Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2012 is so last year


But I read some amazing books and listened to some awesome music.
Here's the roundup.

I generally read YA and MG, but books for adults dominated my nightstand this year, as well as some amazing indie titles.  So many great novels. My fave book of the year? GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. Fave new author of the year? Leigh T. Moore. And yes, I even read the Fifty Shades trilogy. In the words of Anastasia, "Holy crap!"

Here's what I read, yo.

Dance on Fire by James Garcia Jr
Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park
On the Bright Side by SR Johannes
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Fourth Stall Part 2 by Chris Rylander
Pearl by Jo Knowles
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
Fifty Shades Freed by EL James
The Color of Bones by Tracy Edward Wymer
Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Classroom by Robin Mellom
The Truth About Faking by Leigh T. Moore
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski
Rouge by Leigh T. Moore
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings by Laura Pauling
String Bridge by Jessica Bell

On to movies. I'm  not a huge movie watcher due to lack of time, but I noticed I rewatched a lot of classics this year, and of course, movies with my kiddos.

Phantom Menace 3D
Weekend Pass
Hunger Games
The Avengers
The Amazing Spiderman
Magic Mike
The Three Stooges
Hotel Transylvania
Dumb and Dumber
Breaking Dawn 2
This is 40
Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
The Big Miracle

I love me some rock 'n' roll, so my top three rock songs of 2012 are these.

"Gluttony" by BUCKCHERRY (Got to hear this live a few weeks ago! Rated R btw.)

"You Waste Your Time" by TREMONTI  (Awesome guitar riffs, and I won a signed guitar from this guy last year, too.)

"Still Swingin'" by PAPA ROACH (I get see hear this song live in a few weeks! If you lika da zombies, this video reminds me of the last book of Carrie Ryan's zombie trilogy!)

What are your favorite books, movies or songs of 2012?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved seeing your list of books Kelly. I haven't read most of them. I did love Rouge too. Here's hoping for a great 2013.

SA Larsenッ said...

Awesome lists. You read a ton that I didn't read. Hmmm.... I'll have to look into that. LOL

I did see most of the movies you mentioned. Nice.

Music - I have too many new favs to say, but your choices RAWK!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Favorite movie - The Avengers.
Favorite book - The Mistaken by Nancy Thompson.
Favorite music - Rush's Clockwork Angels (of course!)

Tony Van Helsing said...

Favourite movie - Tyrannosaur, a grim small budget British film set on a Leeds council estate. Great but tough.
Favourite music - Resolution by Lamb of God, the heaviest of metal.
Favourite book - 39 Days of Gazza, chronicling ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne's disastrous tenure at Kettering Town Football Club.

Kimber said...

Books - While not released in 2012 - I read them in 2012, The Hunger Games

Movie - Skyfall (then the Avengers)

Music - One Republic and Imagine Dragons (album names are slipping my mind)

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Looks like some great reads...have to check out the ones I haven't read. Fun list. :)

LTM said...

YOU are TOO COOL!!! Thank you so much, Kelly! Love that you loved ROUGE! (and that other one--LOL! ;o) <3

Bish Denham said...

I've read a couple on your list... The favorites I read "last" year were Empire of the Summer Moon (history about the Comanches) , Water for Elephants (fiction) and The Windup Girl (science fiction.) Each excellent in their own special way.

Pk Hrezo said...

You read a lot. Good for you! Love that Leigh's your new fave author. I've got her books waiting my read. I so want to read Gone, Girl. I think it's gonna be next on the list for me. In 2012 I finally completed the Hunger Games trilogy and snubbed 50 Shades. But there were many great reads! Firefly Lane made me bawl.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'd have to say my favorite new to me author is Amy Reed. I consumed her three books Beautiful, Clean and Crazy this year. Brutally true to life ya.

Lydia Kang said...

Great book list there! I laughed at your "2012 is SO last year." It is, isn't it?

Anita said...

Great list!
P.S. If you use my husband's back again, I'll have to sue.

Jill Kemerer said...

I loved your lists!! Thanks for sharing them!

Kelly Polark said...

Natalie- Hope you have a wonderful 2013 as well.
Sheri- There are so many books that I want to read. Not enough time!
Alex - My sister's fave rock band is Rush too. She says she one of the few females at their concerts.
Tony - Lamb of God is heavy! Have them on my iPod believe it or not!
Kimberly- I just love the Hunger Games trilogy!
Rebecca - So much to read, so little time! Thanks for stopping by!
LTM- Loved both your books so much!
Bish - Great recommendations. Did you see the Water for Elephants movie too?
PK - You must read Gone Girl! It's so crazy!
Sharon - I will have to check that author out!
Lydia- :0)
Anita-Ozzy sent me the photo.
Hi Jill! Thank you!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm on the library hold list for gone girl. I've been on the list for a while. :D

I loved Leigh's debut book too and can't wait for the sequel.

I'm trying to read more adult books this year. I'm currently reading my first Nicolas Sparks's book. And next month will see it in the cinema. lol

Marcia said...

Quite a few favorite books this year: Wonder, Between Shades of Gray, The One and Only Ivan, Malcolm at Midnight, Splendors and Glooms. I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

Missed Periods said...

There were two movies I really loved that I watched last year: Ruby Sparks and Safety Not Guaranteed.

Rena and Denny said...

Wow! I totally sucked when it came to movies and books last year. What the hell happened?

cleemckenzie said...

Did you sleep at all? I'm amazed at your lists.

Peggy Eddleman said...

It's awesome to see your lists! It makes me want to keep my own, so I can answer questions like this. :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

GONE GIRL is on my 2013 to read list. I hear it's awesome.
Happy 2013 to you!!!

the late phoenix said...

there is one thing that was made crystal clear to me last year: M83 is the most original sound, the most creative music being composed, in a long long time, we might just finally have a link back to the golden age of the '90s...

E.J. Wesley said...

Good to know M. Tremonti is still kicking out the tunes! His guitar work got me through my first couple of years of college. (I saw Creed when they first began touring for their first album. I paid $1 to get into a music festival that featured them, Train, and Old Lady Peace. Quite the deal, looking back on it. :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Fifty Shades AND Magic Mike. I'm starting to get a new image of you, my dear. LOL! I haven't read Fifty Shades yet, but I probably will give it a shot some time this year.

Great music, by the way!! As always ;)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Quite a list you've got there. I saw many movies and got to go to a few concerts in 2012, but I really slacked on my reading. Now I'm playing catch up for everything I wanted to read but still haven't.

Happy 2013!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

You've read a ton of great books! I haven't read Gone Girl yet - although it's on my wishlist! Gotta get to it :)

Kelly Polark said...

Stina- You must read Gone Girl!! Hope you get it soon.
Marcia- I do really want to read Wonder. Heard such great things about it.
Jenny- I haven't heard of those movies surprisingly. Thanks for the recommendations.
Rena- There's always this year :).
Lee- Sleep is overrated. No, actually I try to get 7 hours a night. I love my sleep.
Peggy- I have a word file that I add to after I finish a book or movie so I don't forget!
Cynthia- Definitely make time for it. It is amazing!
Phoenix- Surprisingly I haven't heard M83. Will look up some songs on Youtube!!
EJ- That fest sounds awesome (and what a deal!)! And yes, Tremonti still kills it on guitar!
Carol - Hee! :)
Kimberly- So far I'm doing a lot more reading than watching in 2013. Some great reads so far...
Jemi- Do it! It's so good!

Ron Smith said...

Sounds like you had a lot of creative inspiration the past year!

I hope to read more books this year.

Right now I'm reading the Magician King by Lev Grossman. Really great adult fantasy