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27 December 2010 @ 08:16 pm
POST #60  
Yes, it's the annual year end picspam for the current challenge at picspammy :D 




This year, I didn’t read as much as I would have liked but I enjoyed the ones I was able to read and below are a few which I really, really adored to pieces. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is really cute. I squeed when I saw it in the bookstore this month because I had no idea that Rachel & David were going to write a third novel together (The first two: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List) so it was a very, very welcome surprise. Also, I was way, way into different series of books this year! Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games and The Millennium Trilogy as well as The Wolves of Mercy Falls (yes, I will read Linger soon) and if all else fails, pick up a Jodi Picoult novel, lots of drama there!

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan / Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger / Percy Jackson and Olympians series by Rick Riordan (includes The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle  of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian) 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan / Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult / Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 

The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) 


The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) 


2010 was a good year for movies (maybe except for the Christmas season - not as much variety as the past two years - and I saw Tron: Legacy, it was okay-ish.) but overall, there have been some amazing films to come out like Harry Potter (they made the right decision to cut it into two parts, imo), The Social Network and Inception, which is my favorite movie of the year.  I also got a chance to watch Let The Right One In.  It’s just such a stunning visual masterpiece and the story is brilliant.  I’m hoping I can see the American remake soon. 

I can’t name my album of the year but a few which are just pure ear candy released this year - Brothers by The Black Keys, We Are Born by Sia, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West.  I absolutely love music and I really like looking for new tunes to listen to (or take the time to finally get full albums of some old favorites like for Fleetwood Mac and Alanis) 

Absolutes by Barcelona (2009) Favorite songs: Stars / First Floor People / Come Back When You Can 
Bipolar by Up Dharma Down (2008) Favorite song: Sugarcoats and Heartbeats

Brothers by The Black Keys (2010) Favorite songs: Sinister Kid / Next Girl

Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon (2010) Favorite songs: Radioactive / The End

Everything Comes and Goes by Michelle Branch (2010) Favorite song: Everything Comes and Goes 

Fantasies by Metric (2009) Favorite songs: Stadium Love / Gimme Sympathy 

For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver (2008) Favorite songs: Flume / Creature Fear / For Emma
Franco by Franco (2010) Favorite songs: Castaway / For My Dearly Departed

Greatest Hits by Foo Fighters (2009) Favorite songs: Everlong / Best of You / Learn to Fly

I Am Sam Soundtrack (2002) Favorite songs: Two of Us / Strawberry Fields Forever / Help!

It’s Never Been Like That by Phoenix (2006) Favorite songs: Long Distance Call / North
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995) Favorite songs: Ironic / Hand in my Pocket / You Oughta Know 

Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles (2010) Favorite song: Hold My Heart
Lungs by Florence + The Machine (2009)
Favorite songs: Howl / Hurricane Drunk / Dog Days are Over

The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae (2010) Favorite songs: Closer / Paris Nights/New York Mornings 

Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons (2009) Favorite song: White Blank Page

Slumberland by Lee DeWyze (2010) Favorite songs: Annabelle / Flower Child
Speak Now by Taylor Swift (2010) Favorite songs: Dear John / Last Kiss 


Stairwells by Kina Grannis (2010)
Favorite songs: The Goldfish Song / Mr. Sun 

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac (2002) Favorite songs: Landslide / Rhiannon

Wake the Earth by The Honey Trees (2009) Favorite song: Love & Loss

Wasted in Jackson by Lauren Pritchard (2010) Favorite songs: Painkillers / When The Night Kills The Day

We Are Born by Sia (2010) Favorite songs: I’m In Here / Bring Night / Be Good To Me
Youth Novels by Lykke Li (2008) Favorite songs: Little Bit / I'm Good, I'm Gone / Complaint Department

and these three aren’t in order because I just started listening to them a few days ago after I made the music portion of this picspam: 

High Violet by the National (2010) Favorite songs: Sorrow / England
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (2010) Favorite songs: Lost in the World (ft. Bon Iver) / All of the Lights / Gorgeous (ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon)
Teen Dream by Beach House (2010) Favorite songs: Zebra / Norway 


Cappie/Casey Cartwright (Greek)  I just love them so much from the pilot.  Greek did an interesting thing with them - at the start they were already broken up and as the chapters progress, you get a glimpse of why as well as the lingering feelings they still have for each other.  They got together (yay!) but it went downhill during the last chapter, hopefully they make sure this end right starting January 3rd (when Greek retunrs, yay!) 

Eleven/Amy Pond (Doctor Who) IDK, I still ship it even after what happened during the last few episodes of series 5 but I’m also open to an OT3 (hi Rory!).  There’s just something so magical about them.  Amy’s known the doctor since she was a kid and one of the scenes during the last episode, damn, it was amazingly brilliant in so many ways.  
Hoyt Fortenberry/Jessica Hamby (True Blood) They will forever be my True Blood OTP.  Season 3 was kind of a roller coaster for them.  Hoyt tried to get over Jessica and Jessica was trying to be normal but their ending was aww at the house.  I am excited to see what Season 4 will look like for them.  I’m guessing that creepy doll was an ominous sign though. 


Jeff Winger/Annie Edison (Community)  I really, really like them together.  I can’t explain it so much but I think they have this natural chemistry.  The Debate episode was really funny and cute and they were super adorable in it. 
John Mitchell/Annie Sawyer (Being Human) Four words: This. needs. to. happen.  I love the three of them together but with George/Nina being so awesome together, I’d like to think Mitchell and Annie can create sort of their own little bubble as well.
Oliver Queen/Chloe Sullivan (Smallville) This happened, for real.  Eat that canon.  I’m still skeptical at how they’re going to continue with this because of the comics and everything before the show but I guess Smallville doesn’t follow DC canon that much anyway.  Seriously, Chloe and Oliver are awesome.  They two amazing BAMFs and they know it.  I think what makes me really, really like them (my biggest ship this year,
it’s an obsession, sadly) is how they treat each other like equals and how there’s no need for secrets between the two of them.  Hopefully, the writers will spin this in the right direction when the show returns next year - this should not end as an epic!love!tragedy! I’m just saying. 


Alison Brie

Anna Kendrick
She’s probably one of the coolest girls out there.  I love her acting, he blend of dry humor and sarcasm.  She isn’t the typical Hollywood startlet and it makes me love her so much more. And how pretty was that Oscar dress?

Conan O’Brien

He is just so classy after all that’s happened, all the whoopla surrounding The Tonight Show.  His goodbye speech was amazing and sincere and very, very Conan.  I especially loved when he said this: All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record, it’s my least favorite quality, it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. I’m telling you, amazing things will happen


Also, may I point you to the direction of his Harvard speech to the class of 2000.  Had me laughing for hours. Team Coco for life. 

Dianna Agron


I just love her to bits.  Dianna’s just so beautiful and wonderful.  Her tumblr is amazing.  Her sense of style is wonderful and magical.  She totally won me over with her gown at this year’s Golden Globes - so simple yet stunning. 

Ellen Page

Emma Stone

Okay, I was generally skeptical about Emma playing Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man reboot but after seeing pictures of her new hair, I got to say, she’s just fierce.  I love her charm and how she delivers her lines, odd as that may sound.  She’s been amazing to watch in movies. 

Garrett Hedlund

I first saw him in *hangs head in shame* Georgia Rule, to be fair the movie did not entirely, completely suck.  2010, though, is a pretty good year for Garrett.  He’s the lead in a big budget movie, Tron: Legacy, and co-stars with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw in Country Strong out soon (which I kinda really want to watch) where we get to hear his dreamy singing voice as evidenced

here and here.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joe can probably write an idiot’s/how-to guide for child actors who want to build/maintain their careers until adulthood without actually crashing and burning.  He went to school, did some indie movies and now is probably much more mainstream thanks to G.I. Joe and Inception. 

He is just such a GQMF


Pretty Little Liars cast (Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell)
Rupert Grint


What can I say? This show is awesome personified.  It’s funny and cool and amazing all rolled into a twenty minute weekly show.  How is this not nominated for an Emmy or a Golden Globe?  Recognize the awesomeness, powers that be. 


Doctor Who
Gossip Girl
Pretty Little Liars

True Blood

I’ll say it.  I can’t stand Beeeeell and his need for self pity but other than him, I actually really, really loved this season.  I’m warming up to Eric, They made Pam a series regular (yay!), Lafayette is still fierce, Alcide  and Russell was just so psychotic, he was actually awesome. 


the end.
comments? thoughts?  I'd love to see your 2010 picspam!
please also excuse the use of two types of fonts.  lj and I don't get along right now.
please don’t repost on tumblr or anywhere else.  I can post them to my tumblr if anyone asks :)
Mood: awakeawake
Music: Take Care - Beach House
Sarah: JGL =)sarahyyy on December 27th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I love your choices is almost everything. So many pretty people here too! Brilliant picspam. =D
a most wonderful ruby red: jgl; be careful of the curse that fallsheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
thank you :)
laura34000: fortlaura34000 on December 27th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Great picspam. I agree with most of your choices :)
a most wonderful ruby red: co; party where your heart isheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
thanks! :D
fudgesicles on December 27th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
I lovee all of your choices in this spam ♥
a most wonderful ruby red: cm; and I can't see thatheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
thank you :)
cookiesmonsters: Misfits || handsome shark Simoncookiesmonsters on December 27th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
I loved this so much and I LOVE that Being Human is getting some love from ppl. You should also check out Misfits if you haven't already =D
a most wonderful ruby red: dw; you beautiful cast awayheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I really love that show and i wish more people were watching it. I'm starting to watch series one of Misfits now! :)
Heather: Being Humanmoviesurfer on December 27th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
your like seriously my brian twin w/ some of these fandoms lovely spam
a most wonderful ruby red: da; stones taught me to flyheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
thank you! I love your icon, Mitchell has the most blinding smile ever :)
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a most wonderful ruby red: cm; and I can't see thatheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
thanks :D
.::Vero::.: :: {Sv} lois - the lane smile ::verogeller on December 27th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
great choices!
thanks for letting me know Michelle Branch had a new EP, I've been waiting for this for years!! :D

And I adore Smallville, so YAY!
a most wonderful ruby red: sv; as you slide through that doorheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
thank you :)
haha, you're welcome! I was stoked to find out she released it this year, she really needs to get a full album out soon.

Yay! I'm glad I'm not the only one still watching it :p
anna bo banna.: [movie] harrypotter-trio01vividcuriosity on December 27th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome awesome epically awesome picspam Joan!
Soooooo many things of these I love. I just read The Hunger Games and was so pleasantly surprised by it. But now I'm holding off on the other 2 until I'm in Bali cause I'll enjoy the sun & reading them. So looking forward to it. Also, pretty much ALL the tv shows you list, cause we're awesome like that!

How did you like Her Fearful Symmetry? I found it hard to finish because I got really annoyed with it. But tell me about your like for it??
a most wonderful ruby red: hp; i don't remember when we startedheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Thanks Anna! :D
The Hunger Games was actually pretty awesome, right? Oooh, have fun in Bali! It sounds amazing :)

I thought Her Fearful Symmetry was really haunting. It's a bit different from The Time Traveler's Wife but still a bit the same, if that makes sense. There were parts that got annoying (frankly, the loud twin was so annoying) but I liked the tone of the novel and how melancholy it all is and the ghost and Valentina, it was sort of magical I guess, how Audrey writes. I hope some parts of this makes sense :p It's sort of a love or hate book I guess.

happy holidays, Anna! :)
tiffymoo: dusttiffymoo on December 27th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome choices
a most wonderful ruby red: m; in the end words won't matterheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
thanks! :)
lorelaievans on December 28th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Your picspam is allll kinds of awesome ♥
a most wonderful ruby red: gg; sleeping to dream without youheadphonesbaby on December 28th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
thank you! :D:D:D
dawn_queendawn_queen on December 28th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
This is a gorgeous picspam and you have great taste!
a most wonderful ruby red: bh; sorrow found meheadphonesbaby on December 31st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
thank you :)
whatthedeucelibrary_of_sex on December 28th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
One of the coolest spams I've seen this year! I read a lotta the same stuff (Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Millennium Trilogy) and enjoyed it as much as you apparently did, Joan! ;)

The Social Network and Deathly Hallows 1 were my fav films, but as you know, I really appreciated the idea and visuals of Inception. It's like no other film I've ever seen!

The Chuck spam is so cute. I really need to catch up on S3 and S4.

Agree about JGL, Andrew Garfield, Conan, and Carey Mulligan. I keep wanting to make icons of her, but it's hard to unless I have a deadline. I wish there were a Carry icontest out there! Also, I just read a few weeks ago about Rupert owning an ice cream truck. That is so cute and awesome!
a most wonderful ruby red: da; stones taught me to flyheadphonesbaby on December 31st, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Thanks Kim! :D
You should definitely catch up on Chuck, it's still so awesome!
xobaohio on April 12th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Very intereresting reading. thx