The Required 2011 Roundup

/ Books, Movies, TV /

Happy New Year folks! In January last year, I did a little recap of my favorites from 2010. This year, I’ll keep with the same tradition and report on the novels, television, and movies that I enjoyed most in 2011.

Books

I read A LOT of killer books in 2011. I’m pretty sure my next post will be dedicated solely to my favorite reads in 2011, but here’s a quick glimpse.

Best Reads

These are the novels that I enjoyed the most in 2011. You’ll notice that, as usual, all of the novels fall into the science fiction / fantasy genre.

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Best Surprise

These are the novels that I enjoyed more than I expected. Both were excellent.

  1. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Biggest Disappointment

These are the novels that didn’t live up to my expectations. Boneshaker was all right, but too simple. The other was just terrible.

  1. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  2. The Phoenix Unchained by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Best Character

Oh man, this was tough. I read a lot of great books this year and many of them had wonderful characters. In the end, I think I would choose the following as my favorites.

  1. Logan Ninefingers (from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy)
  2. Kvothe (from Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller chronicles)
  3. Mr. Wednesday (from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods)

Movies

Best Movie

Here are the movies that I saw this year that I found the most enjoyable. I didn’t really watch a lot of movies this year so I kept the list pretty short.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (pt 2)
  2. X-Men First Class

Television

Best Television Show

These are the shows that I enjoyed the most in 2011. This is actually a little tough as most shows air of the span of two calendar years, but I did my best.

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. Castle
  3. Warehouse 13

Best “New to Me” Television Show

I watch a lot of television programming via Netflix. These are the shows that I started watching in 2011 and enjoyed thoroughly.

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. Castle
  3. Twin Peaks

Best Character

  1. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
  2. Richard Castle (Castle)

I could have gone into a lot more detail, but I really enjoy making lists and I didn’t want to over complicate things. As I mentioned, I think I’ll do a separate post regarding the books I read, because I would like to delve into a bit more detail there.

So long 2011 and thanks for all the fish!