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?

September OwlCrate & FairyLoot Unboxings!

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I know, I know – we are coming towards the end of October and I just now decide to do the unboxing post for the September boxes? Well, for one, they came extremely late last month and then I never had good light (still didn’t, but I just gave up on waiting) and it therefore took me a while to get around to the post. However, I did subscribe to not only OwlCrate but also FairyLoot last month (Click on the names to find out more details about each service). So, you will get to see not just one, but two unboxings! YAY!

OwlCrate

This is the fourth time that I have ordered an OwlCrate box and I not once have I been disappointed so far. You can imagine that I didn’t get around to reading the book yet, but let’s break down what was in last month’s “Darkness” box:

The Book

I’ve had my eyes on Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake for a while now and was extremely pleased to find it in this box. It’s a tale about three sisters who have to fight each other (to the death? probably not …) for the throne. As always in the past months, the book was accompanied by a hand-written letter from the author, as well as a signed book plate. I love how my collection of signed books is just growing and growing.

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The Goodies

I hope the picture sort of shows everything that was in the box, but just in case it doesn’t, here’s some more info:

  • A canvas pouch by Out of Print – it has a quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the other side. I am not yet sure what I am going to put in it, but I always wanted to have something from Out of Print and now I do!
  • Candle from The Melting Library – it’s inspired by Celaena’s Cake from the Throne of Glass series (which I still haven’t read – SHAME). I quite like it, although I cannot place the smell at all.
  • Fortune Telling Bath Bomb from Da Bomb – I cannot wait to finally try this! Before throwing the bath fizzer into the water, you are supposed to think of a question that can be answered with yes or no. Then, as soon as it’s dissolved, the bath bomb will reveal the answer to said question. SO COOL! (and inspired by our favourite psychics from 300 Fox Way)
  • Crooked Kingdom bookmark by Evie Bookish – I shall read the series soon. The books are already on my shelf!
  • A passport to a new world – it’s a first look at the now already released, but at the time not yet released, novel Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast. Not only can you read an excerpt but there are also two images you can colour in. So, it’s double the fun.
  • Remade – have you ever read a serial novel? I sure haven’t, but Remade is Episode 1 of Season 1 of the Remade series. There are about 14 more episodes I think, however so far I have only found them as ebooks. I will see how desperate I am for answers after I’ve actually read it though.

FairyLoot

This was my first FairyLoot box and I was extremely excited to finally try another service other than OwlCrate (which I still love, but you know, variety is key). I can tell you right away, that you see with how much love and effort these boxes are created and I was not disappointed with what I got. Here’s the breakdown of the “Magic & Mayhem” box:

The Book

The September box featured Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. From the theme and mention of Russian folklore, I was pretty sure that I knew which book we were getting and I am always happy when it turns out that I was right. The story includes the myth of Baba Yaga, which already has me very intrigued, however, I have a bit of a reading vs. writing struggle going on again, which is why I am not very far into the book.

There was also a letter and signed book plate from the author, which I really appreciated. Also, the book was in a cloth bag, which is so awesome! I never want my books to get hurt, you know? Another fun feature of Fairyloot is that you also get a hashtag and number, which only your personal buddy shares. Mine was #FairyLoot2007, but no one ever answered or I just didn’t find anyone with the same #, which is too bad really. I am just going to read it by myself now!

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The Goodies

The goodies all featured a very common theme, which was mostly related to Leigh Bardugo’s writing. In general, I like theme’s like that, but since I have read neither the Grisha books nor the Six of Crows duology, I felt like I couldn’t appreciate it as much as some people who are fans of the books might have. But I am getting ahead of myself, here are the goodies:

  • Grisha Notebook by Literary Emporium – a girl can never have enough notebooks!
  • Materialki candle from Castle of Fables – there were 3 different candles you could get, all representing one of the Grisha orders. I like the colour of mine, but I am afraid that’s it. The first time I smelt it, I thought it was fine, but then it made me quite nauseated and I just can’t stand it anymore. It’s too bad, because I usually like scented candles a lot.
  • Felix Felicis sticker by BookOtter – it’s cute and I will be forever scared of putting it on anything because I won’t want to waste my one chance.
  • Russian doll necklace by Pastel Cloud – by far my favourite item in the box! It’s so cutesy and adorable and pretty! (and one of the things you definitely cannot really see on the photo … sorry)
  • Shade of Magic badges by BookOtter – I love that series and instantly recognised the badges. They are awesome!
  • Grisha print by GoodNightKittens – as mentioned above. Pretty, but I just don’t have an attachment to the series yet.
  • Vassa bookmark by Behind the Pages – it’s a really beautiful bookmark, with actual sparkly stars. I love it!
  • Bonus: Six of Crows postcards!

So, that was it from my side. I did not order any boxes for October, so there won’t be any more unboxing posts soon. I did order the November box from OwlCrate though. I had to decide between OwlCrate and FairyLoot (the latter being already sold out by now), because I think they feature the same book. If you want to talk about my guess on the book, just ask in the comments. I just don’t want to spoil people who don’t want to know!

Have you ordered a book box lately? 

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 18-24)

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I’ve been lacking a little bit in the TV show department, but today there are some really exciting promos for one of my all time favourite show. But don’t you worry! I have plenty of movie trailers for you as well!

Movies

The Girl on the Train

I have not read the book! I feel like I should before the movie comes out though, even if I am not a thriller-kind-of-girl. Can anyone who’s read it tell me what they thought of the book? Is it worth the hype?

The Magnificent Seven

Looks good? I like the casting choice, but despite the era they are in, this doesn’t exactly scream “Let’s go see a Western” to me.

Equals

I think this looks magnificent. AURORA’s music, beautiful imagery, Nicholas Hoult and in this case, I think the role will work for Kristen too. Everyone always complained about her being not very expressive, that could be good in this kind of society, right?

Jason Bourne

I am not a massive fan of the movie franchise, but ALICIA VIKANDER! There wasn’t nearly enough of her in the trailer, so I will have to watch the whole thing.

The Founder

It’s the McDonald’s origin story! I am kind of sad to say that I learned about this in school, but reality is I did.

Café Society

I love old, glamorous Hollywood movies and then there’s Jesse Eisenberg too? Count me in!

Independence Day: Resurgence

I don’t know what to say here. Either you are into that kind of stuff or not, I guess.

TV Shows

Doctor Who: New Companion

I have never seen that actress before, but I like her. She already seems funny and clueless, as they should be in the beginning. Maybe she could have a kind of Donna-vibe? I would definitely like that!

Class

This is the new Doctor Who spin-off and the cast has already been shown, but we have yet to wait for a proper trailer. This bit is a little pointless, sorry!

What are you going to watch? How was your week? Tell me all about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 28-April 3)

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It’s TRAILER TIME! I am seriously running out of ideas of what to say in these short little intros, especially since I believe that pretty much everyone knows what this weekly feature is all about – my trailer and promo finds! So, here’s what I would like to share this week!

Movies

Captain America: Civil War TV Spot

Cátia showed me this today … and it still hurts my feels. This movie will be my ruin!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer #2

So, I had no idea Moriarty would be in this too!

Me Before You Trailer #2

This trailer shows A LOT and I say that without having read the book. I will read the book though! Soon! I am actually going to order it this month. So yay! But I had to watch it because Neville … I mean Matthew Lewis is in this trailer.

Warcraft

I don’t know enough about the game to really properly judge this movie based on the trailer alone. I am personally not a huge fan of the CGI, but I guess it does go with the style of the game.

Tale of Tales

I am pretty sure they showed this movie last year at Cannes. Why you may ask? Because my boss at the time tried to watch it or she at least brought back all the reviews and I am not sure that’s a good movie … even with a cast like that …

The American Side

I am not sure how “real” this is … but I am not much for Thrillers anyway, so I guess I will skip this one.

Sundown

So, Camilla Belle is everywhere this week. And is that Ned from Ned’s declassified School Survival Guide? He grew up (obviously)!

3rd Street Blackout

It looks like the budget was really low, but I kind of love the hilarity of it!

TV Shows

Once Upon a Time 5×16 Sneak Peek

We are diving back into the Oz-world, which I think didn’t get nearly enough attention anyway. Is it just me, or does this Oz look a lot like the one from the James Franco movie? Also, not sure how I feel about Scarecrow …

So, what did I miss this week? What are you going to watch?