Happy New Year! With 2020 upon us, we wanted to take a look back at 2019. In this very special episode, we’re looking back at some of our favorite books, TV shows, movies, and other things from 2019, and talking about what we’re looking forward to in 2020. We’d love to hear about your favs from the year and what you’re looking forward to in the upcoming year! Hit us up on twitter or Instagram!
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We’re going to link to all the things we talked about in the episode below (mostly books and TV shows), but a quick warning that there are spoilers for ACOMAF and Coco in this episode. We also mentioned a Crooked Kingdom episode that we planned to have out before now, but it will be headed your way soon!
- Follow JK, It’s Magic on Goodreads (and Jessie, too!) to keep up with our ever growing TBR
- Books J loved this year that were not for the podcast: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
- We’ve gotten photos for the cast of the Grishaverse series, and Ben Barnes playing the Darkling may be the reason J jumps to K’s Darkling ship
- The problem(s) with Cassandra Clare – this article really lays out a lot of the issues at play, so you can decide how you feel about it all for yourself
- Books we can’t wait to read in 2020: Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Queen of Nothing, Wayward Son, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and The Gilded Ones (we will be reading almost all of these in the coming season! Except for one – see issues with Rainbow Rowell here)
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and the tweet about the books she gives her kids (I had to scroll a lot to find this for ya’ll!)
- Robin DeAngelo’s White Fragility is a must read! We’re linking to the book, paper, video, and resources
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- Learn more about Macmillan’s embargo on ebooks and learn what you can do to help
- Take a look at the salary and diversity in the book publishing industry
- Favorite nonfiction books this year: Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha, anything by Adrienne Maree Brown, The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser, Am I Dying by Christopher Kelly, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, and We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehasi Coates
- Favorite shows: Great British Bake Off, Fleabag, Dear White People, Insecure, You’re the Worst, Peaky Blinders, The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Crown, Speechless, Killing Eve, Steven Universe, She-Ra and the Princess of Power, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Explained, Sex Education, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Favorite Movies: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Spider-Man Far From Home, Jojo Rabbit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows, Endgame, Downton Abbey
- Can’t wait to see movies: Us, Hustlers, Photograph, Frozen II
- That time Disney tried to trademark Dia de los Muertos
- You can get Disney Plus free for a year if you have Verizon and have an unlimited plan
- J is over the moon about the MCR return!
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