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top fives, 2015

I voted on two end-of-year lists that are online now: the Off the Page writers' favorites, and the 2015 Christ and Pop Culture 25, which is going online five at a time this week.

But here are my full lists of favorites from the year, top picks in bold. I called this post "top fives" because that's what Rob Gordon would do, but my "5" is loosely interpreted.

Top Albums
Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
Divers - Joanna Newsom
Every Open Eye - Chvrches
Vestiges and Claws - Jose Gonzales
Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
Waiting Songs - Rain for Roots 

Note: I got to go to four concerts this year. That seems to be a very high number for a mother.
-Sufjan Stevens
-Joanna Newsom
-Indigo Girls
-Denison Witmer

Top Fiction
the Neapolitan novels - Elena Ferrante
I Want to Show You More - Jamie Quatro
Re Jane - Patricia Park
The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
the Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer
Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel
No Graven Image - Elisabeth Elliot

Top Nonfiction
Love and Salt - Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
Short-term Mission: An Ethnography of Christian Travel and Experience - Bryan Howell
The Burning Word: A Christian Encounter with Jewish Midrash - Judith Kunst
Wearing God - Lauren Winner

Top Movies
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (read CT's review, and Vox's What Is A Mary Jane, and Does Star Wars: The Force Awakens Have One?)
Brooklyn
Inside Out
Selma
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Top TV
The Great British Bake Off
Gilmore Girls (which I re-watched while Jack was gone this summer)
Empire
The Good Wife
UnREAL (which I wrote about for Christ and Pop Culture)
Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt

Top Instagrams (viewers' choice, not mine, but pretty good! Easter, the opening of the Bridge cafe, Two Rivers park, Grandma's cape, trip to China, book contract, first day of 1st grade, Jack's marathon, and the chicks who shortly after that picture became lunch for a predator...)