Top Films of 2016

Posted: February 11, 2017 in Life

2016 was a good year for films, not great but really good. I saw around 70 films this year, and only had a few left on my want to see list. So here they are, my top films of 2016 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

 

Sing Street

Zootopia

The Nice Guys

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

La La Land

The Dark Horse

Hidden Figures

Manchester by the Sea

Arrival

Moonlight

Star Wars: Rogue One 

Imperium

American Honey

 

Honorable Mentions

The Handmaiden, Captain Fantastic, The Witch, Eye in the Sky, Everybody Wants Some, Hell or High Water, Love & Friendship, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Lobster, Keanu, Deadpool

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Top Albums of 2016

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Life

What an interesting year in music, some really good albums came out this year, below is my list. (Remember there is no ranking other than the #1 which is bolded)

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Sing Street – Sing Street

Cloud Cult – The Seeker

Conor Oberst – Ruminations

The Lumineers – Cleopatra

Justice – Woman

Die Antwoord – Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid

Broke for Free – XXVII

Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough

The Avett Brothers – True Sadness

Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow

Tycho – Epoch

M. Ward – More Rain

 

Honorary

Jake Bugg – On My One, Animal Collective – Painting With, The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come to Expect, Deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/, Regina Spektor – Remember Us To Life, Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Recordings, Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool, Bastille – Wild World

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Top Books of 2016

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Life

This one is a little different in that the books didn’t have to come out this year, BUT they had to be a new read to me (or a reread of something I may not have grasped when younger). I read/listened to 87 books this year! I was well on my way to 100 but then I started traveling and surprisingly had no time to read. I read mostly nonfiction this year so there are a lot more non fiction recommendations than fiction. So here are my top (recommended) books of 2016,  in no particular order but split it into fiction and nonfiction.

NON FICTION 

Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion – Jonathan Haidt

The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

Think LIke a Freak – Steven Levitt

The Wright Brothers – David McCullough

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit – Mark Seal

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning – Chris Hedges

Pitch Perfect – Bill McGowan

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – William L. Shirer

Dark Money – Jane Mayer

Born to Run – Christopher McDougal

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World – The Dalai Lama

The Right Kind of Crazy – Adam Steltzner

FICTION

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis

Will in Scarlet – Matthew Cody

Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

Dune – Frank Herbert

Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave

 

Older List: 2015

Top Concerts of 2016

Posted: February 8, 2017 in Life

Welcome dear friends to another year of top lists, back by demand from like one person! To start though let’s take a look at my top 13 concerts of 2016! (Remember there is no ranking other than the #1 which is bolded)

Mutemath

Josh Ritter

Twenty One Pilots

Dropkick Murphy’s

Beyonce

M. Ward

Born Ruffians

The Front Bottoms

Edward Sharpe

Flight of the Conchords

Barnstar

Brick and Mortar

LFA

Previous lists: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Top Films of 2015

Posted: February 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

2015 was a really solid year for films, I saw probably the most new films ever this year (80+), most were really solid, some were great, some were awful. While there wasn’t a single film that got a perfect score from me this year, there were some great ones as well as some really interesting ones that (some interesting ones that didn’t quite make the list Victoria, Tangerine). It really was hard to pick a top film as there were 4 films tied for the top, but I picked the one I just kept coming back to. So here they are, my top films of 2015 (No order, but #1 is Bold)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Inside Out

‘71

Room

Ex Machina

The Revenant

The Look of Silence

Spotlight

What We Do In the Shadows

The Big Short

Beasts of No Nation

Creed

Dope

Honorable Mentions

Sicario, The Martian, Star Wars 7, The Gift, Steve Jobs, Bridge of Spies, Kilo Two Bravo, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Mr Holmes, Clouds of Sils Maria

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Top Albums of 2015

Posted: February 3, 2016 in Life, Uncategorized

What an awesome year for music!! Wow some really amazing albums and the top spot was a big battle between 3 great albums. But here in no particular order are my top 13 (#1 in bold)!

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

 

The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird is Home

MuteMath – Vitals

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Madeon – Adventure

Nero – Between II Worlds

The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It

Muse – Drones

Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

The Front Bottoms – Back On Top

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Honorable Mentions

Yo-Yo Ma – Songs from the Arc of Life, My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall, Cage the Elephant – Tell me i’m pretty, Born Ruffians – RUFF, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, Zedd – True Colors, Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind, Son Lux – Bones, Approaching Nirvana – Notes, Tiesto – Club Life

Previous lists: 2007200820092010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Top Books of 2015

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hello dear friends and welcome to the newest category of my top lists! This one is a little different in that the books didn’t have to come out this year, BUT they had to be a new read to me (or a reread of something I may not have grasped when younger). Reading came back into my life in a big way this year, while I’ve always enjoyed reading, I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to over the last few years. So in 2015 I set the goal of reading 25 books, I blew that away. I read/listened (yay being an auditory learner) 61 new books! So here are my top books of 2015, in no particular order but split it into fiction and nonfiction.

Non Fiction

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull

Reality Is Broken – Jane McGonigal

Drive – Daniel H. Pink

Artful Making – Rob Austin & Lee Devin

Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas

The 5 Languages of Appreciation – Gary Chapman

David & Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

How Successful People Think – John Maxwell

The 80/20 Manager – Richard Koch

Switch: How To Change Things When Things are Hard – Chip & Dan Heath

Thrive – Arianna Huffington

The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor

The Aviators – Winston Groom

Fiction

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The Circle – Dave Eggers

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson