2011 Year End Look Back: All The Things I Missed in 2011

Over the next week or so, we'll be looking back at some of our favorite books, movies and televisions from 2011 as well as some of the things that we missed because there's just not enough time in the world to consume everything.

A lot of stuff arrives every week – music on Tuesdays, movies on Fridays, books just about every day of the week, television every moment of every day – and it’s incredibly overwhelming.  There’s not enough time in the day to consume it all even if I didn’t have to work 40+ hours a week!  So here are just a few things that I missed in 2011 that, perhaps, I will get to in 2012.


Thanks to a DVR, there’s not much television that I want to watch that I don’t get to watch eventually.  There are some shows that I don’t have any desire to watch until somewhere into their season, at which point I wait for DVDs.  These are a few of those shows.

Downton Abbey

My sister-in-law loved this miniseries and is eagerly anticipating the second season starting up on Sunday.  I had a passing interest, but yet have not been able to convenience myself (or Fernando) to take a dive into this period piece.  One day!

American Horror Story

This show both frightens and interests me.  It mostly frightened me though, so it didn’t make it onto the DVR.  Then I started reading about all the craziness contained within this show and now I really want to see it.  I fear it will give me nightmares though…



There are a million and two movies I could put down here that I wanted to see and didn’t for whatever reason.  Here’s a small list of the ones I can currently remember.

There are robots in this movie and yet I HAVE NOT SEEN IT!The Muppets


Gnomeo & Juliet

I feel a little silly going to children’s movies, not having children (with the exception of Pixar films), but these are three that I really wish we’d gone to see.  I didn’t have much interest in Gnomeo & Juliet until we saw the first five minutes on cable to other day.  It looks silly and nice for a rainy day.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

I don’t like Steve Carrell, which kept me from this movie, but everyone seemed to love it.  And Ryan Gosling is nice.


Same thing as Crazy, Stupid, Love: I hate Seth Rogan and most (if not all) the movies he’s ever been in, but I sort of love Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Saw this in Target the other day, didn't realize it ever came out in theatresMelancholia



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Another Earth

Oh indie movies, if only you had more promotion so that I knew you were out.  I think we have a copy of Hanna floating around in the house, but Beginners and especially Another Earth were in and out of theatres so fast I never knew they were there.  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is just a lot of British goodness.  I like British goodness.



Oh dear, this list would go on forever and ever.  I mean, my TBR list on Goodreads grew by 300+ books last year and I blame all of you, of course.  Here’s just a tiny sample of the ones I didn’t get to that I really want to read.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

City of Fallen Angels and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson (how have I not READ THIS?!)


Zone One by Colson Whitehead (which I own – thanks Tabs! – but have not read)

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (which I also own, but have not read)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (ditto to this one)

The Pearl Wars by Nick James (though this one is actually sitting on my bedside table now)

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel


Should I continue?  I think you get the point.  A lot of books came out and I didn’t get to read them all.  That makes me sad.  This post makes me sad and excited because there is so much goodness from 2011 still ahead of me.  What did you read/watch that you think I should but haven’t?  What did you miss from 2011 that you hope to finally get to in 2012?  Has anyone developed a time machine or a mechanism that stops time yet?