I’m two months into this 50/50 Challenge and, surprisingly, the hardest part is keeping track of what I’ve read/watched and finding the time to blog about it. I’m just going to run quickly through my list and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up better in the future.
3. The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman – This was a gift and a slight and predictable read, but I may try some of the recipes from it.
4. Life’s Little Miseries by Diane Lynch-Fraser – A nonfiction book about how to help your kids deal with the every day problems which arise. There was nothing surprising in it, but it was a good reminder of how I’d like to parent all of the time.
5. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer – We listened to this audio book in the car and we loved it. It takes place in a distant future Nigeria and takes you on an adventure that includes, robots, aliens and traditional tribal village life. I particularly loved the invention of praise singing as a job and the negative and positive benefits of praise.
6. A Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine – A fictional work about life during the Cultural Revolution told through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl. It wasn’t complex, befitting the experience of the narrator, but an interesting perspective.
7. Ganymede by Cherie Priest – We read this for book club. It was third in a series which I happen to have read the first book. I didn’t like it as well as the first, but part of that was trying to fill in the blanks I felt missing from the second book. I definitely love the steam punk feel of her world and she writes great characters, but I’m still not sure I’m compelled enough to read the middle book. Maybe when I’ve run through my current stack.
8. Agatha H. and the Airship by Phil and Kaja Foglio – This was also a gift book. I loved the world, but it was a little disappointed with the old trope of the busty heroine forced to squeeze into a tight leather outfit.
9. The Jewel of Kalderash by Marie Rutkoski – The is the 3rd (and final book) of a trilogy and I loved all of them. They’re well-written young adult fiction which is also vaguely steampunkish.
10. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde – Another book club read and a nice surprise. This future society is based on a hierarchy of color. It’s quite reminiscent of Hitchhiker’s Guide in terms of humor and style.
3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – I’ve actually seen this twice now and I might be a little obsessed.
4. Captain America – I really wish I had seen this in the theater. I enjoyed it, but I think I would have been more impressed with a big screen viewing.
5. Pina – Writing about a Wim Wenders dance choreographer biopic is like cooking about architecture. It was a beautiful, beautiful film.
6. Crazy Stupid Love – Funnier than I expected! There were a couple of times I laughed out loud.
7. Ocean Waves – Part of a Studio Ghibli retrospective, a found this film unintentionally funny. I’m not surprised it wasn’t released in the US.
8. Only Yesterday – Another Studio Ghibli film rarely seen in the US, a liked this quite a bit despite it being a bit preachy about organic farming. And I’m sold on organic farming.
9. Easy A – I really wanted to laugh, but the script just fell flat. Cute and well-acted, but missing that spark.
10. Paul – I was mostly amused by this quirky, little comedy. Hot Fuzz is still my favorite movie by these guys.
11. The Big Year – Kelly really loves Steve Martin and wanted to see this. It was pretty awful, but not the worst movie ever.
12. Secret of Kells – I wanted to like this more than I did. The animation is gorgeous, but I wanted more from the story.
13. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – We saw this with Jack because he might be working with the VFX supervisor of this movie in the future. For a PG movie, I was quite pleased. There was enough of an homage to Jules Verne to satisfy me.
14. The Secret of Arrietty – The artistry of Ghibli didn’t let me down, but it’s not in my top 5 from them either.