Monday, February 16, 2009

30 Years Young

Yes, I've officially joined the 30s club. Valentine's Day 2009 was my 30th birthday. I celebrated by hosting a party at my house, with ~50 family members (and friends), many of which I have not seen in several years. It was a fantastic time, much too fast though. Especially since I spent several weeks preparing for it. One of the highlights of the night (for the relatives) was a slideshow I put together, containing many insightful pictures into my background (love those 80s fashions and furnishings). In that slideshow I also made a series of Top 30 lists (including images of the top 10 choices). This was an incredibly hard series of lists to make, many great choices left out. The lists were shaped by items that have affected me, remain burning in my memory, are in my actual collection, and so on. I thought I would share these lists with you. You can nod your head or pick on them, your choice. I will post 1 a day (there are 4). It makes sense to start with fiction. And yes, I realise several have multiple choices, it was just that hard to decide:


1 I am Legend; 7 Steps to Midnight - Richard Matheson
2 The Shadow of the Wind Illustrated Edition - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3 Others; The Ghosts of Sleath; The Magic Cottage - James Herbert
4 Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
5 Soul Mountain - Gao XingJian
6 Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
7 Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
8 Lemony Snicket Series
9 The Autograph Man - Zadie Smith
10 Out - Natsuo Kirino
11 Savage Moon - Chris Simms
12 Creepers; The Fifth Profession - David Morrell
13 Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
14 The Pilo Family Circus - Will Elliot
15 Company - Max Barry
16 Salem's Lot Illustrated Edition - Stephen King
17 Chasing the Dime - Michael Connelly
18 World War Z - Max Brooks
19 The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling - Lawrence Block
20 Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
21 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
22 Once - Morris Gleitzman
23 Ring - Koji Suzuki
24 Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
25 The Night Country - Stewart O'Nan
26 Road to Mars - Eric Idle
27 The Spy who Came in From the Cold - John leCarre
28 The Shark Net - Robert Drewe
29 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
30 The Keeper - Sarah Langan

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