We’re halfway through 2017, which means it’s time to take another look at my progress for my entertainment-related goals for the year. The goals are:
- Watch 100 movies, at least one each week (never watched before)
- Play and finish at least 15 games already in my collection (never finished before, played is okay)
- Read 26 books (never read before)
You can check my initial update from March here.
I’m still on track when it comes to movies, currently sitting at 51 new movies watched since 2017 started. I’ve even managed to keep up the at least one per week rule. It’s close, though. 1-25 are from January through March, and 26-51 are new additions to this list.
- Hell or High Water
- Manchester By The Sea
- The Secret Life of Pets
- A Monster Calls
- Bad Moms
- Southside With You
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Deepwater Horizon
- Hidden Figures
- Don’t Think Twice
- Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
- The Lego Batman Movie
- Captain Fantastic
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Get Out
- The Edge of Seventeen
- Beauty and the Beast
- Power Rangers
Since then, I’ve watched:
- Assassin’s Creed
- Collateral Beauty
- The Girl With All The Gifts
- Nocturnal Animals
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Crow
- Wonder Woman
- Fist Fight
- It Comes At Night
- The Girl On The Train
- The Red Turtle
- Baby Driver
- The Big Sick
- The House
I’m sure I’ll clear 100 movies this year, and it shouldn’t be too hard to keep up at least one per week. Which is good, because things aren’t looking great when it comes to my other entertainment goals.
And here’s where things start to fall apart. I’ve played a few more games in the second quarter of 2017, but not much progress has been made in terms of my actual goal for the year, which was to make a significant dent in my oversized backlog of physical games. Here’s my Q1 progress:
- Lego Dimensions
- Dishonored: Definitive Edition (started in 2016)
- Teslagrad (PlayStation Plus)
- Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (PlayStation Plus)
Since then, I’ve played (and finished):
- Dishonored 2
- 80 Days
I’ve played a lot more games (and finished a few), but this is it when it comes to the goal of finishing games I already own. I’ve finished games ranging from The Witness to Lara Croft Go to What Remains of Edith Finch. I put a ton of time into Horizon Zero Dawn before finishing it. My wife and I battled our way through Overcooked. But none of those meet my criteria.
Of the six games I’ve finished this year that I already owned (or “owned”), only three are the physically owned/full/AAA games I meant. So things aren’t looking great here.
Here’s the list of all the games I’ve played this year, just because.
- Lego Dimensions
- Dishonored: Definitive Edition
- The Witness
- Lara Croft Go
- Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Disc Jam
- Woah Dave
- Exploding Kittens
- Bit City
- Card Thief
- Frozen Free Fall Icy Shot
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- Dishonored 2
- Yoshi’s Woolly World
- Star Wars Puzzle Droids
- 80 Days
- Fallout Shelter
- Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
I’m already not sure I’m ever going to finish Breath of the Wild, and there are plenty of games coming out in the second half of the year that will be competing for my time—and I’m not sure I’ll even have the time for those. Needless to say, I’m not confident in my ability to achieve this goal.
Absolute failure incoming. As of the end of March, I had read two books this year. As of the end of June, I have still read two books this year. Those books are:
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
I’ve started a couple other books since then, namely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab and The Circle by Dave Eggers, but I haven’t even come close to finishing one. It’s tough to find time for all the interesting entertainment out there when a lot of my free time goes to my own writing and this blog, and books have kind of gotten lost in the shuffle.
This one seems destined for failure—two books in the first half of the year followed by 24 in the second half is ridiculous, even for me.
I’ll be back early next week to go over my favorite movies and games released so far this year. Until then, what have you watched, played, and read this year? Let me know in the comments.