year in review

11 Incredible Unknown Women We Lost in 2016

By all accounts, it seems like we've lost a whole lot of beloved stars this year, a fact that has been sadly crystalized by the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just a day apart in this final week of the year. Other…
By Elizabeth Strassner

9 Times Trans People Killed It In Fashion In 2016

In 2016 more than ever, trans people are visible in the fashion world, gracing magazine covers, runways, and podiums as leaders in fashion and activism. It feels especially important, because outside of that realm, things have been difficult, to say…
By James Loke Hale

Here Are The 9 Best-Reviewed Movies Of 2015

2015 has come to a close, which means it's time to look back at the year that just passed. It was a year that saw the rise of Amy Schumer, the fall of Bill Cosby, and the public transition of Caitlyn Jenner. It was also a big year for movies, with…
By Johnny Brayson

How 'Empire' Changed TV Forever In 2015

Back in 2014, television was already in the middle of its transformation from film's younger sibling to the place to find perhaps the best selection of fantastic entertainment. But in 2015, Empire changed television forever. While plenty of shows…
By Kayla Hawkins

What Even Happened In January 2015?

As 2015 comes to a close, we begin to look back at the beginning of the year and... Wait, what happened in the beginning of the year? What happened in pop culture in January 2015, guys? Um, yeah... Well, it's all good, because I know I can't be the…
By Michelle Lulic

These 2015 TV Shows Were Serious Game Changers

Television is currently in a transitional period, and it's been clear that many of the 2015 TV shows are changing the game. Between Netflix gaining more Golden Globe nominations than HBO, a whole reign of new superheroes coming to the small-screen,…
By Michelle Lulic

Bustle Books Writers' Favorite Books Of The Year

Not to brag, but the Bustle Books writing team is serious #SquadGoals for all book nerds out there. We literally make it our business to read as much as we can, across the spectrum from fiction to nonfiction to young adult to children's books. So if…
By Caitlin White

10 Of 2015's Best Debut Books

The books I look forward to most each year are the debut books: nothing surpasses reading something by a new author and knowing how hard he or she probably worked to get that very first work in print. 2015's best debut books are a fantastic list —…
By Meredith Turits

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2015

Years ago, I remember discussing books with my mom, and she told me how she preferred to read nonfiction. She wanted to be inspired by stories of real-life people. While at the time, I simply nodded and went back to immersing myself in the…
By Sarah Galo

The 25 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

"This year can't be topped, books-wise," I think like clockwork with each passing December, only to be proved wrong by the latest crop of books. This year, 2015, is certainly no exception. How do we even begin to parse through these and pick the…
By Sarah Galo

Michelle Obama Picks Her Favorite Book Of 2015

It's December again, that magical time when we all talk obsessively about our favorite books of the year. The First Family are just like any other — except that, you know, People magazine cares what they think. An article published Wednesday…
By Kristian Wilson

11 Stunning Pictures From Space In 2015

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 25th anniversary in space this year, a landmark achievement for the scientific community and humankind. No matter what's happening on Earth, new galaxies and corners of the universe are being explored every…
By Cate Carrejo

J. Law & Amy Schumer Won't Compete For That Globe

After what feels like months and months of waiting, the 2016 Golden Globe nominations were finally announced on Thursday, with some of the strongest categories, like, ever. One of those categories that it's going to be near-on impossible to choose a…
By Amy Mackelden

Your Favorite Oscar Moments... In GIFs

The Academy Awards are the biggest and most prestigious ceremony of the award show season, and with good reason: Most of it is amazing — the gowns, the jewels, the sharp tuxedos, the tongue-wagging about dates, the acting, the stunning sets — but…
By Lindsay Denninger

Are These The Best Novels Of The 21st Century?

The BBC must be trying to make other "best of" lists look bad, because not only is its list of the 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (at least a little) diverse, but it is composed of nearly half women. Five out of the 12, to be exact. And in a year…
By Caitlin White

10 Books to Get You Amped for the Golden Globes

It seems like there are about 500 entertainment-related awards shows every year, but the glitziest one of all is the Golden Globe Awards. The Academy Awards might be the most prestigious, but they can also be stuffy — plus, you have to sit through…
By Dina Gachman

Will He Take Home Best Actor at the Golden Globes?

Benedict Cumberbatch has been the buzziest actor in Hollywood for the past three or four years. He seemed to appear out of nowhere and then Benedict Cumberbatch was suddenly in every movie, every viral video, and every single gif that Tumblr could…
By Rachel Semigran

YA Completely Crushes 2014 Bestseller List

Prepare yourself for the backlash now: Nielsen released its list of the top selling books of 2014, and young adult fiction hit 8 out of the 10 spots. With these numbers and some of the more detailed stats behind them, industry insiders have drawn…
By Caitlin White

Our Favorite Cheese Quotes from 2014

When it comes to delivering a solid 2014 year in review, Bustle writers have got you covered. For the last few weeks, we've reflected on the most memorable headlines of 2014, including everything from social media trends, to J. Law, to music,…
By Marion Bernstein

The 10 Most Popular Cocktail Recipes Of 2014

By Jessica Booth