Right now it’s neck and neck between the number of books I’ve read this year, 53, with the number of movies I’ve watched this year, 55. It looks like I’ll easily surpass last year’s numbers of 54 for books and 53 for movies. To see a list of the books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched, click here (with a link to my listography list of movies watched this year at the bottom of that page and trailers for all the movies on the listography list).
Among the best books I’ve read within the last few months have been Purple Jesus by Ron Cooper, which I reviewed last week and also coincidentally was released last week, Godric by Frederick Buechner and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.
Far and away, though, my favorite book of this year (so far) was Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Also extremely good was Memory by Donald E. Westlake, a novel from the 1960s that previously had been rejected by publishers but thankfully was published this year.
As for movies, from back in March, since the American version recently was released, I have to mention the original Swedish version, Let The Right One In:
(Note: Just playing the trailer now, with its creepy music, made my cat, who is sitting on my arm as I type this, jump up.)
Forget all other vampire movies. This one sets the bar high for all other vampire movies, period.
From September, I also have to mention this one:
because, well, it just rocks, period.
And last, but not least, I’ll throw in this one, which The Wife and I just watched the other night:
Fun for the whole family? You betcha. Plus some kick-ass graphics, to boot.