Let's start with the books that I discovered this month. There's some good ones. Get on my shelves, books. Get on my shelves.
Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown.
Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Joe Berger.
This is a Cookbook: Recipes For Real Life by Max and Eli Sussman.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems.
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish.
Bugs in the Garden and Bugs in a Blanket by Beatrice Alemagna.
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans.
Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horacek.
The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.
The Osbick Bird by Edward Gorey.
Percy and TumTum: A Tale of Two Dogs by Jen Hill.
Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School by David Mackintosh.
I actually read a bunch of books this month, but the three faves would have to be.....
Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder (his autobiography)
Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad (not quite as entertaining as this one, but still pretty great - it focuses on the early years)
The Passage by Justin Cronin (I picked this up at a book sale, but I didn't really have the slightest idea what it was about - turns out it's an apocalyptic thing about vampires. That doesn't sound like something that'd be completely up my alley BUT once I started reading I ended up whipping through all 800 or so pages in a couple of days. AND - conveniently enough - the sequel just came out. I'm holding off on buying it though - I need to wait until I have enough time to devour it quickly.)
Now for what I watched.
I went to see ParaNorman and I'm so happy that I decided to to so.
Details I loved - Norman's eyebrows / the wide range of body shapes they gave the characters / the drama teacher's beret / Witchy Wieners / the scene where he walked into school & got the cold shoulder from everyone / the fact that Jeff Garlin voiced his father / the creepiness of John Goodman's character / "Don't make me throw this hummus!" / the kids singing "Season of the Witch" / the owl / the bully break dancing to Dizzee Rascal / the way the light would glow through Norman's ears during sunset / etc.
I rewatched Annie for the first time in years and appreciated Carol Burnett's performance as Miss Hannigan more than ever.Lost in America (yay for young Al Brooks).
I rewatched There Will Be Blood. I'd listen to an audiobook read by Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview just to hear that voice for hours.
I was in a very apocalyptic mood after reading The Passage so I went ahead and watched the first two seasons of The Walking Dead. I got way more into it than I thought I would. ALTHOUGH, I've got to say that it bothered me how Rick Grimes missed the whole zombie takeover because he was in a coma - that's the exact same thing that happened in 28 Days Later. Come on.
I enjoyed Lawless. I think Mia Wasikowska is the best. And Dane DeHaan was in it too, so.... two of my favorite patients ever from In Treatment in one movie! Great.
Plus - I loved how Tom Hardy's character wore tons of cardigans. Completely badass.... in knitwear.