Biggest Surprise: Calvin Trillin in Sleepless in Seattle
It made for a funny family moment. My wife explained to our daughter, "You know those books Daddy's been reading and giggling over? That's the guy who wrote them."
Biggest Disappointment: Droid Episodes
But Clone Wars stories involving the droids as central characters tend to be darn near unwatchable. Marvel had a comic book series starring the droids back in the day and those were also awful - not as bad as the Ewoks series but still embarrassing. Clear lesson: the droids are great for the small work but let the organic beings bear the narrative heft.
Best Read, First-Time Category: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Best Read, Re-Read Category: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Best Comics Find: Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Don't go thinking I don't remember book suggestions. I picked this one up after my blogger pal Suze recommended it to me. I've read a lot of graphic novels about history, including several about World War II in general and the A-bomb in particular. Trinity earns big points for the clear explanation of the science of atomic energy, demonstrating the effectiveness of the sequential art medium. I also admire the book's attention to the reactions of the scientists once they learned the full scope of their project and realized the unforeseen consequences of using nuclear weapons.
Athlete of the Year: Seabiscuit
Seabiscuit (1933-47) was one of the great celebrities of the 1930s. More recently, he has been the subject of a highly successful book and movie. I read the former last September. Seabiscuit was a late bloomer. I always have great sympathy for those. Author Laura Hillenbrand did a wonderful job conveying the personality of the beast, as well as those of his human attendants.
Best Family Adventure: Nova Scotia