I don't read enough to claim to know the best books of the year, so this is not a definitive "best of" list. Instead, it names some of the writing (in whatever form) I most enjoyed this year and that might just be sufficiently out of the way to not have appeared on other lists.
This year, the Deal Experts at Travelzoo touched every continent on our travels, and along the way forged new friendships, got a little lost, felt a million miles from home and grew eager to plan the next adventure.
This was the first year in a long time that I bought and liked a LOT of records. There are so many to choose from! That being said, when somebody asks you what your favorite piece of music was in 2012, there is only one correct answer: "Call Me Maybe."
The best songs of 2012 did more than please listeners' ears; they also advanced the genres they represented, whether it was pop, hip hop, rock, EDM or whatever we're calling Fiona Apple's music these days.
As 2011 rapidly draws to a close, I marvel at all the great work that has been done by animal welfare organizations this year. Throughout the country, more individuals are volunteering, adopting and advocating for animals.
Most resignation letters are just a few sentences long, if that. But now and then someone gets inspired and treats their exit strategy as a creative writing assignment. Here are some of the more interesting resignation letters of 2010.