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robling_t
robling_t
I shouldn't have to be using this icon so much, dammit
Aaand now the holiday card to my grandmother has come back 'undeliverable'. I think I'll just save some time and assume she's also died-and-no-one-told-me, given we've been expecting that to happen for years now. [ETA: Ah, yes, Mum's found a scribbled 'deceased' under the 'undeliverable' sticker. As I say, no more than I'd have expected really.] Did anyone think to keep the receipt for this year so we can return it? It's obviously defective...


To bury my resentments in administrative trivia, the Media Log shows that a total of 71 books and 68 films were Consumed in 2011, which is about average on the reading and a lot of time spent in front of the telly. I'm kind of thinking it must have rained a lot in October in particular. To 2012:



January: 4 books, 2 films

BOOKS:

  • The Faery Reel : tales from the Twilight Realm
  • Bumped, Megan McCafferty
  • Teeth : vampire tales
  • Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson


FILMS:

  • 9
  • Crisis


February: 9 books, 5 films

BOOKS:

  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  • Open : love, sex, and life in an open marriage, Jenny Block
  • The Great Depression, R. G. Grant
  • The second book of general ignorance : everything you think you know is (still) wrong
  • the Stories of English, David Crystal
  • Sweater quest : my year of knitting dangerously, Adrienne Martini
  • Ann Veronica, H G Wells
  • the Tempering of Men, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
  • Robbing the bees : a biography of honey, the sweet liquid gold that seduced the world, Holley Bishop


FILMS:

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • the Wasp Woman
  • the Tempest [2010]
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn #1
  • X-Men: First Class


March: 6 books, 7 films

BOOKS:

  • Snuff, Terry Pratchett
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  • Situations matter : understanding how context transforms your world, Sam Sommers
  • Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire
  • Unclaimed, Courtney Milan
  • Nightlight : a parody


FILMS:

  • the Matchmaker
  • Jurassic Park
  • the Social Network
  • Wordplay
  • the Pianist
  • the Hunger Games
  • the Tale of Desperaux


April: 6 books, 5 films

BOOKS:

  • Popular crime : reflections on the celebration of violence, Bill James
  • the Ecstasy of Influence: nonfictions etc, Jonathan Lethem
  • Divergent, Veronica Roth
  • Drift : the unmooring of American military power, Rachel Maddow
  • Cool, Calm, and Contentious, Merrill Markoe
  • the Scottish Prisoner, Diana Gabaldon


FILMS:

  • Black Swan
  • the Man Who Fell To Earth
  • Zombieland
  • True Grit [2010]
  • the Muppets


May: 9 books, 7 films

BOOKS:

  • The taste of tomorrow : dispatches from the future of food, Josh Schonwald
  • Simple stunning wedding etiquette, Karen Bussen
  • Matched, Ally Condie
  • Wediquette : the answers to all your wedding etiquette questions, Yetta Fisher Gruen
  • City of scoundrels : the 12 days of disaster that gave birth to modern Chicago, Gary Krist
  • If walls could talk : an intimate history of the home, Lucy Worsley
  • How to suppress women's writing, Joanna Russ
  • Winter of Magic's Return, Pamela F Service
  • the Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod


FILMS:

  • A Lady of Chance
  • In Time
  • the Wicker Man [2006]
  • the Bed Sitting Room
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • J Edgar
  • Captain America: the first Avenger


June: 16 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Under the Vale: and other tales of Valdemar
  • Blackout, Mira Grant
  • Intruder, CJ Cherryh
  • The wedding book : the big book for your big day, Mindy Weiss with Lisbeth Levine
  • Changing the world : all-new tales of Valdemar
  • Running Out Of Time, Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ, Phillip Pullman
  • Six modern plagues and how we are causing them, Mark Jerome Walters
  • Becoming China's bitch : and nine more catastrophes we must avoid right now : a manifesto for the radical center, Peter D. Kiernan
  • Intrigues, Mercedes Lackey
  • Straight: the surprisingly short history of heterosexuality, Hanne Blank
  • So Yesterday, Scott Westerfeld
  • the City and the Stars, Arthur C Clarke
  • Changes, Mercedes Lackey
  • DNA USA : a genetic portrait of America, Bryan Sykes
  • Expendable, James Alan Gardner


FILMS:

  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
  • Avatar
  • the King's Speech


July: 13 books, 2 films

BOOKS:

  • Complicity, Iain Banks
  • Foundation, Mercedes Lackey
  • Beauty and the Werewolf, Mercedes Lackey
  • Zoe's Tale, John Scalzi
  • Thumped, Megan McCafferty
  • All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space!, Mel Bartholomew
  • the Long Earth, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  • Adapt : why success always starts with failure, Tim Harford
  • Just my type : a book about fonts, Simon Garfield
  • Shadowborn, Alison Sinclair
  • Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit, Barry Estabrook
  • Scardown, Elizabeth Bear
  • The violinist's thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code, Sam Kean



FILMS:

  • Brave
  • the Artist


August: 6 books, 2 films

BOOKS:

  • Redshirts, John Scalzi
  • No plot? No problem! : a low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days, Chris Baty
  • Master and God, Lindsey David
  • Hitchhiker: a biography of Douglas Adams, M J Simpson
  • Chicago's classic restaurants : past, present & future, Neal Samors & Eric Bronsky with Bob Dauber
  • Napoleon's hemorrhoids : and other small events that changed history, Phil Mason


FILMS:

  • Daybreakers
  • the Big Lebowski


September: 12 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Currency wars : the making of the next global crisis, James Rickards
  • Pie it forward : pies, tarts, tortes, galettes, and other pastries reinvented, Gesine Bullock-Prado
  • The rare find : spotting exceptional talent before everyone else, George Anders
  • Jeneration X : one reluctant adult's attempt to unarrest her arrested development, or, Why it's never too late for her dumb ass to learn why Froot Loops are not for dinner, Jen Lancaster
  • Team Human, Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Advent, James Treadwell
  • The world of Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes
  • Kiss the Dead, Laurell K Hamilton
  • World War I trench warfare. 1916-1918
  • The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
  • Skinny chicks eat real food : kick your fake food habit, kickstart your weight loss, Christine Avanti with Bonnie Bauman
  • the Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie


FILMS:

  • Behind the Lines
  • the Wicker Tree
  • the Avengers [2012]


October: 11 books, 2 films

BOOKS:

  • The lost history of 1914 : reconsidering World War I, Jack Beatty
  • Code name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
  • Rin Tin Tin : the life and the legend, Susan Orlean
  • The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
  • the Tightrope Walker, Dorothy Gilman
  • Crossed, Ally Condie
  • Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination, Toni Morrison
  • Debt : the first 5,000 years, David Graeber
  • the Inquisitor's Apprentice, Chris Moriarty
  • the Welsh Extremist: a culture in crisis, Ned Thomas
  • War or Revolution: Russian Jews and Conscription in Britain, Harold Shukman


FILMS:

  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • the Last Man On Earth


November: 7 books, no films

BOOKS:

  • On Doing Good, Gerald Jonas
  • Some remarks : essays and other writing, Neal Stephenson
  • Courtship rite, Donald Kingsbury
  • The first 20 minutes : surprising science reveals how we can exercise better, train smarter, live longer, Gretchen Reynolds
  • A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
  • Singled Out: How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men After the First World War, Virginia Nicholson
  • Congregations in Conflict: The Battle over Homosexuality, Keith Hartman


FILMS:



December: 9 books, 7 films

BOOKS:

  • Jewels : a secret history, Victoria Finlay
  • Redoubt, Mercedes Lackey
  • Cold Magic, Kate Elliott
  • Thanks, but this isn't for us : a (sort of) compassionate guide to why your writing is being rejected, Jessica Page Morrell
  • Shadow of the Titanic : the extraordinary stories of those who survived, Andrew Wilson
  • Garbology : our dirty love affair with trash, Edward Humes
  • Why have kids? : a new mom explores the truth about parenting and happiness, Jessica Valenti
  • An apple for the creature
  • Magic Under Glass, Jaclyn Dolamore


FILMS:

  • Iron Sky
  • the Butterfly Effect
  • Band of Angels
  • the Sound of Music
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • the Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey


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ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: January 5th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
At the very least, that side of your family appears to be defective. My condolences.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 5th, 2012 09:49 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I can almost see where this might have developed into this particular clusterfuck through sheer bad timing, because out of that entire side of the family those were the two people who had the most idea that I ever existed in the first place, but still, you'd think that somebody at the funerals might have put their heads together and come up with "...And has anyone told R's kid?" We invited them to his funeral, after all... (I have, or at this rate possibly had, another aunt and either one or two uncles who were his half-siblings, and you would think one or other of them would have at least remembered me from then, if nothing else...)
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