hymnia: (Shigure reading)
I've really had the “don'ts” lately. As in, “I don't really want to do that right now.” Keep putting things off...It's annoying. I'm annoyed with myself. So I'm trying to, um, mitigate that feeling by updating LJ. You know. Accomplishing something.

And so I present my totals for media consumption last year. (See what I mean about putting things off...)

Books (including completed multi-chapter fanfic):
28 total
3 re-reads

It was a very good year for book-reading for me, probably due partly to my light work schedule since moving to Seattle. (Some may find my standards low. I admit I am not a fast reader.)

Noteworthy books:
Remembering the Kana by James W. Heisig - This book has been a valuable resource to me for learning the hiragana and katakana syllabaries and really jump-started my Japanese language learning this year.

House of Crows by SilverShine - This is one of four Naruto fanfictions I read by this author this year (two are works in progress and therefore not included on the list). It's one of those addictive kinds of stories that you just cannot stop reading. I really love the way this author fleshes out the world and characters in her stories and builds great plots that seem like a natural extension of the canon—if a bit darker, more mature, sexier, and more friendly to female characters and romantic subplots. Basically, it's what good fanfic should be.

Republic, Lost by Lawrence Lessig - I've already written about this book in a previous entry, so I won't say much more. It's a very timely and important message, delivered in a way that's cogent and entertaining.

14 total
6 re-listens
5 new as audio but familiar as books

This is a new category I added this year. I have listened to audiobooks in the past (mostly the Harry Potter books over and over again), but this year I listened to a substantial amount. I've found it's a great way to get boring chores like laundry and dishes done—just pop on my headsets and listen while I work!

Noteworthy audiobooks:
I love all the re-listens and familiar books I listened to this year, but I think the most noteworthy books in this category would be those from the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, since this was my first encounter with them. I don't know if it's fair to say I “enjoyed” the books exactly. These stories are dark, violent, and emotionally intense. But I couldn't put them down, and after I was done, I felt compelled to seek out fandom-y stuff for them—so that should tell you quite a bit about how I responded to them. I am certainly looking forward to the next installment.

Manga/graphic novels:
17 titles total – 2 new or stand-alone, 14 continuing, 1 ending
36 volumes total
2 re-reads

This was a low year for manga. Not sure why exactly. There are several series on this year's list that were being published by Tokyopop, so even though those stories are not complete, I don't anticipate being able to continue them anytime soon, unless by some miracle another publisher picks them up. (A possible exception is Gakuen Alice, which I'm pretty sure has scanlations online. I might go digging them up if it remains in limbo much longer.)

Noteworthy manga/graphic novels:
Gakuen Alice vol. 14-15 - This story continues to hold my attention. If only another publisher would pick it up!

Story of Saiunkoku vol. 1-3 - A familiar story to me thanks to the anime, but I think I'm going to like the manga even better. In the three volumes I've read so far, I've been quite impressed.

Rasetsu vol. 5-8 - I've been enjoying this series more and mare as it starts to give more depth to the supporting cast.

Sand Chronicles vol. 8-10 (end) - A satisfying finale to a well-told coming-of-age story. I'm glad it followed the characters a bit into young adulthood.

Movies (including feature-length anime):
18 total
4 re-watches

Movie-watching is way down this year, mainly due to having to cancel Netflix after I quit my job.

Noteworthy movies:
There were several big-name theatrical releases and DVD releases that I watched this year—including the two parts of Deathly Hallows—which I certainly enjoyed, but don't have much to say about at the moment.

The Secret of Kells – This is a beautiful animated film that I watched early in 2011 on [livejournal.com profile] connielane's recommendation. Elegant, moving, and very much worth the brief running time (less than an hour and a half).

They Were Eleven - This is an older (1970s) anime film, a space adventure/thriller with a hint of romance, that I first heard of at a convention panel by Anime World Order (a well-known anime podcast group). It was touted as a story with feminist leanings and a fore-runner of shojo manga, so I was intrigued. I watched about half the film at a convention viewing room (at a different con), but had to leave early due to circumstances beyond my control. Right before I left there was a plot twist that kind of threw me for a loop and made me question whether I wanted to finish watching the film or not. However, I researched a bit online and came across a review of the film that addressed that plot twist and made me decide to give it another chance. I'm glad I did, because in the end I really enjoyed the film as a whole, and I think it will probably remain one of my all-time favorites.

English Language TV:
10 titles total – 4 continuing, 5 new, 1 ending
116 episodes (counting each season of The Guild as one episode)

Noteworthy TV series:
After the end of season 7, I quit watching House, MD. I just wasn't enjoying the show anymore. I tried to pick up some new shows (Revenge and Once Upon a Time) to take its place, but ultimately couldn't get into them. Besides Glee, which I think improved quite a bit last year, the shows I enjoyed the most in 2011 were all outside the realm of US network television.

The Guild, seasons 1-4 - I believe this is my first web-based TV series. It's a bit raunchy for my taste at times, but it's still entertaining, and often painfully true-to-life—at least to a geek like me. (Although I'm not a gamer, many of the, um, issues the characters face are applicable to other kinds of geekery.)

Sherlock season 1, ep. 1-3 - LOVE this show. I think this modern transformation of Sherlock Holmes is just incredibly clever, and I have a huge crush on Martin Freeman. (Looking forward to The Hobbit, obv.)

Game of Thrones, season 1, ep. 1-10 - While there are aspects of the TV adaptation that I am less than thrilled with, overall I thought it was pretty good. The cast is great, and the visual representation of the world is well-designed.

3 titles total – 1 continuing, 2 new
21 episodes

Not much for anime this year. This may be partly due to lack of Netflix, but I think it also has something to do with getting a little tired of some anime tropes. In some ways, I kind of needed a break from the genre.

2 total

Both were Orlando Shakespeare Theater productions: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Pride and Prejudice. Both well-done, though I didn't love them as much as I loved 2010's Merchant of Venice.
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Last year's list

Cutting Loose by Frances A. Miller
The Truth Trap by Frances A. Miller*
Aren't You the One Who...? by Frances A. Miller*
Lady In Waiting by Debby Jones and Jackie Kendall
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Manga/Graphic novels:
Code Name: Sailor V vol. 1
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon vol. 1

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

The Help
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
L.A. Confidential*
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I Am Number Four
Gosford Park*
Good Will Hunting*

English Language TV:
Sherlock, season 2, ep. 1-3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 1, ep. 1, 7; season 2, ep. 10-22*
Glee, season 3, ep. 10-current
Takin' Over the Asylum, ep. 1-6 (all)

Area 88 ep. 1-6
hymnia: (Shigure reading)
I know I'm a bit behind on this, but those of you who are not into animanga have NO IDEA how hard it is to count up manga volumes and anime episodes. Oi. And there's no way I could count by seasons, either, the way some of you do. Anyway, here's what I have.

Complete list of items read/watched.

Re-read: 4
New: 21
Total: 25
Best re-read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Best new (to me) fiction: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Best new (to me) non-fiction: The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbott

Re-read: 1
New: 51
Total: 52
Favorite series this year: Gakuen Alice

MOVIES (including feature length anime:
Re-watch: 13 14
New: 27 (4 in theaters)
Total: 40 41
Best re-watch: Princess Mononoke
Best new (to me - not seen in theaters): Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Best new movie: It has to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, but I have to say that I really loved the other three films I saw in theaters this year (The Kung Fu Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, and Tangled), probably more than anything else on the list. I know I don't really keep up with them well enough to say so with any kind of authority, but I get the impression 2010 was an unusually good year for theatrical releases. Erm, except for The Last Airbender, of course.

ETA: I somehow overlooked Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, which I watched along with the Mark Watches community shortly before DH Pt. 1 came out. So some of my totals have changed since I posted this.

English-language TV, re-watch: 25
English-language TV, new: 95
Anime/non-EL TV, re-watch (including shows I watched as dubs after watching subs): 27
Anime/non-EL TV, new: 156 157
Total: 303 304
Best EL series, continuing/re-watch: Avatar: The Last Airbender (I've convinced my mom to watch it and she likes it! Yay!)
Best EL series, new (to me): Glee (It's so flawed, but I get so much enjoyment out of watching it.)
Best anime/non-EL series, continuing/re-watch: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (If you've ever thought you might want to try watching anime, this would probably be a good one to start with.)
Best anime/non-EL series, new (to me): Ouran High School Host Club
Honorable mention: Inuyasha: The Final Act (So glad they finally animated the ending to this, one of the longest manga series of all time. It was worth the wait.)

And that's it! Now to start on this year's list, for which I already have one movie, two books, and one volume of manga to add to it.

hymnia: (Sleeping fairy)
Last year's list

1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
2. Remembering the Kana by James W. Heisig
3. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
4. Romans
5. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer*
6. Duty Before Honor by SilverShine
7. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright
8. Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye by Fernwithy
9. House of Crows by SilverShine
10. Thou Shalt Not Love: What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays by Patrick M. Chapman
11. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
12. Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook by Sarah Schmelling
13. Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
14. The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory MacDonald
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows*
16. Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger
17. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
18. He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado
19. Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon
20. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
21. The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
22. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
23. Twelve Fail-Safe Ways by Michelleypie
24. Shifts by Fernwithy*
25. A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower by Kenneth G. Henshall
26. Republic, Lost by Lawrence Lessig
27. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
28. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone**
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets**
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban**
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire**
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix**
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince**
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows*
8. The Hobbit*
9. The Fellowship of the Ring*
10. The Two Towers*
11. The Return of the King*
12. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
13. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
14. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

1. Gakuen Alice vol. 14-15
2. Story of Saiunkoku vol. 1-3
3. Shonen Jump August-January 2011
4. Elemental Gelade vol. 6
5. Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 24
6. Honey Hunt vol. 5-6
7. Kimi ni Todoke vol. 6
8. Rasetsu vol. 5-8
9. Shinobi Life vol. 3
10. We Were There vol. 8-11
11. Crimson Hero vol. 14
12. Fushigi Yugi vol. 10
13. Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures
14. VB Rose vol. 1*, vol. 2
15. Sand Chronicles, vol. 8-10 (end)
16. Children of the Sea vol. 1*, vol. 2
17. Otomen vol. 3

1. The Next Karate Kid
2. The Secret of Kells
3. Eclipse
4. Letters to Juliet
5. The Social Network
6. Inception
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
8. The King's Speech
9. Easy A
10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
11. They Were Eleven
12. Fire with Fire
13. X-Men: First Class
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1*
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
16. The Fellowship of the Ring EE*
17. The Two Towers EE*
18. The Return of the King EE*

English Language TV:
1. Shogun, disc 4
2. House, season 7 ep. 9-23
3. Glee, season 2, ep. 11-22; season 3, ep. 1-9
4. The Guild, seasons 1-4
5. Sherlock, season 1, ep. 1-3
6. Doctor Who (new), ep. 183-224; Doctor Who (classic) - "City of Death", "Caves of Androzani"
7. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, season 2, ep. 1-6
8. Revenge, ep. 1-8
9. Once Upon A Time, ep. 1-4
10. Game of Thrones, season 1, ep. 1-10

Anime/Non-EL TV:
1. Naruto Shippuden ep. 180, 197-211
2. Darker than Black ep. 1-2
3. Guilty Crown, ep. 1-3

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
2. Pride and Prejudice - Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
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I had a great time celebrating New Year's Eve with some of my closest friends, and New Year's Day with my family. Actually, it's been a wonderful holiday season all around, with just about the right mix of family, friends, relaxation, holiday parties, religious services, theme park visits, good food, and time for reflection and working on personal projects. I feel almost ready to go back to my regularly scheduled life on Monday.

So last year around this time I noticed a lot of people on my flist were keeping track of things like books read and movies watched during the year, so I decided to try it, too. Now it's time to post the results. I did things a little differently from others, in that I kept separate categories for manga vs. "regular" books and anime/foreign vs. English-language TV shows. (Most, if not all, of my friends who are doing this meme are not into anime/manga like I am, so they don't need the distinction. But I definitely do!) I also added categories for plays and—at my mom's suggestion—games.

I'm kind of "meh" about that last category, though. For one thing, I didn't actually complete any video games, just played a bit here and there, so I'm not really sure whether to count those or not. And video games and "regular" games are mixed together, which is a little weird. I guess I could break it up into two categories, but then I'd only have even more categories that I feel "meh" about. So…I've decided to omit that category from the results, and I probably won't track it in 2010

Anyway, the complete list is here, if anyone is interested in seeing what I read/watched/played in 2009. And now for the results:


Total books read: 17
Favorites (not including re-reads):
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (YA fiction/sci fi)
2. Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (nonfiction – health and diet)


Total by series: 33
New (to me) series started in 2009: 24
Total by # of volumes: 138*
Favorite new (to me) series:
1. I Hate You More Than Anyone by Banri Hidaka (shojo)
2. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You by Karuho Shiina (shojo)
3. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (shonen)
Favorite continuing series:
1. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (shonen)
2. Gakuen Alice by Tachibana Higuchi (shojo)

*In the case of Naruto, which I mainly read online, I'm counting 9 chapters = 1 volume. I have no idea if that's how it's actually published, but it should be close to that.


Total: 43
New (to me): 34
In theatres: 3
Favorites (not counting re-watches):
1. Star Trek
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
3. Juno
4. Stardust
5. Penelope
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

English-language TV shows

Total by series: 12*
Total new (to me) series: 8*
Hmm…I don' t think I have any new favorites. House, MD continues to keep my attention, but other than that, domestic TV doesn't really do it for me anymore. Which brings me to…


Total by series: 23*
Total new (to me) series: 18 (including 3 films/OVAs)*
Total by number of episodes (films/OVAs count as one episode): 572**
Favorite new (to me) series:
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2. Romeo X Juliet
3. Eureka 7
4. Naruto Shippuden
5. Death Note
I'm not thrilled enough with continuing series to list favorites. But I had one anime film re-watch that is worth a mention: Porco Rosso. I found it just as beautiful and moving the second time around (I think I first viewed it in 2006). I plan to cosplay one of the main characters (Gina, nightclub singer and love interest to the title character) at AFO next year.

*I counted series even if I watched only one episode. The anime category also includes films and OVAs.
**I had to do some estimating, since in some cases I counted "discs" or even "seasons" instead of episodes.

Total: 3
Favorite: The Merchant of Venice, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

And now I need to start next year's list…

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1. Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon by [livejournal.com profile] fernwithy
2. Job (from the Bible)*
3. Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze by [livejournal.com profile] fernwithy
4. When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park


1. Phantom Dream vol. 1-3
2. Yen Plus, June 2009
3. Naruto, chapter 478-current
4. I Hate You More Than Anyone vol. 8
5. High School Debut vol. 2-5
6. Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 22
7. We Were There vol. 3-4


1. Terminator 3: Judgment Day
2. Bach in Auschwitz
3. Only You
4. District 9
5. Across the Universe
6. Penelope*
7. Up

English-language TV:

1. House, MD - current episodes
2. In Plain Sight - Pilot
3. Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3 ep. 12-13*

Anime/Foreign TV:

1. FMA: Brotherhood ep. 38-current
2. Naruto Shippuden ep. 141-current
3. The Ugly Yet Beautiful World ep. 5-12
4. Code Lyoko ep. 2 (France)
5. Romeo X Juliet ep. 1*

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1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
2. More to be Desired than Gold by Christy Wilson
3. Song of Solomon (from the Bible)*
4. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
5. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
6. Hosea (from the Bible)*
7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
8. Unwind be Neal Shusterman
9. The Truth Trap by Frances Miller
10. Ruth (from the Bible)*
11. Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
12. Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama
13. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking by Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano
14. Bizenghast: The Novel by Shawn Thorgersen
15. Proverbs (from the Bible)*
16. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
17. The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge


1. Gakuen Alice vol. 5-9
2. Bleach vol. 25-28
3. Rozen Maiden vol. 3-8
4. Millenium Snow vol. 1-2
5. Bizenghast vol. 1-6
6. Shojo Beat December 2008, January-July 2009
7. Tail of the Moon vol. 15
8. I Hate You More Than Anyone vol. 1-7
9. We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) vol. 1-2
10. V.B. Rose vol. 1
11. Fushigi Yugi vol. 8-9
12. DramaCon ALL
13. Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 18-21
14. D. Gray-man vol. 2-8
15. Elemental Gelade vol. 4-5
16. Heaven's Will
17. High School Debut vol. 1
18. La Corda d'Oro vol. 1-3
19. Love*Com vol. 1
20. Otomen vol. 1
21. Rasetsu vol. 1
22. SA vol. 1
23. Scrapped Princess vol. 1
24. Shinobi Life vol. 1
25. Sugar Princess vol. 1-2
26. Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzou
27. Shonen Jump August-November 2009
28. Tsubasa: Those with Wings ALL
29. Naruto ch. 1-current
30. Kimi ni Todoke vol. 1-2
31. Children of the Sea vol. 1
32. Pandora Hearts vol. 1
33. Genshiken vol. 1


1. Tinkerbell
2. Hairspray
3. God Grew Tired of Us
4. Prince Caspian
5. Seven Samurai
6. Mamma Mia!
7. Pearl Harbor*
8. The Breakfast Club*
9. The Last Unicorn*
10. Penelope
11. Juno
12. Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith*
13. Slumdog Millionaire
14. Kiss Me, Kate
15. Nuremberg
16. Stardust
17. X-men Origins: Wolverine
18. Billy Elliot
19. 1776
20. Bend It Like Beckham
21. Quantum of Solace
22. Sicko
23. 27 Dresses
24. Roman Holiday
25. The Kite Runner
26. The Debut
27. The Reader
28. Star Trek
29. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark*
30. Transformers
31. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
32. Valkyrie
33. Becoming Jane
34. Oscar
35. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
36. The Cold Equations
37. Mr. Holland's Opus*
38. Tuck Everlasting
39. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
40. Parenthood*
41. Good News
42. Pretty in Pink*
43. Terminator*

English-language TV shows:

1. House, MD current episodes
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 1
3. Veronica Mars season 2*
4. ER season 15, ep. 16-21
5. Race: The Power of an Illusion parts 1-3 (PBS)
6. The Slanted Screen (PBS)
7. Avatar: The Last Airbender season 2 - disc 2*
8. Star Trek (TOS) season 1 - ep. 1-6
9. Star Trek: TAS disc 1
10. Planet Earth ep. 1 (BBC)
11. John Adams - all
12. Dr. Who - The Christmas Invasion

Anime/Foreign TV shows:

1. XXXHolic discs 1-2
2. Bleach season 4, season 5 through ep. 11 (dub); ep. 148-167, 190-203, 206-212, 215-216 (sub)
3. XXXHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream
4. Eureka 7 ALL
5. Millennium Actress
6. Petite Princess Yucie ep. 1-2
7. .hack/Legend of the Twilight ep. 1-2
8. Vampire Knight ep. 6-7
9. Death Note ALL
10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ep. 1-current episodes
11. K-ON ep. 1-2
12. Shakugan no Shana disc 1
13. The Get-backers ep. 1-2
14. Naruto - ep. 1-135
15. Fate/Stay Night ALL
16. Initial D disc 4-11
17. Romeo X Juliet ep. 1-12
18. Shonen Onmyouji disc 3-6
19. Naruto Shippuden ep. 1-56, 71-current episodes
20. Naruto Shippuden: Bonds (2nd OVA)
21. Porco Rosso*
22. Moon Phase ep. 1
23. The Ugly Yet Beautiful World disc 1


1. The Merchant of Venice (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre)
2. Much Ado about Nothing (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre)
3. South Pacific (Theatre Guild Valdosta)


1. Wii Fit*
2. Boggle*
3. Spades*
4. Rock Band 2
5. Avatar: Into the Inferno
6. Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party
7. Scattegories*
8. Last Word
9. Apples to Apples*
10. Fruits Basket Monopoly
11. Dai Hin Min*
12. Beatles Rock Band
13. Scrabble*

*Not for the first time


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