I am not entirely sure what happened this year, but I did not read as many books as I normally do. I did veer a little out of my comfort zone this year, and read a couple of books I would not normally pick up.
My favourite book for the year is, hands down, The Graveyard Book.
Surprise read for the year: Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
I tried reading a couple of local books this year too, but only really completed Moxyland, which was not a bad read at all, and renewed my hope for the local publishing industry.
I did buy a larger number of books than usual this year, most of them consumed by my daughter, so my ‘to read’ list for 2009 is quite staggering.
I honestly cannot think of a single movie that I watched this year that was released this year that has made me sit up and take notice – but I should admit that I did miss seeing both Iron Man and The Dark Knight when they were released.
I did, however, watch La Science des rêves (The Science of Sleep) which caught me by surprise and instantly made it to my top 5 favourite movies of all time.
There are a number of releases in 2009 that I am really looking forward to seeing. Of course, the sixth instalment of the Harry Potter franchise is on the list, as is Norwegian Wood and the first Percy Jackson movie (although, I see release date for both is now listed as 2010).
This year surprised me by giving me not one but two new favourite bands. The first, Kaizers Orchestra, I discovered quite early in the year and quite by accident and has served as constant inspiration throughout the year. The second, Abney Park, I discovered when fairly recently I was digging deeper into this whole Steampunk thing and has instantly grown on me.
What are your favourites from this year? Anything stuck with you that will remain on your favourites list for a long time?