Sunday, December 31, 2017

MOVIE - Pitch Perfect 3

PG-13
Wide release 12/22/17
Viewed New Year's Eve 2017 - 10 degrees at Carlisle 8
IMBd: 6.2
RT Critic: 31   Audience:  53
Critic's Consensus:  Pitch Perfect 3 strains to recapture the magic that helped the original spawn a franchise, but ends up sending this increasingly unnecessary trilogy out on a low note.
Cag:  4/Liked it a lot
Directed by Trish Sle
Universal Pictures

Anna Kendrick, John Lithgow

My comments:  Oh, oh, oh, SO much better than Pitch Perfect 2!  Yay.  Thoroughly enjoyed this one.  Okay, the John Lithgow/Fat Amy part was a little weird, but added a nice bit of fun, and I like the way it started the movie with a scene that they came back to near the end.  There were some really funny parts, though a few of Fat Amy's fell a little flat.  And those girls sure can sing!  I love the USO aspect as well, and the other musicians in the movie were a great addition. I haven't seen the first one in awhile, but I'm thinking this one was pretty comparable.

RT/ IMDb Summary:  Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Reading Challenges Through the Years



2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
No. Read

70
73
71
78
63
63
73
Pgs. Read


24 K
23.5K
27 K
21 K
17.3K
?
Pict. Bks.


19
9
36
17
24

Current Yr.

25
18

19
22
17
14
10+ yrs old

5
6





One-word titles

12
6
7
12
6
9
12
AZ-ME-PA

4
6
10
8
5
5
2
YA

22
16
16
25
11
14
9
Middle Gr.

9
11
10


13

Beg. Rdr.

4






HF

8
2
4
5
4
4
4
CRF

15
13
15
22
18


N-F

0
0
0
3

1

Verse

1
1





Poetry

12




9

Myst

26
35
35
34
25
10

Para-Dyst-SciFi-Fant

15
15
5
12
7
4

AUDIO

28
28
41
34
32
19

Series

40
39
39
41

24

Short Stories

1
1


4


Global

7
14
6
12
11
9
5
4.5 or 5

23
14
15
22
15
17

New-to-me authors


34
29
40
29
20
10

2017 Reading Challenges 
2016 Reading Challenges 
2015 Reading Challenges 
2014 Reading Challenges 
2013 Reading Challenges 
2012 Reading Challenges 
2011 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges
18 Challenges for 2018

1.  Published in the Current Year - 2018
1.  Punishment - Scott Holliday
2.  The Chalk Man - C. J. Tudor
3.  Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson
4.  The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle - Leslie Connor

2.  Written before 2008 (over 10 years old)
1.  Unwind - Neal Shusterman (2007)
2.  Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall (2007)

3.  One-Word Titles
1.  Warcross
2.  Punishment
3.  Prodigy
4.  Fangirl
5.  Unwind
6.  Outcast
7.  Saga

4.  AZ, ME, or PA?
1. Night Hunter (Downeast ME)

5.  YA
1.  When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon
2.  Warcross - Marie Lu
3.  Turtles All the Way Down - John Green
4.  Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson
5.  Prodigy (Legend #1) - Marie Lu
6.  The Disappearances - Emily Bain Murphy
7.  Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
8.  Unwind - Neal Shusterman
9.  Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall - Wendy Mass
10.  Outcast - Adrienne Kress
11.  Paper Girls: Vol. 1 - Brian K. Vaughan

6.  Middle Grades
1.  Amina's Voice - Hena Khan
2.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
3.  The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle - Leslie Connor
4.  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - Shari Green

7.  Historical Fiction
1.  Ordinary Grace - Krueger (1961 Minnesota)
2.  Women in the Castle - Shattuck (1939 -1991 Germany)

8.  CRF
1.  When Dimple Met Rishi -Menon
2.  Amina's Voice  - Khan
3.  Turtles All the Way Down - Green
4.  The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle - Connor
5.   Fangirl - Rowell
6.   Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Honeyman
7.  The Almost Sisters - Jackson
8.  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - Green

9.  N-F (I can dream can't I?)

10.  Verse

11.  Mystery
1.  Night Hunter - Ward
2.  The Homecoming - Russell
8.  In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris, Lancaster cop #2) - Jensen
3.  Punishment - Holliday
4.  The Chalk Man -Tudor
5.  The Promise (Elvis Cole #16) - Crais
6.  Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) - Johnson
7.  The Naturalist (Naturalist #1) - Mayne
8.  In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris #1) - Jensen
9.  The Missing Ones (Det. Lottie Parker #1) - Gibney
10.  Don't Let Go -Coben
11.  The Drowned Girls

12.  Paranormal/Dystopian/Fantasy/SciFi
1.  Warcross - Marie Lu
2.  The Homecoming - Alan Russell
3.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
4.  Prodigy (#2 Legend) - Marie Lu
5.  The Disappearances, The  - Emily Bain Murphy
6.  Unwind - Neal Shusterman
7.  Outcast - Adrienne Kress
8.  Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall - Wendy Mass
9.  Bird Box - Josh Malerman
10.  Princess Cora
11.  Paper Girls
12.  Saga: Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan

13.  Audio Books
1.  Warcross - Marie Lu (did not enjoy the reader)
2.  The Homecoming - Alan Russell
3.  The Chalk Man - C. J Tudor
4.. The Promise - Robert Crais
5.  Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson
6.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
7.  Prodigy - Marie Lu
8.  In the Land of Milk and Honey - Jane Jensen
9.  Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger
10.  Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
11.  Unwind - Neal Shusterman
12.  The Missing Ones - Patricia Gibney
13.  The Almost Sisters - Joshilyn Jackson
14.  Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben
15.  The Women in the Castle

13a.  Read a REAL BOOK!
1..  Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York Chast graphic novel
2.  Bird Box - Josh Malerman
3.  Paper Girls: Vol. 1 - Vaughan, Graphic Novel
4.   Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets of My DNA - Hill
5.  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - Green
6.  Saga: Volume 1 - Vaughan, Graphic Novel

13b.  Graphic Novels
1.  Going Into Town
2..  Paper Girls: Vol. 1 (Vaughan)
3.  Saga: Volume 1 (Vaughan)

14.  Books in a Series
1.  Warcross (Warcross #1)
2.  Night Hunter  (#1 Harry Circus)
3.  Punishment (#1 Det. John Barnes)
3.  The Promise (#16 Elvis Cole)
4.  Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)
5.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)
6.  The Naturalist (Naturalist #1)
7.  Prodigy (Legend #2)
8.  In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris #1)
9.  Unwind - Neal Shusterman
10.  The Missing Ones (Det. Lottie Parker #1)
11.  Paper Girls: Vol. 1
12.  Hard Return
13.  Saga: Volume 1 (Alana & Marko)

15.  Short Stories
1.

16.  Where in the World?  
1.  England - The Chalk Man
2.  Ireland - The Missing Ones
3.  Germany - The Women in the Castle

17.  4.5 or 5 Stars
1.  Turtles All the Way Down - John Green (5)
2.  The Promise (Elvis Cole #5) - Robert Crais (5)
3.  The Chalk Man - C. J. Tudor (4.5)
4.  Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson
5.  Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger (4.5)
6.  Unwind - Neal Shusterman (5)
7.  Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (5)
8.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman (5)
9.  Bird Box - Josh Malerman (4.5)
10.  The Almost Sisters - Joshilyn Jackson (5)
11.  Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben (5)
12.  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - Shari Green (4.5)

18.  A to Z Reading
B - Bird Box 
J - 
K - 
L - 
Q - 
R - 
U - Unwind
V - 
W - When Dimple Met RishiWarcross, (hard to believe that two of the first three books I've ready this year have titles that begin with "W"!)
X- 
Y - 
Z - 


I Love Picture Books
1.  Town Is by the Sea (Schwartz/Smith) 2017 (4.5)
2.  After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again (Santat) 2017 (4)
3.  Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat (Sierra/Hawkes) 2017 (5)
4.  My Journey to the Stars (Kelly/Ceolin) 2017 (4.5)
5.  Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II (Russo) 2005 (5)
6.  The Pink Hat (Joyner) 2018 (5)
7.  Around the World in Numbers (Gifford/Hurley) 2017 (5)
8.  Ella Who? (Ashman/Sanchez) 2017 (5)
9.  Ruby's Chinese New Year (Lee/Chou) 2018 (4)
10.  Extra Yarn (Barnett/Klassen) 2012 (5)
11.  A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White (Herkert/Castillo) 2017 (4.5)
12.  Noah Webster's Fighting Words (Maurer/Catusanu) 2017 (4.5)
13.  Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen (Hopkinson/Leng) 2018 (4.5)
14.  Ruth Bader Ginsberg: The Case of R. B. G. vs. Inequality (Winter/Innerst) 2017 (4.5)
15.  Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist (Lasky Hawkes) 2017 (4)
16.  Books!  Books!  Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library (Manning & Granstrom) 2017 (4)
17.  Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind (Grady/Hirao) 2018 (4.5)


Novels Read in 2018
1.  When Dimple Met Rishi -Sandhya Menon, 2017 ebk (4) 380 pgs.
2.  Amina's Voice  - Hena Khan, 2017 ebk (3) 197 pgs. (577 pgs.)
3.  Warcross (Warcross #1) - Marie Lu 2017 audio (3) 368 pgs. (945 pgs.)
4.  Turtles All the Way Down - John Green, 2017 ebk (5) 290 pgs. (1235 pgs.)
5.  Night Hunter (#1 Harry Circus, Me. State Police) - E. D. Ward, 2017, ebk (2) 208 pgs. (1443 pgs.)
6.  The Homecoming - Alan Russell, 2017, Audible (3.5) 332 pgs. (1775 pgs.)
7.  Punishment (Det. John Barnes, Detroit Police detective) - Scott Holliday, 2018, ebk, (4) 240 pgs. (2015 pgs.)
8.  The Chalk Man - C. J. Tudor, 2018 audio (4.5) 280 pgs. (2295 pgs.)
9.  The Promise (#16 Elvis Cole) - Robert Crais, 2015 audio (5) 408 pgs. (2703 pgs.)
10.  Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) - Maureen Johnson, 2018 Audible (4.5) 432 pgs. (3135 pgs.)
11.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein, 2013 Audible (1.5) 304 pgs. (3439 pgs.)
12.  The Naturalist (Naturalist #1) - Andrew Mayne, 2017 ebk (3) 382 pgs. (3821 pgs.)
13.  Prodigy (Legend #2) - Marie Lu, 2013 Audible (4) 371 pgs. (4192 pgs.)
14.  In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris #2) 2016 Audible (4) 304 pgs. (4496 pgs.)
15.  The Disappearances - Emily Bain Murphy 2017 ebk (4) 388 pgs. (4884 pgs.)
16.  Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger, 2013 Audible (5) 307 pgs. (5191 pgs.)
17.  The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, 2018 ebk (4) 336 pgs. (5527 pgs.)
18.  Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell, 2013 Audible (5) 448 pgs. (5975 pgs.)
19.  Unwind (Unwinds #1) Neal Shusterman, 2007 Audible (5) 335 pgs. (6310 pgs.)
20.  Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall - Wendy Mass 2007 eBk (4) 251 pgs. (6561 pgs.)
21.  Outcast - Adrienne Kress, 2013 eBk (4) 322 pgs (6883 pgs.)
22.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman, 2017 ebk (5) 336 pgs. (7219 pgs.)
23.  Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York - Roz Chast 2017 graph-nov (4) 169 pgs. (7388 pgs.)
24.  The Missing Ones (Det. Lottie Parker #1) - Patricia Gibney, 2017 audio (3.5) 424 pgs. (7812 pgs.)
25.  Bird Box  - Josh Malerman (BOOK!) 2014 (4.5) 262 pgs. (8074 pgs.)
26.  Princess Cora and the Crocodile - Laura Amy Schlitz (Aud & BK) 80 pgs. (8154 pgs.)
27.  The Almost Sisters - Joshilyn Jackson, 2017 (5) 342 pgs. (8496 pgs.)
28.  Don't Let Go- Harlan Coben, 2017 Audio (5) 368 pgs. (8864 pgs.)
29.  The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino #1) - Loreth Anne White, 2017 eBk, (3) 524 pgs. (9388 pgs.)
30.  Paper Girls: Vol. 1 - Brian K. Vaughan - GraphNov - 2016 (3) 144 pgs. (9532 pgs.)
31.  Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets of My DNA - Richard Hill, NF Bk - 2012 (4) 249 pgs. (9781 pgs.)
32.  The Women in the Castle - Jessica Shattuck 2017 Audio (3.5)
33.  Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - Shari Green, 2017 Bk (4.5) 239 pgs.
34.  Hard Return (Cyril Landry #2) - J. Carson Black, Audio (4)
35.  Saga: Volume 1 - Brian Vaughan  2012 GraphicNovel (2.5) 164 pgs.