2013 Favorites in books, movies, music, etc
I would have wanted to read more but I was always distracted, so this year I vow to at least make an effort to read more, and to stop reading books if it bores me. Here are my favorite books for 2013:
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton
I was laughing and crying while reading this. It had intrigue, romance, humor and action and I really loved reading about the love story of the author and the illustrator. Plus points for the beautiful illustrations. Extra plus points for the cats.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Got this from Booksale, since I like books with lots of food in it. I didn't expect that it would affect me so much. I might have been pms-ing when I finished it in one sitting, but at the end, my eyes were all puffy from crying sad and happy tears. I liked how it ended, how it was sort of like a book version of Love, Actually, but with more food. Cheesy and sweet, but I like it that way! I was looking for an ensaymada read that night and this was it. No regrets!
Other Stories and Other Stories by Ali Smith
Ali Smith knows how to condense a whole bunch of emotions in a short story and does it with no pretentiousness at all. I love love her writing style.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
I want to be friends with Cheryl Strayed. I want us to color each other's hair and eat ice cream while we talk about queerness and identity and want and loneliness and and
Project 17 by Eliza Victoria
Have you read the works of Eliza Victoria? If you have, yay! If you haven't, you're missing out! Check out her works via her blog.
I love this book because she managed to write a fast-paced, interesting sci-fi/spec fic story set in RP that's smart and provocative without fattening it up with headache-inducing mumbo jumbo.
Hello lgbtq metaphor! Finally, no princes! Finally, a heroine who actually saves herself! Through her family/friends and through love! Gasp! This is my favorite movie for 2013 and my fave Disney movie as of now and the closest I could get to making my queer protagonist Disney dreams come true so I'll take it. YES!
I listened to the cassette tape of the Les Miz musical growing up during road trips and my dad, while driving, told us the story (because I liked books but I also have an extremely short attention span) and I dreamt of finally seeing a musical movie of it and I did and I cried and it was glorious.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Watched this by my lonesome because I couldn't wait for company and I have no regrets, I loved it so much. I read the book ages ago (I liked it more than the LOTR trilogy books because it's easier to understand, heh) but since I have the memory-keeping skills of a goldfish, I was still surprised at a lot of parts. If you heard audible gasps in the theater when you watched this, that was probably me, haha.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
It was better than what I expected and I like it when that happens.
Twee Kingdom filled me with the giddies and I watched this thrice within a week because it's just so gorgeous.
I don't really care if some songs weren't released last year, these are the songs that gave me all the feels and made me feel the most:
Tegan and Sara: Closer, Drove Me Wild
The National: Humiliation
Up Dharma Down: Turn It Well
Metric: Breathing Underwater
Stars: Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
The gf and I did a rewatch of Buffy Season 7. We're both big Buffsters and I forgot how wimpy I was, but now I know again. Scary, heart-pounding stuff. I think it was more frightening this time because the issues are more grown-uppy and we marathon-watched it so the adrenaline high from each ep never left. Also, Kennedy is still annoying and will always be.
Parks and Rec
Because I want to live in a place where there are nice parks and I want to actually work there and work with Leslie Knope. I'm imagining us crafting together after work, making decoupage rah-rah plaques for the best employees and baking leaf-shaped cookies.
Recently, I've been obsessed with online comics. I dream of consistently coming up with witty, queercentric comics with that local flavor but alas I lack the wit/skills and the time to hone that "interesting funniness" factor. So for the meantime, I've been living vicariously through these fine folks from the internets.
I've been stalking the uber-talented Mich because of her fantastic comics and I got to meet her at the Metric concert! I didn't know it was her but you can be assured that fangirling abounded when the introductions were made. Hello, Mich!
Kate Beaton of Hark, a vagrant rocks my socks. Laughing while learning and learning while laughing? Yes, please! I want to be her in my next life. Check out her awesome tumblr as well!
I would like to be as hilarious and artistic as Madeleine, and be a member of her pixie haircut club and vanquish baddies with sass and personality.
P.S. Do you like kitties?