Films and Books of 2016

2016 has been a year of plenty of reading, and not so much the watching of films in paid cinema. The winners of my film list this year is none other than Fantastic Beasts, what with such loveable supporting characters like Jacob Kowalski, Percival Graves and Credence Barebone. Can’t wait to dig my hands into the original screenplay by J.K. Rowling – first book I’ll read for 2017! The first runner-up goes to Zootopia, while from bottoms up we have Machine Resurrection (please.don’t.bother unless you’d like a fictionalised rendition of a Malaysian prison on Alcatraz Island).

Fantastic Beasts

1) Joy – GV City Square Mall, Singapore (Jan)
2) Zootopia – Shaw Bugis, Singapore (Mar)
3) Il Nome del Figlio – GV Cathay, Singapore (Apr)
4) X-Men: Apocalypse – GSC Queensbay, Penang (May)
5) Star Trek: Beyond Darkness – Cineleisure, Singapore (July)
6) Jason Bourne – GSC Queensbay, Penang (Aug)
7) Machine Resurrection – GSC Queensbay, Penang (Aug)
8) Suicide Squad – GSC Queensbay, Penang (Aug)
9) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – TGV 1st Avenue, Penang (Nov)
10) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – HOYTS, Highpoint, Melbourne (Dec)
11) Trolls, HOYTS, Highpoint, Melbourne (Dec)

The best book I read in 2016 was ‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng for its clever use of past-present narrative and honest depiction of sibling rivalry, unsaid expectations and being mixed-race in North America. The worst book of 2016 goes to ‘Stay Young Detox’ by Jane Scrivner. Well, what was I thinking? It was a free gift from Reader’s Digest and I pulled it off my Dad’s bookshelf. Toast to 2017!

everything-i-never-told-you(Photo credit: Paper Trail Diary)

1) The Best I Could by Subhas Anandan (Jan)
2) Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller (Feb)
3) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Mar)
4) Relationships: From Attraction to the Altar (Mar)
5) Spirit Wars by Kris Vallotton (Mar)
6) The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis (Mar)
7) How to Raise Your Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden (Apr)
8) The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis (Apr)
9) It’s Easy to Cry by Subhas Anandhan (Apr)
10) Boundaries by Dr John Townsend (May)
11) Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic (May)
12) The Color Purple by Alice Walker (May)
13) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (June)
14) A Writer’s Journey by Gina Yap Lai Yoong (Aug)
15) Blood Canticle by Anne Rice (Sept)
16) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Sept)
17) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (Sept)
18) Stay Young Detox by Jane Scrivner (Oct)
19) The Little Book of Big Motivation by Eric Jensen (Oct)
20) Quiet Power; Words of Faith, Hope and Love by Helen Lowrie Marshall (Oct)
21) The Real Picture by Li Nanxing (Oct)
22) Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (Oct)
23) When Life Hurts by Philip Yancey (Oct)
24) A Grief Observed by CS Lewis (Nov)
25) From Panic to Power by Lucinda Bassett (Nov)
26) The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Nov)
27) Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (Nov)
28) Singapore Love Stories edited by Verena Tay (Nov)
29) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Nov)
30) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Nov)
31) The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith (Nov)
32) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Nov)
33) De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage (Nov)
34) We Rose Up Slowly by Jon Gresham (Dec)
35) Uncanny Valley by S. Mickey Lin (Dec)
36) The Blessed Life by Robert Morris (Dec)

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