Top 13 of 2013

I got this idea from one of my favorite youtubers, who recently posted a “Top 13 youtubers of 2013,” which I thought was a great idea. But because this a blog, and not a youtube channel, I thought I wold cover a wider range of topics rather than just one category. So here it goes :)

13. Divergent: (book)  Now, I know the book was published before 2013, but being the last to do everything, I just read it. This was the first book we read in my book club, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve heard a few people say they had a hard time getting into it, and that it was really slow, but I personally thought it couldn’t have been better. It’s been a while since I was so sucked into a book, that I could put it down, and Divergent gave me that feeling. I got Insurgent and Allegiant for Christmas, so I can’t wait to fly through those as well.

12. The Mortal Instruments: City of bones (movie) I know I’m going to get some dirty looks for this one, but I saw the movie before reading the book. I know I should, and it’s on my list of books to read, but I just couldn’t wait to see the movie. And oh my gosh. I still can’t explain how much I loved it. I know it was very fast for a 2 hour movie, but I feel like it was necessary. I can’t imagine all of the things, they had to leave out from the book.

11. Kmoneykmoneykmoney: (youtube channel) I had to put at least one youtuber in this list, so I decided on this one. A girl named Kirsten (I really hope I spelled that right….) runs the channel and her videos are great. Most of them are beauty related like hauls, and product reviews (which is my youtube weakness) but she also posts a monthly book review and does a lot of question and answer videos. I guess the reason I like her videos more than others, is because I really relate to her. She’s talked before about how she’s really interested in Psychology, and I really find it interesting.

10. Ender’s Game: (both the movie and book) I read (listened to the audio-book) for Ender’s Game spring break last year on a road trip to California. First of all, the author is a genius. I know there are a lot of people who boycotted the movie because of his opinions on homosexuality. Personally, I disagree with him, but at the same time, what he wrote was amazing. The story Ender’s Game has nothing to do with his views, so I don’t see the point in boycotting it. The movie was amazing, and I honestly wanted to go see it again the next day. They did leave some great parts from the book, but I don’t think there was really anyway to fit it in, so I understand why they chose to.

9. Elementary: (TV show) Many people have called this just the ‘american version of Sherlock’ and honestly, I wouldn’t know… I’ve never watched Sherlock (though I really really want to…. I mean come on, Benedict Cumberbatch) But I’d say that Elementary is my favorite show at the moment. I’ve been telling myself for years that I don’t like cop shows and mysteries, then I realized, every one of the shows I watch is a crime show… Elementary is a modern day telling of Sherlock Holmes and his partner Joan Watson. That’s right, she’s a girl… I smell a romance brewing.

8. Midnight Memories: (Album) I have been obsessed with One Direction for about 2ish years now, so this was expected. Even if you don’t like any of their older music, I would bet that there is at least one song that you’d like. I personally love “Strong.” I don’t really think I should go on a rant, because if I start talking about them, I might not be able to stop.

7. Zoella: (Youtuber/Blogger) Like Kmoneykmoneykmoney, Zoella makes beauty videos on youtube, though hers also include tutorials. But I really look up to her because of her blog. Her blog is beauty based, and she posts about once every two weeks. I don’t necessarily like it because of the content, but I see her as an example of someone who made a website from nothing, and made it this far. She’s got thousands of people who listen to her. They listen and read what she has to say. She is heard.

6. Runaway Thoughts (Podcast/Youtube) Runaway Thoughts is a podcast done by Ray William Johnson and Anna Akana. I watch both of their channels on youtube, but I love the podcasts, because they really get you thinking. Every episode, they get about 4 or 5 questions from viewers about life, supernatural ideas, and just questions that make you question everything. They are really easy to listen to while doing something else like homework or cleaning, and I would defiantly recommend. 

5. Lizzza: (Vine) I’ve been hooked on vine since July, and they still don’t get old. I like Lizzza’s the best because they are very relatable. They are hilarious, and she can crack a smile on any face. I also like the fact that she doesn’t swear like a sailor. I understand a slip of tongue here and there is fine, but it’s a 7 second video. If you can’t contain yourself for seven seconds, you need to sit down and do some thinking.

4. Paul Kohler: (Author) You can tell by the last name that he is related to me; he’s actually my dad. But that’s not why he’s on this list, it’s because I can see the effort. He has written the first two parts of his book “Linear Shift.” The first part was published in September, and the second part earlier this week. I’ve seen his put his heart and soul into this novel, and it has been very inspiring to see my dad show you can actually do what you want with your life.

3. Spotify: (Computer program) I, like every teenager to walk this earth, spend way too much time listening to music. I literally walk in the door every afternoon and the first thing I do is turn on spotify. I’m sure I’ve talked about it before, but just to be safe I’ll explain it anyways. Spotify is a computer app or program that lets you listen to any song for free. You can make playlist, or have it pick songs for you. You can share playlists, look at what your friends are listening to, and make playlists together. It’s completely free other than the fact that you have to listen to a 30 second add every 20ish songs.

2. What does the fox say? (Viral video/ song) I know that almost everyone is fed up with this song, but there is still a special place in my heart for it. I remember watching it for the first time, cracking up, laughing harder then I’d laughed in a long time. I remember thinking right then that this was going to be my ‘lift me up’ video. I still song the song around my room almost everyday, and I actually got a “what does the fox say” hoodie for Christmas that I LOVE.

1. Let her Go – Passenger: (Song) Being the music freak I am, I had to chose one song, and it took me forever to narrow it down. But finally I made my decision. I’ve heard some people say that they love this song, but “hate the guy who sings it,” which makes me really sad. Sure his voice is different, but it’s unique. It adds more feeling to the song. It’s as if he is singing it, not the auto tune. I think the song is beautiful, and the lyrics are amazing. Personally my favorite song of the year.

So, 2013 is almost done. Your play 2014.

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