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2016 Favourites | What I’ve been loving this year

Hello again, for the last post of the year ūüôā

Last year, I did a post called “15 in 15” because considering it was 2015, the number worked. I thought I’d do a follow up “16 in 16” but… I think I’ll be sticking to fifteen because if I keep that up every year, these lists are going to keep getting longer!

Read on to see what were¬†my favourite books of the year, as well as my top picks of music, film and TV. The majority of titles in all three categories were released in 2016, but some are slightly older things that I’ve discovered.

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Last year I read something like 190 books, and this year, I’ve only read just over 50! I wouldn’t say this has been my best year for reading, but I have discovered some fantastic books.¬†Unboxed¬†by Non Pratt was unexpectedly poignant and¬†Everything Leads to You¬†has become one of my favourite books of all time.

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After my GCSEs ended, I spent a month in bed, on our newly-purchased Netflix, binge watching a gazillion tv shows. I adored¬†How to Get Away With Murder¬†and¬†The Get Down,¬†two shows that weren’t even on my radar at the beginning of the year, but I’m now a massive fan of. Movie wise, the¬†Ghostbusters¬†reboot has to be one of the best things to have happened this year. Bless Kate Mckinnon.¬†Rogue One¬†was pretty fantastic too.

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2016 may have been rubbish, but the music that came out this year most certainly wasn’t. Honestly, I could write¬†pages¬†about every album above. I adore them! While I’ve been veering more into indie sounds, I was also introduced to Sleater-Kinney, one of the most iconic riot grrl bands, and so many songs of theirs have become hugely important to me. Tegan and Sara’s¬†Love You To Death¬†is literally the best thing to have ever happened, and will forever be a favourite and special album. I’ve gotten into quite a few new artists, like Shura and Lauren Aquilina, but my favourite new discovery is probably¬†Christine and the Queens, who’s the musician everyone needs in their life.


So, there we go! That’s another whole year of¬†stuff. 2016 was a bit rubbish in general, but at least there’s been some great media to distract us from it, eh?

And before I go… A huge THANK YOU to everybody who has been reading my blog this year. I am hugely grateful for every view, like and comment on my posts, and seeing that people enjoy my ramblings is what makes me keep blogging!

See you in 2017. ‚̧

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Reasons to Read: Unboxed by Non Pratt

Published 15th August 2016 by Barrington Stoke.

I thought I’d make today’s post in an infographic form! I’ve been in a bit of a blogging rut recently (school, life, lack of motivation to do anything but binge netflix and sleep) and although I could write¬†so much¬†about this book, I wanted to summarise it really briefly and give it a pretty looking post. I mean, look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous?

Unboxed¬†unexpectedly moved me to tears. It’s an incredible book, and I haven’t been completely able to stop thinking about the characters. I cannot recommend it enough.

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GIRLPOWER: My Favourite Girls in YA

It’s ALWAYS a good time to highlight some of YA’s amazing female characters! I could literally spend the rest of my life blogging about the many protagonists I have fallen in love with, because there are so many. YA fiction will always be special to me, as it’s such an incredible place to discover memorable characters that break boundaries and norms.

So, here’s a lil’ infographic of just a few of my favourite characters in YA Some of them are very well known and loved, whilst some are totally underrated and deserve all the attention. Enjoy!

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So, who are your favourite girls in YA? Leave a comment!

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Five Reasons to Read Lumberjanes

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It occurred to me a while ago that, despite Lumberjanes being one of my favourite comic series ever, I hadn’t talked about it on this blog! I have no idea why. I love this series, and the five campers, to bits. No matter what you are, or what age you are; if you’re looking for any comic book series to start, I’d mention this first. It’s such a brilliant, unexpectedly hilarious¬†and¬†riveting adventure, made ten times better by the fact that it promotes positive female friendships and girlpower.

Persuaded? Good! Go get¬†started! Let me know what you thought of it ūüôā

Volume 1 collects issues 1-4; volume 2 collects issues 5-8; volume 3 collects issues 9-12; volume 4 collects issues 13-16

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Cover to Cover: My Favourite Overseas Book Designs

Just over two years ago, when I was starting to make graphics for this blog, I made one called Comparing Book Covers, where I looked at my favourite books of the time and the foreign editions I loved the look of.

After looking at some of my recent reads on Goodreads, I decided to make a sort of sequel to that blog post! See below for three titles I’ve recently enjoyed, and the overseas or special edition covers that I adore. Hopefully also, now I’m working in Photoshop, my graphics-making skills have somewhat improved… ūüôā

Click on the image for an enlarged version!

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I love books with brush fonts on the cover, as I think they’re really pretty, so that’s probably why I was so drawn to most of these. Another thing I love to see with book covers is how an artist interprets the theme of the book – for What We Left Behind, an LGBT* romance story, the English edition incorporates lots of small gender symbols, whilst the Australian version is a colourful rainbow. And with Beautiful Broken Things, the French edition’s cover design is a nod to a pivotal point in the story, and I think it’s presented really cleverly.

What books have you read recently, and do you have a favourite cover?

 

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Infographic: Autobiographies I’ve Read in 2015

Sorry about the internet absence. There hasn’t been a post on here in three weeks. Welp. A lot of bloggers are very good at timekeeping and balancing different things in life … But it turns out I’m not very good at keeping up to date with blogging during my GCSE year. I actually wrote most of the posts you’ve seen since September during August!

I hope that over the Christmas holidays I can start scheduling for the new year, so I don’t neglect this blog too much over the next six months. As an apology for the random disappearance, here’s an¬†infographic I’ve been working on between revision sessions. Click on it for a high res / larger version¬†you can zoom in on, if the writing appears too small on your screen!Untitled Infographic (1)

Thank you Piktochart, aka the most fantastic¬†infographic maker¬†I have ever encountered, for making this infographic so beautifully easy to¬†create (this isn’t a promo, I just love Piktochart a lot <3)

You can read slightly longer reviews of some of the books featured on this graphic here –

The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker // Tomboy by Liz Prince