My Best and Worst Purchases of 2015, a Horrible Year

by Leah Finnegan


2015 was a horrible year. Even if you got a promotion or met the love of your life or some shit it was still bad enough for enough people that everyone should suffer in solidarity. Anyway, here is some shit I bought this year that was good, and some other shit that was bad.


Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (One cannot be free of cancer or Stalin)

A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Did you know that Nelson Mandela was circumcised at sixteen?)

White pants (When you wear white pants, you are cool and you also feel good)

Migraine medication (I spend about $800 year on migraine medication lol. I love it so much!)

Davines® shampoo (This Italian shampoo costs $25 per bottle lol. I love it so much!)

Some fucked up animal figurines from the laundromat

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Season 17, Episode 4, “Institutional Fail.” (Whoopi Goldberg guest stars as a social worker with an axe to grind)

“Purpose” by Justin Bieber (I had never really listened to Justin Bieber before; this album has been very therapeutic)


“Hello” by Adele (Didn’t really need to own this)

Verilux VT10WW1 HappyLight Liberty Personal Portable Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp (Triggers migraines)

Marijuana Weed Leaf socks (Ordered from Amazon. Never arrived)

Most coffees, tbh (The best coffee is from McDonalds, no sugar with three creams)

Fancy top that I bought for job interviews but only wore to one job interview (It’s a really nice top, by Acne, lmk if you want to try it on)

A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara (I thought this book was really bad and torture porn? Email me if you agree??)

Stuffed horse that when you turned it inside out it became a rabbit (I saw this on Amazon and I thought it would be really small and I also thought it was just a horse. But then it arrived and it was pretty big and also became a rabbit when you turned it inside out. Fucked up and a waste of $7.99)

Bathing suit from dollar store (Don’t buy a bathing suit from the dollar store. It will fall off in the ocean)

Save Yourself is the Awl’s farewell to 2015.