For me, this is one of the best times of the year. No, it is not because of presents and holiday gatherings, although those are nice. Instead, it is because this is the time when publications release their "best of" lists. Everyone from Time, NPR, and the New York Times, have their opinions on what was the "best". Also, year end review lists make for excellent debate and watercooler conversation, and help you find interesting things you may have missed during the year.
With so many lists covering so many categories, it is easy to miss several that you are interested in. Luckily, Rex Sorgatz compiles a list of "best of" lists for everything from architecture, music, movies, food, and more. Check it out at his blog here.