2009 Wrap-up, part 2

Out of the 130 books I read this year (the final 2 to be reviewed in the next week) I gave only 3 a perfect 5 Star rating.  I’m picky.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Book CoverThe Secret Life of Bees by Kidd Monk Kidd: Book CoverCover Image

I gave out 15 4 1/2 Stars.  To make it a top ten list I’ll choose my favorite 7 from this list.

Cover ImageCover ImageCover ImageMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Berendt Berendt: Book CoverPride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen: Book CoverCover ImageCover Image

I see none of these were published in 2009, but that can’t be helped now. 

I joined 5 Challenges and COMPLETED THEM ALL!!!!  Of course, I should confess I only finished the 100 Mile Challenge today at 3:30 pm after walking 4 miles on the treadmill 🙂 

readown3I made a goal of 50 and reached that number in October.

I finished this one in October too.  For each letter I read a title and author. 

Southern Reading Challenge BadgeI realized how little Southern fiction I read and did something about it.  I only read 3 books, but liked them all.

everythingausten2I’d never read Austen and enjoyed reading Pride & Prejudice and listening to Sense & Sensibility during this challenge.

I had 3 months to walk 100 miles.  As I’ve already confessed it came down to the wire, but I did it!

And this is a monthly challenge where I committed to reading when I could.  Of the four months, I’ve participated in 2 and look forward to more screenplays and movies in 2010.

Thanks for reading and commenting!  I appreciate each and every one of you 🙂  Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve.

December Movie Thoughts in 5 Words

I love movies, not as much as I love books, but close.  I review movies on my Top 100 list and a few here and there for challenges, but wanted to keep a running tab on the other movies I watch.  I don’t want to review them all, so I’ll give the movie a grade and 5 words to describe it.  If you’ve seen any of these and want to add  one word of your own leave a comment and I’ll add it to my post.

(2009. Cast includes: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron) Grade A

Inspiring True Football Story.  Heartwarming.

So many layers of goodness. (Nolatari)

Much more than football. Uplifting. (Teddyree)

 Don’t mess with Sandra Bullock.  (Tony)


(2009. Cast incudes: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galiianakas, Justin Bartham, Heather Graham) Grade B+

Most Insane Bachelor Party Ever.

A fun dirty crack up! (Teddyree)

Good friends form memories together.  (Tony)


(1987. Cast includes: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Olympia Dukakis) Grade B+

Kooky. Passionate. Italian Love Story.

Mousy Cher gets a makeover. (Stephanie)

Timeless. Truly Cher’s best work. (Nolatari)


(2006. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson) Grade B

Charming Life of Beatrix Potter.


(2006. Cast: Emilio Estevez(also the director), Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Helen Hunt, Sharon Stone, William H Macy) Grade B

Historical Day. Original Footage. Tears.

Utterly engaging and provocative. Bravo! (Nolatari)


(2009. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams) Grade B-

Fun. Forgettable. Cool Special Effects.

 UnforgettableMargot

Fun but forgettable. Great casting. (Nolatari)

I liked Watson better, alas.  (Tony)


(2007. Cast: Halle Barry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi) Grade C-

Unbelievably Inconsistant Thriller.  Redeeming Ending.


(2008. Cast: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifa, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson) Grade D+

Silly Money Robbers. Very Disappointing.