Favorites of 2015

Here are a few of my favorite things I read/watched/listened to in 2015 (note that not all of these were actually published in 2015, just that this was the year I consumed them):

Books
Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, S.J. – One of my favorite religious authors sheds new light on the gospels. Never simplistic.
The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk – She is a scarily good at writing about women’s lives.
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges – My therapy for the year.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – Longform journalism at its best.
The Martian by Andy Weir – Wow, this melted my mind.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – Funny and inventive novel given to me by my sister.
M Train by Patti Smith – Love the coffee-drinking, traveling, writing life.
The Cloister Walk – Thought-provoking essays on religious life.

Podcasts
The Portfolio Life – Found this while doing some job searching. Great interviews on writing, entrepreneurship and doing more than one thing in your life’s work.
Latino USA – Never fail to learn something new from this excellent show. Issues important to Latinos are still underreported in mainstream media.
Code Newbie – Great podcast about learning to code.

E-mail newsletters
Here’s my new fascination: feminist e-mail newsletters.
Ann Friedman – Writes about gender/culture and finds interesting links. I’m sold.
Lenny – Feminist newsletter co-founded by Lena Dunham is bold and awesome.
The Skimm – Good way to start the day.
Vela magazine: Women We Read this Week – Love finding great articles written by women.

Apps
NYT Now – The only aggregator app I use on a regular basis. Doesn’t feel cluttered.
The Bible – I like the daily Bible studies.
NPR One – Love being able to listen to Morning Edition and ATC on my time.
Pocket – Fun bookmarking app.
Nuzzel – Has potential.

Movies
This was the worst year for moviewatching EVER for me given that I worked evenings and my husband and I can never agree on what movie to watch.
Four movies I did like:
Ricki and the Flash – Meryl Streep made this movie worth it. She can do anything.
After the Wedding – Totally absurd premise yet absolutely truthful emotional performances from the actors.

TV
For reasons mentioned above, also a very bad year for TV. Basically any reality show on my night off made the list. A few favorites:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Found plenty of fodder for outrage in the South.
Master of None – Very fresh.
60 Minutes – Still hard-hitting and relevant.
Dancing with the Stars – Year of Bindi.
American Ninja Warrior – I really don’t know how I got sucked into watching this show, but I grew to love it.