Since previous years' book challenges have provided me with lots of motivation to make progress in the ever-growing stack of unread books, I'm making plans for the new year. Here's the semi-thematic breakdown:
- English Catholic Heroes edited by John Jolliffe--a companion volume to English Catholic Heroines from last year. Reviewed here!
- Medieval People: Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape by Michael Prestwich--a Christmas present!
- Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick--Reviewed here!
- Fearless: Stories of the American Saints by Alice Camille and Paul Boudreau --Reviewed here!
- Robin Hood by David Baldwin--Reviewed here!
- The King's Good Servant but God's First by James Monti
- Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI
- Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa--Akira Kurosawa put post-World War II Japanese cinema back in America with his brilliant adaptation of "In a Grove" from this collection. Reviewed here.
- Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
- The Children of Men by P. D. James
- The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawiz--made into "The Way Back" a few years back, following POWs escaping a World War II Soviet Siberian prison camp and making it all the way to British India!
- Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence--You probably know this author as Lawrence of Arabia. 'nuff said.
- True Grit by Charles Portis--so good those Hollywood folks made it twice! The courtroom scene was exactly the same in both movies, so I assume it will be the same in the novel.
- Something Like an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa. Reviewed here.
- Serling by Gordon F. Sander
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life is Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan
- This is Orson Welles by Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich. Reviewed here.
- The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi by John Kenneth Muir
- Monsters from the Id: The Rise of Horror in Fiction and Film by E. Michael Jones. Reviewed here.
- Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners by Peter E. Dans
There's more I could add but twenty is already plenty. I'm sure I'll read other stuff, including the occasional A Good Story is Hard to Find book!
I am going to do another graphic novels challenge. Fairy Tail and Avatar are the only series that I am sure to continue with (though I will be picking up the occasional random Asterix classic ever now and then).
- The Eternal Smile--reviewed here.
- Troll Bridge--reviewed here.
- Fairy Tail Vol. 3--reviewed here.
- Wonder Woman: The True Amazon--reviewed here.
- Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1--reviewed here.
- Doctor Strange Vol. 1: Way of the Weird--Reviewed here.
- Fairy Tail Vol. 4--reviewed here.
- Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted--reviewed here.
- Ultimate Spider-man vs. the Sinister Six--reviewed here.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South Vol. 2--reviewed here.
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1--reviewed here.
- Avengers: Endless Wartime--reviewed here.
- Fairy Tail Vol. 5--reviewed here.
- Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles--reviewed here.
- Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Vol. 2--reviewed here.