Best of 2016

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I wasn’t planning on writing anything this year, but in the end decided to compile a quick list, just for myself, with no explanations. It was quite a nice year for me media-wise, with comic books, Hamilton and MCU dominating most of it. Also it’s so easy to forget by the end of the year all the things you loved at the beginning of it, jeez.

Books

10 // The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

9 // The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

8 // The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

// Fables (vol.1-4) by Bill Willingham

6 // Au bonheur des ogres by Daniel Pennac

5 // A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

4 // Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

3 // Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

2 // Preacher by Garth Ennis

1 // Hawkeye by Matt Fraction

Music

16 // Little Mix

15 // Gabrielle Aplin

14 // Lauren Aquilina

13 // One Direction

12 // BTS

11 // Hedley

10 // TWICE

9 // The 1975

8 // Florence + The Machine

7 // Sara Bareilles

6 // All Time Low

5 // Panic! at the Disco

4 // Halsey

3 // New Politics

2 // Daughter

1 // Hamilton

Movies / TV

1 // Marvel Cinematic Universe (all movies + Daredevil, Agent Carter s1)

2 // Moana

3 // Deadpool

4 // Pride and Prejudice (1995 mini-series)

5 // Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

6 // Star Trek Beyond

7 // Arrival

8 // Clueless

9 // Monty Python and the Holy Grail

10 // Teen Wolf (but it’s No. 1 in my heart forever and ever and ever okay)

2017 Resolutions

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After writing my bookish resolutions (sort of) yesterday I actually thought that that would be it, because in my head I have that list of all the things I kinda sorta want to do, but it’s all very abstract and tentative so why bother. But just now I’ve realized that maybe I should write that list down, so that in a year I’ll be able to look at it and be mad at myself. Also my memory is shite, so there’s that.

  1. One off-line day a month every month, and one off-line week in July or August, when I don’t have school. No internet whatsoever for a day/week with the exception of Spotify for music and Viber in case of emergencies.
  2. Write! Book! Reviews! I’m so bad at writing them, and there’s no way I’ll get better if I never start. At least in Russian.
  3. Update my bookstagram at least once a week. Even if it’s with a picture taken months ago, the updates should be constant.
  4. Same goes for this blog.
  5. Drink more water. Some days water is all I drink, and I drink plenty, but sometimes I fall into these Cola-slumps that last days if not weeks, and that’s not cool.
  6. Go to bed before midnight. Or at least 1am. Gotta start small.
  7. Quit dropping TV-shows. I don’t watch that many of them, and most of the ones I start are short, like Black Mirror, or only have one season out, and I really like them, so why do I drop them?
  8. Cut my spending and save money so that I always have some in case of emergencies.
  9. Study more. I know, I know, ugh, but I GOTTA.

Enough for now, I think.

2017 Reading Plans

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I have a list of 58 classics I want to read in 2017. I will probably add a few titles to that list over the course of the year, so basically it means an average of 5 classics per month. And while some of them are essays and plays, some are huge, like Vanity Fair and The Forsyte Saga. I’ll probably do a quick check mid-year to see how things go, because to be honest, I’m not feeling very optimistic at the moment.

Also I want to read as much feminist literature as I can get my hands on. Some of the titles are already on my list, but contemporary ones are not. There’s also the fact that many of them I simply can’t get here, because I live in the most useless country in the world, ugh.

Anyway, here’s the list:

1. J. Milton, Paradise Lost
2. C. Dickens, Great Expectations
3. W.M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair Continue reading