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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 (8)
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]
57. Animals in Young Adult Literature [NF] - Walter Hogan. 232 pg/2009. [6/25]
58. The War Bride's Scrapbook - Caroline Preston. [6/28]
59. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - Winifred Watson. 1938. [6/30]

July (9)
* 60. After the Dancing Days - Margaret I. Rostkowski. 217 pg/1986. [7/1]
61. Phantoms of the Hudson Valley [NF] - Monica Randall. 1996.  [7/5]
62. There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins. 2017. [7/6]
63. Seven Cats and the Art of Living [NF] - Jo Coudert. 1996. [7/7]
64. April & Oliver - Tess Callahan. 2009. [7/13]
65. All The Forever Things - Jolene Perry. 2017. [7/15]
* 66. Psychic Pets and Spirit Animals [NF] - ed. Connie Hill. 261 pg/1996. [7/22]
67. A Short Walk to the Bookshop - Aleksandra Drake. 2019. [7/26]
68. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz. 2012 [7/30]

August ()
69. The Hollow Girl - Hillary Monahan. 2017. [8/1]
70. When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead. 2009. [8/1]
71. Counting By 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan. 2013. [8/2]
72. Extreme Couponing [NF] - Joni Meyer-Crothers with Beth Adelman. 2013. [8/3]
73. The Opposite of Love - Sarah Lynn Scheerger. 2014. [8/6]
74. Sophomore Year is Greek to Me - Meredith Zeitlin. 2015. [8/6]
75. Girl Online on Tour - Zoe Sugg. 2015. [8/8]
76. Summerlost - Ally Condie. 2016. [8/10]
77. Plague Land - Alex Scarrow. 2017. [8/11]
78. Girl Last Seen - Nina Laurin. 2017. [8/13]
79. Pretty Fierce - Kieran Scott. 2017. [8/14]
80. Girl Online Going Solo - Zoe Sugg. 2016. [8/15]
81. Where The Heart Is - Jo Knowles. 2019. [8/16]
82. The Road to Enchantment - Kaya McLaren. 2017. [8/17]


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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.

11. Possession, 2009, PG-13, 1:25 [6/22]
MAN that was awesome. Still hilarious to see Lee Pace try to be a bad boy, but also...weirdly hot sometimes? Also it gets SO TWISTY that even though I was spoiled and wish I had not been, I still loved it. PLUS there is an alternate ending, which is incredible and I don't even know which version I prefer.
P.S. Pace/Gellar is absolutely an A-level face pairing so even with tattoos dragging him down, congrats on the screen sex. The pacing and lack of explanation of this film is off enough to keep it at 4 stars, but I just loved the faces in play so much.

12. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, 2008, PG-13, 1:30 [6/26]
Still a scandalous amount of near-nudity, but still such fun, with an A+ face pairing! (i guess the lesson here is that if Lee Pace stars in a movie, it's amazing?? Let's test this theory out on Marmaduke. (SARCASM ALERT))

July
13. Revolt, 2017, R, 1:27 [7/6]
Look, this clearly would have been better without robot aliens, not least because the last third or so is just a boring dumpster fire of battle sequencing, but in the meantime I will take this solid hour of Lee Pace, Rugged American Soldier, giving me EVERYTHING MY THIRST DESIRES. Welcome to Whumpville, 1st class -- but also fear and compassion and grief and badass combat/shooting skills and lady-protecting (of a lady who is also a badass) with a dash of shipper squee for flavoring. Also the robot aliens kind of look like cute metal Dilophosauruses, so it could be worse.

14. Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, 2012, PG-13, 1:55 [7/14]
Probably if I had been smart and watched it when I still shipped screen!Edward/Bella and/or adored Billy Burke's every minute acting choice more, I wouldn't have been able to fit every good part into one gifset. OK, I did still deeply enjoy the "battle," but I could have enjoyed the family and romantic stuff so much more.

15. Unicorn Store, 2019, PG, 1:31 [7/20]
I AM EMOTIONS.

16. Rampage. 2018, PG-13, 1:41 [7/27]
BIG MONSTERS GO SMASH-SMASH. It is actually very much like season 3 of Zoo, but bigger. (and with less kissing. none at all in fact.)

17. Secret Obsession, 2019, PG-13, 1:37 [7/28]
WOULD YOU RATHER: Secret Obsession or In My Dreams?? They're both so hilariously cheap and bad. The chemistry here is worse but anything goes for the pleasure of Mike Vogel making eyes at a lady. It's also fun when he turns scary, although somehow he was less chilling as a literal murderer than he was on season 3 of Under the Dome when he put his fist through the wall. Y'all are correct to drag it. This is a vehicle for actor appreciation only. (that said: Dennis Haysbert is most impressive in his detective role and makes you forget the generally bad quality of the film when he's on screen)

18. Leave No Trace, 2018, PG, 1:49 [7/30]
Solid plot (sounds like a major improvement on the book), amazing young actress, definitely would have loved it more with a handsome actor, but too slow to make an impact on me as-is.

August
19. Captive, 2014, R, 1:48 [8/11]
OH BOY did I forget how incredible Ryan Reynolds can be as a distraught father. I'm so used to him being a crude douchebag. So good! A little slow, but it had a lot of good mystery, creepy pedos (without showing anything gross), and a sweet side love story w/ the two cops. The latter of which needed better resolution.

20. St. Agatha, MA, 2019 [8/11]
There was no need for any of that to be rated MA. Maybe that rating poisoned the well, but I wasn't real thrilled about the gross, bad, icky feeling I had all over by end, either, despite good stock horror ingredients. Just...not well done. Flashbacks should not be my favorite part of anything horror-related, but they were, so LET ME CHOOSE MY OWN ADVENTURE STARTING AT THE SOUP KITCHEN. (On bright side, the dynamic reminded me a lot of My One Square Inch of Alaska, so maybe I just reread that instead. Like, same names for the boyfriend and brother, even!)

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 6th, 2019 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: Movies
I still haven't seen Bring it On! I used to be tempted by it in Blockbuster, but would invariably go for something like Groundhog Day instead. I don't know that I could bring myself to watch it now!
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