Welcome back to the real world. Sadly, now is time to put away the cookies, hot cocoa, mashed potatoes, Christmas ham, and wrapping paper. We must now go to back to our jobs, messy homes, and hope for a even better year to be on it's way. Fear not, though. Let's take a look back on what 2013 has brought us. Or me, I guess, specifically. (Sorry, I sound like a jerk)
I didn't end up reading too many books this year, mainly because the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) was such a slog to get through. While people who had HBO were freaking out over the Red Wedding, I was plodding through the boring adventures of Cersei Lannister and the Greyjoy Brothers, Theon's uncles. A task to be sure. So when I finally finished eight months later, 2013 was almost at an end. I did manage to read two memoirs, a decent murder mystery and a young adult novel. (because I'm a nerd, we've been over this)
|Recommended if you were born in the 80's and felt like an outsider. Not recommended if you don't listen to rap which I don't.|
|I though this would be more uplifting, instead she describes how much she missed sex with strangers while hiking alone.|
|This has a strong beginning, fast paced middle, and a meh ending. Just sayin'.|
|I like to pretend this book doesn't exist. It's the last book in the series and really doesn't live up to the rest.|
Yep, so boo hoo. Not the best year in books for me, but now that I got a little money for Christmas, I'm going hard for Justin Cronin's The Twelve, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, and Cupcake Brown's A Piece of Cake:A Memoir. Let me know if I should save my money or full steam ahead.
Onto the music front, I had more success. I know people do not buy full albums anymore, and female bloggers typically populate their "Best Of" lists with pop singles from Miley, Beyonce and Lady Gaga but I'm a little old skool, as we have established. I like to listen albums more than EPs or singles as I'm driving, cooking, writing, or hosting a party.
I'm bringing you national and local albums, by way of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I can heartily recommend. Let's dive in!
|Leagues - You Belong Here|
|Atoms for Peace - Amok|
|Local Natives - Hummingbird|
|Ishi - Digital Wounds|
|City and Colour - The Hurry and The Harm|
|Dark Rooms - Dark Rooms|
|The National - Trouble will Find Me|
Sometimes, I have trouble listening to too much of The National. It's almost like a dark beer you have sip, you can't drink too much of it in one go. Matt Berninger's gravel tinged voice can get a little melancholy after awhile but this album is one of their better efforts and should be played on the road, coming back from a particularly crazy music festival or wild night out. It's the music that cements memories.
As for tv, this is all you need to know about 2013. Warning -some spoilers, mmkay? Not of the last season but seasons 1-4.
So what about you guys? What books, music, or tv shows have you come across? Let me know.
Holla back my ninjas,