2012 in Review

mayan_doomsdayI feel like a bit of a fraud doing an end of the year round up since so many (all) of the books I have read are from years other than 2012, and my movie viewing is not exactly wide… but here goes:

Favourite read: The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore.  It really was a year of disappointing reads but Moore’s novel captured me from the start.  Its quirkiness sometimes gets the better of itself and certain parts of the plot feel like after thoughts, but it is relentlessly insightful.  For which the rest can be easily overlooked.

Favourite guilty pleasure read: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Too bad about the rest of the trilogy.

Most disappointing read: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.  OK, the trilogy was feeling silly and forced by this point, but I still didn’t expect her to put a white-picket fence around it.

Favourite movie: Les Intouchables.  A French movie about an immigrant and a rich quadriplegic should be cheaply sentimental or even just sentimental.  Instead it’s a testament to life.  Go figure.

Seriously disappointing play: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.  See my blog of August 21, 2012.  Enough said.

Happy New Year, all!

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