01 January 2011

2010 in books and movies

Here's a list of every book I read the entire way through in 2010.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Robbers by Friedrich Schiller
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Carmen by Prosper Mérimée
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Ball Four by Jim Bouton
Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (second time)
Squeeze Play by Jane Leavy
Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
Are We Not There Yet? by Chuck Rosenthal
Friedrich Nietzsche by Ivo Frenzel
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Here are the three books I'm currently working on:
Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
Beyond Good And Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

That's 22 read, 3 more almost done, and a bunch of others I only managed to get part of the way through (such is the life of an English major).

My goal for 2011 is to finish with 30 books read all the way through. I hope to be done with Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage and Stieg Larsson's The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by the time school starts up again in ten days.

I've also been keeping track of all the movies I've seen for the first time... I started the list about 5 or 6 months ago. My scale has 0 being awful, 5 being rather decent, and 10 being mind-blowing and amazing. For example, the three tens are three of my favorite films ever. The 5's like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back are fun but overall not that great. Anything lower than 5 is bad.

Mallrats - 7/10
Clerks - 8/10
Chasing Amy - 9/10
Dogma - 7/10
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - 5/10
Oldboy - 8/10
The Losers - 6/10
Spirited Away - 8/10
Amélie - 9/10
Drunken Master - 6/10
Predators - 5/10
Office Space - 6/10
Strangers on a Train - 7/10
Farewell to Nostradamus - 6/10
The Castle of Cagliostro - 6/10
Inception - 10/10
Rising Sun - 5/10
(500) Days of Summer - 9/10
Let the Right One In - 7/10
Brick - 8/10
Princess Mononoke - 5/10
Death at a Funeral - 6/10
Swingers - 2/10
Bottle Rocket - 3/10
Cool Hand Luke - 8/10
The Two Escobars - 10/10
Legion - 2/10
Tangled - 8/10
The Social Network - 9/10
Exit Through the Gift Shop - 5/10
The Lookout - 7/10
Toy Story 3 - 8/10
Black Swan - 10/10


  1. FU, Swingers is in my top 5. Not a bad list of movies/books though.

  2. I read The Red Badge of Courage.