I'm a numbers guy, so I keep track of how many books and plays and movies I take in each year.
Here are my totals for 2011:
Books read: 39
year I read 31 books. I read quite a few that I liked a lot, but my favorites
Glow: A Novel
by Jessica Maria Tuccelli (it'll be out this spring--I got to read a galley)
The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War
by Michael Shaara
by Jennifer Donnelly
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis
Alice Bliss: A Novel
by Laura Harrington
Plays read: 20
A tiny number. I had a goal of reading one a week, but failed miserably. I read some that I liked, especially plays by some folks in my writing groups. I know I need to do better.
Plays and readings watched: 47
is a few more than I saw last year, and about all that my schedule and budget
can accommodate. In 2012, I'll be busy with Puddingstone Farm, so I won't have nearly as much time to attend plays for a big chunk of the year. (I'll have to try to read more.)
Some of my favorites were Comedy of Errors by the Propeller Theatre Company at the Huntington--amazing energy from those guys, a reading of The Fakus by Joe Byers, and Red in the Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney (produced by Company One), and Candide at the Huntington.
Movies watched: 61
these were via Netflix, but we get out to the movie theatre every once in awhile. Watched a couple more in 2011 than in 2010 My favorites this year included: the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights, all of The Wire seasons, Zombieland, and Black Swan. I loved The Wire and Friday Night Lights, but wasn't blown away by most films or television this year. I hope 2012 will bring some better films.
In 2012, farming is going to take away a lot of movie and play watching time, but I imagine I'll still get some chances to sneak in some viewing time.