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another year, another 50/50!

so, 2013 is almost over and i squeaked in with the fifty fifty challenge by reading 50 books and seeing 53 movies (so far) that were new to me for 2013.

here's my list of books and movies. bold = favorites for the year, green = very good

a hologram for the king, the corrections, asleep, love is a mixtape, i am the messenger, the bridge of san luis rey, my lives by roseanne arnold, unknown pleasures: inside joy division, the lone surfer of montana kansas, let's explore diabetes with owls, the key, the art of fielding, the sense of an ending, the graveyard book, beat the reaper, is everyone hanging out without me?, orientation and other stories, true grit, the lover's dictionary, no one belongs here more than you, the sailor who fell from grace with the sea, armageddon in retrospect, the street of crocodiles, asterios polyp, i drink for a reason, moranthology, love lucy, high fidelity, the night circus, life of pi, breakfast at tiffany's, gone girl, little bee, both ways is the only way i want it, you can heal your life, pink moon, the ocean at the end of the lane, will grayson will grayson, stargirl, beyond blue, this is where i leave you, created in darkness by troubled americans, the guernsey literary and potato peel society, i remember nothing, ready player one, what your mother should've told you, we are all weird, into the classroom, born standing up, the art of teaching

metropolitan, spring summer fall winter and spring again, the future, beauty is embarrassing, the purple rose of cairo, exit through the gift shop, between the folds, joan rivers: a piece of work, snow white and the huntsmen, gatsby, the hobbit, quartet, money for nothing, the internship, silver linings playbook, behind the candelabra, tupac: resurrection, despicable me, 56 up, mr and mrs smith, control, ray, victor victoria, 21 jump street, the heat, joy division, slumdog millionaire, i want someone to eat cheese with, the grifters, beasts of the southern wild, wanderlust, clear history, connie and carla, true grit, anna karenina, ratatouille, the girl, seven psychopaths, the shape of things, phil spector, gold diggers of 1937, marina abramovic: the artist is present, trouble with the curve, extremely loud and incredibly close, the perks of being a wallflower, little manhattan, the way way back, ruby sparks, life of pi, cloud atlas, this is the end, this is 40, blackfish

if i had to give out awards, it would be:

book that kept me up at night: gone girl
most unexpectedly fun read: ready player one
book i couldn't shut up about: the art of fielding
author i'm glad i read for the first time: yukio mishima (the sailor who fell from grace)
book i only stuck with because i already invested a lot of time and was worried i wasn't going to make it to 50/50: little bee

movie that kept me up at night: blackfish
most unexpectedly fun movie: the heat
movie i couldn't shut up about: beasts of the southern wild
movies adaptations of books i read for fifty fifty: true grit, cloud atlas, the hobbit, control
movie i would unwatch if i could: the trouble with the curve

i pulled off 50/50 last year, too. so i'm thinking i'm going to try to make 2014 a three-peat.


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Dec. 30th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
Gone girl kept you up but did you like it? Can't tell cause reading from my phone so it's not green or bold? Should I read it?
Dec. 30th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
it is green above! yes, read it! couldn't put it down.
Dec. 30th, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
ready player one was an unexpected good read for me too! i think i'm the right age group for it; it's a lot of nostalgia with a fun back story.

i keep trying to read no one belongs here more than you, but i can't get into it :\

i'm going ot add some of your green suggestions to my goodreads :)
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
agree on ready player one - usually not my kind of thing, but i was so hooked!
re: no one belongs here more than you - i might have to re-evaluate my green, because i actually remember thinking the same thing! my sister put the thought in my head that short story collections are tough to get into. i think it's just like reading a bunch of tiny books in a row.
Dec. 31st, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
How did I miss that you also read Mishima??? What a crazy book.
May. 17th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
totally crazy book! but immediately felt i wanted to read a whole lot more. have you?
Jun. 9th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
I have not, but I want to. I actually first heard about Mishima when i signed up for the first year of 50/50 and my brother-in-law suggested The Sea of Fertility as a minor. Maybe I'll pick him up again in the fall?
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May. 17th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
yes, i read it, too! (before seeing the movie)
May. 17th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
70s!! nice!!
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