2015 was a tough year but, as is often the case, much good was sprinkled throughout. In the realm of entertainment, there was lots of good.
I feel like I’ve covered TV pretty thoroughly in my summer and fall posts.
As I said before, I’m not going to waste your time with books I think are fine. Here are my recommendations from what I read in 2015, I hope you find something you like, too. I’ve covered some of these already. (They are listed in the order of my reading.)
The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
The Martian – Andy Weir
The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The Light of the World – Elizabeth Alexander – A poet’s beautifully written memoir of joy and loss.
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins – People seem to love or hate this book. I expected to dislike it because I often find I don’t like “the” book everyone is talking about it. I thought it was great in that creepy way. I’m very excited that Emily Blunt is starring in the movie.
City of Thieves – David Benioff – Yes, the guy behind “The Game of Thrones.” No, it’s nothing like that. Fun fact, he’s married to Amanda Peet. It is actually a sweet, gory, gripping WWII novel.
Nothing better than driving along when a song I love is playing on the radio. I crank up the volume and sing my heart out. (Yes, sometimes my kids are in the car.)
Here are my favorites of last year, in no particular order:
Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
Adele – “Hello”
The Weeknd – “I Can’t Feel My Face”
Alessia Cara – “Here”
Robert DeLong – “Long Way Down”
Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”
Beck – “Dreams”
Cold War Kids – “First”
I loved these movies. If I was giving out awards, these are the movies I would give them to.
The Martian – Everything I could’ve hoped for. Matt Damon is the bomb! It did the book proud.
Room – The acting by both leads is spectacular. These may not be the easiest 2 hours you’ll spend, but they will be worth it. I understand people’s reticence in seeing this; I would not read the book. It really is so good though; you will keep thinking about it long after you leave the theater.
Spotlight – Such a well-told story. You more understand how the entire situation got swept under the rug for as long as it did.
Star Wars: Episode VII – After re-watching the original Star Wars (episode IV), I’ve come to realize that this new one is pretty much a copy of the old one but…whatever. It’s SO much better than the most recent three and my kids loved it too.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – see my summer blog
The Big Short – Like an entertaining tutorial on explaining how the housing market fiasco occurred.
Spy – see my summer blog
Song of the blog:
In honor of the many talented people who have recently passed, here’s one of my all-time favorite covers: Nirvana singing David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.”