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Top 10 Staff Media Favorites of 2019

Jan 13, 2020 08:43PM ● By Fredericksburg Parent Staff

The FredParent team has our Staff Media Favorites of 2019 for books, shows, movies and podcasts. What were YOUR media favorites? Any of them on the list? Get social and share yours with us -- we’d love to hear from you!


Leigh Anne Van Doren – Owner and Publisher Chris Jones – Editor Megan Walsh – Media and Advertising Director Karen Charney – Webmaster Tiffany Capehart – Special edition E-Letters Debra Caffrey – Practical Pantry blog/ Infant and Education E-Letters Dianna Flett – Coffee and a Slice of Life blog Lovedy Carroll – Social Media Manager



  1. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner – Tiffany
  2. The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah – Tiffany
  3. Queenie by Candice Carty – Tiffany
  4. The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner – Debra
  5. A Dream Called Home: A Memoir by Reyna Grande – Debra
  6. The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos – Debra
  7. Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene – Debra
  8. The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes – Lovedy
  9. “ I read a lot with my girls, so recently we have really liked Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford as well as The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.” – Megan
  10. “Anything by Janet Evanovich or Lee Goldberg.” – Karen, Leigh Anne

Shows - TV/Netflix/Amazon/YouTube/Disney+/IGTV

  1. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Netflix) – Tiffany, Dianna and Lovedy
  2. Ozark (Netflix) – Tiffany, Dianna and Leigh Anne
  3. Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix) – Tiffany
  4.  “My children and I love Just Add Magic (Netflix).” – Megan
  5. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) – Tiffany and Dianna
  6. Game of Thrones (HBO) – Megan and Dianna
  7. Sharp Objects (HBO) – Megan
  8. The Mandalorian, with baby Yoda (Disney+) – Leigh Anne, Karen
  9. Matt D’Avella (YouTube). “Matt takes you down the rabbit hole of minimalism, creativity, and life hacking in an effort to find success, balance, and beauty in life. My favorite videos are his lifestyle experiments where he tests the power of something and reports on the results (e.g., did it make his life better, more productive, happier, simpler).” –  Chris
  10. “I LOVE watching travel vloggers on YouTube to plan my next adventure.” – Megan


  1. Dolly Parton’s America. “Just ask yourself, what would Dolly do? And all will be well.” – Leigh Anne, Karen
  2. My Favorite Murder, A comedy podcast about true crime featuring Karen Kilgaroff  and Georgia Hardstark. “Funny stuff about how to survive as a woman in this crazy dangerous world filled with violence. Stay sexy and don’t get murdered! My favorite are the minisodes featuring hometown murders from listeners writing in about their near brushes with danger and crime.” – Leigh Anne
  3. Power Up. “Okay this one is one I'm doing with Dee from B101.5 and it starts taping this month.” – Dianna
  4. Armchair Expert, host Dax Shepherd.One of my favorites!” – Karen
  5. American Innovations, host Steven Johnson  – Karen
  6. Ask Me Another, Host Ophira Eisenberg and musician Jonathan Coulton – Karen
  7. Family Secrets, host Dani Shapiro – Tiffany
  8. The Be Heard Podcast, The Entrepreneur’s Journey to Finding your Voice  – Tiffany
  9. Stuff Mom Never Told You, Hosts Molly Edmonds and Cristen Conger. “I have seen this podcast pop up on recommendation lists again and again. It doesn’t disappoint.” – Lovedy
  10. StoryCorps: Recording the Lives and Stories Of Everyday Americans – Lovedy


  1. Dora the Explorer, The Lost City of Gold “My entire family also loved the Dora movie. It was a great throwback to their favorite cartoon.” – Megan. “This movie was one our family favs (and we went to see it on a school night - ssshhh)!” Lovedy
  2. Any Marvel Movie – “I like any one of them. They are cool.” – Dianna
  3. Captain Marvel – “Empowered female superhero – yes!” –  Lovedy
  4. Free Solo – Tiffany
  5. Yesterday –  Debra
  6. Marriage Story – Debra
  7. If Beale Street Could Talk – Debra
  8. Downton Abbey – “It was like pulling up a warm blanket and sipping a cup of tea.” –  Dianna
  9. The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley – Dianna
  10. Judy  “What a disruption of the ‘over the rainbow’ imagery.” – Dianna

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