Goodbye 2020 – Hello 2021

Hello there!

Every year, I try to set myself a read/watch list for the year to come. I’ve come to despise that moment of realization where I tend to overfocus my reading around new releases and this strategy ended up being the only way, for the time being, for me to prioritize those things that I have been meaning to get around to for years. Today, I wanted to look back at what I succeeded in doing in 2020 and then present my reading/watching resolutions for 2021. Hopefully, this post will be the proper kick in the butt so that I finally get some things done.


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I’m a bit ashamed of this but I barely tackled half of these and I wish I had tried harder to go through more of these. I probably underestimated the length of some of these, as well as my time management skills throughout the pandemic, despite having read so much more than any other year. I think I need to approach these priority books differently and avoid pushing them into the next month when a 1 book per month rate is the best way to get through them in time.

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Similar to the books I hoped to read, I succeeded a tad bit better here but failed to physically pick these up and add them to my current TBR throughout the year. While they were staring at me from a shelf dedicated to them, I think I got distracted with everything else I was reading, especially once I started to explore digital books/comics. The big takeaway here is to FOCUS on my goals and not OVERLOOK them.

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As you’ve probably seen in my previous post, I made 2020 a year of cinematic pleasure for myself and it made this watchlist easy to get through. None of these were bad movies and a lot of these are cult classics too. I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment and I look forward to putting a dent in my 2021 watchlist even more now!

While it should’ve been easy to binge through these, I, unfortunately, haven’t made time for the third season of Westworld yet. The rest were binged through quite easily. I even follow the second season of The Mandalorian as each episode was released! As if that was any challenge at all knowing how great that show is! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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While last year was the first time I even tried to create a 12-book priority list for the year and, unfortunately, failed, I think I can get it right this year. I’m keeping the same books I didn’t read last year this time around and added in a couple more than I have been dying to get around to for a while, especially thanks to a couple of trusted friends in the blogosphere.

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Again, there were a couple of comics that I didn’t make time for last year that I’ll get around to this year. I added a couple of sequels to things I loved and a couple of highly-recommended reads that I have been meaning to get around for far too long! Suddenly, these priority lists are making me overly-excited for everything even more than ever! ๐Ÿ˜›

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There are so many movies that I want to watch in my life and cutting it down to 12 was painfully hard. I think these would make for an excellent dose of classic greatness so that 2021 is sure to not feel dull in any way whatsoever! ๐Ÿ˜€

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I hesitated again to make myself go through more TV series but I think my love for cinema dominates that of TV series, so I’m sticking with these to-be-released shows in 2021 (hopefully without any delays). From Apple TV+’s Foundation series to Prime’s Lord of the Rings series, I think there are a lot of things that fans of science-fiction, fantasy, and superheroes can look forward to in 2021!


I thought of maybe adding a couple of life resolutions here but after a couple of seconds of introspection, I concluded that it might not bring me much to write down things that I will inevitably try to achieve when the moment is right.
With that being said, what books, comics, movies, or TV series do you look forward to check out this year?
Did you spot anything you love in what I plan to check out this year?
Let me know!

Till next time,

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  • Glad you got to watch Reqium for a Dream. I played the Fridge in that movie. Although, they didn’t want to pay me. ๐Ÿค 

    I’m half way through Gridlinked, so I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on that. Thanks again, Lashaan.

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  • You have some pretty big books there in your Priority list. And several of those are from ongoing, ie, never to be finished, series. Is that risk something you’re ok with?

    I’ve got zero opinions about your watching stuff. I get all the movie stuff I need from Ol’10. Just reading about the movies/shows is usually more than enough for me. So have at it, go wild, watch all the stuff! Except for where it interferes with reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Hahahahaha I think you made a similar comment last year too. Yes, sir. I don’t mind being tortured by authors who just don’t want to finish their series. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh man, with the amount of content Ol’10 dishes out, you’re sure to never have uninteresting movies to check out too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Thankfully, since I watch so few movies, I can plan them out months in advance. So I’m hoping this year to effortlessly shrug off his barrage of movie bullets.

        And I suspect I did say the same thing last year. One of the disadvantages of getting older. You forget stuff and repeat stuff.
        That is the thing I’m not fond of about getting older, forgetting I’ve already said stuff…

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  • I dug ‘Raging Bull’ at the time and Kurt Russells re-make of ‘the Thing’ is fantastic even after all these years.

    I’m a big Neal Stephenson fan and ‘Anathem’ is probably the best.

    I love ‘Seven Samurai’. Toshiro is just a baby!

    I always approve of Kirk Douglas.

    Luv ‘Casablanca’.

    I am not familiar with ‘Marnie’. I will have to correct that.

    Happy Trails!

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    • Raging Bull was such a fascinating movie, exploring De Niro’s character’s personality in such a staggering fashion.

      Are you saying that the 2011 movie is actually worth checking out? It’s as good as John Carpenter’s original movie? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Oh man, I’m so happy to hear that you also read and loved Anathem! I’m dying to read it now!

      That’s what I’m talking about! A man with good taste! You’ve seen and loved both Seven Samurai and Casablanca!

      Another Hitchcock movie for the both of us to discover then! Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it, Icky! ๐Ÿ˜€ Stay safe!

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      • Eeek! No! I have not seen, nor do I intend to see the 2011 remake of ‘The Thing’. John Carpenter’s 1982 movie is not the original, the 1951 version is the original, and yes, it is worth checking out.

        Happy Trails!

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  • I’ve been very slowly working up and reordering a list to try for this year. And many of the books/series/authors on yours have been on mine for quite some time, so you’re not the only one who hasn’t tried them yet (Martin, Jordan, Robb, Lynch, Stephenson). I just hope we thoroughly enjoy the majority of what we end up choosing!

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    • I’m glad to hear that we might actually both discover new titles/authors together this year! I do hope they work out for you though. I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy them for what they’ll offer and I’m excited to finally discover why they got so much attention since their release! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Can’t wait for your “The Name of the Wind” review. It’s a book that was recommended to me this year (supposedly it’s a part of a trilogy or a longer series). I had high hopes for it. It was disappointing to me. Maybe if I read part 2 it would spark more interest, but I decided not to waste my time.

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    • Yeh, Rothfuss is known, like G.R.R. Martin, for not finishing up his series in a reasonable time for bookworms around the world hahahah I’m sorry to hear about your disappointment for it though. While, at first, everyone seemed to love it, I have started to discover a couple of people who hated it hahah I can’t wait to check it out this year, for sure!

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  • I am such a mood reader that I don’t think I could come close to sticking to a TBR like this. Also, a lot of my reading is dictated by what is available at the library or what ARCs I get approved for on NetGalley. I do like the idea of picking out some more “classic” titles. Good luck with your TBR/TBW!

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    • Hahahah I totally understand! I think we had this discussion on a post of mine about how we decide what to read next too! ๐Ÿ˜› It’s because of ARCs and new releases that I often end up putting aside those books that I own and haven’t read! It’s why I try to stick with this reading/watching resolution so that I don’t ignore them hahaha Thanks, Stephanie! I hope you get around to reading/watching some great ones today! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • I saw the movie Up today and thought it was really nice. I haven’t seen any other movie on your list, but I’ve been meaning to see The Thing since forever!

    Since you say they’re all good movies, I’ll check them outโ€”starting with The Thing and that other movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Happy New Year, by the way!

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    • I had only heard amazing things about Up before having seen it last year and it is indeed as good as everyone claimed it was! Ratatouille seems to be the one that many consider the best of the best though and I need to properly watch it now with my adult brain hahaha

      The Thing is a very suspenseful movie and, once you see it, you’ll see how a lot of horror movies today take inspiration from it. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Leo has barely ever done anything horrible. His acting alone makes anything great for me hahaha I’m glad to hear your interest in those movies though! I think you’re very likely to enjoy these if your tastes are similar to mine!

      Thank you so much for visiting and Happy New Year to you too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Was Ratatouille on your list? How in God’s name did I miss it? I saw Ratatouille when I was a kid, so while I’ve watched it, I only remember a few scenes. I’d love to rewatch again sometime soon. I may not completely remember the movie, but I remember the feeling of satisfaction it left me those many years ago.

        I’m a die-hard fan of Leo, especially after seeing him play in Shutter Island and Inception. He’s such a wonderful actor!

        Eyy, you needn’t thank me for visiting. It was a real pleasure reading your blog post. ๐Ÿค—

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  • A lot of good stuff on your reading list. A Game of Thrones takes some getting into, but worth it once you begin to figure out what’s going on. The Lightning Thief was pretty easy and fun. And The Two Towers is my favorite of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I think. It’s the middle book in the series, but there are a handful of great lines in it.

    Marnie is an interesting movie – it has Tippy Hedren as the villain/victim and Sean Connery as the person who unravels the case. He also marries her. Very strange. I wouldn’t ever have watched it if my husband didn’t collect Alfred Hitchcock movies.

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    • Many of them are classics in my books too! I definitely hear you for GoT. Having seen the TV series, it’s a lot easier to follow what’s going on so far, especially when the first season followed the first book so closely! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’m glad to hear that The Two Towers is your favourite of the trilogy though! That has me beyond excited! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have seen a good amount of Hitchcock movies in the past two years and my girlfriend is a huge fan of them. She’s the one who told me to go with Marnie as my MUST-WATCH Hitchcock movie this year and I can only imagine it is excellent! Thanks for sharing with me! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • One – I love the way you formatted this post.

    Two- I am so impressed that you managed to kick off every film on your list. I think I got 2/3 of them off mine haha.

    Three – super excited to see Your Name on your list of movies this year. It’s absolutely stunning and the soundtrack is on point.

    Four – Happy New Year, my friend. Here’s to a brighter 2021. ๐Ÿ˜

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    • Hahahah thanks, Lois! I appreciate it! While it was harder to achieve my reading goals, I couldn’t fail the watchlist though! Too many of those were movies I have been dying to see for too long hahaha And yes for Your Name! I have been recommended the director’s movies by a bunch of peepz and I hope I can get through more than just Your Name too! Stay awesome and safe, Lois! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Whatever I planned to read in 2020, I couldn’t read it. Planning obviously didn’t work. I have books I want to read so I will read them whenever I get time. There are few tours I signed up till March. After that I will see but no strict plan or goal for the year.

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  • Good luck with these Lashaan! I have noticed this past year that I’ve become more and more a mood reader. The stress of day to day life being real for months, I’ve decided to keep my goals very light this year!

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  • Well you know I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Robin Hobb’s Assassin Apprentice. It starts out slow, but such a great series to commit to. And, oh man!, curious to see what you think of Game of Thrones and Eye of the World. For some reason, I think you might not dig Lightning Thief too much. It’s a fun read and I love it, so I’d recommend it. Very quick read, if you wanna kick off the year with it.
    Hope you end up having a great time with all these though ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • So far, GoT has been excellent to me. Looking forward to writing up a review for it once I’m done! Both EotW and AA will be really interesting though. Such highly praised series/universes. So much to look forward to! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • I’m not as organized or intentional as you regarding my entertainment goals. I remain open because sometimes a review or word from someone will pique my curiosity and there I go after that book or film. For example, the miniseries in Netflix, Queen’s Gambit, kept popping up, so I finally succumbed and watched it. I recommend it. Stephen King even said it was his favorite series, and yes, that did influence me eventually when I couldn’t fine anything worthwhile. But, then I’m in the middle of watching Alice in Borderland (series in Netflix) and I think you might like it.

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    • I do the same as you but I’ve come to establish these entertainment goals so that I don’t forget the things I have ALWAYS wanted to get around to but haven’t yet. I saw Queen’s Gambit and enjoyed it a lot too! Especially as a chess player myself hahah I saw Alice in Borderland and it looked like a lot of fun! glad to hear it’s working for you so far! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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