I had a great time celebrating New Year's Eve with some of my closest friends, and New Year's Day with my family. Actually, it's been a wonderful holiday season all around, with just about the right mix of family, friends, relaxation, holiday parties, religious services, theme park visits, good food, and time for reflection and working on personal projects. I feel almost ready to go back to my regularly scheduled life on Monday.
So last year around this time I noticed a lot of people on my flist were keeping track of things like books read and movies watched during the year, so I decided to try it, too. Now it's time to post the results. I did things a little differently from others, in that I kept separate categories for manga vs. "regular" books and anime/foreign vs. English-language TV shows. (Most, if not all, of my friends who are doing this meme are not into anime/manga like I am, so they don't need the distinction. But I definitely do!) I also added categories for plays and—at my mom's suggestion—games.
I'm kind of "meh" about that last category, though. For one thing, I didn't actually complete any video games, just played a bit here and there, so I'm not really sure whether to count those or not. And video games and "regular" games are mixed together, which is a little weird. I guess I could break it up into two categories, but then I'd only have even more categories that I feel "meh" about. So…I've decided to omit that category from the results, and I probably won't track it in 2010
Anyway, the complete list is here, if anyone is interested in seeing what I read/watched/played in 2009. And now for the results:
Total books read: 17
Favorites (not including re-reads):
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (YA fiction/sci fi)
2. Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (nonfiction – health and diet)
Total by series: 33
New (to me) series started in 2009: 24
Total by # of volumes: 138*
Favorite new (to me) series:
1. I Hate You More Than Anyone by Banri Hidaka (shojo)
2. Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You by Karuho Shiina (shojo)
3. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (shonen)
Favorite continuing series:
1. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (shonen)
2. Gakuen Alice by Tachibana Higuchi (shojo)
*In the case of Naruto, which I mainly read online, I'm counting 9 chapters = 1 volume. I have no idea if that's how it's actually published, but it should be close to that.
New (to me): 34
In theatres: 3
Favorites (not counting re-watches):
1. Star Trek
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
English-language TV shows
Total by series: 12*
Total new (to me) series: 8*
Hmm…I don' t think I have any new favorites. House, MD continues to keep my attention, but other than that, domestic TV doesn't really do it for me anymore. Which brings me to…
Total by series: 23*
Total new (to me) series: 18 (including 3 films/OVAs)*
Total by number of episodes (films/OVAs count as one episode): 572**
Favorite new (to me) series:
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2. Romeo X Juliet
3. Eureka 7
4. Naruto Shippuden
5. Death Note
I'm not thrilled enough with continuing series to list favorites. But I had one anime film re-watch that is worth a mention: Porco Rosso. I found it just as beautiful and moving the second time around (I think I first viewed it in 2006). I plan to cosplay one of the main characters (Gina, nightclub singer and love interest to the title character) at AFO next year.
*I counted series even if I watched only one episode. The anime category also includes films and OVAs.
**I had to do some estimating, since in some cases I counted "discs" or even "seasons" instead of episodes.
Favorite: The Merchant of Venice, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
And now I need to start next year's list…