Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

jekesta's year-end meme

jekesta has, in her unmistakeable way, pulled together some good year-end questions which I much prefer to that long 30-question one that floats around.

1. My top five books that I have read this year that I hadn't read before already

In no particular order:

The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett; a lovely little novella about Queen Elizabeth II suddenly deciding to start reading.
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray; the story of two girls of English high society of the Regency and reign of George IV, and what happens to them both after they marry against the wishes of their husbands' families.
Finding Time Again, by Marcel Proust; indescribable in a short sentence, also of course the culmination of the previous volumes.
The History of Sir Richard Calmady, by "Lucas Malet" (Mary St Leger Kingsley); published in 1901, a controversial novel which deals frankly with sex, disability and religion.
The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi; a thought-provoking series of autobiographical sketches (plus a couple of short fiction pieces), each based around one particular chemical element.

Surprised not to see any sf books among these, but I gave several 4.5 stars and gave 5 stars to several I had already read.

2. These are my least favourite books of the year

Doctor Who - The Twin Dilemma, by Eric Saward
The Duke And I, by Julia Quinn (couldn't finish it, it lost me after the second chapter.)
Doctor Who - Time Flight, by Peter Grimwade
Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice (my most-commented book review p[ost of the year)
The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks (gave up after page 100)

Surprised to see four out of five sf books among these! But I love the genre really!

3. These are the top five things I have watched this year that I have loved this year

Doctor Who (well, obviously)
University Challenge
The West Wing
A Very Peculiar Practice

4. The top five films I loved this year

...except that, like jekesta, I can't remember much about films that I saw this year. I seem to have noted 7; removing one that was frankly terrible and one that wasn't particularly special, that leaves:

Odd Man Out
Der Untergang
Time Flies
Richard III
Much Ado About Nothing

5. These are my five posts that have had most comments this year but aren't filtered

The Friday question: money (Was I an unwitting participant in money-laundering?)
A question (How do you pronounce 'Chivas Regal'?)
Becoming Belgian (Putting in our citizenship application.)
General strike (The Belgians were revolting.)
Today's question: tea (How do you take it?)

6. The beginning of the months meme

Which I have already answered here.
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