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2021 Movies Watched Surplus

31 Dec

Books are my medium for growth and learning. Given the short time investment, movies though remain my preferred means to feel. Each year, I aim to view (hopefully, experience) 100 films I have never seen before.

In 2021, I was fortunate to go above my own expectations, so here are surplus movies #101-120.

2021 Movies Watched #76-100

31 Dec

Books are my medium for growth and learning. Given the short time investment, movies though remain my preferred means to feel. Each year, I aim to view (hopefully, experience) 100 films I have never seen before.

Here are 2021’s movies #76-100. Among these wonderful films, The Many Saints of Newark earned five coveted stars (in my subjective opinion).

2021 Movies Watched #51-75

31 Dec

Books are my medium for growth and learning. Given the short time investment, movies though remain my preferred means to feel. Each year, I aim to view (hopefully, experience) 100 films I have never seen before.

Here are 2021’s movies #51-75. Among these wonderful films, The Age of Adaline earned five coveted stars (in my subjective opinion).

Picture Books Read in 2021 #351-400

29 Dec

To think I previously only journeyed through 100 picture books each year. I’ve now surpassed my goal of 365 picture books! This collection of books features Halloween and Thanksgiving themed stories with diversions built around talented imaginators such as Gris Grimly, Carolyn Crimi, and Michael Rex.

In this assortment of books, the following receive the coveted 5-star treatment:

Picture Books Read in 2021 #251-300

20 Sep

The reading train may have slowed over the summer months, but we still arrived at stop 300! It’s always a joy to discover a new book, especially those helmed by imaginators Joseph Kuefler and Jacqueline Davies.

In this assortment of books, the following receive the coveted 5-star treatment:

Picture Books Read in 2021 #201-250

6 Jul

Howdy folks. We’ve reached 250 picture books read in 2021. Woohoo! Such a pleasure to be treated to a plethora of wonderful stories. I discovered the visual storytelling brilliance of Suzy Lee thanks to Kait Feldmann’s list of favorite books. In this assortment of books, the following receive the coveted 5-star treatment:

2021 Movies Watched #26-50

24 May

Books are my medium for growth and learning. Given the short time investment, movies though remain my preferred means to feel. Each year, I aim to view (hopefully, experience) 100 films I have never seen before.

Here are 2021’s movies #26-50. Among these wonderful films, The Sunlit Night, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, and Our Friend each earned five coveted stars (in my subjective opinion).

2021 Movies Watched #1-25

24 May

Books are my medium for growth and learning. Given the short time investment, movies still remain my preferred means to feel. Each year, I aim to view (hopefully, experience) 100 films I have never seen before.

Here are 2021’s movies #1-25. Among the lot, quality throughout the two dozen plus films, and the two to earn five coveted stars are S#I%house and Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans. Hey we all have our own tastes. 🙂

Picture Books Read in 2021 #151-200

23 May

The picture book parade picked up its pace in order to reach number 200. The majority of the reads came recommended from #PBCHAT’s 2021 mentors, while others were favorited by agents/writers as must read BIPOC, nonfiction, and Asian American books. Favorite new creators discovered in this batch include Elise Parsley, and Julie Fogliano. Of this lot of 50 books, the following were my personal favorite 5-star books:

How to Catch a Clover Thief – by Elise Parsley

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! – by Elise Parsley

A House That Once Was – written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith

The 13 Nights of Halloween – by Guy Vasilovich

Outside, Inside – by LeUyen Pham

Picture Books Read in 2021 #101-150

1 May

The picture book parade trudges along nicely. While a little behind on the big goal, it’s refreshing see that after four months, I’ve already read more picture books than in 2020. Many of the books were stupendous comp titles for my own projects, and one carries sentimental value (There Goes Patti McGee), since it’s written by a member of the Critical Friends (my critique group). Many of the reads came recommended from #PBCHAT’s 2021 mentors. Favorite new creators discovered in this batch include Vera Brosgol, Fred Blunt, Mark Pett, Mike Boldt, and Sarah Lynne Ruel. Of this lot of 50 books, the following were my personal favorite 5-star books:

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackwell

Hungry Jim written by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Chuck Groenink