Top 16 TV Shows of 2016

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There are a ton of bookish favourites list, but I am not quite ready to do that. However, then I saw Cátia over at The Girl Who Read Too Much doing a post on TV shows and I thought that I’d definitely be up for that! Here are my Top 16 Shows of 2016, but mind you, they aren’t really in no particular order.

Class

As a warning, Doctor Who did not make it onto this list, not only because of the fact that they only had the Christmas Special this year (still not sure if I will ever review that one) but also because I am generally way more excited about Class than I am currently about anything else Who-related. The cast is amazing, Patrick Ness created a great, fast-moving and emotional show. I simply cannot wait for more seasons in the future (which I am sure they will get!) and for the relationships to deepen and to get even more of these cutesy moments.

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The Shannara Chronicles

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I don’t get all the doubts when it comes to MTV’s original programming. They are doing an amazing job, putting real high quality stuff out there and if you didn’t believe it before, The Shannara Chronicles should have been the final confirmation. It’s funny and action-packed and I am STILL not over what happened in the end.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Not gonna lie, half the time I didn’t even know what the purpose of that show was. It’s based on books by Douglas Adams, but it has very little to do with the source material from what I am told. I guess hardcore fans won’t think so, but sometimes that’s for the better? I enjoyed the show so much, I binged it in one day. It was hilariously non-sensical most of the time. My favourite part were the Rowdy 3 taking Amanda into their fold, I need more of that weird dynamic.

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Wynonna Earp

A demon hunting girl? Yeah, I did not peg that show to be a front-runner for me, but I loved Wynonna Earp so much. Wynonna is such a sassy and reluctant heroine, you cannot help but adore her. The production value might not be up to par with some of the other shows, but it was still such a fun time watching it. For a while I even considered dressing up as Wynonna for Comic Con, but then I wasn’t sure anyone would recognise it …

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Pitch

There’s nothing I don’t love about this show. It is diverse and empowering for women and I need everyone to shut up about how women cannot throw/pitch with as much strength and speed as men. I also don’t want to hear how the show isn’t realistic and it doesn’t look like “real” baseball. Guess what? All the actors and actresses had to learn the game and duh, they aren’t pro-ballers, so it will never look exactly like the major league, who cares? IT IS TV!!! (And they still achieved a lot) I NEED a second season of this glorious show. It is family friendly with a great message. Not everything goes perfectly, and that is what makes it so realistic in my opinion. I mean, I cried – about a sports show!!! – that is so not me.

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The OA

Still not sure what I watched there, but it was beautiful in a very strange and extremely disturbing way. I don’t think this show is for everyone, it’s about one of the slowest stories I’ve encountered as of late (next to another show that will show up later on) and it has gotten a lot of mixed review. Personally I can recommend it and also to go in knowing as little as possible. It was one of those rare surprises for me and I hope that somehow that story isn’t over yet.

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The Royals

The wait for Season 3 was real! I danced through my room when it was finally back. I don’t care that it’s overly dramatic and cheesy, because that’s just how the show is. I can still predict some of the plot twists, but I don’t care, this is one of the shows I enjoy watching the most. With the return of a certain someone, I cannot wait for the new episodes next week!

Younger

You want to watch a fun show about a woman in publishing? Go watch Younger! Bonus, she has to pretend to be in her twenties even though she’s about 40. IT IS SO MUCH FUN!

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Stranger Things

Sometimes I just give in to hype and I am so very glad I did not regret doing so with Stranger Things. It was an 80s nostalgia bomb and I weirdly didn’t find it all that scary. They did the whole monster-thing the smart way, by not revealing it for several episodes. And I read a lot of interviews and it’s so interesting to see how they changed a lot of the story and characters while shooting, simply because the actors/actresses provided more than they hoped for. Also, #JusticeForBarb! (I want her pop funko figurine for sure)

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Sense8

I have a dramatic love/hate-relationship with Sense8. I ADORE the show itself, I HATE the wait for the new season. I was craving something new, so naturally I couldn’t restrain myself and watched the Christmas Special … and I cried and I laughed and I was reminded why I love these characters so much … AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MAY!?!?!? How is that fair???

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Rectify

I found this gem just in time to watch its final episodes unfold. Hidden somewhere on Sundance TV, I didn’t even know it existed a couple weeks ago, but now I am strongly convinced that this was one of the most powerful and gorgeous stories of the year. It’s about a man getting out of prison after having been in solitary confinement for somewhat 20 years. The journey into his mind, the painful and beautiful moments alike, where something memorable for sure. Also, this show manifested my love for Abigail Spencer for sure!

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Animal Kingdom

Very twisted, very violent, very surprised I liked this … but the guys below may have had something to do with it. (also, I’ve never seen the Australian movie this is based on)

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Victoria

Jenna Coleman, who is one of my actress-queens, playing an actual queen – count me in! Even though it’s based no Queen Victoria’s life, I was still as invested as ever when it came to her love life, her relationship to Lord M and Albert. So many feels!

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Poldark

I am so massively disappointed in Ross as a person, however, I wouldn’t miss a single episode of the show … ever? If I could have had my way, I would have had Demelza run off with Dwight, but whateves, he’s happy … for now … Demelza also better not have any reason to doubt her husband again.

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Sweet/Vicious

This one was another surprise. It seems over the top and to the point of silly sometimes, but I like the underlying message and support it offers. I would have never guessed that MTV would present us a show taking on rape culture and really condemning it too.

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Daredevil

I liked the first season of Daredevil but the second one was so much better. They perfectly introduced the Punisher and deservingly gave him a show of his own right after. Also, Karen stepped up her game in my opinion. Generally I just really enjoyed that season, even though it once more got more brutal.

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Honorable Mentions

This is the part where you realise that, yes, I am simply watching too many shows. I am just going to rattle off some more shows I enjoyed, because why not?

  • Gilmore Girls Revival
  • Timeless
  • Conviction
  • Notorious
  • The 100
  • Hit the Floor
  • Humans
  • Westworld
  • Shadowhunters (ONLY because of Malec)
  • iZombie
  • Jane the Virgin
  • The Librarians
  • Travelers
  • Game of Thrones
  • Vikings
  • Dark Matter
  • Lost Girl
  • Lucifer
  • The Magicians
  • Our Girl
  • All the CW superhero shows (Arrow, Supergirl, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow)

Now that I’ve mentioned as many more shows here as I have on the actual list … I think I should quit, even though I am pretty sure I could still come up with quite a couple of shows. Remind me, how do I have time for anything in life? Which shows have you watched? Which ones are your favourites?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 19-25)

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I just realised it’s Sunday and Sunday means trailers, but this week is different and I almost forgot, because it’s also Christmas! Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating, happy holidays who are celebrating something different and what a hopefully lovely December weekend to all who do none of this stuff! Now, let’s get started with my findings!

Movies

The Emoji Movie

WHO ON EARTH THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA??? HOOOOOOOW?

Blade Runner 2049

Uhm … it’s probably like blasphemy or something to say this, but I haven’t seen the original? Also, I am not a massive Gosling fan, so I really don’t know what to say now.

Alien: Covenant

This is so not my kind of alien movie, but Michael Fassbender (forever swoon) and an AURORA song, you have my attention!

John Wick: Chapter 2

Haven’t even seen the first one. I think the last Keanu Reeves movie I’ve watched was legit the Lake House.

The Lost City of Z

I don’t even know what this is, but apparently the new Spider-Man is in it? Did you by any chance spot him?

Everybody Loves Somebody

It’s the girl from How to Get Away With Murder and a lot of subtitles!

How to Be a Latin Lover

And here you have some more subtitles. Also, who else didn’t expect Kristen Bell to pop up all of a sudden?

Lost in Florence

Hmmm … Stana Katic and Brett Dalton in a movie together … that feels so weird to me.

TV Shows

Doctor Who (Series 10)

Doctor What? That just sounds wrong Billy girl. Not gonna lie, I have been more excited for Doctor Who in my life … but this is Moffat’s last season, so  I shall keep my mouth shut.

Riverdale

Still don’t really understand what this show is about … but now it doesn’t look like book aesthetics anymore, that much I can say. Probably most definitely still going to watch it.

Travelers

This show has been on TV for weeks now, but you can now binge it on Netflix – Wohooo! Normally, a show has to woo me in the first 10 minutes or I will get bored and this one was up to a very BAD start, but now I am OBSESSED and sad because there are no episodes left for me.

Taboo

Shown this before, but Tom Hardy ON TV, that’s just something to behold. All the big stars are doing TV shows now, it’s way more appreciated these days apparently.

Are you going to watch any of those? What are you currently watching? Let’s talk about that!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 12-18)

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Only one more week and then it’s Christmas! Wohooo! Are you all set with your presents? Or will you do some last minute shopping? While you ponder those questions, let’s see what the trailer-verse has brought to us this week:

Movies

The Boss Baby

Such a weird movie. I want to watch it.

Despicable Me 3

That villain looks absolutely awesome, but maybe … you know, just maybe, they should have let that franchise rest? Where even are the kids?

The Last Word

So THAT’s the movie Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski met at.

Dunkirk

Who spotted Harry Styles? He was actually in the trailer a couple times and I cannot believe that’s what I chose to talk about …

The Fate of the Furious

Last week I had the teaser, this week I have the trailer. This just seems wrong.

Snatched

Okay, unpopular opinion, but I did not enjoy Trainwreck … so, I don’t know about this …

Going in Style

Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine? I do not need more persuasion.

Unforgettable

Remember that movie with Beyonce and Ali Larter? This kind of reminds me of that.

The Sense of an Ending

I read the book and it was so utterly depressing for me to read. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the right mood or if it was the story itself. Either way … they made it into a movie.

Norman

Richard Gere is in odd movies now.

TV Shows

The OA

This was a surprise release by Netflix and I absolutely LOVED it! Very messed up, very beautiful, very much open ended – you have been warned.

The 100 (Season 4)

I HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS! Watching that trailer actually hurt.

Sense8 Christmas Special

I can see my heart break for them once more.

Taken

Not every movie franchise needs to become a TV show now.

Emerald City

It’s coming so soon and it looks so awesome. There are a lot of elements you’ll recognise from the original story, but they sure made this the own!

The Arrangement

They gave me The Royals, now I am SO ready for this!

Is there something you would watch? What are you watching at the moment? Let’s talk about that!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Book Review)

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Publisher: Pocket Books
Page Count
: 408

This is only my second book this month, because I thought I’d stay with adult fiction while I am at it … but it takes forever? It doesn’t even really have something to do with the stories. I don’t feel like the writing is THAT much different either, but still, it takes me about three times as long to finish those books.

Starting this book, I knew exactly what I was getting into. I might have even expected for it to be MORE tragic than it was. The blurb says it all, there is no good solution as to how Tom and Izzy could have handled this, unless, of course, they hadn’t gotten into the mess in the first place. I had a lot of doubts and questions about them when they kept the baby. Why wouldn’t they report it and then adopt the kid if there was no mother? Why didn’t they consider adopting in general? But as soon as those thoughts came to mind, they were answered with some semblance of reason. I want to say straight up that I do not condone what they did at all, but by the end of the book, you kind of understand them?

The Light Between Oceans has a quiet yet impacting way of telling this particular story. Years pass at a time, nothing happens at all, while everything monumental is happening. I know that sounds contradictory, but so much of everything went on inside people, while they carried on (or at least tried to as best as they could) their regular lives. You get so many perspectives, you hear everyone’s side and it’s a terrifying dilemma. My main problem with the book was that I did not like any of the characters. However, that didn’t stop me from feeling for them. My heart was torn in several directions, because I wouldn’t know what to do either. Some things can’t be fixed and people just have to live with the consequences of their actions.

The whole thing is set in Australia of the 1920s and that was an interesting era to choose. It makes sense of course, everything is heightened with the lack of communication, the remoteness, the slow passing of time. I never knew how much importance and trust was put upon lightkeepers, somehow lighthouses just always had a much more romantic place in my heart rather than their actual purposeful one. Somehow the book just started to click for me when the backstory of the baby’s biological father was a bit more explored. The man was from Austria, but generally perceived as a German (feel ya there man) and at that time, that was one of the worst things to be. People humiliated and excluded him at every turn, simply for having that heritage. (They wouldn’t even let him buy books!!! Because German poems were the devil’s work of course …) They blamed him for the war, never mind that he was neither part of it nor present at that time. All through that he stayed polite and optimistic … So, I guess I related the most to the one person that played the smallest role in the book. Maybe the rest of the story and the positions were a bit too grown up for me to fully connect with, even though my mind could rationally see why it was heartbreaking. But being a person who gets asked if her grandparents were Nazis and then having to carry on a normal conversation as if that hadn’t just been one of the rudest things to ask, I guess that just made me relate to him the most.

Anyway, to conclude this review, I just want to say that the movie came out this year, starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender in the leading roles. They are two of my favourite actors, so I would like to give the movie a try, hoping they’ll make the characters more likable.

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! I had trouble liking the characters, but I could still feel with them in their dilemma.

3stars

Have you read this book? Have you seen the movie? Let me know your thoughts!

(More) Songs That I Wish Were Books!

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A while back I did a Top Ten Tuesday post with songs that I would like to see as short stories or entire books. Well, I revisited said post and somehow I just thought about all the new music I would add to that now. So, that’s what I am going to do!

Hozier – Cherry Wine

I can’t do any music list without Hozier in it. It’s impossible! (or at least highly unlikely) This would make a really emotional story about domestic abuse and considering the lyrics it would be from the man’s perspective. Not that I don’t appreciate the video, it’s great, but I think that men are often overlooked when it comes to that issue.

The Lumineers – Sleep on the Floor/Angela/Cleopatra

Okay, sorry about the three songs, but can you just watch the all three videos and then try to tell me this isn’t absolutely freaking amazing!? The Lumineers are a banging band as it is, but that is some music video ART! However, if I had to chose just one of the the songs to make into a story, it would be “Sleep on the Floor” – road trip stories are the best!

Leon Bridges – The River

As Bridges stated himself, the river is a symbol of change and redemption and that’s exactly what I would expect from the bookish version. It would also have a strong message on racial injustice, considering that the video is a take on the Baltimore Uprising. It would be just as raw and heartbreaking as the song.

MAGIC! – No Regrets

So, this would be a relationship drame – we all got issues, but we have to live in the now and we need to live without regrets. People usually tend to regret not having done things, rather than having done something and failed anyway.

Tom Odell – Magnetised

Unrequited love! No other explanation needed … maybe about rich boy who gets rejected? Tom seems so fancy in this video.

Gotye – Bronte

I would expect this to be a coming of age story, about loss and saying goodbye, having to move on eventually. To think he wrote that song about his dog, it breaks my heart.

The Killers – Shot at the Night

Adulting is horrendous, so when we get the chance to go on an adventure, we should take it without hesitation! I know it sounds dumb and dangerous, but sometimes random adventures with strangers are the most fun thing on the planet. This is definitely some kind of retro-yet-modern-day-Cinderella-story anyway, so the guy is super (Prince) charming.!

The Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan – All We Know

I say, this book would be about a guy who doesn’t know how to handle that one of his loved ones is having a terminal illness. He goes through the stages, is angry all the time and doesn’t open up, until he realises that he can’t do this alone.

Again, I was super vague and short with my synopsis for each of the stories, but you are more than welcome to discuss with me in the comments! Also, this isn’t really a tag, but you should totally do this as well if you want to! It sparks the creativity!

Trailers You Might Have Missed (Dec 5-11)

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How was your week, friends? I am currently sitting here with a scratchy throat and running nose, hoping with everything I’ve got (including loads of tea) that it will be better by Tuesday, when I have to work again. But what better way to use the time until then, other than hauling up with a bunch of blankets and watching trailers?

Movies

Transformers: The Last Knight

So, THAT’s the new narrative Ford was working on! (Sorry, couldn’t hold off the Westworld reference)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I think it looks really good! And funny! (That’s important)

Baywatch

I used to watch the show so much when I was little. It was just on TV all the time, but this … did not awaken any feels of nostalgia?

The Circle

I’ve been seeing that book around for ages now and the cast just looks so amazing. It’s nothing I would usually read, but who knows? I might still check it out before the release.

War for Planet of the Apes

I have missed the previous film … so, no idea where I stand on that one.

The Fate of the Furious (Teaser)

Gosh … I used to love that movie franchise so much, but now it’s more of a heist kabam (I know that’s not a real word) than it is about racing and loyalty and family.

The Wall

Yeah, so, I like Aaron … a lot, but I don’t think this movie is for me.

Fifty Shades Darker

Uhm, maaaaybe, if I see this as another comedy, I might watch it? Definitely wouldn’t pay for it though.

Office Christmas Party

I forgot to post this last week.  I thought I already did …

The Mummy

Last week was the teaser and here’s the full trailer … I don’t think I need a Cruise-ified Mummy film in my life.

Coin Heist

I’d watch this for Alex Saxton alone, but it’s also cool to see a YouTuber in a movie I guess. (Let’s just act as if that’s a rare thing and they aren’t all branching out right now and either appear in movies or publish books)

TV Shows

Sherlock (Season 4)

Is it weird that I am just happy to see Molly in this trailer?

Switched at Birth (Sneak Peek)

I guess they are talking about Travis?

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I am going to refrain from comments until I can watch the actual series, but it looks like they’ll cover a lot of ground in that first season already.

That’s it for this week! Quite a lot of blockbusters, huh? What do you want to watch and what are you currently watching? Let’s talk about that!

Trailers You Might Have Missed (Nov 28 – Dec 4)

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This week was exhausting, especially toady. So, it is late, I am beat, these are the trailers I found!

Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH ALREADY!

The Mummy (Teaser)

This doesn’t have anything to do with the previous Mummy franchise, right? Because Tom Cruise would not fit into that.

Sleight

It’s MAGIC!

The Shack

I have not read the book. I have no opinion about it. I actually had to google that stuff to understand the trailer.

 

TV Shows

Riverdale

This show looks like book aesthetics strung together to create motion. I wanna watch it!

Sherlock (Season 4)

This better be good considering the wait.

Emerald City

It’s coming soon and it doesn’t look anything like Oz, but whatevs.

Nashville (Season 5)

So, I guess Juliette won’t die … right?

Big Little Lies

Uhm, that cast does not look like a TV show kind of cast …

What are you going to watch? What are you watching right now? Let’s talk!

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker (eArc Review)

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Publisher: Random House
Page Count
: 384
Release Date: Jan 31, 2017

**I was provided with an eArc by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

I haven’t read any kind of general adult fiction for what seems like an eternity. I mostly dabble in Young Adult Fantasy and/or Contemporaries, but this book (still can’t believe it’s Whitaker’s debut) has reminded me as to why I shouldn’t forget about adult fiction any time soon!

It is not a story I immediately fell in love with. The writing flowed nicely, but there were a lot of references to old time cartoons that I did not get and felt like I would miss out on the full experience. The language is crude and foul sometimes, but always very direct. There’s an excessive use of alcohol and drugs and very few inhibitions when it comes to sex. Sharon and Mel aren’t exactly likable people at all times. They are loud, brash, unhinged, talented, selfish, messed up, brilliant; in simple terms – flawed but very real. That is exactly what made them work so well!

Their relationship is just as complex as they are as individuals. They push each other to extremes, drive each other crazy, but are always there when it counts. While Mel may date half the women in New York and Sharon remains hung up on the first boy she ever loved, it still comes down to them and their all encompassing bond in the end. They weren’t just a team at work, they were a team in life as well.

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I am trying to find a way to express my feelings about this book. I don’t see the point of talking about the plot, that is something each and everyone should discover on their own. However, this book treated a lot of topics and very dark ones at that, which in turn made me feel an unexpectedly large amount of feelings that I simply didn’t see coming. There are themes of loss – quite literal loss of a person you love but also the loss of innocence. Family – the one you choose and the one you don’t. Love – the pure, platonic and romantic kind. The Animators makes you aware that the world isn’t rainbows and sunshine, there are dark alleys and predators. Amidst all of that gloom, it still never lets you forget that there is always someone, even if it’s someone unexpected, who will be there to help you through it.

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The book is “only” 380 pages long, but somehow it felt like three times as much. It’s almost as if you are accompanying Sharon, who narrates the whole story in her unique voice, for an entire lifetime. She grew on me so much and I felt with her whenever life threw her another curveball. It’s such an ingenious debut, so very well crafted, however, I don’t think this is really for everyone. At times, it felt like going into a really deep, really warped and disturbed rabbit hole. It makes sense in hindsight, a necessary journey for the characters to go through, but even I felt like it was too much for me and too crass in some parts and I watch the weirdest stuff on TV. Still, it didn’t keep me from enjoying the story and I doubt that it will leave me anytime soon!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A stunning debut about partnership and adulthood and all the struggles coming with it!

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Could you see yourself enjoying this book? Can you sometimes find joy in really messed up stories too?