To Watch List – Summer Blockbusters

Posting on a non-Saturday because May starts off Summer Blockbuster season. The following is a list of the movies I WANT to see this summer. I can plan for a list of summer blockbusters I actually saw in movies, but don’t count on it. This list is kind of long so I’ll explain why I want to see each movie in three sentences or less.

Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Tony Stark copes with a terrorist after the events in New York City with The Avengers. Major hints on the introduction of Rescue.

The Great Gatsby (May 10)
The book of the same name done in the film style of Moulin Rouge. I cannot tell you how right that feels.

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)
A mysterious foe threatens the Federation and Captain Kirk of the Enterprise is the only one who can stop it. Benedict Cumberbatch may or may not be Khan.

Epic (May 17)
A young girl discovers a tiny people in the forest surrounding her father’s home. From the creators of Rio.

After Earth (May 31)
A father and son crash land on Earth and must survive a planet that has adapted to kill humans. Starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith.

Now You See Me (May 31)
A group of magicians pull off impossible bank heists during performances. The trailer made it sound epic.

Man of Steel (June 14)
The origin story of Superman written by Christoner Nolan of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception fame. Featuring Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

This is the End (June 14)
Celebrities making fun of themselves during the apocalypse. Sounds hilarious.

Monsters University (June 21)
How Mike and Sulley met in college. Part of Pixar’s attempt to follow its audience as they grow. Nathan Fillion stars as a jock.

World War Z (June 21)
Based on the book which is a government agent’s documented account of his involvement in the zombie apocalypse. I guess the movie itself is less about the zombies.

The Lone Ranger (July 5)
Johnny Depp gets to be in another odd character in a Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney movie. Vaguely steampunk-y. Possibly racist.

Pacific Rim (July 12)
Giant robots fight deep-sea monsters without attempting to look like a Japanese movie. Paraphrasing a former co-worker “Hollywood is making a movie of my childhood.”

The Wolverine (July 26)
Wolverine goes to Japan and muddles the X-Men movie mythos more than it already is.

Elysium (August 9)
The director of District 9 returns with another awesome sci-fi movie that provides another social commentary, this time on economic class.

The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones (August 23)
Based on the book of the same name featuring Shadowhunters, angels, demons, and other paranormal characters. My main concern is whether Clary keeps her fiery red locks and how stiff the dialogue seems.

The World’s End (August 23)
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost make another movie that may or may not reference Shaun of the Dead while simultaneously saving the world.

Bookshelf Wish List

This is a list of the books (in alphabetical order by author last name) that are mysteriously missing from my shelf given that I love them so much. Feel free to send them my way if you happen to have a spare lying somewhere.

Fullmetal Alchemist (volumes 19-end) by Hiromu Arakawa
I started collecting these after college when I had a full-time job for a few months. I then stopped for reasons I care not to indulge, but I really want the rest of the series. Nothing can rub my feels the right way quite like Fullmetal Alchemist. Bonus: Hiromu Arakawa’s humor in the extras restores my faith in humanity mostly because she pokes fun at her own story and characters.

The Keisha’ra Omnibus by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
My favorites are Snakesharm and Wolfcry, and thematically the series as a whole is somewhat of a letdown, but I still want it because I love the concept of the world and teenaged nostalgia. I suppose I can write a whole post about this series, so keep a lookout for that.

Chime by Franny Billinsley
A young woman who thinks she’s a witch finds herself in an adventure that includes a magical swamp, a trial, a twin sister with secrets, and fanciful prose. It’s a wonder this isn’t on my shelves just yet. I think I swooned at the magical creatures, not because they’re overly romantic, but mostly because they’re so magical and clever.

Sailor Moon (volumes 8-end) by Naoko Takeuchi
Although I’m collecting these mostly for childhood nostalgia (Sailor Moon introduced me to anime), I am also anticipating the release of the new anime series coming out this summer. This is why the manga is being re-released, after all. Anyone else excited for the new anime series? Because I’m literally bouncing on my couch in excitement.

Arata: The Legend (volumes 3-end) by Yuu Watase
I only have the first two volumes on my shelves, but I read up to volume 10 from the library, and they’re fantastic.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This book is mysteriously missing from my shelves as well since it pretty much embodies the epitome of everything I want to write. But telling you what I want to write means spoiling the story which I don’t want to do because this book is amazing and should be enjoyed spoiler-free. In fact, it’s best to go into it knowing very few details about it. All you need to know is it is set during World War II and is about two best friends, one is a pilot and the other is a spy.

10 Favorite Books on my Shelf

Just for fun, I made a list of my ten favorite books/graphic novels on my shelves (in alphabetical order by author last name) and why these are my absolute favorites. If you ask for a book recommendation, I will most likely recommend one or more of these. Otherwise, you can totally judge my reading habits by this list.

The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
Follows the adventures of young Cassel Sharpe as he discovers his family has been keeping a Really Awesome Secret from him most of his life. Features mob connections, lots of gloves, an east coast boarding school, and a main character who knows he makes dumb decisions but makes them anyway. This book is totally my thing.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Businessman Richard Mayhew does a kind act and finds himself wandering London Below with a girl named Door, a bodyguard named Hunter, sometimes with a man named the Marquee de Carabas, and the fantastical representation of parts of London. First read this when I was studying abroad in that very city, so it was very exciting to me when I first read it. Recently listened to the BBC radio adaption starring James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch. Love both book and radio drama.

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja
I’m collecting the issues, and they’re always fun to read. Drawn in a vaguely 60’s James Bond-style (David Aja) with lots of purple and sardonic humor (Matt Fraction). The issues are episodic, so it’s easy to follow along even if you miss a month. The adventures are more misadventures when Hawkeye isn’t being an Avenger. Trying to get my older brother to read it, but he’s not biting.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
There’s a lot in this book, but it’s essentially how a young teenager exceeds the expectations the people around her impose on her because she’s a pretty girl. She reveals at the beginning of the book that she is the criminal mastermind behind various socio-political pranks executed by a boys-only “secret” club. It’s been a while since I actually read it, but I still aspire to be that awesome when I grow up.

The Realm of Tortall Books by Tamora Pierce
I don’t have a completed series by Tamora Pierce, as I’m collecting all her books from second-hand stores. The world is essentially medieval European-esque with modern day views on human rights and sexuality. I’m a huge fan. My favorite series are The Protector of the Small (own 3/4) and Terrier (own 2/3).

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
I have the rest of the Harry Potter series as well (even have Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — the British version with the adult cover because they have different covers for adults and children over there). However, this is the book that really got me reading. My fourth grade teacher read the first three Harry Potter books to us at the end of the day. At first, we were all kind of meh about it, but by the time we got through the first book, we were all hooked. I read Prisoner of Azkaban before my teacher read it aloud to us, and I followed Harry on his journey ever since.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
An old man joins the army and speculates about all the science that goes into his life, which is now a military space opera. He finds his should-be-dead wife in the third act. One of the first adult science fiction books I read, and one of the best I’ve read so far.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone/Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor essentially took dark myths about fairy tales, angels, and demons and made it her own in a modern-day urban fantasy. I love the magic system and the idea of Angels running on a dystopian government and the imagination behind all the chimeras. Most of all, I love the prose. I wrote down all the titles of the chapters of put them on the bulletin board above my desk because I couldn’t put the entire book up there. Ms. Taylor has also written two books for children (about faeries, they’re awesome, read them) and a collection of short stories called Lips Touch: Three Times (read that one too).

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
This is pretty much the graphic novel that got my interested in graphic novels. This is also the graphic novel that demonstrates that graphic novels do not have to be about superheroes. Obvious feminist/equal rights messages aside, this book is fantastic and funny and everything I want in a story about a post-apocalyptic road trip. People look at me weird for reading it, but they do not know the joys of Yorick Brown.

***note: I was torn between Saga and Y: The Last Man for Brian K. Vaughan because I love his graphic novels so. Given that Y: The Last Man is a completed series and my introduction into the land of graphic novels, I decided to go with that. But know that Saga is fantastic and imaginative and go read it right now because I think my heart just burst at the end of that last issue.

Arata: The Legend by Yuu Watase
I have to admit, the only reason I have the first two volumes of this series is because the back of the first volume mentioned a boy disguising himself as a girl to save his life. It’s usually a girl disguising herself as a boy to do something badass, but it’s the other way around for this. The story is much more engaging beyond this, but I love the reversal of this trope. It disappears for a while after volume 1, but it totally comes back in the best way possible. We also have two characters switching worlds, the Chosen One and His Epic Quest, and two main characters who are supposed to look alike but their hair color is totally different (why don’t people notice that?).

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In the comments, tell me your favorite book(s) and why they are so.