I stole this idea from Cait Flanders post also called My Favourite Things in 2016. Previously, I would have disguised this post as something else, but I got Austin Kleon’s book “Steal Like An Artist” for Christmas and couldn’t resist.
I stayed in Canberra by myself at Hotel Hotel to see Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. The hotel was such a creative space, and having spent the day at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, I was very much in the mood for some creative thinking. The Minimalism Documentary was beautiful, so well put together with fascinating interviews that exposed myself to new thinkers. Having been on the minimalism bandwagon for a few years now, this was exactly the kind of documentary I would feel comfortable showing friends and family who have asked about minimalism.
This year I was a bit disappointed about a career move I made, so I contacted Ryan Nicodemus from The Minimalists for some mentoring. I was able to talk through some ideas I had and he provided me some tips and a fresh perspective on issues I had.
I had my first float at Cocoon Floatation and I was hooked. If you have a place near you, treat yourself to this experience.
By far my favourite book this year was Artist In Residence by Simon Bill. I picked it up very appropriately during my visit to Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery. It is funny, factual, embarrassing and emotional, basically everything I want in a book, plus it contains insights from the art world.
I read all of Gillian Flynn’s books this year and wow! I am so in. Anything this girl is going to write, I am going to read. You’ve all seen Gone Girl, so go read the nice lady’s books. Its only fair.
I picked up The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe in the ya fiction section of my library. It stayed lost in the bottom of a bag for about 2 months until I rediscovered it again (sorry library). After finishing it, I didn’t know what to think, but I found out there was more books in the series. I devoured the remaining books quickly and felt that lost feeling once they were all finished. I loved them. I don’t know why I had trouble with the first book but the rest were great.
After Christmas it was so hot at my house, I spent most of my time in cooler parts of the house. I bought The Passenger by Lisa Lutz and smashed through it in about 24 hours. It was thrilling, fast paced and captivated your attention until the last word.
I watched the first season of The Returned (US version) on Netflix in 2 days and was hooked. Unfortunately, one season is all they are going to make by the sounds of it. It seems to happen with lots of shows I love. I guess viewers want to watch reality trash tv over a good story line. My friend has a copy of the french version and I purchased the book so at least I can get some insight on what happens!
Again I am forever addicted to Criminal podcast. Phoebe Judge has the most soothing voice and the content is original and interesting. I long for the next episode as soon as I am finished one. This year they released a few episodes that continued into the next episode which was fantastic.
I watched the final Hunger Games movie and it did not disappoint.
I have to say, Evernote has kept me so organised this year. I signed up for a free trial and used it so much I instantly upgraded. Maybe you wont upgrade, you can still use it for free. I have the premium plan because when I went to sign up, the premium plan was the same price as the plus plan.