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. ♡
- Le Bazar de la Charité  french, romance, costume drama | ★★★★★ | that romance those costumes just everything
- Zoo  english, action, science fiction | ★★★★ | oh my gosh, animals and tension
- Zone Blanche  french, noir, crime, fantasy | ★★★★½ | so spooky, so good
- Øyevitne  norwegian, crime, lgbt+ | ★★★★★ | couldn’t relax, couldn’t look away
- Suspicious Partner  korean, courtroom drama, romance | ★★★★½ | adorbs, fab, whoa
- When the Camellia Blooms  korean, crime, mystery, romance | ★★★★ | awww romance and aaahhhh evil villain
- Crash Landing on You  korean, drama, romance | ★★★★★ | THEIR LOVE LASTS FOREVAAAA
- Anne with an E  english, costume drama | ★★★★★ | adorable frankly
- Peaky Blinders  english, drama, crime | ★★★★½ | dude holy crap
- Made in Heaven  hindi, drama, romance | ★★★★ | right in the feels
- The Exorcist  english, drama, paranormal, horror | ★★★★½ | why is there not a season three, whyyyyy
- Godless  english, western, drama, lgbt+ | ★★★★½ | perfection
- Schitt’s Creek  english, sitcom, lgbt+ | ★★★★ | um, like, adorable
- The Last Kingdom  english, costume drama, action | ★★★★½ | yaaaas, boy-o (I still need to write a review for this one, but it’s fantastic!)
- Cursed  english, costume drama, fantasy | ★★★★ | when you’re feeling bad for e’erybody
- The Umbrella Academy  english, superheroes, lgbt+ | ★★★★½ | can we get a little love up in here?
- Snowpiercer  english, dystopian, thriller | ★★★★½ | whoa
- The Man in the High Castle  english, dystopian, costume drama, alternate history | ★★★★ | what. the. fuck.
- The K2  korean, action, romance | ★★★★★ | I will never get over this couple. NEVER.
- Because This Is My First Life  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★ | d’aww, you guys
- Don’t Dare to Dream  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★★ | the storyline, the ending ♥♥
- Beautiful Gong Shim  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★ | I want to draw hearts around them
- Romance is a Bonus Book  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★★ | it’s like if snow and cotton candy made a show
- Where Your Eyes Linger  korean, lgbt+, drama | ★★★★★ | BODYGUARD. ANGST. ENOUGH SAID.
- Manifest  english, drama, mystery, fantasy | ★★★★★ | ThIS mYSTery IS isANE
- A Discovery of Witches  english, fantasy, romance| ★★★★★ | Everything I ever wanted from a vampire and witch show.
- Daredevil  english, superhero, courtroom drama | ★★★★★ | I AM BITTER THIS WAS CANCELLED.
- Days Without End by Sebastian Barry | lgbt+, historical fiction, audiobook
- Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski | lgbt+, romance, fiction, audiobook
- Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper | nonfiction, religion
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery | classics, fiction, audiobook
- What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel | contemporary, feminism
- The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin | short story, dystopian, classics
- The Last Romeo by Justin Myers | lgbt+, romance, contemporary, audiobook
- The Magnificent Sons by Justin Myers | lgbt+, contemporary, coming-of-age, audiobook
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | memoir, nonfiction, autobiography
- Release by Patrick Ness | lgbt+, fantasy, contemporary
- Lie With Me by Philippe Besson | lgbt+, historical fiction
- Mortal Engines  english, dystopian, steampunk
- Jonas  french, lgbt+, drama
- Lady Bird  english, indie, coming of age
- Mudbound  english, costume drama, drama
- The Old Guard  english, action, lgbt+
- Official Secrets  english, docudrama, politics
- Venom  english, superhero, action
- Knock Down the House  english, documentary, politics
- The Great Hack  english, documentary, politics
- #Alive  korean, action, zombies
- Onward  english, animated, fantasy
- The Trial of the Chicago 7  historical, drama, politics
- ‘Found Discarded: A Love Poem, Questionably Addressed’ by Cassandra Khaw | read here.
- ‘things you don’t say to city witches’ by Cassandra Khaw | read here.
- Ali Trotta, ‘Athena Holds Up a Mirror to Strength’ | read here.
- ‘For Our Country’ by Shahein Farahani | review here | read here.
top short stories;
- Lines of Growth, Lines of Passage by Marissa Lingen | Available here.
- We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill
- The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo
- Eyes I Dare Not Meet in Dreams by Sunny Moraine
- A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow
- The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander
- The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging by Harry Turtledove
- Five Arrows by Heinz Insu Fenkl
- Ring the Bell by Josie Jaffrey