Monthly Archives: January 2019

Books Read (and Movies Watched) in 2019

I wasn’t always the best about updating last year’s list, but I’m glad I kept it.  I didn’t include movies but I’m also not convinced I watched any new-to-me movies last year (we certainly didn’t step foot in a movie theatre).  Having our main show also be the equivalent of watching 2-3 movies a week doesn’t help either, whoops.  So here’s to hoping that changes a bit.

Alternatively, here’s hoping my children learn to sleep better.  Ha.

same key as last year: underlined is a reread; * means recommended

Books
[Auto]Biography
*So Anyway… by John Cleese (entertaining, insightful, just fun)
*Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (SO GOOD. devastating, but told with such humor)

Fiction
The Flame of Telbyrin by Br. Benedict Dyar (good ideas and story but oh man someone get this guy an editor and a book designer)
*Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)
*Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller (look I just love a good solid now-Legacy Star Wars book okay)
*Beauty by Robin McKinley (a library discard win for me; the ending’s still a bit rushed, but gosh, I love her writing)
*The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (aka Sarah Monette) (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH SO GOOD)
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (not as good as Six of Crows)
Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman (a bit shallow and just…abrupt)
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel (cute)
*Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH one of those books that only gets better the older you get)
*Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (HOW DOES SHE DO IT.  HOW.)
*A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (surprisingly stressful this time around)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (what a scrambled wasted mess of a book that could’ve been something REALLY INTERESTING
[I feel like I’m forgetting something here I really need to get better at keeping up with this]
*The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip (took me a bit to warm up to it but I didn’t want it to end)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (don’t ask me how I’d never read it before, I don’t know, but I enjoyed it)
Anne of Avonlea
 by ditto (ditto)
Sabriel by Garth Nix (been a long time and I never finished the trilogy but it is still so good)
[and then I read a bunch of books in August so bear with me]
The Southern Sisters Mysteries by Anne George
Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam something

Cookbooks
The Little House Cookbook by Barbara Walker*

Spirituality
The Everyday Apostle: Commonsense Ways to Draw Others to Christ by Fr. Edward F. Garesché (not bad, though very 1910s-y)
Catherine of Siena by…somebody Italian I’ll look it up (just a brief but thorough biography)
The Community of the Beloved Disciple* by Raymond Brown (awesome look at historical Johannine community working backwards from the proffered texts)
Enter St. Anthony by…somebody (ADORABLE BIOGRAPHY OF ADORABLENESS)

Movies
Jan 1:  Black Panther*
April25/6:  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before*

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