19 Favourites of 2019

I love these posts. I love seeing people narrow down the best of the best and attempt to distil their favourite content from everything they’ve seen, read or played throughout the year. It’s fun to look back at, and it’s great if your looking for more recommended reads or games. It’s that sort of end-of-the-year staple content that I always look forward to. And I also enjoy taking the time to go through my own year of content consumption to see what I would consider a favourite.

But I’m also a lazy woman. I could have broken this up into a few posts – one focused on my favourite books, one about my favourite games, and another for any other random favourites I’d found throughout the year. But honestly, I didn’t consume as much as I have in previous years to make for very large lists, and I thought it sounded catchier if I wrapped up 2019 with 19 favourites. So I’ve lumped ’em all together.

Anyway, enough about my process. It’s been a weird and busy year, but there were still some gems that I want to talk about. Here are 19 of my favourites from 2019.

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Reaching Your Goals in 2020

Ah, that classic end-of-the-year tradition. One of my first posts on this blog was about goal-setting, and that was back in January of this year. Seems only fitting that I close out the year with another post about reaching your goals.

I’ve always been a little conflicted where the New Year is concerned. I like the atmosphere and the optimism around goal-setting, but I also think the hype and the expectation undercut the value behind it all.

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Let’s Talk About The Rise of Skywalker

If you want the short version: I enjoyed it, and I would watch it again. It was not a perfect Star Wars movie, it did not have the most satisfying ending, and it was not the best of the Star Wars movies. But it was an enjoyable ride. There were some fun moments and some touching moments, and lots of cool space stuff.

Now let’s get into the discussion. From this point, I’ll be heavily spoiling the plot and discussing what I thought of the final movie in the Skywalker Saga. If you don’t want to be spoiled, do not continue.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Geeks & Word Nerds

We have less than a week now until Christmas, and if you’re one of those last-minute mall shoppers, then I have a couple suggestions if there’s a geek or word nerd on your Christmas list this year.

All of these can be ordered with Amazon Prime or are readily available in a store, so you don’t have to worry about something being out of stock or any long delivery times. They’re also very affordable if you’re on a budget. Everything on here is under $50.

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Satisfying Conclusions & the Problem of Endings

I’ve seen a lot of endings this year. The end of Game of Thrones finally aired after 8 years. The first major arc of the MCU came to a close with Avengers Endgame and 22 movies over 11 years. And I finally got around to playing Kingdom Hearts 3, which wrapped up a series of 7 core games spanning 17 years. In less than a week the final entry in the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker, will hit theatres. As we wrap up a decade, many franchises I’ve been super invested in are wrapping up as well.

And that leads me to today’s discussion. Maybe because I’ve seen so many this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about endings, the weight we put on them and the culture we’ve built around them. We live in a content-rich society, and I think that has both its benefits and its drawbacks.

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