2017 Retrospective

It’s the time to reflect on the year past and take a peak forward. I’ve seen numerous Best of 2017 lists, so I’m playing along. I realize, by the way, that some of my picks didn’t actually happen/release in 2017, but still they’re my favorites (not necessarily in any particular order).

My 5 favorite books of 2017

  • All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr
  • News of the World — Paulette Jiles
  • Falling Upward — Richard Rohr
  • Letterman, The Last Giant of Late Night — Jason Zinoman
  • A Gentleman in Moscow — Amor Towles

My 5 favorite movies I watched in 2017

  • Paterson
  • Hidden Figures
  • Brooklyn
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Moana (…only because I watched it with the Grand-Girls and I loved the way they always had to tell me what was going to happen before it happend and then afterward explain to me why it happened, and of course listening to them sing along with every song, at the top of their lungs, without shame or apology. Maybe that’s what happens when they watch movies about fierce young women.)

My 5 favorite TV shows of 2017

  • Big Bang Theory
  • The Blacklist
  • The Crown
  • Thunder Basketball
  • CBS Sunday Morning

My 5 favorite albums of 2017

  • I Long to See You — Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
  • The White Album — The Beatles
  • Fleet Foxes — Fleet Foxes
  • Paradise — The Wood Brothers
  • So Familiar — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

My 5 favorite songs of 2017

  • Joleen — Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton
  • Spanish Harlem — Rebecca Pidgeon, The Raven
  • Voyager-Live By Night — Eric Harland
  • America — First Aid Kit
  • Round Here — Counting Crows

My 5 things I wish could end along with 2017

  • Politician arrogance
  • Mosquitoes
  • Scorpions
  • TV ads for prescription drugs
  • Hate

My 5 things I hope to have more of in 2018

  • Family time
  • Travel
  • Pho
  • Hanging out with creative people
  • Peace