December 31st, 2020

Against the Wind (Pooh&Piglet) - artfull

2020 Yearly Favorites

So, it's the end of the year, and I decided to round up favorites from all of 2020. Most of us can agree it was a stressful and painful year. And while sometimes it feels like hobbies and “fun” activities don’t matter in the midst of anxiety and loss, they do.

Stories, especially, matter. Stories and art are nearly as important as necessities like food, water, and shelter. They nourish us emotionally and shelter us from the pain of reality. And for us creatives, artistic expression is often a need almost as desperate as breathing.

Here are my yearly favorites from 2020, sort of in order. These are simply stories and art that I loved this year. As usual, I’m not basing these rankings on objective quality, just enjoyment. (For anything I haven’t finished, I’m judging based on whatever I've gotten through so far.)

Books:
1. These Things I’ve Done (Rebecca Phillips)
2. Deity (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
3. Livingston Girls (Briana Morgan)
4. Graceling (Kristin Cashore)
5. The Nature of Jade (Deb Caletti)

Manga:
1. Sailor Moon
2. Fruits Basket
3. Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card
4. Say I Love You
5. Sweet Blue Flowers

Movies:
1. Spirited Away (Rewatch) (HBO Max)
2. Anastasia (Rewatch) (Disney+)
3. The Lion King (Rewatch) (Disney+)
4. Frozen II (Rewatch) (Disney+)
5. Moana (Rewatch) (Disney+)
6. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (Rewatch) (Disney+)
7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (1&2) (Netflix&Netflix)
8. Soul (2020) (Disney+)
9. Abominable (2019) (Hulu)
10. All the Bright Places (2020) (Netflix)
11. Passengers (2008)
12. Push (2009) (Hulu)

TV/Anime:
1. Avatar: the Last Airbender (Rewatch) (Netflix)
2. The O.C. (HBO Max)
3. Riverdale (Netflix)
4. Mystic Pop-Up Bar (Netflix)
5. One Week Friends
6. Ouran High School Host Club (Rewatch) (Netflix)
7. Gossip Girl (HBO Max)
8. Miraculous Ladybug (Netflix)
9. It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Netflix)
10. Toradora! (Netflix/Prime Video)

Video Games:
1. Spelunky 2
2. Final Fantasy VII Remake
3. Exit/Corners
4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
5. Pokemon Shield

Musical Artists:
1. Taylor Swift
2. Delerium
3. Ryan Farish
4. CHVRCHES
5. Britney Spears
6. Owl City
7. Mandy Moore
8. Anna Nalick
9. Coldplay
10. Ariana Grande

Albums:
1. Folklore (Taylor Swift)
2. 1989 (Taylor Swift)
3. Reputation (Taylor Swift)
4. Lover (Taylor Swift)
5. Mythologie (Delerium)
6. Music Box Opera (Delerium)
7. Every Open Eye (CHVRCHES)
8. Red (Taylor Swift)
9. Love is Dead (CHVRCHES)
10. Sweetener (Ariana Grande)

Songs:
1. Cardigan (Taylor Swift)
2. August (Taylor Swift)
3. Blue Fires (Delerium)
4. Breathin' (Ariana Grande)
5. The Move (Jenn Champion)
6. Echo (CLAVVS)
7. Dancing with Our Hands Tied (Taylor Swift)
8. Lock Down (Delerium)
9. My Tears Ricochet (Taylor Swift)
10. Aura (Anna Nalick)

Monthly Favorites Archive:
January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
September 2020
October 2020
November 2020
December 2020