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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Thanksgiving Freebie! Now, in Belgium we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m all for taking a moment to reflect on all the things you are thankful for.
Because let’s be honest, 2016 has not been a great year. Globally, so many things happened that left me anxious and generally disappointed in humanity. And personally, 2016 has not been so good to me either. But it’s always a good idea to focus on the positive, and even though 2016 had its’ flaws, there are also still things to be thankful for.
And there really are. It goes without saying that I’m super thankful for my husband, my family and my friends. They’re my rock and I love them. But other than them, there are also other, more superficial things that I am super thankful for. So let’s get into it!
Obviously, I love books. So there’s no denying I am super thankful to all those amazing authors out there for sharing their stories with us. I love being sucked into a story, rooting for my favorite characters and experiencing all the emotions that come with it. These are some of the stories I have read in 2016 that I’m most thankful for.
The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat
I love books that drag me so deep into the story that it’s all I can think about. When I am sneaking my book with me everywhere, trying to read while brushing my teeth, while having breakfast, while I should really be doing anything else. When I am seriously considering not sleeping just so I can continue reading (I never skip sleep though. Are you kidding? I need sleep more than anything. I just love considering it because I’m a rebel like that.) Anyway, the Captive Prince trilogy is the first series I read this year that was that kind of story. I love this story and that’s why I’m so thankful for it.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
What is this – a non-Throne of Glass book on this list? What has happened to me? I’m a super Throne of Glass fangirl, but even I must admit that this second installment of Sarah J. Maas’ other series COMPLETELY blew Empire of Storms out of the water. It caused me to have a major book hangover that lasted about a month during which I could only re-read, browse for fanart and listen to the soundtrack on Spotify. So obviously I’m super thankful for that!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. ROWLING, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
Sure, the reviews for this one are pretty divided. It definitely had its’ flaws, but come on guys, we got MORE Harry Potter. That alone is something I’m super thankful for. We got to dip into this amazing world one more time and the feelings and nostalgia it brought were through the roof. Plus, if we didn’t have this, we would have never known the absolute delight that is called Scorpius Malfoy. We wouldn’t have had a Draco Malfoy worth rooting for. And we wouldn’t have had the wonderful Scorpius/Albus relationship (It’s a thing in my head and no-one can convince me otherwise). So yes, I’m thankful.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I read this book in the beginning of this year and I fell absolutely in love with it. It’s just one of those books that you’ll start and get so lost in that you are turning the last page before you know it, sporting the biggest smile ever. It’s a feel-good book and I love reading it, but I also love that it introduced me to the wonder that is Oreos (yum) and the amazingness that is Tegan & Sara and Elliott Smith. A book-food-music combo is like a triple-win so I’m super thankful this little book exists!
The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Last year I read the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and fell in love with the world. So thankfully, we got to revisit that world in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, two books I read this year. And guess what? I actually kinda liked this duology even more! So I am super thankful that we got more of these world and that Leigh created these amazing characters I could fall hopelessly in love with. Plus, Crooked Kingdom gave me a certain character cameo from the Grisha trilogy that I was over the moon excited for because FAVORITE CHARACTER EVER. Thank you, Leigh Bardugo!
Sleeping With Sirens
Ok, music in general could have been a topic here, because 2016 is the year I officially got out of my music slump and actually got invested in music again. I have discovered so many new (to me) bands and I have fallen in love with music all over again. However, I want to give a special shoutout to Sleeping With Sirens, because I feel like they are the band that has been on repeat the most this year. It all started when I discovered the song ‘King For A Day’ by Pierce the Veil (my most played song this year) and fell in love with the guest vocals by some guy named Kellin Quinn. Enter Kellin’s band, Sleeping With Sirens. I fell in love with their music and no matter what mood I’m in, they have just the right song for me. Angry heavy songs, slow emotional songs, catchy poppy songs, they have it all. So thank you Sleeping With Sirens!
A hip-hop musical about the life of America’s first Secretary of Treasury has made it to this list? A year ago I would have laughed. But don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it! I was skeptical at first and after my first listen I thought “Meh, not bad. But I’m not sure if this is my thing”. But then my fingers found the repeat button. And again. And again. And now I’m obsessed. I love the story, I love learning about the history, I love that it introduced me to the wonder that is Lin-Manuel Miranda and I love the music and lyrics. Bad day? Put on some Hamilton and everything gets better instantly. Also, I have devoted a lot of time to learning to rap along to ‘Guns and Ships’ and I am super proud to say I have succeeded! Well, I like to think so anyway… So thank you Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton!
Gilmore Girls Revival
Gilmore Girls is one of my all-time favorite tv shows. It’s one of those series that I still like to binge-watch regularly and on a bad day it always manages to cheer me up again. We already had 7 seasons of awesomeness but in the end we were still left with lots of questions. What’s going on with Rory’s career? How is the Dragonfly doing? Did Lorelai and Luke get married? How is Paul Anka (the dog) doing? Who is ‘endgame’: Dean, Jess, Logan or someone else completely? (I’m rooting for Jess, just saying) And so many more questions. And now, so many years later, we actually get 4 brand new 90-minute episodes. We may get some answers to some of those questions, but most importantly: we get MORE GILMORE GIRLS. So I know what I’ll be doing on November 25th and I’m super thankful for that!
I’ve always loved to travel. When I was younger I thought it would be easy to see the world once I was an adult, but now that I am an adult I find that actual adulting often gets in the way of things. Things like time and budget all of a sudden play a role and suddenly there are just too many places to see and not enough time and budget to see them all. But this year I finally got to cross of one of my dream destinations: the Amalfi Coast in Italy. My husband and I went for one week (technically on our slightly delayed honeymoon) and IT. WAS. HEAVEN. The Amalfi Coast is a gorgeous location and I highly recommend everyone to visit it if you ever get the chance! Plus there are so many other beautiful locations nearby: Napels, Sorrento, Capri and Pompei to name a few. Super thankful this was a dream come true!
Blogging and you guys
After months and months of deliberation I finally started this little blog in January 2016 and I couldn’t imagine my life without it anymore. Sure, it’s all a lot more time consuming than I ever imagined, but I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT! I love writing posts, I love learning new things, I love spending hours trying to get a graphic that is looking more or less ok-ish, but most all, I love talking to you guys! I have fallen in love with the wonderful book community. You have all been so nice and welcoming and every day I’m so looking forward to coming home and reading your blog posts and fangirling with you in the comments. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!