Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top X lists of 2013

I like making lists.

Top 5 Favorite Books of 2013:

--Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
--Inferno by Dan Brown
--Wonder by RJ Palacio
--What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
--The Racketeer by John Grisham

Top 3 Least Favorite Books of 2013:

--Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
--Life of Pi by Yann Martel
--The Cuckoo's Calling by JK Rowling

Top 7 Favorite Songs of 2013:

--Feel This Moment
--Blurred Lines
--Counting Stars
--Heart Attack
--Can't Hold Us
--Just Give Me a Reason

Top 4 Least Favorite Songs of 2013:

--Love Somebody
--Gone Gone Gone
--Same Love

Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2013:

I had time to go to the movies 5 times in 2013??


  1. It goes without saying that you're entitled to your own opinions, but Same Love on a least favourite list? While it may not be to everyone's musical tastes, I think it's deserving of respect if only for the very positive message it sends about acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community. Why not pick one of the many misogynistic rap/hip hop songs instead?

    1. Then it can be on your top 10, all right? Not everyone has to have the same tastes as you.

    2. Not to mention, one of Fizzy's favorites is a song by Robin Thicke. Perhaps she's not picking her favs based on messages of equality?

    3. To be honest, I might stop reading this blog now that I know Fizzy is pro-"Blurred Lines," which I find catchy but heinous, and anti-"Same Love."

    4. I absolutely *hate* songs that have some sort of heavy-handed political/social message in them. Even if I agree with the message.

  2. Haha I didn't like Radioactive, but Demons I like.

  3. Agree with solitary diner above. I like this blog, but it's incredibly hard to not judge someone who makes a point of blurred lines being at the top of a list with same love at the bottom. And every song has a message- it makes no sense to condemn artists for using their voice/ power to spread a positive message.

    1. Is it worse to not like a song? Or to condemn someone just for not liking a song?

  4. Have to say I agree with what a few other posters have said. I think Blurred Lines is catchy (possibly because the bridge and melody are ripped off from Marvin Gaye) but the lyrics are just disgusting ("Hit me up when you're passing through, I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two." What?)

    Personally, some of my favourite songs are very political/social. Sure, songs about love and lost love and having fun are good too, but I appreciate it when a song makes you think. Same Love is not my favourite song either, but I think it says important things that need to be said.

    1. I don't generally look up the
      Lyrics of a song before deciding if I like it. If it's catchy and brightens my commute, that's enough.

    2. This partially explains why I dislike the song:

    3. I don't look up the lyrics either. But if you didn't know those were the lyrics, now you do. There are also some choice phrases about ass slapping and hair pulling.

    4. I know what you want me to say, but honestly, none of that really offends me. I had mostly male friends in college and jokes about dirty sex, penises, and asses just roll right off me (not literally).

    5. Whoa. Those lyrics make me want to barf. They make Timber seem pretty tame by comparison.

    6. An ass actually split in two would make me want to barf. Not so much sexual innuendos.

  5. I agree 'Blurred Lines' has a catchy tune. My issue isn't really with sexual innuendo or jokes about dirty sex, it's with the 'no means yes' implications of the whole song - 'I know you want it' etc, with the title referring to alleged 'blurred lines' between rape and consensual sex. Have a good listen to the lyrics and see what you think, but each to their own in terms of favourite songs ;-)

    1. Thicke is in his late thirties though, married with a child, so I don't think he's going around date-raping girls. Maybe the song has an important message about how, to a young single guy, sometimes it feels like a blurred line, and maybe that's something that's important for everyone, especially vulnerable women, to be aware of. It's a window into how men think. Maybe this is a more important social message than Same Love.

      It's also very catchy.