Top Ten Tuesday: Best New-to-Me Authors of 2017

Top 10 Tuesday

It’s the first Top Ten Tuesday of the year, hooray! And naturally it’s about looking back at 2017 and acknowledging all the great new authors we discovered! Here’s my list of 10 11 favorite new-to-me authors in 2017. (Look, I tried to narrow it down to 10, but I just couldn’t!)

1. Sally Thorne — Is it possible for someone to become an auto-buy author after just one book? After reading The Hating Game, I can unequivocally state that the answer is yes!

2. Katherine Arden — I loved the gorgeous The Bear and the Nightingale, and I’m planning to read The Girl in the Tower this month.

3. Darcie Wilde — A Useful Woman unites two of my favorite things, the Regency era and mysteries! Best of all, it’s first in a series, so hopefully I’ll get to read many more books by Wilde!

4. Keigo Higashino — While I had reservations about one plot point in The Devotion of Suspect X, I really enjoyed this contemporary mystery novel set in Tokyo. I’d like to check out some more books in the series; luckily several of them have been translated into English!

5. Stephanie Kate Strohm — After reading the adorable Prince in Disguise, I definitely need to check out some more of Strohm’s books! I’m intrigued by It’s Not Me, It’s You

6. Dolores Gordon-Smith — I love discovering a new mystery series, and A Fête Worse Than Death is a very entertaining start to the Jack Haldean series. I’m excited that my library has most of the rest of the books!

7. Jenny Colgan — Occasionally I’m in the mood for some chick lit, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The Café by the Sea. I’ve already picked up another Colgan novel, The Bookshop on the Corner, on a friend’s recommendation.

8. J. Jefferson Farjeon — The Z Murders definitely requires some suspension of disbelief, but I loved its overall style and tone. I’m looking forward to more Farjeon, and I’ve already acquired both Thirteen Guests and Mystery in White.

9. Leo Bruce — I think it was the spot-on parody of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown that really sold me on Case for Three Detectives, but I adored the humor and cleverness throughout.

10. Stephanie Burgis — Hooray for well-written historical fantasy! Congress of Secrets was so entertaining, and I can’t wait to read Masks and Shadows as well.

11. Melissa McShane — I really liked Burning Bright — another well-written historical fantasy, this time with pirates!

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Favorite Books of 2017

Happy New Year, everyone! May your 2018 reads all be fabulous. 🙂 Even though I missed the Top Ten Tuesday date for this topic, I really wanted to acknowledge my favorite reads of 2017 before diving into 2018. So without further ado, here are my top 10 books of last year, in the order in which I read them:

1. Connie Willis, Crosstalk — This was my first read of the year, and it was a great one! It combines two seemingly incongruous genres — science fiction and romantic comedy — effortlessly, and it also touches on the serious themes of communication and alienation in a near-future world.

2. Sally Thorne, The Hating Game — I feel like I’ve been praising this book a lot, and I don’t want to overhype it…but seriously, it’s that good! If you enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope, you absolutely can’t miss this one.

3. Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale — Luscious writing, a vivid historical setting, and the influence of Russian folklore made this book a favorite for me. Can’t wait to read the sequel, The Girl in the Tower!

4. Tana French, The Likeness — I don’t usually gravitate toward contemporary thrillers, but there’s something about this series! While the premise of this book is a bit farfetched, I was completely caught up in the suspense and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I’ll definitely be continuing with this series.

5. Darcie Wilde, A Useful Woman — Regency era + mystery = sold!

6. Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X — I really enjoyed reading a contemporary mystery set in an unfamiliar (to me) part of the world.

7. Jenny Colgan, The Café by the Sea — I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this British chick lit novel as much as I did! At the beginning of the book, the main character really wanted X to happen, and I was like, “Ugh, I hope X does not happen,” but by the time X did eventually happen, I was totally on board! Gotta admire an author who can bring me around to her side like that.

8. Leo Bruce, Case for Three Detectives — The audience for this book is fairly specific; you have to be familiar with the fictional detectives Lord Peter Wimsey, Hercule Poirot, and Father Brown. But if you happen to know and love them, you’ll love this parody as well!

9. Stephanie Burgis, Congress of Secrets — Everything about this book was interesting to me, from the setting (the Congress of Vienna!) to the magical system (evil alchemy) to the romance to the fact that one of the main characters is a con man. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

10. Melissa McShane, Burning Bright — Another book that checks a lot of my boxes: Regency setting, magic, romance, and war on the high seas!

What were your favorite books of 2017? And if you’ve read any of the ones on my list, did you enjoy them as much as I did?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Top 10 TuesdayHi there, internet — it’s been a while! Life has been busy, which seems par for the course these days, and I haven’t felt much like blogging. But I’m hoping to get back into it in 2018, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic seems like a good place to start! Here are ten seven 2018 releases I’m looking forward to reading next year:

1. Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Date (1/30) — This looks like an adorable romcom featuring one of my favorite tropes: a fake relationship that becomes real. Could be the perfect Valentine’s Day read!

2. Alan Bradley, The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (1/30) — I’m always excited for a new Flavia adventure, although I’ve been a bit lukewarm on the last few installments of the series.

3. Sally Thorne, The Comfort Zone (2/20?) — This book may or may not be coming out in February. It may or may not be coming out at all! Goodreads has a 2/20 publication date, as does Amazon, as does Book Depository…but Sally Thorne’s own social media indicates she might have scrapped the book entirely? Regardless, I absolutely loved The Hating Game, so whenever The Comfort Zone (or anything else she writes) comes out, I’m in!

4. Ashley Poston, Heart of Iron (2/27) — Apparently this book was pitched as “Anastasia meets Firefly.” Nuff said!

5. Lucy Parker, Making Up (5/28) — Lucy Parker is officially on my auto-buy list now! This book is the third in her loosely connected London Celebrities series, which is set in the theater world of London’s West End.

6. Morgan Matson, Save the Date (6/5) — Matson is another author I’m extremely fond of, and this book is set during a wedding, which is a bonus as far as I’m concerned!

7. Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, My Plain Jane (6/26) — After the hilarious, creative romp that was My Lady Jane, I’m really excited to see what this writing team does with Jane Eyre!

Top Ten Tuesday: Better late than never

Top 10 TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is 2016 releases you haven’t read yet, but you totally plan to! At first I thought I’d have trouble coming up with my list, but actually it was embarrassingly easy to list ten 2016 releases I *intend* to read but haven’t gotten to yet! Here they are, in publication order:

1. Alison Goodman, The Dark Days Club (1/26/16) — I believe it was Emma at The Terror of Knowing who described this book as “Jane Austen meets Buffy.” Even though the undead aren’t normally my speed, I’m intrigued!

2. Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, These Vicious Masks (2/9/16) — “Jane Austen meets X-Men,” according to Amazon! I’m sensing a theme here.

3. V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows (2/23/16) — I’ve got to read this one in February, before A Conjuring of Light comes out!

4. Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, My Lady Jane (6/7/16) — Santa, in the form of a good friend, came through and gave me this book for Christmas! It sounds like a blast, and I can’t wait to read it!

5. William Ritter, Ghostly Echoes (8/23/16) — I really enjoyed Jackaby and have been wanting to read the sequels ever since. Unfortunately, I still need to read Beastly Bones first, but I’ll get to this one eventually!

6. Genevieve Cogman, The Masked City (9/6/16) — The Invisible Library was one of my favorite books of 2016, so I’m definitely looking forward to the sequels.

7. Seanan McGuire, Once Broken Faith (9/6/16) — I’ve been a fan of the Toby Daye series since the beginning, but I’m a couple books behind at this point. Still need to read the previous book, A Red-Rose Chain, before I get to this one!

8. Jessica Cluess, A Shadow Bright and Burning (9/20/16) — The premise of this one — magic school + 19th century + romance/banter — is so intriguing to me! Definitely hoping to get to it this year.

9. Stephanie Burgis, Congress of Secrets (11/1/16) — A novel set during the Congress of Vienna, where the protagonists have secret identities, and one of them is a con man…with magic? I want to go to there.

10. Stephanie Scott, Alterations (12/6/16) — I’ve mentioned this one before, so I won’t bother to summarize again. It looks cute, and I’ve already bought it for my Nook, so it is on for 2017!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 debuts

Top 10 TuesdayI must admit, I don’t normally seek out debut novels unless I hear a lot of good buzz about them; the 2017 releases I’m most excited about are from authors I already know I like. But this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic intrigued me enough to see what I could find, and sure enough, there are several upcoming debuts that look really interesting! Here they are, in publication order:

1. Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale (1/10/17, Del Rey) — This novel is a historical fantasy based on Russian folktales, and according to the cover blurb, it’s perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. In other words, the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter’s night! Find more info on Amazon here.

2. Kristen Orlando, You Don’t Know My Name (1/10/17, Swoon Reads) — I’m a sucker for books about spies, and this one is about a teenage spy-in-training who falls in love with the boy next door. Find more info on Amazon here.

3. Caroline Leech, Wait for Me (1/31/17, HarperTeen) — A World War II novel about the forbidden romance between a Scottish girl and a German POW? Yes, this is relevant to my interests. Find more info on Amazon here.

4. Elan Mastai, All Our Wrong Todays (2/7/17, Dutton) — This book is set in an alternate universe where all those 1950s predictions about “the future” (flying cars, colonization of the moon, etc.) came true. But the main character somehow ends up in our universe instead and must figure out how to get home — or whether he actually wants to. Find more info on Amazon here.

5. Sandhya Menon, When Dimple Met Rishi (5/30/17, Simon Pulse) — The Amazon summary says this is “a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.” I find the tradition of arranged marriages to be fascinating, so I’m definitely interested in reading this one! Find more info on Amazon here.

6. Tiffany Pitcock, Just Friends (8/1/17, Swoon Reads) — I’m not quite sure I follow the plot of this book, but it seems to involve two teens who accidentally become friends and/or whose relationship begins as a ruse. I really enjoy both the “friends to lovers” and the “fake relationship becomes real” tropes, so this one looks very interesting. Find more info on Amazon here.

7. Katy Upperman, Kissing Max Holden (8/1/17, Swoon Reads) — Another teen romance about friends who fall in love. Okay, so my tastes are a bit predictable. Find more info on Amazon here.

What other 2017 debuts should be on my TBR list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2016

Top 10 TuesdayI realize I’m almost a week behind at this point, but I really wanted to do this Top Ten Tuesday topic and list my 10 favorite books of 2016. My list is not exclusively 2016 releases; any book I read this year is fair game. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

1. Helen Simonson, The Summer Before the War — A lovely, character-driven novel about romance and politics in an English village in the months leading up to World War I. My mini-review is here.

2. Alice Tilton, Beginning with a Bash — A Golden Age mystery that feels like a screwball comedy, complete with fast-talking dames and gangsters galore. My mini-review is here.

3. Lucy Parker, Act Like It — An utterly charming contemporary romance that has me impatiently awaiting Lucy Parker’s next novel (which fortunately comes out in February!). My review is here.

4. Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King — A fitting conclusion to the wonderful and unique Raven Cycle, which contains a surprising number of Owen Glendower references for a young adult series. My mini-review is here.

5. V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic — A compelling fantasy novel with a fascinating premise (parallel universes with varying degrees of magic) and well-fleshed-out main characters. I can’t wait to read the sequels! My mini-review is here.

6. Genevieve Cogman, The Invisible Library — Another great fantasy premise: there are an infinite number of universes whose only point of connection is an invisible central library that collects and preserves the literature from each world. My review is here.

7. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom — A short but powerful work about letting go of anxiety and trusting in God. This was the book that most deeply affected me this year. My review is here.

8. Georgette Heyer, Envious Casca — One of Heyer’s best mysteries, combining her trademark wit and character development with a top-notch murder mystery. My mini-review is here.

9. Emma Mills, This Adventure Ends — An excellent YA contemporary that’s all about friendship, with a bonus adorable romance. My mini-review is here.

10. David D. Levine, Arabella of Mars — Jane Austen meets Horatio Hornblower in space! My mini-review is here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa baby…

Top 10 TuesdayMerry Christmas, everyone! I’ll be honest: I know that Christmas is not about the presents, but I still like to receive them, especially if they’re books! Most of my family and friends don’t buy me books, oddly enough…maybe they figure I’ve already read whatever they might pick out? Anyway, here are 10 books I’d like to get from Santa, in no particular order:

1. Melissa McShane, Burning Bright — I heard about this book from inge87 at LibraryThing, who always has amazing recommendations! Also, it’s Regency-era fantasy, which we all know is my kryptonite.

2. Stephanie Scott, Alterations — I may have mentioned this one on a previous TTT list; it’s a YA contemporary retelling of Sabrina! So I obviously need to read it immediately.

3. Julian Fellowes, Belgravia — As a Downton Abbey fan despite the its many flaws, I’m very interested in reading Fellowes’s novel, which is set in the early 19th century.

4. Jessica Cluess, A Shadow Bright and Burning — Fantasy set in a school of magic in Victorian London? Romance, banter, and subversion of the “chosen one” trope? Yes, please!

5. Emma Mills, This Adventure Ends — I’ve already read this one, so technically I can wait for the paperback. But this book was so charming and good that I’m definitely going to need a copy for my own shelves!

6. Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, My Lady Jane — When I first saw this book, I frankly thought it looked awful. But then I started reading all the rave reviews, the praise of the humor and fantasy elements, the comparisons to The Princess Bride. I’ve been converted — I need to read this book!

7. Lindsey Kelk, We Were on a Break — After reading and loving two books by Lindsey Kelk, she is officially on my auto-buy list! Fans of British chick lit should definitely check her out.

8. Jane Thynne, Black Roses — Earlier this year I bought another book by Jane Thynne, only to realize that it was the third in a series! Black Roses is the first book, and it’s about a woman who becomes a spy among the Nazis in 1930s and ’40s Germany. I’m eager to read the series but definitely need to start at the beginning!

9. Rachel Bach, Honor’s Knight and Heaven’s Queen — This author also wrote a fantasy series under the name Rachel Aaron, which I LOVED. So of course I want to read her sci-fi trilogy also! I have book one but have been stubbornly waiting until I own all three books to read it.

10. William Ritter, Beastly Bones — I really liked Jackaby, a clever YA historical mystery with more than a few nods to Sherlock Holmes. I’ve been meaning to pick up the sequels for a while, so if Santa wants to leave them under the tree, I’d be fine with it! 🙂

What books are you hoping to receive this Christmas?

Top Ten Tuesday: New to the queue

Top 10 TuesdayI really enjoyed coming up with my list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, which is books that you’ve recently added to your TBR list. A ton of new and not-yet-published books have caught my eye recently, and apparently I can’t get enough of fantasy or romance (or both)!

1. Jessica Cluess, A Shadow Bright and BurningGillian at Writer of Wrongs loved this one, and from what she says, I think I will too! It’s magic plus Victorian London plus boarding school plus apparently a ton of banter and romance…this is relevant to my interests!

2. Jenn Bennett, Alex, Approximately — Hold onto your seats, because this book is a YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail! Obviously I am here for it…just bummed that I have to wait until April 2017!

3. Megan Whalen Turner, Thick as Thieves — The Queen’s Thief series may be marketed as middle grade, but it is, without qualification, some of the best fantasy I’ve ever read. There hasn’t been a new book in years, but book #5 is finally coming in 2017! They’ve changed the cover art, which is unfortunate, but I can’t wait to get swept up in the world of this series again.

4. Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale — This book was being offered as an Early Reviewer book on LibraryThing, and the premise intrigued me immediately. It’s a historical fantasy retelling of a Russian folktale, and it looks like exactly the type of dreamy, gorgeous fantasy that I like to sink my teeth into on a winter’s night.

5. Ashley Poston, Heart of Iron — Here’s the summary of this one, from the author’s Tumblr: “Pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly, it’s the story of an orphan girl raised by a band of space pirates who discovers the truth about her origins when she and her android best friend get wrapped up in a political conspiracy.” PITCHED AS ANASTASIA MEETS FIREFLY!

6. Stephanie Burgis, Congress of Secrets — A romantic fantasy novel set during the Congress of Vienna, you say? And it’s been blurbed by the likes of Zen Cho, Martha Wells, and Juliet Marillier? You better believe I already bought my own copy!

7. Stephanie Scott, Alterations — Another YA contemporary retelling of a beloved movie. In this case it’s Sabrina, the lovely romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and (of all people) Humphrey Bogart. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you need to! I’m intrigued to see how well the story will translate to a modern setting.

8. Lucy Parker, Pretty Face — All I know about this one is the very brief summary from Goodreads: “It stars a bombshell and a curmudgeonly—but deadly handsome—theater director.” You had me at curmudgeonly. But seriously, I enjoyed Parker’s previous book Act Like It so much that her follow-up would be on my autobuy list no matter what!

9. Kate Parker, Deadly Scandal — First in a mystery series set in 1930s London. It’s a formula I’m unable to resist!

10. Elizabeth Edmondson, A Man of Some Repute — Subtitled “A Very English Mystery,” which honestly was enough to sell me on this one. 🙂

So, what other books should I be adding to my TBR list? What’s new to your queue?

Top Ten Tuesday: All-time favorite historical fiction

Top 10 TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a tough one–we’re asked to list our all-time favorite books in a particular genre! Personally, it takes a lot for me to characterize a book as an all-time favorite. Then there’s the fact that I read in a variety of genres, so it’s hard for me to pick 10 books in just one genre that I’d consider all-time favorites. That said, here’s my list of top 10 all-time favorite works of historical fiction,* some of which can be classified in other genres as well! In no particular order:

1. Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel — It may not be the greatest novel from a literary standpoint, but it will always hold a special place in my heart! A French Revolution setting, spies disguised as dandies, swashbuckling heroes who rescue those in peril, and a wonderfully swoony romance all combine to make this one of my favorite books.

2. Sharon Kay Penman, Here Be Dragons — Sharon Kay Penman is one of my absolute favorite authors: She makes the Middle Ages come to life.  I’ve read and enjoyed most of her books, but my favorite is the Welsh trilogy, which starts with Here Be Dragons. It’s a fascinating blend of fact and fiction about a Welsh prince who strives to unite his people against the encroaching English barons. I’m making it sound dry, but it’s actually full of romance, action, and political machinations!

3. Georgette Heyer, The Grand Sophy — To be honest, I could populate this entire list with Georgette Heyer novels. She truly is the queen of Regency romance! The Grand Sophy is probably my favorite of her novels (although Cotillion and Sylvester are right up there as well!). It features a delightful cast of characters, a strong-willed heroine, and a tightly wound hero with a surprisingly kind heart. An utter delight from start to finish!

4. Kate Ross, Cut to the Quick — I don’t know why the Julian Kestrel mysteries aren’t more popular, but everyone who has read them will tell you they’re absolutely fantastic! The protagonist is a Regency dandy who solves crimes. If that doesn’t intrigue and excite you, I don’t know what will!

5. Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity — This is one of the more recent additions to my all-time favorites list. It’s an intense, compelling story of the friendship between two girls who are both “doing their bit” in World War II, one as a pilot and the other as a spy. Although I sobbed through the last 60 pages or so, I absolutely loved this book!

6. Robin McKinley, The Outlaws of Sherwood — I encountered Robin McKinley at an impressionable age, and I think I basically imprinted onto her books like a baby duckling. Her books are generally shelved as fantasy, but I think The Outlaws of Sherwood is more like historical fiction. There’s no magic or anything; the only fantasy element is that the main characters are Robin Hood and his merry men (and women!). For me, this book will always be the true Robin Hood story.

7. Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery and Cecelia — Regency England + romance + magic = my personal recipe for a fantastic book! This novel has it all, AND it’s epistolary!

8. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society — I loved this epistolary novel set just after World War II, when a journalist strikes up a correspondence with several people who live on the island of Guernsey and learns about their wartime experiences. The voices of the various characters are wonderful, and I enjoyed their kindness toward one another, as well as their shared love of literature.

9. Mary Doria Russell, Doc — I haven’t read many Westerns and am not particularly interested in the genre. But when I read Doc, I immediately thought, “This is why I love historical fiction.” The novel completely immersed me in the dusty, lawless setting of the American West, and I found protagonist Doc Holliday as compelling as he was complex. I forced my mom (another reader who’s indifferent to Westerns) to read it also, and she was equally blown away!

10. Ellis Peters, One Corpse Too Many — I’ve often sung the praises of the Brother Cadfael novels, which feature a crime-solving Benedictine monk in 12th-century Shrewsbury. This novel (book #2 in the series) remains my favorite, probably because it introduces one of my literary crushes, Hugh Beringar!

*Note: My definition of historical fiction is novels that are set in an earlier time period than the one in which they were written. This means that Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities would be historical fiction (written in 1859, set during the French Revolution), but Bleak House would not (written and set in the mid-19th century). It also means that, much as I adore Jane Austen’s novels, none of them appear on this list!

Top Ten Tuesday: TV talk

Top 10 Tuesday Since the fall TV season is coming up, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about television! As someone who watches more than her fair share of TV, I had no problem coming up with a list of ten TV shows I’ll be watching this fall. I’ve even limited my list to shows that will be airing new content in the fall, not old shows that I plan to binge-watch on DVD or Netflix!

1. Conviction (season 1), September 19, ABC — To be honest, the trailer doesn’t do a lot for me, and I’m kind of over case-of-the-week procedurals in general. On the other hand, I loved Hayley Atwell so much in Agent Carter that I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to any show she’s starring in!

2. The Good Place (season 1), September 19, NBC — I’m super excited for this new half-hour comedy, and my reasons are threefold. First, it’s created by Mike Schur, who worked on The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (ahem, see below!). Second, it stars Kristen Bell, who was Veronica Mars, nuff said. And third, one of the writers is Demi Adejuyigbe, who co-hosts the brilliant Gilmore Guys podcast. A show with this many awesome people involved is a show I need to watch!

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season 4), September 20, FOX — I mean, for this alone.

4. New Girl (season 6), September 20, FOX — I love the specific weirdness of the characters on this show. The individual episode plots are very hit-or-miss, and poor Winston is basically a grab bag full of crazy at this point…and yet, Nick Miller ranting will never not be funny.

5. This Is Us (season 1), September 20, NBC — I don’t really know what this one is about, but it stars Milo Ventimiglia, and I have a lot of Gilmore Girls nostalgia right now, so I’ll give it a try!

6. Pitch (season 1), September 22, FOX — The premise of this one caught my eye: the protagonist is the first female pitcher in major league baseball. I don’t care about sports, but I tend to love sports-related movies and TV shows (hello, Friday Night Lights!).

7. Poldark (season 2), September 25, PBS — I love a good costume drama, and the gorgeous footage of Cornwall makes Poldark especially pleasant to watch.

8. The Durrells in Corfu (season 1), October 16, PBS — Yup, I sure do love a good costume drama! 🙂 And this one looks quite funny and charming.

9. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (season 2), October 21, CW — I was skeptical of this show at first, but I’m so glad I decided to give it a try because it is BRILLIANT! I can never decide which musical number is my favorite: this boy band homage, this Fred-and-Ginger routine, or this up-tempo number about a…personal ailment.

10. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, November 25, Netflix — YOU GUYS, THE GILMORE GIRLS REVIVAL IS COMING!!! Gilmore is my all-time favorite show, despite some rocky episodes (okay, seasons) near the end. I’m really excited that it’s coming back–helmed, as it should be, by Amy Sherman-Palladino–and can’t wait to see what all my beloved characters have been up to!