Friday, January 1, 2016

Book Quest #1: BBC List of Top 100 Must Read Books (2015 Update)

I have previously mentioned my wanting to read all of the books on the BBC List. I thought I would put which books I have already read and then I'll also have a list of the ones I need to read yet. I know the list isn't perfect, but it is a good jumping off point.

When I first saw this list in 2010, I had read 17 of these books. My goal by the end of 2015 is to have read 68 of the 100 which I have done! My new goal for the end of 2016 is to have read 78.

The ones in RED have been read (the ones Bolded were the ones I have read this past year). The ones in italics have not been read, but I have seen the movie so that should count for something.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (3/3)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling (7/7)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows     
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (I went to Catholic school so it counts)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (3/3)
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Subtle Knife
  • The Amber Spyglass
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (7/7)
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 
  • Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Horse and His Boy 
  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Last Battle
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

So the count is 69 down and 31 to go.

Rented Movies in 2015

Each category is in the order of when I watched them and (method I watched them in)

The Award Season Awesome (A+):
  • Tim's Vermeer (Friend)
  • Wild (GG) 
  • Rudderless (AP) 
  • Woman in Gold (RB) 
The Highly Enjoyable (A-/B+):
  •  Ella Enchanted (AP)
  • Age of Adaline (GG)
The Award Season Good (B):
  •  Me, Earl and The Dying Girl (AP)
The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):
  • Knights of Badassdom (NI)
The Good (Solid B):
  • That Guy Who Was in That Thing (NI)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (NI)
  • Horns (NI) 
  • In A World (NI) 
  • Leap Year (NI)
  • Theory of Everything (RB) 
  • Quartet (NI) 
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? (NI)
The Just Okay (B-/C+):
  • The Late Quartet (NI)
  • Boyhood (RB) 
  • Entourage (GG) 
  • Nightcrawler (NI) 
  • Insurgent (AP) 
  • While We're Young (RB) 
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (RB) 
The Bad (D):
  •  Foxcatcher (GG)
  • Mr. Turner (GG)
(RB) = Red Box
(SPL)= Seattle Public Library
(NI) = Netflix Instant
(ND) = Netflix DVD
(AP) = Amazon Prime
(HBO)= HBO to Go online
(Cable) = Watched it at my Mom's house 
(Friend) = Borrowed from a Friend
(Hulu) = Watched on Hulu Plus
(GG) = Glowgaze.com

Television I Watched in 2015

The Awesome:
  • Black Mirror - Season 1-2
  • Daredevil - Season 1(watched twice)
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Season 1)
  • Walking Dead - Season 5 
  • Outlander - Season 1 (both parts)
  • The Fall - Season 1-2
  • Jessica Jones - Season 1
  • The Man in the High Castle - Season 1 
  • Broadchurch - Season 2
The Good:
  • Justified - Season 4
  • Bates Motel - Season 2 
  • Downton Abby - Season 5 
  • Mad Men - Final Season pt. 1-2
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 1 
  • How I Met Your Mother - Season 7-9
  • Garfunkle and Oats - Season 1  
  • Bloodline - Season 1
The Guilty Pleasures:
  • Gallivant - Season 1
  • Scandal - Season 4
  • Constantine - Season 1
The Just Okay:
  • True Detective - Season 1
  • House of Cards - Season 3 
  • Sons of Anarchy - Season 7
Shows I Watched the Pilot of and Then Stopped:
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Sense 8
Shows I re-watched:
  • Friends (Entire Series)
  • Entourage (Entire Series)
  • Sherlock (Entire Series)
  • House (Entire Series)
  • Deadwood (Entire Series)
  • Dead Like Me (Entire Series)
  • Scandal (1-3) 
  • West Wing (Entire Series) 
  • Veronica Mars (Entire Series + Movie)
  • Grey's Anatomy (Season 1-3) 
Shows I am deeply conflicted with:
  • The Jinx: Robert Durst

Weekly on Hulu:
Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Hannibal, Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, Arrow, Flash, Agent Carter, Muppets, Last Week Tonight

Purchased on Amazon the Moment it is Up:
Doctor Who, Sherlock

Watch When It Comes out on DVD/Netflix:
Walking Dead, Downton Abby, Scandal, House of Cards, Game of Thrones,The Blacklist

Books I Read in 2015

My goal for 2015 was to read 60 books. I actually read 65.

Top 9 Personal Favorites I Have Read This Year (Fiction and Non-Fiction):
  1. All the Dresden Files books I've read so far - Jim Butcher
  2. All the Thursday Next books I've read so far - Jasper Fforde
  3. All the James Bond books I've read so far - Ian Fleming
  4. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  5. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
  6. The Martian - Andy Weir
  7. Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film - Patton Oswald
  8. Outlander (Outlander #1) - Diana Gabaldon
  9. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Each category is in order of when I read it...

Bold means I now own it in book form. Italics means I own it in Kindle ebook form.

Fiction Awesome:
  • Changes (Dresden Files #12) - Jim Butcher
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
  • The Martian - Andy Weir 
  • High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
  • Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Shades of Grey, #1) - Jasper Fforde
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell- Susanna Clark
  • Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2) – Jasper Fforde
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • Ghost Story (Dresden Files #13) - Jim Butcher
  • The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3) - Jasper Fforde
  • Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
  • Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) - Jasper Fforde
  • The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Non-Fiction Awesome:
  • Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right - Atul Gawande 
  • Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film - Patton Oswald 
  • The Art of Asking; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help - Amanda Palmer
Fiction Recommended:
  • The Tale of Desperaux - Kate DiCamillo
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  • The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains  - Neil Gaiman
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) - Laini Taylor 
  • Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter
  • Love in the Time of Chlorea - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Short Story Audio Collection - Neil Gaiman
  • Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2) - Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories- Tim Burton
  • Sunshine - Robin McKinley
  • Me, Earl and The Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
  • MirrorMask - Neil Gaiman
  • David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  • Whispers Underground (Peter Grant #3) - Ben Aaronovitch
  • Five by Fitzgerald: Classic Stories of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Casino Royale (James Bond #1) - Ian Fleming 
  • Live and Let Die  (James Bond #2) - Ian Fleming 
  • Moonraker (James Bond #3) - Ian Fleming 
  • Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Diamond Are Forever (James Bond #4) - Ian Fleming 
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - Neil Gaiman
  • From Russia With Love (James Bond #5) - Ian Fleming 
  • Doctor No (James Bond #6) - Ian Fleming 
  • Armada - Ernest Cline
  • Goldfinger (James Bond #7) - Ian Fleming
Non-Fiction Recommended:
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography - Neil Patrick Harris
  • And Furthermore - Judi Dench 
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed 
  • Drama: An Actor's Education - John Lithgow  
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette - Hampton Sides
  • If You Ask Me - Betty White
  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt 
Books I Re-Read
  • The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
  • World War Z- Max Brooks
Fiction NOT Recommended:
  • The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2) - Guillermo del Toro
  • Raging Heat (Nikki Heat #6) - Richard Castle
  • The Enchanted - Rene Denfield
  • Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
  • Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
  • Middlemarch - George Eliot
  • Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom 
  • The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
  • All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr 
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
Non-Fiction NOT Recommended:
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America - Erik Larson
  • Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers - Valerie Lawson

Movies of 2015

Each category is in the order of when they came out (and/or when I watched them)…

Grand Total: 44

In Theater: 36
On Video: 8

The Beyond Awesome/Fun (A for Everything):
  • Kingsman: Secret Service (BluRay)
  • Avengers 2 (BluRay)
  • Terminator Genisys (BluRay)
  • Ant-Man
  • Mission: Impossible 5 (BluRay)
  • The Man from UNCLE (BluRay)
  • The Martian 
  • The Good Dinosaur 
The Award Season Awesome (A+):
  • Inside Out (2x)(BluRay)
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Woman in Gold
  • Steve Jobs
  • Spotlight
  • Hateful Eight
  • Room
The Highly Enjoyable (Solid A):
  • Cinderella
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (BluRay)
  • Tomorrowland
  • Minions
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2x)
The Award Season Good (A-/B+):
  • Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
  • The Walk
  • Joy
The Guilty Pleasures (A for Effort):
  • San Andreas
  • Victor Frankenstein
The Good (Solid B):
  • Age of Adaline
  • Jurassic World (BluRay)
  • Bridge of Spies 
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Peanuts Movie 
  • In the Heart of the Sea 
  • Concussion 
The Just Okay (B-/C+):
  • Home
  • Entourage
  • While We're Young
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 
  • Love the Coopers
  • Brooklyn
  • Big Short 
  • Danish Girl
The Neither Good Nor Bad (C):
  • The Fantastic Four
  • Carol
The Bad (D):
  • Blackhat
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Insurgent
Disappointing: 
  • Spectre
 Watched so I could complain about it and it was so much worse than I originally thought:
  • 50 Shades of Grey

Still Want to See, but Haven't yet:

Aloha, Creed, Far From the Maddening Crowd, Grandma, Lady in the Van, MacBeth, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Our Brand Is Crisis, Pan, Pixels, Revenant, Still Alice, Suffragette, Trumbo

  
*Saw on DVD
*(DVD) = bought DVD
*(#)=Number of times seen in the theater

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Book Quest #1: BBC List of Top 100 Must Read Books (2014 Update)

I have previously mentioned my wanting to read all of the books on the BBC List. I thought I would put which books I have already read and then I'll also have a list of the ones I need to read yet. I know the list isn't perfect, but it is a good jumping off point.

When I first saw this list in 2010, I had read 17 of these books. My goal by the end of 2014 was to have read 65 of the 100. I didn't make it and am at 59. However, I did fall in love with The Count of Monte Cristo so there's that.

The ones in RED have been read (the ones Bolded were the ones I have read this past year). The ones in italics have not been read, but I have seen the movie so that should count for something.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (3/3)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling (7/7)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows     
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible (I went to Catholic school so it counts)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (3/3)
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Subtle Knife
  • The Amber Spyglass
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (7/7)
  • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 
  • Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Horse and His Boy 
  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Last Battle
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

So the count is 59 down and 41 to go.