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Favorite Things and Best of 2016

Stephanie Fisher

Posted by Stephanie Fisher on 12/27/16 7:30 PM


We asked you all to share your favorite things of 2016 with us—favorite book, Netflix series, podcast and more. The following are submissions from our readers, clients, team members and SpinRadio listeners. Thanks for sending us your recommendations and we wish you all a happy and successful new year in 2017! Climb mountains.

Best Book

Whether the book was published this year, or you just discovered it in 2016, your favorite reads span all the genres—science fiction, fantasy, thriller, autobiography, history, and even a couple of business/motivational recommendations.

The Unseen World, by Liz Moore

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling (quite a few votes for this one!)

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

1Q84, Haruki Murakami

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Irin Carmon & Shana Kniznik

Contagious Culture, Anese Cavanaugh

Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick

Going Home, A. American

Tribes, Seth Godin

Here is Your War: Ernie Pyle (First published in 1944, but found in an antique store and read in October. Great stories about G.I. Joes by Hoosier newspaper columnist. Must read for every generation.)

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

Drive :The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink (I wrote him a fan letter because his book was that good.)

Best Podcast

2016 was the year of the Podcast. We're constantly on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to and you guys didn't disappoint with your recommendations. Many thanks to all of you who voted for our radio show!

SpinRadio - Business & Sales

My Brother, My Brother and Me - Comedy

60 Minutes - News

Sword & Scale - True Crime

Here's The Thing, with Alec Baldwin - Interviews w/ Famous People

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Series about the Supreme Court

Your Kick Ass Life - Inspiration, Motivation

Lore - Paranormal, Myth & Mystery

My Favorite Murder - True Crime

Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast - Comedy

The Tony Robbins Podcast - Life and Business

Best Podcast in Baseball - St. Louis Cardinals

The Adam and Dr. Drew Show - Advice, Call-In Show

How I Built It - Business Insight, interviews with Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Best Documentary

Making a Murderer - True Crime (series)

Miss Sharon Jones - Biography, singer Sharon Jones

Back in Time - The making of Back the the Future

Planet Earth II - Nature (series)

Chef's Table - World-renowned chefs (series)

To Be Takei - Biography, actor George Takei

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - Stories from former members of the Church of Scientology (series)

Mars - Nat Geo Drama/Documentary. Envisions human potential in technology and exploration

The Science Channel - yes, the whole channel

The Seven Five - Meet the dirtiest cops in NYC history

Minimalism : A documentary about the important things - Life with less

Best Blog

Lots of great marketing and business blogs here, as well as a few lifestyle and educational picks. Discover a new blog to read on the regular with this list of reader favorites!

Abundance Insider - Business

The Middle Finger Project - Humorous online business advice

Girls Gone Child - Parenting, Family

Moz - SEO & Inbound Marketing

Lee Hamilton Commentaries (The Center on Congress at Indiana University) - Government, Politics

SpinWeb Blog - Digital Marketing, Sales, Business

Deadspin - Sports

Bulletproof - Health & Wellness

Best Board Game

Need a good board game to take to the next family gathering? You might want to choose one of these family friendly games. Pie Face seems to be the clear favorite party/family game of 2016—videos and photos of people getting a splat in the face, filling your social media feed. 

Cards Against Humanity - A party game for horrible people (not family friendly)

Skull King - Strategy game for the whole family

Anomia - Party game, family friendly

Pie Face - You get a whip-cream pie in the face, fun for all ages.

Hand and Foot - Card game

Set - Fast-paced visual perception game, family friendly

Qwirkle - A family friendly board game that will make you think!

Fluxx - Fast-paced family card game

Seven Wonders - Strategy board game

Phase 10 - A rummy-type card game with a few twists

Cranium Dark - Cranium for adults!

Euchre (My father taught me how to win a hand without trumps)

Best Netflix Binge

You deserve a break and a Netflix binge. Here are your favorite shows on Netflix from 2016. We had two clear winners in this category. Tied for first place, each earning 15% of the votes, are Gilmore Girls and Stranger Things

Gilmore Girls

Stranger Things

Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City

The Office

Madam Secretary


House of Cards


Boardwalk Empire

Orange Is The New Black

Haters Back Off!

Best Song/Album

It would be impossible to go through a best of 2016 list without mentioning Hamilton, and this list is no exception. A few SpinWebbers are big fans, if you hadn't heard, so the winner of this category was Hamilton-related.

The whole entire 'Hamilton' Soundtrack was all I listened to all year.

The entire Hamilton Mixtape!

Wow, Beck

Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars

Wait For It, from Hamilton Soundtrack

Never Gonna Give You Up - (very funny, whoever tried to Rick Roll us)

Formation, Beyoncé

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

I Took a Pill in Ibiza, Mike Pozner

Love Yourself, Justin Bieber

Stressed Out, 21 Pilots

Ride 'Em On Down, Rolling Stones

Closer, The Chainsmokers

Rogue Bee, All Human

What Do You Mean?, Justin Bieber (I really like the Biebs....I can't help it, the dude is talented) [editors note: no need to apologize for being a Belieber]

Best Marketing/Business Tip

Take risks...and start a Podcast!!

Spend time boosting on social media.

Remember it's a game, have fun.

Create a list of fake email address signifiers to clean lists

Identify your graymail contacts and exclude from your email sends!

Follow up on bad reviews on social media.

Ship it!

Use Facebook Live.

If you don't first have a great product or service, marketing is nothing but putting lipstick on a pig...

I forget the exact quote but it was on SpinRadio and it was basically "something is better than nothing."

Constant content.

Find your audience where they are at.

To everyone who participated in the survey, thank you! Thanks to Nikki, Abby, Meghan, Shannyn, Michelle, Scott, Ashley, Steph, Allison, Ryan, AJ, Jeff, Nathan, Josh, Bre, Madeline and all you Anonymous's!

Have a great year and learn something new in 2017!

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