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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

BOOKS

January (12)
1. The Visitor - K.L. Slater. 337 pg/2018. [1/1]
2. Sparrow Road - Sheila O'Connor. 247 pg/2011. [1/4]
3. Like the Red Panda - Andrea Seigel. 280 pg/2004. [1/8]
4. Blood Wounds - Susan Beth Pfeffer. 256 pg/2011. [1/9]
5. The Lost Vintage - Ann Mah. 384 pg/2018. [1/9]
6. Beware That Girl - Teresa Totten. 336 pg/2016. [1/12]
7. Annie's Life in Lists - Kristin Mahoney. 272 pg/2018. [1/17]
8. Trafficked - Kim Purcell. 388 pg/2012. [1/23]
9. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls (4th ed.) - Emilie Autumn. 379 pg/2017. [1/27]
10. Wild Bird - Wendelin Van Draanen. 320 pg/2017. [1/29]
11. The Year of Luminous Love - Lurlene McDaniel. [1/30]
12. The Pull of Gravity - Gae Polisner. 202 pg/2011. [1/31]

February (8)
13. I Heard the Owl Call My Name - Margaret Craven. 159 pg/1967. [2/3]
14. Escape - Barbara Delinsky. 320 pg/2011. [2/4]
15. Saul and Patsy - Charles Baxter. [2/11]
16. The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) - Amy Spaulding. [2/12]
17. Tiger Eyes - Judy Blume. 216 pg/1981. [2/23]
18. Darius the Great Is Not Okay - Adib Khorram. 316 pg/2018. [2/24]
19. The Year of Chasing Dreams - Lurlene McDaniel. 336 pg/2014. [2/25]
20. Big Doc's Girl - Mary Medearis. 191 pg/1941. [2/28]

March (15)
21. With Malice - Eileen Cook. 316 pg/2016. [3/1]
22. Seinology: The Sociology of Seinfeld [NF] - Tim Delaney. 295 pg/2006. [3/4]
23. The Girls of No Return - Erin Saldin. 343 pg/2012. [3/7]
24. Hope Was Here - Joan Bauer. 192 pg/2000. [3/8]
25. Rules of the Road - Joan Bauer. 200 pg/1998. [3/9]
26. Best Foot Forward - Joan Bauer. 183 pg/2005. [3/10]
27. Now Is Everything - Amy Giles. 368 pg/2017. [3/13]
28. California - Edan Lepucki. 393 pg/2014. [3/17]
29. Radical - E.M. Kokie. 448 pg/2016. [3/20]
30. Hit the Road - Caroline B. Cooney. 192 pg/2006. [3/22]
31. All The Things You Are - Declan Hughes. [3/23]
32. Survivor! The Ultimate Game [NF] - Mark Burnett. 240pg/2000. [3/24]
33. I Am Still Alive - Kate Alice Marshall. 314 pg/2018. [3/26]
34. The Caged Graves - Dianne Salerni. 2013. [3/27]
35. The Lost Queen of Crocker County - Elizabeth Leiknes. 2018. [3/30]

April (7)
36. Fancy Free - Betty Cavanna. 256 pg/1961. [4/5]
37. Once and For All - Sarah Dessen. 356 slow, slow pages/2017. [4/7]
38. Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature - Sashi Kaufman. 2016. [4/11]
39. Hope is a Ferris Wheel - Robin Herrera. [4/13]
40. Field Notes on Love - Jennifer E. Smith. 2019. [4/14]
41. Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival [NF] - Yossi Ghinsberg. 241 pg/1985. [4/21]
42. The Education of Ivy Blake - Ellen Airgood. 229 pg/2015. [4/23]

May (9)
43. Midnight Sun - Trish Cooke. 2018. [5/1]
44. 9 Days & 9 Nights - Katie Cotugno. 266 pg/2018. [5/9]
45. Your Destination Is On The Left - Lauren Spieller. 298 pg/2018. [5/10]
46. Weird Girl and What's His Name - Meagan Brothers. 336 pg/2015. [5/16]
47. Prairie Evers - Ellen Airgood. 218 pg/2012. [5/22]
48. All Out of Pretty - Ingrid Palmer. 344 pg/2018. [5/23]
49. Hitchhike - Isabelle Holland. 157 pg/1977. [5/24]
50. Tumbledown Manor - Helen Brown. 2016. [5/25]
* 51. Send No Blessings - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 232 pg/1990. [5/30]

June (
52. Lost Masterworks of Young Adult Literature [NF] - ed. Connie Zitlow. 130 pg/2002. [6/3]
53. The Year of the Gopher - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 201 pg/1987. [6/4]
54. Up In Seth's Room - Norma Fox Mazer. [6/6]
55. Blizzard's Wake - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. [6/7]
56. A Whole New World - Liz Braswell. 376 pg/2015. [6/14]

Number of books read that I owned prior to reading: 2

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MOVIES

January
February

* 1. Bring It On, 2000, PG-13, 1:43 [2/12]
Waaay more crass and crude than I remembered. But aside from that, still a cheerleading and girl-centric CLASSIQUE from my youth.

2. The Jungle, 2017, R, 1:55 [2/24]
Oh man, I don't know what I expected, but "epic survival story in the Amazon" was not it. This is a fair amount what I wanted The Lost City of Z to be. (also, can we talk about how much the 3 ami-bros set off Survivor's Stephen / JT / Malcolm vibes for me, because it was A LOT, in no small part due to the nerdy character getting messed-up feet and breaking down crying in true Cambodia Stephen style)

3. The House of Deadly Secrets, 2017, PG-13, 1:26 [2/26]
I was looking for a haunted house, but I'll totally take "property with a tragic past + Eeeeevil Old Neighbor Lady," even in vanilla and amusingly low-budget form.

4. The Ritual, 2017, R, 1:24 [2/26]
BASICALLY, IT'S LIKE HAVING "SIBERIA" BACK. I have waited 5+ years for that feeling.

March
5. Tiger Eyes, 2012, PG, 1:30 [3/25]
Better than the book (though I'm glad I read the book first in order to have an outline in my head). Judicious use of Wolf. And Willa Holland did far better than expected. Definitely made me cry.

April
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, 2018, PG, 1:58 [4/20]
Okay for what it was. Watched it for boyfriend, but the animation made me dizzy, and this film did not overcome the fact that I enjoy neither superheroes nor cartoons.

May
7. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, 2016, PG-13, 1:28 [5/18]
Boring and slow as hell (watch on 4x speed if possible). Unclear what is going on ever. It has a fantastic title and premise, but literally the only worthwhile footage is the glimpses of by-turns beautiful and chilling Polly.

8. Annabelle: Creation, 2017, R, 1:49 [5/19]
I HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT TERRIFIED BY A MOVIE IN MY LIFE. And when I wasn't terrified, I was utterly enchanted by every single character, so win/win.

9. Detective Pikachu, 2019, PG, 1:44 [5/19]
LOOK AT ALL THESE ADORABLE POKEMON. And I guess there might also be a plot? That doesn't seem important. Or memorable.

June
10. The Keeping Hours, 2017, PG-13, 1:31 [6/10]
Despite having just watched a movie about why keeping your child's spirit around is a Bad Idea, this movie went the Heavenly Sweetness route with it and made me cry most of the way through, so that was beautiful. It's billed as a horror movie, but there is only like 1 moderately scary scene in the whole thing. It's absolutely a film about grief and coming to terms with loss.

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