This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Independence Day, but as a Welsh gal, that doesn’t really effect me at all, so instead of sharing books in the colours of the US flag, I’m going to share books inspired by the Welsh flag instead! And if you don’t know what the Welsh flag looks like, well here you are:
Top Ten Tuesday is an absolutely wonderful bookish tag which involves making lists(!) of books(!), and is hosted by fabulous blog The Broke and the Bookish.
Unsurprisingly, I am in love with this topic. (And I already know it’s going to lead me to adding plenty of books to my tbr once I start visiting other blogs). And let’s be honest, there are so many exciting books coming out so there was no way I was going with only ten. So there is a slight risk of your tbr exploding if you read on. But hey, don’t blame me!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and Bookish, and let’s bloggers celebrate books in the best way possible: by writing lists!
This week’s topic is all about tv! I considered chatting about my favourite series’, and then realised that I’ve done that twice already – once in 2014, and once in 2015. So I figured that I’d share some of the shows I’ll be watching this autumn – there are so many on this season, and I’m super excited about all of them. Seriously, how am I meant to do a maths degree when there’s all this telly to watch?
Top Ten Tuesday is feature by the wonderful blog The Broke and Bookishwhich celebrates lists! Especially lists of books! You should all join in right now.
So far this year I’ve read 27 books, and eight of those had 2016 release dates. That already makes this week’s TTT a little hard since the topic is Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year, and I haven’t actually read ten.
Instead, here’s a list of my five favourite 2016 releases, all of which I gave either four or five stars.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and involves both lists and books – which are two very awesome things.
This week’s topic is…
Top Ten Finished Series I Have Yet To Finish
When I first saw the title I totally blanked on every book I have ever read, so I made great use of GoodReads to figure which series’ have actually been finished. I thought there’d be a lot of these, but it seems not – it took me a while to actually find ten series’.
I remember doing this topic back in 2013 (beware the bad formatting), and it was one of the first TTT posts I ever did. I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since then! Anyway, enough with the reminiscing. These are my
This would be such a cute contemporary with a focus on friendship. Yes, there’s romance, but there’s so much friendship and cuteness! Seriously, someone make me happy YA contemporary film. You know, one where nobody dies at the end.
A tv show could do this world so much justice. Yes, it would be super expensive to recreate the world of the Mistborn, but it could go into so much detail! And I’d love to see Vin and Kelsier and the gang just doing their thing.
Yes, it’s another Sanderson book, but so what? Superhero stuff is doing so well at the moment, so I bet people would love Steelheart. Especially seeing as the heroes are all humans and it’s the villains who have the superpowers.
Seriously, only ten?? But, how? I saw the title and so many authors came to my head straight away. I’m determined to have a list of only ten, so here goes!
Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors
1. I’m going to take a wild guess, and assume that J. K. Rowling is at the top of a lot of people’s lists. I grew up reading the Harry Potter books and going to the see the films, so she just had to feature on here.
2. Again, there was no way I could leave Uncle Rick off the list. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books captured my heart the moment I started reading them, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
3. MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS AMAZING! I love her Raven Cycle books, and I think she’s ridiculously talented and is too awesome for her own good.
4. In my eyes, Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy authors out there. I may not have yet read all of his books, but I WILL. ONE DAY!
5. Once upon a time, I picked up a book about an assassin and a captain and a prince and I fell in love. Thanks a lot, Sarah J. Maas. I cannot get enough of Celaena’s story, and I’m also super excited about ACOTAR!!! (IT ARRIVED YESTERDAY! IT’S NOT EVEN RELEASED IN THE UK UNTIL MAY 5TH!! THANK YOU WATERSTONES!)
6. Marissa Meyer, otherwise known as Queen of Retellings. All her characters are wonderful, and the stories she tells are amazing, and I need to read Fairest asap. WHY IS IT NOT IN ANY BOOKSHOPS??
7. When it comes to historical fiction, Elizabeth Wein is at the top of my list. Her books might reduce me to tears, but I love them to bits and I think they’re wonderful.
8. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson rocketed to the top of my favourite authors list. Her books are so creative and cute and are brilliant contemporary reads.
9. Leigh Bardugo writes about the best characters. I need more of her books in my life, especially ones about Stormhund. Because Stormhund.
10. C. S. Lewis could not be left off this list. The Chronicles of Narnia was pretty much childhood, and reading some of his other books are definitely in my plans for the future.
(An honourary mention goes to Roald Dahl, for writing the best children’s books ever!)
So, I pretty much managed to narrow it down! (I won’t lie, it was hard. Very hard).
I really like this week’s topic, which is Top Ten Favourite Heroines. It’s also exciting because I get to tie it in with Welsh Week which is currently happening on the blog, so I’m adding a little twist to this week’s top ten. I’m going to be looking at
She worked alongside Florence Nightingale as a nurse in the Crimean War (despite the fact that Nightingale was totally opposed to a working-class Welsh woman going to Crimea). She moved to a hospital nearer the front line where she made a lot of good changes, and then returned to Britain at the age of 66. She also traveled all over the world while she was young, working as a maid or an assistant.
Welsh scholar and promoter of women’s education. She was the first woman to take first-class honours at Cambridge, and was appointed Principal of the Cambridge Training College for Women, later named Hughes Hall. She then returned to Wales to continue to fight for better secondary education.
Viscountess Rhondda and active suffragist. She campaigned for women’s suffrage across South Wales in the year before the first world war, and served a period of time in prison due to activities such as attempting to destroy a post box with a chemical bomb. She worked with her father in the US during WWI and survived her ship being torpedoed by a German submarine when returning to the UK. She also tried to take her father’s seat in the House of Lords after his death, but failed.
Sisters who were Impressionist and 20th-century art collectors. They set up an arts centre just after WWI, and collected art whilst traveling Europe. They also set up a printing press, and sponsored the Gregynog Music Festival. In the mid 20th-century, they donated their 260 works of art to the National Museum of Wales.
First female MP for a Welsh constituency, and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, before defecting to the Labour Party in 1955. She campaigned for a Welsh Parliament and the creation of a Secretary of State for Wales.
Welsh writer for television and author of books about evolutionary anthropology. Her work for television included several popular dramas, and was drawn into scientific writing because she was irritated that because most explanations of human evolution were largely male-centered.
Wheelchair racer, parliamentarian and television presenter. As a paralympic athlete, she won 16 medals, including 11 golds, and held over 30 world records. She also won the London marathon six times between 1992 and 2002.
There are plenty more Welsh women who’ve done pretty awesome things, but these are just a few of them.
This week is FREEBIE WEEK. Which means I get to choose whatever topic I want. Thing is, I’m really bad at making decisions like that, so I figured I’d go for something that’s not really even book related. The obvious choice was tv. I spend far too much time watching the telly, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you guys. On with the list!
(Side note: I actually did this topic back in Julylast year, but I won’t repeating any shows. There are several favourites on the original list though.)
1. The 100
Series 2 recently started here in Britain, and it’s awesome! I think I mainly started watching it because I loved Bob Morley in Neighbours, but I’m now in love with this whole programme.
It’s amazing. I wasn’t sure how they were going to succeed in making a second series, but they have, and it’s really good.
3. The Wrong Mans
One of the best series’ on the telly. For those who don’t know, it’s a comedy thriller starring and written by the brilliant Mathew Baynton and James Corden. It’s awesome.
So, I’m kind of addicted to Arrow right now. I watched series 1 over Christmas and now have three episodes left of series 2 to watch.
5. Downton Abbey
Period dramas are the best, and this one is so good. The amount of times it’s made me cry though is ridiculous!
6. Being Human UK
I’m currently a couple of episodes into series 3 and I’m terrified of finishing the series. It’s a brilliant show! The friendships in it are some of my favourites.
I’m only at the beginning of series 2 (I really need to catch up on all these shows), but it’s really good.
Series 9 has just started in the UK (I don’t know why it took so long), and I’m enjoying getting back into the world of Supernatural.
Guess what? I’m only halfway through series 2 of this! I pretty much watched the first series because Aaron Tveit was in it, and then I got just a bit addicted.
Possibly the craziest programme I’ve ever watched, but I totally love it. It’s written by and stars the cast of Horrible Histories, and it’s really funny. Plus it has puppets!
So, there we go. Just a few of my favourite tv shows. What are your favourites? And make sure to link to your TTT’s, I really want to see what topic you chose!