Favorites from 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Since this post is going around a lot in the blogging scene, I thought it might be fun to add my own post to that list of bloggers. I feel like I am putting this together on a whim, so it is not likely to be very organized, and for that I do beg your indulgence. This winter, I plan on doing a more "complete" list and have some fun with it, but until then... read on below to find out what some of my favorites were - including books and movies from 2011. 


Although I have dozens still to read on my "T.B.R stack," here are just a few of the books that I read this year that I most enjoyed.

Heiress was a dark fairy-tale that was somehow really enchanting. Susan is a first-class author and I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel, Baroness.

Debut author Michelle Madow enchanted me with her novel Remembrance. I thought her writing has room to "grow" but I thoroughly enjoyed this wholesome teen novel.

There You'll Find Me was also a new teen release for 2011. Written by Christian author Jenny B. Jones, I thought it was simply lovely. A beautiful tale set against Irish beauty.

Bristol Palin is likely a household name because of the mistake she made as a teenager in the public eye. Her biography, Unafraid of Life was released this past year and it is a candid look at what went on in her life.

  • Beastly - since I love fairy-tales this was a must-see, and the film is better than the book
  • Captain America - what more can be said about this was but; "bring on the fun!"
  • Footloose - although I haven't seen the oldie version, this is a dazzling re-make
  • The Help - a tender, moving story
  • Jane Eyre - truly beautiful adaptation 
  • Monte Carlo - this one is my "cute" chick-flick pick, it was so sweet
  • Pirates 4 - loved this latest "pirates" film, what more can be said about Captain Jack?
  • Red Riding Hood - this one is my "unique" pick of the past year
  • Sherlock Holmes 2 - this movie was awesome!
  • Soul Surfer - great family film
Television I discovered in 2011:
As incomplete as I am sure this list is, that is all I can come up with for now - I am truly out of time to be sitting here typing. Perhaps, I will add more to in the next couple of days, but for now, you must forgive me. 

Tell me, what were some of your favorites? 

Now... for what I am super excited about in the 2012 world of blockbusters; 
  •  The Avengers - awesome Marvel superhero movie
  • Mirror, Mirror - big-screen adaptation re-telling of Snow White
  • The Vow - romantic drama starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams (have I mentioned before how much I like her?? *grin*)

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  1. We just saw The Help -- amazing! "Two-Slice Hilly"... lol!! XD

    I must see Jane Eyre! I' off to read your review now :)

    Happy New Year, Rissi!

  2. I haven't read or watched any of your favorites.
    My favorite movies of 2011
    where Tangled and Courageous.
    Happy New year!

  3. I totally forgot about Jane Eyre! I need to see if my library has it and request it!
    Captain America, Soul Surfer (and, even though I haven't seen it, Monte Carlo. I just know it is wonderful) were great movies! And I enjoy anything Jenny B. Jones ;) Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

  4. Jessica - you are so right about The Help; it was lovely. It is a tad slow-moving but great nonetheless. We just bought a copy after its release and re-watched it - so good, and, yes, even funny. (Didn't you almost die laughing at that bit with Hilly and Minnie?!)

    Jane Eyre (2011) was a beautiful version - enjoy!

    So glad you popped in, Jessica - it's been a while. Please do so again soon. Happy 2012!

    Ella - I am super excited to see Courageous in another couple of weeks (it looks wonderful). And, who doesn't like Tangled - so sweet. I watched it last Christmas and "fell in love" with it. =)

    Sierra - do see Jane Eyre (2011), it was just lovely. It completely took me by surprise, but in a good way. Hope your library has it.

    Couldn't agree more about your two movie mentions - and trust me, Monte Carlo is adorable. ;D

    Jenny B. Jones = fabulous writing. She is taking a break just now, but I CANNOT wait for her next book!

    Happy 2012, girls!!

  5. Enjoyed reading your favorites list, Rissi! Happy New Year!

  6. Ah! Thanks, Ruth! I wanted to make a more "complete" list but that was all that worked out yesterday - I was writing up until the moment (basically) that I needed to run out the door. =)

    Happy New Year to you also!


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