Faaaaavorite Things! Part 2

December 24th, 2010 § 0 comments

I love buying presents! And I definitely know about buying on Christmas Eve as you elbow people out the way and are terrified that you won’t find what you need. Along with Amber’s suggestions, here are some of mine – for the serious, the funny and the young at heart.

MUSIC

The Roots How I Got Over

In addition to the two Amber listed, I’d recommend this. The Roots finally put out a new album and it is amazing. Dear God 2.0 is so deep and one of my favorites of the year.

The Roots and John Legend Wake Up!

Not to overdo it on The Roots, but this also an excellent album. It’s kinda just fun to get pumped up by reimagined songs about social awareness from the 60s and 70s. And most of these are not famous – they’re not the kind that everybody has heard even if they haven’t tried.
Somali-Canadian K’naan has picked up momentum after Coca-Cola used his “Wavin Flag” for the World Cup. But he had to rework it to be more cheerful and pleasant – Coke doesn’t want to talk about poverty :) (here’s the original). This album is great and I look forward to see where he goes from here. Check him out.

MOVIES

Beauty and the Beast
Re-released from the vault, people! Get on that. Cuz you know Disney is tight-fisted and makes the price shoot up by producing a limited number. If you know any Disney lovers, get this for them. They’ll thank you. (PS – It’s also on sale at Target!)

BOOKS

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It’s not a work of art. I don’t even think the writing is that amazing, but the story is good. It’s the kind of story that slowly draws you in until you can’t put it down….and you still have 150 pages to go. I recommend it for mystery/thriller lovers, if only to be able to say to the millions of other people reading it, “Oh yeah. I read that too.” People don’t wanna feel left out, ya know? 

Say You’re One of Them

A collection of beautiful stories set in different African countries. Told from different perspectives of age, gender, language, I couldn’t put this one down either. The writing is excellent and each story is different from the last. I’m not afraid to admit that I cried on one of them.

TELEVISION

Psych

I love this show. Seriously. Yes it’s quirky. Yes it’s ridiculous. But it’s so funny! Sean and Gus are some of the best characters. The first TV show I ever bought. Everyone I have shown this show to has become addicted.

Bones

You may see a trend here…I like mysteries. So if someone in your life is also addicted to crime shows (and ones better than current Law and Order), this is a good bet. Bones offers more than that though. It has created well-developed characters and even delves into philosophical discussions of faith and science, love and logic, etc. It may not foster as many deep conversations as Dexter (that show is deep), but it can get the gray cells working. 


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Ok, I’ll admit it here and now. And then I’ll never admit it again. I really liked this show. I never thought I would. I didn’t think I’d get into it, but by the second season (maybe the first) I was. I even have my favorite character (cuz I’m totally an earth bender). I have a feeling that there are more closet Airbender lovers like me out there and that some are secretly hoping someone will buy them the series.

HEALTH

French-Press Coffee Maker
Ok, this may not be healthy but whatever. Do you know a coffee-lover? Get them a French-press coffee maker. Trust me. Nothing beats the smoothness and full-bodied taste of coffee made in a French-press.

Good Luck!

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