31 December 2013

Best of the Year Post!

All of these are in no particular order.  As always, I can't limit myself to just 3 or 5 or 10 either so the numbers will be what they are. 

Books:
     New to me:  This category is specifically why I can't make myself rank this stuff.  Is Code Name Verity the best because it was so powerful? How about crying through the end of Ocean?  or laughing and crying during Looking for Alaska?  Should it go by how I felt when I read them or how much I've thought about them since?  See, it is way better just to list them! 
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

YA heavy I know but I read a bunch of YA this year for school.       

     Graphic Novels: 
  • Saga, Volumes 1 and 2: great sci-fi
  • Snarked, Volumes 1, 2 and 3: Wonderful for Lewis Carrol fans
  • Hawkeye, Volumes 1 and 2
  • American Born Chinese
     Re-reads:
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Hobbit 
  • Ender's Game
Movies/TV:

WAY genre heavy this year but that's just how we roll...
  • The World's End
  • Catching Fire
  • Gravity
  • The Shakespeare Uncovered series
  • Looper
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Downton Abbey: I watched all that was available this year, all 3 seasons!
  • Wreck It Ralph
  • Thor 2
  • Moon
  • Skyfall
Life: 
  • Spending a year with B in our new house, too cold/hot/dirty/cluttered and perfect.
  • Going to see Cabaret live with my friend D and C
  • Seeing the Doctor Who 50th Special in a theater full of rabid fans
  • Meeting Neil Gaiman at a signing
  • Finished 2 video games (Bioshock and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes)
  • Going on vacation to Vermont, twice!
  • In November, we got a new nephew, the X-man!
  • Seeing a modern Midsummer Night's Dream production at Shakespeare in the Park. 
  • Introducing B to Mardi Gras!
A lot has happened this year!  More than I though honestly. And I've got lots more coming in 2014.  


Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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