Reader Radar: Readers weigh the best…and the worst?

Charles Dickens once famously (though somewhat paradoxically) wrote: “It was the best of times and the worst of times…” This week, we present to our readers (who, in any case, who haven’t gone out people on vacation or business) asked some of your best and worst.

That’s right, with summer coming to an end, we thought it might be a good time to check out the advice (and warnings) for books, movies, and even music.

Best Movie:

anchor man

Caddy Hut


Citizen Kane

pulp Fiction

Dr. Strangelove

Forrest Gump




sister magdaleneThat is really with you (has bothered me!), such a sad, sad story.


The movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Substitute (Keanu Reeves)


The Shawshank Redemption

sixteen candles

stand by my side

Original Star Wars, unedited. Hans shot first.

We asked readers how many times they had watched their favorite – almost all said “I can’t count!”

Worst Movie:

bad lieutenant

I think about Blue Velvet, and the nameless others I watch late at night on streaming services and try to forget.



Caddy Shed Two

Donnie Darko

ford and ferrari

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Hercules of New York starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his 1970 film debut (he was voiced)Very bad

Lemon Cookies

Pokémon 3000

sausage party

The Shape of Water – I still can’t believe I paid for that movie.

the brilliant mr ripley

The one with the rock and zombies in Las Vegas…so stupid!

With all the streaming services and free movies available, there’s so much to choose from.

Best Books:

killing time

Bible (this comes up a lot)

Bruce Springsteen autobiography

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (Travis Bradbury)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Sherlock Holmes

middlesex by jeffrey eugenides, or almost everything by flannery o’connor


Stance (not as popular as the Bible, but close…)

to kill a robin


Favorite song:

#41 Dave Matthews

summer boyDon Henry Edition

Chinese cat sunflower> I know your knight (grateful for the dead)

Even Flow (Pearl Jam)

This is my life – Bon Jovi

Original Billy Joel

Let it go (The Beatles)

Make you feel my love (Adele)

Immigration – Jimmy Buffett

Once upon a time in the west (terrible strait)

Overjoyed, Stevie Wonder

Purple Rain (Prince)

September, Earth Wind and Fire

People Like You – Van Morrison

Today is Dani California because I just saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a concert last night.

Welcome to the Jungle (Guns and Roses)

Wine Beer & Whiskey (Small Town)

best concert

A 1976 concert in Oakland, California featuring Loggins & Messina, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles

Steely Dan: October 27, 2009 Phoenix, Arizona

Bon Jovi (27), but Billy Joel is great too


Florida—NAPA 2022

James Taylor, Outdoors on a Summer Night

Joe Jackson, The Great World Tour, 1985


maroon 5 and the train

Oh boy, a few stand out. Meadowbrook’s Gary Clark, Jr. is unforgettable. Neither the crowd nor Gary wants it to end, but, you know, the curfew.

Phishing, AC Night 3, 8/7/22

Prince (twice!)

Roger Waters – The Wall at Madison Square Garden

Springsteen, born in the United States in 1984, second row

stone and springsteen

Billy Joel of Madison Square Garden tied with Elton John of Miami!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s NAPA-Net Reader Radar Poll – you can still weigh in at


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