My 2011 Reading & Watching Challenge

So. Here’s the list of the 14 books I finished for the year 2011 – I’m one book short 😦 coz my goal was 15 books. 😦 AND my 199 movies – which is also one movie short since my goal was 200 movies.

Okay, originally, it was just 100 movies but I surpassed that number earlier on so I went over the top I should try 200 movies… I failed miserably. The last four movies were… well, let’s just say they were ONLY on that list coz technically I watched them on 2011… But I didn’t get to finish them as the clock strikes 12 midnight… So yeah, I kinda finish them when it’s already 2012… ^^

Anyway, what’s important is, I’m setting new goals for this year. I will definitely watch 200 movies (or MORE 😀 ) and I will read 24 books… HOPEFULLY. Lots of luck to me! ^__^

2011 MOVIES WATCHED

JANUARY
1. Dalaw
2. Messages Deleted – Matthew
3. Unstoppable
4. She’s the man
5. Agent Cody Banks 2
6. A little thing called love – Mario Maurer
7. Buried – Ryan Reynolds
8. You again – Kristen Bell
9. Girlfriends – Kang Hyejung, Bae Subin, Han Chaeyoung
10. Resident Evil 4: Afterlife – WENTWORTH MILLER!!! ❤
11. Perfect Wedding – Miriam Yeung, Raymond Lam
12. Takers – Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen
13. Did you hear about the Morgans= Hugh Grant
14. Connected – Barbie Hsu
15. Life as we know it
16. Elle: A modern Cinderella Story
17. Let Me In
18. Nineteen – Bigbang Seungri and TOP

FEBRUARY
19. The Rite – Anthony Hopkins
20. The Seaside Motel – Ikuta Toma, Tama Tetsu, Takoyaki
21. Scott Pilgrim versus the world
22. Dream home – HK movie – Josie Ho
23. Troubleshoot – Lee JungJin
24. Blue Valentine – Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel — IF U ARE NOT A GOSLING FAN, YOU SHOULDN’T WATCH THIS MOVIE, SERIOUSLY. THIS WAS THE MOST SCREWED UP AND ‘EHH???’ MOVIE EVER. OK, IF U WANNA KNOW WHY U SHOULDN’T GET MARRIED, THEN GO AND WATCH THIS MOVIE. ^^
25. I am number four – Alex Pettyfer, Diana Agron, Timothy Olymphant, Callan McAuliffe

MARCH
26. Who’s that girl?
27. Beck – Hiro M., Sato Takeru, Mukai Osamu…
28. 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011
29. A better tomorrow – Song Seunghun, Joo Jinmo, Kim Kangwoo, Jo Hansun — NOSEBLEED 0_0
30. Black Swan – Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis
31. FLIPPED – Callan McAuliffe, Madeline Carroll
32.. My last five girlfriends
33. Lovers Concerto
34. The Classic
35. Season of the witch
36. Unrequited – Michael Welch — this movie tells us one lesson = check your bf’s (or gf) family background. especially mental records or suicide in the family, etc… AND mother’s shouldn’t CALL their sons while he’s getting out of a hostage-taking situation (in slo mo XD) if u don’t want them to get SHOT by stupid overreacting SWAT team peeps. >_<
37. Tangled
38. Death Place
39. Little Fockers
40. Red Riding Hood
41. Haunting Me
42. The Romantics – Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Dianna Agron, Elijah Wood
43. Gulliver’s Travels – Jack Black
44. How to keep my love – Kim Jung eun
45. The Shock Labyrinth – Yuya Yagira
46. Psychic – Kang Dongwon, Go Soo
47. Kimi no todoke – Miura Haruma
48. Push – Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle
49. Lovely Complex – Koike Teppei, Hiro M.

APRIL
50. Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night
51. The Fatality – Kenji Woo
52. Hanamizuki – Ikuta Toma, Yui Aragaki
53. Two Faces of my girlfriend – Jung Ryuwon, Bong Taegyu
54. Morning Glory – Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton
55. Faster – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
56. How do you know – Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson
57. The Tourist – Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie
58. Homecoming
59. Picture This – Ashley Tisdale
60. No Strings Attached – Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman
61. Haunted Universities
62. This Movie is broken
62 My darling FBI – Ricky Kim
63. Howl’s Moving Castle – Kimura Takuya
64. The Incite Mill – Ayase Haruka, Tatsuya Fujiwara
65. The Quiz Show Scandal
66. Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer
67, Love and other drugs – Anne Hathaway, jake Gyllenhall
68. A knight;s tale – Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany

MAY
69. The Roommate – Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet
70. Confessions (KOKUHAKU) – Takako Matsu
71. From Prada to Nada – Alexa Vega, Camilla Belle, Wilmer Valderrama
72. Into the gunfire – FINALLY! 🙂 Kwon Sangwoo, TOP (Bigbang), Cha Seungwon, Kim Seungwoo, Kim Hyesung
73. Soul’s Code
74. The Adjustment Bureau – Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
75. Perfume – Rachel Hurd-wood, Alan Rickman, Dustin Hoffman
76. Beastly – Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens
77. The Chaser – Ha Jung Woo, Kim Joonsuk
78. Fast Five – Vin Diesel, The Rock, Paul Walker
79. Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jack Black
80. Revenge of the bridesmaids
81. Limitless – Bradley Cooper
82. Video Clip

JUNE
83. Ooku
84. Hannah – Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett
85. Just go with it – Jen Aniston, Adam Sandler, Nicole Kidman
86. X-men: First Class
87. Diary of a wimpy kid 2: Rodrick Rules
88. My Mini Black Dress
89. The Green lantern
90. SuckerPunch
91. Akunin
92. Return
93. Your Highness

JULY
94. Awake – Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba
94. Arthur – Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner
95. Romeo Point
96. The Game Plan
97. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows 2
98. Scream 4
99. SP Yabo hen
100. MAGIC KITCHEN – JERRY YAN, MAGGIE Q, ANDY LAU, DANIEL WU, STEPHEN FUNG, ANTHONY WONG

AUGUST
101. Monte Carlo
102. 13 Begin
103. Rise of the planet of the apes
104. Hello Ghost
105. Ghost
106. Three Idiots
107. 8Uppers Movie
108. The Smurfs 3D
109. Piranha
110. Vanishing on 7th Street
111. The Descent 2
112. Prom
113. Thor
114. Tween Academy
115. Elevator to the gallows
116. Higanjima
117. The unborn child

SEPTEMBER
118. Suckseed
119. Lud See Lud
120. Bleach the movie 4: The Hell Chapter
121. Mystery Island
122. The art of getting by
123. Bridesmaids
124. Mr. Popper’s Penguin
125. The Commitment
126. Captain America
127. 1,778 Stories of me and my wife – T_T
128. Jam Films 2: Fastener
129. Brief Interviews With Hideous Men – John Krasinki, Bobby Canavale,
130. Meet the in-laws
131. Runway Beat – Seto Koji
132. Crazy, Stupid, Love – Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
133. Ashita no Joe – Yamapi
134. White – Ham Eunjung
135. Super 8

OCTOBER
136. No other woman
137. Friends with benefits
138. Hero
139. Dirty Dancing
140. Wishing stairs
141. Horrible Bosses
142. Amanda Knox: Murder on trial in Italy
143. The Cat – Park Minyoung, Kim Dongwook
144. The Voice
145. Memento Mori
146. Drive
147. Fright Night
148. Sky and Sea – Yoo Ah In
149. Priest – Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet
150. Saigo no Kizuna – Sato Takeru, Jun Kaname, Kento Kaku
151. My babysitter’s a vampire
152. 16 Wishes
153. The Change up -Ryan Reynolds
154. The Hangover 2
155. I don’t know how she does it
156. The Three Musketeers
157. Ghastly – Hyomin, No Min Woo
158. Sector 7 – Ha Ji Won, Oh Ji Ho
159. You Got Served 2 – Beat the world
160. In Time – Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy
161. Keitai Kareshi (Mobile Boyfriend)
162. 30 minutes or less – Jesse Eisenberg
163. Gantz
164. Another Gantz
165. Paradise Kiss

NOVEMBER
166. Honey 2
167. Romeo and Juliet – Leo DiCaprio, Clare Danes
168. What’s your number? – Chris Evans, Anna Faris
you’re the kind of guy i date before i meet the guy i end up with.
169. Pretty Woman – Julia Roberts, Richard Gere
170. Sleeping Beauty – Emily Browning
171. Bad Teacher – Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake
172. Spy Kids: All the time in the world
173. Abong/ Small House – Joel Torre
174. Puss in Boots – Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
175. Private Benjamin
176. Blind – Kim Haneul, Yoo Seungho
177. Abduction – Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins
178. Breaking Dawn – Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner
179. Flypaper – Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd
180. 10 Things I hate about you
181. Colombiana
182. My kingdom – Barbie Hsu, Wu Zun, Han Geng
183. Mona Lisa Smile

December
184, New Year’s Eve
185, My Future Boyfriend
186. The Immortals
187. Julie and Julia
188. Final Destination 5
189. Gantz: Perfect Answer
190. Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Strange Tides
191. Clash of the Titans
192. Cinderella
193. Princess Mononoke
194. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
195. Love is the only Answer
196. Ladda Land
197. You are my pet
198. Quick
199. Accidental Husband
2011 BOOKS READ

JANUARY
1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
2. Leftovers – Laura Weiss – finished
3. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia – finished 021911

FEBRUARY
3.Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – finished 021911
4. You are so cursed – Naomi Nash – half
5. Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – started

MARCH – APRIL
4. You are so cursed – Naomi Nash – finished APRIL 20
5. Beautiful Darkness – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – finished 0331

MAY
6. Kapitan Sino – Bob Ong
7. The Bro Code – Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn
8. Stop pretending – Sonya Sones

JUNE-JULY
9. The Hollow – Jessica Verday – 072811

SEPTEMBER
10. The Haunted (The Hollow Part 2) – Jessica Verday – 092111

OCTOBER
11. The Hidden (The Hollow Part 3) – Jessica Verday

NOVEMBER
12. The Commoner – John Burnham Schwartz

December
13. Beautiful Chaos – Kami Garcia/ Margaret Stohl – 120711
14. Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick – 123111

There. I noticed there are some books that took me a long time to read. It’s prolly coz I was busy or lazy… or the book just wasn’t that interesting… or maybe it was freakin’ long. Hehe. Anyways, I need a leprechaun to be able to finish 24 books this year… T_T

~Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl~ {Review}

FINALLY finished this wonderful novel! And my, was I totally stunned by the ending! 0_0 So, let me get this straight, it’s NOT a 3-part series? I thought it was! I was expecting that there will be a closure as the end drew near but there were still some stuff that needed to be explained. Not that I’m complaining. I like surprises. And this is THE GOOD kind of surprise. 😀 I admit, this series is definitely a page-turner. I’m not just biased towards ‘magic-centered’ plot okay. Yes, it kinda reminds me of Harry Potter in more ways than one but it’s the NOT-FOR-KIDS type I suppose.

So the whole world – or maybe just Gatlin county – is coming to an end. I can imagine how extremely agonizing that must’ve been for the high and mighty, righteous and selfish people there. In the last book, Lena broke the order by choosing neither light nor dark. We find out later on that there is ‘light and dark in all of us’. Basically, it’s a whole new story twisted around the same plot and involving the same characters.

What I like about this book was the fact that it can stand alone. Although it is of course advisable to read the two books before this, you won’t get so confused and lost when you read this. I like the fact that it didn’t just revolve around the main characters – Lena and Ethan. There was a story for every character, Everyone is equally vital to the plot. Each character evolved, not just physically but also emotionally, mentally and perhaps spiritually. I think another reason that made me love this was because it didn’t bore me with too much lovey-dovey scenes between Lena and Ethan or Ridley and Link. Everything was just the right amount — nothing over the top, nothing exaggerated. I like the mix of fantasy, romance, magic, action, drama and even darkness here. It was a complete recipe for perfection IMO.

I just adore Macon Ravenwood from book 1 until now. I love how he’s sort of like the equivalent of the ‘fairy godmother’ here who’s always to the rescue whenever the kids are in trouble. His powers are just amazing and it makes him an even more prominent and admirable character. There’s nothing ‘UNLIKEABLE’ about this man. He’s now on my top 5 best fictional characters ever.

In this book, however, I kinda started to like JOHN BREED. Before I just like him coz I kinda imagine him as this really hot and gorgeous dude. But now, I just love his personality. After finding out about his past and what REALLY happened to him, I felt sorry for the guy. I empathized with him. He is that irritatingly arrogant character who’d get on your nerves but you can’t help liking. I guess I can relate a bit to his character — what he went through and how he felt throughout his ordeal. The tension between him and Ethan cracked me up so much. 😄 And dang, John and Liv??? I never would’ve thought that! Genius!

I like the fact that, although Lena is still the main character here, it did not focus on her. It was all about Ethan. The story definitely progressed in a great way – from Ethan-Lena to more on Lena to more on Ethan. Sarafine’s past was equally as surprising and interesting as Macon’s past. I like how snippets from her past weaves in and out of the plot making every detail juicy and hauntingly beautiful. There might be some loopholes here and there but they were insignificant and I guess it would be explained in the next book. 😀

It was a wonderful love story between two innocent teenagers shrouded in mystery, doused in magic with a dose of mystery and darkness and a bundle of fantastic supporting cast! It kept me on the edge of my seat. A very compelling read and worthy of my precious time.

The only thing that bothers me is… I have no idea what’s gonna happen on the NEXT book. Dang. I REALLY didn’t see that coming! That caught me off guard! Haha. I kinda expected Ethan to die and that’s it. LOL. But then again, that’s a good one. Now I’m craving for more! ^^

Some quotable quotes from the book. 😀

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” ~ Winston Churchill

“I will love you until the day after forever.” ~ Izabel — I am so gonna say this to my next boyfriend. Haha!

When I fi rst met you, that’ s what I remember. I looked up at the sky and thought, I’m going to love this person because even the sky looks different.” -Lena to Ethan – Aww. I swear this moment was just… *sighs* I was totally moved. So, do I have to look at the sky the next time I meet a guy? 😀

“Do you believe in love after last sight, Ethan?” – Lena

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Macon