Yet Another Best of the Year Post

I am a little shocked that we've gotten to "end of the year post" time already.  I know everybody says this but this year really has passed quickly it seems, at least the fall has.  

As always, these are things that were new to ME this year, not necessarily published or released this year.  And not just 10 of things!

  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
  • Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
  • The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell
  • Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
  • My Real Children by Jo Walton
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Lucifer Box series by Mark Gatiss
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Night Film by Marissa Pessi
  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Graphic Novels:
  • March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  • Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  • Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • In a World
  • Dallas Buyer's Club
  • Fargo, the TV show
  • Broadchurch (UK version)
  • True Detective
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Sherlock Season 3 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Only Lovers Left Alive

And Life/Events:
  • Spending several days with B and my family in Orlando, hanging out and doing Disney.
  • Meeting my nephew X.
  • Passing my comps and getting my master's Degree!   
  • Finally finding a library job.
  • playing several video games (including Tomb Raider and Bioshock 3) through to the end.  I guess I can thank unemployment for that :)
  • Going with friends to an amazing Halloween Party dressed as Death from Sandman
  • Seeing Ok GO live in a packed venue
  • Going to SPAIN!  My first use of the passport I got when we got married in 2012
  • Learned to make decent bread, both French and regular
  • Watching Arsenal win the FA Cup!

There's one other thing that really made 2014 amazing that I'll probably blog about next week.  Consider my vagueness a teaser trailer!  

I'm rather annoyed at myself.  In writing this post, I scrolled back through my facebook feed to remember events and other things I raved about.  Came across at least 4 books that I read but never blogged about.  It was, in part, a side-effect of reading so much; i would finish one book and almost immediately start another and completely forget to make a blog note about it.  I have to be a little better at that next year. 

What was your best book, movie, event or happening in 2014? 


  1. Congratulations on your Masters Degree and job!

    Nice list of favorite books. I enjoyed Hardboiled Wonderland when I read it, its a good one. I need to read Life After Life. I've heard so many things about it that leads me to believe I would enjoy it.


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