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Books of 2016

I read 29 books, which is pretty pitiful, in 2016. It was quite a stressy sort of year.

Best book I read for the first time: two boys kissing by David Levithan
The worst book I read was: All Points North by Simon Armitage (sorry, Simon, but it wasn't that it was terrible, just ...hard going)

Films of 2016

I've messed the film list up because I'm sure I've watched more than I've listed.
Best film I watched for the first time: Inside Out
Worst film I watched: Definitely Tank Girl. What the hell was that? (Although, it's probably for the best as I'm sure if I listed Watchmen someone would actually murder me....*ducks*)

I'm was going to do a more detailed list particularly of the books but sadly my skills at multi-tasking are very poor and I am watching the new Sherlock as I write this which is very distracting.
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In 2014 I read 37 books and watched 16 films, according to my records although I am suspicious that my record-keeping has been rather shoddy this year and there are some I have forgotten to put on. This is a further sad decrease in books and films from previous years.

Books

Best book I read for the first time in 2015 was: Friends of the Dusk by Phil Rickman- the latest Merrily Watkins. Although I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.


The worst book I read in 2014 was:
Exchange by Paul Magrs. It isn't a wholly objectionable book, but I just felt like it was flimsy and, for a story about book lovers, surprisingly dull. The plot seemed weak and ill-formed.


The funniest book I read:
No! I don't need reading glasses by Virginia Ironside. I always find her writing light and fun.


I also want special mention of Brummie Road by Ian Richards, which would definitely be among the best of new writing I have read this year. Any book framed around football that can make me enjoy it and see worth in, at least, the social connectivity of the game, is exceedingly impressive.



In Films, many of the ones I watched this year were new to me: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pride, Antman, Wreck-It Ralph and the rest were re-watches. The best of the ones I watched for the first time this year were probably Pride and Age of Ultron.

Pride wins, on the basis that not only is it wonderful, I get to watch it going "THIS IS MENTIONED IN JEFFREY WEEKS' BOOK!" and "DYER TOLD ME ABOUT THIS" "IAN MCKELLEN MENTIONED THIS IN AN ARTICLE WHEN I WAS SIXTEEN" in gleeful queer glee.
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In 2014 I read 54 books and watched 24 films. This is a sad decrease in books- last year I read 61- but a slight increase in films- last year I only watched 24.

Books

Best book I read for the first time in 2014 was:

Night After Night by Phil Rickman. This latest offering by one of my favoured authors is a continuation of characters that appeared in two of his earlier books, originally published under the pseudonym Will Kingdoing including the BEST FICTIONAL CHARACTER EVER Cindy Mars-Lewis. Genderqueer, Cross Dressing Ventriloquist, Shaman.

The worst book I read in 2014 was:

Living Dangerously by Katie Fforde. It was just meant to be some little frothy fluff to read in my downtime but the characters were dreadful and the sex scenes were not only suprising and off-putting they really should be candidates for the 'bad sex' awards. Comparing a man's ...bits...to "like a greek statue" is not necessarily I think what the author meant.

The funniest book I read:

Ratbags and Rascals by Robin Klein. It's a re-read but never ceases to make me smile. Especially Brother Ninian's Blot.

The Most Poigniant/Moving Book:

This is quite hard actually. John Boyne's The History of Loneliness was very poignant, exploring the experiences of a Priest in Ireland in the 70s.

Then, also was Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock. I JUST KEPT CRYING.

For a full list of my books of 2014: http://listography.com/localfreak/books/books_of_2014

Films

The best film I watched:

X Men: Days of Future Past

The worst film I watched:

Muppets Most Wanted.

It wasn't horrendous, but was a big let-down from the previous one with no catchy songs at all.

The Most Uplifting Film: The Muppet Family Christmas (Henson, 1987)

I love this film and have found out that it is unlikely to ever be widely released which is such a shame as I had on tape from childhood and it is one of the best Muppets films ever- including a cameo from Jim Henson at the end!

I also really liked Chef and Frozen new this year.

For a full list of films: http://listography.com/localfreak/movies/films_of_2014
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I didn't post this yesterday because I had a wonderful time visiting my friend for a New Year's Eve gathering. Mum and I have never done anything on New Year's Eve before and it was so very lovely we had a wonderful time and today we were straight out again to take Nanny to Mass and then spend the afternoon with her, walk the dogs and get drenched to our underthings in the showers. Lol. Auspicious start to the year, anyway!


In 2013 I read 61 books and watched 21 films

This is, for the first time since I started recording, an increase in books (last year I read only 40) but an absolutely enormous drop in films (last year I saw 44). There are many reasons for this- buying the house and family commitments that have kept me away from the television, and equally a need for the comfort and escapism that books provide much more thoroughly for me than films- you can't 'drift off' in the same way from a book because the story waits for you to return your eyes to it.

Books

Best Book I Read for the First Time in 2013 was:

I've read several marvellous books for the first time this year including The Opaque Garden by Anna C. Jones, Kalmari 1 by H. Stilwell and The Black Land by M. J. Wesolowski, but I think overall I shall have to say 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. I have wanted to read this book after hearing an article on BBC Radio 4 about the story about five years ago. Only trouble was? I couldn't remember the title or author, only that 'it was a street in london and about a bookshop' so I was in PAROXYMS OF GLEE when I found it in the library and realised that THIS WAS IT. I have re-read it again since then because it's just wonderful.

The Worst Book I Read in 2012 was:

I cant decide between The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe which was just MISERY MISERY ALL IS MISERY FOREVER OH HOW CAN IT GET ANY WORSE? OH LOOK IT JUST GOT WORSE. Or Black Cat by Martyn Bedford which had a good premise but was quite hard going and then just turned terrible by CUT FOR BIG SPOILER )


The Funniest Book was:

You Made Me Late Again! by Pam Ayers. It's Pam Ayers, she's awesome.

The most poignant/moving book:

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt I SOBBED INTO MY BATHWATER but it was very very beautiful.

Favourite Re-read/Old Favourite:
I did a lot of re-reading this year but probably The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens but I did also re-read for the millionth time On Writing by Steven King I owe such a lot to it.

Full List of my Books for 2013: http://listography.com/localfreak/books/books_of_2013

Films



The Best Film I Watched in 2012:

Not much to choose from this year but probably Iron Man 3. Sorry, Wolverine, I liked you in parts but the plugged 'bullet train' was really a bit dull.

The Worst Film I watched in 2012:

Hercules I never saw it when it came out, although our Prawn loved it. I see my childhod instincts were correct, it is SO BORING.

The Funniest Film Was: either Iron Man 3 or Paranorman. It's a bit weird to look back though because we watched the latter on the campsite for Nanny's 80th birthday party which, of course, is now the last time I saw the kid alive. :-( so it's hard to remember really,but I think we found it hilarious and I was going to lend it to him.

The Most Uplifting Film Was: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Favourite Re-Watch:

Same as above. I love Muppet Christmas Carol.

Full list of my films for 2013: http://listography.com/localfreak/movies/films_of_2013
localfreak: Willo the Wisp (Willo the Wisp)
In 2012 I read 40 books and watched 44 films

This is (once again) a decline in books (last year I read 45) but an increase in films (last year I watched 37).

Books
I think I could attribute some of my drop in the books both to reading some rather hefty tomes and also a lot of Uni reading. (and fic, always the fic).

Best Book I Read for the First Time in 2012 was:

I kind of want to say one of the Temeraire books I read, but the problem is I can't actually remember what happened in which book. So probably Robbie Ross: Oscar Wilde's True Love by J. Fryer

The Worst Book I Read in 2012 was:

Becoming Jane Eyre by S Kohler it had random pointless obsessions with sex and sex parts early on which (figuratively at least) dropped off but the book never really recovered.

The Funniest Book was:

Wow, again, I don't read many funny books do I? Was probably The Masters of Sitcom from Hancock to Steptoe by C Stephens it's non-fiction but included a lot of extracts from scripts.

The most poignant/moving book:

The Book Thief by M Zusak

Favourite Re-read/Old Favourite:

I re-read What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge which is one of my absolute favourites. I also however re-read On Writing by Steven King which I (again) couldn't bear to put down.

Full list of my books of 2012: http://listography.com/localfreak/books/books_of_2012

Films

I don't usually do New Year's Resolution. But last year I privately resolved that, now my home town has a cinema, I would Go To The Pictures More, even if it meant going on my own. By my reckoning I saw 14 films at the cinema, just over 1 per month which I am very pleased about.

The Best Film I Watched in 2012:

I watched A LOT of awesome films. At the pictures I particularly loved Avengers Assemble but I also loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Rise of the Guardians quite a lot.

Also following the Avengers I then watched A LOT of superhero films this year and fell madly for Iron Man and Iron Man 2 (BLACK WIDOW!). I watched a lot of seriously cool stuff this year.

The Worst Film I watched in 2012:

The worst film I watched at the cinema was undoubtedly We Bought a Zoo which was (in turns) dull, predictable, tripey, lacking in animals and ever so slightly culturally insensitive (Fine so you took a RL story based in the UK and set it in the USA? That's fine. What isn't fine is then having the Zoo's Grand Opening on 7/7. It just felt like...seriously lost in translation here. And it was boring.

The worst film I watched all year however has to be A Christmas Carol the Musical which happened to be the only Christmassy thing on telly the Saturday before Christmas, when I was putting up the tree. WORDS FAIL to fully explain the mawkish, badly acted, badly directed schmaltz that totally lacked any of the sublteties that provide the needed tension in the story. Fail. Bad film. If it was a choice again between that or Jeremy Kyle...okay so it would still win but I would not be so quick to make that call.

The Funniest Film Was: probably either Avengers Assemble or Rise of the Guardians. Or My Best Friend Is A Vampire

The Most Uplifting Film Was: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Because it was WONDERFUL.

Favourite Re-Watch:

Either Passport to Pimlico which is one of my all-time-absolute favourite films or Basil, the Great Mouse Detective

Full list of my films for 2012: http://listography.com/localfreak/movies/films_of_2012
localfreak: (Mr Toad in Rehearsals Cosgrove Hall)
In 2011 I read 45 Books and Watched 37 Films

This is a decline in books from 2010, when I read 47 Books but an increase in films- in 2010 I only watched 28 Films. So a bit of a mixed bag. Of course, with the reading, I am reading a lot of academic extracts and stuff, which don't count but I'm at a loss to explain about the films, except I note that SIX of them were new releases, so maybe I just got better at going to the pictures?

babble under the cut )

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