This year, for the first time ever, I kept track of every single new book, film, or television show I read/watched in 2014. It was a fun experiment, and one I will be doing again in 2015. Today I want to talk about my favorite new-to-me media from 2014!
I only read 8 books this year! A dismal total seeing as it was my goal to read 25! I hope to do better in 2015.
In 2014 I read:
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
Divirgent (Veronica Roth)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
London Under (Peter Ackroyd)
Paper Towns (John Green)
Allegiant (Veronica Roth)
Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
An Abundance of Katherine's (John Green)
I have to say I enjoyed all of these books but one, London Under. I was excited to read about the secret tunnels and passageways of London but this book was actually rather dry and mostly about London's underground rivers. I really enjoyed The Night Circus and I must recommend it if any of you have yet to read it. It was really enchanting and the settings were so beautiful written! Anyone would want to visit the Night Circus after reading this book!
There were 2 books I started and didn't finish this year, one was Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and the other was A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Uglies was okay but I just couldn't connect with the narrator/protagonist in a way I felt compelled to finish the book. A Game of Thrones was quite good but I lost steam, possibly because of a lack of tension seeing as I have watched all of the TV show, which is far ahead of the first book by now.
Looking at this list, I realized I read mostly young adult fiction this year! Which is fine, I hold no prejudice against young adult fiction, I was just hoping to fit in a few classics this year. Next year I have some Shakespeare, Dickens, and Fitzgerald on my reading list too!
Are you ready for this crazy list? I watched 41 new-to-me films in 2014!
Saving Mr Banks
August Osage County
In a World
The Monuments Men
The Only Lovers Left Alive
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
How to Marry a Millionaire
Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-sec
The Fault in Our Stars
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Mission Impossible 1
Mission Impossible 2
Mission Impossible 3
|Mission Impossible 4
The 100 Foot Journey
Hampton Court documentary
Violet and Daisy
The Maze Runner
His Girl Friday
How I Live Now
X Men First Class
The Adams Family
The Adams Family Values
Diana Vreeland documentary
Ashes at Bergdorf's documentary
How to Train Your Dragon II
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1
The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies
The Imitation Game
I can't tell you how difficult it was for me to get that list into two columns, I am HTML challenged! Not all of the films I watched this year were great, (some of those Mission Impossible sequels were quite unfortunate plot wise) but some were amazing! I highly recommend: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Belle, American Hustle, and The Imitation Game. For those of you who don't mind a slower paced film and something a bit indie, I also recommend The Only Lovers Left Alive and How I Live Now.
I feel like I don't watch a lot of television compared to the average person, and what I do watch I usually stream on my laptop as opposed to watching on our actual TV set. I watched the new 2014 seasons of my favorite shows like Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Mr Selfridge, and of course Downton Abbey. I also watched both series of Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries (a new favorite for 2014!), the first 2 seasons of The Borgias, and the first 5 (!) series of the Clone Wars animated Star Wars series (nerdy and proud). A show I really wanted to watch this year was Outlander, but so far I have been unable to, as Starz had not made it available outside their channel which my family does not get. I am hoping for a netflix/hulu/other release soon! My TV goals for 2015 include finally watching more Mad Men, watching Boardwalk Empire, finishing The Borgias, and finally seeing series 2 of Ripper Street.
So, that's a lot of media! I love (LOVE) movies so it isn't surprising to me that I ended up seeing over 40 new-to-me films this year. This list doesn't even count the many repeat watches of films I have adored for ages! I am hoping to watch even more old Hollywood films in 2015, and can't believe this time next year I will have seen the next Star Wars film. I am a big Star Wars fan, in case you couldn't tell! I also intend to actually succeed at reading 25 books next year! That's only 2 books a month (roughly) which seems like nothing when I break it down. I am also hoping to finish a big edit of my own fiction novel in 2015 too though, so...we shall see. There are only so many hours in each day, and some of them have to be spent sewing! (or working, sadly)
Please tell me what your favorite books, films, and programs were in 2014! I'd love suggestions for things to add to my 2015 list!