Here's how I did in 2008:
Movies watched: 46 (my goal was 52, but I coached my daughter's travel soccer team this year, which meant I coached about 20 games and ran about 40 practices. All that time has to come from somewhere.)
Favorites: Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men, Juno.
I had a goal of reading a handful of screenplays, but came up empty on that one.
Plays (and readings of plays) watched: 14. (In the old days, before kids, I might see 75 plays and readings in a year, but that's not possible anymore. Plus, this year, I intentionally dialed back some of my playgoing--I just needed a break (my goal was only 12). This year, I'd like to see a lot more. Luckily I have a StageSource membership, which gets me access to free tickets, because, to be honest, I can't afford to buy tickets to plays very often (see previous post on income).
Favorites: An Ocean of Air by Rough & Tumble, and the Rhombus plays in the Six Views Festival we put on.
Plays read: 9. (my goal was 4. Which I know is very unimpressive, but I've been more into reading books than plays lately.)
Favorite: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. Intense, high-energy, and obviously theatrical. Reading Doubt by John Patrick Shanley was a big disappointment for me--it just seemed so theatrically uninteresting, and though the stakes are high, part of me felt like it's getting done a lot because it's really cheap to stage (small cast, no set). (Heresy, I'm sure.)
Books read: 29. (my goal was 24. I'm a slow reader, sad to say. And busy with a lot of stuff (see above).)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
- Into the Wild and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
- The New Kings of Non-Fiction edited by Ira Glass
- Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Master and Comander by Patrick O'Brian
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
- Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
So that's a bunch of the stuff that went into my head. I'm curious to see what will come out in 2009.