Yes, I know, I’m like a month late on this, but this is blog tradition I refuse to let go of, so here we go! Here’s everything from 2015 that I need to give a shout out to…
3. Meg Myers – Sorry
I have to blame my husband for this one. He got me listening to Myers earlier in the year, and he’s the reason I purchased her Make A Shadow EP. He got me interested, but this album sold me on her music. Myers offers up a sound that is both angsty and catchy with Sorry. Now I just want more of this Meg Myers goodness.
2. Never Shout Never – Black Cat
I’ve been a fan of Never Shout Never for some time now (5 years), and after a few years of “meh” from them, Black Cat is everything I could have wanted and then some. This album was so fun and infectious and was my favorite thing to dance to in 2015.
1. The Maine – American Candy
I’m pretty sure I gush and get obsessed all over again every time The Maine puts out new music. American Candy is no exception. This album was a brilliant blend of the band’s past and present, and I love it beginning to end. There was no other album that could have possibly taken to top spot this year.
Favorite New (To Me) Bands:
See how I removed the need for a disclaimer this year with a clever title?
3. As It Is
As a fan of Patty Walter’s YouTube channel, I was of course excited about his band’s full-length debut this year. That excitement paid off because the album was easily another one of my favorites from this year. As It Is is one of the few bands that gives me exactly what I want from pop punk music: angsty and poppy.
2. Beautiful Bodies
Beautiful Bodies was honestly the only band that stuck from my Alternative Press “100 Bands” search. That is mostly because once I found them I didn’t bother to look into any other bands. And my interest has nothing do to with the fact that they’re from Missouri and the lead singer is an old family friend…okay, maybe a little. But, seriously their music is electrifying and catchy and they are a force to be reckoned with on the stage. Definitely one of my favorite live acts from this year and maybe ever.
I remember seeing their album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets pop up on a lot of top albums of 2014 lists, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I finally gave the album a listen, and oh my ears! That album deserves every bit of good buzz it has gotten because it was almost impossible for me to stop listening to it on repeat. Their sound doesn’t really fit the mold of what I usually listen to, it’s gritty and a little off-the-wall, but it was so infectious. Definitely an unexpected new favorite, I mean, I’ve only spent the last year begging for more.
3. All Time Low (5/14/15)
All Time Low are definitely one of my favorite bands to catch live. Getting to see them on the tenth anniversary of seeing Green Day for the first time (that being my first real rock concert) was wonderfully fitting.
2. Taking Back Sunday (8/7/15)
The first and only other time I saw Taking Back Sunday was at Warped Tour in 2012 when the real feel was over 100 degrees. I left that show during the last song because I felt sick, and I felt horrible about leaving early. So this time was my redemption and it was perfect…minus the strict venue that is.
1. The Maine (9/4/15)
The Maine is one of my other favorite bands to hit up when they come to town, and I was floored when they announced their Free For All Tour. They ended up playing about 45 minutes away so I was able to take part in that experience. It was so low-key and intimate that it made it unlike any other show I’d been to in the last year.
This was definitely the hardest list to make and I’m still not 100 percent sure about my choices, but here I go anyways…
I’m not sure was it was about this 3 hour long scientific film that I just couldn’t shake over the year. I was really hesitant to put it on my list, but this movie was pretty unforgettable for me. The story was so intriguing and heart wrenching, and I even enjoyed the scientific aspect of this film. When I had to think of films I enjoyed in 2015 “Interstellar” continued to stick out in my mind.
I don’t know If I have a lot to say about this movie. It was fun, I really enjoyed the characters, and I was thoroughly entertained by it. After being disappointed by “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014 (I know, unpopular opinion), it was refreshing to be excited by this comic relief of a Marvel film.
1. “Kingsman: The Secret Service”
This was the easiest pick on this list. This movie took me completely by surprise. I remember renting it so my husband could watch it. I didn’t even watch the first 10 minutes with him, but I walked in, sat down, and was unable to get back up. “Kingsman” is over-the-top, hilarious, but still has a lot of heart. I loved the humor, and I especially loved the characters. I loved the characters like I love book characters. I don’t think that’s even happened before. Hands down, this was my favorite movie of 2015.
Favorite TV Shows I Watched in 2015:
3. “iZombie”/“The Flash”
I know, I know, that’s two shows, but I couldn’t choose between the two. I’d like to point out that The CW has become quite the hotspot for great TV, and their content keeps getting better. Both shows have a great sense of humor, great story telling, and great characters. I couldn’t ask for more from a show.
To say that I became obsessed with this show in 2015 would be an understatement. I watched several seasons (yes, I said seasons) in one day. This takes my weird fondness of Joel McHale to a whole new level. I couldn’t get enough of this show. It’s so unique and funny and, for me, it was everything in 2015.
1. “Gilmore Girls”
This list would be flat out inaccurate if I did not include “Gilmore Girls.” I spent around half the year watching all seven seasons. This show tested my emotional strength, but it was so worth it! Even I need my girly shows, and this one was perfection. Is it okay if I’m team Dean/Jess/Logan?
This was probably the next hardest list to come up with, but ultimately I prevailed.
3. “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
Photo by Annette Hansen
I know this was a pretty hit or miss book for a lot of people, but for me, despite its flaws, I devoured this book. I was pretty unaware of a lot of the hype around this book at the time that I read it, so that probably kept my opinion from being tainted. I’m glad for that, because I really did enjoy this book! I liked the subtle mix of fantasy and dystopian, I enjoyed the characters, and for some reason I was really sold on the love story. If the hype is holding you back, I suggest reading it and seeing for yourself.
2. “These Broken Stars” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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I feel like 2015 was the year that caught me off guard because this is a book I would’ve never expected to end up on this list. I read this for my first Goodreads reading club pick. I decided to join in since the book was one I was familiar with and it was only 99 cents on e-book (at the time). I adored this romance and I loved that this story kept me on the edge of my seat. This was definitely an unexpected gem.
1. “Paper Towns” by John Green
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I’d wanted to read this book for so long, as in since 2008. I’m glad I finally got to read this one because it was everything that I hoped for and so much more. To everyone that put this book down because Margo is a “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”, you should really finish it because you missed the point. The mystery of this book kept me reading till the wee hours, but the heart and the message of this story are what made it memorable. I think we all get caught up in making people we admire or have a crush on into something more than what they really are or could ever be, and I think this story really illustrates why that can be an unfair thing to do to someone. I really think “Paper Towns” offers a story that is fun and powerful and impossible to forget.
This year I’m doing this section a bit differently. I couldn’t really come up with specific YouTubers that stood out for me, but there was a corner of YouTube that I felt was worth mentioning, and that is Booktube. Booktube is essentially the community of book vloggers on YouTube, and at the end of 2015 I was completely invested in it. It reinvigorated my love of YouTube and my love of books so I needed to give the community as a whole a shout out.
Here are some of my favorite Booktubers:
Jesse The Reader
Thoughts On Tomes