My Random “Best of” 2009 Lists

2 01 2010

As always, the items on my “Best Of” list may not necessarily have been produced or published this year.  This year just happened to be the year I first saw, read, or listened to the items.

Disclaimer: Some items by other people’s standards may not actually be all that good in a traditional sense of the word. Sometimes the inspiration I get from a movie, book, or piece of music may lead me to add it to my list. For example, Keri Hulme’s novel in my opinion, while the kind of book that won many awards, was terribly written in many respects. It was produced originally by a small publisher who took the author’s text and published it, typos and all. There are many problems with the narration and many parts that could have been edited to make the narration cleaner by a professional editor. All the same, this big messy novel inspired me more this year than many of the other items on my list. In parts, the odd choice of punctuation, line spacing, and/or word choices that a professional editor would most likely have removed or changed actually added to my enjoyment of the novel. The author’s quirky voice shone through making it a pleasure to read (and surprisingly funny in parts). 

Okay…on to my lists:

Albums (it could almost be the 90’s again this year):

  1. Dinosaur Jr., Farm
  2. Pearl Jam, Backspacer
  3. Fleet Foxes, Self-Titled
  4. Modest Mouse, No One’s First and You’re Next
  5. Cracker, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey


  1. Avatar
  2. Up
  3. A Very Long Engagement
  4. Star Trek
  5. Let the Right One In


  1. The Bone People by Keri Hulme (Mentioned in Disclaimer Above)
  2. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkein
  3. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  4. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  5. Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon



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