Year-End Top 10

Earlier this week, Chuck Wendig asked his readers to post their Top Ten of the Year. I hastily responded, and am reposting my picks here, in it's very own blog, with some slight revisions... My updates, notes, or second-thoughts are in italics.

1) Favorite novel of the year? ELEANOR by Jason Gurley

I'm standing by this one wholeheartedly. This book has really stuck with me throughout the year, and you can find my review on it here.

2) Favorite non-fiction book of the year? Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye

I didn't get through as many non-fiction titles as I would have liked to this year, but UNDENIABLE is totally tops. Science deniers will hate it, but I found it to be a terrific and enjoyable exploration of the natural world and the process of evolution. [my review]

3) Favorite short story of the year? BLACKOUT by Tim Curran

As soon as I finished BLACKOUT, back in August, I was ready to name it the best DarkFuse novella of the year. That hasn't changed. [my review]

4) Favorite movie of the year? Didn’t see many, so I’ll go with X-Men: Days Of Future Past

You know what, I really slipped on this one. Yeah, I loved the new X-Men flick, but I had a bit of a brain fart. I'm knocking this one down a peg or two for one simple reason that I somehow, stupidly, forgot about. And that reason is.... GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

5) Favorite TV show of the year? Hannibal

'Nuff said. This series is absolutely terrific. And that season finale?!?!? It has now officially been too long of a wait for season three, and I think the upcoming holiday break may be a good time to rewatch seasons one and two. I just seriously love the heck out of this show.

6) Favorite song of the year? Don’t have one…

7) Favorite album? See above.

8) Favorite video game? Really wish I had more time and a bigger budget, but Dragon Age: Inquisition wins for me.

9) Favorite app? Godus

I love this game a ridiculous amount, and have really dug what 22Cans brought to the table with the expansion/update that launched a second bit of land to explore and develop. You can read my review of it over here, but I also want to take a brief second to plug THREES, which I discovered this past Wednesday night. Totally addictive and well worth the $2.

10) Favorite [something else] of the year?  I jumped on the Funko Pop! bandwagon, and will thus vote for my Funko Batman figure/statuette.

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Yeah, seriously. I'm letting my geek flag fly with this one. And, actually, I'm a bit torn, to be honest. I recently bought my first couple Funko Pop! vinyl figures, and am debating which one I love more. I'm sticking with Batman, though. Very close second is this zombie from their line-up of The Walking Dead figures:

twdfunkowave1rvwalkerAll right. What's ranking in your Top 10 for 2014? Sound off below!

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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