It’s that time of year again — namely, the end — and that means it’s time to reflect on the best books and movies from the last twelve months. So without further ado, I present my list of personal favourites of all the books I read and all the movies I watched for the first time this year. Quite a few I’m sure I’ll be returning to.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
True Grit by Charles Portis
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe (read my review)
The Making of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ by J.W. Rinzler
The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin (read my review)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Berlin At War by Roger Moorehouse (read my review)
Bone by Jeff Smith
The David Story by Robert Alter (read my review)
God’s Secretaries: The Making of The King James Bible by Adam Nicholson
Soldier of The Mist by Gene Wolfe
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The Social Network, dir. David Fincher
The King’s Speech, dir. Tom Hooper
True Grit (2010), dir. The Coen Brothers
The Book of Eli, dir. The Hughes Brothers
Source Code, dir. Duncan Jones
One Week, dir. Michael McGowan
X-Men: First Class, dir. Matthew Vaughn
Super 8, dir. J.J. Abrams (read my review)
Inglourious Basterds, dir. Quentin Tarantino
The Reader, dir. Stephen Daldry
Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2, dir. Quentin Tarantino
Hamlet (VIFF), dir. Bruce Ramsey
The Adventures of Tintin, dir. Steven Spielberg (read my review)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, dir. Guy Ritchie
The Help, dir. Tate Taylor
I just wanted to point out to everyone that the 100 Great Novels list has been revised again. I was never fully happy with my selection before, and realized there were a few too many on the list that I thought I should read instead of actually wanting to. There is now a greater variety to the list, mostly because I decided that each author should have only one book (the sole exception is Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, which are almost always published as a single volume and so I counted them as one). There is also quite a bit more science fiction and fantasy, as well as several more children’s books. I’m quite happy with it now, and should have more fun with the whole thing.
And finally, let me say it’s been a pleasure to be blogging this year. I think I got some good ones out, and it was encouraging to see my readership grow a little. I think I’m getting better at bombarding people with links. There’s still some great things to come, and I’m excited for them. I’ve started another blog where I’ll be reading the Bible all next year. And of course…a certain special project is still on the horizon. Get ready for more details on that very soon.
That’s all for 2011, folks. See you next year!