I keep track of all my reading on Goodreads, but still love to put together my end of the year book list.
As always, the best are on bold. And my favorites are starred!
- Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
- Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings
- Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
- Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings
- Enchanters’ End Game by David Eddings
- Never by Ken Follett
- Flying, Falling, Catching by Henri J.M. Nouwen, Carolyn Whitney-Brown
- The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle by Kent Alexander
- Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama by Bob Odenkirk
- The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- The Whistler by John Grisham
- London by Edward Rutherfurd
- Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
- The Judge’s List by John Grisham
- *Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel*
- Guardians of the West by David Eddings
- *Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces by Elamin Abdelmahmoud*
- The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
- Upgrade by Blake Crouch
- Beartown by Frederk Backman
- Us Against You by Frederik Backman
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- King of the Murgos by David Eddings
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
- Sorceress of Darshiva by David Eddings
- Do I Stay Christian by Bruan McLaren
- Seeress of Kell by David Eddings
- The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
- *The Winners by Fredrik Backman*
- The Stand by Stephen King
- Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
- Sandy Hook by Elizabeth Williamson
- *The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland*
I’ve kept a list of all the shows I’ve watched in 2022, both new and old.
It’s embarassingly long. But there’s a whole lot of good TV out there these days and TV seasons are short, so here’s some of the good stuff I really enjoyed.
- Euphoria S2
- Righteous Gemstones S3
- Somebody, Somewhere
- Our Flag Means Death
- Peaky Blinders S6
- Starstruck S2
- The Dropout
- Tokyo Vice
- Outer Range
- Ozark S4
- Dark Winds
- We Own This City
- Under the Banner of Heaven
- Hacks S2
- The Staircase
- Barry S3
- The Boys S3
- Stranger Things S4
- The Old Man
- Irma Vep
- Black Bird
- The Bear
- Better Call Saul S6
- The Rehearsal
- Dark Winds
- Rings of Power
- House of the Dragon
- Welcome to Wrexham
- Reservation Dogs S2
- Atlanta S3, S4
- White Lotus S2
Honorable mention: I began the year watching some late 2021 releases in Yellowjackets and Station Eleven and those were both two of the best.
2022 was the year in which I pivoted mostly to Spotify for my musical needs.
This came after I somehow managed to delete my digital music files that had been collected over a number of years.
Spotify allows me to subscribe to my favourite musical artists from today and from days of yore (you know, like the 90s). And it notifies me when they release new albums and singles!
Why I am explaining how Spotify works?
Anyways, here are my favourite albums released this year.
- Arkells – Blink Twice
- Ben Harper – Bloodline Maintenance
- Caedmon’s Call (debut album re-recording)
- Dashboard Confessional – All The Truth That I Can Tell
- Death Cab For Cutie – Asphalt Meadows
- Eddie Vedder – Earthling
- Elevation Worship – LION
- The Goo Goo Dolls – Choas in Bloom
- Gungor – Love Song to Life
- The Head and the Heart – Every Shade of Blue
- Hillsong UNITED – Are We There Yet?
- Jack Johnson – Meet The Moonlight
- Judah and the Lion – Revival
- The Lone Bellow – Love Songs for Losers
- The Lumineers – BRIGHTSIDE
- Marcus Mumford – (self-titled)
- Passion – Burn Bright
- Pedro the Lion – Havasu
- Sloan – Steady
- Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever
- Third Eye Blind – Unplugged
- TobyMac – Life After Death
To whom it may concern,
My name is Ian McLaren. I’m a lifelong Boston Bruins fan living in Ontario.
A passion for the Spoked B was passed down to me from my grandmother and my father, who’d gather together on Saturday evenings to watch Bobby Orr play on Hockey Night in Canada.
This team has been a constant presence in my life since the Cam Neely and Ray Bourque days. They were my hockey heroes, and this team has been my first sports love for the past 35 years.
It became a source of pride for me to root for a team that supposedly had been built on something different.
From the retirement of Willie O’Ree’s number to Zdeno Chara instituting his policies on how first year players are treated to Chara and Patrice Bergeron speaking out in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, these were all steps in the right direction. It gave us hope that hockey might actually be for everyone.
That all went up in smoke yesterday, though.
At around age 14, I was bullied for being small and wearing dorky glasses and not wearing cool clothes or shoes. I still think about those guys with resentment. What Mitchell Miller did to Isaiah Meyer-Crothers is so far beyond that.
A hate crime is a prejudice-motivated crime that occurs when a perpetrator targets a victim because of their membership (or perceived membership) of a certain social group or racial demographic.
This is what Miller is guilty of, and repeatedly.
By Sweeney’s own admission, Bruins players were consulted and they asked “why do this?” That should have been enough right there to quash this.
Sweeney even said “I can’t categorically tell you this was the right decision.” He also added he’s not sure he’d be able to forgive Miller if this happened to his own kid.
This signing was such an obvious pass and flies in the face of whatever the Bruins are trying to sell about their culture. Isaiah and his family deserve better than this. Not even afforded a phone call by the Bruins to get their perspective. Hockey is so far from being for everyone and I hate that my favorite team widened that gap today.
I host a daily Bruins podcast and just yesterday I talked about how I can’t remember ever having more fun being a Bruins fan. That went down the toilet so quickly.
Disappointment doesn’t even come close to expressing how I feel right now, and I feel sick that management and ownership have put the players and fans in this spot.
What can you say to fans who relate to Isaiah in light of hockey supposedly being for everyone? Second chances are cool and pobody’s nerfect but this was a case of racism and ableism, full stop.
Nobody’s interested in a Mitchell Miller redemption arc in black and gold. He’s not the victim here, and by giving him this second chance, you’re alienating a large part of the fanbase that was duped into believing the Bruins’ culture was different.
However many points Miller may record for the organization, it will never be worth it.
Um, hi. I ate a lot of mini wheats this morning and now my stomach hurts so can you book me a doctor’s appointment to see if I have an allergy. Thank you.
I’m going to make use of this space more in the future.
To begin my blogging comeback, please enjoy this hilarious and sweet voicemail I received from our oldest son, calling from the office at school.
It’s the thank you at the end that makes it great for me.
- The Reckoning by John Grisham
- The Guardians by John Grisham
- Regeneration by Pat Barker
- Willie by Willie O’Ree
- The Collectors by David Baldacci
- Norco ’80 by Peter Houlahan
- The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
- Stone Cold by David Baldacci
- The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
- Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
- Divine Justice by David Baldacci
- Hell’s Corner by Bernard Cornwell
- Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
- A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
- Faith After Doubt by Brian McLaren
- First Person Sungular by Haruki Murakami
- The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
- Killing Commendatorre by Haruki Murakami
- Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
- Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose
- Freeing Jesus by Diana Butler Bass
- New York by Edward Rutherfurd
- China by Edward Rutherfurd
- Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell
- Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
- Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
- Where the Light Fell by Philip Yancey
- Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- The Every by Dave Eggers
- Hail Mary by Andy Weir
- Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
- The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
- No Cure For Being Human by Kate Bowler
- Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
2021 has been another crazy year and once again, one thing that’s kept me going is good new music.
Here are my favourite albums from 2020 in no particular order.
- A Beginner’s Mind – Sufjan Steven and Angelo De Augustine
- Julien Baker – Little Oblivions
- I Don’t Live Here Anymore – The War on Drugs
- Long Lost – Lord Huron
- Pressure Machine – The Killers
- Sob Rock – John Mayer
- Simon and the Island (self-titled)
- Van Weezer – Weezer
- Blink Once – Arkells
- Into the Mystery – NEEDTOBREATHE
- interrobang – Switchfoot
- Music of the Spheres – Coldplay
- Medicine at Midnight – Foo Fighters
- Departures – Jon Foreman
- Old Church Basement – Elevation Worship