New Year, New Reading Resolution!

It is 2019 and I’m ready to hit the ground running with a new Reading Resolution! My friend and I modified last year’s list a bit, replaced a couple categories and modified others, and I’m excited for what the year can bring.

If anyone has recommendations for some good books that would fit any of these categories, let me know!

2019 Reading Resolution


  1. A book written in North America:
  2. A book written in Central America:
  3. A book written in South America:
  4. A book written in East Asia:
  5. A book written in South Asia:
  6. A book written in Africa:
  7. A book written in the Middle East:
  8. A book written in Australia/Oceania
:
  9. A book written in Russia:
  10. A book written in Europe:
  11. A biography:
  12. A non-fiction book:
  13. A collection of short stories:
  14. A collection of poetry:
  15. A play:
  16. A book you’ve seen adapted:
  17. A graphic novel:
  18. A children’s book:
  19. A book older than 100 years:
  20. A debut novel:
  21. A novel by a famous author, other than the one(s) they are best known for:
  22. A book we have lied about reading:
  23. A book we read in high school/college and hated:
  24. A book we read in high school/college and loved:
  25. A book by an author you’ve never given a fair shot:
  26. A book you’ve heard bad things about:
  27. A book released in 2019:
  28. A book you’ve started but never finished:
  29. A book that has been sitting on your shelf for a while:
  30. Wild Card:

List Progress: 0/30

And despite not completing it at all last year, I’m going to take another shot at my film list. Wish me luck and send your recs!

2019 Film Watching Resolution

  1. A foreign film:
  2. A black and white film:
  3. A silent or dialogue-free film:
  4. An animated film:
  5. A film based on a true story:
  6. A documentary:
  7. A film based on a book:
  8. An Oscar-winning movie:
  9. A trashy movie (B-list, straight to DVD):
  10. Your best friend’s favorite movie:
  11. A children’s film:
  12. A film released in 2019:

List Progress: 0/12

Reading Resolution Year in Review

I just sat down to look at my list and come up with my Best and Worst books that I read in 2018 and came to a really nice conclusion: I read a lot of good stuff this year. There have certainly been years where even the middle of my list was not that good (looking at you, 2017). But I feel like even the “worst” books of my 2018 are just ones that I have some issues with, nothing that I felt was a complete waste of time. So here’s a fairly positive sum-up of what I read in 2018:

Best Book: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. Maybe it’s my upper-middle class white upbringing showing, but this non-fiction study into over-policing in urban black communities was eye-opening and really great. If you’re ever in the mood for a solid piece of non-fiction that doesn’t read like a textbook, I would recommend it. (Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith is a close, close second.)

Most Enjoyable Book: Behrouz Gets Lucky by Avery Cassell. Of everything on my reading list, this is the one that I’ve picked up and reread parts of over the course of the year. A cozy mix of queer BDSM erotica and domestic fluff, it’s not the most riveting or best-written book, but damned if I don’t love it.

Worst Book: Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu “Worst” feels like far too harsh of a term for this novel, but it just really didn’t do it for me. The main characters manage to be so indecisive that I stopped caring what decisions they ultimately made. Some good parts, but the bottom of the list from a good year. (The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu also graces the bottom of this list for having one of the most rushed endings I’ve ever seen.)

Biggest Surprise: The Shining by Stephen King This was my first King, and with this as my intro, I’m ready to try some more.

And that’s been my year in reading! My friend and I are making some slight adjustments to the categories for the coming year, and I’m excited to hit the ground running with some great books! And thank you to everyone who has read along with me!

Introducing my Reading and Watching Resolution Lists!

Happy New Years! So for the last couple of years, I have set a New Year’s Reading Resolution for myself, along with a couple of friends. We read books that fit in certain categories, in an attempt to push the boundaries of our reading habits, and write up little reviews of what we have read. As the year is starting fresh with a new list, I have decided to share my book reviews here, to hopefully spark some good literary discussion in 2018.

In addition, I am giving myself the extra challenge of a movie-watching list as well; I will be the first to admit that I have lost the determination to sit down for full movies, and I hope this will push me to try more of the medium over the course of the year.

If you would like to try this list for yourself, feel free to jump in. I will be updating this post as I complete parts of the list. I wish you all a happy year full of good reading and viewing!

2018 Reading Resolution


  1. A book written in North/Central America: Awfully Devoted Women: Lesbian Lives in Canada, 1900-65 by Cameron Duder
  2. A book written in South America:
  3. A book written in East Asia: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
  4. A book written in South Asia:
  5. A book written in Africa: The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
  6. A book written in the Middle East:
  7. A book written in Australia/Oceania
  8. A book written in Europe/Russia:
  9. A book recommended by someone: Sourdough by Robin Sloan
  10. A biography: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
  11. A non-fiction book: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
  12. A collection of short stories: Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures edited by Elly Blue
  13. A collection of poetry:
  14. A play:
  15. A graphic novel:
  16. A book older than 100 years: The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  17. A debut novel: Behrouz Gets Lucky by Avery Cassell
  18. A novel by a famous author, other than the one(s) they are best known for:
  19. A book we have lied about reading:
  20. A book we read in high school/college and hated:
  21. A book we read in high school/college/law school and loved:
  22. A book by an author you have never given a fair shot: The Shining by Stephen King
  23. A 2017-2018 New York Times bestseller:
  24. A book you’ve started but never finished: The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  25. Wild Card: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston

List Progress: 12/25

In addition, I am trying a film list again!

2018 Film Watching Resolution

  1. A foreign film:
  2. A black and white film:
  3. A silent or dialogue-free film:
  4. An animated film:
  5. A film based on a true story:
  6. A documentary:
  7. A film based on a book: Room (2015)
  8. An Oscar-winning movie:
  9. A trashy movie (B-list, straight to DVD): The Decoy Bride (2012)
  10. Your best friend’s favorite movie:
  11. A children’s film: The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  12. A film released in 2018: Love, Simon (2018)

List Progress: 4/12