My Favorite Discoveries of the Year // Part 1 // 2020

Hello again, my dear readers. I hope that this week is a peaceful and joyful one for you. I know that for many people this year, this week and next week are going to be really hard, if this is you, please know that I am thinking of you. I am so blessed by and thankful for my family’s upcoming celebrations. It will not be all that different from other years for me, due to the fact some of my family members live next door, but I am wishing that I could see my cousins and aunts and uncles who live a couple hours away. That said, I am just overwhelmingly grateful for how blessed my family is.

Moving on, as I have been reading dozens of end of the year blog posts, I have been thinking about what I wanted to share as my end of the year post (or posts) and I landed on this, sharing some of my favorite discoveries of this year. Discoveries such as new music, books, authors, blogs and movies. I realized that fitting everything into one post would be rather ambitious, so I decided to break it into two parts. πŸ˜€

And without further rambling, lets jump in.


(Click on the album photo to find the music. )

When I first heard about this album I had mixed feelings, due to the fact I wasn’t much of a fan of Hawthorne’s the music.

As I actually listened to it, I found that I really connected with some of the songs, particularly “Know You” and “Broken Pieces”.

This album was a random discovery on Apple’s Christian Music page. I love the catchy and comfortable tone of the album, and all of their voices.

For a short period of time, I played this album over and over, and over and over.

Confession time, for a while I was rather proud of my disinterest in Billie Eilish. I guess I just didn’t quite get why everyone was so crazy about her. Fast forward to August, I heard her sing “My Future” for the DNC and was pleasantly surprised.

At this point, I have gotten over a minor obsession with her and now simply appreciate her music and pieces of her message.

Until recently, I have honestly been rather annoyed by Taylor Swift, I guess catchy, flashy pop can rub me wrong at times.

After watching The Long Pond Sessions I was like wow, this is really cool and interesting. Now a couple weeks later she is one of my top played artists of the year.

*Not all of these songs are ones that I would recommend.

I fell in love with Alec Benjamin’s sound in the spring. His songs are so interesting and simply different from most of the other things I listen to.

*Not all of these songs are ones I would recommend.

Alessia Cara was one of my summer obsessions. There is just something about her music that made me smile as I went on walks with Zip.


I loved this movie, absolutely loved it. The actresses (and actors) were incredible, particularly Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, I certainly never expected to love Amy like it did.

Sadly I have only seen it once, though I am hoping to re-watch it soon. Maybe next week….

My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 are easily two of my all-time favorite movies. Nothing compares to Aunt Voula and Maria Portokalos.

Mulan was honestly rather disappointing, but I cannot deny the beauty of the filmography and the fighting scenes. It was quite the experience and I can’t say I regret the money it cost to watch it early.

I love this show, it may be slightly cheesy at times and the guest actors are almost always terrible, but I love it.

We finished the show and started re-watching from the beginning this year. It is so fun to watch the characters grow,, change and stay the exact same throughout all thirteen seasons. I can’t wait for season fourteen. πŸ™‚

I really liked Maleficent and when I discovered there was going to be a sequel I was excited.

The sequel did not disappoint. It was unusual and strangely beautiful in the way only a fairy tale can be.

Hamilton, watching it was easily one of the highlights of my summer. It is simply incredible, the music and dancing, all of it.

What are some of your favorite movies/shows that you have seen this year? What are a couple of artists or albums you have had on repeat throughout the year? Have you seen or heard any of my favorites?

16 thoughts on “My Favorite Discoveries of the Year // Part 1 // 2020”

  1. Ahh yes Little Women, it was truly beautiful and such an experience to see one of my fav classics on the big screen… I’m so glad to hear that the fight scenes in Mulan were worth it, Mulan has definitely gotten so many mixed reviews so I’m in a dilemma whether or not to watch it! HAMILTON!! Great list and thanks for sharing, Esmeralda!


  2. I actually have the hugely unpopular opinion that I love the new Mulan movie even more than the old one πŸ˜… Sacrilegious, I know… But I love how it was a bit darker and included a lot more mythological elements than the original! Though I will always love Mulan anyway, no matter which version 😊
    And I also finally watched Hamilton this year and am now obsessed!


  3. Little Women!!! So good, am I right?!?! I really want to rewatch it soon, it’s perfect for the holidays!! And Hamilton’s amazingness is beyond all adjectives πŸ˜‚πŸ€© Great post, Esmeralda β€” looking forward to part 2!! ❀️


  4. i’ve been listening to hamilton on repeat for months. i just can’t get enough of the music. i also really loved watching little women – i was curled up in bed with my blankets drawn up and it was just perfection haha.


  5. Ooohh I loved reading this post, girlie!! And I found Koryn Hawthorne this year as well! She is really talented!! OH my goodness, Little Women and Hamilton are soo good. I also enjoyed the new Mulan!

    Awesome awesome year in review, friend!
    -kaelyn πŸ˜›


  6. Ah, great post! We recently watched Mulan and I thought it was pretty good! But I’m definitely not a Little Women fan . . . sorry. XD I do agree with you on Hamilton, though. So-o-o-o-o good. I’ve loved learning more about it and about Alexander Hamilton. (My mom even got me this Hamilton Education Program because I love it so much! XD)

    But enough obsessing. This was a great post and I loved seeing some of the things you’ve discovered/enjoyed this year!


      1. Lol! Thank you. XD I don’t like Anne of Green Gables, either . . . that one always seems to be grouped with Little Women.


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