Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pimpin My Faves of 2011 plus a Giveaway

I’ve been agonizing over how I wanted to do this and then I realized there was no reason for it; my blog…my rules!  So, in usual fashion, I’m just gonna wing it!
The time has come for end of the year wrap ups.  Last year, I’d had such a bad year that I decided to wait until after the first of January to look forward instead of looking back.  2011 wasn’t the best year I’ve ever had but it was good enough that I feel ok to look back on it, so here goes!  Below is my list of my favorite things from this year; books, tv shows, music and outings.  Afterwards, there’s a Sons of Anarchy-themed (what else??) giveaway; WOOT!

Fave books of the year (**Note – these are books I read this year but they did not necessarily come out this year**)

PersuaderLee Child

I read the entire series of Jack Reacher books by Lee Child this year.  I cannot say enough about how much I love these books!  Action,  adventure,  explosions, fights, mysteries, impossible challenges and, in the middle of it all, an Ex-Army MP drifter who is the BADDEST. BAD. ASS. IN. BADASS. TOWN!  I could have put several of the books in the series on this list but I picked Persuader because it’s a book early in the series and, while reading it, I was fully aware that there were several other books written in the series and I was STILL on the edge of my seat with my heart racing as I read, wondering if Jack was going to be able to make it out of the situation alive!  Now THAT is some good writing!

Pale Demon – Kim Harrison – Lots of Trent; quiet as its kept, he’s my favorite!

Dreams of a Dark Warrior – Kresley Cole – so much torturous fun!!  It sounds wrong but it was so right!

Kiss of Snow – Nalini Singh – I’d anticipated this one for a while and it did not disappoint!

Magic Slays – Ilona Andrews – Kate and Curran RULE!

Fave New TV shows of the year

Game of Thrones - HBO  – WINTER IS COMING, BITCHES!! Ned Stark.  The Iron Throne. Khal Drogo.  The Khaleesi.  Jon Snow.  Littlefinger. It doesn’t matter if you know the names;  just….just watch it.  Or read it.  AND watch it.  Trust me.  It’s worth it.  The definition of EPIC.  I say again; TRUST ME. 

Revenge- ABC – Incredible, soapy fun! 

Suits -USA - Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter is the reason to watch the show.  Period.  And Gina Torres is his boss!  SCORE!

Happy Endings - ABC – one of the best comedy ensembles on tv.  I’ve had plenty of good laughs with this show this year.  It’s worth a watch for Damon Wayans, Jr., alone.  I think he may be funnier than his father.  Hilarity.

Suburgatory - ABC – oddly enough, I don’t really like the main character of the show but I love a lot of the supporting characters.  Even with that, the show makes me laugh and that’s all I really want from my half hour comedies!
Fave  returning TV shows of the year

Sons of Anarchy - FX –

I’m pretty sure not one of you reading this is surprised to see this show at the top of my list!  I am a SOA ADDICT and proud of it!  My pimpage of the show has brought a couple of my co workers, my cousin and several of my Tweeps into the ranks of my fellow SOA addicts and I’m ecstatic about it!  This season was STELLAR!  As usual, I’m already counting down the days until September!

Justified - FX – This is one of the shows that keeps me occupied during the long break between SOA seasons.  Last season was incredible and I’m so looking forward to the new season that starts in a couple of weeks.  Timothy Olyphant as US Marshall Raylan Givens is THE. MAN.  Period.

Archer - FX – Best animated show on tv, hands down!  Very adult, very funny, very quotable and I’m very much looking forward to it coming back in a couple of weeks!

Parks and Recreation -  NBC – My favorite returning comedy.  If you were a fan of the early years of The Office and the cute development of the Jim and Pam relationship,  you should be watching Parks and Rec.  They have a couple that rivals Jim and Pam!  Plus, Parks and Rec brought us “Treat Yo’ Self” Day:

It’s the best day of the yeeeeaaarrr!

Fave Music of the Year

My fave new music of the year, by a looooong margin, was Adele’s 21.  By such a long margin, in fact, that I don’t have anything else to put here.  Oh…except my fave rap lyric of the year:

“If we ever do this whoopty whoop, I want allll that bleepty bleep” – Andre 3000
Yep.  That.

 My fave outing of the year

My trip to Authors After Dark in Philly  - met so many of my tweeps, had some successful writerly type meetings AND was introduced to a bunch of new to me authors; it was the trip of the year for me! I wrote about it here, in case you missed it.

Well, there you have it; all the high points of 2011 for me!  My family traditionally gives each other gifts on New Year’s Eve so I’m going to extend that to my blog family too!  I have a copy of the Songs of Anarchy CD, songs from Sons of Anarchy seasons 1 – 4, courtesy of my bestie Chena, to give away. 

If you want it, tell me something that you loved in 2011, whether its on my list or not.  That’s it!  I’ll pick a winner at random on January 5, 2012.  Contest is open to all. 
Thanks for hanging in there with me in 2011!  Looking forward to more fun in 2012!  Everyone have a happy, safe and prosperous New Year!!