While I have an all-time favorite list, some things just won’t make that list. I figured I’d share some of my favorite things from this year. If you’re subscribed to the newsletter, you may have gotten a sneak peek at what I’m consuming.
So let’s get to it!
Favorite Books of 2021
These are books I’ve rated as 5-out-of-5. You can view all the books I’ve read in 2021 via my bookshelf. Here is the list in no particular order:
- The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal—Science Fiction & Historical
- Sula by Toni Morrison—Race, Historical, Literary
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison—Race, Historical
- Found Friends and Questionable Newcomers by Eric Keegan—Lyric
- The 64-Bit Build by Eric Keegan-Lyric
- Mixtape VOL. 1 by Mark D. Askew—Lyric (A bit biased here as this is mine.)
- The Ultimate Guide To Book Marketing by Nicholas Erik—Marketing
- The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn, Marilyn Schwartz—Craft
- Waited by Mark D. Askew—Short Story, Literary (A bit biased here as this is mine.)
- The Democracy Project by David Graeber—Politics
- Deep Work by Cal Newport—Productivity Self-Help
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Favorite Movies of 2021
- Spiderman: No Way Home
- Justice League: Snyder Cut
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- The Green Knight
- Army of the Dead
- Last Night in Soho
Favorite Shows of 2021
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
- What If…
- Shadow and Bone
- Squid Game
Honorable Mentions (Shows I have not finished)
- The Witcher
- The Expanse
- The Wheel of Time
Favorite Podcasts of 2021
I love my podcasts; however, this year saw a sharp decline in consuming new podcasts. I hope that I can change this in 2022.
Honorable Mention: AniMonday—I discovered they were back with new episodes a little later in the year.
Favorite Music of 2021
Music is a difficult list to make because I mostly stick to older music or soundtracks and loft for background noise. However, I still wanted to include a mixture of music that captured me this year. Some are compilations, re-releases, and new releases for the year.
- My Analog Journal (YouTube, Twitch Streamer)
- 70s Japanese Jazz Mix (YouTube)
- Aaliyah (celebrating her music re-release)
- Bad Example – Takayan
- Worst (I Assume) – JoJo
- Industry Baby – Lil Has X & Jack Harlow
- Somewhat Loved – Jam & Lewis feat. Mariah Carey
- Fall in Love at Christmas – Mariah Carey feat. Khalid & Kirk Franklin
- Lost – Otis Kane
- Nobody – Nas ft. Ms. Lauryn Hill (she killed her verse)