As always, I’m happy to jabber about anything that’s on the following lists. If you want my opinion about something, just comment and ask.
And here are my December tallies! I likely won’t do a cumulative 2013 reading/entertainment post, because that would be a mile long and evil to scroll through. But I do intend to keep trying to do these monthly posts, so in the future, knowing what I consumed in any given year will be just a click away, right? So here’s how December shook out:
CULTURE CONSUMPTION: December 2013
I feel really good about December’s reading. I thought I’d lost interest in the Aguirre trilogy, but reading the final installment, Horde, was a really fun, engaging read. I was delighted to complete the Divergent trilogy, because while some people were unhappy with its ending, it was exactly what I was looking for on a host of levels. Maybe not perfect, but super-satisfying. The Bender book is a title I’ve been dying to read since it came out, so when it arrived via Paperback Swap, I had to read it ASAP. The Rothfuss was cute, and the Ryan, well, that IS a trilogy I’d completely lost interest in, and reading 190 pages out of 376 did nothing to engage my interest. So that’s that.
Overall for 2013, I read 86 actual books (anything longer than a novella, though children’s books and graphic novels count in this total). I had 6 DNF’s for the year.
Horde by Ann Aguirre
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below by Patrick Rothfuss
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (DNF)
Yeah, I went a little crazy this month with short fiction, but really, it was just what my brain needed. I loved, loved, loved the Laini Taylor piece (not recommended unless you’ve read the first two novels) and the McGuire stories set in the InCryptid universe were just a delightful read (I need a colony of Aeslin mice). The Stars Change is a novella I highly recommend for SF fans who wants social and soft SF shading their stories, fans who don’t mind when personal relationships and the physical manifestation of them take the forefront. Clear as mud? Good. I’d also like to see more SF from Lane Robins, because “A Case in Perspective” was quite interesting indeed.
Overall, I read 43 pieces of short fiction. That includes everything from short stories to outright novellas, and that’s the best I’ve done in a very long time. I think a pat on the back is deserved here…..
Endurance by Ann Aguirre
Foundation by Ann Aguirre
Curran POV Collection by Gordon Andrews
One Hell of a Ride by Seanan McGuire
No Place Like Home by Seanan McGuire
Married in Green by Seanan McGuire
Sweet Poison Wine by Seanan McGuire
The First Fall by Seanan McGuire
Loch & Key by Seanan McGuire
We Both Go Down Together by Seanan McGuire
The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj
A Case in Perspective by Lane Robins
Brewing Poison, Brewing Peace by Lane Robins
A Soul Like Salt by Lane Robins
Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor
Whew, what a month. First of all, the original Unwritten hardcover was amazing. Story and art alike. Fans of this series SHOULD NOT miss this book. Volume #2 of Morning Glories was an even bigger mindfuck than volume #1, so I’m REALLY glad I re-read #1 when I did. I don’t know how I’m going to keep up with the series when it takes so long for the issues to come out, let alone the hardcover collections.
Comic-wise, I read 601 individual issues in 2013. Mind = blown! Sure, half of that was the Hellblazer series, but still!
Oh, and Locke & Key is finally over!!!! SOB! I can’t wait to re-read this series all at once. 🙂 Favorite series for the year? Lazarus, Saga, and Sex Criminals.
Graphic novels first:
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice by Mike Carey
Morning Glories: Deluxe Hardcover: Volume 2 by Nick Spencer
Batman Black and White #3
Batman Black and White #4
East of West #8
Harley Quinn #1
Jupiter’s Legacy #1
Jupiter’s Legacy #2
Jupiter’s Legacy #3
Kick-Ass 3 #5
Locke & Key: Alpha #2
Rover Red Charlie #1
Saga Chapter 16
Saga Chapter 17
Sex Criminals #3
Star Wars: Legacy #9
The Massive #16
The Walking Dead #117
The Walking Dead #118
Thief of Thieves #18
Wonder Woman #26
Overall, I saw 12 movies in theaters, which is about right. We watch far more at home, which totaled up to 67 movies/documentaries for 2013.
Regarding my December viewings, I keep meaning to put up a post dedicated to The Hobbit, so I’ll save my thoughts for that. At home, I watched some great stuff. Robot & Frank is a must-watch, and if you have Netflix streaming, go forth and watch it now! I finally watched It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time all the way through (I’d seen WAY less of that movie than I realized), and I finally got to see Don Jon (very good) and Monsters University (cute and fun!). Love, however, was freaking frustrating. Trying way too hard to be 2001 Space Odyssey and Moon and god only knows what else (I’d add Gravity to that list, but Love predates it.).
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Batman: Year One
A Christmas Story
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition
It’s a Wonderful Life
Robot & Frank
Nothing new completed. But I did watch a minimum of 24 separate seasons of television shows during 2013 ( I say minimum because I wasn’t tracking ALL of the shows that are currently on the air), which is both epic and yet another sign I spend way too much time in front of the television. 🙂
And that’s it! What did you watch and/or read? What did you love, what did you hate? As always, please refrain from spoilers, as I’m obviously catching up on some shows rather late and don’t want to be spoiled.
Also, feel free to share whatever 2013 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!