Year In Review

I love making lists. I particularly like to make “to-do” lists on sticky notes. However, I also like “best of,” “worst of,” “honorable mention,” and “recommendation” lists as well. So, with this in mind, I am compiling what I’d like to call Monica’s 2012 All Of The Above List, encompassing my likes, dislikes, surprises, disappointments, firsts, lasts, and everything in between for 2012.

* Note: some of the items on this list – particularly the TV shows, movies, or books – are things that I encountered in 2012, but they may not necessarily have been made, published, or released in 2012.  

Top 10 Reads of 2012 – The “Why I Should Get Rid Of Cable” or the “Kill Your TV” List

1. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson

2. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

3. * We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

4. * In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

5. * Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

6. * The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

7. * World War Z by Max Brooks

8. * How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

9. * Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein

10. * Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Top 5 Most Disappointing Reads of 2012 – The “We Were the Mulvaneys” List (named after the 400+ page J.C. Oates novel that I read to completion even though I knew by page 100 that I hated it)

1. * A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

2. * Atonement by Ian McEwan

3. * The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

4. Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good by Kevin Smith

5. * Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Top 5 TV Shows of 2012 – The “When The Hell Are You Coming Back On?!” Writhing With Anticipation List

1. Sherlock

2. The Walking Dead

3. Girls

4. American Horror Story: Asylum

5. Game of Thrones

Top 5 Shows I Gave Up On in 2012 – The “You Had Me, Then You Lost Me” In Memoriam List

1. Boardwalk Empire

2. Modern Family

3. The Mindy Project

4. Elementary

5. 666 Park Avenue

(Addendum: Shows I’m About to Give Up On in the New Year – The “Verge Of Extinction” Warning List)

1. Homeland

2. The New Girl

Top 10 Movies of 2012 – The “Top Ten Movies of 2012” List

1. Brave

2. *Dogtooth

3. Cabin in the Woods

4. Take This Waltz

5. Moonrise Kingdom

6. * The Orphanage

7. * The Devil’s Backbone

8. Bernie

9. * Higher Ground

10. * Take Shelter

Honorable Mention Movies of 2012 – The “I Like You, But I Don’t Like You, Like You” List

1. Argo

2. * Goon

3. * A Separation

4. The Hunger Games

5. * Shame

Top 5 Disappointing Movies of 2012 – The “Not Worth the Hype” or the “Hal Halbert Is About To Disown Me” Sad to Say It List

1. Silver Linings Playbook

2. Snow White and the Huntsman

3. The Avengers

4. The Dark Knight Rises

5. Prometheus

Top 5 Movies in the Queue for 2013 – The “Might Have Made the Top Ten of 2012 If I Had Seen Them In A Timelier Fashion” Confessions Of A Cinema Slacker List

1. Lincoln

2. Zero Dark Thirty

3. Hyde Park on Hudson

4. The House I Live In

5. Compliance

Top 5 Musical Artists of 2012 – The “Good Vibrations” List

1. Of Monsters and Men

2. The Civil Wars

3. The Lumineers

4. Alabama Shakes

5. Lana Del Rey

Top 5 Eating/Drinking Experiences of 2012 – The “Reasons I Need To Work Out” Scrumdiddlyumptious List

1. Mica (thus far, the best Chip Roman restaurant)

2. Dandelion (for brunch especially)

3. Sycamore (nice little BYO in the suburbs)

4. Forest and Main Brewing Company (cool new pub in Ambler, PA)

5. Any Marc Vetri restaurant, but kudos to his new gastropub Alla Spina (get the pig tails)

2012 Highlights – The “Dreaded Christmas Letter” List

1. Ran a mud race, two 5K’s, and a 10K

2. Went back to school/applied into a PhD program

3. Celebrated my 5-year wedding anniversary

4. Vacationed in Barcelona (also included: first topless beach experience)

5. Saw some cool shows (music/plays): Bruce Springsteen (twice), Peter Gabriel, Angels in America (Parts 1 and 2), Red Eye to Havre de Grace, The Legwarmers (possibly one too many times, but I’ll never stop going), Melody Gardot, The Wayside Shakeup, The Sherwood Brothers

6. Got into a verbal altercation with Junot Diaz (note: this actually happened in 2011)

7. Promoted to Assistant Professor of English

8. Voted for Barack Obama (again) and won (again)

9. Gave someone a pair of thongs that said “What Would Hester Prynne Do?” on the front. And, while it didn’t happen yet, it will make the post-top ten, top ten when we welcome said person into our family after she marries my cousin next week. Preemptive congratulations to my cousin Christopher and his fiancée Maureen!

10. Made a lot of lists (as evidenced after looking through the past year’s worth of blog posts)

So, that’s my year in review. Feel free to comment on this post with your best and worst lists of 2012, and don’t be shy about including your memorable moments (even if I don’t know you personally).


About moniacal @ X Rated

On a lifelong journey to be a person in a place...
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8 Responses to Year In Review

  1. Marc Schuster says:

    Did the altercation with Junot Diaz happen this year?

  2. Ben D'Antonio says:

    American Horror Story: Big fan going back to last year’s haunted house story line (Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton). This year, though, has stricken a nerve. I’m pretty sure I had both nuns teach me in first and second grade back at Sacred Heart in 1958 and 59.

  3. fpdorchak says:

    Fun list–and congratulations on your promotion!

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