In 2012 I read 40 books
and watched 44 films
This is (once again) a decline in books (last year I read 45) but an increase in films (last year I watched 37). Books
I think I could attribute some of my drop in the books both to reading some rather hefty tomes and also a lot of Uni reading. (and fic, always the fic).
Best Book I Read for the First Time in 2012 was:
I kind of want to say one of the Temeraire books I read, but the problem is I can't actually remember what happened in which book. So probably Robbie Ross: Oscar Wilde's True Love by J. Fryer
The Worst Book I Read in 2012 was: Becoming Jane Eyre by S Kohler
it had random pointless obsessions with sex and sex parts early on which (figuratively at least) dropped off but the book never really recovered.
The Funniest Book was:
Wow, again, I don't read many funny books do I? Was probably The Masters of Sitcom from Hancock to Steptoe by C Stephens
it's non-fiction but included a lot of extracts from scripts.
The most poignant/moving book: The Book Thief by M Zusak
Favourite Re-read/Old Favourite:
I re-read What Katy Did
by Susan Coolidge which is one of my absolute favourites. I also however re-read On Writing by Steven King
which I (again) couldn't bear to put down.
Full list of my books of 2012: http://listography.com/localfreak/books/books_of_2012Films
I don't usually do New Year's Resolution. But last year I privately resolved that, now my home town has a cinema, I would Go To The Pictures More, even if it meant going on my own. By my reckoning I saw 14 films
at the cinema, just over 1 per month which I am very pleased about.
The Best Film I Watched in 2012:
I watched A LOT of awesome films. At the pictures I particularly loved Avengers Assemble
but I also loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
and Rise of the Guardians
quite a lot.
Also following the Avengers I then watched A LOT of superhero films this year and fell madly for Iron Man
and Iron Man 2
(BLACK WIDOW!). I watched a lot of seriously cool stuff this year.
The Worst Film I watched in 2012:
The worst film I watched at the cinema was undoubtedly We Bought a Zoo
which was (in turns) dull, predictable, tripey, lacking in animals and ever so slightly culturally insensitive (Fine so you took a RL story based in the UK and set it in the USA? That's fine. What isn't fine is then having the Zoo's Grand Opening on 7/7. It just felt like...seriously lost in translation here. And it was boring.
The worst film I watched all year however has to be A Christmas Carol the Musical
which happened to be the only Christmassy thing on telly the Saturday before Christmas, when I was putting up the tree. WORDS FAIL to fully explain the mawkish, badly acted, badly directed schmaltz that totally lacked any of the sublteties that provide the needed tension in the story. Fail. Bad film. If it was a choice again between that or Jeremy Kyle...okay so it would still win but I would not be so quick to make that call.
The Funniest Film Was: probably either Avengers Assemble or Rise of the Guardians. Or My Best Friend Is A Vampire
The Most Uplifting Film Was: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Because it was WONDERFUL.
Either Passport to Pimlico
which is one of my all-time-absolute favourite films or Basil, the Great Mouse Detective
Full list of my films for 2012: http://listography.com/localfreak/movies/films_of_2012