So does anyone else think 2017 has flown by? I still remember New Years Eve 2016 as though it was yesterday and we’re now just a few days away from being in 2018!
This year has been a big year for us both – not only have we continued to expand our blog but we also opened our bookish candle store, Two Candle Thieves, and have been really invested in developing it. We’re almost at 4000 followers on our Two Candle Thieves Instagram account, which we’re so happy with – we only started this account in March and never expected our little venture to reach so many people!
Blog wise, we made the move over to WordPress a couple of months ago and it was definitely the right decision for our blog – we’ve managed to increase our overall reach and hopefully you guys like what we’ve been doing in terms of posts and our new blog design.
We did write a post on our favourite books of the year, BEST BOOKS OF 2017, but one 2017 release we both absolutely adored was The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera!
There have been so many great films out this past year, and of course, one of the stand outs was The Last Jedi. I absolutely adored this movie; I’ve always been a bit of a Star Wars fangirl, and I know TLJ got a lot of mixed reviews, but it was one of my favourites so far! Although some aspects of the film are questionable, we also just had to mention Wonder Woman – for the No Man’s Land scene if nothing else!
Our choices here are a bit of a mixed bag, but some stand out songs for us from the past year are Hollow Coves by Coastline, Grace by Rag’n’Bone Man, and Havana by Camila Cabello.
We’ve both been huge Sense8 fans since the first season premiered, so of course, season two is high on both of our lists for our favourite tv shows from 2017! If you haven’t seen it, Sense8 is a show that follows a cluster of eight ‘sensates’ who are mentally linked. Its seriously good sci-fi and full of diverse characters, and trust us when we say, all eight members of the cluster will become your children. The A Word is a British tv show following a family’s journey after learning that their five year old son Joe has autism.
We’ve been trying to promote other blogs this year (you may have seen Angharad’s recent post showcasing some of her favourite blogs) so here’s a few that we’ve been loving this year!
Almost Amazing Grace
A Beautiful Chaos
A Girl & Grey
Thunder and Threads
Flora the Explorer
2017 has brought us some amazing artwork, and lots of bookish fanart that all of us bookworms have been fawning over. I think like the rest of the YA book community, we’ve fallen in love with Charlie Bowater’s work. We also wanted to give a shoutout to the lovely Julia (@liyadraws on Instagram) who created the amazing painting for the two of us and Jemma Wade for the incredibly intricate Stark-inspired drawing that I had to buy and frame on my wall this year!
So those are some of our general favourites in 2017. As I post this, there are only a few hours left until 2018 so we both hope you have had the best year but make it even better in the next. Lots of love from us to you. You guys rock!
Angharad & Becky