Obviously, I’m the kind of person who loves end of year summaries. Have you even met me? Here we go.
Sidenote: I’m only counting the things I read and saw for the first time this year.
5. An Enchantment of Ravensby Margaret Rogerson
A truly charming attempt at a fairly tale for adults (even if young ones).
4. The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
A thoughtful play on the original Odyssey, and, I feel, more palatable to a modern reader. Reviewed here.
3. Faith beyond Belief: Spirituality for Our Times by David Steindl-Rast and Anselm Grün
Not the kind of book I usually discuss here but this is a book on spirituality I would recommend even to those who feel allergic to the very idea (or maybe expecially to them). I’ve been a fan of brother David for a while now.
2. Among Others by Jo Walton
A perfectly original, delightful book, combining a few of my favorite things: magic, geek girls and a boarding school. Reviewed here.
1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I know you’ll excuse the obvious pun but this classic that I never knew before has absolutely captured my heart.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
Mainly for being better than I expected it to be. It certainly didn’t shake my world. Reviewed here.
4. Love, Simon
A cute, little movie, but with a progressive edge. Reviewed here.
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
While not nearly as progressive, this movie gave me so much simple joy.
Tense, exciting and somewhat relatable, an intellectual treat. Reviewed here.
1. Song of the Sea
An absolute beauty. Reviewed here.
Favorite TV shows
5. The Tick (S1)
Superheroes done differently. Also, Lint. Reviewed here.
4. Nashville (S6)
It was so bad but I still want to mention it. Reviewed here.
3. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (S2)
A lot of fun and looks lovely but maybe loses some of season one’s edge.
2. The Americans (S6)
Such a smart, emotional show. One of the best I’ve ever seen. Reviewed here.
1. The Magicians (S2 & S3)
The most fun I’ve had with TV in a while. Reviewed here.
(Or: new additions to my Spotify playlist of discoveries, not necessarily the songs I listened to the most this year.)
5. “Don’t Know How” by honeyhoney
A bit of an earworm, but enjoyable.
4. “Tougher than the Rest” by Camera Obscura
Silly but sweet.
3. “The Way It Goes” by Gillian Welch
This one has a kick to it.
2. “My Antonia” by Emmylou Harris
Melancholic and charming.
1. “Iowa” by Dar Williams
This has a hold one me. Discussed here.
Have a great new year, everyone, full of books, movies, shows, songs (and anything else you enjoy) that gladden your hearts!