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.
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.
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.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
These are the novels that I enjoyed more than I expected. Both were excellent.
- The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
These are the novels that didn’t live up to my expectations. Boneshaker was all right, but too simple. The other was just terrible.
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
- The Phoenix Unchained by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
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.
- Logan Ninefingers (from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy)
- Kvothe (from Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller chronicles)
- Mr. Wednesday (from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods)
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.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (pt 2)
- X-Men First Class
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.
- The Big Bang Theory
- 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.
- The Big Bang Theory
- Twin Peaks
- Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
- 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!