Monday, December 31, 2018

My "MOST EXCELLENT" Movies Through the Years

Here's a list of all the movies that I grant the coveted 5 - 5.5 - or 6:

3 Billboards Oustide Ebbing, Missouri (1/11/18) Talk about great acting, wow! (5.5)
AccountantThe  (10-17-16) Brilliant, intertwining story with Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick! (5.5)
Adam (9-1-09) Wonderful acting and moving story. (90%)
American Hustle (1-2-14) This movie just tickled me! (5.5)
A Most Wanted Man (8/7/14) Philip Seymour Hoffman's last film (5.5)
Argo Wonderful movie, loved it (5)
Arrival, The (11-17-16) A scifi wowzer film (5.5+)
Artist, The (1-26-11) Loved it (5)
August: Osage County (1-29-14) Dysfunctional family hysteria (5)
Avatar (1-10-10) Saw it in 3-D..Amazing! (96%)
Bad Words (5-14-14) A freakin' riot - going to be a favorite (5)
Belle (5-28-14) A gorgeous, thought-provoking retelling of history (5)
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (5-22-12) Loved it (5)
Big Sick, The (7-13-17) True story with a lot of heart (5)
Black Mass  (10/1/15) great retelling of a true story (5)
BlackKklansmen (9/12/18) Sickening and brilliant (5)
Bohemian Rhapsody (11/13/18) OMG - Amazing!  (5.5)
Bridesmaids (5-11) Rip Roarin' Funny! ! ! (5)
Bridge of Spies (10/15) Wonderful movie (6)
Brooklyn (5.5) An almost-perfect movie
Brothers Bloom, The (7-14-09) Great story with really likeable protagonists (91%)
Butler, The (9-4-13) a great overview of the civil rights movement (5)
Call Me by Your Name (2/24/18) Coming-of-age love story between two guys (5)
Captain Phillips (10/24/2013) Edge-of-your-seat true story (5)
City Island (5-13-10) A new favorite - quirky with lots of laughs (95%)
Crazy Heart (1-30-10) Jeff Bridges was amazing! (96%)
Dallas Buyers Club (11/19/2013) almost flawless and unforgettable (6)

Danny Collins 94/30/15) a new favorite (6)
Descendant, The (12-9-11) Loved it (5)
Disobedience (6/21/18) Gay and Orthodox... (5)
Doctor Strange (11-15-16) Special effects are AMAZING (5)
Don Jon (10/13)  I keep thinking about this one...(5)
East, The (8-18-13) just terrific (6)
Easy A (9-22-10)  Delightful.  Fun.  Clever (90%)
Eddie the Eagle (2/28/16) A true event feel-good story   (5)
Fair Game (12-9-10) Entertaining AND educating. (93%)
Fighter, The (3-6-11) Great accents...acting....and story! (6)
Get Out (3/8/18) Bizarrre, creepy, wonderful fun (5)
Gigantic (6/2/09) Quirky and clever, a new favorite (95%)
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The (English) Loved it even though I didn't want to (5)
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (Swedish) (6-13-10) Wow.  An incredible movie! (97%)
Green Book (12/27/18 Mesmerizing story and acting (5)
Happy-Go-Lucky (12/12/08) Charming and fun (5)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows Part 1 (12-2-10) The book dragged, the movie didn't! (92%)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7-15-09) A blast! (91%)
Hidden Figures (1-15-17) Eye-opening and masterful true story (6)
Hologram for the King, A (5) another Tom Hanks winner
Hostiles (1/25/28) Violent, sad, and one helluva movie (5.5)
Hunger Games, The () Loved it (5)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (6/30/16) Delightful - a great family film from New Zealand (5)
Ides of March (1-27-11) Really loved it (5.5)
The Imitation Game (1/23/15) Great movie, based on a true story (5)
Incendies (5-29-11) Powerful - a masterful piece of storytelling(6)
Instant Family (12/18/18) Perfectly cast, funny and heartwarming (5)
Instructions Not Included (8/30/13) just wonderful and F-U-N-N-Y (5.5)
Julie & Julia (11-25-09) Simply wonderful in every way (96%)
King's Speech, The 1-5-11 Amazing acting, my favorite movie of 2011 (6)
The Lady in the Van (6) Maggie Smith's most marvelous movie!
Leave No Trace (7/15/18) Wowzer (5.5)
Lion (1/12/16) Amazing and brilliant true story (5)
Logan Lucky (9/3/17) Clever, funny comedy (5)
Manchester by-the-Sea  (1/30/17) Powerful and super sad (5.5)
Marshall (10/17/17) A+ story and acting! (5)
Maudie (7-21-17)  Incredibly done biopic (5.5)
McFarland, USA (3/9/15) A Truly feel-good movie (5)
Midnight In Paris (6-18-11) Absolutely charming....and fun!(6)
Milk (12/13/08) Super (6)
Million Dollar Arm (7-30-14) Loved it (5)
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (5/31/09) Wonderful (91%)
Molly's Game (1-6-18) One smart movie (5)
Monsieur Lazhar () Really Loved it (5.5)
Mustang (5) In Turkish with subtitles, five incredible actresses playing sisters
Nebraska (1-10-14) Second half of the movie was AWESOME (5.5)
No Strings Attached (3-26-11) Delightful! (5)
Omar (3/5/14) Whew! Quite a story.... (5)
On the Basis of Sex (1/10/2019) Real, relevant, and right (5)
Only the Brave (10/31/17) A wonderful tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots (5)
Pitch Perfect Loved it (5)
Precious (1-5-10)  Powerful. Great Acting. Tough to watch. (94%)
Pride and Glory (10/28/08) A good murder mystery on film (90%)
Proposal, The (7-6-09) Charming and really, really funny (90%)
Red Sparrow (3/5/18) Great Espionage piece (5)
Reluctant Fundamentalist, The (5-26-13) - It bowled me over (6)
Rider, The (6/19/18) Amazing movie (6)
Ruby Sparks (9-17-12) A charming movie that sparkles.  Loved it. (5)
Run and Jump (2-10-14)  Great storytelling and beautiful Irish scenery(5)
Sabah, A Love Story (1-2-10) My kind of movie (88%)
Safety Not Guaranteed (9-1-12) Loved it a lot (5.5)
Secret in Their Eyes (9-23-10)  Great movie - an Argentinian murder mystery (97%)
Secret Life of Bees (11/18/08) Wonderful (5)
Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1-15-2014) Loved it - hilarious and clever! (5)
Selma - 1/12/15 Beautifully crafted, and mesmerizing (5)
Separation, A (4-30-12) It was awesome (6)
Serious Man, A (10-29-09) Adored this Coen Brothers black comedy (93%)
Shape of Water, The (1/22/18) An unforgettable story (6)
Silver Linings Playbook (1-7-13) Fantastic movie- WOW! (6)
Single Man, A (2-21-10) This time is was Colin Furth that was amazing! (90%)
Snowden (9/20/16) Very Good Biopic (5)
Social Network, The (2-14-11) Intriguing! (6)
Source Code (6-8-11) Super! (5)
Spectacular Now, The (9-6-13) a particularly good movie (5)
Spotlight  (12/10/15 (6) retelling the story of The Boston Globe's investigations into the Catholic priest child molestation scandal
Sully (9/12/16) Tribute to an "everyday hero" (5.5)
Sunshine Cleaning (4/27/09) I just loved this one (6)
Thanks for Sharing (9-20-2013) a splendid movie with fantastic acting (5.5)
Trainwreck (8/3/15) Raunchy and real and wonderful (5)
True Grit (2-5-11) So good! (5)
Up in the Air (12-25-09) Completely enjoyable. (90%)
Upside, The (1/14/19) Paraplegic buddy movie done right (5)
Way, Way Back, The (8-5-13) fabulous movie (6)
What If... (8-14) a favorite! LOVE Daniel Radcliffe! (5)
Whip It (10-31-09) Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment (93%)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot  3/5/16 really interesting and fun to watch (5)
Wind River (9/3/17) My favorite of 2017 (6)
Wonder (12/1/17) Ultimate Feel-Good Movie (5)




2019 Movie List

21 Movies So Far in 2019

2018 - 51 movies
2017 - 49 movies
2016 - 62 movies
2015 - 37 movies
2014 - 46 movies
2013 - 48 movies
2012 - 37 movies
2011 - 54 movies

*6*  Awesome
5  Loved it
4  Liked it a lot
3  Liked it
2  It was okay
1  Nope

Dora (8/11/19) Disappointing (2.5)
Yesterday (7/9/19) Just plain fun (5)
The Dead Don't Die (6/30/19) a WTF, fun-to-watch movie (4)
Pets II (6/21/19) Not bad at all (4)
Dark Phoenix (6/9/19) Didn't care about anyone in this one (3)
All Is True (5/27/19) Could any of it be true? (5)
Breakthrough (5/19/19) True & faith-based, but not shoved down throat (4.5)
The Hustle (5/15/19) Funny and not stupid! (4)
Long Shot (5/3/19) Feel good AND funny (4)
After (4/28/19) Sweet teenage flick (4)
Missing Link (4/23/19) I'm glad it's not too long (3)
Five Feet Apart (4/6/19) Too many tears, good story (4)
Capernaum (3/24/19 Amazing visual storytelling (6)
Wonder Park (3/19/19) Umm, no.... (2.5)
Captain Marvel (3/10/19) So-so, cute cat (3.5)
How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World (2/22/19) Entertaining enough... (3.5)
Isn't It Romantic (2/18/19) Cute, not enough singing and dancing (3)
Glass (1/22/19) Great psychological thriller (4)
Bumblebee (1/15/19) Not my cuppa/only for T (2)
The Upside (1/14/19) Paraplegic buddy movie done right (5)
On the Basis of Sex (1/10/2019) Real, relevant, and right (5)

WOW Movies of 2019
Capernaum (3/24/19 Amazing visual storytelling (6)

REALLY GOOD Movies of 2019 (4.5 and 5)
Yesterday (7/9/19) Just plain fun (5)
All Is True (5/27/19) Could any of it be true? (5)
Breakthrough (5/19/19) True & faith-based, but not shoved down throat (4.5)
The Upside (1/14/19) Paraplegic buddy movie done right (5)
On the Basis of Sex (1/10/2019) Real, relevant, and right (5)

Good/Fun Movies of 2019 (3, 3.5, and 4)
The Hustle (5/15/19) Funny and not stupid! (4)
Five Feet Apart (4/6/19) Too many tears, good story (4)
Captain Marvel (3/10/19) So-so, cute cat (3)
How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World (2/22/19) Entertaining enough... (3.5)
Isn't It Romantic (2/18/19) Cute, not enough singing and dancing (3)
Glass (1/22/19) Great psychological thriller (4)

Not-so-great Movies of 2019 (Mediocre and just didn't like...)
Wonder Park (3/19/19) Umm, no.... (2.5)
Bumblebee (1/15/19) Not my cuppa/only for T (2)



2019 Reading Challenges

2019 READING CHALLENGES


Published in the current year - 2019
1.  Accidental Romeo (Snow)
2.  An Anonymous Girl (Hendricks & Pekkanen)
3.  Trail of Lightning  (Roanhorse)
4.  Murder Theory (Mayne)
5.  The Au Pair (Rous)
6.  The Vanishing Stair, The (Johnson)
7.  Lucky Suit (Blakely)
8.  We Set the Dark on Fire (Mejia)
9.  Field Notes on Love (Smith)
10.  The Stranger Diaries (Griffiths)
11.  Eventown (Haydu)
12.  Internment (Ahmed)
13.  Where the Forest Meets the Stars (Vanderah)
14.  The Body Keeper (Frasier)
15.  Watcher in the Woods (Armstrong)
16.  Recursion (Crouch)
17.  Fallen Mountains (Grant)
18.  Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape (Winger)
19.  99 Percent Mine (Thorne)
20.  The Line Tender (Allen)
21.  Don't Even Breathe (Houghton)
22.  Shamed (#11 Kate Burkholder) (Castillo)
23.  The Unhoneymooners (Lauren)
24.  Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (Shapiro)
25.  Zenobia July (Bunker)

2019 Middle Grade Reading Challenge (Details found here.)
1.  Towers Falling (Rhodes) #38
2.  Harbor Me (Woodson) #15
3.  Eventown (Haydu) #9
4.  The Line Tender (Allen) #62
5.  Zenobia July (Bunker)

Linz the Bookworm's 2019 Reading Challenge (Details found here.)
#1 - We Are Omega (Woolley)
#2 - Toxic (Kang)
#3 - Trail of Lightning (Roanhorse)
#4 - Accidental Romeo (Snow)
#6 - Time's Convert (Harkness)
#7.  Murder Theory (Mayne)
#8 - INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main (Hunter)
#9.  Lethal White  (Galbraith)
#11 - An Anonymous Girl (Hendricks & Pekannen)
#12 - Run You Down (Dahl)
#14 - Cornerstone (Provencher)
#17.  The Vanishing Stair (Johnson)
#20.  The Au Pair (Rous)
#24 - The Precipice (Doiron)
#28 - The Book of Essie (Weir)
#31 - Skyward (Sanderson)
#32 - Towers Falling (Rhodes)
#34 - Lucky Suit (Blakely)
#35 - Theory of Bastards (Schulman)
#46 - Fake Fiance (Strych)
#58 - A Fatal Grace (Penny) 

2019 Newbery Challenge (Details found here.) 5 points earned so far...

Written Before 2009 (over 10 years old)
1. A Fatal Grace (Gamache #2) 2006
2.  Desert Run (Lena Jones #4) 2006
3.  Open Season 2001
4.  The Shunning 1997
5.  Sotah, 1992

One-word Titles
1.  Toxic
2.  Widowmaker
3.  Cornerstone
4.  Skyward
5.  Maneuver
6.  Eventown
7.  Internment
8.  Ascension
9.  Sotah
10.  Distortion
11.  Recursion
12.  Shamed

YA
1. We Are Omega (2)
2.  Toxic (2)
3.  The Vanishing Stair (4.5)
4.  Cornerstone (3.5)
5.  Skyward (4)
6.  We Set the Dark on Fire (1)
7.  Field Notes on Love (4)
8.  Internment (2)
9.  A Very Large Expanse of Sea (4.5)
10.  Hush Hush (3)
11.  Dread Nation (4)
12.  Ascension  (4.5)
13.  Distortion (5)
14.  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (5)
15.  Neverworld Wake (4.5)
16.  Letters to the Lost (5)
17.  Starry Eyes (3)

Historical Fiction
1.  Time's Convert (American & French Revolution)
2.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - MacKenzi Lee
3.  Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Romance - My Walk of Shame!
1.  INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main (Hunter) Sizzle Factor:  2/4
2.  Accidental Romeo (Snow) Sizzle Factor:  4/4
3.  Fake Fiance (Strych) Sizzle Factor 3/4
4.  Lucky Suit (Blakely) Sizzle Factor:  1.5/4
5.  On the Island (Graves) Sizzle Factor:  1.5/4
6.  Maneuver (Bliss) 3/4
7.  Open Season (Howard) can't remember...2.?
8.  Beautiful Stranger (Lauren)  3/4
9.  99 Percent Mine (Thonre) 1.5/4
10.  Reasonable Doubt (Whitney G.) 4/4
11.  The Unhoneymooners (Lauren)

Non-fiction

Verse
1.

Poetry
1.  Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night (Sidman/Allen) 2010
2.  No More Poems!  Miller/Santat) 2019
3.  Outside the Box: A Book of Poems (Wilson/Goode) 2014
4.  Every Month is a New Year (Singer/Roth) 2018
5.  Clackety Track: Poems about Trains (Brown/Christoph) 2019
6.  Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold (Sidman/Allen) 2014
7.  Sweet Dreamers (Simler) 2019

Mystery
1.  The Bear Trap (#4.5 Mike Bowditch)  Doiron
2.  A Fatal Grace (#2 Armanad Gamache) Penny
3.  Lethal White (#4 Cormoran Strike) Galbraith
4.  Run You Down (#2 Rebekah Roberts) Dahl
5.  The Precipice (#6 Mike Bowditch) Doiron
6.  An Anonymous Girl - Hendricks & Pekkanen
7.  Murder Theory (#3 Theo Cray) Mayne
8.  The Vanishing Stair (#2 Truly Devious) Johnson
9.  A Shroud of Tattered Sails (#4 Garrison Gage) Carter
10.  Widowmaker (#7 Mike Bowditch) Doiron
11.  This Fallen Prey (#3 Rockton) Armstrong
12.  The Body Counter (#2 Jude Fontaine) Frasier
13.  Among the Shadows (#1 John Byron/ME) Coffin
14.  Lamb to the Slaughter (#1 Sheriff Serenity Adams) Hopkins
15.  Desert Run (#4 Lena Jones) Webb
16.  The Stranger Diaries (Griffiths) standalone
17.  Spider Woman's Daughter (#19 Leaphorn/Chee) Hillerman
18.  Open Season (written as a romance, but with quite a bit of mystery, too) Howard
19.  Mayan Star - Allan
20.  The Body Keeper (#3 Jude Fontaine) Frasier
21.  Watcher in the Woods (#4 Casey Duncan/Rockton) Armstrong
22.  Fallen Mountains - Grant
23.  Knife Creek (#8 Mike Bowditch) Doiron
24.  Don't Even Breathe - Houghton
25.  Shamed (#11 Kate Burkholder) Castillo
26.  Neverworld Wake - Pessl
27.  Vanishing Girls (#1 Josie Quinn, PA) - Regan

Paranormal/Dystopian/Fantasy/Sci Fi
1.  Theory of Bastards - Schulman
2.  We Are Omega - Woolley
3.  Toxic - Kang
4.  Time's Convert - Harkness
5.  Trail of Lightning  - Roanhorse
6.  Cornerstone - Provencher
7.  Skyward - Sanderson
8.  We Set the Dark on Fire - Mejia
9.  Eventown - Haydu
10.  Hush Hush - Fitzpatrick
11.  Dread Nation - Ireland
12.  Ascension  - Dixen
13.  Distortion - Dixen
14.  Recursion - Crouch
15.  Neverworld Wake - Pessl
16.  The Others, The - Robinson
17.  Three Mages and a Margarita - Marie

Audio Books  
1.  A Fatal Grace (Gamache #2) read by Ralph Cosham
2.  Lethal White (Strike #4) read by Robert Glenister
3.  Time's Convert (Harkness) read by Saskia Maarleveld
4.  The Precipice (#6 Bowditch) read by Henry Levya
5. An Anonymous Girl  ready by Barrie Kreinik & Julie Whelan
6.  Trail of Lightning  (Roanhorse) read by Tanis Parenteau
7.  Murder Theory (#3 Theo Cray) read by Will Tamron
8,  Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows read by Myra Syal
9.  The Au Pair read by Elizabeth Sastre
10.  The Vanishing Stair read by Kate Rudd
11.  Lucky Suit read by Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt
12.  Where the Crawdads Sing read by Cassandra Campbell
13.  A Shroud of Tattered Sails (Garrison Gage #4) read by Steven Roy Grimsley
14.  Widowmaker (#7 Mike Bowditch) read by Henry Leyva
15.  On the Island read by Heidi Baker
16.  This Fallen Prey (#3 Rockton) read by Terese Plummer
17.  The Body Counter (#2 Jude Fontaine) read by Emily Sutton-Smith
18.  Skyward (#1 Skyward) read by Suzy Jackson
19.  Someone Else's Love Story read by the author, Joshilyn Jackson (LOVE her!
20.  We Set the Dark on Fire read by Kyla Garcia
21.  Where'd You Go Bernadette read by Kathleen Wilhoite (not a favorite)
22.  Field Notes on Love read by Anthony Mark Barrow and Karissa Vacker
23.  The Lost for Words Bookshop read by Imogen Church
24. The Stranger Diaries read by Andrew Wincott, Sarah Feathers, Esther Wane, Anjana Vason
25.  Maneuver read by Erin Mallon & Lance Greenfield
26.  Internment read by Soleela Nankani
27.  A Very Large Expanse of Sea read by Priya Ayyar
28.  Spider Woman's Daughter read by Christina Delaine
29.  Open Season read by Deborah Hazlett
30.  Hush Hush read by Caitlyn Green
31.  Dread Nation read by Bahni Turpin
32.  The Shunning read by Marguerite Gavin
33.  Where the Forest Meets the Stars read by Lauren Ezzo
34.  Beautiful Stranger read by Grace Grant & Jonathan R. Cole
35.  The Body Keeper read by Emily Sutton-Smith
36.  Watcher in the Woods read by Therese Plummer
37.  Recursion read by Jon Lindstrom & Abby Craden
38.  The Line Tender read by Jenna Larnia
39.  Knife Creek read by Henry Leyva
40.  The Simple Wild read by Rebekkah Ross
41.  Don't Even Breathe read by Karen Peakes
42.  Shamed (#11 Kate Burkholder) read by Kathleen McInerney
43.  Neverworld Wake read by Phoebe Strole
44.  Letters to the Lost read by Brittany Pressley and Kirby Heybourne
45.  Reasonable Doubt read by Sebastian York and Erin Mallon
46.  Starry Eyes read by Amy Melissa Bentley
47.  The Others read by R. C. Bray
48.  Vanishing Girls read HORRIBLY by Eilidh Beaton
49.  Three Mages and a Margarita read by Cris Dukehart
50.  Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love read by the author, Dani Shapiro
51.  Zenobia July read by Taylor Meskimen

REAL Book Books!
1.  Towers Falling (Rhodes)
2.  Harbor Me (Woodson)
3.  Eventown (Haydu)
4.  Ascension (Dixen)
5.  Distortion (Dixen)
6.  99 Percent Mine (Thorne)
7.  Where Is Area 51? (Manzanero)

First in a Series (Will I follow up?)
1.  Trail of Lightning  probably won't follow up
2.  Among the Shadows absolutely-  Portland, Maine!
3.  Cornerstone probably not, but distantly possible...
4.  Lamb to the Slaughter sure
5.  Skyward definitely
6.  We Set the Dark on Fire no way
7.  Maneuver NO!!
8,  Hush Hush nope
9.  Dread Nation certainly
10.  Ascension  - Absolutely!
11.  The Shunning nope
12.  Vanishing Girls only if read by another reader, or not on audible
13.  Three Mages and a Margarita possibaly

Continuing with a Series
1.  #4.5 Mike Bowditch, ME Game Warden - The Bear Trap
2.  #2 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Montreal Homicide - A Fatal Grace
3.  #4 Cormoran Strike, London PI - Lethal White
4.  #2 Rebekah Roberts, NYC Journalist - Run You Down
5.  #4 All Soul's Trilogy  - Time's Convert
6.  #6 Mike Bowditch, E Game Warden - The Precipice
7.  #3 Theo Cray - Murder Theory
8.  #2 Truly Devious - The Vanishing Stair
9.  #4 Garrison Gage - A Shroud of Tattered Sails
10.  #7 Mike Bowditch, ME Game Warden - Widowmaker
11.  #3 Rockton/Casey Duncan, Yukon wilderness cop - This Fallen Prey
12.  #2 Jude Fontaine, Menneapolis cop - The Body Counter
13.  #4 Lena Jones, Scottsdale PI - Desert Run
14.  #19 Leaphorn/Chee - Spider Woman's Daughter
15.  #3 Jude Fontaine, Minneapolis detective - The Body Keeper
16.  #4 Casey Duncan/Rockton - Watcher in the Woods
17.  #2 Phobos -  Distortion
18.  #8 Mike Bowditch, ME Game Warden - Knife Creek
19.  #11 Kate Burkholder - Shamed

Short Stories
1.  The Bear Trap - Paul Doiron

AZ, MA, ME, PA?
AZ - 4 MA - 1 ME - 7 PA - 3
1.  The Bear Trap (Middle-of-Nowhere, ME)
2.  The Precipice (northern ME - Appalachian Trail)
3.  Trail of Lightning (AZ Navajo reservation)
4.  Widowmaker (ME woods)
5.  Among the Shadows  (Portland, ME)
6.  Desert Run  (Scottsdale, AZ)
7.  Hush Hush (supposedly Coldwater, ME, but it could be anywhere, not noted in the story)
8.  The Shunning  (Amish Country, PA)
9.  Fallen Mountains (rural PA)
10.  Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape (ends in Tucson, AZ)
11.  Knife Creek (Fryeburg/Saco River area in ME)
12.  The Line Tender  (Rockport, MA)
13.  The Others (in the AZ desert for much of the story)
14.  Vanishing Girls (rural "Denton," PA)
15.  Zenobia July (Portland, ME, though indistinct)

Where in the World?
1.  Quebec, Ontario, Canada - A Fatal Grace
2.  London and environs, England - Lethal White
3.  London - Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
4.  Norfolk, England - The Au Pair
5.  A deserted island in the Maldives/Indian Ocean - On the Island
6.  York, England - The Lost for Words Bookshop
6.  England - The Stranger Diaries
7.  Jerusalem, Israel - Sotah
8.  Vancouver, Canada - Three Mages and a Margarita

4.5 or 5 Stars
1.  Towers Falling (Rhodes) 4.5
2.  A Fatal Grace (Penny) 4.5
3.  Run You Down (Dahl) 4.5
4.  Time's Convert (Harkness) 4.5
5.  An Anonymous Girl  (Hendricks & Pedannen) 4.5
6.  Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Jaswal) 4.5
7.  The Au Pair (Rous) 4.5
8.  The Vanishing Stair (Johnson) 4.5
9.  Where the Crawdads Sing (Owens) 5
10.  Widowmaker (Doiron) 5
11.  The Body Counter (Frasier) 4.5
12.  Where'd You Go Bernadette (Semple) 5
13.  The Lost for Words Bookshop (Butland) 4.5
14.  A Very Large Expanse of Sea (Mafi) 4.5
15.  Ascension (Dixen) 4.5
16.  Where the Forest Meets the Stars (Vanderah) 4.5
17.  The Body Keeper (Frasier) 5
18.  Watcher in the Woods (Armstrong) 4.5
19.  Recursion (Crouch) 4.5
20.  Distortion (Dixen) 5
21.  The Line Tender (Allen) 4.5
22.  Knife Creek (#8 Mike Bowditch) (Doiron) 5
23.  The Simple Wild (Tucker) 4.5
24.  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (Bennett) 5
25.  Neverworld Wake (Pessl) 4.5
26.  Letters to the Lost (Kemmerer) 5

A to Z Reading
C - Cornerstone;  
H - Harbor Me;  Hush Hush;  
J
K  Knife Creek;  
N - Neverworld Wake;  
P - The Precipice;  
Q
X
Y
Z - Zenobia July;  

I Love Picture Books
1.  A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Twiss/Keller) 2018
2.  Dreamers (Morales) 2018
3.  Red Butterfly:  How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China (Noyes/Blackall) 2007
4.  Love (de la Pena/Long) 2018
5.  The Little Chapel That Stood, The (Curtiss/Golino) 2003
6.  The Man Who Walked Between The Towers (Gerstein) CALDECOTT WINNER, 2003
7.  Freedom Over Me (Bryan) 2016
8.  She Persisted: Around the World (Clinton) 2018
9.  Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Steptoe) 2016 CALDECOTT WINNER
10.  Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers, 2018
11.  Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night (Sidman/Allen) 2010
12.  Drawn Together (Le/Santat) 2018
13.  Gittel's Journey Newman/Bates, 2019
14.  Under the Bodhi Tree:  The Story of the Buddha by Deborah Hopkinson, 2018
15.  So Tall Within (Schmidt/Minter) 2018
16.  Emmanuel's Dream (Thompson/Qualls) 2015
17.  Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing (Haring/Neubecker) 2017
18.  She Made a Monster (Fulton/Sala) 2018
19.  Emily's Blue Period (Daly/Brown) 2014
20.  No More Poems! (Miller/Santat) 2019
21.  Cicada (Tan) 2019
22.  A Poem in Your Pocket (McNamara/Karas) 2015
23.  The Neighbors (Tsarfati) 2017 Israel/ 2019 US
24.  Every Month is a New Year (Singer/Roth) 2018
25.  The Little Guys  (Brosgol) 2019
26.  Carter Reads the Newspaper (Carter G. Woodson) (Hopkinson/Tate) 2019
27.  Michelangelo (Stanley) 2000
28.  A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee (VanDusen) 2003
29.  Time to Pray (Addasi/Gannon) 2010
30.  When Lightning Comes in a Jar (Polacco) 2002
31.  We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands (Lopez) 2018
32.  Clackety Track: Poems about Trains (Brown/Christoph) 2019
33.  Her Fearless Run (Chaffee/Rooney) 2019
34.  Papa Is a Poet (Bober/Gibbon) 2013
35.  Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold (Sidman/Allen) 2014
36.  Sweet Dreamers (Simler) 2019
37.  We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, 2018
38.  Ojiichan's Gift (Uegaki/Simms) 2019
39.  When Green Becomes Tomatoes (Fogliano/Morstad) 2016
40.  Superlative Birds (Bulion/Meganck) 2019
41.  The Crayon Man, The (Biebow/Salerno) 2019
42.  Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre (Denise/Escobar) 2019
43.  We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga (Sorell/Lessac) 2018
44.  A Stroll with Mr. Gaudi (Estrada) 2013
45.  The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse, The (MacLachlan/Hooper) 2014
46.  Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library (Rosenstock/O'Brien) 2013

Novels Read in 2019
January (15)
1.  The Bear Trap (#4.5 Mike Bowditch) Paul Doiron, 2014  eBook (4) 20 pgs.
2.  Theory of Bastards - Audrey Schulman, 2018 eBook (4) 416 ogs, (436 pgs.)
3.  Towers Falling - Jewell Parker Rhodes, 2016 (4,5) 223 pgs. (639 pgs.)
4.  We Are Omega - Justin Woolley, 2018 eBk (2) 328 pgs. (967 pgs.)
5.  A Fatal Grace (#2 Armand Gamache) Louise Penny, 2006 eAudio (4.5) 311 pgs. (1278 pgs.)
6.  INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main - Elizabeth Hunter, 2018 eBk (3.5) 288 pgs. (1566 pgs.)
7.  Accidental Romeo - Nicole Snow, 2019 eBk (3) 440 pgs. (2006 pgs.)
8.  Toxic - Lydia Kang, 2018 eBk (2) 340 pgs. (2346 pgs.)
9.  Lethal White (#4 Cormoran Strike) Robert Galbraith (4) eAudio (4) 656 pgs. (3002 pgs.)
10.  The Book of Essie - Meghan MacLean Weir, 2018 eBk (4) 336 pgs. (3338 pgs.)
11.  Fake Fiance - Nina Strych, 2016 eBk (2.5) 183 pgs. (3521 pgs.)
12.  Run You Down (#2 Rebekah Roberts) Julia Dahl, 2015 eBk (4.5) 287 pgs. (3808 pgs.)
13.  Time's Convert (addition to the All Soul's Trilogy) Deborah Harkness, 2018 eAudio (4.5} 436 pages (4244 pgs.)
14.  The Precipice (#6 Mike Bowditch) Paul Doiron 2015 eAudio (4+) 322 pgs. (4566 pgs,)
15.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue  BAILED MacKenzi Lee - 2017 eBk (2) 40% of 510 pgs.= 205 pgs. (4771 pgs.)
February (8)
16.  An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, 2019 eAudio (4.5) 375 pgs. (5146 pgs.)
17.  Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse, 2018 eAudio (3) 287 pgs. (5423 pgs.)
18.  Murder Theory (#3 Theo Cray) - Andrew Mayne, 2019 eAudio (3) 296 pgs. (5719 pgs.)
19.  Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows - Balli Kaur Jaswal, 2017 Audio (4.5) 304 pgs. (6023 pgs.)
20.  The Au Pair - Emma Rous, 2019 Audio (4.5) 379 pgs. (6402 pgs.)
21.  The Vanishing Stair - Maureen Johnson, 2019 Audio (4.5) 384 pgs. (6786 pgs.)
22.  Lucky Suit - Lauren Blakely, 2019 Audio (3) 100 pgs. (6886 pgs.)
23.  Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens, 2018 Audio (5) 370 pgs. (7256 pgs.)
March (11)
24.  A Shroud of Tattered Sails (#4 Garrison Gage) - Scott William Carter, 2015 Audio (4) 282 pgs. (7538 pgs.)
25.  Widowmaker (#7 Mike Bowditch) Paul Doiron, 2016 Audio (5) 306 pgs. (7844 pgs.)
26.  On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves, 2012 Audio (4) 346 pgs. (8190 pgs.)
27.  This Fallen Prey (#3 Rockton) Kelly Armstrong, 2018 Audio (4) 359 pgs. (8549 pgs.)
28.  The Body Counter (#2 Det. Jude Fontaine) Anne Frasier, 2018 Audio (4.5) 297 pgs. (8846 pgs.)
29.  Among the Shadows (#1 John Byron/ME) Bruce Robert Coffin, 2016 eBook (3.5) 400 pg. (9246 pgs.)
30.  Cornerstone (#1) Misty Provencher, 2011 eBook (3.5) 272 pgs. (9518 pgs.)
31.  Lamb to the Slaughter (#1 Serenity Adams)  Karen Ann Hopkins, 2014 eBk (3) 293 pgs. (9811 pgs.)
32.  Skyward (#1 Skyward) Brandon Sanderson, 2018 Audio (4) 510 pgs. (10,321 pgs.)
33.  Someone Else's Love Story - Joshilyn Jackson, 2013 Audio (4) 320 pgs. (10,641 pgs.)
34.  We Set the Dark on Fire - Tehlor Kay Mejia, 2019 Audio (1) 384 pgs. (11,025 pgs.)
April (7)
35.  Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple, 2012 Audio (5) 330 pgs. (11,355 pgs.)
36.  Field Notes on Love - Jennifer E. Smith, 2019 Audio (4) 271 pgs. (11,626 pgs.)
37.  Harbor Me - Jacqueline Woodson, 2018 Book (3) 176 pgs. (11,802 pgs.)
38.  The Lost for Words Bookshop - Stephanie Butland, 2018 eAudio (4.5) 304 pgs. (12,106 pgs.)
39.  The Stranger Diaries - Elly Griffiths, 2019 Audio (3) 352 pgs. (12,458 pgs.)
40.  Desert Run (#4 Lena Jones) - Betty Webb, 2006 eBk (3.5) 346 pgs. (12,804 pgs.)
41.  Maneuver - Chelle Bliss 2018 Audio (1) audio only approx. 200 pgs. (13,004 pgs.)
May (6)
42.  Eventown - Corey Ann Haydu, 2019 Bk (3) 328 pgs. (13,332 pgs.)
43.  Internment - Samira Ahmed, 2019 Audio (2) 387 pgs.  (13,719 pgs.)
44.  A Very Large Expanse of Sea - Tehereh Mafi, 2018 eAudio (4.5) 310 pgs. (14,029 pgs.)
45.  Spider Woman's Daughter (#19 Leaphorn & Chee) Anne Hillerman, 2013 eAudio (3.5) 301 pgs. (14,330 pgs.)
46.  Open Season- Linda Howard, eAud (4) 320 pgs. (14,650 pgs.)
47.  Hush Hush - Becca FitzPatrick, eAudio-Chirp (3) 420 pgs. (15,070 pgs.)
June (10)
48.  Dread Nation - Justina Ireland, 2018 eAudio (4) 455 pgs.  (15,525 pgs.)
49.  Ascension (#1 Phobos) - Victor Dixen, 2015 Book (4.5) 496 pgs. (16,021 pgs.)
50.  The Shunning - Beverly Lewis, 1997 eAudio (1) 288 pgs. (16,309 pgs.)
51.  Where the Forest Meets the Stars - Glendy Vanderah, 2019 eAudio (4.5) 332 pgs. (16,641 pgs.)
52.  Mayan Star - Howard Allan, 2018 eBook (3) 293 pgs. (16,934 pgs.)
53.  Beautiful Stranger- Christina Lauren eAudio (3) 345 pgs. (17,279 pgs.)
54.  The Body Keeper- Anne Frasier, 2019 eAudio (5) 300 pgs. (17,579 pgs.)
55.  Sotah - Naomi Ragen, 1992 eBk (4) 493 pgs. (18,072 pgs.)
56.  Watcher in the Woods (#4 Casey Duncan) - Kelly Armstrong, 2019 eAudio, 413 pgs. (18,485 pgs.)
57.  Distortion (#2 Phobos) - Victor Dixen, 2018 Book (5) 576 pgs. (19,061 pgs.)
July (13)
58.  Recursion- Blake Crouch, 2019 eAudio, (4.5) 336 pgs. (19,397 pgs.)
59.  Fallen Mountains - Kimi Cunningham Grant,  2019 eBk (3) 256 pgs. (19,653 pgs.)
60.  Ellie Dwyer's Great Escape -Diane Winger, 2019 eBk (3) 250 pgs. (19,903 pgs.)
61.  The Others  (#8 Mike Bowditch) - Paul Doiron, 2017 eAudio () 352 pgs. (20,255 pgs.)
62.  99 Percent Mine - Sally Throne, 2019 book (3) 368 pgs. (20,623 pgs.)
63.  The Line Tender - Kate Allen, 2019 () 384 pgs. (21,007 pgs.)
64.  Where Is Area 51? - Paula K. Manzanero, 2018 Book (4) 108 pgs. (21,115 pgs.)
65.  The Simple Wild - K. A. Tucker, 2018 eAudio (4.5) 388 pgs. (21,503 pgs.)
66.  Don't Even Breathe - Keith Houghton, 2019 eAudio (3.5) 304 pgs. (21,807 pgs.)
67.  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart- Jenn Bennett, 2015 eBk (5) 304 pgs. (22,111 pgs.)
68.  Shamed (#11 Kate Burkholder) Linda Castillo, 2019 eAudio (3) 304 pgs. (22,415 pgs.)
69.  Neverworld Wake- Marisha Pessl, 2018 eAudio (4.5) 328 pgs. (22,643 pgs.)
70.  Letters to the Lost - Brigid Kemmerer, 2017 eAudio (5) 391 pgs. (23,034 pgs.)
August
71.  Reasonable Doubt - Whitney G., 2014 eAudio, 313 pgs. (23,347 pgs.)
72.  Starry Eyes - Jenn Bennett, 2018 eAudio (3) 421 pgs. (23,768 pgs.)
73.  The Others - Jeremy Robinson, 2018 eAudio (3) 314 pgs. (24,082 pgs.)
74.  The Unhoneymooners, The - Christina Lauren, 2019 eBk (3) 400 pgs. (24,482 pgs.)
75.  Vanishing Girls - Lisa Regan, 2018 Audio (2) 334 pgs. (24,816 pgs.)
76.  Three Mages and a Margarita - Annette Marie, 2018 eAudio (3.5) 312 pgs. (25,128 pgs.)
77.  Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love - Dani Shapiro, 2019 eAudio (4) 252 pgs. (25,380 pgs.)
78.  Zenobia July - Lisa Bunker, 2019 eAudio (4) 320 pgs. (25,700 pgs.)
79.  Ellie and the Harpmaker
80.  Other Words for Home
81.  The Ghost Manuscript, The - Kris Frieswick, 2019 eAudio (2.5) 432 pgs.
82.  Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
September
83.  The Bride Test
84.  Dear Lily - Drew Davies, 2019 eBk, (2) 276 pgs.
85.  All the Greys on Greene Street, - Lsura Tucker, 2019 eAudio (4) 320 pgs.
86.  Run Away - Harlan Coben, 2019 eAudio (4)
87.  A Borrowing Of Bones - eAudio
88.  Lessons from a One Night Stand - eAudio
89.  The Line Between - eAudio
90.  House of Salt and Sorrows - eAudio