2019 was, in terms of entertainment, OK for me. Surprisingly, it was dominated by TV shows (but there is an explanation for it), and even more surprisingly, it was less musical than previous years. I’m satisfied with the number of movies I saw, but not with the fact that I read less books than I used to.
In terms of MUSIC, the situation was dire. Somewhere in Spring I lost my appetite for listening to music. I know, because I usually make a yearly playlist with the songs that I listen frequently in that time, and the 2019 playlist is much shorter than usual. And most of the songs are added up until summer.
But to give you a glimpse into it, here are a few titles I’ve hit hit play a lot in 2019: Billie Eilish- “When the party’s over”, “idontwannabeyouanymore” and “bellyache”; Foals- “Exits”; James Blake ft Andre 3000- “Where’s the catch?”; Lizzo- “Truth hurts”; Sam Smith- “How do you sleep?” and Normani- “Motivation”.
When it comes to BOOKS, I’m weird. I either devour a book in a day (or a series in a week), or I go without reading for months. This was 2019 for me. I read a couple of great books at the beginning of the year (“Song of Achiles” by Madelline Miller, “The Binding: by Bridget Collins), then some erotica (with a motorcycle bike club theme) in the summer, then a great one in the fall (“Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid). I really want to go through by TBR and read more in 2020…at least for the sake of the books that have been waiting for me for years on my shelves.
Now, TV was pretty big for me this year. And there is a quite simple explanation: I moved in with my boyfriend, and he’s not the going out type. So we stayed in. Plus, he likes to watch TV while we eat, so most times we would put on a show, eat and talk.
This way, I watched, in 2019, the following: The Last Airbender, twelve seasons of Big Bang Theory, five seasons of Brooklyn 99, Cernobyl, The Boys (from Amazon) and we’re now midway through Peaky Blinders (it’s a re-watch for me). Besides this, I also saw all three seasons of Stranger Things, season 2 of Mindhunter, The Umbrella Academy, Narcos: Mexico and a couple of others. I’m not complaining, I enjoyed most of them.s
And lastly, MOVIES. I’m not the type to make a specific top 10 of films I enjoyed, because I can’t really classify them in any order. But I will mention some of the movies I enjoyed most in 2019, in no particular order:
- Avengers Endgame – a bit too fan service for me, and I don’t like the time travelling aspect, but overall, a great movie.
- Once upon a time in Hollywood – great cast.
- Ad Astra – one of the best theater experiences of last year; I loved it.
- Dolemite is my name – funny and entertaining, something we rarely find find online and in cinemas these days.
- Parasite – fantastic script.
- Ford vs Ferrari – great story, cast and direction.
- Marriage Story.
Honorable mentions, which include movies from previous years that I saw in 2019: Crazy Rich Asians, God’s Own Country, Cold War, The Greatest Showman, Cat on a hot tin roof, Shazam, John Wick, Snowpiercer, Victor Victoria, The Princes Bride.
How was your 2019? what stands out, in terms of music, books, etc.?
So much yes for staying in and watching TV. Before I had a kid that’s what we would do, too. Dinner cooked, series on! We’d burn through a season each week. Now I watch less TV but more movies. I hope you discover your love for music this year!
Thank you! I like TV shows, but I love going to the cinema, so I need that in my life. Also because I can’t stand staying at home for too long, haha 🙂
I didn’t read a book since It Chapter Two 6 months ago lol I read legal stuff 12h a day so I just cant read anymore. I’ve been obsessively listening to Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles which is just so goddamn catchy. Ugh I still didn’t start Brooklyn 99 :/
Definitely start Brooklyn 99, it’s funny. If you like SNL, you’re definitely going to like this!
I understand why you can’t read, 12h of legal stuff sounds exhausting….and a bit boring, too 🙂
You’re streak with books is pretty much me with television! I really want to watch Brooklyn 99 but there’s just so much of it 😉 And I really liked the first part of The Boys but then I just… stopped! Anyway best of luck with 2020!
Thank you! I started 2020 well, I already read the Cruel Prince trilogy and loved it. Now on to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
Definitely start Brooklyn 99, it’s so sweet and fun! One of my favorite TV shows!
I’m so glad Ad Astra made your movie list! I really appreciated that film as well. So nice to look at.
Thanks Alex! Ad Astra was so good, I’m sad it didn’t get more attention!
Nice recap! I agree about 2019’s entertainment in general – it was okay. Nothing truly knocked me off my feet, and a lot of fandoms I was anticipating ended up being disappointing. It was nice to find new things to watch, but not a lot of it was memorable. I hope 2020 is better!!
Amen! It was pretty ok….or maybe the market / industry is stabilizing and no one is getting out of their comfort zones, in terms of new stories. I just feel most are following a clear formula, and that formula is getting old for me.
Looks like you had a good year! I had a pretty lousy reading year compared to what I’ve had in the previous years but that’s okay. Trying to do better this year. Failing already but I have been so focused on shows this past year that I can’t stop now! 😀
I can totally relate to being focused on tv shows, that was me in the second part of 2019. If it makes you happy and relaxed, go for it!
I just started reading Evelyn Hugo when I go to bed and I’m loving it so far! I’m trying hard this year to get out to the theater more instead of waiting for streaming/blu ray releases. I’ve been waiting very impatiently for Parasite to hit my local library. Great lists!
I strive to get to the theater, too, especially for movies who look better on the big screen (1917 or any superhero movie)
Happy you’re reading Evelyn Hugo, I hope you’ll like it!