I like knowing what a friend thinks are the best movies, books, actors, TV shows, or cookie recipes. What I hate is media frenzy over a writer's opinion of what are the best things of all things that can be categorized.
With that said...
I recommend "Frozen," the best animated movie I have seen in recent memory. (1 movie is not a list)
My favorite nine books read in 2013 (not a Top Ten List) are, in no particular order:
Italian Shoes, Henning Mankell
Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
Kurt Vonnegut:Letters , Dan Wakefield
The Mill River Recluse, Darcie Chan
Recovered, (The Shapeshifters' Library) Amber Polo
Natalie's Revenge, Susan Fleet
One Small Victory, Maryann Miller
The Girl From Tenarife, Bernard Shaffer
The Night I Danced With Rommel, Elizabeth Merrion
Some random thoughts about some things I liked or didn't like this year:
-The AZ Cardinals and the PHX Suns are exceeding anyone's expectations this season.
Good for them. I watch a lot of the NFL games, but prefer the college games.
I watch no NBA games. None. Not since Larry retired. In the Bird Era I watched every Celtic game available.
-I'm excited that baseball begins in about two months. I read all of the 'transactions' and am trying to figure out if my D'Backs have improved or not.
Love the game. Not what money money money has done to it.
-The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood was good.
Take it easy, you media types; it was not intended to replace the original.
On its own, I liked it, and I am not going to compare Ms. Underwood to Ms. Andrews.
-Susan Rice, former UN Ambassador and present advisor to the President, is my Person of the Year, if I had to name one. Her integrity and accomplishments should rise far above the better publicized mistreatments by others including a recent 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl.
-Best politician? There was one. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
-I like Duck Dynasty. I don't think of anything political, religious, or whatever, I only judge the entertainment.
-Did the baseball umps and football refs screw up a lot this year?
Yes. But I don't know which I hate more, a blatant mistake or a video review.
-I've always liked the library, any library. Even in 2013, with 100's of books on my Kindle machine, I go to the library often.
There are people there.
-I served with eleven of my peers on a jury this year. Criminal case. I couldn't decide guilt, so voted 'no' and we were hung, 6 vs 6.
Retrial hung him.
-I turned 70 this year. I'll never do that again. A surprise visit by far-away family was the best thing in many years.
-I wasted a lot of time this year when I should have been writing.
-I doubt I will make a list of New Year's Resolutions. Those are worse than Best Of Lists.
Merry Christmas to One and All!