And all that remains is the assembly; once I've got the pieces woven together and sewn at the edge, I shall have a blanket that's about... um, six foot square. Yeeeeah. Surprisingly, did not have to buy any additional yarn, though my worsted-weight stash is pretty well cleaned out and I'll have to nick one skein back from Mum for the edging.

Onward to other ongoing yearlong endeavours: 2016 marks year eleven of Media Consumption lists, with year ten coming in at 146 books, and 57 films, and ten years tilting at this bloody windmill at a grand total of 965 books and 491 films. Um. Yes. If anyone cares to check the math, go ahead, I'll just be lying here with a cold cloth over my eyes. On to the second ten years:



January: 6 books, 7 films

BOOKS:

  • Chimera, Mira Grant
  • Wolves, Simon Ings
  • Palimpsest, Charles Stross
  • Sugar: A Bittersweet History, Elizabeth Abbott
  • The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s, Peter Doggett
  • Missile Gap, Charles Stross


FILMS:

  • Horns
  • Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
  • Death at A Funeral (2007)
  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
  • Minions
  • The Warriors
  • Mr Peabody And Sherman


February: 3 books, 5 films

BOOKS:

  • Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour From the Cranium to the Calcaneum, Gavin Francis
  • Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics, Richard Shenkman
  • Silverblind, Tina Connolly


FILMS:

  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence
  • Grandma
  • The Hunger
  • Robocop (2014)


March: 13 books, 5 films

BOOKS:

  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Female Man, Joanna Russ
  • The Doctors Are In: The Essential and Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who's Greatest Time Lord, Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? (sic)
  • Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life, Harold S Kushner
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola
  • Listen, Liberal; Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?, Thomas Frank
  • Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly
  • Glitter & Mayhem
  • Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through A Lifetime, Suzanne McGrath
  • The Art of Yregrof: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers, Noah Charney

    re-read: Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold


FILMS:

  • Suffragette
  • For No Good Reason
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2
  • The Big Short
  • Steve Jobs


April: 10 books, 5 films

BOOKS:

  • Doctor Who: City of Death, Douglas Adams with James Goss
  • Secrets of An Organized Mom: From the Overflowing Closets to the Chaotic Play Areas : A Room-by-room Guide to Decluttering and Streamlining your Home for A Happier Family, Barbara Reich

    re-read: A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Komarr, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Cetaganda, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Diplomatic Immunity, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Brothers In Arms, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Mirror Dance, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold


FILMS:

  • The Danish Girl
  • The Mouse That Roared
  • Good Bye Lenin!
  • Six-String Samurai
  • King Kong vs Godzilla


May: 8 books, 2 films

BOOKS:

  • Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters, Charles J Wheelan
  • Howard Who?: Twelve Outstanding Stories of Speculative Fiction, Howard Waldrop
  • Something More Than Night, Ian Tregillis
  • Women At War

    re-read: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: the Warrior's Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: the Vor Game, Lois McMaster Bujold
    re-read: Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold


FILMS:

  • the Lady in the Van
  • the Phantom of the Opera (2004)


June: 11 books, 4 films

BOOKS:

  • Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers, Joseph Tychonievich
  • Fire on the Mountain, Terry Bisson
  • Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire
  • How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing, Alison Freer
  • How Not to Be A Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide, Meghan Doherty
  • Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook From Scratch--over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods, Jennifer Reese
  • A Gentleman Gets Dressed up: What to Wear, When to Wear It, How to Wear It, John Bridges
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  • Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, Douglas Rushkoff

    re-read: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    re-read: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury


FILMS:

  • Chinatown
  • Pretty Woman
  • Chi-Raq
  • Safe House


July: 9 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier
  • Human For A Day
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik
  • Fantasy Gone Wrong
  • The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal
  • We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Chess and The Art of War: Ancient Wisdom to Make You A Better Player, Al Lawrence
  • Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies : How What We Eat Defines Who We Are, Sophie Egan
  • Time and Time Again, Ben Elton


FILMS:

  • Race
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Divergent: Allegiant


August: 7 books, 4 films

BOOKS:

  • Revisionary, Jim C Hines
  • The End of the Perfect 10:
    The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score -- from Nadia to Now
    , Dvora Meyers
  • Hello, Jell-o!: 50+ Inventive Recipes for Gelatin Treats and Jiggly Sweets, Victoria Belanger
  • the Nightmare Stacks, Charles Stross
  • the Heir, Kiera Cass
  • the Crown, Kiera Cass
  • Metropolis, Thea von Harbou


FILMS:

  • Snowpiercer
  • Purple Rain
  • Primer
  • the Jacket


September: 9 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get A Life, Thomas Geoghegan
  • Witches of Lychford, Paul Cornell
  • Visitor, C J Cherryh
  • American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Story Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-loved Cakes From Past to Present, Anne Byrn
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff
  • Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for A Future on Earth?, Alan Weisman
  • The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, Belle Boggs

    re-read: Faust Eric, Terry Pratchett
    re-read: Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett


FILMS:

  • the Lobster
  • Scotland, PA
  • TiMER


October: 7 books, 1 film

BOOKS:

  • Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer
  • The Thirteen Clocks, James Thurber
  • The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson
  • Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Blood of Tyrants, Naomi Novik

    re-read: A Brother's Price, Wen Spencer
    re-read: the Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes


FILMS:

  • Ghostbusters (2016)


November: 4 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Mirabile, Janet Kagan
  • Knitting in America, Melanie Falick
  • How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables, Rebecca Rupp
  • Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd


FILMS:

  • 1984 (1956)
  • the Syrian Bride
  • Star Trek Beyond


December: 5 books, 3 films

BOOKS:

  • Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History, Bill Laws
  • Between Dog and Wolf: Understanding the Connection and the Confusion, Jessica Addams
  • League of Dragons, Naomi Novik
  • The geek feminist revolution, Kameron Hurley
  • Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire


FILMS:

  • Broken Flowers
  • Mississippi Burning
  • Akeelah and the Bee

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