Highlights of 2010
Ok it’s highlights of the year time again.
Boy Lacer starting school and starting school reasonably well, yes he is overly fond of the sick day but other than that it could have been a hell of a lot worse.
Finally getting my allotment and although as of this point there is still nothing really growing in it (bar weeds and an every decreasing amount of raspberry bushes) and there is still quite a bit to dig over, next year is going to be great for it.
Time for the nerdy book stats again, this year I have read or listened to 42 books which is amazingly up 5 books from last year (and I thought I’d had a really bad book year, worse than last year, although in fairness if I want to write whether it’s 37 books or 42 books, neither is enough). That number can be broken down to 14 audiobooks and 27 ‘normal’ books and 1 e-book. Out of those 22 were adult fiction (+5 from last year), 16 were children’s fiction (+2 from last year but still must do better), 3 non-fiction (+2 from last year) and 1 book of short stories (-1 from last year) – hmmm those numbers don’t quite add up but never mind.
My adult fiction favourite
My adult fiction favourite has to be from very early on in the year and it happened to be an audiobook (but I now possess the paperback, the only audiobook that made me go out and buy the actual book), it was The Children’s Book by AS Byatt. It is incredibly long (it took me ages to listen to), but I love how it encompasses two families histories from the end of the Victorian era to the First World War and there are some incredibly sad and incredibly uplifting moments in it. Honorably mentions also go to The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland, Under the Dome by Stephen King and Pandaemonium by Christopher Brookmyre (the latter two both happen to be audiobooks to).
My children’s fiction favourite
It has to be the incredibly scary The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd (which also happened to be another audiobook), it was enough to doubly make sure I set the dishwasher and washing machine to their eco-cycles and turn all the lights off.
Cook book highlight
I think my favourite cookbook would have to be Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights , the recipes in it are lovely and pretty much work and I went through a phase after getting it of cooking loads from it and then stopped because I pretty much stopped cooking full stop and other than some brief encouragement from Nigella, I still haven’t started properly again, may 2011 be better.
Craft book highlight
I think the one I’ve certainly got the most use out of (as in I’ve made the grand total of two projects out of it) was The Embroidery Companion by Alicia Paulson, I need to do something next year to make sure I actually use more of the craft books I buy.
Film / DVD highlight
I haven’t seen that many films in 2010 and I certainly haven’t been blogging about many. I think off the top of my head my favourite was Inception (which I didn’t blog about), I thought it was a clever, original movie.
Getting to see the end of Lost was a big one for me, also seeing the end of 24 as well and I think this may have been the year I finally caught up with the end of Battlestar Galactica to (on DVD), this has been a year of TV endings. Oh and Ashes to Ashes to, must not forget that. Spooks was also good and of course Doctor Who, as much as it was good under Russell T Davies and David Tennant, I think it’s even better under Stephen Moffat and Matt Smith.
Finally getting to see more live music of course, Linkin Park were excellent!