Obsessing Over: End-of-Year Edition
I'm a content junkie — I love books, podcasts, shows, documentaries, you name it. Here are just a few things that have recently moved me, consumed my thoughts, or kept me up at night. Enjoy!
GOODBYE VITAMIN, BY RACHEL KHONG
Why I’m obsessed: Rachel Khong is such a beautiful writer, and I found this book incredibly moving. Goodbye, Vitamin is about a daughter who struggles with familial relationships and must rediscover who she is without her fiancé — while coming to terms with her father’s illness. In fact, I liked Goodbye, Vitamin so much that it’s now on my list of all-time favorite reads.
Why I’m obsessed: Serial is the OG true crime podcast, and I was ecstatic when I learned the series was finally making its long-awaited return. From the first moment I heard that catchy theme song and Sarah Koenig’s soothing voice, I’ve been hooked. The third season has proven to be just as exceptional as the first season, with a focus on the day-to-day workings of the criminal justice system. It’s a must-listen.
BISHOP BRIGGS, CHURCH OF SCARS
Why I’m obsessed: I think “River” was the first song I heard from Bishop Briggs, and I immediately added it to the top of my playlist. I fell in love with her full album (Church of Scars) when it was released earlier this year, and am also obsessed with her catchy new single, “Baby.” Plus, I recently saw her live and her voice is ah-freaking-mazing.
Why I’m obsessed: Schitt’s Creek is a TV show (created by Eugene Levy and his son Dan) about a wealthy family who loses all of their money and must now live in a small town called — yep, you guessed it — Schitt’s Creek. The show is pure comedic genius, with clichéd characters whose extravagant lives have enabled them to forsake true emotions for flashiness and faux adoration. I am capital ‘O’ obsessed with all of the characters, each of whom are played to perfection.
THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE, BY BUSY PHILIPPS
Why I’m obsessed: I was a latecomer to Instagram, but when I did join Busy Philipps’ Instagram stories quickly became one of my favorite parts. I love how real and honest she is (she talks about everything from her anxiety to motherhood), and that she doesn’t try to pretend like her life is picture perfect. I think she is such an inspiring person, and I’m so excited to peek behind the curtain and get to know her in a way you can’t from 20-second video clips.
GLADIATOR: AARON HERNANDEZ & FOOTBALL INC.
Why I’m obsessed: I have a penchant for dark podcasts, and found myself fascinated with this six-part series about former pro footballer Aaron Hernandez. Created by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team (yup, the one from that movie) in partnership with Wondery (who produced another great podcast, Dr. Death), Gladiator looks at Hernandez’s complicated life and the impact of football on the 27-year-old. I’m not a huge sports fan, and you don’t need to be to enjoy this podcast — the Spotlight team focuses on humanizing Hernandez and trying to understand who he was.
THE HATE U GIVE, BY ANGIE THOMAS (THE BOOK)
Why I’m obsessed: The Hate U Give will draw you in and hold your attention long after you read the last sentence. If you’re not familiar with the story (which is now also a movie), it’s a gripping tale about a black teenage girl who witnesses a terrible event that forces her to grow up quickly and face the impact her race has on her life. The Hate U Give may make you uncomfortable, but it’s an important story — told from a voice we too often marginalize — and Angie Thomas does a fantastic job of building a complex yet relatable main character.
Why I’m obsessed: Elite is like a darker Spanish version of Gossip Girl. The Netflix show has just about everything you could ever want in a teen drama (if you’re into that sort of thing, which I am 100% here for). Rebellious teens, backstabbing, misfits, and murder — all portrayed by some very attractive actors whose characters can’t keep their hands off of each other. I’m obsessed with everything about this show, from the range of teenage experiences depicted to the depth of acting. The first season was just released in October, so it’ll take you no time at all to binge.