Over at Sweetney, she was asking for some recommendations, media-wise. I thought I might enjoy some similar commentary over here, especially since I am doing much better in the reading department than I have been the past few years. It’s still nothing like my reading used to be pre-kids, but it’s better than nothing. Thus, here are my recommendations to you and in return, in comments, do the following.
1. A book you’ve read in the past year that you would gladly read again (and probably will).
A Thousand Splendid Suns – I can not express strongly enough just how much I loved this book. It immediately took over in the “my favorite book ever” slot. It’s not an easy book, in that I spent a great deal of it either sobbing or holding my breath, but it will give you a glimpse into life in Afghanistan from the Soviet takeover up to almost present day like nothing else. The characters will make you hope for something better. The man is one of the most gifted authors I have ever read.
2. A film you’ve seen in the past year that, after viewing, you wanted to tell everyone you know to see.
I haven’t been watching that many movies really. I guess I would say I Am Legend. Will Smith is great, but he’s spectacular in this movie, carrying most of it on his own. It was also a fairly scary movie – not scary like a top notch horror movie would be, but scary in that “this is kind of believable, and that is AWFUL” way.
3. A song you’ve heard in the past year that genuinely moved you in some way.
“Sure Looks Good to Me” – Alicia Keys
4. A YouTube video you’ve watched in the past year that totally cracked your shit up, or amazed you, or made such a strong impression on you that you’ve felt compelled to show it to everyone you know.
The parody infomercial for “Clitter” (use caution, you may not want to watch it if you have young children who a. know where their vagina is and b. have access to craft supplies).