Top Ten Films of 2016

In 2016 I saw 83 movies in theaters, 65 of which were new releases. It was a pretty great year for film. I went to the TCM Film Festival where I was lucky enough to see some classics I had never seen on the big screen. I also crammed in nine movies in the last two weeks of the year. I’m trying to be a little more official with my end of the year highlights, so here are my favorite new releases from the last year.

First, some honorable mentions:

The Finest Hours
Deadpool
Everybody Wants Some
Sing Street
Elvis & Nixon
The Shallows
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Moana
Edge of Seventeen
Moonlight

Like I said, it was a great year. I saw a lot of things that I enjoyed, and it was hard to narrow down the list to just ten. Each of these stuck with me afterwards and had some element that really stood out. What separates the top ten from the honorable mentions is that they not only stuck with me, they surprised me in some way. These are my top ten favorite new releases from 2016.

swiss-army-man10. Swiss Army Man
This was undoubtedly the most original film I saw all year. It is bizarre and moving in surprising ways, and I’m still not entirely sure I liked it that much. I thought Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe were outstanding. I was amazed that I found myself so emotionally attached to a corpse and the crazy guy carrying him around. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to everyone but if you’re looking for something unique, you can’t get much better than this film.

hacksaw-ridge9. Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson has made his return to Hollywood loud and clear with this film. I have always been a fan of his style, and I’m a sucker for heroic war stories. I’m also a sucker for Andrew Garfield. I’ve been enamored of him since The Social Network in 2010, and I was excited to see him grow further as an actor in this role. There is so much to appreciate in this film, from the acting and directing to the true story on which it is based. The real story is incredible, and Gibson has done a brilliant job bringing it to the screen.

civil-war8. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War is proof that the Captain America films have been the best in the Marvel universe at producing quality sequels. I’m an avid fan of the original, and firmly believe that the Captain is the best of the Avengers. I was blown away by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Civil War was my most anticipated film of 2016. I was very nervous right before its release. I was so happy that it kept up with the tone and quality of the previous film. I was also impressed with how it juggled all of the different character storylines in a way that felt fair to each. I believe that a large part of the success of the Captain America films comes down to perfect casting, especially of the title character. Chris Evans has done great justice to the character and his fellow castmates have followed by stepping up to his level.

manchesterbythesea7. Manchester by the Sea
It would be hard to say that I really enjoyed this film. It is heartbreaking and hard to watch but it is also incredibly well done. It feels like a very real look into a harsh situation where real, normal people, are just trying to stay afloat as they deal with impossibly tough issues. Everyone is excellent but Casey Affleck shines as an average Joe barely getting by after a plague of personal tragedies. He deserves the Oscar, and I only hope the Academy doesn’t make the same mistake it did with Jake Gyllenhaal in 2014’s Nightcrawler.

eddie-the-eagle6. Eddie the Eagle
Who doesn’t love an underdog sports story? Eddie the Eagle is the uplifting true retelling of Britain’s Olympic ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. This film is just pure happiness. It’s nonstop joy from start to finish. Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton have great chemistry. Jackman has charisma and oozes charm in every scene he is in. Egerton has great comedic chops but is also surprisingly moving as the very earnest Eddie Edwards, who no one takes very seriously. I watched this again recently, and had such a blast that I want to recommend it to everyone.

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Photo: Jan Thijs 20155. Arrival
This was a science fiction film that ended up being a communication lesson. I don’t think there was any way I wouldn’t end up loving it. I don’t watch enough Sci-Fi considering it is one of my favorite genres. I especially don’t watch enough non-Horror Sci-Fi, which is what this film is. It poses the question of how do we even begin thinking of how to communicate with an entirely new species? Then it answers the question in a variety of ways because there are many ways to communicate. I’m still thinking about this film, and I’m still thinking about what it all means, and how it all ties together. I can’t end this review without mentioning Amy Adams, who carries the film with her performance. Another Oscar contender who deserves the acknowledgement.

10-cloverfield-lane4. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Speaking of Sci-Fi Horror films, 10 Cloverfield Lane comes in at my number four spot. Another film carried by performances, in this case the three leads, John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. I don’t want to say much because I believe people should go into this film not knowing too much. What I will say is this a tense, slow burn that keeps you guessing from start to finish.

hell-or-high-water3. Hell or High Water
A modern western with yet more outstanding performances from all the leads. Everyone will praise Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster for their performances in this film, as they should because both actors are great but I was personally most impressed by Chris Pine. This film gave him the chance to stretch his acting chops in a subtle, yet effective way. He plays the quieter of two brothers, opposite Foster’s louder more reckless one, set against the law after a series of robberies. This is a thrilling story that pits the downtrodden against the righteous in a tense play for the finish line.

LLL d 29 _5194.NEF2. La La Land
A musical set in Los Angeles about the entertainment industry, from the writer/director of Whiplash, Damien Chazelle. I think the entertainment gods made this just for me. Okay, maybe not but man, I loved this film. It came very close to being my number one. I love musicals. I love Los Angeles, and films about it. La La Land combined all of those things in a beautiful, sweet homage to the City of Angels, and to the movie musical. The songs are wonderful, the story is endearing, and the leads are beyond charming. Everyone who considers themselves an Angeleno should see this, and everyone who loves movies should also see it.

the-nice-guys1. The Nice Guys
I kept going back and forth between my number one and two, and both, perhaps not coincidentally, star Ryan Gosling. They also have the same setting, although several decades apart. I firmly believe that I had a past life that took place in the 1970s in Los Angeles. I love films from the 70s, and I, of course, love Los Angeles. I also love buddy cop films, and private detective characters. The Nice Guys is a Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) creation that combines all those things I love with hilarious antics from the talents of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. I am so bummed this didn’t do better at the box office because I would love to see these two actors go at it again in these roles. If you have two hours to spare, this is a good, funny, original film that deserves some love.

2016 was a great year at the movies. Here’s hoping 2017 continues the streak.

Horror Movie Round Up Week Four: October 22nd-31st

maggieMaggie (2015)

Synopsis:
In a post Zombie Apocalypse world, the disease that causes cannibalistic tendencies is managed enough by authorities so that family members can spend their last few weeks together before fully turning. This story follows a father who has to learn to deal with his daughter’s infection, and inevitable death.

Review:
I was really struck by how sad this was. I thought Arnold Schwarzenegger was quite good. He is mostly quiet throughout the film, and relies more on body movement and facial expressions to convey emotion. I loved the tone of the whole film, and the question it raises of what would you do to ease the suffering of a loved one.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

babadookThe Babadook (2014)

Synopsis:
A single mother suffering from an undiagnosed case of depression must learn to cope with her emotions in order to protect her son from harm.

Review:
This movie gave me one of the worst nightmares I have ever had, which should be an indicator of how good it is. It’s scary and emotional, and plays on reality versus psychological terrors. The overall impact was very effective, and I love the ambiguity of it all.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

the-furyThe Fury (1978)

Synopsis:
After a failed assassination attempt on his life, a father searches for his psychic son who was kidnapped by government agents.

Review:
Another weird one from the creative genius of Brian De Palma, and another John Cassavetes film. This was interesting, kind of a fugitive-on-the-run flick mixed with supernatural elements. I thought the two genres worked well together, and I liked Kirk Douglas, as always. The ending was also a perfect payoff.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

brotherhoodofsatanThe Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

Synopsis:
A family of three gets stranded in a small town where the children have been going missing, and rumors of Satan worshipping are beginning to seem more and more likely to be true.

Review:
For about the first half hour of the film you have no idea what is really going on, and while it can get a bit confusing, I think as a storytelling technique, it works. The rest of the movie is a race against the clock and the anxiety continues to rise until the very last minute of the film.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

kinopoisk.ruThe Mummy (1932)

Synopsis:
A cursed mummy comes back to life and stalks a young woman who he is convinced is the reincarnation of his lover.

Review:
The classic monster movies are classics for a reason. There is magic, mystery, and death around every corner. Plus, the special effects still hold up. This is such a good story told succinctly and effectively.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Prom Night (2008)

Synopsis:
A teenager is stalked at her prom by an escaped murderer who is obsessed with her.

Review:
Sadly this was only slightly better than the original. The killing scenes are at least viewable and offer some pretty good slasher fun. I thought the characters were better developed, and the killer’s strategy more planned out and logical. Though I thought the setup of the original was better, the execution of this film works more for me.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

 

the-grudgeThe Grudge (2004)

Synopsis:
An American nurse working in Tokyo visits a patient at a house that has a supernatural curse on it, and is subsequently exposed to the terrors of the curse.

Review:
I’m not entirely sure what it was about this movie but it really freaked me out. I didn’t think it was super scary but the idea of being unable to escape this terrible supernatural entity was very creepy. I also liked that the story was told semi out of sequence, and without title cards for the flashbacks. I thought this added tension and mystery to the film.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

the-flyThe Fly (1986)

Synopsis:
A scientist’s experiment goes horribly wrong when a house fly accidentally ends up in his teleportation device as he is testing it on himself.

Review:
Why did I wait so long to watch this? Jeff Goldblum is one of my favorite actors and this is such a perfect part for him. He is convincing as the earnest scientist Seth Brundle who believes his invention will “change the world.” His transformation into a terrifying and unfeeling human-fly hybrid is that much more tragic for knowing that as a human his intentions were good, and his mind brilliant. The special effects in this film are practical in nature and more convincing and gruesome as a result than any computer could generate.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

 

the-mistThe Mist (2007)

Synopsis:
A group of townspeople get stuck in a grocery store when a mysterious mist spreads over their city bringing with it strange creatures bent on making them their next meal.

Review:
I had a tough time with this one. I loved the first hour and a half of the film with the uncertainty of what was going on, and the terrifying creatures showing up in waves. I also really liked all of the philosophical questions raised about human nature and psychology. What I didn’t really like was the ending, which I thought was really harsh. I get that that’s the point of it but it left me feeling gut-punched rather than melancholy and thoughtful, which is what I felt for most of the movie.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Synopsis:
Frankenstein’s monster survives the attempt to kill him, and searches for companionship. Simultaneously Dr. Frankenstein is persuaded by his former mentor to continue his research on reanimation.

Review:
The Frankenstein novel is one of my favorite books, and although the movies aren’t super faithful adaptations, I have always enjoyed them. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen the Bride of Frankenstein before now. I know I’ve seen the Son of Frankenstein and I’ve seen other interpretations of the original story. I really liked this movie, even though the title character doesn’t appear until the last ten minutes of the film. I liked that it explored more of Mary Shelley’s original themes about nature versus nurture, and the harsh reality of quick human judgement.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Horror Movie Round Up Week Three: October 15th-21st

blair-witchThe Blair Witch Project (1999)

Synopsis:
Found footage of three student filmmakers reveals the strange happenings of their trip into a Maryland forest for the filming of a documentary on the Blair Witch legend.

Review:
Much like last week’s Paranormal Activity, I think this would have been more impactful had I seen it when it first came out. I give it credit for being the first “found footage” film, and for telling a pretty good story. I thought the pacing choices were really interesting, and effective, with so much of the film focusing on the breakdown of the group, and the scary parts only happening at night. I still have an issue with the handheld camera style, and got a little sick while watching it but in this case I absolutely think it adds to the ambiance of the film.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

dressed-to-killDressed to Kill (1980)

Synopsis:
A call girl witnesses the murder of another woman, and then becomes entangled in a situation where she is the suspected killer, and is being terrorized and hunted by the real killer.

Review:
Brian De Palma makes strange films that I love. The Untouchables is one of my favorite movies. Dressed to Kill was pretty good. Some of it was a little too much for my tastes but overall I liked the film. I liked the mystery and how it played out. I thought there were enough red herrings to throw you off the scent of the true killer, and that the explanations at the end made sense and didn’t feel like cheats.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

prom-nightProm Night (1980)

Synopsis:
Six years after a terrible accident ends in the death a young girl, a killer stalks down the other children, now teenagers going to their high school prom, that were the cause of the accident.

Review:
I thought the setup of the film was pretty good but the whole thing felt really sloppy. During the slasher scenes at Prom, you couldn’t see anything because the lighting was so dark, and there were random disco themes thrown in here and there, like they couldn’t tell if they wanted it to also be a dance film. That would have actually been really interesting, a slasher dance film. I have better hopes for the remake, which is on my list for this season as well.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

the-fogThe Fog (1980)

Synopsis:
On the eve of its centennial, a small coastal California town is covered in a dense fog, and bizarre things begin to happen.

Review:
My second Jamie Lee Curtis film of the week was much more satisfying. I thought the creep factor was pretty high in the film, and I liked the basis for the story behind the fog. I also thought the characters were much more likeable and relatable.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My Name is Bruce 2006My Name is Bruce (2007)

Synopsis:
Teenagers unwittingly release a Chinese demon on their small Oregon town. The obvious solution is to enlist the help of B-movie star Bruce Campbell.

Review:
Everything about this screams cheese and I loved it. I enjoyed this purely because I’m a fan of Bruce Campbell. I don’t think many people outside of his fan base will get quite as much fun out of it but I laughed a lot.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

rosemarys-babyRosemary’s Baby (1968)

Synopsis:
A young couple moves into an apartment next to an odd older couple. Weird things happen and once the young wife becomes pregnant, she begins to suspect that their neighbors are involved in nefarious activities.

Review:
In terms of horror movie length, this one runs a bit long, coming in at just over two hours, however, I did not see this as an issue. I actually liked that the filmmakers took the time to build suspense. I found Mia Farrow charming and sympathetic, and really felt for her as she struggled to understand what was happening to her.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

re-animatorRe-Animator (1985)

Synopsis:
A new grad student involves his roommate in a strange set of experiments he performs on dead bodies.

Review:
This was such an over-the-top take on a Frankenstein type story, and I thought it was great! I loved the tongue-in-cheek tone, and the overly dramatic acting style. And let’s not forget the special effects which were particularly gory. Also, the music was great though it is almost a direct ripoff of the Psycho soundtrack.

Next week will conclude my Horror Movie a day series. Look forward to reviews of Maggie (2015), The Babadook (2014), and The Mummy (1932).

Horror Movie Round Up Week Two: October 8th-14th

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des GrauensNosferatu (1922)

Synopsis:
A Transylvanian count purchases a property from a young real estate agent. After the purchase is complete, the young man begins to realize the count is more than he seems.

Review:
I didn’t know about the lawsuit from the widow of Bram Stoker over the unlawful adaptation of the Dracula novel until right before I watched the film. Knowing about the struggle of keeping the film alive after the lawsuit adds something to the viewing experience. This is a hugely influential film, and it is clear to see why. It is good and creepy, and has all of the elements of vampire legends. The music was wonderful, the special effects were impressive, and considering the fact that it is a silent film the acting was very effective.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

 

a-girl-walks-homeA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Synopsis:
A vampire preys on the residents of the Iranian ghost-town Bad City.

Review:
This was weird. A good weird but still weird. Shot in black and white, with very little dialogue, it relies heavily on its soundtrack and its actors’ facial expressions. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of Let Me In, or Let the Right One In, with its dark tone and “sympathetic” vampire. I was also sufficiently creeped out so it did its job.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

deliveranceDeliverance (1972)

Synopsis:
Four friends take a break from their city lives to go on a canoeing trip in rural Georgia but are thrown into a fight for their lives after they are viciously attacked by some locals.

Review:
I found this on some list of “must see” horror films and added it to my watchlist because it is something I have wanted to see for a while but this is definitely not a horror film. There is a lot of tension, and some excellent action but it lacks that primal fear element to make it a true “horror” film. Still, I enjoyed it. Burt Reynolds is a badass and Jon Voight was so young!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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2:13 (2009)

Synopsis:
After returning from psychiatric leave, a police profiler begins investigating a series of murders in which the killer leaves masks on his victims.

Review:
My dad was a big fan of the Mark & Brian radio show hosted out here in SoCal, and he has followed Mark Thompson’s work since then, which is how this movie ended up on the list. Mark wrote and starred in the film, and I have to say it was pretty good. I thought the serial killer’s habit of leaving masks on his victims was creepy, and I liked the link back to Thompson’s police investigator. Sometimes things were a little too quickly solved, or neatly tied up but overall it was a well written and executed detective story.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

 

paranormal-activityParanormal Activity (2007)

Synopsis:
After experiencing some disturbing phenomenon, a couple sets up a camera to record any supernatural events in their San Diego home.

Review:
I think this would have been a lot more effective had I seen it when it first came out. I did think it was a really interesting experience watching it, and I was intrigued by how the whole process worked but I wasn’t really moved by any of the events in the film. I wasn’t ever really scared and I feel you have to stretch your belief a bit with some of the characters’ choices. However, this gets points for being an innovative and creative idea.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

last-houseLast House on the Left (1972)

Synopsis:
On their way to a concert, two girls are kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and shot by four escaped convicts.

Review:
Wow was this bad. The tone is all over the place with the silly folk music, and comedic cop duo intercut with the horrific attack scenes. I was expecting to be scared, or at the very least disturbed but I just couldn’t believe how ridiculous some of the things going on in the film were. I can only forgive Wes Craven because it was his first writing and directing credit, and I hope that the remake is actually better than the original.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.

 

the-legend-of-hell-houseThe Legend of Hell House (1973)

Synopsis:
A team of specialists agree to stay in a haunted mansion for a week in order to determine the source of, and solution to its paranormal occurrences.

Review:
I don’t think I had seen this film before but a lot of it seemed really familiar. This could be due to the story being similar to other films’ plotlines, and perhaps there was a remake. I liked it. I thought it was creepy and I really liked the different character’s approaches to uncovering what supernatural forces were at work. I also think it holds up pretty well for being a forty year old movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Coming next week: The Blair Witch Project (1999), Dressed to Kill (1980), Prom Night (1980), and more.

Horror Movie Round Up Week One: October 1st-7th

vacancy

Vacancy (2007)

Synopsis:
A couple gets stranded in the middle of nowhere and have to spend the evening in a cheap hotel where they are the only guests. Things take a turn for the weird pretty soon thereafter.

Review:
This was pretty good but not great. I thought the suspense was there, and the idea is really creepy but I didn’t quite buy into the two leads (Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale). I also thought the opening was too long. However, once the action starts things pick up, and the scares are pretty good.

Rating: 3 out 5 stars.

 

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The Amityville Horror (2005)

Synopsis:
A remake of the 1979 film of the same name in which a family moves into a new home and begin experiencing strange occurrences.

Review:
First things first, this is obviously not as good as the original. I was only really creeped out in one scene, and while I liked Ryan Reynolds, his character’s descent into madness felt too extreme and too quick. In the original the madness comes on slowly and manifests itself in everyday irritants. Overall it was fine but unnecessary and didn’t do anything to change or improve upon the original.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Synopsis:
The spirit of a cursed mummy terrorizes an old folks home. Oh, and our two heroes believe that they are actually Elvis and JFK.

Review:
I love Bruce Campbell in cheap B horror films. This is a hilarious setup and a good, fun film. It does get a little creepy but mostly you watch it for Bruce Campbell, and boy does he deliver.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

cujo

Cujo (1983)

Synopsis:
A rabid dog wreaks havoc on a small town neighborhood.

Review:
I have never read any Stephen King novels but I have seen several of his films and I always end up liking them. This one was just okay for me. There was a lot of build up to the final showdown with the dog, and while I know some of it was necessary, it felt a bit drawn out. That said, I did enjoy the tension of the scenes with the mom and child in the car. That was well done, and very tense.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

creepshow

Creepshow (1982)

Synopsis:
An anthology of five short stories of horror and terror.

Review:
Another Stephen King film, and this time a bit more enjoyable for myself. As with most anthologies not everything was a hit but I at least had fun with each story. I thought they all set up their eventual punchlines nicely, and was satisfied with each end result. “They’re Creeping Up on You!” was the one that creeped me out the most, and I especially liked “Something to Tide You Over” and “The Crate.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

bone-tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Synopsis:
A western in which a small band of men goes on a rescue mission to save three hostages from cannibals.

Review:
Calling this a horror film is a bit of a stretch. It has some horrific elements, and it does build tension throughout but I don’t know if it is conventionally a “horror.” However, it was still pretty good. I’m a sucker for Kurt Russell, even more so when he is in a western. I’m also a big fan of Patrick Wilson, and Richard Jenkins, who was outstanding in this film. Matthew Fox was also excellent as the douchebag cowboy. Outside of some slight pacing issues, this was a very good film watching experience.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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The Wolf Man (1941)

Synopsis:
A man returns home after a long absence, and is bitten by a werewolf, consequently becoming infected with the same condition.

Review:
I liked this. It’s one of the classic Universal monster films, and it rightly deserves that title. It isn’t really scary but it is a well told story. It introduces the idea, quickly brings on the action, and explores an interesting thought process about mental stability. And at only an hour and ten minutes it does all of this quite succinctly.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Next week’s preview:
Nosferatu (1922), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Deliverance (1972), and more.

Discovery of the Week: Goodreads

I finally have an account on Goodreads, this week’s Discovery of the Week!

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I know I’m really behind the times on this week’s topic but hey, it’s better to show up to the party late rather than never, right? Goodreads has been around for seven years and I’ve been seeing Facebook notifications pretty much ever since. For any who don’t know, Goodreads is a social network for readers. I’m kind of on a books kick right now, actually, I’m always on one. You can review things you’ve already read, select books you want to read, and even highlight what you’re currently reading.

You can also “friend” people on the site, just like Facebook, and read their reviews on things they’ve read. It’s a really cool way to keep all of your reading lists together in one place, and it’s great that you can suggest things to people you know, or get suggestions from them on what to read.

This is another great source of information on new books to discover and I can easily see this being very dangerous. I already have a reading pile at least 50 books high at home, a Pinterest board of things I want to read that has around 85 titles on it, and no time in my schedule to read any of them. Still, I’m excited to explore Goodreads and see what books other people are talking about.

Discovery of the Week: Problems of a Book Nerd

Last week I mentioned how great Tumblr is for new discoveries. Well Buzzfeed is another great source for finding cool new corners of the internet.

This week’s discovery actually involves both of those sites. I’d like to introduce you to Problems of a Book Nerd.

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Thanks to this Buzzfeed post, I learned about Problems of a Book Nerd, a tumblr devoted to posts about issues book lovers face.

People submit “book nerd problems” and the creator of the blog goes through them and decides which ones to share, then numbers them, and posts them (at the time of this post there were over 650 “problems).

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This is an example of some of the many posts. They’re funny little situations that many readers have either experienced, or heard stories of. I’ve seen a lot of these pinned on Pinterest and posted on Facebook. I never knew where they came from and I’m so glad I found this tumblr. I’m currently working my throw the archives. My favorite so far is this one below.

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I love the note at the bottom. I think that’s a beautiful thought.

In addition to these posts, the girl who runs the blog answers questions her followers have messaged her. Most of them have to do with favorite books and book experiences but occasionally there are some other, non-book related questions topics.

I’m still figuring out this whole Tumblr thing and I like that I’m finding new blogs to follow. I love reading and I never have enough time in my schedule to do so as much as I’d like. So, I have to live vicariously through Pinterest book boards and now Tumblr blogs like this one.