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My Favorite Books of 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

After only reading 14 books last year, I more than doubled that number this year (29). I’ve found that reading fiction is the best way for me to turn off my brain before I go to sleep, so I’ve gotten wrapped up in a lot of great books. Here are my 5 favorites: 5. Redshirts by […]


My Favorite Movies of 2014

My Favorite Movies of 2014

I love movies, and I saw about 50 of them for the first time in 2014. Here’s my top 10 list for this year: 10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: While this sequel didn’t quite hold up to the original for me, it was still pretty remarkable. There are some tender, beautiful moments […]


My Favorite Songs of 2014

My Favorite Songs of 2014

Here is my playlist of my favorite songs I bought in 2014. I’ve listed them in the descending order based on how many times I’ve listened to each song: “Massapequa” by Domestic Robot “Manchester” by Kishi Bashi “Welcome Home” by Radical Face “Don’t Say” by Hannah Cohen “Whirring” by “The Joy Formidable “We Are the […]


Best of the Blog 2014

Best of the Blog 2014

My personal blog has waxed and waned this year due to the increasing focus on my Stonemaier Games blog, but I still enjoy writing it, and I love to hear from readers in the comments. Here are the “best of” stats for this blog in 2014, featuring only entries I posted this year (here’s last […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2014

My Favorite Board Games of 2014

2014 has been a great year of gaming for me. I had a blast testing and refining my own game, Tuscany, and I hosted and/or attended several game nights almost every week throughout the year. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with people through games–some of my best memories from this past year happened at tables with […]


Best of the Blog 2013

It’s been an interesting year for this blog with me now writing two blogs, this blog 5 times a week and the Stonemaier Games blog 2-3 times a week. I’ve definitely enjoyed this as an outlet for my whimsical thoughts and ideas, and I’m so grateful for those who continue to be a part of […]


My 5 Favorite Books of 2013

My 5 Favorite Books of 2013

I’m pretty sure I read more than the 14 books I recorded on my spreadsheet, but that’s what I have to work with today. Thus these are my 5 favorite books of 2013. 5. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie: My agent gave me this as a reading assignment for my Kickstarter book, and […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2013

My Favorite Board Games of 2013

Joining my year-end best-of lists for movies, songs, and books this year is a new category: board games. That isn’t to say that this is the first year I’ve played board games, but it’s definitely the first year that I’ve played enough different board games to justify a top-10 list. I’ll say up front that […]


My Favorite Movies of 2013

My Favorite Movies of 2013

It was a another great year for movies that I saw for the first time this year, with 28 movies receiving at least the coveted Stegmaier 4 Stars (out of 5) and 11 movies receiving ratings of at least 4.5 out of 5. Below are the best of the best in no particular order. Man […]


My Favorite Songs of 2013

My Favorite Songs of 2013

2013 was a great year for some of my favorite bands…kind of. A few of my top bands released new albums that I just didn’t connect with at all. However, one of my previous favorite bands, Typhoon, released an amazing new album in 2013. As you can see by my list below, they are my clear pick […]


My Favorite Books of 2012

2012 was a very, very good year for books. I had less time to read than in previous years because I spent two months writing a novel (Wrinkle, in revisions now) and all other months designing a board game and running a Kickstarter campaign for that game (Viticulture), so I was perhaps a little more […]


My Favorite Songs of 2012

Do you ever go way back in your music collection and listen to songs that you haven’t heard in years? That’s what happened to me this year after I resorted my hard drive and had to re-rate all of my iTunes music. I’m still not quite done (it’s a slow process) but I’ve really enjoyed […]


My Favorite Movies of 2012

By the time this post goes live, it will almost be midnight on December 31, 2012. It was a pretty great year for movies that I saw for the first time this year, with 26 movies receiving at least the coveted Stegmaier 4 Stars (out of 5) and 11 movies receiving ratings of at least […]


Best of 2012: Readers’ Choices

A few weeks ago, I asked you to fill out a brief survey indicating your favorite books, movies, songs, and blog posts of 2012. Before I launch into my personal best-of-2012 lists this week, I thought I’d give the reader responses center stage. These are listed in no particular order except that if one of […]


Podcast Me

Sometimes I’m in awe of the quality and quantity of educational content available at our fingertips. YouTube, Coursera, Khan Academy, Wikipedia, blogs, podcasts…some say that we’re less connected to one another in this digital age, but we sure have the potential to be more educated. With my focus on board games over the last 6 […]


Your Favorites of 2012: A Survey with a Prize

Your Favorites of 2012: A Survey with a Prize

Every year on the blog, I post a list of my favorite movies, books, songs, and blog entries that I watched/read/heard/and wrote for the first time that year (thus if I saw a movie that was released in 1988 for the first time in 2012, it qualifies for the list). I’m going to do the […]


My Favorite Books of 2011

My Favorite Books of 2011

2011 was an interesting year for reading for me. My publishing company published its first two novels, The Samaritan and Dancing with Gravity, so I’ve learned a lot by being on the flip side of the publishing world. This fall I’ve spent quite a bit of time helping a few authors who didn’t quite get […]


My Favorite Movies of 2011

My Favorite Movies of 2011

Out of the 68 movies I watched for the first time in 2011, there were quite a few 4-star movies (out of 5), but very few 4.5s and 5s. I’ve listed those top movies below. Midnight in Paris: The whimsy of this movie delighted me from the first scene to the last, and the theme […]


My Favorite Songs of 2011

My Favorite Songs of 2011

After learning about some new ways to discover music in 2011, picking the 18 best was quite difficult. Here’s my best effort. Keep in mind that some of this music was released before 2011, but I attained it this year. I’ve also linked to YouTube for your sampling pleasure (if the song was available). Ten-Twenty-Ten (The […]


Best of the Blog 2011

Best of the Blog 2011

This week I’ll be posting all of my best-of lists for 2011, starting with this blog and moving on to songs, movies, and books. Last year I posted an objective blog entry listing the top blog posts and most commented on blog posts of 2010. This year the blog grew by leaps and bounds, and […]


Top Blog Posts of 2010

Top Blog Posts of 2010

This is the first year that the blog has been independently hosted (i.e., I pay for it, and I can make it look however I want). So I think a Top Blog Posts entry is in order. Rather than make this subjective, I went through the data and broke down the 2010 top posts from […]


My Favorite Books of 2010

My Favorite Books of 2010

Just like movies in 2010, there are five books that received the coveted 5-Star Stegmaier rating. It’s actually been a really good year for books. There were two huge disappointments (Frederick Reiken’s Day for Night and Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay), but aside from those two, I loved pretty much all of the 14 books I read. […]


My Favorite Movies of 2010

My Favorite Movies of 2010

Last year was a pretty weak year for movies, so instead of writing a 2009 list, I had a Best of the Decade list. This year we’re back in business. Five movies received the coveted 5-Star Stegmaier rating, and several others (Inception and How to Train Your Dragon) came very close. Here’s are my five […]


My Favorite Songs of 2010

My Favorite Songs of 2010

Wow. This was either a good year for music, or I was just loose with the ole’ wallet. I bought 286 songs in 2010. I think a big part of it is due to the iTunes Genius widget–it’s eerily good at recommending new songs, and then once I find a new song I like, I […]