Top 17 Reads of 2017

I simply couldn’t bring myself to do this post in the actual year of 2017, because I was reading some great stuff in those final days and just knew they might make it onto this list. These books that I am talking about here weren’t all released in 2017, that’s simply when I read them. Also, they are in no particular order (that would have been an impossible task, if you ask me)!

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me by Your NameOkay, I know I just said that I wouldn’t actually rank the books, but this one was the absolute #1 of the year! It was raw and emotional, deeply intimate and I cannot wait to share a full review with you guys in the upcoming days. I definitely marked quite a lot of pages for possible quotes.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep BlueI like books that make me feel something and this one was the perfect mix of cute fluff and deep exploration of grief. Also, this was just such a great story for bookworms with the setting and the way it was written. It made me want to start a letter library of my own.

Full review here!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

GeekerellaI’ve always been a huge fan of the Cinderella story movies and this one has the ultimate geeky twist! As someone who has worked at comic cons herself, I can also really appreciate that aspect of the story!

Full review here!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous MagicSince I’ve only recently reviewed this one, I am sure all of you know how easily this book could win me over. Fairy tales + Grishaverse + Leigh Bardugo = AMAZING!

Full review here!

Love Her Wild by Atticus

Love Her Wild2017 was the year I’ve really embraced my interest in poetry. I am a total sucker for it, but I am utterly incapable of writing anything myself. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying what others write, though, and Love Her Wild was simply enchanting!

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)I know there is something in this book that not everyone was all too happy about, but I for one really enjoyed being back in Verity and seeing what my babies had to deal with *cough*especially August*cough*.

Full review here!

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American BoysSeen as what we had to deal with politically during 2017, I just found this book very topical. It wasn’t even a recent release, but it just also shows how important matters like racial profiling have been an issue for a while. This was an absolutely fantastic read and a great collaboration between authors.

Full review here!

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be FeministsThe title says it all! It was by far the shortest book I read in 2017 but one with the most clear and amazing messages. I feel like this should be required reading!

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of GeekThere was so much to relate to in this book and a truly varied representation of characters. Once again, this was also set during a convention and I have to say that it turned into one of my most preferred settings!

Full review here!

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are OkayNina LaCour has yet to disappoint with anything she writes. We Are Okay has very little plot, but is beautifully character driven. If you are still looking for something to read during cold winter days, I’d recommend this book, however, it’s obviously not just for winter days.

Full review here!

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)Me and World War II have a strained relationship, but Ryan Graudin won my heart by storm with this series. Blood for Blood was the perfect conclusion to an intense and imaginative duology. The only thing I have to complain about is the use of the German language …

Full review here!

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)I could have put Sleeping Giants or its sequel, Waking Gods, here and it would have made very little difference for me. The series is some of the finest that the science fiction genre has to offer and I can’t wait for Only Human in 2018.

Full review here!

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Saints and MisfitsVery clearly, I remember that this was one of the books that absolutely saved me from my reading slump. It wasn’t even so eventful, but rather a character study kind of book as well. I was stressed most of the time while reading and sat through it until 4AM, just so that I knew how it ended.

Full review here!

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)Speaking of great endings to series, A Conjuring of Light must definitely be mentioned. One of my complaints during the Shades of Magic books was that they were slow to get started, but that was not the case at all with this one. I absolutely loved it!

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of UnrequitedThere was such a big hype around this book, just like with Simon vs. and I think that’s why it took me such a long time to read it. However, I ended up loving both of them anyway. There were so many things that I could just deeply relate to with The Upside, I adore how Becky can always make me fall in love with her characters.

Full review here!

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye DaysJeff Zentner knows how to crush my heart into a million pieces. He has quickly become one of my auto-buy authors and somehow always manages to relate that sadness his characters feel. This one was like a cloud of grey following my every move until I finished the book and even then it stayed with me.

Full review here!

Jughead Vol. 2

Jughead, Vol. 2Comic books were my salvation when no book out there could hold my attention, so it’s only fitting that at least one of them is represented in this list as well. Jughead very quickly won me over, but it was the second volume that I liked most so far. His relationship/friendship with Sabrina is hilarious and what I am truly here for. It’s so much for funny than the angsty Riverdale version of him.

 


Which books were your favourites during 2017? Have you read some of the ones that were on my list?

December 2017 Wrap-Up

I hope you all had a great start into the year 2018, whether it was by celebrating with friends and family or keeping it low-key at home. This year should be all about you doing you, at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. Before I truly dive into 2018 now, there’s still a tiny summary for December necessary. So, let’s start with what I’ve read and how I’ve either mastered the art of picking up stories I love or how I’ve become ridiculously generous with ratings.

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (4.5 stars)
  • Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell (5 stars)
    I had already read Kindred Spirits before (as most of you know, but here was my review!), however I absolutely enjoyed the second short story and especially the illustrations. They are my true weakness.
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1 (2.5 stars)
    While the art work was amazing, I got utterly lost with the story sometimes. It felt like there were connecting parts missing inbetween and it therefore didn’t always make sense to me.
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (5 stars)
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan, Vol. 3 (3 stars)
    I just really missed the old art work for this one.
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5 (5 stars)
    Forever love this entire storyline, I just wish the wait inbetween volumes wasn’t as long.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5 stars)
    It’s such a powerful read and despite me not always loving the flow of words, they were too strong and important to give it anything other than 5 stars. I just want to emphasize that it is very America-centric.
  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (5 stars)
  • Book of Mythicality by Rhett and Link (5 stars)
    This is just an amazing treat for all the Good Mythical Morning fans out there.
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (5 stars)
  • Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman (5 stars)
    MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE ENTIRE YEAR! I will write a detailed review soon, but I literally finished it at 10 PM.

The Upside of Unrequited  Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell  Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)  Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase I  Between the World and Me  Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)

Book of Mythicality  The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic  Call Me by Your Name

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December was alright, I suppose. I did have some really nice times with friends, but mostly I just tried to be done with the Christmas stress and to stop worrying about why December is such a terrible month to apply for jobs. I don’t think anything groundbreaking has happened, and that is okay. 2017 was a weird year in general – I experienced some of the most brilliant moments of my life and learned more about myself than I thought was still possible, but there was also so much bad stuff happening all over the world and it saddens me to think about it. Maybe a little calm is the best for now anyway.

I haven’t talked about Arcadia in a while and I just feel like 2017 was among my worst years in terms of creativity. I honestly really tried to get at least one chapter up before the year ends, but it obviously didn’t happen. However, I did have a couple of epiphanies, which should make the continuation in the new year go more smoothly. I will share new chapters on wattpad as per usual, but am also willing to send out pdf-files if you ask nicely. Just send me an e-mail if you are interested!

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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?

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

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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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October 2017 Wrap-Up

The last day of October has come and gone. My last day in Vancouver has come and gone. I feel like I just arrived here a week ago and now all I have left is one week in Toronto. Life is strange sometimes. For the first time in a long time, I actually managed to read something last month AND wrote a review. I know, it was a shock to me as well.

I Hate Everyone But You

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I don’t think my brain has fully realised that it’s not in Vancouver anymore or the fact that it won’t be there again for a considerable amount of time. Anyway, coming back to Toronto was nice. (I literally ran into a set upon arriving downtown … It didn’t even take me 5 minutes) It felt familiar and a little like home in a way too. I know my way around and I know how things work, that is just always so much less stress than in an entirely new place. I doubt I will do very much, this is more of a time to rest and get my wits together before returning back to Vienna.

Before leaving Vancouver, I tried to cram in as many sets as possible and I managed to do that quite alright. I think I’ve seen everyone from the Arrowverse at least a couple times now. I also feel like I ran into more people on the streets, which is super strange. What do you say? What do you do? If you are me, probably nothing because you are too shy/embarrassed/frozen in place. However, I did manage to meet Rahul Kohli and Rob Raco and take pictures with them. Yay!

My friend and I also got to attend a Riverdale event in Vancouver, where they gave out free Betty and Veronica (vanilla and chocolate) milkshakes to fans. Marisol was there, she plays Veronica’s mum, and we got the chance to dress up in Riverdale attire. It was a lot of waiting around, but since we were pretty much among the first 50 people to get in, it also a lot of fun.

Lastly, I just want to express my deep, deep love for Stranger Things! My entire camera roll is currently pictures of Steve, Hopper or the kids. I can’t even tell who I like best, because I like them all so much. Who would have thought that I would be the one to fall for a scary show?

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September 2017 Wrap-Up

So … uhm … I haven’t read a single book during this month. I tried, believe me I did, but as of right now, my brain just won’t compute. My attention to focus on a page is virtually non-existent and I’d rather not force myself to read. However, I did get approved for another eARC and my cousin left me a book as well, so I have even MORE reading material with me.

  • Masked by J.D. Wright
    I do read superhero comics, but not really novels. I was just really curious if I would like it in that format.
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
    So, this book isn’t technically mine, but my cousin didn’t want to take it with her and left it with me instead. I guess I will give it back to her when we are both in Vienna (but I might conveniently forget that until next year? Just kidding, Julia!).

Masked (Superheroes UnderCover, #1)   The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

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I know I keep saying this every single month, but where the heck is the time going? It feels like just yesterday that I arrived in Canada and now I only have one more month in Vancouver. I do not want to leave whatsoever … However, I am kind of looking forward to do another blogger meet up in Toronto in November, shortly before I’ll return back home. It was tons of fun the last time and I just love that I can meet up with some fellow bloggers in real life, because it doesn’t really feel like an option back in Austria.

Since I talk about visiting sets each month, I am doing that again. I’ve watched some stunt scene filming for Deadpool and the Flash. Those are always fascinating to watch, but terrible to take pictures because security is tight. But cars getting flipped, explosions, stuff burning and telephone polls falling down and spewing electric sparks is something you don’t get to see every day (or at least I hope not).
I’ve also been to the set of Arrow and the winner of the month with the most set visits is Once Upon a Time! I am at a point where some of the crew recognises me (Sarah, who is called the Leaf Lady by fans, even gave me a free rubber bracelet!) and the running gag with the other fans is that the cast has to try to get my attention and not the other way around. I don’t mean to ignore them, but sometimes I am not paying attention or I am having fun with my friends and they’ll wave at me or even say something and I won’t notice. It has lead to quite a lot of hilarious/embarrassing moments.

I also got to go to a concert by Andrew Belle and it was so much fun. The location wasn’t that big, so it felt very intimate and exclusive too in a way. Andrew stayed after the concert to talk to everyone and so did his bandmates, who were his opening act. They were super nice to talk to and Andrew signed a bunch of post cards I bought and even took a picture with me. It was a dark club and I looked terrible, but I will still cherish that memory.

I already mentioned my cousin earlier and that’s because she was visiting me here in Vancouver these past two weeks. It was very interesting to have her here, a bit of a worlds-colliding-situation, but I am glad she came and got to see a bit of my life here. Although, I am still a bit bitter that none of the sets we went to while she was here worked out. I wanted to find a fun one and it did not work whatsoever.
Anyway, my favorite part of her visit was probably our little weekend escape to Victoria. We went whale watching and I absolutely adored it (aside from our biologist looking like French YouTuber/comedian Cyprien), it made me want to live on a boat. My phone wasn’t really the best to take pictures of the whales, but it was one  of those experiences where I rather wanted to be in the moment than see it all on a screen.

Lastly, I just want to mention some new shows I absolutely adore! I really didn’t expect to love The Orville or The Good Doctor as much as I do. I am still a bit on the fence about Inhumans and I have yet to watch Star Trek Discovery. I will do a round-up post on all opinions for new shows a little later this season. There’s still so much to come!

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August 2017 Book Haul

Admittedly, this post isn’t really necessary because I haven’t gotten that many new books, but oh well, I’ll do it anyway. As per usual, the books that have made it in the monthly wrap-up won’t be mentioned here.

  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
    I love Mindy and I really enjoyed her first book. I found this one as a hardcover and on sale, so there was just no way around me getting it.

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  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
    It has been months since a publisher accepted my request on Netgalley and I honestly cannot tell you why. My follower stats are solid, my ratio was 100% before I got this book, I am just a little lost as to why I don’t get any responses at all on there. Then again, I am in a reading slump … so, there’s that.
    Anyway, the book is pretty eventful so far (I am at about 40%), but I have heard mixed things and will wait with full opinion until I am done. Obviously I will post a review when I am done!

Why Not Me?  27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

Did you get some new reads this month?