Top 17 TV Shows of 2017

I did this last year and had a lot of fun showcasing my favorite shows. Seen as we are rapidly approaching the end of 2017 now, I thought it was only fitting to do my ranking. Just as a little reminder, the shows are in no particular order and are not necessarily 2017 releases. Heck, I didn’t even watch everything that came out this year, so don’t fault me if I missed out on something really good. Also, I tried to not just repeat myself from last year (although all these shows are still awesome), but rather mix it up a little with old and new. Have fun!

Wynonna Earp

I know, I know … I am starting off with something that was already on the list last year, but Wynonna Earp stepped up their game for Season 2 even more than I thought possible. Let’s face it a comedy horror western wasn’t exactly something that would have caught my eye, but this show and the way it treats its cast on and off screen is simply amazing. Earpers are a family and if you have not yet checked out this show, I seriously don’t know what you are waiting for!

Read more about it here!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

As to this day, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the most inclusive, most consistent and hilarious shows. I was really hesitant because both sitcoms and cop-stories aren’t really my thing, but they are doing such a great job. I know that I have nothing to do with their production or writing, but I am weirdly proud of them.

The Bold Type

I’ve sort of given up on Freeform actually providing me with quality content I want to watch, but they surprised me with the Bold Type. A sort of “Sex and the City” meets “The Devil Wears Prada” (with a supportive boss for a change) for millennials probably comes closest to describing the show. I shrieked with happiness when I found out that it wasn’t renewed for just one but two more seasons.

The Good Place

Okay, Season one ended on such a big bang that I wasn’t sure if they could keep up in the next season. Heck, I didn’t even know how the fork the story could/would continue at all, but they did it! I didn’t realise how much more there was still to discover about these characters and I really hope it goes on for a very long time.

Master of None

I’ve always liked Aziz Ansari’s comedy specials, but it still took me quite a while until I finally watched this one. I absolutely loved how the show constantly reinvented itself in what it was about and how it told the story. It’s funny but also makes you think, without ever being too demanding.

The Good Doctor

Freddie Highmore is doing some of his best work yet. I don’t know how he does it, but he is absolutely rocking his role as the autistic surgeon-in-training Shaun Murphy. Just like cop dramas, I was kind of over the whole medical drama, but this show is really different. I don’t know if the situation is realistic or not, it is TV after all, but I do know that it is emotionally engaging and that is what really counts for me.

Please Like Me

This show is anything but predictable. I thought it would be about the main character, Josh, discovering his sexuality but then it was about so much more, especially mental health. It is completely silly in its humour while it also tackles incredibly heavy topics. Not all characters are likable either, but that is kind of the whole point of the show. I was incredibly sad to see it end after 4 seasons, but Josh Thomas said he told the story he wanted to tell, so I am happy for him in that regard.

Anne with an E

Not gonna lie, I miss Canada like crazy. Anne with an E is based on Anne of the Green Gables and therefore inherently Canadian. I fell absolutely in love with it from the beginning. It is gorgeous to look at and I think I am not even exaggerating when I say I cried at least once per episode. Also, it has one of the most beautiful intros I have ever seen. Can’t wait for what’s to come!

Marvel’s Runaways

Usually, Netflix has a tight grip on most Marvel shows, but I definitely wouldn’t discount Hulu’s attempt at the Runaways. I watched the double opening episodes and was immediately hooked. Despite the show not being exactly like the comics, it hasn’t disappointed me yet. Gert and Old Lace are my faves and now I just need them to finally run away? There’s been a severe lack of that thus far.

One Day at a Time

Again, I am usually not that big on sitcoms because they don’t hold my attention very well. However, One Day at a Time had a beautiful coming out arc and I got quickly invested in the daily lives of the characters.

BoJack Horseman

This one was another surprise for me. I did not think that this was the kind of show that I liked at all, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. The emotional build up was crazy and especially in the last two seasons it even brought me to tears on occasion. Like … what is even going on? Another plus, there is ace representation in this show and the person is not made fun of and I love it.

The Wrong Girl

Imagine if Morning Glory (the movie) were a TV show … set in Australia … with a ton more love triangles, you would have The Wrong Girl! It’s based off a book, but from what I gathered, it’s not very alike to what they did on screen. That’s okay for me, I just need them to not cancel it. I want more seasons … like tons and tons of more seasons.

Star

Star is a spin-off of the show Empire, which I used to watch but got bored with at some point. Star, on the other hand, has managed to keep my attention for a bit longer, but then again they are still only in their second season. Anyway, it has made its way onto this list because it has amazing music and character development and still so far to go.

Marvel’s The Punisher

I heard all kinds of different things about the Punisher show. I for one really liked it, even though I am aware that it was very heavy and something you can probably only watch if you are in a certain mood. My favorite parts, to no one’s surprise at all, were all the scenes with Karen, Frank and/or Karen and Frank. To think they didn’t even plan for Karen when they first outlined the show … doesn’t even register as an option in my brain.

Imposters

I love movies about con men and women and this show gives me that same thrill on the long run. The chemistry between the cast members is off the chart and I just love how it’s not just about romance but also bromance so much.

Read more about it here!

Our Girl

When they replaced the actress who played Molly (due to scheduling issues), I was like “no way is this going to be the same show!”. Then Georgie came along and with her Elvis and thankfully also some more Captain James. With every episode I got more invested and then, this season, when they did the Nepal tour, I was just blown away. My heart is still broken because of some of the events that transpired.

Stranger Things

Whether you think the show is overrated or not, I personally very much enjoyed the second season of Stranger Things. I am not saying it was better than the first one, but it was still great. And it gave us the best character development for Steve. I will never be able to thank them enough for that.

Honorable Mentions

And, just like last year as well, I have a bunch of shows that I really, really enjoyed but that just about didn’t make it into the actual ranking. I watch too much stuff …

  • The Gifted
  • 3%
  • Dear White People
  • Atypical
  • The Shannara Chronicles
  • Sense8
  • Younger
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Riverdale
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Game of Thrones
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Dynasty
  • Friends from College
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • This Is Us
  • Still Star-Crossed
  • The Mindy Project
  • The Orville
  • Trakehnerblut
  • Outsiders

So, this is it! While there are numerous shows that I haven’t actually mentioned despite watching them, I think this is about the gist of it. Which shows have you watched? Are there any that have peaked your interest? Also, if you could make me watch one show, which one would it be?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 4-10)

I don’t have much to say about this week. It’s been a pretty normal one? So let’s just dive right in without wasting a second!

Movies

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Do they never learn about not to mess with dinosaurs?

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

I was a bit bitter about this not being live action, but I love the animation of the trailer!

Alita: Battle Angel

Seen as this stems from a manga, I guess it explains the huge eyes? I am not familiar with that source material at all though, so no idea what to say.

Please Stands By

This looks really good.

7 Days in Entebbe

I see Daniel Brühl is still rocking his time in Hollywood?

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

I have zero interest in this, it’s been so long.

A Ghost Story

I thought this would be scary, but it’s actually not.

TV Shows

Altered Carbon

I saw a lot of excitement for this and I know this looks absolutely badass and I am not saying I won’t want to watch this, but when I first saw it, I did think of Surrogates and movies of the likes and I just don’t think it is ABSOLUTELY new … you know?

Jessica Jones (Season 2)

WE HAVE A DATE!

Good Girls

I would DEFINITELY watch this.

3% (Season 2)

FINALLY!!!!!

Sense8 Special

I love these people so much, I have no words.

So, that’s it! What are you watching? How are you doing?

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Book Review)

Publisher: PUFFIN
Page Count
: 336

I am on a roll right now, folks, and I have to use that energy to get as many blog posts out as possible before it fades. Even if my Goodreads time stamps might claim something different, I also seem to read books in a day now … this is new … or at least hasn’t happened in a while. I knew I’d eventually get back into reading once I was in Vienna.

Anyhow, the book! Considering how long it took me to jump on the Simon vs. (read my review here) bandwagon, it should come to no one’s surprise that it took me forever to read Upside as well (even though I did pre-order it!). I was ready to love this book with all my heart and even though it wasn’t exactly as I expected, it easily won me over. Becky has this incredible talent to write a super fluffy story but with the most relatable and realistic characters.

When I look at Molly, I could do a checklist of how similar the two of us are … so, that’s what I am going to do because it shows why this story worked so well for me.

  • We are both chubby girls. ✔️
    I’ve seen how dismissive or over-reactive some people have found Molly’s thoughts. I always feel like some guys and girls might not understand how deeply rooted self-criticism and doubt can be in a person that doesn’t have the societal normative body type. It hurts double when your friends and family are the ones suggesting you should lose weight, because it just makes you feel all wrong and like you don’t fit in even with the people that love you. So, yes, during my days on this planet, I have wondered if I could possibly crush a potential love interest and how someone could possibly like me when they saw me next to my much skinnier/taller/cuter/whatever-you-have-it friend. It takes time and work to come to terms with your body and yourself but it instantly made me bond with Molly because we shared the same insecurities. Also, going shopping is a nightmare!
  • We both have a lot of crushes but rarely do anything about them. ✔️
    Admittedly, my crushes are either actors, actresses or fictional characters and I am never serious about them nor do I want to actually date any of them, but I do get the sentiment of how a simple kindness or a brief look might spark an epic crush. It happens!
    Still, it’s hard to put yourself out there, especially when everyone else makes it seem so easy and you’re just sitting there, wondering how to even start. It’s easier to not even let anyone close enough to do any damage in the first place.

  • All my friends had relationships before me as well and drifted away/thought I could not possibly understand their life now. ✔️
    I don’t think I had the time during High School to date. It’s not even that I studied that much, but thinking back, I just don’t know how a person would have fit into my life. Heck, I don’t even know how a person is supposed to fit into my life now. But I digress, I may not have a twin sister like Molly does, but I do get the pain of drifting from the people you were once closest to because they now hang out with their significant other. I do understand that balancing friendships and a relationship can be tricky, especially if you are new to it or have no experience, but you can hang out with one person at a time. Believe me, it is possible. And getting this opportunity, I just want to say that I was really strongly siding with Molly during that entire story as well. Cassie found a tough audience in me. This in no way means that Molly always handles every situation the right way, but I would have felt hurt by some of the stuff Cassie did too. She was hella condescending at times.
  • We both have anxiety. ✔️
    Does this need explaining? Social gatherings with new people or new situations in general trigger anxiety in me and it seemed like Molly felt similarly.
  • We are artsy in our own way. ✔️
    Just threw that in there to have one more point for the list, but it’s true.

In addition to me really clicking with Molly, she had just the cutest love interest that I would have loved to know even more about. And I also sense a story or two (or a hundred) for the broader friend circle (Will and Olivia – I am especially looking at you!). I definitely haven’t given the most detailed account of what’s going on in this book, but I would love for you to find out by yourself. It is heartfelt and lovely. It deals with so many questions I had as a teen and shows that you are rarely ever alone in having them. For that and so many more reasons, I think it will be a great book for teens as they figure out life, just like Simon’s story was as well.

Speaking of him! The shortest but most certainly favorite part of it all were the brief crossovers to Simon and his friends. I shrieked with happiness whenever it happened, which just makes me all the more excited for the upcoming Leah on the Offbeat!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Definitely a worthy and great addition to Simon’s universe!

Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? How did you feel about it?

Winter Is Here Write Tag!

Guys, I am nervous! This is the first time I am making my own tag and I really just hope you will enjoy it. First things first, how did I get the idea to make this Winter Is Here Write Tag? Well, well, back in October I got tagged for the All Hallows Write Tag and I had so much fun with it. I don’t remember ever getting the chance to answer a tag with my own characters before, so I figured we needed more of that in the blogosphere. Let’s dive into what I cooked up!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your beautiful answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
    (Just copying that from the other tag because I am terrible at pitching my own story …) It’s about a couple having to find their way back to each other after some magical beings messed with their lives (aka kidnapped the boyfriend into another world). Getting tangled up in an ancient struggle for power, they have to be careful to not get sucked in too deep before it is too late.
    I am working on that pitch. It’s not at all where I want it to be yet. You can check out the first 10+ chapters here if you are interested. They are a much better representation of the story.
  • Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Which protagonist is most likely to break into Christmas song first? Bonus: What song?

Georgie always feels like a showgirl to me and I can definitely just see her singing randomly during the day, not even noticing that she switched from regular songs to Christmas ones.

It’s the first snow of the season, who would immediately book a ticket to a hot beach location?

Again, Georgie would probably prefer not having to deal with the cold in the city and rather spend it at some luxurious beach resort. Since she doesn’t have the actual money though, it’s not like she’s really going to go anywhere.

Which character believed in Santa (or a mystical equivalent) for the longest time?

Just thinking about how easily Kasia trusted in Georgie and Findlay, how easily she could accept the whole magic-is-real-and-you-have-been-cursed-situation, I just feel like she had that innocent belief in herself the longest.

Who is most likely to build a blanket fort and go into hibernation with books, Netflix and tea/hot cocoa/coffee?

This basically screams Kasia! Our girl would never pass up on tea to begin with and the coziness is like her essence of her being.

Image source: Clover Kate

Who would be the first to start a snowball fight and then get really competitive about it?

Alaya, while she can be soft when she wants to be, is more of a confrontational and competitive type in her “work life”. So, I could see her build an entire snow fortress and be all strategic about something as essentially non-important as a snowball fight.

Who buys their Christmas presents super last minute?

This gentleman right here may have something sweet planned for his one true love, but Dyson would definitely wing the presents for most people in his life.

There’s a local snowman competition, who would be the best sculptor? What would they build?

In my head Findlay has an artistic gene but since he doesn’t do anything just for fun, he would want to wow the judges with whatever he created. Since he’s not always as up to date as he likes to think, I can imagine him attempting an Olaf look-alike (from Frozen).

Image result for olaf snowman real

If someone were to organize a Secret Santa event, who would it be?

My dear Kasia hates responsibility, but she’d rather do something herself than see someone else do it “the wrong way”. She might snap at someone at some point and get super stressed and worried about people not having gifts for their assigned partners, but she will organize it (even if it will be the death of her).

Someone refuses to leave the house unless strictly necessary because of the cold. Who is it?

Arcadia, at least the part she lives in, is mostly warm all year round. I have the inkling of a feeling that Alaya wouldn’t appreciate the cold.

Who puts style before comfort and would rather freeze in fashionable clothes than be warm but not on trend? Bonus: Add a winter aesthetic for the character!

Georgie is my Queen of Style. Her – 100% her!

I TAG THEE

I hope you liked this tag and will spread the word! I would really love to read what other people have to say about their characters!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 27- Dec 3)

This week has dealt us international book bloggers a hard blow, but at least we got some really amazing trailers. That is why I am just going to dive right into it without further ado!

Movies

Love, Simon

I’ve waited for this trailer forever, now the wait for the movie begins. 2018 is going to be absolutely amazing! My entire timeline on twitter was full of love for this movie and it just made me ridiculously happy!

Avengers: Infinity War

It looks downright epic, I even got goosebumps! Just think about how many movies lead to this … around 18 or so? E P I C !

P.S. If Wakanda burns/gets destroyed because they are saving the world, I am going to be hella mad.

Midnight Sun

Okay, so it’s not secret that I am not a Bella Thorne fan, but the fact that the trailer looks like a copy of Everything, Everything (even though I know the story isn’t exactly the same) doesn’t help either. I don’t know how to feel about this movie now.

Permission

I love this cast already, but I just don’t understand why others always feel the need to comment on relationships that they are not part of. Like, really?

Flower

Would I watch this weird ass movie just for Zoey? Yes, I would.

Acts of Violence

I remember when Ashton Holmes was on Nikita and I really loved him and then he only played douchy guys. Anyway, actually an interesting cast though.

All the Money in the World

Ooooh, that’s the movie they replaced Kevin Spacey in. Good on them!

Mary Magdalene

This is just really not a movie I am interested in.

TV Shows

Nasvhille (Season 6)

As much as I am over the show, that was some good editing.

The Good Place (S1 Gag Reel)

Not a trailer but I just love this show.

How are you doing? What are you watching? Let’s talk about it!

November 2017 Wrap-Up

I am tired of writing “where is the time going? How is it almost the end of the year?” but that’s basically what’s happening in my brain. Anyway, you won’t believe it, but I’ve actually read stuff this month and with stuff I mean books and comics! YAY ME!

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (4.5 stars)
  • Wynonna Earp, Vol. 2: Legends (4 stars)
    The characters look like the ones from the show, but the story is mostly different. Very different.
  • Superman: American Alien (4.5 stars)
    Did not love the art in every single issue, but the story was more than solid. It was a feast to see Clark coming into himself and Superman thereafter.
  • Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree (3 stars)
    To me, this was a silly idea to begin with. (Miles and Kamala are my ship!)

Saints and Misfits  Wynonna Earp, Vol. 2: Legends  Superman: American Alien  Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree

Just like in old times, click on the title to get to the review on the blog (if there is one) and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

I spent the first week(-ish) of the month in Toronto, having a couple really awesome blogger meet ups, but mostly being over my Canada stay. I still wanted to be in Vancouver, but I hated that inbetween of being in Toronto and still having so far to go to be in Vienna. Then I finally got back to Austria and it feels like I barely had time to breathe since. There were appointments with the unemployment office, my short yearly stunt as a crew member at our local comic con and telling the same stuff over and over to different family members/friends.

I do understand that everyone wants to know how I’ve been, but the worst question to get after a 6-month-long absence is “So, how was it? What’s coming next?”, because I literally have no idea how to answer either. I mean, what part of the trip are we talking about? I was in more than 4 different cities for a decent amount of time. I basically had a second life in Vancouver and even there I lived in various different neighborhoods. Also, there is no way that I am arriving in Vienna with a game plan for my future endeavors. That’s just not how my brain works. I need time to arrive first, get back into the time zone and then I will take one step at a time towards what’s to come. Seriously, cut me some slack.

So, this turned into a bit of a rant. But, basically, I am back? Hopefully also into the reading game.

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How was your month? I hope it was a good one!

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (Book Review)

Publisher: Salaam Reads/Simon and Schuster
Page Count
: 336

First of all, I want give a huge shout out to Analee @Book Snacks because she hosted a giveaway which let me pick this fabulous book as my prize. Thank you so, so much! I rarely ever get lucky with giveaways, so this had me jumping up and down with glee when I found out. On to the actual book now! (TW: sexual assault!)

It’s no secret that I have been in a bit of a reading slump these past months, with things other than books occupying my mind. But even before that, I can’t remember the last time I stayed up until the early hours to keep reading like I did with Saints and Misfits. It’s not that this was such an action-packed story, quite the opposite, but it had me stressed out about 80% of the time. Janna’s story is one of a regular Muslim teen and super relatable at that even if you aren’t 100% familiar with her culture and religion. I truly loved that about the book. Aside from a dark twist early on, it’s very much grounded in her High School experience, struggle with finding her place in her community and family as well as figuring out how her belief fits into her daily and romantic life. Simultaneously, there’s this dark cloud following her every step in the shape of “the monster”. I don’t want to give away what exactly happens, but whereas the book gave me so many characters to love (Pick a favorite!?!? Janna, Nuah, Sarah, Tats – I CANNOT EVEN CHOSE!), it also gave me that one person to channel all my anger towards. I didn’t always agree with other people’s take on the events that happened, especially the ones calling Janna “weak”. I believe that most of us think that we would fight back immediately when something bad happens to us, but that is far from reality when the situation actually occurs. Her initial helplessness was contagious and I think that’s why I felt so connected to Janna all through the story. Add the side tale with Mr. Ram, with her emotions and thoughts very much mirroring my own after something that happened in my life and this book was sure to have me hooked forevermore.

I was sobbing during the last chapters. I was sad and touched and glad and angry. Any book that evokes so many emotions in me is one that I can only recommend to others as well. As much as I enjoyed the book, I couldn’t give it a full 5 stars, because of the pacing and the flow. Especially in the beginning, I thought that some of the story felt a little hacked up and not cohesive enough in terms of how it flowed. And then the end came very abruptly. I am a person who enjoys finding out about consequences as well and that wasn’t really given in the final pages. Still, I feel like this book will stay with me for a while and I am sure I will revisit these characters again and again in the future.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! I will cherish this one in my heart for a long time!

Have you read Saints and Misfits? Do you want to?