Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 favorites

It's that time of year again. Favorite things for 2014 . . .

Stuff I read

Favorite book of the year . . .  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 

General fiction . . . The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Unexpected pleasure . . . Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Historical fiction . . . All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Nonfiction  . . .  7 by Jen Hatmaker

Magazine . . . Garden & Gun


Music I listened to

Band . . .  (tie) Hurray for the Riff Raff and Shovels & Rope

Artist . . .  (tie) Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell

Album . . . Small Town Heroes by Hurray for the Riff Raff

Song . . .  (tie) "Swimmin' Time" by Shovels & Rope and "Dearly Departed" by Shakey Graves featuring Esmé Patterson

Artist Discovery . . .  Hurray for the Riff Raff

Local (North Carolina) music . . . The Hawthornes

Song rediscovery . . . Sloe Gin by Joe Bonamossa


Things I watched

TV show . . . Nashville (second year in a row)


New (to me) TV show . . . Orange is the New Black

Movie . . . The Hundred Foot Journey

Live theatrical performance . . . To Kill a Mockingbird (Theatre Charlotte)


Miscellaneous things I liked or enjoyed

Social Network . . . Twitter (third year in a row)

Vacation . . . (Coming soon! Hasn't happened yet.)

Weekend getaway . . . Winston-Salem (The Greylyn)

Food . . . Tacos al Pastor from La Unica

Restaurant . . . (tie) Kebab-Je and Baku

Dessert . . . ginger hazelnut ice cream (Baku)

Beverage . . . Oriental apple martini (Baku)