#AMonthofFaves 2019: My Top 5 Books, TV Shows, Movies, and Albums of 2019

All this month, I’m joining Tanya & Kimberly at Girlxoxo and Tamara at Traveling with T for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. They have a schedule of topics planned out for 14 days and while I don’t plan to have a post for each topic, I do plan on having a post for several of them. To see the entire list, visit #AMonthofFaves 2019 [Blog Event] Announcement. Today’s topic is the fifth for the month: On the Screen or in Your Ear – What did you watch this year that you absolutely loved and did you see any movies inspired by books you’ve read – what did you think? Or, what are some of your favorite podcasts, audiobooks or songs / albums that you listened to and have on repeat?

I already covered my top 5 books in a previous post for A Month of Faves on Popular Books Worth The Hype, but I thought I’d include them here since it made the graphic below symmetrical:

A few caveats and explanations:

  • On Sunday, I also made a list of My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s, with the four of the five albums from 2019 included in that list. The only one I didn’t, i,i by Bon Iver, is because I chose 22, A Million instead for the decade.
  • I discovered four of the five TV shows through Hulu and found The Brokenwood Mysteries through Hoopla at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • I have not seen Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, The Irishman or Marriage Story yet, but my wife and I both want to see all three in the near future. I have a feeling at least one, if not all three, will change this list or at least be added to the list of my top movies for this year.
  • Powder in Space is technically not an album but a DJ mixtape by the Japanese DJ Momoko Goto, who produces and performs under the name “Powder.”
  • I had all five of the albums on heavy rotation this year and I anticipate that I will have one released last month, MAGDALENE by FKA Twigs, on heavy rotation in the coming year.
  • Four of my top five albums are on the The 50 Best Albums of 2019 list from Pitchfork The Father of the Bride, No. 25; Homecoming, No, 14; i, i, No. 16; Norman F***ing Rockwell!, No. 1, and that last one rightly so at No. 1, in my and my wife’s opinion. I like several of the other albums on the list including especially the ones at No. 2, MAGDALENE; Big Thief’s U.F.O.F. at No. 3 and Angel Olsen’s All Mirrors at No. 4, but I really haven’t listened to them a lot…yet, but I anticipate I will.
  • For all you bookish folks, the one movie on my list you need to see is Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which is based on the book of the same name by Lee Israel, portrayed brilliantly here by Melissa McCarthy. I have not read the book, but loved the movie (obviously, to include it in my top 5).

What were your favorite books read, TV shows and movies and/or albums read this year even if they weren’t released this year?

22 thoughts on “#AMonthofFaves 2019: My Top 5 Books, TV Shows, Movies, and Albums of 2019

  1. I enjoyed reading your list! I am always looking for music suggestions; I listen to mainly folk music from the 70s and need to mix it up! I also listen to Lord Huron (love Lord Huron, I could listen to them all the time!), and then music my 4 year old picks which seems to be the OkeeDokee Brothers (who are not too bad) and country music. I will have to check out Bon Iver, I think it has been suggested to me somewhere before.

    Have a great week!

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    1. So after I left your post, I went to my Spotify to add Bon Iver and they had a “wrapped” thing going on that wrapped up my listening year. It was pretty cool, and pretty much as I expected! Although I apparently listened to The National Parks more than Lord Huron which I didn’t expect!

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    2. I don’t listen to much country music, usually more of the artists that are on the outskirts of country (well, sort of until it comes to the CMA awards) : Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, The Highwomen, Rhiannon Giddens.

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  2. I never remember to check Hoopla for viewing. I can barely get myself together to do a yearly wrap-up, so I doubt I’ll be doing a decade one. LOL

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  3. What do you look for in good music? How do you get recommendations? I feel like I’m completely out of the world of music. I know almost nothing about tv and movies either.

    I listen to playlists I’ve created on Amazon Prime a lot. I made most of these when I was a school librarian. I liked to take my classes to different places around the world, and I would read a picture book or two set in that location, and then share some typical music while they browsed for books.

    My favorite playlists have been jazzy. Right now I’m listening to Jazzy Christmas.

    I’ve seen one movie this year. It was a little disconcerting at first to see Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, but I gradually got used to it. My sister and her husband and my husband and I have formed a little movie club. We get together and share our favorite movies. Some of the movies we have seen together this year are Schindler’s List, Casablanca, African Queen, the Harry Potter movies, and Grand Canyon. I’ve just requested the 7 Up series (63 Up is coming to theaters now) so I hope to watch these before I have to return them.

    Others recommended tv I’ve loved: the Poldark series, the Corfu series, the Great British Baking Show series, and Comedians in Cars.

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    1. I get most of my recommendations via Pitchfork, an online music site, but it covers mostly…how shall I say it?…younger music. However, I sometimes use Allmusic, which covers more genres, including jazz that you mentioned. Speaking of the Harry Potter movies, we got a good deal on Amazon on all eight movies. So our movie watching is set for the holidays.

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        1. Allmusic, I think, is probably a better choice for you. I often look at their Editors Choices and best of year end lists. Unfortunately, I don’t look often enough for classical or jazz or world music. It’s almost an afterthought at the end of the year. I need to change that in the new year.

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  4. I wish I had been able to see Fighting With My Family in theaters. I sooo wanted to but just never had the time and then it was gone. Sigh.

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