2021 Reading and Watching Resolutions

2020 is dead! It’s a new year, and with it come a new set of reading and watching resolutions. A few small tweaks, but these are mostly the same lists as last time. If you see any categories that you have recommendations for, feel free to drop me a line.

2021 Reading Resolution

  1. A book written in North America: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
  2. A book written in Central America/Caribbean: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  3. A book written in South America: Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda, translated by Stephen Mitchell
  4. A book written in East Asia: I Am a Hero: Omnibus Volume 1 by Kengo Hanazawa
  5. A book written in South Asia: A Burning by Megha Majumdar
  6. A book written in Africa: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
  7. A book written in the Middle East: Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa
  8. A book written in Australia/Pacific Islands: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  9. A book written in Russia: The Blizzard by Vladimir Sorokin
  10. A book written in Europe: White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
  11. A biography: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
  12. A non-fiction book: Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto
  13. A collection of short stories: A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King
  14. A collection of poetry: Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
  15. A play: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  16. A book you’ve seen adapted: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
  17. A graphic novel: Die Vol 2: Split the Party by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Stephanie Hans
  18. A children’s book: Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros by Sherry Garland
  19. A book older than 100 years: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
  20. A debut novel: I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
  21. A novel by a famous author, other than the one(s) they are best known for: Pericles by William Shakespeare
  22. A sequel: The Sugared Game (The Will Darling Adventures #2) KJ Charles
  23. A book by an author you’ve never given a fair shot: Along Came A Spider by James Patterson
  24. A book you’ve heard bad things about: The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  25. A book released in 2021: Subtle Blood (The Will Darling Adventures #3) by KJ Charles
  26. Wild Card: Slippery Creatures (The Will Darling Adventures #1) by KJ Charles
  27. Wild Card: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
  28. Wild Card: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book by Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw
  29. Wild Card: Ring by Koji Suzuki
  30. Wild Card: The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann

Bonus Reading:

  1. A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen
  2. The Subsidiary by Matías Celedón
  3. I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle
  4. Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry by Christie Wilcox
  5. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  6. The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

List Progress: 36/30

2021 Film Watching Resolution

  1. A foreign film: Beware of Children (Barn) (2019) 
  2. A black and white film: M (1931)
  3. A silent or dialogue-free film: Modern Times (1936)
  4. An animated film: Fantastic Planet (1973)
  5. A film based on a true story: Radium Girls (2018)
  6. A documentary: Heroin(e) (2017)
  7. A film based on a book: In the Tall Grass (2019)
  8. An Oscar-winning movie: Rebecca (1940)
  9. A trashy movie: Equilibrium (2002)
  10. Your best friend’s recommendation: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  11. A children’s film: The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  12. A film released in 2021: The Woman in the Window (2021)

List Progress: 12/12

Movies Outside the List:

  1. Booksmart (2019)
  2. All-In Madonna (2020)
  3. Shiva Baby (2020)
  4. Vera Drake (2004)
  5. Ma (2019)
  6. The Exorcist (1973)
  7. The Omen (1976)
  8. The Ring (2002)
  9. Downton Abbey (2019)
  10. The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
  11. The Dance of the 41 (El baile de los 41) (2020)
  12. Saint Maud (2019)
  13. Unfriended (2014)
  14. Psycho (1960)
  15. Tampopo (1985)
  16. Dear Evan Hansen (2021)
  17. tick, tick…BOOM! (2021)
  18. The Greatest Showman (2017)
  19. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  20. I Think We’re Alone Now (2018)