2017 Favourites – Books, Films and TV Shows

I can’t remember much from this year but what I can remember are the books, films and TV shows that I’ve really enjoyed and that have stuck with me throughout the year! I haven’t read many books this year which did help when it came to selecting my favorites however next year one of my resolutions is too complete the 50 book challenge. I’ve already started making a list of books that I want to read so if you’ve got any recommendation then I’d love to hear them!

This is the point now where I reflect on my year as a whole and in all honesty, my year hasn’t been anything special. I did just finish my first year of university and my second year is going really well as I’m loving my course, my friends and most importantly all the books that I’ve been set to read! I was only speaking to Eleanor about this yesterday but I feel like a completely different person that when I started the year, but in a good way. I feel a lot happier about the future and a lot more confident about it too, so much so that I’ve already declared 2018 as my year to do everything that I’ve always thought of doing.

From the books, films and TV show that I’ve managed to read and watch this year, there were some clear favorites, some of which I’m sure some of you won’t be surprised to see on my list as I couldn’t stop raving about them throughout Blogmas!

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – I was like a child at Christmas watching this film, throughout the entire film there was a smile on my face and I relished every detail and second; it was beautiful! I thought the storyline was carefully structured and it was clear that there were so much love and passion that went into creating these films.
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury/A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – I don’t know why it took me until this summer to finally catch with this series but I am in love with everything to do with them! The storyline is stunning and the characters I just wish were real because they are incredible! I keep seeing all the different fan art on my Pinterest page which just reminds me how much I love this series!
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – The magic, adventure, and mystery are what makes this story difficult to put down, and just like the Caraval, it sucks you in and invites you to lose yourself in its wonderful world. Garber makes it easy to fall in love with her characters and I can guarantee that it will have you on the edge of your seat through the entire story.
  4. This Is Us (NBC) – I discovered this show in September and still haven’t caught up with all the episodes yet because every single episode just makes me so emotional and I have to have a box of tissues with me otherwise it gets very messy! All the different storylines are so cleverly intertwined and I love the different yet relatable array of characters if you haven’t yet started this show then check out the first episode and I can guarantee you’ll be hooked like I was.
  5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Again it took me far too long to pick up this book, but when I finally got round to reading it I wasn’t disappointed! I still prefer the first book but that doesn’t mean that this book didn’t lack action as it was a heck of a journey and adventure that saw the highs and lows of emotions, wit, and humor between characters and of course the usual swindling and planning which was cleverly revealed and pieced together at the end.
  6. Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – Lara Jean is one of my favorite contemporary characters and we’ve been on such a beautiful and emotional journey with her throughout the series but I agree with Jenny Han it’s time her story ended. The ending was simply beautiful and just had me in streams of tears, a wonderful conclusion to an equally wonderful series. I’m going to miss all the characters and if you haven’t started this trilogy, I highly recommend it.
  7. Atonement by Ian McEwan – Since studying Ian McEwan at University he has quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time and reading this book has made me love him even more. This story is heartbreaking, and I truly mean heartbreaking as it had me experience different emotions from joy to sadness and frustration. Once again, McEwan has created a beautiful novel that explores the themes of love, war, guilt, and forgiveness through its brilliant narrative and prose.
  8. Thor: Ragnarok – This is one of my favorite superhero films because it was just so much fun to watch, everything about it from the characters to the film score was so different from the two previous films and worked perfectly together.
  9. Outlander: Season 3 (Starz) – Season 3 of Outlander really stepped up the game and I loved the reunion between Claire and Jamie and the fact that we got to travel to different places!
  10.  Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – I fell absolutely in love with this book as everything about it was perfect, the storyline, the characters and the way it made me feel when I finished it. If there was an option on Goodreads to give it 10 stars then I would!

The Christmas Song Book Tag – 12 Days of Blogmas

Merry Blogmas Day 9! Here comes another book tag because they are always so much fun to do and plus I’m loving all the different Christmas themed questions! If you’ve done this tag, I’d love to read your answers so please leave a link to your post in the comments below!

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Amy: Does Rhysand from A Court of Thornes and Roses count? As he is portrayed as the villain in the first book but turns out to be one of the best characters in the series who really cares for Feyre!

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

Amy: Any! I haven’t read much this year so any book under the tree would be lovely and will hopefully help me get back to reading more! I have however scheduled a ‘Christmas Wishlist’ post in the next coming days so keep your eyes peeled for that!

3. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Amy: Celeana Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series as she has gone through a lot to rebuild and become the woman she is today and she’s still facing problems! She better have a happy ending!

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Amy: a) I’ve found this question really hard to answer but I’m going to give the same answer as I did last time and pick the whole cast from ‘The Dazzling Heights’ as they’re all causing trouble and drama!

b) I’m going to choose Auggie from Wonder by R.J Palacio because he’s such a sweet and amazing character who melts my heart!

5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

Amy: The ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ series is just adorable and the characters Jenny Han has created will definitely warm your heart, especially Lara Jean’s sister Kitty who is just so cute!

6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Amy: This year I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdeih which is set in the Middle East and I fell in love with it and need to get my hands on the sequel asap!

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday-themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

Amy: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares because I see myself in Lily, her love for Christmas and the joy and passion she gets from spreading the Christmas spirit!

8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Amy: Chaol from the Throne of Glass series, he’ll always be one of my fictional loves and I could really see him eventually getting into the Christmas spirit and letting loose!

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire, to warm yourself up in the cold?

Amy: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. I don’t usually like writing bad reviews but I absolutely hated this book as it was just so dull and predictable! Sorry!

10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

Amy: Caraval by Stephanie Garber or Turtles All The Way Down by John Green! These two books are completely different but both hold a spot on my favourites of 2017 list and if you haven’t read either yet then I recommend you put them on your Christmas list.

Our Favourite Christmas Films – 12 Days of Blogmas

Merry Blogmas Day 8! Christmas films are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, I myself this year have already watched far too many Christmas films and I’m now running out of ones to watch. If you’re not one for reading or don’t have enough time to read then a Christmas film is a perfect alternative. We’ve already shared some of our favourite Christmas reads and you can check out that post here!

Love Actually – This film was on both of our lists as is just so cute and is packed with an amazing cast and storylines which will warm your heart as well as breaking it. I can’t think of anything wrong with this film, amazing!

Christmas With The Kranks – A funny and slightly childish Christmas film which doesn’t start off in the festive spirit but by the end shows you the true meaning and joy of Christmas. This film never fails to make me laugh and is one of those films I can watch over and over again and still laugh at all the same bits!

Home Alone (no.1 or no. 2) – I’ve grown up watching these films at Christmas and they never fail to put me in the Christmas spirit!

The Holiday- Ohhh this is such good Christmas film, but also a wonderful love story, always makes me cry at the end! I’ve already watched this three times this year as it’s a film that always warms my heart!

New Year’s Eve – Very similar to ‘Love Actually’ with the concept of different people finding love and even though it’s not a Christmas film it is however centred around the festivities of New Year’s Eve! It’s a classic romantic comedy which will get you in a good mood for the new year!

Nativity- I instantly fell in love when I watched this film, its just a brilliant, refreshing film about a school nativity that somewhat tumbles out of control! Plus all the songs are so catchy and I can guarantee after you’ve watched this you’ll have all of them stuck in your head!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – 12 Days of Blogmas

John Green I hate you. I hate the fact that I can’t write like you or create such beautiful quotes and stories that have such an important impact on people. I hate that you had me sobbing on the train back to University and how I’ve once again fallen in love with another one of your incredible stories that I just can’t stop recommending to everyone.

As you’ve probably already guessed this is going to be a very positive review and I won’t be able to stop singing my praises for this book. I haven’t really enjoyed a John Green book since The Fault in Our Stars so after reading lots of other reviews I went into this book with all my fingers and toes crossed that I too would enjoy it! Luckily I did!Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

John Green never fails to create such unique yet relatable characters who warm your heart, especially Aza who’s strength and thought process gave me a keen insight on the works of the mind and expanding my view on things. From the outside, she looks like she’s got everything under control but that isn’t the case, inside she struggles with her spiralling thoughts and I thought Green presented this in such a real and reflective way. Daisy was easily one of my favourite characters in the entire book not only for her undying love for Star Wars and her fanfiction but I really appreciated how she dealt with her friendship with Aza. It’s clear from all of this just how much we need love, friendship, acceptance and understanding and how difficult it can be to try and understand the challenges life likes to throw at us.

It’s pretty clear that I fell absolutely in love with this book as everything about it was perfect, the storyline, the characters and the way you made me feel when I finished it. If there was an option on Goodreads to give it 10 stars then I would!

Our Favourite Book Covers of 2017 – 12 Days of Blogmas


Although I haven’t read many books this year that hasn’t stopped me from occasionally wondering into Waterstones and having a quick browse at all the numerous shelves of books and appreciating some of the beautiful covers that have been released this year. Some of these books I haven’t read yet but they’ve been sat in my Amazon basket for far too long and hopefully I’ll have time to read them next year. Anyway, let’s get on to appreciating some of these beautiful covers!

  1. A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab – The covers for this series have always intrigued me as they are so simple yet extremely detailed at the same time. I started reading The Archived by her a couple of years ago and sadly never got into it so I’ve been quite hesitant to read more of her books, but since then I’ve only heard good things about her so I might have to pick up this series next year!
  2. We Are Okay by Nina Lacour – I’ve seen this book everywhere and I don’t have the slightest clue of what it’s about, nevertheless, the cover is beautiful and from the reviews, I’ve seen so is the story! Update: I’ve just read the synopsis and I need to read it ASAP!
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I swear this book has appeared in nearly every blogmas post so far, but just look at the cover! Not only is it a magical and fantastic story, but so is its cover and I love some of the hardback editions which although are pretty simplistic are stunning. I’ll leave a link to my review here if you want to go and check it out!
  4. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo’s covers are always beautiful but this is my favourite cover of hers so far because it’s just so elegant and enchanting which just sums up all of the mystical and magical tales inside.
  5. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings – It’s clear that so much time and detail has gone into this cover and I love watching both of their videos and seeing how excited they get! I love all the colours they’ve used and I’m huge a fan of the whole space and galaxy aesthetic! It’s just so pretty and I need it as a physical copy as soon as it’s released!

The Festive Christmas Book Tag – 12 Days of Blogmas

Merry Blogmas Day Five! It wouldn’t be Blogmas without a Christmas book tag and plus we haven’t done a book tag on here for a while and I always enjoy doing them! I did have to have a search around for this book tag and I’ve completely forgotten where I found it but thank you to the lovely blogger whose answers I really enjoyed! It’ll just be me doing this tag this time as Eleanor is still hard at work at University but she’ll be back home soon! Yay! I tag all of our followers to give this festive tag a go, so without further ado let’s get on with the tag!

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

Amy: I know this is a pretty common answer but it would have to be the Weasley’s as they know how to do Christmas well, plus I’d love Mrs Weasley to make me my own Christmas jumper! Or I’d love to spend it with Feyre and Rhys and their gang of friends, I’m sure we’d have a ball!

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Amy: An unlimited gift card to Waterstones?

3. A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf?

Amy: Lara Jean from the To All The Boys I Loved Before series because she is just so caring and I could see her putting a lot of thought and care into everyone’s gifts!

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song?

Amy: One of my favourite Christmas songs is Christmas Lights by Coldplay and I’d match that to Dash and Lily’s book of dares. I don’t know why but that’s what came to mind when I listened to it!

5. Bah Humbug: a book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the Naughty List?

Amy: I haven’t read much this year so I don’t have many books to choose from, but I recently read ‘The Dazzling Heights’ by Katherine McGee and all those characters need to be on the Naughty list for their actions! Avery, in particular, disappointed me as I just found her really depressing and mopy in this book, hopefully, she can sort herself out in the next book.

6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the Nice List?

Amy: I’m going to apologize now because I can guarantee you’ll see me raving about this book a lot in the upcoming posts but it would have to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I read this book at the start of the year and it was just so magical and I can’t stop thinking about it! If you haven’t read it yet and are looking for a mysterious carnival adventure then definitely pick this one up!

7. Red, Gold, and Green: a book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it?

Amy: I love the cover for ‘My True Love Gave to Me’ which is a collection of short Christmassy stories by various authors including one of my favourites Stephanie Perkins. The cover features all the characters ice skating which I just think is adorable and I love all the little details they include!

8. A book or series you love so much that you want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too? 

Amy: I won’t use Caraval by Stephanie Garber again (but seriously you should read it!) instead I’m going to pick the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas because it is incredible! There’s no doubt that you too will fall in love with the world and the characters Sarah has created, everything about these books is perfect!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Film Review – 12 Days of Blogmas


Minor Spoiler Alert – Read at your own Risk!

I was like a child at Christmas watching this film, throughout the entire film there was a smile on my face and I relished every detail and second; it was beautiful! I thought the storyline was carefully structured and it was clear that there were so much love and passion that went into creating these films. All the different storylines fitted seamlessly together and there was a perfect balance between all the perspectives, and I really enjoyed the addition of new and old characters! Every shot was beautiful and the fight scenes were full of suspense, intensity and just pure cinematic magic that made every angle a masterpiece. As for the acting, it was perfect. Each character was beautifully brought to life and there isn’t one performance that I didn’t think was exceptional; Oscars all around!

I wasn’t expecting to laugh so much during these films, and I thought it was rightly so that they had a bit of comic relief as this film was seriously intense. There was a perfect balance between good and evil which meant that nothing in this film was expected and certainly wasn’t lacking any action or adventure. So much happened in this film my poor little heart could only just take it, and I need this film on DVD now so I can just watch it over and over again. There were so many storylines in this film that beautifully crossed paths and intertwined with each other, and it was great to see more of certain character relationships my favourite being Poe and Leia as she knows how to put him in his place! I’ll keep my fangirling over Poe to a sentence, but it was great to see that he had a bigger and more developed role in this film!

I also loved Finn and Rose and the relationship between them. Rose is not your typical hero and her passion to make difference in the world and the strength she posses really made me love her as a character and I can’t wait to see more of her in the next film! Finally, the scenes with Rey and Kylo Ren had me panicking because I had no idea what was going to happen between them, would Rey be possed by darkness? or will Kylo Ren discover and follow the light that possibly remained inside him? Who knows, you’ll just have to watch and see what happens!

The Porgs, aren’t they just adorable and I could write three pages on how much I love these creatures. Another favourite of mine has to be BB-8 as he never fails to warm my heart and make me smile, I just need both of them in my life, Father Christmas are you listening?

I think it’s pretty clear that I absolutely loved this film and there aren’t enough positive adjectives to describe my thoughts and what I felt when I left the cinema. Even if you don’t like Star Wars (which I find hard to believe because how can you?) I recommend you go and watch it as it is a beautiful masterpiece that is filled with an equally beautiful storyline and characters!