Mala’s Best of 2018 Pop Culture Round-Up

2018 has felt approximately 224 years long, so I honestly don’t remember a lot of the pop culture I consumed and/or enjoyed. It’s like a blur. And that’s funny, because I feel like I immersed myself in film, TV, and books even more deeply than I did in 2017. It’s probably the most productive thing I did—-if you don’t count moving to an entirely new city.

Favorite Books
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Favorite Movies
Black Panther
Creed 2
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
The Hate U Give
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
*Honorable mentions to Venom and The Meg, because they were so goddamn delightful.

Favorite Shows
Black Lightning (The CW)
Descendants of the Sun (Kdrama)
The Good Place (NBC)
Murphy Brown (CBS)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
Something in the Rain (Kdrama)
Siren (Freeform)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Favorite Lead Actress: Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians; Eileen Davidson, The Young and the Restless; Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder; Sarayu Blue, I Feel Bad.

Favorite Lead Actor: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther; Cress Williams, Black Lightning; Drake Hogestyn, Days of our Lives (Don’t even laugh! 2018 was Drake’s year!).

Favorite Supporting Actress: Camryn Grimes, The Young and the Restless; Letitia Wright, Black Panther.

Favorite Supporting Actor: Michael Mealor, The Young and the Restless; Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give.

Favorite Scene Stealer: Manny Jacinto as Jason on The Good Place; John Aniston as Victor on Days of Our Lives; Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time.

Favorite Ensemble: One Day at a Time, The Good Place, Black Lightning, Descendants of the Sun.

Favorite Canon ‘Ships: Eleanor and Chidi, The Good Place; Anissa and Grace, Black Lightning; Ben/Maddie/Ryn, Siren; Michael and Ash, Star Trek: Discovery.

Favorite Non-canon ‘Ships: The MCU’s Bucky and Shuri, Y&R’s Kyle and Mariah, Y&R’s Kyle and Mattie, Solo‘s Han and Lando.

Favorite Piece of Fan Fiction I Wrote This Year: The Shape of You (Kyle/Mattie) and Quality Reassurance (Bucky/Shuri).

Favorite Twitter Account: Chris Evans as Golden Retrievers, @retrievans.

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