Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of my favourite things about this year, because despite it being really difficult in some ways I have loved so many amazing things that I want to talk about. Onto the post!
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!
Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, for which the theme is bingeworthy TV shows, and I think my ten favourites at the moment all fit into that category. Onto the post!
A little (a long), while ago on Twitter, I asked for some questions for a Q&A post, so today I’m going to answer them all. I was so pleased with all the questions, and I already can’t wait to do another one of these (especially if anyone enjoyed it; please let me know what you think in the comments!)
Onto the post!
First and last crush on a fictional character?
The first was Aiden from Pony Club Secrets, last was probably Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss. The two biggest are Nick from Geek Girl and Sirius Black.
Favourite show/musical? And favourite character from it?
My favourite musical is Sunshine on Leith, which is based on the music of the Proclaimers, and I also loved Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat
If you were a Disney character, which one would you be and why?
This is SO hard. I asked my mum who she thought I’d be, and she said Belle as I’m almost always reading! I’d say Rapunzel, but I don’t think I’m optimistic enough in all honesty. In a dream world, I’d like to be Olaf.
How do you plan/write your reviews?
Badly 😂. I try and write notes on as many as possible throughout the month, then sit down at the end and write them all up (and usually put it off till the night before I want the post to go up). If I forget to write notes, I wing it.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I’d love to be a dog (probably either a cocker spaniel or a golden retriever, though really any breed as I adore them all).
Peter Pan or Tinkerbell?
Tinkerbell. Peter Pan is FAR too whiny for my taste.
What’s your favourite guilty pleasure snack?
I try not to be guilty about treats, but I do indulge in quite a bit of chocolate…
Do you think words have the power to change us and if so do you think this is a good thing?
Absolutely, and yes. Words shape who I am, and my knowledge.
What book have you had on your TBR forever, that you still haven’t read yet?
Loads! Based on the person who asked me this (hey Aimee, if you’re reading) I’ll say Abi Ephinstone’s books. I read the Dreamsnatcher and enjoyed it, but have still never got round to books 2 or 3.
If you could only read one author or genre for the rest of your life who/what would you choose?
I’d read mysteries, because you can find a mystery in most books and could therefore read almost everything!
What was your first favourite book?
A picture book called Second Best.
What are your pet bookish peeves/things you can’t stand?
I’m not keen on selfish or whiny main characters (or those I perceive to be those things, anyway), unless it’s clear it’s been done on purpose. For example, I really rooted for Olivia in Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls as she’s not conventionally likeable but we can see why. I’m 50/50 with animal deaths, and I detest any poor treatment of animals.
What do you really love to see in a book?
I personally quite like instalove if done well, but I also like slow-burn romances. I love characters who are so brave but don’t really know it, if that makes sense. I love seeing a foreign country, or fantasy worldbuilding. I love a good mystery, of course. And a really nice friendship!.
Three elements for a perfect story?
A middle grade mystery, with fab friendships and an exciting, excellent plot.
What’s your fave mythical creature?
I love a good dragon, and also unicorns.
If you could live in one bookish world, which one would you choose?
Stoneybrook in the Babysitters Club. I’ll be nice and safe, be able to look after lovely children and go on fun adventures to places like New York.
What got you started with blogging?
I had wanted to for ages, and decided in June that I might as well give it a shot.
Most underrated book?
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, which will most likely not come as a surprise. I’m planning a whole new feature this year about other books I love which are underrated and why I think everyone should read them. The first will be my favourite Enid Blyton series…
Most underrated Disney film?
I think I’ll go for Oliver and Company! I also bareky ever see love for Zootropolis, which I adore SO much.
Favourite t.v. show?
I love lots, but Suits is probably my all time favourite. There is literally nothing I dislike about it.
Best thing to binge watch on Netflix?
I have only ever binged the Good Wife on Netflix, which I adored. On DVD, I got through Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and the Mentalist VERY quickly.
Your ideal cosy night in?
A nice film or boxset, Maltesers and Counters, mint choc chip ice cream, crisps, a blanket, pillows and dog cuddles please.
Favourite genre to read?
Who are your top 5 singers?
George Ezra and Into the Ark are my joint absolute favourites then Tom Odell, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and Coldplay.
Who are your top 3 favourite Grey’s Anatomy characters?
Meredith, Christina and Alex.
What underrated book do you wish everyone would read?
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, or the 39 Clues series.
What classics do you plan to read in 2018?
I have a few I want to read, but I’d especially love to get to Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess and the Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I’d also like to give some Jane Austen a go!
What is your daemon?
I‘ve never read Northern Lights, so I’m not really sure. According to the quiz I just took, a terrier.
What was the last book you DNF?
I think it was Things a Bright Girl Can Do.
What’s your favourite and least favourite genre?
MG- Mystery and fantasy, YA- contemporary for favourites. Not big on horror or dystopia at all, and I’m not that into sci-fi.
If you were a book character, what type of book would you be most likely to end up in? (Mystery, adventure, etc)?
I’d like to feature in a mystery, seeing they’re my favourites. Realistically it’d probably be very dull! My life would not make a good book.
Which characteristics in a protagonist really make you connect with them?
I love really brave characters that have to work hard to be so, e.g. Hazel from Murder Most Unladylike or Ade from Boy in the Tower. And those who love animals are always lovely too!
Which fictional character would you most like to marry?
In what may come as no shock whatsoever at this stage, Nick from Geek Girl. Or maybe Airen from Pony Club Secrets. Outwith books, it’s even harder. Patrick Jane from the Mentalist, Harvey Spectre from Suits and Caleb Rivers from Pretty Little Liars (and also Jackson or Derek or Mark from Grey’s Anatomy). And film wise, Duckie from my all time favourite Pretty in Pink or Andrew from the Proposal, a new fave from this year.Thank you so much for reading! Do we share any answers? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Today, I’m doing the Grey’s Anatomy Tag, which I was tagged for by it’s lovely creator Han. Onto the post!
How did you discover Grey’s Anatomy?
I recieved it as a Christmas present when I was either 13 or 14, and finished the first season in 5 days. I ordered the next 2 seasons straight away, and carried on in that pattern till I’d watched the lot.
Who is your twisted sister/person?
Don’t really have anyone as close as that.
Series– I won’t lie, I’m actually pretty fuzzy on the events of some seasons. From memory/rewatch so far, I have a particular fondness for seasons 2 and 9.
Character– My favourite of all time is probably Meredith herself. I LOVE Ellen Pompeo, and how much Mer has developed over the series but still retained what makes her ‘her’
Episode– I love most episodes, but the Christmas episode ofseason 2 has a very special place inmy heart. There’s also season 7, episode 14, which in my opinion has one of the best Christina moments EVER.
Guest Star– I think Kate Burton was phenomenal as Ellis Grey, and I liked the Chief’s wife Adele. Patient wise, I thought the train crash victims on the pole in season 2’s premiere were incredible; their scenes are heartbreaking.
Death– I remember finding George’s emotional, but Mark and Lexie are the ones I was most devestated by. (Mark especially)
Wedding– The post-it note, easily. It’s the best ❤
Series Finale– Season 2 (it makes me laugh hysterically during the LVAD scenes, which is potentially slightly worrying) and Season 6, which is so tense and dramatic it’s difficult to watch. I thought 13’s was phenomenal as well.
Storyline– I found Mer’s relationship with her mum/dealing with her Alzheimer’s interesting to watch, and watching Arizona come to terms with the loss of her leg.
Mer Love Interest– Derek. I’m sorry, I know it’s the boring answer, but I love them.
Couple– As I used my beloved MerDer for the question above, I’ll say Burke and Christina for this one. Their relationship had problems, but when they were good, I loved them.
Your own crush– Alex, and recently I’ve also enjoyed Jackson (who I used to quite dislike!)
Actor bow out– I thought Chyler Leigh and Eric Dane handled their departures well.
Meredtith danger- the bomb episodes in season 2. Talk about shivers down my spine. I don’t think I’ll ever not love those episodes.
Surgery– I don’t pay much attention to the surgeries, if I’m 100% honest.
Series– I’m not keen on seasons 4 and 10. 4 I just thought was quite boring with haywire storylines,but season 10 is awful in my opinion. The Meredith/Christina fight bugged me an AWFUL lot, and I hated some of the interns introduced.
Character– I’m not keen on Izzie (though, oddly, she’s growing on me this rewatch), April, Owen and Amelia. They’re all a bit whiny for my taste, and they’re very smug.
Episode– I can’t think of any specific episode, but I turned a good few of season 10 off in rage.
Guest Star- I loathed several. Melissa George as Sadie, for one, and Rebecca/Ava or whatever you want to call her. Olivia the nurse irritated me as well.
Death– I can’t think of any deaths that particularly annoyed me.
Wedding– Aside from Meredith’s FABULOUS speech, I found Owen and Ameelia’s wedding episode really annoying.
Series Finale– I can’t even remember what happened in season 4’s, so probably that. I think the last few seasons’ (e.g 10 and 11 and 12) have been quite poor.
Storyline– the Christina/Meredith fight in season 10.
Couple– I think Alex deserves a lot better than Jo (I like the actress, but NOT the character).
Actor bow out– I was very disappointed in the events surrounding Patrick Dempsey’s departure.
Meredith danger– the drowning one in either season 3 or 4.
Surgery– same as the other surgery question.
Top 5 Quotes (I can’t think of 5. Here is my favourite of all time)
“Pick me, choose me, love me” – Meredith, to Derek.
Top 5 Songs
Way Down We Go
Shake It Off (cover)