A list of lists for the holidays

The Internet is full of people who love categorising items into groups, and also provides easy ways to achieve that goal. List mania is at its highest before holiday seasons: summer and winter. I find so much on the Internet in the usual run of things and bookmark them all away for the aforementioned upcoming holidays when I might have time to read them. So the lists, for me, are gilding the lily. Enough said, here’s a bit of meta-listing (a post of links to lists) just in case you have the odd spare moment in the next week or two:

Easing in gently, here’s a short list: Susan Hill’s two best books of the year (one fiction, one non-fiction).

Here’s a collaborative list: favourite TV shows of the year (previous year’s lists are linked) at the Organ Grinder (Guardian).

January Magazine’s editors have chosen their favourites from thousands of books: fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction, children’s books and "art & culture". Congratulations to Linda Richards for a magnificent, and no doubt exhausting, achievement in putting all this together.

After that lot, you will be relieved to see a list of one: Uriah Robinson’s non-fiction book of the year. Looks like a good one to me.

Back to the Guardian, this one is top 10 DVDs to give this Christmas. I daren’t even look at it as I still haven’t watched any of the sets I impulsively bought after a blog discussion on the topic about a year ago.

David Montgomery of Crime Fiction Dossier is asking a range of authors and others to nominate three favourite books. The recommendations are collected at this link — all I can write is "help"!

Books with a Christmas theme are being featured currently on Euro Crime blog in the series "It’s Christmas Crime", aggregated here so you can see the list of short reviews and Yule-themed covers. 

Last but most definitely not least is CrimeFic Reader’s excellent "books for Christmas 2007" series that has been running on It’s a Crime! for a month or so. Here is the aggregate link from which you can see the whole set of recommendations (so far) by an impressive range of authors, nominating some tantalising books.

1 thought on “A list of lists for the holidays

  1. Thanks, as always, for the link here, Maxine.
    Fighting wth my furry feline best friend for command of the key board here… Ouch! How come these pesky felines come alive when you least need them to/want them to? And they seem to hate you when they appear to get the better of you? As they always do…
    Forgive me if I have one (ever so beloved) pesky feline to attend to right now. He is worth it, I tell you. Makes me worth it too. He’s also “love in a box”. Love in the best part of a whole house to me! But how come these pesky felines take over so much in the domestic environment? Am I such a slouch? Don’t answer that!
    Give me three weeks to get my act together here. Please. I can do it, I tell you.
    Fighting the fur and the ensuing hairs with a vengeance, but loving the procreator, as I do… Do I have a real chance?

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