Every blogger and their dog (or cat) are looking back at 2011 and making their “top ten” lists. My post is a little late (the holidays + GRE + applying to grad school ate up last week), but here it is!
First, I thank God for His blessings, His protection, and His mercy this past year. 2011 was a little rough in places, I can’t say I’m too sad to see it gone, but He was always there, and I praise Him for that. Looking back, it’s easy to think of the things that made this past year hard, but I’m challenged instead to find the joys:
- Found out I’m going to be an aunt!
- Got to host and hang out with author James A. Owen at our library
- Attended the Ragged Edge writer’s “conference” in Nashville with Ted Dekker and co.
- Construction began on the new (long-awaited) library
- Despite student loans kicking in, God continues to provide for me
- Got to teach the creative writing class at the local high school
Lots of things also began to change in 2011, some good, some I’m not so sure about, but I look forward to see what God has in store in 2012.
Ok, now for my top books and movies! Some of them may have been released before 2011, but they were new to me this year. My favorites are in bold.
Top Ten Reads
- The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy
- Forbidden by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Star Wars the Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker
- House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo (2008)
- The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson (2010)
- Looking for the King by David C. Downing (2010)
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (1942)
Ok, it was really really hard to pick a favorite, especially out of the 2011 books. All of them were amazing, but I didn’t have any of them gut me as much as Patrick Ness’ book, though Forbidden was a super close second. Goal for 2012, though, is definitely to read more!
Top Ten Films
- Jane Eyre
- The Conspirator
- Captain America
- The Help
- Super 8
- There Be Dragons
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- The King’s Speech (2010)
- Little Big Soldier (2010)
- Tangled (2010)
Hard to pick a favorite from among these, too… Tangled has become my new 2nd favorite Disney movie (after Beauty and the Beast), and all of the summer movies were great. But nobody talked about the Conspirator much, and being the history buff that I am, I had to pick that one. As much as I’ve read about and immersed myself in studying the American Civil War, viewing that movie was the first time I actually understood just how it must have felt to have been at war with your very neighbors. It was such a singular point in our history, and though we hear “brother against brother” thrown around a lot in history class, it’s another thing entirely to feel that, and I think The Conspirator delivered that feeling.