Just one more day of holidays!
I’m doing my nails and making my Most Memorable of 2011 list tonight while I recover from celebrating New Year’s Eve a night early.
FUN FACT: Only 28.378% of the books I read this year were by men.
MY MOST VISITED PLACE ON THE WEB: seems to be my own blog. Now that’s embarrassing.
FAVORITE NEWSPAPER: The Guardian, but I only read the Culture section. It is, however, where I find out about American book news. Why is that?
FAVORITE BOOK JOURNALISTS: Alison Flood of The Guardian, Michael Dirda of The Washington Post, and Carolyn Kellogg of Jacket Copy.
FAVORITE BLOGGER: Dovegreyreader Scribbles, for hours of enjoyment of her funny almost-daily essays and good book reviews, envy of her life (she knits and sings in a chorus and…), and a constant fount of conversation on bike rides with my husband, who doesn’t understand blogs unless they’re about sports, but knows everything about Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, etc., without ever visiting her blog.
FAVORITE AUTHOR WITH A BOOK OUT THIS YEAR: Jonathan Lethem, author of Chronic City and The Fortress of Solitude. For Christmas I wanted his new book, a collection of essays, but my Christmas wish list got lost and other books appeared in classic confusion.
FAVORITE POET OF THE YEAR: Sonya Sones, author of the charming novel in verse, The Hunchback of Nieman Marcus.
FAVORITE OUT-OF-PRINT NOVEL DUE FOR A REVIVAL: Mrs. Daffodil by Gladys Taber
FAVORITE SERIES READ THIS YEAR: Doris Lessing’s Children of Violence
FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION READ THIS YEAR: Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Heritage of Hastur and Clifford D. Simak’s Ring around the Sun
FAVORITE FANTASY READ THIS YEAR: Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.
FAVORITE BOOKSTORE: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Jackson Street Booksellers in Omaha.
FAVORITE MUSIC OF THE YEAR: R.E.M.’S Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011.
BEST BOOK AWARD OF THE YEAR: The Orange Prize. I wasn’t THAT crazy about The Tiger’s Wife, but the longlist was excellent and the judges never seem to sell out. All of them I read were worthy. (And, yes, The Tiger’s Wife is very good, just not for me.)
BEST BOOK WITH “TIGER” IN IT OF THE YEAR: There were so many. I’m going to say Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna, a harrowing family saga set in India, because it got less attention in the U.S. than the others.
BIGGEST BOOK SCANDAL OF THE YEAR: Rita Dove’s The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century Poetry, which apparently left out many good poets and infuriated many writers and reviewers. I haven’t even seen it yet, so I don’t know.
BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Sorry, I saw hardly any, so I am going to say Planet of the Apes and Bridesmaids.
BOOKS THAT SHOULD BE MADE INTO A MOVIE: Elizabeth Bowen’s The Hotel and Diana Abu-Jaber’s Birds of Paradise
BEST TV SHOW OF THE YEAR: Mary Tyler Moore in reruns.
BEST TV SHOW ON DVD WATCHED THIS YEAR: 24, Season 7. They’re all dark, but this one is really dark, about what happens when CTU is shut down, the FBI’s amateurism, agents’ ethics, and good-bad and bad-good choices. There are no good choices here…
BEST NEWS EVENT OF THE YEAR: A cat was summoned for jury duty in Boston.
UNDERRATED ACTOR WHO DESERVES AN ACADEMY AWARD: Carmen Diaz. Sure, Bad Teacher isn’t her best, but she’s a brilliant comedian. Try In Her Shoes and The Holiday.
MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE OF THE YEAR: I would have to say Prince Harry and Kate Middleton. I loved their wedding.
And that’s all till another year.