Favorites of 2016

Favorites of 2016

2016 has been a YEAR. And kind of a huge jerk. Mere moments after I published my feelings about not blaming this calendar year for stealing all our favorite celebrities from us, it went and took Jason Seaver, Carol Brady, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. That's just piling on.

Politics this year were pure garbage, and I'm paralyzed by thoughts of what's to come. But, hey! At least we have TV, movies, music, and books to distract us! (At least until we're all dead from a nuclear war!)

Here are my favorite media I watched/read/listened to/caught up on/whatever in 2016.

TV!

Gilmore Girls: I had not watched a minute of Gilmore Girls until 2016. I've now watched much of the series twice, plus the Netflix reboot (which I enjoyed, shut up, Internet). I received a copy of Lauren Graham's new book for Christmas, and I am a full-on Gilmore Geek.

The Americans: I also caught up officially on this show, which you all should watch, especially because the Cold War isn't over, apparently.

This Is Us: Yep, I'm all in on this show. I love Kate and her struggle with weight loss. And I of course love Sterling K. Brown, who was in another BEST SHOW of 2016...

The People vs. OJ Simpson: If you haven't watched this yet, stop whatever you're doing in your life and find it.

OJ: Made in America: And then watch this.

Favorite Episode: The finale of Game of Thrones. A lot of critics are giving love to "Battle of the Bastards," but "The Winds of Winter" was one of the best episodes ever. It had everything--fire, great music, great costumes, DEATH!

MOVIES!

John shelters me from a lot of the really horrific stuff, and I (by choice) haven't seen most of the awards-y movies yet, but here's what I liked in the theater (and at home).

Moana: I grinned the entire freaking movie.

Zootopia: If you haven't seen this yet, get on it. It's super relevant right now and it continues Disney's streak of cartoon foxes you want to make out with.

Weiner: This documentary about Anthony Weiner and his (failed) attempt at a comeback is a modern-day Shakespearian tragedy. You done did this to yourself, Weiner.

Fantastic Beasts an Where to Find Them: This movie also had me grinning the entire time. Maybe it's not perfect, I don't know, doesn't matter, I loved every second I was allowed to be in this world.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt's magnum opus from 1988 still holds up.

Cool Runnings: Oh my God, Cool Runnings. Where have you been all my life? (Watch this as a double feature with 2016's Eddie the Eagle for a treat!)

MUSIC

The Hamilton soundtrack: I saw the show back in August, and it's even better than you think.

The Moana soundtrack: More Lin-Manuel Miranda. These songs are constantly stuck in my head, and I love it! Favorite: "Shiny," a David Bowie tribute sung by Jemaine Clement.

BOOKS

My book! You should read it.

The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell: This book came out a while ago, but it's new to me! It follows the lives of the real-life Mitford family in England. A few of the girls befriended Hitler, one became a communist, one a writer. There's a lot of fantastic drama, especially when you stop to think we've got our own homegrown fascist on our hands now. Who will be Trump's Unity Mitford?

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: I'm a little "the last thing I read is my favorite thing!" at the moment, but I truly love the Cormeran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling). I read a lot of contemporary YA, so maybe I'm an easy mark when it comes to crime thrillers, but still. There's a Jim/Tim/Pam/Dawn relationship, which is my jam. And I loved that this book dealt with murderous intrigue in the world of publishing.

What did you love this year, and what did I miss? (SPOILER: A lot.)

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I wrote a book! It's YA novel, THE SOUND OF US. You can find the details right here! Kirkus calls it "a winning story about a teenage voice student that hits all the right notes."

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