I’ve started to see the lists popping up online. Even though there is still one month left in 2016, people are ready to call their favorites, from books to movies to television shows. So I thought about what I read and watched this year, and here are a few notables:
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young. This pseudo-paranormal mystery set in the bayous of Louisiana is both atmospheric and fast-moving. I raced through it and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Not a 2016 release, but I finally got around to this one and, though long and deep, it’s so well written. Was perfect for the long flights to and from New York.
Dark Dawning by Christine Rains. A novella, first in a series, and it sets up just a very interesting world full of shape-shifters and Inuit mythology.
Lorelei’s Lyric by D.B. Sieders. A twist on mermaids/sirens.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A new window into the world of Harry Potter… pre-Potter.
Sing Street. Just really cute, even if it is mostly a bunch of music videos hung on a very sparse plot frame.
Snowden. An interesting perspective on how and why Edward Snowden did what he did.
The Imposter. A documentary about how a French con artist convinced a family in Texas he was their missing son/brother.
Kubo and the Two Strings. More gorgeous work from Laika.
The Nice Guys. Typical Shane Black, so if you like his stuff…
Zootopia. Above and beyond as far as children’s animated features go.
Love & Friendship. A delightful Jane Austen adaptation.
I know there’s a lot I have yet to see (I do have tickets to Rogue One!), but of the things I watched this past year, the above stand out.
The Crown. I was sucked right into this drama about the start of Elizabeth II’s reign and can’t wait for more.
Westworld. I resisted, and do continue to resist on some levels, but I can’t deny that this is a well-written, well-acted, well-produced program. (I feel similarly about Game of Thrones and The Leftovers. Must be an HBO drama thing.)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Everything Doctor Who should be, used to be, and no longer is. In short, a whole lot of absurd fun.
Documentary Now! Fun, though the second season was not as good as the first IMHO.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Probably the single thing I most look forward to each week. (And now on break. *sob*)
I also watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine and am just dabbling in Superstore. Started Designated Survivor and AHS: Roanoke and Timeless and need to get back to those… Television is getting harder to keep up with because there is so much and it’s all dumped in one go instead of airing weekly. But hey, even the weekly stuff piles up on my DVR, sort of like all the books I mean to read that pile up on my nightstand or in my Kindle. The above, then, are just shows that definitely had me hooked over the year.
So what about you? Any favorites this past year? Recommendations? Anything to look forward to in 2017? Let me know in the comments!