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:
  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: 27/30 (+3)



2019 Film Watching Resolution

  1. A foreign film:
  2. A black and white film: 12 Angry Men (1957)
  3. A silent or dialogue-free film:
  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:
  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)

List Progress: 9/12 (+3)

*#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”.