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My Anticipated Releases of 2017

 

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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!

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Top Ten TV Shows I’ll Be Watching This Autumn

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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?

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My Favourite 2016 Releases

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Top Ten Tuesday is feature by the wonderful blog The Broke and Bookish which 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.

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Top Ten Series’ I NEED To Finish

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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’.

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Top Ten Books I Want To See As Films/TV Shows

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This is a feature that combines books and lists!

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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

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As A Film/TV Show

The Films

 1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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Because magic. And parallel worlds. What more could you want?

2. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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I just think a YA thriller would be so good! And this book has so many twists and turns, especially that ending.

3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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Despite the fact that I would cry buckets if this were a film, I think if it was done well it could be a great film! And also absolutely heartbreaking.

4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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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.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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So this one would be a little weird, but imagine the circus themes! They’d be so magical and enchanting and ugh. Just imagine it.

The TV Shows

6. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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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.

7. Heist Society by Ally Carter

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So right now I’m just imagining a show were Kat and friends just go and steal things in a really complicated manner. To be honest, I just want thieves and heists and action.

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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SCI-FI! Because there aren’t many sci-fi tv shows. Apart from The 100, which is awesome, so clearly we need more. Please?

9. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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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.

10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Assassins! Murders! Celaena and Chaol! It would be amazing and wonderful and it would have to be a tv show to do it any justice.

On another note, wouldn’t this kid make the perfect little Celaena? (I recommend skipping to 1:22).

So, what books would you like to see be made into films or tv shows? Do you agree with any of my choices?

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Authors I Love The Most

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HOW IS THIS WEEK’S TOPIC EVEN ALLOWED TO EXIST?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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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??

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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.

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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.

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9. Leigh Bardugo writes about the best characters. I need more of her books in my life, especially ones about Stormhund. Because Stormhund.

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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).

Which authors are on your list?

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Top Ten Favourite Heroines

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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

Top Ten Welsh Heroines

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1. Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd

Welsh princess who eloped with a prince, and then led her husband’s army into battle. She was captured and beheaded, but inspired others in South Wales to rise against the Normans/English.

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Gwenllian ferch Llywelyn, 1282 – 1337

2. Gwenllian ferch Llywelyn

Another Welsh princess, and daughter of the last native Prince of Wales. She was imprisoned for fifty years in a convent, and never returned to Wales after her capture.

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Betsi Cadwaladr, 1789-1860

3. Betsi Cadwaladr

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.

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4. Elizabeth Phillips Hughes

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.

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Elizabeth Andrews, 1882-1960

5. Elizabeth Andrews

Suffragette and first woman organiser of the Labour Party in Wales. She campaigned a lot for health and education services, and was awarded an OBE in 1948.

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6. Margaret Haig Mackworth

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.

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Gwendoline Davies,1882-1951, and Margaret Davies, 1884-1963.

7. Gwendoline and Margaret Davies

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.

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8. Megan Lloyd George

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.

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9. Elaine Morgan

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.

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10. Tanni Grey-Thompson

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.

Which heroines were on your list this week?

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Top Ten Books I Really Need To Read

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Top Ten Contemporary Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve really started reading contemporary books, so there are a lot of really good ones that I still haven’t read.

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1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Everybody says it’s awesome, and I already own it so I need to read it soon.

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2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Actually, I need to read any Kasie West book – I’ve only heard good things.

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3. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I read some Sarah Dessen a long, long time ago and I really want to get back into her books.

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4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

I’ve read If I Stay, now I just need to read the rest of Gayle Forman’s books.

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5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

I loved the other books in the series, so I want to get to this one asap.

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6. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Again, I’ve heard a lot of good things!

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7. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This is yet another book a lot of people have told me to read.

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8. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I loved both of Morgan Matson’s other books so I really want to read this at some point.

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9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

It looks brilliant!

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10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

A lot of people love this book, so I definitely need to read this one. (Plus it has an awesome title!)

Which books do you really need to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday – FREEBIE

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Top Ten TV Shows

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 July last year, but I won’t repeating any shows. There are several favourites on the original list though.)

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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.

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2. Broadchurch

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.

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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.

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4. Arrow

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.

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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!

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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.

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7. Elementary

I’m only at the beginning of series 2 (I really need to catch up on all these shows), but it’s really good.

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8. Supernatural

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.

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9. Graceland

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.

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10. Yonderland

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!

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Top Ten Books I Didn’t Get To In 2014

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Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

This list was far too easy to write! I had way too many options to choose from, but I managed to narrow it down eventually.

Maggie Stiefvater - Blue Lily, Lily Blue

1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Boys #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Rick Yancey - The Infinite Sea

2. The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancey

Stephanie Perkins - Isla and the Happily Ever After

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Marie Rutkoski - The Winner's Curse

4. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Sara Raasch - Snow Like Ashes

5. Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

Mary E Pearson - The Kiss of Deception

6. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Sally Green - The Half Bad

7. Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green

Marie Lu - The Young Elites

8. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

Rosamund Hodge - Cruel Beauty

9. Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1) by Rosamund Hodge

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10. On The Fence by Kasie West

I know, I need to read all of them! I already own a few too, and Blue Lily is one I will be getting too very, very soon.

Which books did you miss out on?