Saturday, 24 December 2016

Top Ten Lists 2016 - #1

It's 10 p.m. here on the West Coast so it's Christmas for most of the rest of the world. Merry Christmas to all of you already waking up Christmas morning and for those that see this a bit later. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy with your families and friends.

Since the missus and I will be busy with our own Christmas celebrations tomorrow, I figured I'd post my #1 song and book selections tonight. The missus is busy in the kitchen anyway and doesn't require my assistance. The dogs are asleep on their pillows in the den with me.

So on to my final selections of my Top Ten lists.

Number One

Song Selection

Katy B and KDA - Turn the Music Louder
One of my favourite songs of 2014 was English singer Katy B's Crying for No Reason. Both my wife and I love the song. In 2015, she teamed up with House music producer, KDA, for this song, Turn the Music Louder. I love the video, which is nicely polished and the beat and her voice. Great song. (You can hear the song by clicking on the song title under her picture)

Book Selection

My top book of the year is my second Classic in the Top Ten. I ended up reading two books by Charlotte Bronte this year; Jane Eyre and The Professor. I've said it in previous posts; I've enjoyed getting into the Classics in the past few years. I hope to read at least another 5 or 6 next year. My review of Jane Eyre is below.

" Great story. I had great difficulty putting it down. Jane is a fantastic character; strong, intelligent, independent. I liked how she stood up to her cousin, how well she did at the boarding school she was sent to (as an outcast) and how she performed at Rochester's home when she became governess to his ward, the lovely Adelie.
Even with the 'plot device' as my wife calls it, which kind of makes you go, 'yeah right', it's a fantastic story; a love story, a Gothic romance at times, an adventure (Jane's life is an adventure) and just a great work of fiction. There were characters I liked very much; Mrs. Fairfax (Rochester's house keeper), who treats Jane so caringly, after a life of much tribulation for Jane; St. John's sisters, Diana and Mary, both lovely, who take Jane and make her part of their family; even the headmistress of the boarding school, who loves her charges, even under the strictures of the school's Master.
The scenes with Rochester's 'wife' are quite intense and even spooky. The description of the north of England, where the story takes place, is well - crafted. The story is excellent, the characters well-developed and I'm glad that I read it finally. I guess I'll now have to try Emily Bronte's, Wuthering Heights again now, after avoiding it in high school. :)"

So there you have it, my top ten books and songs of 2016. I hope it was enjoyable for you, as enjoyable as it was for me to create it. Now, on to 2017! Tally-ho!

Have a great Christmas and best wishes for 2017. Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to glance through this Blog.


  1. Who knew that classic literature was so fabulous.. ?
    Especially those girlie books eh. ;-)

  2. I never realized what I was missing until I started reading them. George Eliot is a favourite.


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