the best I could find
I suffer from a psychological compulsion which means that I can’t let the end of the year go by without compiling lists of my favourite things from the twelve months just past. I know some of you can empathise. Hopefully putting up my lists may provide a spur to get back in the saddle with some more regular blogging in 2011. And also a spur to sort out my life and watch some more movies next year. Unlike certain other people, I’ve seen nearly nothing this year and had to scrape the barrel to find some offerings.
So without any comment, and in no particular order, here are my top 3 favourites from the culural artifacts that were new to me this year:
First, the music:
The National – High Violet
Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
And the novels:
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
And the non-fiction books:
Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright*
A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Planet Narnia by Michael Ward
(* definitely helped by the fact that I got to read and discuss it week by week with one of our favourite people)
And finally, the best I could find from the movies I managed to see:
A Serious Man
Up In The Air
Toy Story 3
(seriously, that’s all I can come up with)
I’m happy to defend my choices against your scorn, but more than that I’d love to hear your nominations (which will then form the core of my choices for next year).
Finally, if you’d like to catch up a little on the everyday craziness of life in our little family, I recommend a meander through my amazing wife’s advent blog.
Peace on all (three) of you in 2011.