angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
2017-07-25 07:29 pm
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Pottermore

 I finally joined Pottermore. I remember reading years ago about how JK Rowling wanted to start an online HP encyclopedia, but then forgot. Also, the year it was launched was around the time I was without internet for several months. Anyway, my results from the quizzes:
Wand - Cypress with phoenix, 10 3/4 in, surprisingly swishy flexibility
House - Ravenclaw, I always get Ravenclaw in every quiz I do. Except that Buzzfeed quiz "What Hogwarts House are you in based on your sexual preferences" or something, then I got Slytherin. I do prefer the Slytherin green over Ravenclaw blue, but I am a happy Ravenclaw.
Ilvermorny - Thunderbird
Patronus - Rhino. People on tumblr were discussing who their human shaped Patronuses would be. For some reason, Rik Mayall was the first person to come to mind.
angelicmobster8: (Horst)
2017-07-09 01:26 pm
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Fave Books from the Last Few Years

 Minus 2016

I dunno, I've read a lot of great books, but these ones stood out in particular. I noticed that I've been reading less one star books, probably because I'm better at figuring out what books I'll like before I read them. Also, been embracing DNF-ing.

2015
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Stiff by Mary Roach
  • Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
 
2014
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Marbles by Ellen Forney
  • Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Co
  • Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
 
2013
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • Sugar Bush and Other Stories by Jenn Farrell
  • White is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
 
2012 - The year I went back to the library. Actually, all of these were from the library.
  • Blood Roses (and other short story books) by Francesca Lia Block
  • Missing Angel Juan by Francesca Lia Block
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • From Hell by Alan Moore & Co
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
 
2011
  • The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman & Co
 
2010 - The year I read a lot of classics on Daily Lit
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
 
2009 - The year I got more into reading
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
 
Should do one for movies.
angelicmobster8: (Singer)
2017-07-03 09:55 am
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June 2017 Movies


  1. Stromboli (1950)
  2. Europe '51 (1952) I think I liked this best of the three
  3. Journey to Italy (1954)
  4. Love Is All You Need (2012) dir. by Susanne Bier
  5. Nowhere in Africa (2001) Dir. by Caroline Link
  6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) I was surprised by how much I liked it, though come on Tim. One of those kids could have been Indian at least. Also, less focus on romance. I think Guillermo Del Toro could have done it better. When I read the book and saw the descriptions of the hollows, it just screamed Del Toro to me.
  7. Swiss Army Man (2016) Wow
  8. The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) You know what, I liked it better than Five Easy Pieces
  9. The Pallbearer (1996)
  10. The Dressmaker (2015) Dir. by Jocelyn Moorhouse. OMG.
  11. Daughters of the Dust (1991) Dir. by Julie Dash. So beautiful.
  12. About Scout (2015) Dir. by Laurie Weltz
  13. She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) Dir. by Mary Dore
  14. Jane Eyre (2006 miniseries) Dir by Susanna White. I dunno, I'll include mini-series sometimes.
  15. Babette's Feast (1987) OMG. Babette went all the fuck out. Watch with Big Night.
  16. Fall Into Darkness (1996) Actually kind of fun
  17. A Star Is Born (1976) Fredric March, then James Mason, then Kris Kristofferson. OMG. Bradley Cooper still kind of creeps me out, so I dunno.
  18. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
  19. Broadcast News (1987)
angelicmobster8: (lemur)
2017-06-30 03:42 pm
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Books in 2017 - Part 2

  1. What We Do Now: Standing Up For Your Values in Trump's America edited by Dennis Johnson *
  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  3. Three Weeks to Wed by Ella Quinn, my first bodice ripper, lol. *
  4. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
  5. A book about Frida Kahlo
  6. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  7. Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
  8. Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery
  9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  10. The Lost Causes by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz *
  11. Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan *
  12. Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike. The second and third book should have been separate.
  13. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

* First Reads wins
 
angelicmobster8: (lemur)
2017-05-31 10:49 am
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May 2017 Movies

 Bah, been a hectic month
  1. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
  2. The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Dir. by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  3. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
  4. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
  5. Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension (2015)
  6. Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Dir. by Sharon Maguire
  7. Dreams of a Life (2011) Dir. by Carol Morley
angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
2017-05-02 08:20 pm
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April 2017 Movies

  1. Mistress America (2015)
  2. Miss You Already (2015) Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
  3. I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)
  4. People Places Things (2015)
  5. The Majestic (2001)
  6. The Last Detail (1973)
  7. Catch & Release (2006) Directed by Susannah Grant
  8. T-Rex (2015)
  9. Get Out (2017) So, good. Definitely one of the movies you have to see again, to look at the foreshadowing. Or at least look at it again, was misleading.
  10. Dad (1989)
  11. Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) Directed by Maya Forbes. OMG, Mark Ruffalos accent in this.
  12. Goodnight Mommy (2014) Co-directed by Veronika Franz. OMG this movie.
  13. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
  14. Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)
  15. Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2016) Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos
  16. Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
  17. The Secret Life of Pets (2016) 
Also watched Wonderfalls and Feud: Bette and Joan. I didn't love Wonderfalls as much as other Bryan Fuller shows, but it was a good start.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
2017-04-10 09:26 am
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Books in 2017 - Part 1

This is my first actual entry here. Feels strange.

February was black writers only, March was women writers only. I wanted to make April sequels only but I had won too many books from Goodreads and it set me behind.

Notable Mentions
  1. Finished A Series of Unfortunate Events
  2. Stuart Little by EB White. It was so odd.
  3. March: Book One by John Lewis & Co
  4. Aya by Marguerite Abouet
  5. Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell (turns out she's white though) and Christian Robinson
  6. Black Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  7. Passing by Nella Larsen
  8. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
  10. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  11. Pretty Deadly Vol 2 by Kelly Sue Deconnick & Co
  12. So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum. Canadian and a First Reads win.
  13. Lumberjanes Vol 3 by Noelle Stevenson
  14. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  15. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Holy crap.
  16. Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia. First Reads win. I didn't know Dairy Queen was founded in Minnisota, hmm.
angelicmobster8: (AM inc)
2017-04-01 12:14 pm
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March 2017 Movies


  1. Smithereens (1982) Dir. Susan Seidelman

  2. Making Mr. Right (1987) Dir. Susan Seidelman

  3. Microcosmos (1996) OMG

  4. The Witness (2015)

  5. This Filthy World (2006) Definately needed this after The Witness.

  6. Darling (2015) Kind of bleh, but I like that it had a flashing lights warning.

  7. The Falling (2014) Dir. Carol Morley. Was ok, but I hated the use of music.

  8. Death Takes A Holiday (1934)

  9. The Hunting Ground (2015)

  10. Withnail & I (1987)

  11. Biloxi Blues (1988)

  12. A Foreign Affair (1948) The only thing I really liked was that Deitrich and Arthur were 10 years older than the male lead.

  13. Room (2015)

  14. The Hateful Eight (2015) I guess it's really good, I'm just not excited by Tarantino movies anymore.

  15. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) My first Bollywood movie, omg.

  16. Embers (2015) Dir. Claire Carré. I don't get the really low rating on IMDB.

  17. Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List (2015) Dir. Kristin Hanggi. Meh, sometimes cute.

  18. Cadillac Records (2008) Dir. Darnell Martin

  19. Money Monster (2016) Dir. Jodie Foster

  20. Life Itself (2014)

  21. The Farm: Angola, USA (1998) Co-directed by Liz Garbus

  22. Less Than Zero (1987) I read the plot summary for the book and its sequel. Jeez Bret, take a chill pill.

  23. Aloft (2014) Dir. Claudia Llosa. This one had a stupidly low rating as well.

  24. Splitting Heirs (1993)

  25. The Secrets of NIMH (1982)

  26. Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996) Would have been a lot more fun if they didn't kill all the Mexican characters.

  27. Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Never in my life did I ever expect to hear Jimmy Stewart say words like panties and whatnot, lol. George C Scott was so good.

  28. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) bleh

  29. All About E (2015) Dir. Louise Wadley. Wasn't as bad as it's 4.9 rating.

  30. Unstrung Heroes (1995) Dir. Diane Keaton

angelicmobster8: (lemur)
2017-03-01 04:21 pm
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February Movies 2017


  1. Flower Girl (2013) Dir. by Michelle Bello

  2. B for Boy (2013) Dir. by Chika Anadu

  3. Shallow Grave (1994) at the film fest

  4. Honeytrap (2014) Dir. by Rebecca Johnson

  5. Night Catches Us (2010) Dir. by Tanya Hamilton

  6. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

  7. Off and Running (2010) Dir. by Nicole Opper

  8. The Watsons go to Birmingham (2013)

  9. Go Tell it on the Mountain (1985)

  10. Into the Forest (2015) Dir. by Patricia Rozema

  11. Mississippi Burning (1988)

  12. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) Dir. by Martha Coolidge

  13. Mahogany (1975)

  14. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

  15. The Nice Guys (2016)

  16. Hail, Caeser! (2016)

Other movies I saw at the film fest that were re-watches:

  1. Fargo

  2. Blood Simple

  3. Groundhog Day

  4. Legend (wasn't the directors cut, but was still beautiful)

  5. Jurassic Park

  6. The Fugitive

  7. The Fifth Element

angelicmobster8: (Shoe)
2017-02-27 12:41 pm

Mish Mash - 2

Again, some of these are older because I let them pile up.

Articles and What-Not
Short Films and Docs

Other Videos
Other
angelicmobster8: (lemur)
2017-01-31 06:56 pm
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January 2017 Movies


  1. Out to Sea (1997) Dir. by Martha Coolidge.

  2. Princess Mononoke (1997) this is when I realized that not all Ghibli movies are childrens’ movies, lol

  3. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

  4. Nausicaa: of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

  5. Keanu (2016)

  6. Nine Lives (2016)

  7. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

  8. Talullah (2015) Dir. by Sian Heder

  9. Republic of Love (2003) Dir. by Deepa Mehta, Canadian

  10. Stop-Loss (2008) Dir. by Kimberly Pierce

  11. Creed (2015)

  12. Castle in the Sky (1986)

  13. The Wind Rises (2013)

  14. Grand Canyon (1991) took me 45 minutes to realize it wasn’t going to be a road trip comedy, lol

  15. The Cake Eaters (2007) Dir. by Mary Stuart Masterson

  16. Yentl (1983) Dir. by Barbra Streisand

  17. The Little Prince (2015)

  18. The Secret World of Arietty (2010)

  19. The Gay Divorcee (1934) Fred seemed extra creepy in this one, but I still really liked it

  20. The Tale of Princess Kayguya (2013)

  21. Up From Poppy Hill (2011)

  22. The Second Mother (2015) Dir. by Anna Muylaert

  23. Porco Rosso (1992)

  24. The Cat Returns (2002) out of the Ghibli movies I’ve seen, this one made me smile the most

  25. When Marnie Was There (2014)

  26. Helen (2009) Dir. by Sanda Nettelbeck

  27. The Innocents (2016) Dir. by Anne Fontaine


Last year, a quarter of the movies I watched were directed by women. This year, I'll aim for a third.

Studio Ghibli movies I still need to see:

  1. Grave of the Fireflies

  2. Kiki's Delivery Service

  3. Pom Poko

  4. My Neighbours the Yamadas

  5. Tales from Earthsea

  6. The Red Turtle

  7. Ocean Waves

angelicmobster8: (Shoe)
2017-01-05 10:24 am
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Read Harder Challenge - 4

Book from Year You Were Born: Masquerade
Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:

  • The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner

  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

  • Lumberjanes Vol I and II

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler

  • Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

  • The Governess by Kristen McKendry (Goodreads win)

  • Joyland by Stephen King

  • The Good House by Tananarive Due

  • Quiet by Susan Cain

  • The Tresspasser by Tana French

  • Afterlife With Archie Vol I (made me cry, lol)

  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor

  • Bitch Planet Vol I

  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

  • The Club by A.L. Brooks (Goodreads win)

Favourite Books of the Year:

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler

  • The Good House by Tananarive Due

  • The Likeness by Tana French

  • The Tresspasser by Tana French

  • Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

I don't know, I read a lot of good books this year. I only gave Taltos by Anne Rice a one star rating, and even that was... entertaining in it's way.
2017:
I'm not really doing any challenges, but I will do themed months (not every month).
angelicmobster8: (Ghost)
2017-01-05 09:59 am
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December 2016 Movies


  1. Krampus (2015)

  2. Sky (2015) Dir. by Fabienne Berthaud

  3. Teeth (2007) wow

  4. Cleopatra (1963) took me a week, lol

  5. Newsies (1992) I bet a lot of boys figured out they were gay from this movie

  6. 13th (2016) Dir. by Ava DuVernay. Really good.

  7. Maggie's Plan (2015) Dir. by Rebecca Miller

  8. Divines (2016) Dir. by Houda Benyamina, so good. 52nd film directed by woman.

  9. Inferno (2016) Worst of the month, but not horrible.

  10. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

  11. Alice/Něco z Alenky (1987) omg

  12. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) so good and sweet and funny. Taika Waititi is one of my favourite directors now.

Also finished watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
2016-12-03 03:03 pm
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November 2016 Movies

Noirvember:

  1. Basict Instinct (1992) Catherine's wardrobe was flawless. Netflix.

  2. The Strange Woman (1946) Youtube.

  3. The Big Knife (1955) Kind of starts off slow, but really good. Youtube.

  4. Black Widow (1987) Really good. Netflix.

  5. In The Cut (2003) Dir. Jane Campion.

  6. Dark Passage (1947)

  7. The Asphault Jungle (1950)

  8. Mr. Arkadin (1955) Sometimes it was a bit meh, but sometimes it was like a Terry Gilliam movie. Hoopla.

  9. Roadhouse (1948) Youtube.

  10. Kiss of Death (1947) Youtube.

  11. Mona Lisa (1986) Youtube.

  12. John Wick (2014) Made me cry, wtf.

  13. Act of Violence (1948)

  14. Murder, My Sweet (1950) Way better than Farewell, My Lovely.

  15. Nora Prentiss (1947)

  16. The Set-Up (1949)

  17. The Reckless Moment (1949) Youtube.

  18. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Youtube.

  19. Ace in the Hole (1951) Dailymotion.

  20. Moonrise (1948) Youtube.

  21. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Youtube.


Re-watched Out of the Past, liked it a bit better. Good one-liners.

Other films:

  1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Kinda cute

  2. The Verdict (1982) Meh, Netflix.

  3. It Should Happen to You (1954) Pretty sexist, but Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon were delightful.

  4. The Wrong Man (1956)

  5. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Dir. by Audrey Wells. Netflix.

  6. Picnic (1955)

  7. Mystery Street (1950) Elsa was great in this, and oh gosh, Ricardo Montalban was so pretty.

  8. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Youtube.


The only movies I didn't really like this month were The Verdict (though it was well acted) and Moonrise, I recommend the rest.
angelicmobster8: (Katharine Hepburn)
2016-11-24 01:09 pm

Mish Mash

A bunch of links I've been saving for the past few months. Maybe I should do this monthly, they do pile up.

Articles
Short Films
Short Stories
Random:

  • They used "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen in Donnie Darkos theatrical cut, but "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS in the directors one. They are both georgous songs, but I think "TKM" works better. Also, I probably wouldn't have heard any Echo songs for years if it hadn't been for that movie. Whereas, my mom and sister are big INXS fans, so I would have heard "NTUA" at some point.

  • An Antiques Roadshow appraisal of Ray Bradbury books.

  • Another one for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I didn't like that book too much, but this was sweet.

angelicmobster8: (Cherries)
2016-11-02 06:55 pm
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October 2016 Movies - Part 2

Octoberish Movies

  1. The Silenced (2015) Netflix

  2. Kiss of the Damned (2012) Dir by Xan Cassavetes, Netflix

  3. Children of the Corn (1984) Isaac was the only good part, he was like a fanatically religious Barnabas Collins. Youtube.

  4. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) Dir by Amy Holden Jones, youtube. Was delightful.

  5. Spoorloos (1988) Youtube, really good.

  6. Onibaba (1964) same

  7. The Addiction (1995) Again, youtube. Was so-so.

  8. Snow White: Tale of Terror (1977) Hoopla, really liked it.

  9. Blue Beard (1944) was bleh, is on Hoopla

  10. Count Dracula (1970) Hoopla

  11. The Tingler (1959)

  12. Strait-Jacket (1964)


Other

  1. The Decoy Bride (2011) was cute, dir by Sheree Folkson

  2. The Velvet Touch (1948)

  3. None but the Lonely Heart (1944) kind of meh

angelicmobster8: (AM inc)
2016-10-15 12:28 pm
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October 2016 Movies - Part 1

Octoberish movies:

  1. The Invitation (2015) Dir. Karyn Kusama. Is on netflix. Really good.

  2. The Fog (2005) bleh, I really want to see the original. netflix

  3. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) is on Netflix. Gave me a nightmare.

  4. Eden Lake (2008) If you thought Harry Brown should have been set by a lake, this is for you. tw: dead children

  5. Devil's Knot (2013) tw: dead children. netflix. Canadian.

  6. Child's Play 2 (1990) netflix

  7. The Witch (2015) netflix

  8. The Sisterhoood of Night (2014) Dir. Caryn Waechter. Hoopla. tw: themes of sexual abuse.

  9. Eyes Without a Face (1960) youtube. So good, been wanting to see it for a long time.

  10. The Marsh (2006) tw: themes of sexual abuse. Was okay. Canadian.

  11. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001) on youtube and Hoopla. Mistress of the Dark was better.

  12. Morgiana (1972) youtube. So friggin' beautiful!

  13. When A Stranger Calls (1979) youtube. Way better than anticipated.

  14. Trouble Every Day (2001) Dir. Claire Denis. I have mixed feelings about it. tw: rape. Is on Hoopla and youtube.

  15. Child's Play 3 (1991) netflix, my favourite of the series so far, lol.

Other movies:

  1. Deadpool (2016) I think it's on Netflix

  2. Down Periscope (1996) Netflix

  3. A Few Good Men (1992)

  4. Knock on Any Door (1949)

  5. My Favourite Wife (1940) Irene Dunne is so good in this.

  6. By The Sea (2015) Dir. Angelina Jolie. So good.

angelicmobster8: (Shoe)
2016-10-01 03:58 pm
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September 2016 Movies


  1. My American Cousin (1985) on Youtube. Canadian, dir. Sandy Wilson

  2. Miss Representation (2011) dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom

  3. Troll 2 (1990) on Hoopla. OMG. Creedence was awesome.

  4. Spectre (2015)

  5. Bright Star (2009) dir. Jane Campion

  6. A Simple Life (2011) on Hoopla. Dir. Ann Hui

  7. A Woman's Secret (1949)

  8. The Object of My Affection (1998) * but the version was censored, wtf

  9. The Wolfpack (2015) * dir. Crystal Moselle

  10. Dying Young (1991)*

  11. When in Rome (2010)*

  12. Sabah (2005)* Canadian, dir. Ruba Nadda.

  13. In the Heart of the Sea (2015) They never once referred to the whale as Mocha Dick.

  14. Purple Rain (1984) I don't understand why the club goers weren't impressed by The Revolution.

  15. Man on Wire (2008)*

  16. Courage Under Fire (1996)*

  17. Holy Motors (2012)*

  18. Dutch (1991)*

  19. The Man with the One Red Shoe (1985)*

* - Netflix
angelicmobster8: (Butterfly)
2016-09-03 02:03 pm
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Read Harder Challenge - 3

Book by a Trans Author: Alabaster: Wolves
Book about Religion: Generation J
Play: Lady Windemere's Fan
Food Memoir: Julie and Julia
First in a Series by POC Writer: The Wrath of the Dawn
Book About Politics: Between the World and Me

Notable Mentions of non-challenge books:


  1. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (omg, wtf)

  3. Girl With All The Gifts by MC Carey

  4. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

  5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

  6. The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell

  7. The Parcel by Anosh Irani (First Reads Giveaway)

  8. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood