Year In Review: 2016


Total Books Read: 28 (weak sauce)

% Written by Women: 67% (nice)

% Written by POC: 10% (could be way better)

% Written by International Authors: 21% (also some room for improvement)

Favorite Book of the Year: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel



Total Number of Performances: 15

Favorite Live Lit Piece: It’s a toss-up between my thoughts on avocado toast or a brief overview of my family history.

Favorite XX, Will Travel Blog Post: Coming to America

Favorite BookRiot Post: How Age-Inappropriate Reading Was Appropriate for Me



Albums On Repeat:

Nothing’s Real by Shura


Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen




White Women by Chromeo


Kick by INXS


Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper


Favorite Live Show: LCD Soundsystem at Lollapalooza was worth wading through the masses of alcohol-poisoned teens.



Character I Will Channel as I Fight the Trumpocracy: Furiosa

Quote that Best Describes 2016: “Your 20s are all about like hope, and then your 30s are all about realizing how dumb it was to hope” from the movie Don’t Think Twice

Scene I Will One Day Reenact with a Boyfriend/Lover/Sad Sack Friend: 


TV Show that I Need People to Get On Board With: Lady Dynamite. I don’t understand why this is difficult.

TV Show that Feels Like Homework: Game of Thrones. Just create a collage of Tyrion’s best lines, please. It’s all I care about.



Total Number of Trips: 8

Favorite Destination: Detroit. (You can fight me on this.)

Travel Anecdote for the Ages: That one time I went to Costa Rica and a freaking hurricane chased me.

Favorite XX, Will Travel Episode: Travel Epiphanies with Jessica Kent



Celebrity Death that Finally Brought Me to Tears: Carrie Fischer, mostly because I can’t imagine what Gary, her French Bulldog, is going through.

Alter Ego that Has Come to Light: Turns out I still have my revolutionary political spirit intact. Bring it, Trump.