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.