• 5 stars Wonderland
    Wonderland by Steven Johnson

    A fascinating dive into how the toys and tools we make for pleasure fuel progress and social change

  • 5 stars Coco
    Coco by Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina

    Pixar was firing on all cylinders for this movie. Beautiful, inspiring, emotional.

  • 4 stars Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle by Jake Kasdan

    Way more entertaining than it had a right to be. Very different from the original, but so much fun.

  • 3 stars Children of the Fleet
    Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card

    Not the same caliber as Ender’s Game by a long shot, but an entertaining return to Battle (now Fleet) School.

  • 4 stars Shrinkage
    Shrinkage by Bryan Bishop

    A heartfelt, funny story on surviving cancer sprinkled with unexpected lessons for life.

  • 4 stars Stiletto
    Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley

    I enjoyed this sequel a little more than the original.

  • 4 stars Runaways
    Runaways by Stephanie Savage & Josh Schwartz

    I thought this was a pretty great adaptation of the comic. Great cast, great story.

  • 4 stars Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Rian Johnson

    While the pacing and story were a bit odd at times, Rian Johnson opened up a new world of possibilities in Star Wars.

  • 3 stars Press Start to Play
    Press Start to Play by Various Authors

    A fun collection of short stories, in some way related to games and gaming. Some were great, some just okay.

  • 5 stars Stranger Things (Season 2)
    Stranger Things (Season 2) by Matt & Ross Duffer

    I wasn't sure how the Duffer brothers would follow up on the first season, but they delivered in spades!

  • 5 stars Stardew Valley
    Stardew Valley by Eric Barone

    I love everything about this beautifully rich, meditative game about farming and small towns.

  • 4 stars The Magician King
    The Magician King by Lev Grossman

    This sequel to The Magicians was great, with well-paced twists that kept me turning the page.

  • 5 stars The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo

    I regret that my rating system has but 5 stars to give for a game this amazing.

  • 4 stars Artemis
    Artemis by Andy Weir

    Not quite as good as The Martian, but a thoroughly enjoyable second book.

  • 5 stars Thor: Ragnarok
    Thor: Ragnarok by Taika Waititi

    I loved the spectacle of this movie. Everything felt bigger, from the sets and story to the action and humor.

  • 3 stars The House
    The House by Andrew Jay Cohen

    A great cast, an okay plot, and some over-the-top shenanigans. Worth renting for a cheap laugh.

  • 5 stars Baby Driver
    Baby Driver by Edgar Wright

    Though different from Wright's other movies, I loved the unique story, amazing music, and awesome action.

  • 5 stars The Big Sick
    The Big Sick by Michael Showalter

    This was so funny, sweet, and heartfelt. I felt like I understood Kumail Nanjiani a bit more after watching.

  • 5 stars Arrival
    Arrival by Denis Villeneuve

    I really love that this was more story-driven than action-packed. The mystery hooked me.

  • 4 stars Wonder Woman
    Wonder Woman by Patty Jenkins

    By far the best DC movie since the Christopher Nolan Batman era, it was amazing to see such a great female heroine.

  • 5 stars ÷
    ÷ by Ed Sheeran

    I randomly picked up this album browsing through records and it's become one of my favorites.

  • 4 stars Pitch Perfect
    Pitch Perfect by Jason Moore

    I don't know why I avoided this movie for so long, because it was a ton of fun.

  • 4 stars The Defenders
    The Defenders by Douglas Petrie & Marco Ramirez

    You know it's a pretty good series when you're disappointed that it felt so short.

  • 3 stars Minecraft: The Island
    Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks

    I wasn't sure what to expect of a Minecraft story told by the author of World War Z. It wasn't bad.

  • 5 stars The Slow Regard of Silent Things
    The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

    While it takes a tangent from the series, this story was beautifully crafted and deeply emotional.

  • 5 stars Demystifying Public Speaking
    Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan

    I feel so pumped to come up with a talk and present somewhere after reading this!

  • 4 stars The Road to Little Dribbling
    The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

    I've always enjoyed Bill Bryson's books. In this, he's a bit older, a bit more curmudgeonly, and a bit more reflective.

  • 5 stars Snow Crash
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

    Still my favorite Neal Stephenson book, his story of the near future is both disturbing and hilarious.

  • 4 stars Kong: Skull Island
    Kong: Skull Island by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

    Way better than the Peter Jackson Kong movie. Great cast, fun story, and entertaining throughout.

  • 4 stars La La Land
    La La Land by Damien Chazelle

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was surprisingly lovely and sweet with beautiful cinematography.

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