We’re halfway through 2011 (can I get a WHATTHEFRACK?!), and I’ve been thinking about what books, albums and things I’ve encountered so far that have proved EPIC.Â Mind you, some of these things weren’t necessarily produced in 2011, but they’ve played a big role in my year thus far.Â Thus, without further ado, I present:
RAUNCHY RYAN’S BEST OF 2011…SO FAR list.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, you’ve likely heard something off of Adele’s latest album. Her songs have been EVERYWHERE – from Glee, to American Idol and so on.Â Adele is a friggin powerhouse.Â Her voice is stunning, her songwriting skills are heartbreaking, and the music…soul.
If you haven’t already listened to this album, you’d best GET ON IT.Â It’s worth it.
When a profoundly well-written romance novel comes along, it’s important to stop and basque in its awesomeness.Â Dragon Bound moves at a quick pace, and knocks us flat with its sensual plot and intensely intriguing characters.Â It’s rocked the romance community with stellar reception.Â I had a hell of a fun time reading it, and I look forward to reading it again.Â And again.Â Aaannnnd probably again.
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I’m not a big Kanye West fan.Â He’s an egomaniac of epic proportion.Â However, I believe credit is due where credit belongs, and his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is, simply, amazing.
He spent a pretty penny on producing it, but it seems to have paid off.Â Each song offers something different, the bass skipping into your bones while his lyrics (at times downright comical) flutter aimlessly into your ears.Â I loved listening to it while at the gym, jabbering along to it in the car, and/or while cleaning.
My personal favorites are Power and Monster.
Game of Thrones on HBO has been a full-blown phenomenon with it’s short run of a first season.Â It premiered in April and is ending in June.Â Wha?Â Yeah, I KNOW.Â I can’t blame the producers, however, when the author of the books themselves takes his own grand time publishing (I’m looking at you, George R. R. Martin).Â Â Anyhow, Game of Thrones was epic – blood, sex, drama, intrigue…it had it all.Â Gloriously violent and passionate.Â I think Thrones is HBO’s next big hit.
A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan serious rocked my face off.Â I went into it knowing pretty much nothing about it, besides the fact the title is rocking some serious cheese factor.Â Little did I know this baby packed a wicked one-two punch of erotica, humor, and some seriously swoon worthy romance.Â I recommend this book to just about anyone that will listen.Â Simply wonderful.
I discovered this show on a whim via Netflix instant streaming.Â Ever worked in the food service industry?Â Ever been a struggling actor?Â This show is almost painfully awkward and hilarious.Â It ran for only two seasons on Starz before being canceled.Â It’s brilliance and tongue-in-cheek humor went seriously unappreciated.Â Adam Scott is effing adorable.
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness is probably one of the most poignant pieces of writing I’ll have read for 2011.Â The illustrations are beautiful, and the storyline involving a boy’s grief over his ailing mother is simply heart wrenching.Â It’s beautiful, a book that should be read by everyone at some point int heir lives.
American Pickers is a fantastically geeky show on The History Channel chronicling the shenanigans of Mike & Frank scouring the junk yards scattered about America’s heartland.Â Mr. RaunchyRyan put this show in our Netflix instant queue on a whim, and I’m so glad he did.Â It’s my fo’realz guilty pleasure.Â These two are so hardcore about what they do that you admire their extreme geekery.Â Their rapport with one another is extremely comical, and some of the things they find are just…wow.Â Episodes air on Mondays at 9, but you can currently catch them on Netflix as well.