2019 Reading and Watching Resolutions

2019 Reading Resolution

  1. A book written in North America: Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement edited by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway and Sarah Shourd
  2. A book written in Central America: Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya, translated by Katherine Silver
  3. A book written in South America: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto “Che” Guevara
  4. A book written in East Asia: Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder
  5. A book written in South Asia: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  6. A book written in Africa: Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  7. A book written in the Middle East: Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World edited and translated by Niloufar Talebi
  8. A book written in Australia/Oceania
: Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood
  9. A book written in Russia:
  10. A book written in Europe: Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey
  11. A biography: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell
  12. A non-fiction book: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith
  13. A collection of short stories: Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung
  14. A collection of poetry: Not My White Savior: A Memoir in Poems by Julayne Lee
  15. A play: M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
  16. A book you’ve seen adapted: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  17. A graphic novel: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  18. A children’s book: Matilda by Roald Dahl
  19. A book older than 100 years: Utopia by Thomas More
  20. A debut novel: The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun
  21. A novel by a famous author, other than the one(s) they are best known for: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  22. A book we’re intimidated by*:
  23. A book we read in high school/college and hated: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  24. A book we read in high school/college and loved: Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
  25. A book by an author you’ve never given a fair shot: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  26. A book you’ve heard bad things about: Vox by Christina Dalcher
  27. A book released in 2019: The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
  28. A book you’ve started but never finished: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  29. A book that has been sitting on your shelf for a while: Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
  30. Wild Card: The Secret Life of Clowns: A Backstage Tour of Cirque du Soleil and The Clown Conservatory by Jeff Raz

Books Outside of the List:

31. Bonus book: Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

32. Bonus book: West Is San Francisco by Lauren Sapala

33. Bonus book: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

List Progress: 28/30 (+3)



2019 Film Watching Resolution

  1. A foreign film: The Handmaiden (2016)
  2. A black and white film: 12 Angry Men (1957)
  3. A silent or dialogue-free film: Deafula (1975)
  4. An animated film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
  5. A film based on a true story: Other People (2016)
  6. A documentary: Period. End of Sentence. (2018)
  7. A film based on a book: Gerald’s Game (2017)
  8. An Oscar-winning movie: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  9. A trashy movie: Murder Party (2007)
  10. Your best friend’s favorite movie: Velvet Goldmine (1998)
  11. A children’s film: Detective Pikachu (2019)
  12. A film released in 2019: Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

Films Outside the List:

13. Tell It To The Bees (2018)

14. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)

15. And Then There Were None (2015)

16. Greta (2018)

17. Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

18. Knives Out (2019)

19. The Princess Switch (2018)

20. Cats (2019)

21. Ready or Not (2019)


List Progress: 12/12 (+9)


*#22 on the reading list was originally “a book we’ve lied about reading”, but I realized that I had run out of books for that category. It is now replaced with a category from previous years, “a book we’re intimidated by”.