Each year, one or two categories are really easy while others are really difficult. Books will be fairly easy, movies much more difficult. Here we go…
Because I did my Quarterly Reading Reports, it’s a bit easier for me to pinpoint which books stuck with me all year long. The surprise for me, considering how slow I am when reading nonfiction, is that almost half of my best books of 2011 list are nonfiction titles.
1. House of Prayer No. 2, Mark Richard
2. Across the Universe, Beth Revis
3. Whip It, Shauna Cross
4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick
5. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
6. The Southern Cross, Skip Horack
7. The Devil She Knows, Bill Loehfelm
8. Matched and Crossed, Ally Condie
9. The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
10. Knowing Your Value, Mika Brzezinski
Notables include Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
This list is a little longer and includes movies I saw in the theater and watched on DVD (or streaming).
4. Wild Target
8. Super 8
15. War Horse
My list includes one documentary and two others that I really enjoyed were Exporting Raymond and Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. A few films that were far better than I anticipated, rising above their genres should also be noted: X-Men First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Cowboys & Aliens.
3. Raising Hope
4. The New Girl
Notables include Bones, In Plain Sight and Psych of course, Storage Wars, Terra Nova, Suburgatory and Community (which I got into late this year), as well as wonderful cancelled shows I streamed on Netflix: Party Down, The Unusuals and The Good Guys.
1. Adele’s 21
2. CAKE’s Showroom of Compassion
3. Christina Perri’s Lovestrong
4. Jenny Owen Youngs’ Batten the Hatches
5. Lissie’s Covered Up With Flowers
Singles (not from any of the above) –
1. The Generationals “Ten-Twenty-Ten”
2. Kid Cudi “Pursuit of Happiness”
3. Lil Wayne “How to Love”
4. Michael Franti & Spearhead “Say Hey (I Love You)”
5. Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman “Till the End of Time”
On any other day, I might give different answers, but as of this moment, this is my 2011 Best List.