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2020 Wrap-Up: My Favorites of The Year!

2020 sucked. I know that, you know that. A lot of bad things happened last year (I can’t believe I just got to type ‘last year’). But I got to discover a lot of new things I enjoyed as well!

Normally I just list the books I enjoyed from the previous year, but in my efforts to transition this blog into more than just books, I wanted to list ALL of my favorites!

Books

I honestly did not read a lot in 2020, and I have no idea why. I was out of work from March to October; it’s not like I had plans or anything. I just wasn’t in the mood to read. When I did read though, I really enjoyed what I read! Here’s a few of my faves-

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

The conclusion to the The Devouring Gray duology. A masterpiece.

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

the phenomenal second book in the Wicked Saints trilogy!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Can Victoria write a bad book? I think the answer is no.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I’m a few years late to the party, but I think I read this one 4 times last year.

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

SUCH A GOOD SOUTHERN BELLE MYSTERY

Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

absolutely fascinating, no wonder everyone loved it

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

I read this in between customers at work since this was the B&N Book Of The Year, and I really enjoyed reading it!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

How come no one told me this was so good???

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

A fantastic start to a new series!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

A lot of fun to read!

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

The first book in what will no doubt be a brilliant series!

A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

A super fun murder mystery!

Nancy Drew & The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson & Jen St. Onge

A graphic novel of my favorite teen sleuth, featuring The Hardy Boys! An adult take of a classic childhood character. I loved it!

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

SOOO GOOD OMG. The aesthetic was off the charts.

Podcasts

Small Town Murder

Always a favorite, and becoming a patreon member was a fantastic idea because I love the bonus content!

Crime In Sports

Finally finished the entire backlog and I don’t know what to do with myself anymore.

Wine & Crime

Came across The Gals (TM) on a whim while looking for something to listen to while sewing, and I found the Wine & Crime podcast! So. Damn. Funny.

Crime Junkie

A more somber podcast, but still super interesting and enthralling!

Surprisingly Brilliant

I was so sad when I realized I had finished the first season and there wasn’t a second 😦 so captivating!

My Dad Wrote A Porno

I finally started this one after the cover for the newest Twilight book was released and everyone was talking about pomegranates. omg.

13 Minutes To The Moon

I love any and everything to do with the moon and the early Apollo missions, and this podcast was so informative and made me feel nostalgia for something that happened 50+ years before I was born.

The Empathy Factor

My friend Lauren hosts this podcast (Hi, Lauren!) and I love seeing what others my age make of the newest pop culture releases! I think she mostly posts to YouTube these days, but definitely check out what she put out in the world!

Music

Calm by 5 Seconds of Summer

Amazing. Perfect. 5/5, would listen to again. I love Luke Hemmings.

Rare by Selena Gomez

So good! It’s amazing how far she (and I) have come since Selena Gomez & The Scene!

Folklore by Taylor Swift

How is it that any album she puts out, it is somehow in a completely different genre than anything else out there?

Evermore by Taylor Swift

She just gave and gave to us in 2020, thank you Taylor

Plastic Hearts by Miley Cyrus

Miley singing rock is everything I knew I needed. I deserved this.

I Can Feel You Forgetting Me by Neon Trees

THE COMEBACK ALBUM. SO GOOD. IT’S BEEN SO LONG.

Birds of Prey movie soundtrack

every single track is a bop.

the Billie Eilish singles released in 2020

I just really love Billie’s bass heavy songs okay

The Search by NF

I thought I couldn’t like one of his albums more than Perception, then he released THIS ABSOLUTE BANGER

These Two Windows by Alec Benjamin

how can someone so young write and sing music that sounds like it isn’t even from this time????

Movies

The Old Guard

This is everything I didn’t know I needed. I need to read the graphic novels this movie is based on, STAT.

Enola Holmes

Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Clafflin , Henry Cavill AND Helena Bonham Carter in one movie about a spunky younger sister of Sherlock Holmes????? yes please!

Toy Story 1

not quite how I remembered it when I was younger, but I forgot how much I loved these characters!

Hamilton: The Musical

So beautiful. Watched it like 3 times when it came out. Gonna watch it again after writing this.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

my favorite movie of all time. poetic cinema. a masterpiece. the peak of the Russo Bro’s career (because they really screwed up Endgame)

Documentaries

Knock Down The House

So moving and informative. Very empowering.

Apollo: Missions To The Moon

One of mankind’s greatest achievements was landing on the Moon and watching this made me very emotional. Just imagine the glory you would feel if you had been there in that time period?

Unsolved Mysteries

2020 was the year of me on a crime kick. I mean, listening to crime shows. not commiting crime.

Miss Americana

I love getting a glimpse into the behind the scenes of people I admire’s lives, and especially during the year when Taylor ‘disappeared’.

Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

Have I mentioned how much I love Taylor Swift?

Beyonce: Homecoming

The choreography. The meanings. The performances. The ensemble. SO GOOD

Lost Cities with Albert Lin

if it’s ancient, and we know nothing about it, then I’m here for it.

National Geographic Ancient Mysteries series

Read above statement.

Television

NCIS: Los Angeles

I think I watched 8 seasons of this in 2 months last summer. I really love Deeks okay?

Criminal Minds

It’s possible I might be too into bad crime shows. Also I really love Reid okay?

Anne With an E

SUCH a good show, and I’m devastated that it was cancelled. #RenewAnneWithanE

The Umbrella Academy

Season two was SO DAMN GOOD!

Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj

A funny, topical show that managed to even put out episodes during the pandemic, but then the cancelled it, so now every time I think about it, I get mad. #RenewPatriotAct

Avatar: The Last Airbender

I’d wanted to watch this for years, and then they put it on Netflix during quarantine. Thank you, Netflix gods!

Queer Eye: Philly

I have one word for you: Gritty

It was a crazy year, full of ups and downs, but I’m happy with the books and movies and other media I consumed in 2020. What about you? What did you enjoy most last year?

2 thoughts on “2020 Wrap-Up: My Favorites of The Year!”

  1. This is a nice list! There are a few you mentioned that sound interesting enough for me to look into! I noticed the majority of my books read in 2020 were children’s books. Maybe this year I will expand my reading to something more…adult? (Probably not though lol) I also watched a lot of 80s movies I had never seen before including Footloose, Adventures in Babysitting and Dirty Dancing. Looking forward to seeing your 2021 media list!

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