I am dividing up the year in 4 categories: Books, TV, Movies, Sports.
This year I read 242 books. While it doesn't top last year's 250+, it's pretty darn close! There were some goodies and some mehs. I don't think though I had any that I had to stop reading completely. I would say overall it was a good year for books.
In no particular order, here are my top books that I read in 2008 (click for reviews)
My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay
Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner
She Always Wore Red by Angela Hunt
Daring Chloe by Laura Jensen Walker
The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Ewen
Forsaken by James David Jordan
Sisterchicks Go Brit! By Robin Jones Gunn
Blessed are the Meddlers by Christa Ann Banister
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd
The Rook by Steven James
In the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons
It's a very eclectic mix: chick lit, suspense, historical fiction, women's fiction, YA. But that's how I like my books :)
As always my favorite TV show is Lost. Bad thing first, we only got Lost for the first half of the year, the 5th season starts in Jan of next year. Good thing, the fourth season was the best season so far.
And this episode, The Constant, is the BEST Lost episode EVER. I cried. Even now when I see just this end clip, I still get weepy. Get misty eyed with me, Desmond and Penny.
And then in other TV shows, thanks to Netflix, I discovered The Office. In less than a month I watched every single episode that is currently out. I am now addicted to this show and cannot wait for the new episodes in January to start. Seriously, this is THE Funniest show that is on TV now. It has some of the best writers working (and some who act too) on a TV show right now. It doesn't rely on a laugh track to tell me when to laugh. The ensemble cast is great, you have your main stars, but everyone is a part of the action. What's best is that these are real life, could have happen to you scenes. Just thinking about the show now is making me laugh.
If someone bought me this shirt, I would be in your debt forever. I Heart Jim! and John Krasinski is my new celebrity crush!
BTW I love Toby too. I want to be a character on the show just so I could date him and make him happy. You would understand if you are a fan of the show.
A favorite deleted scene and classic Dwight from one of this season's episodes. My new catchphrase of the year, "Just Shut Up and Be Delicious!"
Because 2008 was the year for geek movies. I mean what are the chances that you get a new Star Wars movie AND a new Indiana Jones in the same year? It's never happened before and it'll never happen again. The only thing that would have made it more complete was if Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had come out in November as planned and the Lord of the Rings trilogy had been released in the theaters.
My top 5 favorite movies of 2008 in random order (the ones I actually paid money to see in the theater). Click on each poster for my review.
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing was the best thing to ever happen on TV. I'm always a HUGE Olympics fan but this was probably the best Olympics I've ever seen. First off, the Opening Ceremonies kicked off with a huge bang, and even better for me because I got to see it HDTV. Watching all the sports was great. Basketball was awesome this year because even though there were NBA players on the "Redeemed Team" they actually acted like a team, doing stuff TOGETHER. I really liked seeing the President watch the games. It's nice to see him act like a regular fan and enjoy himself for once.
But far and away the best part of the games was the swimming. Every night in prime time live, we were treated to the best entertainment and competition that has ever existed. (I say entertainment because those male swimmers are HAWT!!!!!) I would have to say right here was the best moment of the Olympics. I know that at that moment there were millions of us screaming at our TVs. You can't get any better than that (ok Michael Phelps winning by .0001 seconds a few days better might top it, but team sports are WAY better.)
Oh yeah and the biggest thing to happen to me this year....
June 6, 2008 :)
So what will 2009 bring? Definitely a wedding, more books to be read, and a Harry Potter movie. Other than that....who knows? :) See you in '09!