52 Books and 52 Movies in 2008

Last year my friend Alex decided he would read 52 books and see 52 classic movies in 2007. I don't know if he made it or not, but I decided to try the same thing in 2008. I changed criteria a bit. I decided to see 52 movies I had never seen before, either in the theater, TV (AMC and the like) or on DVD. I have always been a big movie fan, but I have never been a seeker of classical movies. I have seen a lot of the "classical" movies over the years, and some were wonderful and some were just not interesting to me. So I decided to see "movies" in general that I could (hopefully) enjoy. For books I took a different approach. At first I thought I would read 52 books from authors I had never read before, but that seemed too daunting, so I changed my thoughts toward 52 books I had never read before written by 52 different authors. This would include authors I like with new books as well as authors new to me. I suspect reading the books will be more difficult than watching the movies. I also decided that length didn't matter, but I probably wouldn't do a book of short stories unless they were all from the same author and I decided to include non-fiction as well. Since my reading for pleasure runs to the mystery and sci-fi genres, I will try to include more variety, but not to the exclusion of all else.

I than decided to write about what I had seen and read. Kind of a journal. And make a kind of blog. I doubt anyone will much see it, or care for that matter, so it is for me. That said and you are not me and reading this, enjoy, but remember that my opinions are my own and anything written here represents first impressions. I don't write reviews, and what is written is not meant to be a review. I will try to write in complete sentences, but I won't even promise that much. 52 books and 52 movies averages to one a week, but I am not going to try to hold to a pattern of 'one per week'. I will add books and movies when I see them, and if I reach my goal, I will stop. The movies will be movies seen in 2008, a couple of the books may be books I started in 2007, but finished in 2008. I tend to read on 4 or 5 books at the same time. So there you have it!

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