The listmaker


My dad loves lists. He dutifully keeps notebooks filled with books he’s read, movies he’s watched, music he’s listened to, and gives them all a star rating. He’s an avid peruser of the lists of others, too, in magazines and newspapers and there’s nothing he adores more (except, perhaps, for his beloved Hawks, his DLP – Darling Loving Partner – and my own small sweet Tiger), than an end-of-year wrap-up list. You can find a few of his wonderful New Year’s compilations at his fabulous blog, here.

He’s passed his list-fancying on to me. I devour lists too, whether they be end-of-year reviews on blogs or in the mags he passes on to me, or year-round ones on Buzzfeed or shared on Facebook by friends who know me too well. My dad and I have a tradition of doing our year-end top tens of movies, books and music.

Now, sadly, I watched not one movie in 2013. The advent of the Tiger meant me film-gorging days ended in May 2012. I haven’t watched a movie at the cinema since before I conceived – a difficult pregnancy put paid to long spells sitting up. Those who knew me when I worked at the State Cinema and watched a movie a day will be horrified by this. I’m not. There will be time for it later, when Tiger is bigger, and I have already watched on film in 2014 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower. One of my favourite books. Now one of my favourite movies and even if it’s the only one I watch this year at least I’ll have a number one on my list!

I did read in 2013, though. Mainly picture books, it has to be said, and I’ll do a whole other post for my top ten of those. But I did squeeze in some “Big Person Books” too, in the Tiger Sleeping Hours.

And the best of them is here:

1. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1), Robert Galbraith

2. The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty

3. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

4. Ink Black Magic, Tansy Rayner Roberts

5. Kill The Music, Nansi Kunze

6. Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3), Helen Fielding

7. The First Third, Will Kostakis

8. Am I Black Enough For You? Anita Heiss

9. The Zigzag Effect, Lili Wilkinson

10. Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas


Honourable Mentions

Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan; All This Could End, Steph Bowe; Alex As Well, Alyssa Brugman; Dinner at Rose’s, Danielle Hawkins; No Sex in the City, Randa Abdel-Fattah; Whatever You Love, Louise Doughty

I watched a few TV shows, too, in half-hour-a-day blocks in that too-quiet sliver of time between Tiger’s bedtime and mine. I’ll make them into a list soon. And there was music. Always precious music. Again, most of it was passed on by Dad and it will be the hardest list to narrow down. I’ll get there, though. I’ve had a lifetime of practise. So stay tuned!