2020: End of Year Favs

Note: This is for things I read/watched this year and has nothing to do when they were actually released. I read so many short stories this year, which was lovely, but not as many full length novels, alas, so that list is a bit short. For the shows and films, I’ve starred the recs, but honestly the stars are more of a YAAAAAAS flail. My five star ones are those that had a ridiculously amazing romance (my jam!) or had me on the edge of my seat the entire time (also my jam!). And, as I’m sure there are some gems I’ve forgotten, this is likely not a complete list. See also my honourable mentions for all those ones that are wonderful but I haven’t reviewed yet. ♡

top television;

  1. Le Bazar de la Charité [2019] french, romance, costume drama | ‎★‎★‎★‎★‎★ | that romance those costumes just everything
  2. Zoo [2015] english, action, science fiction | ‎★‎★‎★‎★ | oh my gosh, animals and tension
  3. Zone Blanche [2017] french, noir, crime, fantasy | ‎★‎★‎★‎★½ | so spooky, so good
  4. Øyevitne [2014] norwegian, crime, lgbt+ | ★★★★★ | couldn’t relax, couldn’t look away
  5. Suspicious Partner [2017] korean, courtroom drama, romance | ★★★★½ | adorbs, fab, whoa
  6. When the Camellia Blooms [2019] korean, crime, mystery, romance | ★★★★ | awww romance and aaahhhh evil villain
  7. Crash Landing on You [2019] korean, drama, romance | ★★★★★ | THEIR LOVE LASTS FOREVAAAA
  8. Anne with an E [2017] english, costume drama | ★★★★★ | adorable frankly
  9. Peaky Blinders [2013] english, drama, crime | ★★★★½ | dude holy crap
  10. Made in Heaven [2019] hindi, drama, romance | ★★★★ | right in the feels
  11. The Exorcist [2016] english, drama, paranormal, horror | ★★★★½ | why is there not a season three, whyyyyy
  12. Godless [2017] english, western, drama, lgbt+ | ★★★★½ | perfection
  13. Schitt’s Creek [2015] english, sitcom, lgbt+ | ★★★★ | um, like, adorable
  14. The Last Kingdom [2015] english, costume drama, action | ★★★★½ | yaaaas, boy-o (I still need to write a review for this one, but it’s fantastic!)
  15. Cursed [2020] english, costume drama, fantasy | ★★★★ | when you’re feeling bad for e’erybody
  16. The Umbrella Academy [2019] english, superheroes, lgbt+ | ★★★★½ | can we get a little love up in here?
  17. Snowpiercer [2020] english, dystopian, thriller | ★★★★½ | whoa
  18. The Man in the High Castle [2015] english, dystopian, costume drama, alternate history | ★★★★ | what. the. fuck.
  19. The K2 [2016] korean, action, romance | ★★★★★ | I will never get over this couple. NEVER.
  20. Because This Is My First Life [2017] korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★ | d’aww, you guys
  21. Don’t Dare to Dream [2016] korean, contemporary, romance |  ★★★★★ | the storyline, the ending 
  22. Beautiful Gong Shim [2016] korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★ | I want to draw hearts around them
  23. Romance is a Bonus Book [2019] korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★★ | it’s like if snow and cotton candy made a show
  24. Where Your Eyes Linger [2020] korean, lgbt+, drama | ★★★★★ | BODYGUARD. ANGST. ENOUGH SAID.
  25. Manifest [2018] english, drama, mystery, fantasy | ★★★★★ | ThIS mYSTery IS isANE
  26. A Discovery of Witches [2018] english, fantasy, romance| ★★★★★ | Everything I ever wanted from a vampire and witch show.
  27. Daredevil [2015] english, superhero, courtroom drama | ★★★★★ | I AM BITTER THIS WAS CANCELLED.

top books;

  1. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry | lgbt+, historical fiction, audiobook
  2. Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski | lgbt+, romance, fiction, audiobook
  3. Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper | nonfiction, religion
  4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery | classics, fiction, audiobook
  5. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel | contemporary, feminism
  6. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin | short story, dystopian, classics
  7. The Last Romeo by Justin Myers | lgbt+, romance, contemporary, audiobook
  8. The Magnificent Sons by Justin Myers | lgbt+, contemporary, coming-of-age, audiobook
  9. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | memoir, nonfiction, autobiography
  10. Release by Patrick Ness | lgbt+, fantasy, contemporary
  11. Lie With Me by Philippe Besson | lgbt+, historical fiction

top films;

  1. Mortal Engines [2018] english, dystopian, steampunk
  2. Jonas [2018] french, lgbt+, drama
  3. Lady Bird [2017] english, indie, coming of age
  4. Mudbound [2017] english, costume drama, drama
  5. The Old Guard [2020] english, action, lgbt+
  6. Official Secrets [2019] english, docudrama, politics
  7. Venom [2018] english, superhero, action
  8. Knock Down the House [2019] english, documentary, politics
  9. The Great Hack [2019] english, documentary, politics
  10. #Alive [2020] korean, action, zombies
  11. Onward [2020] english, animated, fantasy
  12. The Trial of the Chicago 7 [2020] historical, drama, politics


  1. ‘Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed’ by Cassandra Khaw | read here.
  2. ‘things you don’t say to city witches’ by Cassandra Khaw | read here.
  3. Ali Trotta, ‘Athena Holds Up a Mirror to Strength’ | read here.
  4. ‘For Our Country’ by Shahein Farahani | review here | read here.

top short stories;

  1. Lines of Growth, Lines of Passage by Marissa Lingen | Available here.
  2. We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill 
  3. The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo
  4. Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams by Sunny Moraine
  5. A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow
  6. The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander
  7. The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging by Harry Turtledove
  8. Five Arrows by Heinz Insu Fenkl
  9. Ring the Bell by Josie Jaffrey

top comics;

  1. Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard, art by Tim Fish
  2. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

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