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What I’m Consuming in 2014

Year 3 of the master list of everything I consume in entertainment is better than ever.

Books:

January
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl

February
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley
Wolverton Station, Joe Hill
The New Gothic, edited by Beth K. Lewis

March
Goblin Market and Other Poems, Christina Rossetti
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (re-read; audiobook)
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris (re-read; audiobook)

April
Sleep Donation, Karen Russell
The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan

May
A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

August
The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa
Hangsaman, Shirley Jackson
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami
The Giver, Lois Lowry

September
Through the Woods, Emily Carroll
Crooked House, Agatha Christie
A Farm Dies Once a Year, Arlo Crawford

October
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (re-read)
Books of Adam: The Blunder Years, Adam Ellis
The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters

November
Yes Please, Amy Poehler
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, Ben Loory (re-read)
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Bird Box, Josh Malerman

December
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
Tenth of December, George Saunders

Short Fiction:

August
“Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying,” Alice Sola Kim, Tin House, Issue 61

September
“The Doll,” Daphne du Maurier, The Doll: The Lost Short Stories
“The Ball Room,” China Mieville, Looking for Jake: Stories
“The Bloody Chamber,” Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

October
“The Bees,” Dan Chaon, Stay Awake (re-read)
“Patrick Lane, Flabbergasted,” Dan Chaon, Stay Awake
“Night Music,” Joe Fassler, Recommended Reading, Electric Literature, October 22, 2014

Music:

January
All This Bad Blood, Bastille (2013)
Freedom, Rebecca Ferguson (2013)
In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, Capital Cities (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack, (2013)
Nirvana – EP, Sam Smith (2013)

February
When The Night, St. Lucia (2013)
Broods – EP, Broods (2014)
Deeper – EP, Ella Eyre (2013)
Little Red, Katy B (2014)
Fun Machine – EP, Lake Street Dive (2012)
Bad Self Portraits, Lake Street Dive (2014)

March
Truth Serum – EP, Tove Lo (2014)

April
St. Vincent, St. Vincent (2014)
Slow Dancing – EP, Betty Who (2014)
Tremors, Sohn (2014)
Warrior – EP, Queen of Hearts (2012)
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek (2014)
Food, Kelis (2014)

May
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Original Cast Recording (2014)
Elements, Kina Grannis (2014)
I Never Learn, Lykke Li (2014)
Do It Again, Royksopp and Robyn (2014)
In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith (2014)

June
Overgrown, James Blake (2013)

July
Life is Easy, Bright Light Bright Light (2014)
1000 Forms of Fear, Sia (2014)
Laura Welsh – EP, Laura Welsh (2014)
Phox, Phox (2014)

August
Trouble in Paradise, La Roux (2014)
EP1, FKA twigs (2012)
EP2, FKA twigs (2013)
They Want My Soul, Spoon (2014)
LP1, FKA twigs (2014)
The Golden Echo, Kimbra (2014)

September
Goddess, Banks (2014)

October
Queen of the Clouds, Tove Lo (2014)
Take Me When You Go, Betty Who (2014)
Hozier, Hozier (2014)
Evergreen, Broods (2014)
Aquarius, Tinashe (2014)
Tough Love, Jessie Ware (2014)
Aphex Swift, David Rees (2014)
1989, Taylor Swift (2014)
Chapter One, Ella Henderson (2014)

November
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox (2014)

December
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Various Artists (2014)
Blood Oranges in the Snow, Over the Rhine (2014)
The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj (2014)

Movies:

January
American Hustle (2013), directed by David O. Russell (re-watch)
Her (2013), directed by Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
12 Years A Slave (2013), directed by Steve McQueen
Moonrise Kingdom (2012), directed by Wes Anderson (re-watch)

February
Frozen (2013), directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
August: Osage County (2013), directed by John Wells
Drinking Buddies (2013), directed by Joe Swanberg
Camp Takota (2014), directed by Chris and Nick Riedell
Black Swan (2010), directed by Darren Aronofsky (re-watch)
Up In The Air (2009), directed by Jason Reitman

March
Camp (2003), directed by Todd Graff
Passion (2012), directed by Brian de Palma
Maverick (1994), directed by Richard Donner (re-watch)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), directed by Jonathan Demme (re-watch)

April
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), directed by Wes Anderson
West Side Story (1961), directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise (re-watch)
Fargo (1996), directed by Joel Coen
Contracted (2013), directed by Eric England
Oculus (2014), directed by Mike Flanagan
Movie 43 (2013), directed by Bob Odenkirk, et al.

May
Mean Girls (2004), directed by Mark Waters (re-watch)
In Your Eyes (2014), directed by Brin Hill
A Fish Called Wanda (1988), directed by Charles Crichton (re-watch)
We Are What We Are (2013), directed by Jim Mickle
Not Another Teen Movie (2001), directed by Joel Gallen (re-watch)
Scoop (2006), directed by Woody Allen (re-watch)
Blue Jasmine (2013), directed by Woody Allen

June
Evita (1996), directed by Alan Parker (re-watch)
Annie Hall (1977), directed by Woody Allen
+1 (2013), directed by Dennis Ilaidis
Haunt (2013), directed by Mac Carter
Sunshine (2007), directed by Danny Boyle

July
Snowpiercer (2014), directed by Bong Joon-Ho
Airplane! (1980), directed by Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker (re-watch)
Under the Skin (2013), directed by Jonathan Glazer
The Host (2006), directed by Bong Joon-Ho
The Haunting (1999), directed by Jan de Bont (re-watch)

August
The One I Love (2014), directed by Charlie McDowell
The Congress (2013), directed by Ari Folman
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), directed by James Gunn
Stage Fright (2014), directed by Jerome Sable
Black Rock (2012), directed by Katie Aselton
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006), directed by Jonathan Levine
Enemy (2013), directed by Denis Villeneuve
The Double (2013), directed by Richard Ayoade
The Giver (2014), directed by Phillip Noyce
Dark Touch (2013), directed by Marina de Van

September
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010), directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
Hellraiser (1987), directed by Clive Barker
Entity (2012), directed by Steve Stone
The Ward (2010), directed by John Carpenter
Hook (1991), directed by Steven Spielberg
The Sacrament (2013), directed by Ti West
The Lair of the White Worm (1988), directed by Ken Russell
You’re Next (2013), directed by Adam Wingard (re-watch)
Divergent (2014), directed by Neil Burger
TiMER (2009), directed by Jac Schaeffer (re-watch)

October
Honeymoon (2014), directed by Leigh Janiak
Night of the Demon (1957), directed by Jacques Tournier
The Innocents (1961), directed by Jack Clayton
Horns (2014), directed by Alexandre Aja
Gone Girl (2014), directed by David Fincher
Byzantium (2012), directed by Neil Jordan
The Moth Diaries (2011), directed by Mary Harron
Another Me (2013), directed by Isabel Coixet
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), directed by Francis Lawrence (re-watch)
The Conjuring (2013), directed by James Wan (re-watch)
Much Ado About Nothing (2012), directed by Joss Whedon (re-watch)
V/H/S (2012), directed by Adam Wingard, et al. (re-watch)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), directed by Steven Spielberg (re-watch)

November
Rent (2005), directed by Chris Columbus (re-watch)
In a World (2013), directed by Lake Bell
Amélie (2001), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Graduate (1967), directed by Mike Nichols
Interstellar (2014), directed by Christopher Nolan
Romancing the Stone (1984), directed by Robert Zemeckis
The Babadook (2014), directed by Jennifer Kent
Love Actually (2003), directed by Richard Curtis (re-watch)
The Rebound (2009), directed by Bart Freundlich

December
Fight Club (1999), directed by David Fincher
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014), directed by Francis Lawrence
Prometheus (2012), directed by Ridley Scott (re-watch)
Upstream Color (2013), directed by Shane Carruth (re-watch)
A Christmas Story (1983), directed by Bob Clark
Into the Woods (1991), directed by James Lapine (re-watch)
Into the Woods (2014), directed by Rob Marshall

Television:

January
30 Rock, Season 7 (re-watch)
Sherlock, Season 2 (re-watch)
Happy Endings, Season 1 (re-watch)
Happy Endings, Season 2 (re-watch)
Sherlock, Season 3
Happy Endings, Season 3

February
Amish: The Shunned – American Experience
Party Down
, Season 1 (re-watch)
Party Down, Season 2 (re-watch)
Downton Abbey, Season 4
House of Cards, Season 2

March
True Detective, Season 1

April
Carnivale, Season 1

May
Game of Thrones, Season 1 (re-watch)
Carnivale, Season 2
Game of Thrones, Season 2 (re-watch)
The Thirteenth Tale

June
Orange is the New Black, Season 2
Six Feet Under, Season 1 (re-watch)

July
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

August
Six Feet Under, Season 2 (re-watch)

September
Going Deep with David Rees, Season 1
The IT Crowd, Season 1 (re-watch)
The IT Crowd, Season 2 (re-watch)
The IT Crowd, Season 3 (re-watch)

October
The IT Crowd, Season 4 (re-watch)
Enlightened, Season 1 (re-watch)
Enlightened, Season 2 (re-watch)

November
Six Feet Under, Season 3

December
Black Mirror, Season 1
Black Mirror, Season 2
Six Feet Under, Season 4
Six Feet Under, Season 5

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