Binge Watchers #1: Legend of Korra, Flash & Arrow

It’s been a year since my last update somehow but then I saw Michelle’s latest update and remembered how much I enjoyed taking part, which led to a refresh of my to be watched (TBW?) list a couple of weeks ago.  This first real update will have some pretty big jumps in terms of my progress below, but I swear it’s not that I watched a billion hours of TV this month or anything, it’s just that this is a year’s worth of updates!

What I was binging last time…

Attack on Titan season 2.

In six words or less: Humanity is threatened by people-eating Titans.

Progress since last time: Literally none. I came to a standstill because only episodes as far as 6 had been dubbed, and I have a tendency to multi-task when watching which obviously I can’t do if I’m trying to read subtitles. That hasn’t changed, sadly and I keep finding myself picking up something I can multi-task with over this.

Grey’s Anatomy season 8.

In six words or less: Medical Drama filled with twisty relationships.

Progress since last time: All of seasons 8-14. This has been my biggest binge-watch over the last year for sure! I can’t wait for it to re-start, though it looks like we won’t be getting it here in the UK until November at the earliest.

Marvel’s The Defenders season 1.

In six words or less: Slightly damaged super-powered humans saving NYC.

Progress since last time: All of season 1…. and yet I can barely remember any of it. Sadly, a bit forgettable!

 

Currently Binging & Binge-stats:

I love Goodreads for a whole bunch of reasons but at least one of them is because I can keep track of where I’ve got to with each book or series.  A search for something similar for TV led me to TrackSeries and Trakt, both of which I’m still exploring.  Both let me see my percentage progress on a series so far, give a calendar of what’s up next in terms of new episodes/series (the dates don’t line up for me here in the UK but it gives me a rough idea and let me mark a series as to watch (Trakt) or follow (TrackSeries) even if I haven’t started it yet.  So far I like the idea of Trakt more as it has a lot more features: tells me how many hours of watching I have left to catch up with a show, accommodates rewatches and can also hold movie information.  The downsides for Trakt so far are that I haven’t managed to get any of the auto-tracking features working (no big loss as TrackSeries didn’t offer it at all) and it has a lot more adverts.

Here’s what my dashboard looks like:

So you can see at the top that I’ve so far watched 68 days worth apparently (I’ve only done a very quick add of films though so that might spike significantly as I keep using it!) and then a snapshot of what I might watch next. That’s taken from my progress page, and I’ve got it set to sort by most-recently watched though you can organise by recently aired/number of episodes watched/number of episodes left to watch/time left to watch or a whole bunch of other settings if you’d prefer.  For a bit more detail in terms of stats (which I love!) my progress page itself shows that I’ve watched 52% of my watchlist (hovering over that number tells me I’ve watched 739/1418 episodes), for a total of more than 15 days. Eek! I’ve hidden my 100% completed shows, and at the moment have 17 shows on the go apparently.

Currently Watching

Legend of Korra

In six words or less: Teenage girl with magical elemental powers.

Why I’m watching it: I really enjoyed Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I recently suggested that we watch it as a couple, as my other half had never seen it.  He ended up loving it too, so now we’ve started Legend of Korra which neither of us have ever seen. It’s very different to A:tLA as it feels a bit older and has quite different visuals but we’re enjoying it anyway.

Where I’ve got to so far: We’ve so far seen all of season 1 (12 episodes)

Arrow

In six words or less: Bow-and-arrow wielding vigilante.

Why I’m watching it: I meant to watch Arrow when it started but – prepare to laugh – it really irritated me that Oliver McQueen lived in the same house that Lex Luther did in Smallville. Totally jarred me so I didn’t make it past about 2 episodes… I’ve now gone back, at least in part because I see so much about The Flash on Twitter but I know they interlink.

Where I’ve got to so far: Season 3, Episode 7 – everything has slowed down for me now that the shows all interlink, because I feel like every time I sit down to watch it I have to look up whether I should be watching Arrow or The Flash!

The Flash

In six words or less: Super fast crime scene investigator.

Why I’m watching it: I’ve now got to the point in Arrow where the shows start crossing over!

Where I’ve got to so far: Season 1, Episode 4.

What’s up next?

I’d really like to re-watch Riverdale before season 3 comes out, but other half refuses to mix shows we’re binging, so I don’t know if it’ll happen! My solo watching will probably continue with the Flash/Arrow, and maybe some anime.

Binge Watchers Reset!

It’s been a year since my last update somehow but then I saw Michelle’s latest update and remembered how much I enjoyed taking part!  Like Michelle, I’m going to see this as a reset, and make my list of shows I want to watch.  From then on, although the post normally runs every other Wednesday, I’m going to try it as a once a month (mid-month) feature and see how I get on – I’m not sure I’ll have enough progress to update it fortnightly, but of course I’ll take it as it comes!  Expect another post on the 19th about where I’ve got to so far.

My Binge Watching List…

Started but need to catch up

  • The 100
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Arrow
  • The Flash
  • How to Get away with Murder
  • Nashville
  • The Punisher
  • The Originals
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • The 100
  • The Big Bang Theory

Ongoing but currently up to date

  • Doctor Who
  • Game of Thrones
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Riverdale
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

Anime/Cartoons started but need to catch up

  • Attack on Titan
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Steven Universe
  • Sword Art Online

Not started but want to

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Firefly
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

Started but not sure whether to continue

  • The Crown
  • Glee
  • Grand Tour
  • Humans
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Zoo

January 2018 TBR List: Voting time!

My TBR list (#MyTBRL) is a meme hosted by Michelle at Because Reading which aims to help knock a few books off our TBR piles by letting everyone else vote on what we should read!

I’ve got a few books on my currently-reading shelf which I haven’t really made much progress with, I think because I’m just not far enough into them to get hooked yet.  I’m putting them up to a vote and hoping the TBR vote can push me to get far enough into one of them that I get engrossed!

 

Mistborn #2: The Well of Ascension

Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

 

 

Renegades

Secret identities. Extraordinary powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone . . . except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

Lost Boy

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

 

 

 

 

Which book should I read for the January TBR vote?

  • Lost Boy (50%, 3 Votes)
  • Renegades (33%, 2 Votes)
  • The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) (17%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Thank you for voting! Next week I’ll check in to let you know which book won!

Ten books I read and loved before I started blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a throwback freebie so I’ve gone with Ten books I read and loved before I started blogging.

First fantasy favourites

My fantasy obsession started as a kid with Harry Potter & David Eddings, and it’s only grown bigger since. I still love fantasy books with assassins, like Throne of Glass and Graceling, and I’m pretty sure that started with Silk from The Belgariad, continued on with Fitz in Assassin’s Apprentice and was reinforced with Poison Study. I absolutely can’t resist anything with a dragon, and I’m pretty sure both the Dragonlance books and the Song of Ice and Fire series (as well as later Robin Hobb books) played a huge role in that.  Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten is the odd one out of the group as the only urban fantasy, a genre I don’t reach for that often now, but I still remember reading and adoring this, and I keep telling myself one day I’ll make it to the end of the series…

The dystopia obsession begins

I picked up Uglies first and was absolutely hooked. Once I finished that  I snatched up anything I could find that was similar, which led me to both The Hunger Games and the Delirium series, both of which went on to become favourites (though Requiem was a bit of a let down if I’m honest).

Which pre-blogging books remain your favourites?


Ten books I disliked initially but ended up pleasantly surprised by

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Top Ten….Books you had a hard time with“.  I didn’t want to do just books I decided to DNF, because that’s a bit depressing, but I’m also not sure I can think of 10 books I’ve DNF’d but then gone back to love, so I’ve tweaked the theme a little, to Ten Books I disliked initially, but ended up being pleasantly surprised by.

Pre-reading prejudice

Wolf of the Plains – This is one of the very first books I can think of where my initial snap-judgement was totally wrong. This was recommended to me, and I promptly turned my nose up – Genghis Khan? I knew literally nothing about him, but I knew I didn’t read historical fiction. That remained true, until I got nagged into reading this by the person who’d recommended it, and I ended up loving it. I still don’t read much historical fiction, but I don’t dismiss it straight out of hand any more, and this remains one of my favourite books.

Am I normal yet? – Contemporary? Not my thing, and I found Holly Bourne’s covers kind of cheesy-looking if I’m 100% honest. I picked this up after reading the third book in the series, and ended up being very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed both.

Graceling – I missed this when it initially came out, and by the time I got around to it, I’d sort of decided in my head that you were a fan of Graceling OR of Throne of Glass – and I loved Throne of Glass. How could Graceling compare? (Or, a tiny part of me worried, what if I loved it and ended up hating Throne of Glass?). Slightly irrational? Absolutely, but it did put me off for ages. When I finally picked it up, I loved it, and I discovered that I didn’t have to pick one over the other – I could just love both (I don’t know why I ever thought this would be an issue to be honest, but I did).

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child – Oh the fear of this one. The epilogue of Harry Potter is my least favourite part – I regularly tell people I’d rather just ignore it’s existence and pretend it never happened. How could I possibly like a story about the ridiculously named children, born of all the canon-pairings? I’m a fanon shipper all the way, and I resented that JKR hadn’t let us go off and make our own endings, but I knew I’d get spoiled for this so I picked it up to at least make my own mind up. I ended up actually really enjoying it (and Scorpius is awesome).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Demons and romance? BORING AND CHEESY. Er, wait, actually, when I finally picked it up I burned through all three books rapidly and Laini Taylor went onto the list of favourite authors. Oops.

Didn’t like on first attempt

The Lord of the Rings – This is still probably never going to make it on to my list of favourite books, but I enjoyed it SO MUCH MORE when I picked it up at the right time. The first time, I didn’t even finish the first book. Second time, I made it part way through The Two Towers before I decided it was too much like hard work. Third time, I read through the whole lot in one go.

A Game of Thrones – I picked this up and thought “It’s another Tolkien. Everything is so slow, and boring, and so damn wordy.” I came back a year later and absolutely devoured the series, couldn’t get enough of it. Now an absolute favourite.

Fool’s Errand – I know, I know, this one seems weird. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Robin Hobb, and the Fool is my favourite character, how was this not an instant favourite? I don’t know either, all I know is that I absolutely loved these when I came back to them a second time (AFTER reading the Liveship Traders) I enjoyed them a lot more, even though the recommended reading order is these first and the Liveships later.

A Discovery of Witches – Too urban, too modern, too cliche-romance, I didn’t even make it through the first chapter the first time.  After someone recommended it to me I went back and gave it another go and got engrossed.

The Final Empire – I started this on audiobook the first time, and I couldn’t get on with it AT ALL – I ended up returning it to audible because it was all so bleak, and depressing, and I found the narrator just put me to sleep (definitely a personal preference, I know lots of people love him). I picked it up in paperback a few years later though and really enjoyed it.

Which books did you dismiss out of hand but end up loving? And have you ever had a book you initially dislike turn into a favourite, or am I being very weird?