Our brother and sister dynamic duo, Melissa and Brian, both completed the challenge. They're not comfortable posting, but Brian said I could publish their recommendations.
Lost Empire by Clive Cussler- Occasionally over descriptive but
a good action mystery. Plus you learn things.
Action Philosophers- Plato Smash. Cartooned Philosophy,
What Color is Your Parachute?- Read the second half first.
Possibly helpful if you have no direction in life.
The Bartimaeous Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud- Recommended by
Rachelle. Rerecomended by Brian and Melissa. Listen to the Audio
Book, the reader is excellent.
Poems by Robert Frost- Very good writer, more versatile than
ABC's of Relativity: Understanding Einstein by Bertrand
Russell- Occasionally technical but entertaining and
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde- Laugh riot.
Lost in a Good Book and Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde-
Recommended by Heather. Quick but highly entertaining.
Nightfall by Isaac Asimov- Entertaining and unique perspective.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick- Read the book
don't watch the movie(Hugo). Very quick (despite being over 500
pages) told half in pictures half in words.
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley- Recommended
King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard- Keep reading it gets
Murder at Bridge by Anne Austin
The Murderer by Ray Bradbury (Short)- Just read or listen to it.
A Confederate Girl's Diary by Sarah Morgan Dawson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman (Short)- Read pdf, looks like
a newspaper, with adds, interesting point of view.
Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan- Book 2 in a series (read book 1
first). If you like the Percy Jackson series, the books not the
movie, you'll like it. This one is Egyptian rather then Greek
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket- 2nd in the series
The Hunger Games- If you like that stuff.
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Old Man's War by John Scalzi- Scifi, first in a series (worth
reading them all), author with humor. If you don't like scifi,
not for you.
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan- see Throne of Fire except Greek
and Roman mythology. 2nd book in a different series.
Ready Player One- 80's pop culture nostalgia
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens- If you haven't read it
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne- a pleasant late
Above Suspicion- Predictable and sappy but enjoyable.
Are You Ready for the End of The World (Short)- Scifi short
story with a funny twist.
The Book Thief- recommended by a sister
Stranger than Fiction- Quite possibly the best Will Farrell
Winnie the Pooh ~2011
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra- don't think, just watch .
Waking Sleeping Beauty- Insightful Documentary into the 1990s
Disney golden age of animation.
Pirates: Band of Misfits
Apollo 18- scifi, suspense.
A Monster in Paris- French but the dub is good.
Avengers- for the .001% who hasn't seen it, they should.
Sherlock season 2- Don't have to watch season one, though you
should especially if you don't want episode one to ruin the
first season. Only 3 episodes but work it.
Johnny English Reborn- turn off brain and enjoy.
Castle in the Sky- you should see all Miyazaki films
Metropolis~ 2002- animated.
Atomic Mom- documentary, definitely not for everyone. About the
atomic project in the Navy and the bombing in Japan. Some
archival footage that is not for everyone.
Hidden Fortress- Japanese subtitled. If you are a film person.
Rear Window- Everyone should watch more Hitchcock.
Get Smart season 1- Original series that everyone should see,
but don't marathon it.
Wallace and Gromit- All are a must see. Of note is World of
Invention. Cleverly disguised educational material.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol- Director Brad Bird
(Incredibles, Iron Giant).
Some Like it Hot- classic worth a watch.
Men in Black 3- better than 2.
Haywire- Action a la Bourne.
The Amazing Spiderman- not the best super hero movie, but good.
Fanboys- Watch it once and done if you want a glimpse into uber
The Man Who Knew Too Little- Hitchcock (the Man Who Knew Too
Much with Bill Murray is a comedy based on this.)