2016 in Review

Hey guys!
 I know everyone keeps saying that this year has been awful, but it really wasn’t that bad. There were some good things that happened in 2016, and to be honest, 2015 was worse for me personally. In 2016, child mortality rates have decreased all over the world, and animals such as tigers and pandas are no longer endangered. Busted returned and Leonardo DiCaprio finally won the Oscar for Best Actor, which he has deserved for a long, long time. And Gilmore Girls returned for the revival in November. On a more personal level, I graduated from uni, attended 5 blogging events, and was offered my first sponsored post (and I’ve had a few since).
Some great films have also been released this year. My favourites include The Fundamentals of Caring, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Finding Dory, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, The Jungle Book, Me Before You, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Allegiant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – it really was fantastic (sorry!)! Of course, there are a load of other great films released in 2016 that I didn’t get the chance to watch: Doctor Strange, Moana, The Huntsman: Winter’s War and A Street Cat Named Bob (I was supposed to see this with my mum, but for some reason it didn’t happen). In terms of films released in other years, I really enjoyed Labyrinth, Edward Scissorhands, A Princess For Christmas, Brooklyn, Last Chance Holiday, The Book Thief, The Breakfast Club, Innocence and A Girl Like Her.
I managed to read 24 books this year, which isn’t quite as many as I’d planned to – for some reason, I set myself the target of reading 45 books. Unfortunately, I had to write a 10,000 word dissertation and fill out SO many job applications this year, so it was difficult to find the time to read for pleasure. However, the majority of the books were read between May and December, so it’s still quite an achievement! Let’s hope I’ll read 45 books in 2017! My fave books that I’ve read in 2016 are Longbourn, Brooklyn, Black Rabbit Hall, Isla and the Happily Ever After, The Ice Cream Girls, The Girl On the Train, Easy, Me Before You, The Other Boleyn Girl and All the Bright Places.
 
Onto TV… 
2016 was also a good year for TV. I FINALLY got round to watching Gilmore Girls and Full House, and they are both so so so amazing! Michelle Tanner is adorable and I’d love to live in Stars Hollow! I also watched Jane the Virgin, which is hilarious but completely ridiculous! I still need to watch Stranger Things and finish the first season of Shadowhunters, but I don’t think I’ll be able to any time soon when I have to catch up on Jane the Virgin (Season 3), Once Upon a Time (6 episodes of Season 6), Scream Queens (all of Season 2), Switched at Birth (5 seasons), and Full House (37 more episodes). And of course PLL returns in April (why can’t PLL return in Jan and Switched at Birth in April?!).
 
So what am I looking forward to in 2017?
Well, there are a lot of exciting things happening in 2017, not just the return of PLL! I’ll be attending my first proper wedding in July and I’m going to be photographing the event! I’ll also be heading to BlogCon in March, and hopefully a few other blogging events in January and February! In August my European friends will hopefully be visiting London for our yearly Summer in the City gathering! There are plenty of films I’m excited to see in 2017 too. The main ones are Before I Fall, The Space Between Us, A Dog’s Purpose, Pitch Perfect 3, Beauty and the Beast and Everything, Everything. I might be a qualified driver by this time next year too!
 
What did you enjoy most this year? Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2017? 🙂

Serena

12 Comment

  1. Oh my goodness, congratulations on having sponsored blog posts, & persisting with the dissertation & job applications! Now 2017 is your year to kick your feet back with a wine & a good book. Of course, there are still responsibilities & annoying duties to fulful day-by-day, but don't forget to have fun & not just work hard but play hard & have one heckova happy new year! Kisses & hugs from Australia! xxxxxooooxoxoxoxo

  2. Well done on reading that many books! It might not have been your goal but it's still more than me, I can barely manage a book a month just now.

  3. What a cool blog post! I loveeee Gilmore Girls. And congratulations on graduating from uni and getting a sponsored post. Happy 2017!

    Lauren

    http://WWW.TheZenFashionista.Com

  4. It does sound like 2016 was a good year for you! Congratulations! 🙂 I personally enjoy a lot of these movies, books, shows, etc. too! I loved Bridget Jones's Baby and Fantastic Beasts! I'd like to see Fundamentals of Caring and Hunt for Wilder People sometime soon. I loved that Stephanie Perkins series and Isla was my favorite. I'm hoping to read a lot in 2017 as well. Jane the Virgin always makes me laugh, and I am so glad that you got around to GG. It's so great! 🙂 Also looking forward to The Space Between Us and Beauty and the Beast! Happy New Year! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  5. Cannot wait to watch Before I fall! The book was amazing. I've also missed a couple of good films you've mentioned which I didn't even realise were already out, ha! Need to catch up x

  6. I'd love to watch Beauty and the beast. Thanks for your post. xoxo rita talks

  7. What an amazing year you have had! Congratulations on your hard work, wishing you the continued success and so much more. Great post!

    Susana @ Style & life by Susana
    http://www.susanalopessnarey.com

  8. The jungle book was SUCH a good film I absolutely loved it and I can not wait for beauty and the beast, its one of my favourite ever films!!

  9. Now that you mention all this.. 2016 weren't bad at all! Congratulations on graduating! X

  10. This has given me so many ideas for movies, books and TV shows to look for – thanks so much!

    – Chloe
    chloetommo.co.uk
    xoxo

  11. Becca says: Reply

    I think 24 books is a great achievement! It's still 2 a month if you want to break it down 😉 Sounds like you e had a pretty good year! Good luck with your diving that's an amazing skill to have! So jealous 😘

  12. 2016 was great indeed for movies, tv shows and books. I loved fantastic beasts so much! And Bridget Jones and Moana. Good laughter. Movie wised, I get why you are so keen on 2017. I am too. It's gonna be great! Let's stay positive! xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

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