2020 Wrap-Up: My favorites in Music and Books from 2020

Sunday, January 10, 2021

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It has become an annual tradition for me to list off my favorites in various categories at the beginning of each new year. 2020 was a weird year for everyone. For me, it changed and delayed many of my normal media consumption habits. Depression settled in and kept me company for the majority of the year. I got behind (or just plain missed) so many things that I normally love. This year there will be no overview of the films I watched. I only watched 65 movies...only one or two new to me. I normally struggle to reduce my list of favorite songs...not for 2020. My main method of escapism was through books...so if anything, that list has been made more difficult. This is where we will start.

The twenty books I enjoyed the most in 2020:

  1.  I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara 
  2. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
  3. Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann
  4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel (Translator)
  5. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  6. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry
  7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
  8. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
  9. And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness & Rovina Cai (Illustrations)
  10. The Hole by Hiroko Oyamada & David Boyd (Translator)
  11. Axiom's End (Noumena #1) by Lindsay Ellis
  12. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata & Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator)
  13. The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon #2) by Katie O'Neill
  14. Wonderland by Zoje Stage
  15. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  16. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by L.M. Montgomery
  17. Mouse Scouts (Mouse Scouts #1) by Sarah Dillard
  18. The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega
  19. The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: A New Friend (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse #1) by Poppy Green
  20. Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck & Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)

My favorite albums from 2020:

  1. Diamonds - The Birthday Massacre
  2. Miss Anthropocene - Grimes
  3. Hanadriel - Hana
  4. Awaken The World - WayV
  5. Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
  6. Dystopia: The Tree of Language - Dreamcatcher
  7. All Out - K/DA
  8. NCT Resonance Pt. 2 - NCT
  9. Fine Line - Harry Styles *released in December 2019, but I still count December releases for the following year.
  10. Mother - In This Moment
Finally, my favorite songs of the year:

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