End of the Year Post · Non-Bookish

Our Non-Bookish Favorites of 2021

We’re pleased to welcome you to the second installment of our year-end series. This time, we brought you all the non-bookish things we consumed and loved during 2021. To avoid misunderstandings, unlike our “favorite covers” post, this one contains stuff that was released before 2021, as well as in 2021. We didn’t want to / couldn’t limit ourselves to only featuring things that were released this year. With that cleared up, I think it’s time to jump into the post!

Our Non Bookish Favorites of 2021

Films

Sabrina:

๐ŸŒฟ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: When watching, you can really tell a lot of thought and effort was put into this animated film. I liked it a lot and it ended up being my highest rated movie of the year.

๐ŸŒฟ Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour: I’m so glad Vera convinced me to watch this because it was such an enjoyable experience (so much so that I’ve revisited it a few times) and it increased my appreciation for the songs!

๐ŸŒฟ Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey: I watched this movie recently and though I can’t say I loved all the musical numbers, I did think it was a really fun story, both thematically (family of inventors!) and visually, with some interesting quirks.

๐ŸŒฟ The Great Race: I cannot, in good conscience, tell you that this movie is good – in fact, it is quite bad – but I loved it, and the hilarious experience of watching it with my family, all the same.

๐ŸŒฟ Finding ‘Ohana: This was another fun movie despite its flaws. I found the adventure quite charming overall and would certainly rewatch it someday.

๐ŸŒฟ Big Trouble in Little China: This is a ridiculous, magical movie that I inexplicably enjoyed. Once again, it’s not necessarily good, but it is unique and fun.

Vera:

๐ŸŒฟ Moxie: I was incredibly excited for this adaptation and it did not disappoint! With a few exception – the coffin date, anyone? – this was a stellar adaption, no question.

๐ŸŒฟ Luca: Luca made my heart melt – it’s such a sweet, heart-wrenching film all about love and on top of that it has some of the most adorable animations I’ve ever seen.

๐ŸŒฟ Silver Skates: I watched Silver Skates after a friend recommended it to me, and it was pretty brilliant. It had really good characterization and beautiful cinematography.

๐ŸŒฟ Fear Street Trilogy: This horror trilogy is so special to me because (1) I really came to care for the characters, (2) it got better and better with each addition. Such a fun viewing experience all through while also quite emotional at times.

๐ŸŒฟ Hush: Home-invasion films aren’t usually my cup of tea, but Hush is a fantastic, edge-of-your seat film that I’d gladly recommend to all thriller and horror fans.

๐ŸŒฟ Oculus: I watched Oculus twice this year and I enjoyed it immensely both times. It’s full of twists and surprises and it’s now one of my favorite horror films.

TV Shows

Sabrina:

๐ŸŒฟ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be over, and I may have only watched a few episodes this year, but it is easily my favourite of all the shows I’ve listed here. I’m going to (and already do) really miss these characters.

๐ŸŒฟ The Punisher is another that I finished watching this year and I’m sad that it’s over. I’m especially sad that it only got two relatively short seasons, but I guess I’m happy that it didn’t have the chance to go downhill and I can always rewatch it.

๐ŸŒฟ WandaVision came as a surprise to me, because I honestly thought the show was going to be boring and I’d never been that interested in the MCU’s Wanda or Vision. But I loved the series overall, especially the weirdness of it.

๐ŸŒฟ Loki also ended up being a series I enjoyed – though I had some issues with the pacing and I thought the last episode in a particular was boring, I loved the world-building and the characters enough to make up for it.

๐ŸŒฟ The Umbrella Academy might become one of my favourite shows. I love the first two seasons a whole lot, especially how bizarre they can be. I also like most of the characters! I’m nervously waiting for season three to see if it holds up!

๐ŸŒฟ Good Omens was a lot of fun to watch and I loved the two main characters so much. I’m also nervously waiting for the next season of this one!

๐ŸŒฟ Miracle Workers is strictly on this list for season one only, lol. I flew through that with my family and it gave us some good laughs.

๐ŸŒฟ Gilmore Girls is last on the list because I’m only 18% through the series – though I am really enjoying it so far! It definitely has its questionable and cringe-y moments, but it’s also heartwarming and funny.

Vera:

๐ŸŒฟ Midnight Mass: As per usual, Mike Flanagan did not disappoint with Midnight Mass. While the pacing could have been more even and tighter at parts, overall I loved this show.

๐ŸŒฟ Shadow and Bone: I’m not a massive fan of the book trilogy, but despite its flaws, the show turned out really-really well. Not only does it have fantastic acting and nice cinematography, but it also improved on some things from the book.

๐ŸŒฟ Good Omens: This was, of course, a rewatch, but I couldn’t not include it here as I rewatched it twice this year. Can’t wait for season 2!

๐ŸŒฟ Squid Game is exactly as good as everyone said it was! I tried watching it while working from home, but it was impossible as I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen.

Music

Sabrina:

๐ŸŒฟ A Day To Remember: You’re Welcome
Standout songs: Everything We Need, Permanent, Resentment, Re-Entry

๐ŸŒฟ Mรฅneskin: Teatro d’ira – Vol. I
Standout songs: ZITTI E BUONI, LIVIDI SUI GOMITI, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

๐ŸŒฟ Taylor Swift: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
Standout songs: That’s When, Tell Me Why, You Belong With Me

๐ŸŒฟ Halsey: If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
Standout songs: I am not a woman, I’m a god, Easier than Lying, The Lighthouse

๐ŸŒฟ Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)
Standout songs: Message In A Bottle, Treacherous, All Too Well (10 Minute Version)

๐ŸŒฟ Olivia Rodrigo: Sour
Standout songs: brutal, good 4 u, drivers license

๐ŸŒฟ Neck Deep: All Distortions Are Intentional
Standout songs: When You Know, Telling Stories, Pushing Daisies, Sick Joke

๐ŸŒฟ Mรฅneskin: Il ballo della vita
Standout songs: Morirรฒ da Re, Fear For Nobody, Niente da dire

๐ŸŒฟ All Time Low: Wake Up, Sunshine
Standout songs: Wake Up, Sunshine, Safe, Clumsy

Vera:

๐ŸŒฟ Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)
Standout songs: All Too Well (10 Minute Version), Red, Babe, Nothing New

๐ŸŒฟ Little Mix: Between Us
Standout songs: Trash, Cut You Off, No

๐ŸŒฟ Stela Cola: Woman of the Hour
Standout songs: Woman of the Hour, Love Like Mine, Kiss Or Kill

๐ŸŒฟ Halsey: If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
Standout songs: The Lighthouse, The Tradition, I am not a woman, I’m a god

๐ŸŒฟ Ava Max: Heaven & Hell
Standout songs: My Head & My Heart, Take You To Hell, Rumors, OMG What’s Happening

๐ŸŒฟ Olivia Rodrigo: Sour
Standout songs: good for you, brutal, drivers license; jealousy, jealousy

๐ŸŒฟ Griff: One Foot in Front of the Other
Standout songs: Remembering My Dreams, Black Hole, Shade of Yellow

๐ŸŒฟ Taylor Swift: Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
Standout songs: The Other Side Of The Door, Jump Then Fall, Forever And Always, The Way I Loved You

๐ŸŒฟ Raye: Euphoric Sad Songs
Standout songs: Walk On By, Change Your Mine, Love Me Again, Natalie Don’t

Podcasts

Vera:

๐ŸŒฟ Love and Luck is the most recent podcast I finished listening to and what I love about it is how comforting it is. It has an lgbtq+ cast of characters and it’s told entirely in voice mails.

๐ŸŒฟ The Deca Tapes is a mystery/thriller podcast with sci-fi elements and one that kept me on the edge of my seat all through. Really unique plot.

๐ŸŒฟ Stellar Firma is an improvised sci-fi comedy podcast and while it took me a bit of time to get used to it as it’s very different from scripted podcasts, it soon became one of my all time favorite podcasts.

๐ŸŒฟ Wolf 359 is a sci-fi podcast with many a plot twist and a fantastic cast of morally grey characters. Has a bit of a rough start but as soon as it properly gets going it’s incredible. Another favorite.

๐ŸŒฟ The Magnus Archives is a horror anthology podcast with an underlying story arc that, sadly, ended in 2021. It’s my all time favorite podcast, so of course I started my relisten of it as soon as it ended. (It’s just as good the second time around if you’re wondering.)

๐ŸŒฟ Old Gods of Appalachia is a lushly written historical horror podcast that always manages to transport me back in time.

Miscellaneous

Sabrina:

๐ŸŒฟ WHATSTHATBOOK Subreddit: I’m not a big user of reddit, but I absolutely love this subreddit where people go to find books when they’ve forgotten the title and author. It’s so much fun to try and guess which book people are thinking of, and it’s amazing when you actually help someone find the book they were looking for. I also enjoy the “suggest me a book” subreddit, where people look for specific recommendations.

๐ŸŒฟ Hyperspecific Youtube Playlists: This year, I started listening to these a lot when writing or reading – they’re usually classical music, but sometimes they’re edited contemporary songs. I love the intense titles like “this playlist will make you feel like a greek goddess in a ruin garden” (x) and “you’re studying in a haunted library with ghosts” (x).

Vera:

๐ŸŒฟ Chloe Ting: Truth to be told, I haven’t been consistently working out during 2021, my enthusiasm from the summer of 2020 is long gone, but whenever I work out, I still go back to Chloe Ting’s programs.

๐ŸŒฟ Fanfiction: Similarly to 2020 when I first started reading fics, fanfiction has been a near-constant companion of mine in 2021. It always cheers me up and is just a good way to de-stress.

Let’s chat!

What have been your non-bookish favorites during 2021? Do we have any in common?

23 thoughts on “Our Non-Bookish Favorites of 2021

  1. Ooh! Thank you for the subreddit- I doubt I can actually help anyone x) but you know- it is fun to wonder.
    I did quite like the fear street trilogy too- the second was probably my favorite, though the last one in the “old age” was pretty nice too. I truly didn’t saw that ending coming!

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  2. Sabrina: Gilmore Girls!! Iโ€™m so glad youโ€™re enjoying it. For sure it has its cringy moments, but itโ€™s still one of my favourite shows. ๐Ÿ’œ Have to check out those two playlists, I really enjoy them too.
    Vera: I also really enjoyed Shadow and Bone! Iโ€™ve yet to watch Luca, but it looks soo good. ๐Ÿฅบ
    Both of you: Taylor Swiftโ€™s two albums and Halseyโ€™s album are masterpieces. ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    Great post, I really enjoyed it!

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  3. Rep Stadium Tour is one of the best documentary I’ve watch- it transports me to the concert and made me appreciate the songs even more. I also love Fear Street and Miss Americana!

    I haven’t been reading/watching a lot this year but I’ve discovered so many new favorites in fanfictions โค

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  4. The only movies I’ve watched from your lists are spider-man into the spider-verse (one of the best ever movies) and the great race (it was quite funny to laugh at ๐Ÿ˜‚). I need to check out the rest, especially Fear Street… I need some good horrors in my life.
    I am so excited to watch WandaVision, Shadow & Bone and Squid Games (2021 was not my year for keeping up with TV) so glad to see them on your faves!!
    I NEED TO LISTEN TO HALSEY’S ALBUM!! I love the title already ๐Ÿ˜ so happy to see ava max, stela cole, olivia rodrigo on your lists too. Love their songs ๐Ÿ˜ yay little mix… I love trash so much (weird sentence to say ๐Ÿ˜…)
    Vera you get though so many podcasts in a year. Although I discovered you can download episodes on spotify now.. Game changer. Stellar Firma sounds really interesting… I love the mix of comedy in different genres. Honestly I will have to check them all out.
    I loved this list โค๏ธ I went to see Hamilton in theatre this year so that is probably my non-bookish fave, an amazing experience ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. I hope you’ll love Fear Street! Let me know what you think about it if / when you watch it. ๐Ÿ˜ I love Halsey’s album!! Hope you will too! Ahh, so glad you love Stela Cole – so few people know her but I adore her music. ๐Ÿ˜ Trash is SO GOOD (yep, weird sentence.)
      I hope you’ll enjoy the podcasts if you get to them! Stellar Firma was weird at first, because of the genre, but I got super-into it and emotionally invested too.
      I could only see the recorded version of Hamilton, but I adore that, so I can imagine what a fantastic experience it must have been to see Hamilton live! ๐Ÿ˜

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  5. I LOVE seeing what non-bookish things you liked! ๐Ÿ’• I also adore Good Omens (S2 is coming!!!), The Umbrella Academy and Shadow and Bone! I haven’t seen Loki yet as I don’t have Disney+ but as I love him so much, I need to watch it sometime! I’m very behind on music, so I appreciated seeing what you both liked ๐Ÿฅฐ
    Obviously, The Magnus Archives is also going to be on my non-bookish favorites list โค Love & Luck, Stellar Firma and Wolf 359 are all on my to-listen list ๐Ÿ˜Š (Also fanfiction save the year for me as well!)

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  6. Oh wow, I love so many of the non-bookish things you’ve mentioned. I can definitely see a lot of movies and shows I’ve enjoyed as well (be it Finding Ohana, Moxie, The Umbrella Academy, Shadow and Bone, WandaVision, Loki, Midnight Mass … it’s genuinely too much to list all haha). I think it’s lovely that you chose to highlight some of the things you liked over the year.
    I tried Chloe Ting last summer and it was INTENSE, but I hurt myself because I did some things wrong and had to stop haha maybe I shouldn’t have done the super difficult workout challenges without proper building up to it first.
    I’m also very curious to check out the subreddit!

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      1. It was over-strained wrists and I had knee issues even before that, which didn’t exactly get better. Everything’s alright now, but challenges are definitely too much for my body. I’m admittedly not the most fit person haha

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  7. The only one I’ve watched from this list is Finding Ohana, but i didn’t end up liking it as much. it was enjoyable, but i hated the MC ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ But i’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it!! I really want to watch so many of these though (ESPECIALLY GILMORE GIRLS!!! and unbrella academy too!) This post was amazing, I LOVED READING IT SO, SO MUCH!!

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