I made a promise to myself last year that I would read more and watch more movies (instead of re-reading Jesus’ Son fifty times and watching 20th Century Women and Twister over and over and…)

Good news: I did it!

I read some books I hated (Full Spectrum Disorder by Stan Goff, Southernmost by Silas House, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara) and a couple I loved (The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Oreo by Fran Ross). I plan to read more this year – specifically more fiction. My reading list last year was mostly non-fiction, despite the fact that I am a person who has never read a lot of non-fiction, and while it was fine and good, I think my brain needs a break.

Toward the end of the year I saw two of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.

Lean on Pete

They were also certainly the most gorgeous.

The Rider

I swear I didn’t just sit down one day and decide to watch horse movies on purpose. It happened, though, and I am glad it did.

(images from tumblr users chromet and hirxeth)