The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello everybody! Today, I’m back with another post (two in one week, my goodness I’m getting back on track, touch wood!) And this time I’m answering the questions Lily set me in the Sunshine Blogger Award. Onto the post!


1. Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

I’ve been trying to do this less, but from time to time, absolutely I do. I’m such a magpie; shiny things are like catnip for me!

2. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

More disability rep would be fantastic, because currently there is PRECIOUS little. I’d particularly appreciate it if I could see some characters who use walking sticks that aren’t either villains or elderly. Like even just one person would be an improvement!!

3. Which trope can you not live without and which trope needs to get in the sea?

The trope of people with walking sticks being evil has popped up far too much recently, and that can most definitely get in the sea. I also hate the whole boy comes along and cures a girl who is ill thing. It’s irritating and inaccurate and frankly unnecessary. Judge me all you like, but I bloody love a love triangle. They’re so fun!!

4. Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

The boring plot with amazing characters! If I don’t like the characters, I almost certainly won’t enjoy a book. Which is why I don’t generally get on great with things that have unlikable narrators!

5. Contemporary, Historical, Dystopian or Fantasy you can only read one setting for a year what would you pick?

This is IMPOSSIBLE. Dystopian is obvs discounted, but I really love the other three. I’d probably go for fantasy.

6. Which actor (or literary character) would play you in a film of your life and why?

Oh God, I don’t know. I don’t really think I look like any actors? And they’d need to be Scottish, which narrows things down even further. Anyone got any suggestions…?

7. Which writer/author would you want to adapt the screenplay of your life story?

Holly Smale, hands down. She’s got a dead similar sense of humour and to be honest I’m so like Harriet Manners, it’d be a breeze for her!

8. Inspired by the old movie The Day After Tomorrow, An apocalyptic event has occurred and you are taking shelter in a vast public library. If you don’t burn books you will die, what will you burn whilst waiting for rescue and what would you fight to the death to preserve for the future of mankind?

I’d burn all the thick ones, because occasionally I’m actually sensible and I’d rather not die. Inkheart would be quite a good choice maybe given it’s quite long and I didn’t really like it? I don’t really know what I’d want to preserve. If I’m honest, I’d be selfish and preserve as many of my favourites as possible probably.

9. Gilmore Girls- Team Dean, Jess, Logan or otherwise?

Team Jess ALL the way. I watched Gilmore Girls primarily because I already fancied Milo Ventimiglia so it was kind of inevitable really!

10. Which book/series do you think would make the best screen adaptation?

If they didn’t make an utter mess of it, I’d honestly die for an adaptation of the MMU books. I think I’d genuinely lose my mind if I ever got one!

11. What book would you recommend to me to read most of all?

I’m assuming this means you personally Lily? And if that’s the case Polar Bear Explorers’ Club because I’ve wanted you to read it for AGES and I’m so sure you’ll like it.

I’m not going to write any questions, but if anyone fancies doing these ones please feel free, and I’d love to hear what you think of my answers in the comments!

Amy x

Five Shows I’ve Binge Watched in 2019 (so far)

Hello everybody! Today, it’s time for another TV post, this time about some shows I’ve binge watched this year so far that I want to recommend and screech about for a bit. Onto the post!

Cable Girls- I was very reluctant to start this and it takes a while to get going, but halfway through the first series it became AMAZING and I fell in love. I watched it in the original Spanish because my teachers kept saying to watch foreign language TV to improve my listening skills, which obviously takes a bit more energy than a TV show in your mother tongue and I would still watch 3 or 4 episodes of it in a row once it got going because it’s SO addictive. It’s about the very complicated lives of telephone operators in Madrid in the 1920s, and I adore this show. It’s dramatic and intriguing and full of romance and passion and love and danger, and I just LOVE it okay?! My favourite girl is Alba, because she’s just the best and I want to be as cool as her, and I’m Team Carlos if you’re wondering. The villains are some of the nastiest I’ve ever seen too, and I’m a big fan of lots of other characters such as Francisco and Elisa. I check for news on season 4 literally every day. I need it and I need it NOW because that cliffhanger was horrible. Also, I know this is shallow but The clothes in this show give me such life. Especially Alba’s.

Gilmore Girls– I watched this partly because of Charlotte and partly because I love Milo Vemtimiglia, and I liked it very much. Certain parts of it are definitely outtdated in 2019, but other than that I was a pretty big fan. It’s about unconventional mother/daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, and their lives and loves over 7 seasons. Emily is SUCH a complex and fascinating and fabulous character who I adored utterly, and Paris was another fave. Luke is very, very lovely and while I’m not quite as in love with him as I am Jack in This is Us, I love Jess SO much. Stars Hollow is such a cute setting too- I loved all the eccentric people who live there and the small town feel that’s not dissimilar to Bluebell from Hart of Dixie. A really lovely show perfect for escapism.

Private Practise– I’ve only seen one season of this so far, because I finished it in like 2 days and then got obsessed with Depserate Housewives while waiting on the next DVD arriving (which took an age) but I will 100% go back to it, probably soon. It’s the Addison-centric Grey’s Anatomy spin off I’ve been meaning to watch for YEARS, and I’m so pleased that I love what I’ve seen because I adored Addison in the original show. I’m already very fond of her new coworkers/friends (10/10 would die for Dell already), and I like the wellness centre setting so much more than I’d expected to- it’s not boring or humdrum at all, and it packs SUCH an emotional punch a lot of the time. Definitely excited to return to this.

Big Little Lies– I have been reluctant to watch this for so long, even though everyone kept saying I’d like it because it’s basically Pretty Little Liars with older characters (I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that, but I did love it!), and I finally did and now I am obsessed. It’s about the lives of some mothers whose children are in the same class, and it’s SO much more thrilling than a show with that description has any right to be, possibly because you know straight off the bat that someone has died in the future, and you’re watching the events that led up to it. The acting is absolutely phenomenal from literally everyone (Maddy is just such a queen, while we’re talking about the characters. And I love Jane!) And now Meryl Streep’s joined the cast in season 2 it’s even better. Buy into the hype, here. It’s well deserved.

Desperate Housewives– I’m currently almost done with series 3 of this, and I’m VERY into it. Like Gilmore Girls, it is definitely outdated in some ways (more so than GG, I think) but it’s so addictive and intriguing and I do love it for that. None of the housewives are particularly likable people (except Susan, who is weirdly the only one I don’t like!) but I still love them all anyway and I want things to end up good for them. My fave is probably Bree, for her organisation and quiet and exacting but deadly means of handling any threats or issues, but really I like everyone. My fave partner is Carlos I think, though I’d like to specify I mean Carlos later on, because he was a horror at the start. But really all the men are kind of trash. I despise Tom especially! Very excited for more mystery and suburban drama as I keep watching, especially as Dana Delany will be arriving imminently and I bloody love her in her brief guest role in Castle.

Which shows have you binged this year, and would you recommend them? Have you seen any of these? I’d really love to hear in the comments and chat about them!

Amy x

My Top 5 TV Shows of 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my favourite TV during 2018, because while I’ll be doing a more general favourites post soon, I wanted to talk in a bit more detail about why I enjoyed these, like I’ll be doing for all my favourite books of the year too, probably at the very end of the month or beginning of January. Onto the post!

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The Vampire Diaries Tag

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be doing the Vampire Diaries tag, which I saw on Zoe’s channel (though I think the questions here are slightly different as I googled blog posts doing it when I decided to do it myself!). Onto the post!

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