2017 Listacular Recap

TOP FIVE:

 

Books Which Became a Part of My Heart

  1. The African Queen
  2. Turtle Diary
  3. Stoner
  4. Into the Wild
  5. The Princess Bride

 

Books I’d Recommend to All Readers 

  1. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  2. The Shining
  3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  4. The Lord of the Rings
  5. Slaughterhouse Five

 

Honorable Mentions

  1. West
  2. The Joy Luck Club
  3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  4. Uncommon Type: Some Stories
  5. A Wrinkle in Time

 

Books I’m Least Likely to Recommend

  1. Rabbit, Run
  2. Darcula
  3. Moll Flanders
  4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  5. The Sandman
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2017 List

Completed 2017 list with links to reviews (will be updated as I finish reviewing):

  1. The African Queen
  2. Cakes and Ale
  3. The Death of a Beekeeper
  4. Depression and Other Magic Tricks
  5. Dracula
  6. An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter
  7. Factotum
  8. Fahrenheit 451
  9. The Fall
  10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  11. The Fellowship of the Ring
  12. The Golden Age
  13. Green for Danger
  14. The Handmaid’s Tale
  15. Howl and Other Poems
  16. In the Garden of Beasts
  17. Into the Wild
  18. Invisible Cities
  19. Invisible Monsters
  20. The Iron Age
  21. The Joy Luck Club
  22. A Life in Parts
  23. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  24. Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett
  25. Moll Flanders
  26. A Moveable Feast
  27. Mrs. Fletcher
  28. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  29. My Man Jeeves
  30. No Country for Old Men
  31. Northanger Abbey
  32. Of Love and Other Demons
  33. The Palace of Dreams
  34. Persepolis
  35. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  36. The Princess Bride
  37. Rabbit, Run
  38. The Return of the King
  39. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
  40. The Shining
  41. The Silent Gondoliers
  42. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  43. Slaughterhouse-Five
  44. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  45. Stoner
  46. The Strangler Vine
  47. The Thing Around Your Neck
  48. Turtle Diary
  49. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  50. The Two Towers
  51. Uncommon Type: Some Stories
  52. West
  53. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
  54. The Wind in the Willows
  55. A Wrinkle in Time

 

That time when the movie was as good as the book…

In honor of the climax of award season, here is a list of (some of) my favorite books to film:

  1. Fight Club – Ed Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter bring to life Chuck Palahniuk’s greatest work. A brilliant mind warp. I’d say more. But. The first rule of fight club is…
  2. American Psycho – …speaking of brilliant mind warps. Christian Bale was born to play Bret Easton Ellis’ perfectly psychotic Patrick Bateman. An on screen performance that still gives me chills, and a novel which brings to light the pitfalls of a materialistic society. Oh. And one of my favorite reviews (click herefrom last year.
  3. The Hunger Games Trilogy – I don’t read a ton of YA, but Suzanne Collins killed it (no pun intended) with The Hunger Games, and the screen versions did the books justice. Fantastic acting all around, and Mockingjay was actually improved on film.
  4. Election – The first of Tom Perrotta’s novels to be brought to a movie theater near you. A quirky piece of literature that leant itself masterfully to the big screen. The intertwining narratives, high school politics, and midlife crises, made for unique and poignant film experience. Reese Witherspoon’s interpretation of Tracy Flick went beyond my wildest dreams. 
  5. Little Children – My favorite of Tom Perrotta’s novels to be brought to a movie theater near you. Perrotta’s mastery of narrative jumping is executed flawlessly on screen in this exploitation of suburban living. Stand out performances from Kate Winslet (bae), and Jackie Earle Haley. The last paragraph of the novel still makes me cry.

 

Look out for a new review on Wednesday!

2016 Listacular Recap

TOP FIVE:

 

Books Which Became a Part of My Heart

  1. Furiously Happy
  2. The Tao of Pooh
  3. The Sun Also Rises
  4. If on a winter’s night a traveler
  5. The Little Prince

 

Books I’d Recommend to All Readers 

  1. All the Light We Cannot See
  2. Station Eleven
  3. Call for the Dead/A Murder of Quality
  4. The Redemption of Galen Pike
  5. Cat’s Cradle

 

Honorable Mentions

  1. American Psycho
  2. The Old Man and the Sea
  3. The Gods, the Little Guys, and the Police
  4. The Dwarf
  5. Shantytown

 

Books I’m Least Likely to Recommend

  1. Notes from Underground
  2. Frankenstein
  3. The Sound of Things Falling
  4. Another Roadside Attraction
  5. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window…

2016 List

HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH LINKS TO REVIEWS 

  1. All the Light We Cannot See
  2. American Psycho
  3. Another Roadside Attraction
  4. Ariel
  5. The Bird Artist
  6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  7. Call for the Dead
  8. Cannery Row
  9. Cat’s Cradle
  10. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  11. The Count of Monte Cristo
  12. Dear Mr. You
  13. The Dwarf
  14. Emma
  15. Frankenstein
  16. Furiously Happy
  17. The Girl on the Train
  18. The Gods, the Little Guys, and the Police
  19. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  20. Henrietta Who
  21. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
  22. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  23. An Improvised Life
  24. In the Woods
  25. The Invention of Curried Sausage
  26. Leave it to Psmith
  27. The Little Prince
  28. Mrs Dalloway
  29. Murder Fantastical
  30. A Murder of Quality
  31. Nine Inches
  32. Notes from Underground
  33. The Old Man and the Sea
  34. Perelandra
  35. The Pew Group
  36. The Plague
  37. Rashomon
  38. The Redemption of Galen Pike
  39. The Road
  40. The Screwtape Letters
  41. Shantytown
  42. Silk
  43. The Sound of Things Falling
  44. Station Eleven
  45. Stiff
  46. The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
  47. The Sun Also Rises
  48. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
  49. The Tao of Pooh
  50. Tess of the D’Ubervilles
  51. The Transmigration of Bodies
  52. Tribe
  53. The Turn of the Screw
  54. Ways of Going Home
  55. The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Alternates: More Top Recs

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne
  2. The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yōko Ogawa
  3. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  4. The Franchise Affair – Josephine Tey
  5. Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger
  6. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
  7. The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  8. 1984 – George Orwell
  9. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay  – Michael Chabon

5 Books You Will Never Catch Me Recommending: The Claws Come Out

Five People You Meet in Heaven

I know I just offended half of America, and I’m sorry (sort of…not really), it has more sap than 10 maple trees. Decent concept, overdone (understatement) writing. Not even worth me writing anymore about it.

Peter Pan

Such a lovely story, but, dude wasn’t a strong writer. His style didn’t fit the kind of tale he was telling; truthfully I don’t think his style would fit with any story. But, everyone should definitely watch Finding Neverland (isn’t Johnny the dreamiest in that one?)

The Fountainhead

We all know I think most books are too long, but this one takes the cake. It’s 700 pages of the same 3 conversations happening over and over…and over…and over again, while having Ayn Rand force feed you her extreme views on society, AND she offers NO solution for the issues she has with us humans. I don’t even know if I disagree with some of her points, but if you are going to be that aggressive about something, offer a freakin solution. It’s kind of like the Communist Manifesto just with a different problem and 100 times as long. However, and it’s hard for me to admit this, I did find the characters and basic plot intriguing enough that I wanted to know how things ended up, so it did have the potential to be amazing…at 300 pages.

Wuthering Heights

Sorry, Emily, but, Charlotte is the better sister (seriously, Jane Eyre is so incredibly brilliant). But, I guess if you want to read a book about miserable people who like to indulge in their miserableness and actively not do anything to better their situation – then go right ahead, read on. I almost ALMOST had empathy for Heathcliff, and then he let me down (men, amirite?). And Catherine? Puh-leeze. The two of them deserve each other. I know many people love this book, but, I’m going to stick to hangin with Jane and Rochester.

The Awakening

AKA: I want to be an independent woman who does everything on my own and just for my own happiness, but, of course, I’m going to do it with the support of my abandoned husband’s money. Oh, and I’ll abandon my children, too. Let’s just say I was perfectly content with how this story ended.