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My 2018, part 3 – Books

I don’t get as much reading done as I’d like, since, well, since my teens, really, but I still read a few chapters in bed most nights. And on occasion I am even able to put on an audiobook during the daytime while doing monotonous task that don’t require my full attention. So here follows part 3 of my popular entertainment ars of 2018 (you can find part 1: comic books and part 2: films from these handy links).

My reading preference is novels, and while I most years do try to intersperse that with occasional other things, my backlog had grown a bit out of hand in 2017. Therefore I mostly stuck with just the novels (excepting short breaks between each for a comic book or two), and there not much to speak of by the ways of poetry, short stories or non-fiction on the list this year.

As on the other two lists, I’m not going to comment on each individual book (the post would get ridiculously long), so if anything catches your fancy to strike up a conversation on or ask what I thought about, please do let me know in the comments. Again, on the few that I’ve written a short LibraryThing review, those are linked in the title.

And with that, listing time:

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My 2018, part 2 – Films

I didn’t just read comic books in 2018, I saw some films, too. As with that list, I can’t possibly comment on every individual movie (though my LibraryThing reviews are linked when existing), but I would be very happy to discuss any and all of them in the comments should you, wildly hypothetical reader, wish to do so. Just sound off and let me know!

On with the list:

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My 2018, part 1 – Comic books

I didn’t make my list of things I hoped to get around to this year, as I the last few years have discovered I mostly used those for chronicling what I actually did instead. So instead, I simply did that: Wrote down (most) of what I’ve read and watched. As mentioned, I watch abhorrent amounts of television series, so for those I will be doing a more traditional, less comprehensive top twelve type list. Assuming time.

For the first of these posts, the comic books, graphic novels, e-comics and whatever other thing I’ve read might feel it fits in this category. I realise the entertainment value to others stumbling over this post is fairly low, as I can’t possibly comment on every item (though some will have links to reviews I’ve written elsewhere). So instead, should someone happen to actually read this and be interested, I invite you all to inquire in the comments to any specific item you’d like my thoughts on. Apologies in advance if by then, the memory has gotten somewhat murky.

With that, on to the list!

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Top 15 new TV shows of 2017 (that I have seen)

And so another year has ended and a new one begun. As usual, I’ve been too busy watching television to write anything about it, but I figured I’d try to make at least one post about the new shows of the year 2017. I watched 32 wholly new shows this year, only two of which I dropped, and as 30 would take me way too long to write up, I figured I’d draw a random line and make a list of the top half of the ones I stayed with.

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Top New Television Shows of 2016

Happy New Year! So, for the past two years, this weblog has basically been dead, or (at best) some kind of shambling ghoul-esque state of not so much passing on as passing on and on and on and on …

Clearly, the days of me finding the time to list and minireview every new TV show I watch are long gone. But I still watch exuberant amounts of the stuff, so here is a little write-up of my favourite three new 2016 shows, as well as my wife’s picks (as she watches the vast majority of them with me). I’ll try to name-drop other new shows that I think are worth checking out as I go, ’cause, well, why not.

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New year, new little goals



The first time around, success. The second time, ambition got the better of me, and the third time around, I did not fare much better — though in that case, I blamed spending all year on moving and remodelling. In 2016, alas, I did not have such a great excuse, and so the miserable result I now have to show is mine to bear without the convenience of mitigating circumstances.

That said, I’ve been enjoying having these little lists to revisit throughout the year, so I’m making another one. Mostly just carrying failed goals over from last time, of course. Fingers crossed!

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Top 10 things I plan to do in 2016

The first time around, it went splendidly. The second time, I got overly ambitious with my list of goals, and the third time around, it went quite poorly, too — though in this case, I blame spending all year on moving and remodelling.

But I find it nice to have this list to revisit — for instance, I have a notoriously shoddy memory, and seeing the dates on which I did things helps me in hindsight recalling context for what would otherwise at best be fragmented memories. So here we go again:

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