this category? I would LOVE more recs like this -- would really cut down on my hours of searching. I'll happily take plain old actor head-casts as well.

Saturday Sum-Up (late)

I'm not doing TTT this week, probably, so that should give me some time. [edit: LIES!] I kinda sorta maybe lost a horrifying chunk of last week reading evvvvery single participant's post (170) AND commenting on all the ones that stuck to the theme where I could possibly come up with something to say. It's clearly a topic close to my heart!

(nothing was wilder to me than posts of people who were "struggling" to fill the topic because they'd "already done it" (and?? you didn't have about 190 options??) or "I wasn't a big reader as a kid," the latter of which made me want to write a 9000 word essay about my childhood experience with books, but I didn't because I guess it was too imperative I spend 6 hours this week on the "Am I The Asshole?" subreddit, which wasn't even fun, just addictive)

ANYWAY, here's what's been filling my free time for the past 8 days:

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Me, rejecting District 9*: under no circumstance in hell am I gonna watch a dumbass alien invasion movie, even if it's set in Africa.
Lee Pace, 10 years later: hey
(*I have since learned that District 9 is not exactly like this. I just always assumed it was.)

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Honestly there are like six actors in the world I would willingly watch be THIS grimy and filthy for an entire movie. Good work.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is about favorite books from your childhood. While there are many standalone novels I could mention, and probably will regret this later when I see how few of you recognized horse/dog/wildlife stories or other authors I adore, today I'd like to concentrate on series books.

Up until I was around 13, I'd wager that a good 50% of my reading material was series books. Now that I'm older, I prefer standalone novels, not least because there aren't really series books like this for adults outside of romance & mystery novels. But as a kid, there was nothing like the immense pleasure of being able to choose any one from dozens of titles, knowing that they would be to my taste.

I rarely read them in chronological order as opposed to whatever was available/sounded best in the moment, since most were from the library, and I rarely if ever read to the end of a series. But god, for 7 or so years of my life, were they fun.

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Summer TBR

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a perennially fun one, so let's dive in to my Very Eclectic mix.

summer 2019 tbr
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Guess what?

The cat in my icon is the face I have been making inside for the past 9 days of Secret Keeping, but I finally found a camera so I can say it:


And that is all I have for the day because I gotta run to night work. But I have a story to accompany it, I swear!
Maybe I should institute some sort of Saturday Sum-Up, if I'm gonna continue wasting the hours I'm afraid of doing work by scrolling ONTD and annoying Tumblr accounts and Buzzfeed with anger and self-loathing at said wastefulness, writing Angry Unposted Reactions to their content instead of Decent Blog Posts. My energy is rapidly fading so I can't go into any detail about any of them, but here is an outline of things I've been doing on Tumblr / YouTube / offline:

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The Keeping Hours

I AM GONNA SUE THIS MOVIE FOR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, OH MY GOD. It took me from "I'm crying a lot" to "I'm openly sobbing, with uncontrollable noise" to "I am now crying so hard I cannot breathe and may actually be dying?" This is The Vow levels of weeping here. I love it.

I truly spent half this movie going "mmm, unsure if Lee Pace's face still works for me at this age," but WOW CAN HE WORK A GOOD GRIEF FACE. Also, on bright side, I might wear myself out enough with crying that on top of the two hour walk I took and the fact that I slept less than 6 hours last night, all tipped back in a chair, I might actually be asleep before 2 am tonight.


Unlike the last post of mine with a similar header, this is my "things I want to write" list. Maybe this will stop me from spending 3 hours on ONTD / Buzzfeed tomorrow.

  • 7 4 Goodreads reviews for books from the past month (I've never been so behind! just too much good, or at least thought-provoking, writing. and then I can finally RETURN the books.)

  • A sum-up-so-far post on The Amazing Race

  • Last week's Top Ten Tuesday post (too late to share, but maybe I can link to it from this week's linkup)

  • This week's TTT post

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