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Reading List / Movie List 2014

I am super lazy this year and I gave up on adding books, so only the movies go here now.

ETA: Four years later, I am tired of this gaping hole on my LJ, so I am retroactively creating the book list. It's missing page counts and links to individaul reviews on my Goodreads account, but otherwise it's the same as all my other years. Formatting is as follows: bold means I loved it, italicized means I really liked and may reread it, plain text indicates anything from good to just okay, and strikethrough means it was awful.

* = reread or rewatch. [NF] =nonfiction

January (3)
1. The Dogs of Christmas - Bruce W. Cameron. 2013. [1/16]
2. The Shorn Lamb - Hughie Call. 1969. [1/22]
3. Send Me a Sign - Tiffany Schmidt. 2012. [1/30]

February (3)
4. Paint the Wind - Pam Munoz Ryan. 2007. [2/10]
5. Falling for Eli [NF] - Nancy Shulins. 2012. [2/15]
6. It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini. 2006. [2/28]

March (12)
7. Four-Legged Miracle: Heartwarming Tales of Lost Dogs' Journeys Home [NF] - Brad Steiger. 2013. [3/2]
8. The Book of Sunnybank [NF] - Albert Payson Terhune. 1934. [3/2]
9. Hostage Three - Nick Lake. 2012. [3/3]
10. Gift Horse - Betty Levin. 1996. [3/3]
11. Golden - Jessi Kirby. 2013. [3/17]
12. Also Known As - Robin Benway. 2013. [3/17]
13. Whisper Island - Anola Picket. 2013. [3/17]
14. Buffalo for the Broken Heart [NF] - Dan O'Brien. 2001. [3/18]
15. Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons [NF] - Peter Trachtenberg. 2012. [3/22]
16. Cats & Daughters: They Don't Always Come When Called [NF] - Helen Brown. 2012. [3/22]
17. Nobody But Us - Kristin Halbrook. 2013. [3/27]
18. A Hundred Horses - Sarah Lean. 2013. [3/28]

April (10)
19. Roomies - Sara Zarr. 2013. [4/2]
20. Endangered - Eliot Schrefer. 2012. [4/4]
21. Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis. 2013. [4/10]
22. One Hundred and Four Horses [NF] - Mandy Retzlaff. 2013. [4/14]
23. The Winter Pony - Ian Lawrence. 2011. [4/20]
24. The Mongrel of Merryway Farm - Julie Campbell Tatham. 1952. [4/20]
25. Going Rogue - Robin Benway. 2014. [4/27]
26. Sandy and the Rock Star - Walt Morey. 1979. [4/27]
27. World Book of Dogs [NF] - Julie Campbell (Tatham). 1953. [4/27]
28. While He Was Away - Karen Halvorsen Schreck. 2012. [4/27]

May (5)
29. This Day in the Life: Diaries from Women Across America [NF] - ed. Joni B. Cole. 2002. [5/9]
30. First Love - James Patterson. 2014. [5/15]
31. Flirt Club - Cathleen Daly. 2011. [5/25]
32. The Year We Were Famous - Carole Etsby Dagg. 2011. [5/28]
33. Dear Teen Me [NF] - ed. Kristin Anderson. [5/31]

June (7)
34. Where the Stars Still Shine - Trish Doller. 2013. [6/2]
35. The Madman's Daughter - Megan Shepherd. 2013. [6/2]
36. OCD Love Story - Corey Ann Haydu. 2013. [6/16]
37. The List - Siobhan Vivian. 2012. [6/18]
38. Her Dark Curiosity - Megan Shepherd. 2014. [6/22]
39. Catch Rider - Jennifer Lyne. 2013. [6/24]
40. Choosing Glee [NF] - Jenna Ushkowitz. 2013. [6/27]

July (5)
41. Brunette Ambition [NF] - Lea Michele. 2014. [7/2]
42. Take A Bow - Elizabeth Eulberg. 2012. [7/8]
43. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date [NF] - Katie Heaney. 2014. [7/9]
44. A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home [NF] - Sue Halpern. 2013. [7/10]
45. The Butterfly Clues - Kate Ellison. 2012. [7/31]

August (9)
46. Love and Other Foreign Words - Erin McCahan. 2014. [8/9]
47. What She Left Behind - Tracey Bilen. 2012. [8/12]
48. Pretty Girl-13 - Liz Coley. 2013. [8/12]
49. Other Words for Love - Lorraine Zago Rosenthal. 2011. [8/13]
50. The Secret Side of Empty - Maria E. Andreu. 2014. [8/18]
51. Liv, Forever - Amy Talkington. 2014. [8/19]
52. A Room on Lorelei Street - Amy Pearson. 2005. [8/24]
53. Searching For Sky - Jillian Cantor. 2014. [8/24]
54. The Crossbreed - Allan W. Eckert. 1968. [8/31]

September (12)
55. Sarah Bishop - Scott O'Dell. 1980. [9/1]
56. Raven's Mountain - Wendy Orr. 2012. [9/4]
57. The Learnin' Dog - K.A. Nuzum. 2008. [9/5]
58. Once Upon an Island [NF] - David Conover. 1969. [9/13]
59. A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood. 1964. [9/17]
60. The Secret Horse - Marion Hollan. 1959. [9/19]
61. Torn Away - Jennifer Brown. 2014. [9/19]
62. Shelter Me - Catherine Mann. 2014. [9/21]
63. Ice Dogs - Terry Lynn Johnson. 2014. [9/21]
64. Catch a Falling Star - Kim Culbertson. 2014. [9/26]
65. The Other Way Around - Sashi Kaufman. 2014. [9/27]
66. Schooled - Anisha Lakhani. 2008. [9/29]

October (15)
67. Second Chance Ranch - Leann Harris. 2010. [10/1]
68. Mr. Tweedy - Anne Marie Schilling. 1970.[10/2]
69. Mountain Pony - Henry V. Larom. 1946.[10/6]
70. Lady Macbeth's Daughter - Lisa M. Klein. 2009. [10/10]
71. Flower Children - Maxine Swann. [10/11]
72. Five Summers - Joann Bren Guernsey. 1983. [10/13]
73. The Shining Filly - Fairfax Downey. 1954. [10/18]
74. Junior Miss - Sally Benson. 1941. [10/20]
75. The Seventh's Staghound - Fairfax Downey. 1948. [10/24]
76. Raging Heat - "Richard Castle." 2014. [10/24]
77. Attic Treasures - Wanda E. Brunstetter. 2005. [10/25]
78. Hunter's Moon - Garry Douglas Kilworth. 1989. [10/26]
79. A Good Horse - Jane Smiley. 2010. [10/29]
80. Happily After All - Laura C. Stevenson. 1990. [10/30]
81. Captive Wild [NF] - Lois Crisler. 1968. [10/31]

November (10)
82. The Money Creek Mare - Patricia Calvert. [11/4]
83. Winterdance [NF] - Gary Paulsen. 1994. [11/14]
* 84. The Wild Dog of Edmonton - David Grew. [11/14]
85. Freelance the Pony - Joan Begbie. 1947. [11/15]
86. The Winter of the Fisher - Camerson Langford. 1971. [11/24]
87. Fire-Hunter - Jim Kjelgaard. 1951. [11/24]
88. Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Keith R.A. DeCandido. 1951. [11/24]
89. This Star Won't Go Out [NF] - Esther Earl. 2014. [11/24]
90. Once Upon a Road Trip - Angela N. Blount. 2013. [11/29]
91. Love Aubrey - Suzanne LaFleur. 2009. [11/30]

December (9)
92. The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane - Alex Irvine. 2014. [12/5]
93. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality - Elizabeth Eulberg. 2013. [12/6]
94. Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose - Gillian McCain. 2014. [12/8]
95. Whitepaw Goes North - David Grew. 1948. [12/14]
96. The Buffalo Are Running - Gus Tavo. 1960. [12/19]
97. Hunt the Mountain Lion - Gus Tavo. 1959. [12/20]
98. Just A Dog - Helen Griffiths. 1974. [12/21]
99. Three White Stockings - Moyra Charlton. 1933. [12/22]
100. Penny: The Story of a Free-Soul Basset Hound [NF] - Hal Borland. 1972. [12/27]
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January
1. Taken 2
Action-adventury, but not nearly as much fun as the first one.

February
2. What to Expect When You're Expecting, 2012 [2/21]
It's a rom com featuring bunch of neatly interconnected stories about hot and/or awesome people expecting babies, so instead of dealing with breakups (okay, one breakup) or contrived obstacles to the happy ending, you just have people in generally happy relationships. Also one of the relationships is Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford. BOOM, SOLD.

3. Nebraska, 2013
A slow-moving but not unpretty saga. I love the Oscar-nominated lady a lot.

March
April

4. In Your Dreams, 2014 [4/21]
"Suffering for Kat McPhee's art" is really the best way to describe this. At least you get to look at pretty people a lot? But it's so bad that even after upgrading Mike Vogel from "admirably pretty" to "hottest man on television," I cannot take off the strikethrough.

May
June

5. Identity Thief, 2013, R, 1:52 [6/8]
I saw no reason they couldn't have edited this down to a PG-13 rating (and wtf was that entire motel segment), but still really funny. Until the point where the new crimes started piling up, and then everything got to a new level of weird. Still, if you can find it on TV, highly recommended.

*6. RENT, 2005, PG-13 [6/28]
God, this just one of the best movies in the world. Humor and heartache, amazing cinematography, and one of the best, most iconic soundtracks in existence.

July
7. The Purge, 2013, R, 1:29 [7/28]
Well, that was incredibly fucking disturbing. And I still want to turn to the kid and say, "Well Charlie, was it worth it?"

8. Noah, 2014, PG-13, 2:20 [7/31]
That was pretty epic (wish I'd seen it in theaters!). Kind of hard to watch the part where Noah became hellbent on ensuring ALL mankind died, but the Watchers (a/k/a Rock Bros) totally made up for all that. A visually stunning and well directed movie. Also, Shem was super fetching and he + Emma Watson = smokin' hot Pretty Pairing that almost made me wish this movie was rated for scenes of sensuality, I'm just saying.

August
9. Girl in Progress, 2012, PG-13, 1:31 [8/9]
Pretty standard "bratty teen of a single and former teen mom trying to get the latter's attention" story. Some fun in the form of Patricia Arquette as the main teacher and the meta of the girl trying to artificially create her own coming of age story while actually doing it.

September
10. Promised Land, 2013, R, 1:46 [9/20]
Rated R only for for a few outbursts of F words, and still with less total cursing than some PG-13 movies, this is such a good, satisfying film full of rural midwestern scenery, small rural community values, and the majesty of John Krasinski and Matt Damon in roles featuring them as normal, average dudes. Plus the beauty of Rosemarie DeWitt and a very funny dry-humor lady acting as Damon's assistant.

11. The English Teacher, 2013, R, 1:33 [9/21]
Alternately adorable (the opening montage! the delightful British female narrator!) and hilarious, I would recommend this to everyone who is/could see themselves as a spinster English teacher and/or enjoys the thought of a slightly darker and more adult version of "Easy A." Would have been 5 stars if not for the rating due to one gross and awful scene. Update: I'm giving it 5 stars because I watched it twice in one week! I just have to leave the room during that scene.

12. That Awkward Moment, 2014, R, 1:34 [9/30]
I DON'T EVEN KNOW. It was rated for most of the reasons I avoid R-rated movies, but the trailer had me giggling uncontrollably, and somehow it totally worked for me as a DudeBro comedy. These guys had amazing chemistry with each other, and I felt like they were genuinely having a good time embracing their "player" roles.

October
13. Frozen, 2013, PG [10/3]
Well, that was amazing.

14. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, 2013, R [10/24]
Aside from its dumb title, and despite a B-list cast, THAT WAS PRETTY GREAT. I got so scared by the halfway point that I was afraid to go upstairs to bed, lest I wake up to find a staring ghost looming over me. Less scared after getting to the end and watching the outtakes, but wow, what a TWISTED origin story for the ghosts. So much creepy.

November
15. Pompeii, 2014, PG-13, 1:45 [11/15]
IDK about you but I came for Kit Harrington looking hot as hell while endlessly cutting dudes down at the end of a sword and making eyes with a pretty lady, with occasional blasts of fire and brimstone in the background near the end. Is that not what you wanted? Bonus, he also hotly communes with horses whenever possible. Wish I'd seen it in theaters more than Noah.

16. Admission, 2013, PG-13, 1:47 [11/20]
It all the right ingredients/actors and I really wanted everything to click, it just...didn't. I think I hated the weird NOT PRINCETON MATERIAL kid too much.

17. Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012, PG-13, 1:33 [11/28]
I should not need a study guide prior to watching a film. Somewhere in there felt like the outline of a good story, but I spent most of it having no idea what in the world was happening (I still don't know why there were imaginary aurochs??), and the rest of it thinking "this is why there are stereotypes about poor people."

December
18. The Sound of Music, 1965, G, 2:54 [12/21]
I FINALLY SAW IT. And other than being crazy long, with a few too many slow songs, I think I also instantly get why people love it. [edit: although a year later, I cannot remember anything that happens]

19. Into the Woods, 2014, PG 2:04 [12/29]
AGONYYYY! ...is not a word I would use to describe this delightful romp!

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