My Happiness Project

I asked some of my dearest friends to make me lists of 50 items each of particular themes that for one reason or another I associated with them. They were so very generous with their time to make me these for me, and I appreciate it immensely. The goal, obviously, is to complete the items on these lists. But the added fun comes in the form of thinking about the person who “assigned” me the task as I read or listen or watch or do whatever it is. Lists are in no particular order, or rather are in the order I received them.


***Chris’s List of Movies/TV Shows***

  1. A Single Man
  2. Party Monster
  3.  Stay
  4. Phoebe in Wonderland
  5.  The Fabulous Beekman Boys, season 1
  6. Murder Ball
  7. Volver
  8. X: The Movie
  9. Brothers and Sisters, seasons 1 thru 5
  10. Downton Abbey, seasons 1 thru 4
  11. Sherlock, seasons 1 thru 3
  12. Ru Paul’s Drag Race, season 1
  13. Lost in Translation
  14. The Virgin Suicides
  15. Marie Antoinette (directed by Sofia Coppolla)
  16. Bend It Like Beckham
  17. Daniel Deronda mini-series
  18. Ratcatcher
  19. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  20. Millions
  21. Kill Bill: Volume 1
  22. Kill Bill: Volume 2
  23. Igby Goes Down
  24. The Science of Sleep
  25. 28 Days Later
  26. Velvet Goldmine
  27. Amelie
  28. Firefly, complete series
  29. Doctor Who, seasons 1 thru 6
  30. Children of Men
  31. Signs
  32. The Village
  33. The Lion in Winter
  34. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zasou
  35. Donnie Darko
  36. Dot the I
  37. Bad Education
  38. Roswell, seasons 1 thru 3
  39. Ponyo
  40. Princess Mononoke
  41. Everything is Illuminated
  42. Chasing Amy
  43. Glee, seasons 1 thru 3
  44. Dancer in the Dark
  45. Babel
  46. The Hours
  47. The Kids are All Right
  48. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  49. Black Swan
  50. Requiem for a Dream

and bonus 51. The Tree of Life


***Chris’s List of Books***

  1. Mirabilis by Susann Cokal
  2. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  3. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  4. The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  5. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King
  7. Greenmantle by Charles de Lint
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  10. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  11. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  12. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
  13. Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
  14. Norwegian Wood by Murakami
  15. The Book of Flying by Keith Miller
  16. The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
  17. The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Fleweling
  18. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  19. Bonk by Mary Roach
  20. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
  21. Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile’s Journey by Joyce Zonana
  22. A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle
  23. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  24. The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
  25. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
  26. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  27. The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson
  28. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  29. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
  30. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
  31. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  32. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
  33. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  34. Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banarjee
  35. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
  36. Push by Sapphire
  37. Transformations by Anne Sexton
  38. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  39. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  40. The Bells by Richard Harvell
  41. The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood Survivors edited by Terri Windling
  42. London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp
  43. The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
  44. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
  45. Wicked by Gregory Maquire
  46. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
  47. The Radiation Sonnets by Jane Yolen
  48. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  49. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  50. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


***Pat’s List of Old Movies***

  1. Murder by Death (Peter Falk/Alec Guinness)*
  2. Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves (Maria Montez/Jon Hall)
  3. Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.)
  4. Cry the Beloved Country (James Earl Jones/Richard Harris)
  5. Dune (Kyle MacLachlan)
  6. The Fisher King (Robin Williams)
  7. The Grass Harp (Piper Laurie)
  8. Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (Judy Dench)
  9. Hope Floats (Sandra Bullock)
  10. Marnie (Tippi Hedren)*
  11. On Golden Pond (Henry Fonda)*
  12. Patch Adams (Robin Williams)
  13. Regarding Henry
  14. The Man Who Would Be King (Sean Connery/Michael Caine)
  15. Whales of August (Bette Davis/ Lillian Gish)
  16. An American Quilt (Winona Ryder/Ellen Burstyn)
  17. As Good as It Gets (Jack Nicholson)
  18. Harvy (Jimmy Stewart)
  19. Mr. Holland’s Opus (Richard Dreyfuss)
  20. My Left Foot (Daniel Day-Lewis)
  21. Nell (Jodie Foster)
  22. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack Nicholson)*
  23. The Secret Garden (1949-Margaret O’Brien OR 1993-Kate Maberly/Maggie Smith)
  24. Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
  25. Fried Green Tomatoes (Kathy Bates/Jessica Tandy)*
  26. Cocoon (Don Ameche/Wildord Brimley)*
  27. Batteries Not Included (Jessica Tandy)
  28. The Law and Jake Wade (Richard Widmark/Deforest Kelly)
  29. Arsenic and Old Lace (Cary Grant)*
  30. The African Queen (Katharine Hepburn)
  31. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Spencer Tracy)
  32. Boys Town (Spencer Tracy)
  33. Little Lord Fauntleroy (Freddie Bartholomew)
  34. Ben Hur (Charlton Heston/Stephen Boyd)
  35. The Grapes of Wrath (Henry Fonda)
  36. To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck)*
  37. David Copperfield (1935-Edna May Oliver)
  38. You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (W.C. Fields/Edgar Bergen)
  39. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939-Basil Rathbone)
  40. The Quiet Man (John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara)
  41. Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart)
  42. The African Queen (Katharine Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart)
  43. The Thin Man (William Powell, Myrna Loy)
  44. Love Finds Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney/Lewis Stone)
  45. Grumpy Old Men (Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau)*
  46. The Old Couple (Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau)
  47. Enemy Mine (Dennis Quaid/Louis Gossett Jr.)
  48. The Abyss (Ed Harris)
  49. Silence of the Lambs (Jodie Foster/Anthony Hopkins)*
  50. The Lion in Winter (Peter O’Toole/Katharine Hepburn)

and a bonus 51. Medicine Man (Sean Connery)

(*Indicates movies I’ve already seen. Pat graciously offered to replace them, but since this was her original list, I opted to stick with it. After all, what a great opportunity to rewatch them, as I loved every one.)


***Annie’s List of Books***

  1. Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
  2. Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates
  3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  4. Higurashi When They Cry (Demon Exposing arc) by Ryukishi07
  5. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayer
  6. Other by Karen Kincy
  7. Family by Micol Ostow
  8. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  9. A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
  10. Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates
  11. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  12. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  13. She Loves You, She Loves You Not by Julie Anne Peters
  14. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  15. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  16. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
  17. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
  18. Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan
  19. Goth by Otsuichi
  20. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  25. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  26. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  27. Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  28. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  29. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  30. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  31. Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  32. Wake by Lisa
  33. Undone by Brooke Taylor
  34. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
  35. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  36. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
  37. After by Amy Efew
  38. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  39. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
  40. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
  41. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  42. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  43. Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance
  44. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  45. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
  46. Possessed by Kate Cann
  47. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  48. Cursed by Kate Cann
  49. Vacations from Hell by various authors
  50. Am I Blue? by various authors


***Heather’s List of Books***

  1. Illyria by Elizabeth Hand
  2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  4. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
  5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  6.  Shine by Lauren Myracle
  7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  8. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  9. Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk
  10. The Position by Meg Wolitzer
  11. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
  12. The School of Essential Ingredients by Eric Bauermeister
  13. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
  14. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  15. Beautiful by Amy Feed
  16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  18. Wise Children by Angela Carter
  19. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  20. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  21. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  22. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  23. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  24. My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto
  25. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  26. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  27. Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris
  28. The Color Midnight Made by Andrew Winer
  29. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  30. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  31. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
  32. The House of Gentle Men by Kathy Hepinstall
  33. Embers by Sandor Marai
  34. Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
  35. Storyville by Lois Battle
  36. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters by Kathleen Ragan
  37. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  38. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons
  39. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  40. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
  41. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
  42. Ireland by Frank Delaney
  43. Margarettown by Gabrielle Zevin
  44. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Sonathan Safran Foer
  45. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
  46. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  47. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
  48. West with the Wind by Beryl Markham
  49. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  50. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

AND bonus prizes! Heather sweetly made me a back-up list, in case I’d read any on the original list. I’m adding all the remaining ones I haven’t read. Cuz duh–Heather darlin’ has awesome taste!😀

  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Confessions fo Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Heaven Lake by John Dalton
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh