And here we are. How in the how did this year fly by? Anywho, I've always wanted to do a yearly round-up which would include my favorite television series, films, albums and books from the previous year, along with the new hobbies I picked up or stuck with in this past year. Scroll on down, ya freaks!
Television (Comedy) - "Master of None" season 1
Netflix is my homeboy, and boy oh boy, did it deliver some great original comedy series like "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Grace & Frankie." But Aziz Ansari 's "Master of None" had to be, hands down, my favorite this year. I absolutely love "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Broad City" which airs on Comedy Central, but I really related to this show as a creative, first generation, woman of color. It's also a beautifully shot show, and wonderful cinematography is always an easy way for me to completely fall in love with something.
RUNNER-UP: "Jane the Virgin" Seasons 1 and 2
TELEVISION (drama) - "Mad men" season 7
What's harder than getting into a show that everyone says is great but you just can't get into? The answer is having a show that you have loved intensely and cherished immensely come to an end. And I will always loathe that HBO's "Game of Thrones" would air the same Sunday nights as AMC's "Mad Men." But that is an example of some serious first world problems for you, and since the show is over, it is no longer a concern of mine. Good-bye my beautiful Peggy, I should have dressed as you for last year's Halloween.
RUNNER-UP: "How to Get Away with Murder" Season 1
film (comedy) - "infinitely polar bear"
You probably think I am a hipster snob, and you're right! But you guys, Mark Ruffalo had an amazing year in film (he was also in "Spotlight") and he's even nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in this "Infinitely Polar Bear." Josh actually dragged me into the theater to see this, I think I wanted to watch "Diary of a Teenage Girl" instead, and I was pleasantly surprised that I adore this film about parenthood and being bi-polar, which coincidentally shares the parenthood theme with my favorite dramatic film...
RUNNERS-UP: "Trainwreck," "Mistress America" and "Mad Max: Fury Road"
FILM (drama) - "room"
...which is based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue. If you're not familiar with Brie Larson ("Short Term 12" and "United States of Tara"), then you won't really listen to me when I say that she is a phenomenal actress and this movie affirms it. But you should really listen when I say that the young boy, played by Jacob Tremblay has such raw talent. The fact that he and Brie are BFFs IRL (best friends forever in real life) really shows on camera. No special effects, just a room shared by a mother and her child.
RUNNERS-UP: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Ex Machina" and "Spotlight"
album - Adele's "25"
This is a no-brainer and to be honest, I've only listened to two other albums as religiously, the "Pitch Perfect 2" soundtrack and Shawn Mendes' "Handwritten." Josh and I bought a new record player, and so I have been collecting vinyl records again. I fully recommend, "I Saved Latin: A Tribute to Wes Anderson" which is a vinyl record I received from Megan for Christmas. The album is a compilation of indie rock covers of songs from Wes Anderson's various film soundtracks. Sounds enticing, right?
graphic novel - "HERE"
"Here" by Richard McGuire is visually captivating. It tells a story about corner of a room and its inhabitants over the course of human history. From a prehistoric forest, the hunting grounds of Native Americans, colonial days, contemporary family living and then on into the future. The reader sees this space unchained from the flow of time, and instead as if all events are occurring at once. It's such a stunning book, and leaves you wondering how we will leave our mark on Earth. I highly recommend to even a non-comic reader.
RUNNER-UP: "In Real Life" by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
novel (humor) - "why not me"
I'm not a literary reader, I prefer design magazines, feminist or humor essays, and obviously graphic novels (picture books for adult folk). For example, I'd rather read YouTuber Tyler Oakley's "Binge" over Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch." In 2014, I ate up Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" and this year was Mindy Kaling's "Why Not Me." I anticipated it so freaking hard, that I was even able to get the Valley Cruise Press book tour pin for pre-ordering it and it was well worth the wait.
#PinGame all the way. In the summer of 2015, I got hooked on buying pieces of flair, pins specifically. Oddly enough, I rarely ever wear them. I think I'm holding out on that perfect leather/denim jacket or a suh-weet backpack to display these babies. If I had unlimited money, I'd buy all the pins, all of them.
I bought a Ban.Do planner which started in August 2015 and it perfectly coincided with the opening of Simply Print. Instead of filling it with my to-do's, I wanted to use it as a journal to record my daily life along with my great adventures (the spread above is about my week in the Pacific Northwest). I purchased many stickers thanks to Etsy, and every night I write a blurb about my day even when it feels like I did absolutely nothing worth noting and jazz it up with said stickers.
Josh got me a Fuji Film Instamax camera for Christmas, so this might be more of a 2016 activity. Nevertheless, I used to take so many Polaroids in my young teen years up to my first year of college (when they began discontinuing the film) and as much as I love my iPhone's filters, there's nothing quite beautiful as good ol' fashioned analog.
in summary, in 2015...
I lost many loved ones this past year, so there was much heartache that I've never experienced before, but also a lot of exciting things happened to me, such as Simply Print.
So hello, 2016!