Well, hello there, reader who loves movies, if there indeed are still any readers out there.

Just an FYI that today, August 6, I went back and wrote quick reviews of all 22 movies I’ve seen so far this year! But since I was writing in reverse order and didn’t feel like having a post on, say, The Descendants, a movie most people saw last year, at the top of my already very neglected blog, I decided to post-date all the reviews back to around about when I saw the movies. So if you want to hear what I had to say, you may just want to go to the watchin’ category page and read from there.

My favorites of the year so far were Pariah (so good, see Ebert’s review which I think is what made me need to see this), Cabin in the Woods, A Separation and Moonrise Kingdom. I thought Tinker, Tailor was great as well but again that’s a movie many people will have seen in 2011. Pariah and Cabin in the Woods should be (?) out on DVD, I would think, and you should seek them out. Both so SO good, in completely different ways.

Wrapping It Up: Favorite Movies 2011

I know when I finally posted my review of The Guard yesterday I told you it was in my top 5 or top 2….Yeah turns out it was #1! When I reviewed the list of what I saw in 2011 and compared film to film, it just kept beating out all the other contenders!

For my top 9 favorites, some worsts, and some randomly categorized references (best house lived in by main character, film that felt most like I’d seen it 89 times before, etc), go read my full wrap up of my 2011 favorite flicks over here.

Wrapping It Up: Favorite Books 2011

My top six very favorite books read during 2011 were (not in any order) “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick, Love Is the Higher Law, by David Levithan, “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett, “36 Arguments for the Existence of God”, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (that’s fiction, despite its non-fiction-like sounding title), “Mother’s Milk” by Edward St. Aubyn and “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin.

My final list of books read for 2011 is here and a little write-up on some other favorites, beyond the six mentioned in this post, is over here.

Turns out I haven’t done hardly any reviewing of books on Snip this year (I have been busy ya know!) but I still plan to whip through a few here and there until I find a job so I’ll add links to those if/when I post them! 😉

Best of November

The best movie I saw in November was nonexistent. 🙁 Waah! I had no time to go to the movies! Too much studying to do!

The best book I read in November was a tie between two books by the same author Fire and Graceling by Kristin Cashore. They were FANTASTIC!!

The best gig I went to in November was the only gig I went to: it was Joseph Arthur and he was amazeballoons. Just overflowing with talent and creativity.

My favorite tunes in November, besides Joseph Arthur who I listened to constantly all month, were songs featured on my favorite show Sons of Anarchy like “Mary” by Patty Griffin and a cover of “Ruby Tuesday” by Katey Sagal. I also listened to a lot of Matt Hires, with some Shwayze thrown in for good measure.

Best of October

The best movie I saw in October was a tie between two Chicago Film Festival Flicks: SPY(IES) (ESPION(S) en francais) and Fish Tank. But I also really loved Whip It! and Zombieland.

The best book I read in October was The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson, a fantastic end to his trilogy!! And I also loved Liar, by Justine Larbalestier and The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Best of September

The best movie I saw in September was…whoops! I didn’t make it to the theater even once in September. How sad!! 🙁

The best book I read in September was a tie between Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins and White Time, by Margo Lanagan.

The best gig I went to in September was also nonexistent. My concert-going in 2009 was extremely LOW and 2010 is looking to be even lower. I may need to just eliminate this category in monthly write-ups!!!

My favorite tunes in September were albums from The Avett Brothers and Kid Cudi as well as songs from two of my favorite TV shows Sons of Anarchy and Glee.

Best of August

The best movie I saw in August was a tie between District 9 (fantastic!) and Inglourious Basterds (exhilarating!).

The best book I read in August was White Time by Margo Lanagan, followed closely by a pair of wolf books by Patricia Briggs. Wow, those are two authors I just love. You may note there are a few reads on that list from August that I’m just not even bothering to write up, mostly continuations of trade paperback mystery series. Bygones. A girl’s gotta get caught up somehow.

The best gig I went to in August was The Knux‘ set at Lollapalooza. But, as with the rest of the year, there just hasn’t been any real competition in this category. I read a LOT this year but I did not go to many shows.

My favorite tunes in August were… Damien Rice, apparently. I was mostly running around doing stuff like a crazy lady in August and not doing much listening.

Best of July

The best movie I saw in July was Hurt Locker. I’ve seen it three times so far. I would love to see it again.

The best book I read in July was “The Death of Sweet Mister” by Daniel Woodrell. It really took my breath away.

The best gig I went to in July was EMPTY ORCHESTRA. They are great and I highly recommend you buy tickets if they come through your town.

My favorite tunes in July were (you guessed it) all from Empty Orchestra. And Ryan Auffenberg singing “Sellout” live. I would like to see him live.

Best of June

The best movie I saw in June was probably “Moon” but my favorite movie in June was “Away We Go”.

The best book I read in June was “Motherless Brooklyn” by Jonathan Lethem. Fantastic! I also really liked the short story collection “Emerald City” by Jennifer Egan.

The best gig I went to in June had to be a tie between Metric and Telekinesis!!! Being that I haven’t been going to shows much at all this year, I wish I could remember more about those evenings! But hello June was a long time ago. I know we were standing at the back of the Metro for Metric and it was hot and sweaty but the sounds were great. Oddly I can’t even remember who I went to Telekinesis with. Maybe I was drunk.

My favorite tunes in June were from “Back & Fourth” Pete Yorn‘s awesome, outstanding, lovely latest album. Gee, I guess I liked it.