TPL Staff Picks 2023 – Mariah!

Mariah’s Top 5 of 2023

Show: Shrinking

I loved this show! There is so much tenderness and vulnerability in all of the characters as they grapple with various forms of grief and loss but also love and joy. It also made me laugh until I cried (episode 6, I’m looking at you).

Show: Lessons in Chemistry

Confession: I have not read the extremely popular book (I know! Always read the book before the film! oops!) so I can’t speak to how well it was adapted, but this series was so good! The last scene was so beautiful it had me weeping on the couch.

Book: Stickler Loves the World

Stickler is my role model! Stickler loves sticks more than anything, except for maybe EVERYTHING ELSE. Stickler bounds through this book exclaiming over the wonders in the world, wonders that include clouds, moss, plants, birds, wind, rocks, maple syrup, friendship, etc. Adorable, and a reminder of just how amazing the world is.

Book: An Immense World

Have I told you an interesting fact lately? If I have, it’s probably because I learned it from this book! Here’s a couple: Dogs have infrared sensors in their noses. Many birds that look indistinguishable to our eyes actually have vastly different patterns that show up in ultraviolet light (or regular bird vision). Mantis Shrimp love to punch, and their punches reach speeds of 50 miles per hour. This book describes how the world as we know it is far from the world as most other species know it, and after reading about all that we CANNOT sense, you will never see the world the same again!

Music: Brothers Osborne (ALL of their cds, but particularly Skeletons)

I went from not knowing who these guys were, to blindly buying tickets to see them in Portland, to listening to their music nonstop until the concert so I could sing along to every one of their songs. My phone stats tell me that they are my most listened-to artist of the year, and they are fantastic!