Wednesday, January 03, 2018

2017 Movies

I love movies. I love going to the theater to watch my favorite kind of movies on the big screen, especially if I can go to a movie theater that has recliners! I love watching movies with friends and family and talking about them afterwards. My favorite movies are probably almost all in the fantasy or sci-fi genre, as you can see from the lists below. I love almost all of the superhero movies. (Again, you will see a theme here.) So here I present a list of the 2017 movies I have seen so far, ranked from "favorite" to "meh", along with the ones I still want to see. (Side note: What a great year for superhero movies!)

Several of these movie titles now link to my very short mini-reviews on letterboxd.com. Feel free to add me on there if you are on there. (I highly recommend it if you like to watch a lot of movies. It's like Goodreads for movies.)

Favorite Movies of 2017 (definitely want to re-watch)

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
2. Wonder Woman
3. Justice League
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
5. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
6. Thor: Ragnarok
7. The Greatest Showman
8. Blade Runner 2049
9. The Post
10. Wonder
11. The Shack

Good-Decent Movies of 2017 (would probably re-watch):
12. Beauty and the Beast
13. Pitch Perfect 3
14. The Man Who Invented Christmas
15. Downsizing
16. The LEGO Batman Movie
17. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
18. The Case for Christ
19. Marshall

Meh (Probably wouldn't want to watch again):
20. Everything, Everything
21. The Circle
22. The Shape of Water
23. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Movies I definitely want to see:
  • Logan 
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Gifted
  • The Big Sick
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Stronger
Not sure if I want to see: 
  • Lady Bird
  • Baby Driver
  • Wonder Wheel
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • A Dog's Purpose
  • A Bad Mom's Christmas
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Daddy's Home 2
  • Power Rangers
  • Coco

Thursday, December 28, 2017

My Year in Books: 2017 (Book stats, and graphs, and charts, oh my!)

Yes, I keep a spreadsheet of the books I read throughout the year. Yes I realize that takes my nerdiness to a whole new level. I am good with that. =)
Number of books read: 84
Well, I did not hit my original goal of reading more books than last year (141), or my modified goal of reading at least 100 books. I hit a major reading slump back in the summer and didn't really recover much until the last couple of months. So I'm debating between setting my 2018 goal back to 100 or 120, which would be about 10 books a month. I'll probably set it at 120 and drop it if I need to as the year progresses.

Number of pages read: 18,646

Average Length: 222 pages (There were some short stories in there that brought that number down a bit.)

This is part of the graphic Goodreads compiled for me

My average rating makes sense when I look at the breakdown:

Mode of reading:
Audiobook (60), Ebook (16), Print (8)
Book Genres:
C. S. Lewis Studies: 17
Inklings: 3
Seminary: 11
Theology: 8
Spiritual: 3
Science Fiction: 12
Fantasy: 13
Fiction: 12
Non-Fiction: 5

For this chart I grouped Seminary, Theology, and Spiritual together as "Theology", and I put the Inklings in with C. S. Lewis.
But then I decided I wanted to see what that would look like if I put the C. S. Lewis books into their actual genre instead of separating them out:
What can I say? I like charts and graphs! =)
Male/Female Authorship:
Female: 17
Male: 67

Like I said last year, I really want to even out this statistic, but it is harder than you might think when you are also focused on reading in C. S. Lewis studies and Theology...
Pac-man?
Books Read Per Month:
Here you can really see that reading slump I was talking about. I didn't finish one single book in the months of June and July! Only one in August and September, and zero in October! I finally got my reading mojo back in November and December and tried to make up for lost time!
Read vs. Re-reads:
First time read: 61
Re-read: 23

Yes, I modified my goal on Goodreads so I could complete the reading challenge.


(HT to @PaperFury on the idea to use Canva to make my charts this year. They look much better than the screenshots of excel that I used last year.)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

What I'm into (November 2017)

Read and Reading

Finished in November:

  • The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman (11/19/2017)
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (11/20/2017)
  • The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbott (11/28/2017)


TV
I'm still behind on everything except for This is Us, The Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon. Although I have also been working my way through Will and Grace for the first time and I'm up to Season 4, episode 11.

I'm also irritated with AT&T U-Verse and the CW BKI for whatever "legal constraints" they claim are keeping ATT U-Verse from broadcasting the CW right now. Yes, I can still watch my superhero shows (The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow) through the CW app, but that means I have to watch their stupid commercials. And the episodes roll off of there after a period of time. So because I hadn't watched any of the episodes from this fall yet I had to make sure to watch the first three episodes that were recorded on my DVR before the channel disappeared, and then watch the 4th episode before it rolls of the app this week. Basically, I have to try to stay caught up now or else I won't get to watch all the episodes.




Movies

Here's a snapshot of the movies I watched in November from letterboxd.com:

I really enjoyed Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok.

You can see all of the 2017 movies I've seen here.

Podcasts


I'm still ridiculously behind on all of the podcasts I want to listen to, but when I heard that Rider Strong (from Boy Meets World!!!) was on this Episode of Modern Mrs. Darcy's "What Should I Read Next?" I had to listen right away!


I also managed to listen to a bit of John Weldy's Reclaiming Christianity.

On a related note, I started an online Theology Book Club of sorts where we can read and discuss books like What is the Bible? by Rob Bell, and Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd.

Other potential future picks may include:
The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns
The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns
Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue
Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans
The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory MacDonald
A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel by Bradley Jersak
Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey
Adam and the Genome by Scot McKnight
Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Greg Boyd

If those books sound like your cup of tea and you would like to join the Facebook Group you can click here to email me. In addition to the online discussion within the group, we are also planning monthly (and also weekly for those who are interested) chats where people can participate by talking over the voice channel (using Discord), or they can choose to just listen and engage via text if they so wish. I'm really excited about this! Oh, and it is related to John Weldy's podcast because he has been helping me organize things for the group and even had a vision to make the weekly chats part of his podcast going forward.


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Thanksgiving at Grandma's house!



Thanksgiving at Grandma's house, continued. =)

Christmas decorations at work!



This post is linked up with What I'm Into at Leigh Kramer.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List

Well, I read exactly one book off of my "Fall TBR List that I published in September... (What is the Bible? by Rob Bell). That being said, I am just going to tweak my list a bit for this list, because many of these books are still at the top of my "want to read" list!









I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt "Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List".

1. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News by Brian Zahnd

2. The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory MacDonald

3. Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Gregory A. Boyd

4. We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines

5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

6. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

7. Lies We Believe About God by William Paul Young

8. The Delphi Resistance (The Delphi Trilogy #2) by Rysa Walker

9. The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann

10. Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence

Friday, November 03, 2017

What I'm Into (October 2017 Edition)

Read and Reading

I still feel like I"m in a bit of a reading slump... But I am almost finished reading these two books:

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

I've been having fun discussing this one with a friend over the phone. 

When people ask me for my thoughts on Rob Bell, I usually start by saying that I do not believe he is the heretic he has been made out to be by some people. 


The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Francis Collins is a former atheist who converted to faith as he became a doctor. Collins's faith in God has been confirmed and enhanced by the revolutionary discoveries in biology that he has helped to oversee. He has absorbed the arguments for atheism of many scientists and pundits, and he can refute them. Darwinian evolution occurs, yet, as he explains, it cannot fully explain human nature - evolution can and must be directed by God. He offers an inspiring tour of the human genome to show the miraculous nature of God's instruction book.

I am also still in the middle of several other books for my two seminary classes this semester:

TV
The only shows I am staying caught up on are This is Us, The Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon. I am way behind on everything else. Part of this is because I was out of town for my week long intensive class at Asbury last week, and part of it is because of trying to keep up with my homework the rest of the time. I did watch the first three episodes of The Good Place (season 1) on Netflix last weekend though. It is really funny. 

These are all the shows I had wanted to watch:


Movies

Here's a snapshot of the movies I watched in October from letterboxd.com:


Notice a theme?

You can see all of the 2017 movies I've seen here.

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October was a pretty fun month! I got to see my good friend Lauren who I've known since the 6th grade! I got to meet Sarah Bessey in person! And she is every bit as wonderful as you think she is!
my trick-or-treaters!
I mean seriously, how cute are they???







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Monday, October 02, 2017

What I'm Into (September 2017 Edition)

Read and Reading

I've been in a massive reading slump for the past few months... I don't like it. But I am getting back into the swing of things now with reading for classes. So here are the last two books I finished:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Science Fiction
5 of 5 stars

I love this book so much! It is especially fun to listen to Wil Wheaton read the audiobook. Is it fine literature? Of course not. But it is so much fun! This was my second time to read it and I'm fairly certain it won't be my last!

I'm also excited about the movie coming out next March!
Watch the movie trailer here.


The Circle by Dave Eggers
4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting experience for me because I watched the movie first and then I read the book. I was not expecting the ending of the book to be so different from the way the movie ended. I still enjoyed both the book and the movie. But I'm not sure if I enjoyed the book enough to want to read it again in the future.



What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

I am currently listening to Rob Bell read this audiobook which is a much more enjoyable experience for me than trying to read his books. 

I do not like his 
actual writing style.

Where there are breaks
all over the place.

Dramatic pauses.

And such.

But it works when he's the one reading it to me. Because it is a conversational style.

I am also reading the following books for my two seminary classes this semester:

  • Providence and the Problem of Evil by Richard Swinburne
  • The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings edited by Michael L. Peterson
  • The Problem of Evil edited by Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams
  • God's Universe by Owen Gingerich
  • Religion and Science by Ian G. Barbour
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
  • Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism by Michael L Peterson

TV

With the revival of Will and Grace, I got curious and started watching from the beginning on Hulu, and I'm hooked! It's so funny! I made it through the first 16 episodes two weekends ago! And I finished season 1 and made it through the first 7 episodes of season 2 this past weekend. Of course I also had to watch some Boy Meets World, now that it is available on Hulu! I'm super pumped about that!!!


I'm also happy to have new episodes of This is Us and The Big Bang Theory. And I can already tell that I'm going to love Young Sheldon.







Movies

I've started using letterboxd.com to keep track of the movies I have watched. It's kind of like goodreads but for movies. Feel free to add me on there if you start using it. Here is a snapshot of what I watched in September:



I actually had the chance to see Beauty and the Beast (1991) in the theater with my friends Amber and Steve! That was really fun!

You can see all of the 2017 movies I've seen here.

Podcasts

I am terribly behind on my podcast listening, but I did recently listen to Michael Rosenbaum interview Tom Welling on his podcast: Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum. For those who don't know, Tom Welling played Clark Kent on one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Smallville. And Michael Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor.

"At last, Clark Kent and Lex Luthor are reunited – Tom and I spent ten years working together on Smallville – he’s like family. We reminisce about old days on the set together…how the cast all came together to get him a driver so he didn’t kill himself driving to set at 4:30am for an 18-hour day, the time I yelled at him when I was directing an episode, and how much we both enjoyed making out with Kristin Kreuk.

We also talk about his high school years, working construction, getting into modeling, and his career before Smallville, plus what it was like to marry and divorce at such a young age."

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My cousin's family

Celebrating my cousin's youngest child's birthday! Izek turned 2!

It is rather difficult to get a good picture of all three kiddos! :-)

Izek loved this present!
My cousin, Julie (L) and me (R) circa 2001

I painted this at one of those painting class things!

On the blog

On July 21 I published my first post in a series of posts ranking my favorite movies from each year. I started with the current year and worked my way backwards to the 1950s. I landed on four basic categories for how I rank them:
  • Favorite Movies (definitely re-watchable)
  • Good-Decent Movies (might re-watch)
  • Meh (Probably wouldn't choose to re-watch)
  • Not worth the money/time (definitely don't want to re-watch) 
I also put together a list of my top 100 favorite movies: My Favorite Movies. As of right now, this list is comprised of my favorite movies that have been released from 1970 to the present day. It is not a hard and fast numbering system as I love many of these movies almost equally. I plan to keep updating this list on an ongoing basis as I continue to look back at the movies released prior to 1970 and as I continue to watch movies I have not seen before.

2017 movie rankings
2016 movie rankings

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 TBR List



So I'm a day late, but I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt "Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List" although I'm technically listing more than ten...

1. What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

2. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News by Brian Zahnd

3. Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Gregory A. Boyd

4. We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines

5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

6. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green



7. The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory MacDonald

8. Lies We Believe About God by William Paul Young

9. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

10. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

In addition to those ten books that I hope to read, I will be reading the following books for my two seminary classes this semester:

  • Providence and the Problem of Evil by Richard Swinburne
  • The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings edited by Michael L. Peterson
  • The Problem of Evil edited by Marilyn McCord Adams and Robert Merrihew Adams
  • God's Universe by Owen Gingerich
  • Religion and Science by Ian G. Barbour
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins
  • Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism by Michael L Peterson