I read, watched, and listened to some pretty great things in 2014. These are my favorites:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Best Short Stories:
Bark by Lorrie Moore and Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Best Graphic Novel:
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe By Yumi Sakugawa
Best Poetry Collection:
I Don’t Know Do You By Roberto Montes
I made a goal to read 75 books this year and surpassed it (by four books, but still; woot!) I’m debating whether I should challenge myself to at all in 2015. While making a specific goal and keeping track of whether I’m behind schedule definitely keeps me motivated, I do sort of agree with articles like this one, which argues that always keeping track of how many books you’ve already read is nerve wracking and is not really what reading should be about. I made a personal goal to post here four times a week, which seemed completely manageable for the first half of the year. There are so many great books I read this year that I keep meaning to write about here, but just haven’t found the time, and that’s a frustrating feeling.
Thanks to the success of Serial, many have dubbed 2014 “the year of the podcast.” Even Dear Sugar got in on the action! I’ve started listening to so many this year, some new, some just new to me. But I’ll try to keep this list reasonably short.
Totally Laime (which is unfortunately ending soon)
Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig
I’m a huge fan of guilty pleasure television, especially when it comes to Reality TV. I know, I know, but I just can’t stop myself.
Orange is the New Black
Hart of Dixie
How to Get Away With Murder
Pretty Little Liars
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/Orange County
Finally, I watched some really fantastic films this year. These were my favorites:
Short Term 12
The Fault in our Stars
You were a good year, 2014.
Happy New Year!