TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Current Favourites that Aren’t Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week it’s all about favourites that aren’t books, so it could be TV shows you’ve been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food and drink you’ve loved – anything! I’ve decided my post will be about my current favourite TV shows. I’m usually pretty terrible at keeping up with TV shows but these five are the ones I’m really enjoying right now and am making the effort to keep up with.

While I usually spend about 30% of an episode confused about who’s who and what exactly is going on I am really intrigued about this show. That’s mainly because I love the main character James Delaney (played by Tom Hardy) a lot, he’s just so interesting! He seems to have dark magic, he’s very clever and can see all the pieces on the board and is nearly always a step ahead of everyone else. He’s not a nice person, he even uses people like pawns in his game but I find him so interesting. Taboo is now a show that I actively look forward to as it gets closer to the time it airs on Sunday.


The Halcyon
The Halcyon is the other new show that I find myself looking forward to every week. It’s set in a posh London hotel during WWII and it is bit like Downton Abbey in the sense it’s about the “upstairs” or the hotel guests and the owners of the hotel, the Hamilton’s, and the “downstairs” all the staff who work in the hotel, from maids, to chefs, to the managers. It’s got some interesting characters and there’s some great relationships. My favourites are Betsey, the lounge singer, Toby the younger and often forgotten son of the hotel owner, and O’Hara an American journalist that says what he thinks.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is my unproblematic fave. It calls out racism, sexism, homophobia and comments on current failings in society whether that’s criticising the police or America’s lack of gun control. It’s laugh out loud funny and has some brilliant characters that grow and develop across the series’. It’s just such a fun, feel-good show that everyone should give a go. I’m not usually a huge fan of American comedies but Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the exception that proves the rule.


I’ve ended up enjoy this show a lot more than I ever thought I would. I only read the first two books of the Mortal Instruments series and wasn’t a huge fan to be honest. The TV adaptation on the other hand, I really like. The characters and their relationships are what pull me in and Alec and Raphael are my favourites – though to be honest I love pretty much all the characters. Shadowhunters might be a little cheesy sometimes but it still surprises me and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.


The Last Leg
The Last Leg returned last week and it continues to be the perfect blend of current events and comedy. It’s a lighter take on the news but Adam Hills does his best to explain the confusing things that happen in world politics and isn’t afraid to hit the Bullshit Button on what politicians may say. Adam Hills’ rants have gone viral before and his co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker offer their own witty insights to the week’s events.


What are your current favourite TV shows?


  1. I watched the first season of Brooklyn Nine Nine and really loved it! It’s so funny and easy to get through 😀 I only watched the first season of Shadowhunters, but I can’t stand Clary’s acting so I don’t know whether I will continue or not…

  2. I haven’t heard of 4 of these shows; I will have to check them out!

    My current favorites are:
    The 100
    The Blacklist
    The Shannara Chronicles

  3. I’ve only seen shadowhunters and Brooklyn nine nine. I’m liking this second season of shadowhunters a lot more than the first season, though it does stray from the books. I haven’t watched Brooklyn nine nine in forever

    1. Yeah Clary is my least favourite but she does have her moments when she says/does something and I start liking her a little more.
      If a show/book/film/etc has great character dynamics I’m there! 😛

  4. I think I’m going to have to look up The Halcyon and Taboo – how have I not heard of those before? 🙂

    I’ve also been keeping up on Shadowhunters and I have to admit I like it quite a bit more than the movie… the guy that plays Simon seems to really get into his part.

    1. Well they are British shows so I think you’re allowed to not have heard of them. 😉 If you do start watching them, do let me know what you think 🙂
      I’ve not seen the City of Bones movie yet, I’m kinda intrigued to see what the differences are because naturally you’ve got to fit so much in an hour and half compared to like 13 episodes or something.

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