The Great British Sewing Bee, this year was the third series to air (the fourth will be next year and I am already excited about it!). I love this series and I am always happy to have something I like be celebrated. They have a twitter account as well which you can follow @sewing bee. That picture of all the contestants on the third series always makes me happy.
This video always makes me happy from Joy Nash. I love the bit where she talks about wearing hot pants. I now want to wear hot pants all the time.
I found several Christmas songs that I like this year, I am going to share two. One is this cover by Emmy The Great Light Speed Champion of Christmas in Prison. You can find it here:
The other one that I found this year was A Christmas Duel sung by Cyndi Lauper and The Hives. This one I think makes me smile the most. And definitely not safe for work :)
I have listened to a lot of audio books this year and I am going to give a lot of love here. I started with Hold On by Kristen Ashley. Not for everyone but I really hooked onto Cheryl the heroine of this book. It's narrated by Erin Bennett. I will also shout out to a book published quite a while ago but I listened to this year. Be My Baby by Susan Andersen, narrated by Annie Green. One of my favourites that I listened to this year.
Following Bim Adewunmi on twitter @bimadew, I have only recently in the past couple of months started to follow her, and she's really great at the medium.
This post on buzzfeed about Hermoine as a black heroine. It's both informative and the art displayed is great: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannabennett/what-a-racebent-hermione-granger-really-represen-d2yp#.neAmWRMMj
Also this post from buzzfeed about periods it made me laugh so hard: http://www.buzzfeed.com/caseygueren/i-will-bleed-on-everything-you-love#.hwlnr6eej
This list from NPR about 100 romances: http://www.npr.org/2015/07/29/426731847/happy-ever-after-100-swoon-worthy-romances
This great list of female heroine stories from the Marysue. It made me want to snuffle all this books on this list: http://www.themarysue.com/strong-ya-characters/ I would also like to add myself Dinah from The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Anderson and Kitty from Goggle Eyes by Anne Fine were strong characters I really identified with and were strong in different ways to me and both female.
This website: http://mediadiversified.org/ I've only found this recently and it's really great.
Sens8, that was on Netlfix this year. I watched it for how much I love Sun. She's an amazing character that is worth watching for a lot of the mess that show is.
This amazing post about women in TV by Jennifer Crusie. I agree with this so much. It happens in so many movies as well. I have re-read this so many times. http://arghink.com/2015/11/theres-a-new-girl-in-town/
The amazing Lunar Cronicles series by Marissa Meyer. My favourite book has to be Cress, and with that cover who wouldn't fall in love with her? She's definitely my favourite character of the whole series as well. Thorne and Scarlett being a close seconds. The audio books are amazing too, a great series I only found this year and it's a complete series as well and for me it's an amazing take on fairy tales. And these girls have agency coming out of their ears. Oh and a special mention to Iko who made me laugh.
I saw for the first time this year A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A lot of it is sexist and gross. A lot of it is fun and I like this reprise of this song. I like this version as well:
This list of romances from the Bitch website made me happy, and want to read all of them, it was posted in 2014 but I read it this year: https://bitchmedia.org/post/three-authors-talk-about-their-favorite-romance-novels-featuring-people-of-color
The podcast Swoonstep. It's fucking amazing and I love it. You can find it here: http://swoonstep.tumblr.com/
This podcast Book Shambles is relatively new but I still love it. Co-hosted by one of my favourite comedians Josie Long, and they talk about books all the time be still my heart! You can find it here: http://cosmicgenome.com/shambles/
The movie Spy. On of the few films I saw in the cinema and totally worth it. And I love that poster, I am a huge fan of Melissa McCarthy, and I would also say that Alison Janney is amazing, she made me laugh so hard in her part.
The audio book of Deep by Kylie Scott narrated by Andi Arndt. The narrator for me makes this book so amazing. I've experienced narrators that find that series that makes it so good for me, Susannah Jones and the Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley has that same quality. This book made me cry and it made me laugh. The rest of the books in the series are really well done. I can't pick an out and out favourite but I think I like this heroine Lizzy the best. There is a lot of stuff going on but ultimately this is her story.
The song Modern Girl by Sleater-Kinney. It's something I've not been able to stop listening to you can find it here:
Last but not least I wrote a whole book!!!!!! I am still so happy with this, it still shocks me. I am in the middle of writing (well NaNo didn't quite work out how I wanted), another book. A heist book and I am now roughly just past 16,200 words. It's been a great ride and I am determined to keep writing books, it gives me such great pleasure. And I hope to finish this one.
Here is 2016! Hope that you find all the books you could ever want, well really that applies just as much to me as anyone :)