As the year 2013 bids us farewell, many fond memories will remain. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to travel, spend quality time with my family and friends, discover music that touched my heart, books and films which made me laugh, think and cry. Here is what I will remember of 2013, and think to be worth sharing.
Book: Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I am aware that this book hasn't been written in 2013 - but after hearing about it for so many years, it is the first time I actually read the whole text. I hadn't been so touched by a book in so many years. Presented like a children's tale, le Petit Prince is so much more: an ode to imagination and fantasy, a critic of how adults forget who they are, a reminder of what is really important in life.
Music: Daft Punk, Random Access Memory
Anybody who has been exposed to mass media in 2013 has heard about Daft Punk's new album. I have always liked their music, and, although I admit I prefer Discovery, Random Access Memory is a piece of quality. Besides, I have showered too many time humming Get Lucky in 2013.
TV Serie: Vikings
There are so many new series premiering every year, I have a hard time finding something I really appreciate. Vikings was a great discovery of 2013. Realistic, with deep characters and a different take on the Viking culture. Definitely worth watching, if you like historical environments and don't mind a bit of blood...
Game: Diablo III
I have lost so many days to Diablo II over ten years ago, getting my hands on number 3 was both an experience of nostalgia and teenage crazy shrieking excitement. Blizzard delivered on the quality standard of the brand, and many demons were slain in 2013.
Film: Blue Jasmine
I haven't watched many films this year, and most of them on planes. Among all I saw, I was particularly moved by the performance of Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine.
Book: Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Who said I could only pick one of each? I have been very cautious with Young Adult novels, especially on the dystopic genre, as many Hunger Games knock-offs have popped lately. I have been completely absorbed by the universe of Divergent, and read the first volume in less than 2 days, which is the mark of a good book. A tale on the importance of choice, identity searching, and human values, on which I will dedicate an article once I'm finished with the trilogy.
Music: Alt-J, an Awesome wave
When was the last time you listened to an album and liked every single song of it? And listened to it continually for months without tiring? That's what happened to me in 2013 with Alt-J. One of my top 10 albums ever.
TV series: House of Cards
I heard that they created this series based on Big Data analysis. What would people be most interested in? And they put it all together in a TV series. That sounds a bit anti-creative, but the result is actually a success. It may be linked to the great performance of Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, too.
Game: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag
Here is to all the ships I plundered and rum I drank since October 29. And to a charismatic Assassin (doesn't he look like Chris Hemsworth? A bit?). And because I worked on it for months, too.
Film: Star Trek Into Darkness
I would call it a personal favourite rather than a film of the year. I love space operas, I love science fiction, and I love Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch. I loved Star Trek Into Darkness.
And much more...
To the end of David Suchet's Poirot, Jonas Jonasson's hilarious Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the skill of jazz violonist Matthias Levy and his quartet, the discovery of Singapore and Los Angeles, Despicable Me 2 because banana. To Paganini's wonderful Caprices and Julia Fischer's fantastic interpretation of these violin solo pieces. To the perfect Cinammon & Pumkin cake, oysters & champagne for one, Naoki Higashima's wonderful testimony in The Reason I Jump. To Umberto Eco's wonderful stories and the end of True Blood. Here is to 2013.