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Come rate and relive the past 12 months in music (albums and recording artists), movies, TV, books, and video games with GetGlue’s Best Of 2010 lists. We’ve listened to your voices throughout the year and our annual collection of the top titles combines your favorites, with critics’ choices, and our own personal take on the 2010 that was.

Revel in rock, rap, reggae, and what-have-you with the top records and artists. Uncover your next tome to curl up with, or chime in on the (not so) idiot box. Getcha popcorn ready for awards season with some epic flicks, or grab your controller and be a part of the action with the best in games.

So rate and remember, discover new treasures or tell us of your favorite finds. Have fun with the Glue and, as always, please subscribe to our twitter feed for all Essential Lists updates.


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getglue_basicsticker-150x150December means more than just holidays, decorations, get-togethers, and vacations. It’s also time for pop culture fiends to make their picks for the best titles in entertainment, and we need your help with our lists for 2010. Tell us your favorites from 2010 in the comments below.

For 2009, we made our picks in books, movies, albums, and recording artists, and this year, we’re adding two new categories: TV shows and video games. We want to hear what you were obsessed with this year.

Did Inception wow you, or were you floored by Black Swan? Did The Walking Dead match all the hype, or could you not bear to miss an episode of Modern Family? Has Kanye West kept you moving, or have you had Arcade Fire stuck in your head?

Share your top picks for 2010 in books, albums, movies, recording artists, TV shows, and video games in the comments below, and be sure to check back here to see what made the final cut. Follow @GetGlue on Twitter for all the latest news.


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With The 4-Hour Body, author and entrepreneur Timothy Ferriss does for the human physique what he did for careers with his massive, transformative bestseller The 4-Hour Work Week. We’ve partnered with him for the December 14 release of the book, and we’re already counting down. Users who check-in to the book via our apps or our website can earn stickers that will serve as both reward and motivation.


With the tempting subtitle “An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman,” The 4-Hour Body is divided into four sections: Thinner, Bigger, Faster, and Stronger. Starting today, we’ll focus on a new section each week as we count down to the release, and users who check-in through our apps or our website with how they’d like to change their body for that section can earn one of the stickers above.

Labeled the “Superman of Silicon Valley” by Wired magazine, Ferriss tested his book’s wisdom on himself. Each of the book’s 50 chapters offers fascinating advice on everything from reducing  the amount of sleep you need to avoiding holiday weight gain (the timing of the book’s release is perfect).

Remember to read the book when it hits store and virtual shelves on December 14 for a special sticker. These stickers are all limited-time-only, so get ready to read, check-in, and change your body with The 4-Hour Body.

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If you were the type to gloat over gold star stickers in school, then GetGlue’s latest partnership announcement is just for you. On Tuesday, October 5, GetGlue will launch a major partnership with Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Penguin for exclusive stickers for both the biggest titles of the fall and perennially bestselling authors.

By checking-in and sharing to Twitter and/or Facebook, users can earn stickers for what they’re currently reading. Our nonfiction stickers range from the sober study of Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars to the quirky laughs of Amy Sedaris’s Simple Times. Fiction readers have plenty of options as well, including Nicholas Sparks’s Safe Haven, Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, and Anne Rice’s Of Love and Evil.

We also have stickers for such big names as Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Chelsea Handler. Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga also has a set of stickers that will have Team Edward and Team Jacob at least agreeing on one thing.

As always, you can check-in via our apps for iPhone, Droid, and iPad, as well as our website. To keep up with all the exciting announcements from us, follow @GetGlue on Twitter.


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Hey hey! August’s light is upon us and in that spirit GetGlue has a bevy of luminous book-y prizes, led off by a sweet history of, well, light. Batting second, third, and clean-up we have three works of fiction ranging from the soulfully offbeat to the gleefully ghostful.

As the saying goes, last week’s winners continue to earn prizes, so without further ado, here’s this week’s featured books:

Brilliant, by Jane Knox

In an illuminatingly (sorry, enough already, I know) thorough read, Jane Knox explores the history of artificial light, starting from the caveman’s cultivation of fire, progressing through the 1894 Chicago Fair’s White City, taking us up to the modern day’s desire for renewable energy. Far from a dry history, Knox relates the concept to how far we have come (and/or not come) as a society.

The Patterns of Paper Monsters, by Emma Rathbone

Emma Rathbone’s debut novel is an arresting feast of language centering on Jacob Higgins, a 17-year-old misfit and possible sociopath biding his time in a juvenile detention center. He wields a sardonic wit at both his alcoholic mother and the other residents of the facility.

The Hypnotist, by M. J. Rose

M. J. Rose returns with more paranormal sleuthery in the third volume of her Reincarnationist series. In this chapter, Special Agent Lucien Glass is on the case of an art thief who threatens to annihilate classics unless New York’s Met gives him an 8-foot statue with special powers.

Numb, by Sean Ferrell

The world of Sean Ferrell’s debut lies just to the left of center - it’s one where an amnesiac from a circus sideshow can earn celebrity status in the always-fussy NYC scene for his inability to sense pain. Critics have hailed it as a striking opening salvo from an up-and-comer.

All contests open only to US residents.


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Good morning and good day to you.  As Summer sweeps by (it’s the final week of July…whaaaa?), here’s a few tips from GetGlue: be sure to savor the moments, drink lots of water, and check out this week’s Guru Giveaways as you too may be a winner.

While we won’t be coming to your house with balloons, a giant check and a zombie Ed McMahon, you will still get some cool, readable swag for free and who doesn’t love free stuff. This week’s prizes include the latest in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series and a fun book on grammar.

As it is every week, last week’s winners are still winning this week and this week’s winners are below:

Waking The Witch, by Kelley Armstrong

In the eleventh volume of her Women of the Underworld series, Armstrong introduces a new heroine, 21-year-old witch Savannah Levine. Levine sets off to investigate a trio of murders featuring paranormal overtones, but the action takes a dark turn when her powers become unreliable.

Everything Is Going To Be Great, by Rachel Shukert

Rachel Shukert’s second set of essays finds the 20-something humorist roving through Europe having landed a small role in a traveling play. Her witty observations have earned many plaudits from critics and earned her comparisons to David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley.

City Of Veils, by Zoe Ferraris

Ferraris returns to the site of her debut novel, the acclaimed Finding Nouf, sending desert guide Nayir Sharqi and forensic scientist Katya Hijazi off to solve the case of the death of a brash and unconventional Saudi woman and the disappearance of the American contractor with whom she was having an affair. Ferraris novel serves both as a taut thriller and as an examination of the role of women in Middle-Eastern society.

The Glamour Of Grammar, by Roy Peter Clark

Well-established as one of the great writing coaches (and as a superb author on the subject), Roy Peter Clark has a world of fun in his latest treatise - this one a tome that succeeds in uncovering the joy and elegance hiding in the English language. Clark blends humor with an authoritative hand, re-revealing the charm writers derive from making language dance.
All contests open only to US residents.


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Happy July 19th everybody!  We at GetGlue are celebrating this hallowed day with a smorgasbord of critically acclaimed treats. Along with the latest from novelist Howard Norman, we’ve got zombiefied Beatles, disco-loving gym rats, and the inspiring tale of an African youth who found hope and dreams in a windmill (as seen on the Daily Show).

So look below and read more.  And take a browse at last week’s list of prizes as they’re still being awarded to gurus as we speak (well, not speak exactly, but…you know).

Paul Is Undead, by Alan Goldsher

Alan Goldsher takes a uniquely twisted tack on the Beatles mythology, imagining a world where John, Paul, and George are zombies, whilst ninja Ringo tries to keep the flesh eating under wraps. Its a feast of humorous gore which has bought the love of many a critic.

What Is Left The Daughter, by Howard Norman

Howard Norman paints a haunting tableau around the sadness of regretful choices as his character Wyatt Hillyer relates the tale of his haunted past - including a parental scandal - to the daughter he’d abandoned decades prior. An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2010, What Is Left The Daughter should help cement Norman’s rep as one of today’s leading literary lights.

The Body Shop, by Paul Solotaroff

Paul Solotaroff examines his own buffed-out coming-of-age amidst the Pumping Iron-fueled madness of the steroids-happy, disco-raging days of the 1970s. The contributing editor for Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal examines both his rise to sculptured Adonis and requisite crash to drug-addled mess in an account both dark and humorous.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba

In 2002, a teenage Malawian builds a windmill from the scraps and detritus of his poverty-riven land, bringing electricity to his rural area. Kamkwamba’s inspiring story has turned the ear of scientists, politicians, earned him an appearance on the Daily Show, while giving the young man a shot at college and success.


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Pirates, motorcycles, Mad Men, and delicious meals make up the GetGlue Guru Giveaways for this second week of July.  From Food Network staple Cat Cora’s latest cookbook to Natasha Vargas-Cooper’s romp through the inebriated early-60s, we’ve got some exciting tomes for you this week.

Meanwhile, mysteriously, last week’s featured books continue to be given away to lucky winners.

Live to Ride, by Wayne Johnson

While Wayne Johnson has published five novels, his true passion lies with the motorcycle and the open road. This ode to his favorite mode of transportation thoroughly examines the life and history of the two-wheeled vehicle.

The Pirate Devlin, by Mark Keating

The Pirate Devlin, by Mark Keating While pirates have been a staple of fiction going back to the days of Blackbeard and William Kidd, Mark Keating’s swashbucklers stand out especially for their nasty, brutish, and short nature. Keating’s debut novel tells the story of Captain Patrick Devlin, of the pirate ship Lucy, as he does high-sea battle with rival John Coxon, the immortal Bluebeard, and many others.

Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist, by Cat Cora

As one of the Iron Chefs on the American version of the beloved contest, Cat Cora needs her culinary repertoire to be vast to keep up with the Food Network staples requests. This cookbook, like her two prior, reflects her diverse talent with exciting new imaginations of everything from salmon to enchiladas.

Mad Men Unbuttoned, by Natasha Vargas-Cooper

Few shows capture that point between 1950s family and 1960s counterculture like the now iconic Mad Men. Vargas-Cooper examines the aesthetic of the early-60s with a wandering eye taking in everything from film to design to (of course) advertising.


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As the heat descends here in NYC - as, it would appear, in much of the Northern Hemi - the logical and easy metaphor to use would be to mention that the Guru Giveaways are also starting to sizzle. But the truth is the giveaways this week are actually (quantifiably) exceedingly cool, ranging from the wry wit of Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee to the nostalgic hipness of a classic cookbook.  It all unfolds for you below.

Last week’s featured books are also still whinging their way to winning Gurus.

I Know I Am, But What Are You?, by Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee has made her dry, neurotic humor known to the nation (and beyond) as reporter - and often the only female one - on the Daily Show. Her first book of essays unfold in an absurdist style which recalls the oddball prose of Woody Allen.

The Theater Geek, by Mickey Rapkin

For over 35 years, the Stagedoor Manor has been providing Summer refuge for that certain type of personality for whom Rent is religion and Shakespeare is chapter and verse. Its one-time campers have included celebrities ranging from Robert Downey, Jr., to Zach Braff. Rapkin’s tome lovingly captures the passion which drives these folks in a manner that only a fellow theater geek could express.

The I Hate To Cook Book, by Peg Bracken

While attitudes, gender roles, and the entire way we look at consuming food may have changed over the last half-century, Peg Bracken’s iconic book is as relevant in its 50th Anniversary Edition as it was back at the dawn of the 1960s. Bracken provides inventive, exciting dishes which can be prepared with minimal effort by those who are on-the-go (or just plain lazy).

Miss O’Dell, by Chris O’Dell

Far from a mere groupie, Chris O’Dell was a key figure in rock ‘n’ roll as the British Invasion of the 1960s proved the style was indeed here to stay. Whether as friend, muse, or lover - and often as all three - O’Dell helped shape the music and philosophy of the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, Clapton, and many other icons of the rock universe.


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Good morning from all of us here at Glue and this week we have a doozy of a selection of thrilling book giveaways. George A. Romero, that master of movie mayhem, unleashes his debut novel and it’s an uplifting portrayal of a young Norwegian boy’s desire to dance, set against the backdrop of the rise of World War….just playing, it’s about zombies, and lots of them.  And it looks, well, awesome. We also have Taylor Plimpton’s ode to the nightlife, and crackling new prose from Martha McPhee and Anne Zouroudi.

There’s also giveaways from last week still making their way out to lucky winners.

Notes From the Night, by Taylor Plimpton

Taylor Plimpton, son of that master observer, the late George Plimpton, is something of an advocate of a particular sort of exclusive Manhattan lifestyle (as Jonathan Miles puts it in his Amazon review, “the style-obsessed, drug-dizzied, bass-thudded, celebutante-spangled, all-night parties that occur beyond the velvet ropes of an ever-shifting array of downtown nightclubs”). Plimpton’s debut memoir lovingly rhapsodizes his many nights lost in the crowds of NYC nightlife.

The Living Dead, by George A. Romero

As the zombie invasion of literature reaches full flush in 2010, who better to bring the post-apocalyptic terror than the undisputed godfather of the genre, director George A. Romero.  The creator of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead and its countless sequels puts pen to paper for a thrilling account of an undead infection told from the angle of many harried “survivors.”

Dear Money, by Martha McPhee

In McPhee’s latest slab of fiction, writer India Palmer is struggling to stay financially afloat while keeping true to her creative ideals, when charming industrialist Win Johns descends upon Palmer’s life, and teaches her the ways of Wall Street. It’s a world to which Palmer is surprising suited bringing her to question whether to lose herself into the fast-paced existence or stick to her initial path as author?

The Messenger of Athens, by Anne Zouroudi

In an tale set in a mythical, yet modern, Athens, novelist Zouroudi sets her sleuth, Hermes Diaktoros, also known as “The Fat Man” on the case of the possible murder of Irini Asimakopoulos, whose lifeless body was found at the bottom of a jagged cliff.  The atmospheric detective tome is the first in a series of seven dedicated to the deadly sins.


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