Two days in to 2006 and I'm still desperately trying to catch up with the projects remaining on last year's "to do" list. Of course, the most pressing of those has nothing to do with Syntax of Things and I'm not sure if I'll have it done before the end of this year, but a few things do remain to be taken care of here. For instance, last year I decided to list off a few of the things I considered the best and worst of the year that was, so to continue that tradition, here's my list for 05.
Best Book I Read in 05: Of the 56 books that I read in 2005, it's one of the last ones I finished that takes the honor of Best. Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper will be high on my list of recommendations to friends for a long time. Other notable books included George Singleton's Novel, Dallas Hudgens' Drive Like Hell, Stephen Dixon's Phone Rings, and Luis Alberto Urrea's The Hummingbird's Daughter.
Worst Book I Read in 05: James Frey's My Friend Leonard, his follow up to the Oprahtastic A Million Little Pieces. You can read my review here.
Biggest Disappointment: Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem. Not being a big fan of the comics, I had a hard time with this book.
Best Album: The album that I'll probably be listening to far beyond this year will be My Morning Jacket's Z. And a great band to see live also.
Most Disappointing Album: I think the one album that still causes my cavities to hurt despite numerous attempts to try and figure out why it is getting such overwhelming critical acclaim would be Sufjan Stephens' Illinois.
Worst Movie of 05: Elizabethtown. Nothing else comes close.
Best accomplishment of 05: I'd have to say that I'm proudest of the Underrated Writers Project. Next to that, I'm very proud of something I can't really mention here as of yet, so just take my word for it for now.
Worst Thing to Happen to Me in 05: Overall, a pretty good year with little about which to complain, but I'd say that it would probably be the day the local indie weekly printed an extensive excerpt of Syntax of Things which contained no indication of the site's url, not to mention the fact that they got my name wrong.
That's it. On to 2006...