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.
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? 🙂