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hmsharmony ([personal profile] hmsharmony) wrote2012-12-31 11:59 pm
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2012 Scrapbook

Listed are books, movies, and theater productions I read/saw for the first time* in 2012 (there were some books/movies that I did not feel comfortable awarding an enjoyment rating due to its contents):

1. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (4/5)
2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (4.5/5) (repeated reading, see *)
3. Wintle's Wonders** by Noel Streatfeild (5/5)
4. King Leopold's Ghost y Adam Hochschild (4/5)
5. Judith by Noel Streatfeild (4/5)
6. A Vicarage Family by Noel Streatfeild (5/5)
7. Away from the Vicarage by Noel Streatfeild (4.5/5)
8. Codename: Sailor V Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (4/5)
9. Codename: Sailor V Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi (4/5)
10. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (4/5)***
11. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi (4.5/5)***
12. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 3 by Naoko Takeuchi (4/5)***
13. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon (3/5)
14. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 4 by Naoko Takeuchi (4.5/5)***
15. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (4/5)
16. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (4.5/5)
17. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (3.5/5)
18. TANU Women: Gender and Culture in the Making of Tanganyikan Nationalism, 1955-1965 by Susan Geiger (2/5 -- while it wasn't exactly the most enjoyable book I've read, it is still a very important work that addresses the issues surrounding the historical metanarrative, and provides an alternative framework through which to examine Tanzanian nationalism)
19. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 5 by Naoko Takeuchi (4/5)***
20. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (4/5)
21. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (4/5)
22. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (4.25/5)
23. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (4.5/5)
24. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (4.75/5)
25. The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (3/5)
26. The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (4/5)
27. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Demigod Files y Rick Riordan (3.75/5)
28. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (4.5/5)
29. Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot (4/5)
30. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (3.75/5)
31. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 6 by Naoko Takeuchi (4/5)***
32. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (4/5)
33. My Ántonia by Willa Cather (5/5)
34. Beyond the Vicarage by Noel Streatfeild (3.5/5)
35. The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan (4/5)
36. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow (4/5)
37. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (3.5/5)
38. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 7 by Naoko Takeuchi (3.5/5)***
39. Biography of a Runaway Slave by Esteban Montejo and Miguel Barnet (3.5/5)
40. The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative by Mary Prince (4/5)
41. The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (4.5/5)
42. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois (3/5)
43. Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka (3.5/5)
44. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (3.5/5)
45. Blood Relations: Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930 by Irma Watkins-Ownes (4/5)
46. Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire (4/5)
47. Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora by Michael A. Gomez
48. Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity by Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar (4/5)
49. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (4.5/5)

**This is the original version of what's now known a Dancing Shoes, which I have read many, many times. I'm including it because the first edition contains several passages and details that reprints (including the one with which I grew up) have left out.
*** This is technically a reread, but as the re-release of the manga uses new (and significantly more accurate) translations and Westernizes the story to a much lesser extent, I'm counting it as a new experience. =)

Movies (a * indicates that I saw it in theaters)
1. *Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (3/5)
2 The Holiday (4/5)
3. *Beauty and the Beast in 3D (4/5) (repeated viewing, but first time seen in theaters)
4. The Philadelphia Story (5/5)
5. Camelot (5/5)
6. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (3.5/5)
7. 50/50 (3/5)
8. Blackmail (1.5/5)
9. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (3.5/5)
10. We'll Take Manhattan (3/5)
11 Le Voyage dans la Lune (3/5)
12. The Great Train Robbery (2/5)
13. Four Weddings and a Funeral (3.5/5)
14. Notting Hill (4.5/5)
15. The 39 Steps (4/5)
16. Monte Carlo (3.5/5)
17. Rebecca (4/5)
18. Jezebel (4/5)
19. Spellbound (1945) (3/5)
20. The Descendants (4/5)
21. Notorious (4.5/5)
22. The Ides of March (4.5/5)
23. Hugo (4/5)
24. Game Change (4.5/5)
25. Shadow of a Doubt (4.5/5)
26. Strangers on a Train (3.5/5)
27. American Violet (4.5/5)
28. The Hunger Games (4/5)
29. Psycho (3/5) (repeated viewing, see *)
30. Marnie (4.5/5)
31. Four Little Girls
32. *Titanic in 3D (5/5) (repeated viewing, but first time seen in theaters)
33. Million Dollar Baby (1941) (3.5/5)
34. Vertigo (3.5/5)
35. The Birds (4/5)
36. Chronicle (2/5)
37. A Little Bit of Heaven (3.5/5)
38. Brave (4.5/5)
39. Man on a Ledge (2/5)
40. Life as We Know It (4/5)
41. The Avengers (4.5/5)
42. Because I Said So (3.5/5)
43. The Woman in Black (1/5) -- It was a good movie (I think ... I had my eyes closed and ears plugged for much of it), but I really, really, really do not deal well with just about anything horror-related. So.
44. Men in Black (4/5) (repeated viewing, see *)
45. Sunshine Cleaning (4/5)
46. *Beasts of the Southern Wild (4.75/5)
47. Wanderlust (4/5)
48. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (2.5/5)
49. *Celeste and Jesse Forever (4.5/5)
50. War Horse (3.5/5)
51. Bachelorette (4/5)
52. The Five-Year Engagement (3.5/5)
53. The Cove
54. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (3/5)
55. Moonrise Kingdom (3/5)
56. Pitch Perfect (4.5/5)
57. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (4.5/5)
58. *Skyfall (4/5)
59. The Dark Knight Rises (4/5)
60. *Silver Linings Playbook (4.5/5)

1. Bat Boy: The Musical (Tansill Theater) (4/5)
2. Legally Blonde: The Musical (Toby's Dinner Theater) (4/5)
3. Young Robin Hood (Round House Theatre) (4/5)

*Repeated viewings/readings are included if I read/saw the movie/book at a time when I could not appreciate it (e.g. reading All Quiet on the Western Front when I was 12 and again when I was 19). Multiple viewings of theater productions (even ones with the same cast) are included as performances change one day to the next.

[identity profile] 2012-01-03 08:33 pm (UTC)(link)
So how was SH?

And did you appreciate AQotWF better at 19 then? I hope so, I love that book!

[identity profile] 2012-01-03 09:28 pm (UTC)(link)
It was okay. At times I was only moderately entertained, but all in all it was good fun. I thought it was much more action-oriented than the last film, so even less ... Sherlock Holmesy. If that makes sense.

OMG, YES. I AM IN LOVE WITH THAT BOOK. SO IN LOVE. We had to read it freshman year for European History, and I remember that I couldn't put it down. And when I finished I was ... speechless? Because I thought I was going to DETEST having to read it again, but instead I fell completely in love. *_*

[identity profile] 2012-01-03 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah I read it fgor a book report in 8th grade I think, then in 9th grade for class, and then again (though I didn't read all of it the third time, lol) for my Freshman seminar class in college, "Coming of Age in 29th Century Germany"! ;) I love it so much, I didn't mind the rereads either, so haunting, and probably part of why I am big into WWI...

[identity profile] 2012-01-03 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I read it in 7th grade (the beginning of 7th grade, to make it even worse), and I a) DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE BOOK AT ALL and b) was completely disgusted by the details of war. So I had really negative feelings for the book. Thank God I was forced to reread it!