The Standouts of 2013, part 2

Time for the second part of my favourites which are sort of the random other things I've loved throughout the past year! They'll include TV shows, books, etc! Get ready for some major geeky fangirling.

I'll start out with TV shows because god knows I'm obsessed with them.

  • Sherlock
If you know me, you knew this was coming. Fricken love this show and season 3 premiered on new years day and it was fricken beautiful. After two years since the Reichenbach fall, it was heavily anticipated! I remember watching season 1 when it was on TV a few years ago but this year I watched all the episodes there were (6 - such a small number :( ) and became so obsessed. I just love how the show and its characters are written, the storylines and how mind-trippy it can be at times. Probably my favourite show ever and a new episode comes out today!

  • Game of Thrones
I also started watching Game of Thrones this year (all three seasons in less than a week - that's how I roll) and when I marathon a show, I tend to get very obsessed. I've never really been interested in this show but my friend convinced me to watch it and omg I love it - aside from the sex scenes of course which really aren't necessary. I'm not typically a lover of medieval fantasy type shows but this one just seems so REAL. The costumes and sets are so beautiful and I just love (and hate) the characters. The storylines are really, really good and they're not afraid to be ruthless. 
  • Doctor Who
This one's a newie - I just finished watching it a few days ago. I watched seven seasons in under three weeks (I didn't watch classic who) and gotta say I fell in love. Ten (David Tennant) is definitely my fave doctor (of who I've watched) but dayum eleven (Matt Smith) I fricken love you. I cried in both regenerations :( . I've never really been a sci-fi fan at all but my friend (yes same friend, love ya Yas) convinced me to watch. It's really not too geeky-sci-fi as I thought and again I just love the characters sooo much. I love that it can be really funny and that there's a whole history behind the show which I find really cool.

  • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This show started this year and being the huge Marvel fan that I am, I knew I had to watch it! I didn't have super high expectations but it totally impressed me! It has fast become one of my favourite shows. It's got action, comedy and heaps of shippable relationships (which I'm always on the look out for ;) ). 

  • The Good Wife
The Good Wife is actually so good and I love it to bits. I find I sometimes forget about it but when I'm actually watching it I remember just how darn good it is. I just love the way it's filmed and I don't know - I just really like it! I feel like not many people watch it? It's great if you love a good drama that's not too heavy.

  • How I met your Mother
My favourite comedy was very hard to narrow down but has to be HIMYM. It's on its final season (cries) but I just love it so much. I laugh (out loud) in every episode - guaranteed. My other faves from the year would have to be The Mindy Project and The Big Bang Theory.

Six shows is quite a lot...but considering I watch 20+ I'd say that's quite an achievement haha!

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
TFIOS was a really beautiful story that was just a teensy bit depressing and emotional, but also light hearted. It was a really interesting story too about all these really serious issues but looked at in what I thought was a new perspective. It was just so beautiful - if you haven't already read it, please do so! I'm so ridiculously excited for the movie!

My reading of AGOT was spurred on by my love for the TV show. I also went ahead and bought the whole box set of the series so far and I've got pretty high hopes for it! I really enjoyed the first book. If you really love the TV series, I highly recommend getting into the books. I feel like they provide a lot more information and detail about the history and in general that was excluded from the TV show or not properly explained. Despite the quite heavy storyline, it is quite easy to read and doesn't at all feel like a chore which can sometimes be the case with these huge books. It's written so wonderfully and the world building is awesome. I'm on the second one and I'm very excited to continue reading!

As I've already said on the blog before, Divergent has been my favourite book of the year, and possibly all time. While the trilogy on the whole isn't my favourite, this first book is and it could even be read alone (though I do recommend reading all three!). I just adore the fast paced action  and character development and the whole storyline of a dystopian society is absolutely stellar. Again I am so excited for the movie - it looks so good! It's quite funny though that both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are in both TFIOS and Divergent movies - brother and sister in one, and lovers in the other haha.

  • Tumblr
Halfway through the year I created a tumblr blog which can be found here (be warned, not at all beauty related!). It has definitely been a fave as I feel like it's an awesome place for people with similar interests to gather and share stuff about the things they love. It's equally an awesome way to pass the time and a horrible distraction and source of procrastination. Ahh I could scroll through my dash for days hours... It has introduced me to new things (*ahem* Tom Hiddleston - who, let's be real, has also been a favourite) and has really amplified my pre-existing obsessions.

  • Beauty Blogging!
And of course beauty blogging has been an absolute favourite! I started this blog early last year and I've absolutely loved writing my blog posts and reading your comments! Sitting down and writing a blog post is something I look forward to and I love sharing my thoughts and loves here on this little blog. I'm so excited to see where this next year takes shiwashiful and hopefully I can stay as consistent and enthusiastic as I was last year (what with the upcoming of grade 12!)! Obviously I also absolutely loved watching Youtube videos and reading blog posts throughout the year!

Phew! That was longer than I anticipated. Please let me know what your guys' fave TV shows and books were! I love reading about other people's obsessions haha!


  1. Oooh, so many lovely things. I haven't read Divergent but so many people rave about it, I'm really interested in what it has to offer. I also liked John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Have you read 'Looking for Alaska'? It's my favourite from him. x

    1. You really should! If you liked the Hunger Games you'll probably like Divergent. I have read LFA, I liked it but definitely preferred TFIOS :)

  2. i totally agree with you on the comedy section. Nothing beats watching Big Bang Theory and HIMYM alone and laughing my ass off... Im so gonna miss Barney (sigh!!)

    1. Yes! Omg I love Barney soooo much, gonna miss my weekly dose of him, haha!

  3. I also became a recent Doctor Who fan. Nine and Ten are my fave doctors xx

    1. Fantastic! Ahaha, see what I did there?

  4. I absolutely love this post! Sherlock has been a favorite of mine ever since my friend showed me the first two episodes from the first season; however, I have not gotten the chance to catch up, but I must! One of my guy friends loves Agents of Shield, so I thought it was a guy thing, but maybe I'll give it a go since you said there are some shippable relationships :) Divergent was amazinggggg, and I still need to read Allegiant. I have loved the Dystopian genre this past year, and now I am thinking of doing of a post on my favorite Dystopian reads since I have truly read quite a few great series. I started beauty blogging in December of 2012, so it's pretty much been only a year for me as well :) I apologize that this pretty much could be a letter. Love your blog! Newest follower :)


    1. Thanks for the lovely comment hun! OMG you NEED to catch up! It's not hard too haha, you only have 7 more episodes to watch (cries). Agents of Shield is so good, if you're a Marvel fan, it's a must. I would love to read a dystopian genre recs post!