Wow, 2019 sure went by quickly! 2020 is only a few days away, so I thought I would end the year with a short series of ‘favorites’ posts. I was going to compile them altogether, but since my lists were so long for each category, I thought it would be best to separate them.
Today’s post features my favorite books, movies, and TV shows from 2019. This list includes a lot of Marvel/DC, but I guess that should come as no surprise if you’ve been following my blog for a while. Also, if you’re interested, keep an eye out for my beauty favorites and my music favorites for this year that will be posted after this one! There might be a ‘year-in-review’ post coming out soon as well!
Since I went to college, I have struggled to find the time to read. Normally, I would finish the year with only 14-16 books. For 2019, my yearly goal was 20 books, and I reached it exactly! I know that 20 isn’t that big of an improvement, but it’s a start! Hopefully I’ll read even more in 2020!
The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures by William deBuys
Don’t worry, this nonfiction book wasn’t actually about unicorns-it’s about an elusive and endangered species from Laos called the saola. The author informs the reader about this fascinating creature while also describing the research trip he tagged along on in an attempt to get a glimpse of a saola.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Fantasy, magic, friendship, romance…this book included all four of those things, and it was a great read! I wanted to read this book for a while, and I wasn’t disappointed. I hope to read more from Naomi Novik in the future!
Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich
I love mystery books in general, and this book not only included a mystery, but an environmental aspect to it as well! I loved how A.J., the main character, fought for what she believed in no matter what-which seemed to resemble Erin Brockovich herself. In case you are unfamiliar with her work (or haven’t watched the movie “Erin Brockovich” based on her starring Julia Roberts), she helped build a case against Pacific Gas and Electric after they contaminated the groundwater of a small town in California. It’s certainly a challenge to build up a case against a larger company like that, so she had to be pretty passionate to do so!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Lately, I’ve been enjoying the whole dislike-each-other-at-first-but-then-fall-in-love-with-each-other trope. This novel falls right into that, so this was a quick and fun read. I loved both the main characters and felt like they were relatable. I was definitely rooting for them to get together in the end!
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Mass
As a huge fan of the Gotham City Sirens, I couldn’t resist including this book with my favorites. There’s Selina Kyle, Ivy, and Harley, so what’s not to love?
I made a post towards the beginning of the year featuring the movies that I was looking forward to in 2019. I didn’t end up watching them all, but I enjoyed the ones I did!
Let’s be honest: I don’t know if there will ever be a movie that hypes me up as much as Endgame did. These are the characters that took me through high school and college, so this movie also felt like the end of a chapter for me, you know?
The movie included a lot of scenes I had been dying to see, so despite all of the heart-breaking moments, I loved the movie! It closed the story on a few characters, but I felt like it was done in a fitting (albeit tragic) way.
Spiderman: Far From Home
Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes, so even after Avengers: Endgame, I was so excited to watch this movie! I was eager to see how the MCU would move forward after the events of Endgame. I also loved seeing Mysterio on the big screen, and I thought the special effects for his illusions were well done. In addition, it was nice to see more of MJ in this movie-she’s my favorite love interest throughout all of the Spider-Man films so far.
Captain Marvel seemed to receive a lot of hate, but I enjoyed it. It included so many amazing messages (I wrote a post about some of my favorite lessons from the movie here). Plus, Halsey tweeted about how her song ‘Nightmare’ goes along with Carol’s life, and since I love the song, I have to love the movie, right?
This isn’t really the type of movie I would rewatch frequently, but it did cover quite a few topics that most movies don’t delve into. While you saw and understood where the Joker was coming from and the flaws in society that led him there, he still came off as a villain to me. I liked how they managed to do that, especially since many villain backstories seem to turn the villains into heroes (which I typically enjoy too, but it’s nice to watch something different).
I didn’t watch many shows in 2019. TV shows do take more of a commitment, especially if you decide to watch a series that already has quite a few seasons. While I have a long list of TV shows to catch up on and start, I only managed to watch two this year (probably because I was too busy binging on Marvel movies).
I caught up with Gotham just in time to watch the finale live! One of my favorite things about Batman is the villains, so I absolutely loved this show! I enjoyed seeing familiar villains like Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Bane, Harley, and the Joker. It was interesting to see how they became villains, and I loved their twist on the Joker.
I was a huge Castle fan, so when I heard that Nathan Fillion was starring in another cop show, I knew I had to watch it! I briefly stopped watching after the second season because a couple of characters left, but I recently started watching it again. The winter finale this month ended on a HUGE cliffhanger, and now I’m sad because I have to wait until the END of February to see what happens.