Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Year End Review: Books & Movies

Do you remember sticky notes? I say "do you remember" because I use them less and less when I'm at home and put reminders on a digital calendar that chirps at me throughout the day. I do still use sticky notes at work, though...there's just something so satisfying about crumpling one up and tossing it in the trash when you've completed the task.

Well, speaking of the transition from paper to digital, I've done the same thing with lists. Using the Evernote app, I keep track of many different lists throughout the year: books read, movies seen, groceries to buy, gift ideas, etc. They come in super-handy when I want to take a look back at what I've accomplished or what I need to remember for the future.

Here is my list of books read in 2013:

  • The Bridge - Karen Kingsbury
  • Still LOLO - Lauren Scruggs & Family
  • Step on a Crack - James Patterson
  • Calico Joe - John Grisham
  • Sacred Search - Gary Thomas
  • Quiet Influence: The Romans 12:1 Woman - Diane Strack
  • Full Disclosure - Dee Henderson
  • God's Gift - Dee Henderson
  • Fifteen Minutes - Karen Kingsbury
  • Unspoken - Dee Henderson
  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The New Testament

I definitely got hooked on Dee Henderson. About 10 years ago, I read her O'Malley series of books and was enthralled. She is a very gifted writer, and it's hard to put her books down. I should get those O'Malley books out again...

Here is my list of movies watched in 2013:
  • Les Miserables
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • Superman: Man of Steel
  • 42: The Jackie Robinson Story
  • Despicable Me (I)
  • The Butler
  • Catching Fire
  • Elf (for the 10th time or so...:))
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The list of movies doesn't look that long this year. I saw bits and pieces of other movies while traveling, but none of them were super memorable.

Keeping track of things like books and movies helps me put the year in perspective as well. I have a strong appreciation for the arts and usually feel a deep sense of connection with the characters and events in a book or movie. While I do not have photographic memory, when I make those connections and think back on them later, it transports me to that time in my life and other joys and challenges I may have been experiencing. 

Well, I guess it's time to start my 2014 lists!