Saturday, August 23, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Watch, Read, or Listen to 40 Things Suggested by Others


Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

I love movies and books, and I'm always on the look out for my next favorite music artist. I thought seeking suggestions from others would be a great way to expand my horizons and experience some new things that I would never have been exposed to otherwise.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

It was actually better!  Most of the suggested movies, books, and albums were things that I never would have chosen for myself, yet I found myself pleasantly surprised by how many of them I really enjoyed. This was such a great experience that I think it will show up again on a future bucket list!

The details...

In order to get as wide of a variety of suggestions as possible, I turned it into a contest on my Facebook page.  I asked fans to submit up to three suggestions for a chance to win a drawing for a $25 amazon gift card and kept the entry open until I received at least 40 suggestions.  I was fortunate enough to receive many more suggested materials than I needed for my list, so I've held on to the rest of the ideas to check out in the future. (There is a list at the bottom of this post of the remaining items.) There was no rhyme or reason as to why I selected the items that I did.  I basically just started searching for them in the order I received them. I ended up watching more movies and listening to more albums simply because of time constraints.  Surprisingly, I had a hard time finding a lot of the books at our library.  You'll also notice a lot of the items were suggested by Kevin.  I wasn't trying to play favorites, I just wanted to include some albums in the mix and he is the one who suggested 99% of the options.

Here is the list of the movies, books, and albums that I watched, read, and listened to:

1. Read: River's End by Nora Roberts suggested by Jenny
2. Watched: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas suggested by Kevin
3. Listened: Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks suggested by Kevin
4. Read: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness suggested by Keegan
5. Watched: Shaun of the Dead suggested by Jamie
6. Read: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell suggested by Kim
7. Watched: Persuasion suggested by Sydney
8. Listened: Airbourne - Runnin' Wild suggested by Kevin
9. Read: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black suggested by Chantel
10. Watched: The Color Purple suggested by Chantel
11. Listened: Ellie Goulding - Halcyon suggested by Kevin
12. Watched: My Sister's Keeper suggested by Kim
13. Watched: Auntie Mame suggested by Elle
14. Watched: Rear Window suggested by Elle
15. Read: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg suggested by Kristin
16. Watched: Amelie suggested by Jess
17. Watched: House of 1000 Corpses suggested by Christina
18. Listened: Florence + The Machine - Lungs suggested by Kevin
19. Read: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison suggested by Jenny
20. Listened: How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion suggested by Kevin
21. Read: Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden suggested by Jenny
22. Listened: Kanye West - Yeezus suggested by Kevin
23. Listened: MGMT - Oracular Spectacular suggested by Kevin
24. Read: The Trouble With Paradise by Jill Shalvis suggested by Jenny
25. Listened: Mumford & Sons - Babel suggested by Kevin
26. Listened: Mumford & Sons - Sign No More suggested by Kevin
27. Watched: A Room with a View suggested by Sharon
28. Read: Vision in White by Nora Roberts suggested by Jenny
29. Listened: Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory suggested by Kevin
30. Watched: Swimming with Sharks suggested by Kim
31. Watched: Four Rooms suggested by Kim
32. Listened: Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris suggested by Kevin
33. Listened: TV On The Radio - Dear Science suggested by Kevin
34. Listened: TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes suggested by Kevin
35. Listened: Rush - Moving Pictures suggested by Fred
36. Listened: Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend suggested by Kevin
37. Listened: Vampire Weekend - Contra suggested by Kevin
38. Listened: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City suggested by Kevin
39. Watched: The Devil's Rejects suggested by Christina
40. Listened: Wolfmother - Wolfmother suggested by Kevin

The Remaining Items:

High Society suggested by Elle
Blackfish suggested by Fred
Fear of a Black Cat suggested by Kim
Suicide Kings suggested by Kim
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling suggested by Alex
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving suggested by Kara
Divergent by Veronica Roth suggested by Kara
Metamorphoses by Ovid suggested by Alex
The Green Mile by Steven King suggested by Jamie
The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett suggested by Elle
The Art of Happiness by Howard C. Cutler suggested by Kristin
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson suggested by Sydney
First Person Plural by Andrew W. M. Beierle suggested by Holly
Nordie's at Noon by Patti Belwanz suggested by Holly
Into the Wild (Book 1) by Jon Krakauer suggested by Petria
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby suggested by Jess
A Room with A View by E.M. Forr\ester suggested by Sharon
Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain suggested by Sharon
Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke suggested by Heather
Under the Dome by Stephen King suggested by Fred
Joyland by Stephen King suggested by Fred
Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis suggested by Jenny
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley suggested by Jenny
Not Without Risk by Sarah Grimm suggested by Jenny
Cold Sight by Leslie Parrish suggested by Jenny
Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden suggested by Jenny
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole suggested by Jenny
Dark Nights Dangerous Men by Elisabeth Naughton suggested by Jenny
Halfway to the Grave By Jeaniene Frost suggested by Jenny
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis suggested by Jenny

Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

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