Reading Challenge 2017


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:

Great men
  • 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 --Reviewed here!
  • Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI--Reviewed here!
Books made into movies
  • 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. Reviewed here!
  • The Children of Men by  P. D. James. Reviewed here!
  • 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. Reviewed here!
Great Filmmakers
  • 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 
Also about movies
  • 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
Oh yeah, and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens because of Fagin the Jew.

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).
  1. The Eternal Smile--reviewed here.
  2. Troll Bridge--reviewed here.
  3. Fairy Tail Vol. 3--reviewed here.
  4. Wonder Woman: The True Amazon--reviewed here.
  5. Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  6. Doctor Strange Vol. 1: Way of the Weird--Reviewed here.
  7. Fairy Tail Vol. 4--reviewed here.
  8. Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted--reviewed here.
  9. Ultimate Spider-man vs. the Sinister Six--reviewed here.
  10. Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South Vol. 2--reviewed here.
  11. Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  12. Avengers: Endless Wartime--reviewed here.
  13. Fairy Tail Vol. 5--reviewed here.
  14. Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles--reviewed here.
  15. Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Vol. 2--reviewed here.
  16. Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 2--reviewed here.
  17. Miss Fury Sensational Sundays Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  18. Brendan and Erc in Exile Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  19. Fairy Tail Vol. 6--reviewed here.
  20. Brief Histories of Everyday Objects--reviewed here.
  21. Deadpool Killogy--reviewed here.
  22. Vote Loki--reviewed here.
  23. Fairy Tail Vol. 7--reviewed here.
  24. Avengers vs. X-Men--reviewed here.
  25. Wires and Nerves Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  26. Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South Vol. 3--reviewed here.
  27. Fairy Tail Vol. 8--reviewed here.
  28. Wonder Woman Vol. 2 Year One--reviewed here
  29. Smash!--reviewed here.
  30. Hostage--reviewed here.
  31. Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 3--reviewed here.
  32. Fairy Tail Vol. 9--reviewed here.
  33. Geis Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  34. Zita the Spacegirl Vol. 1--reviewed here.
  35. Rise of the Dungeon Master--reviewed here.
  36. Spill Zone--reviewed here.
  37. ???

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