The gap between Christmas and New Year is the perfect time to snuggle up on the sofa with a good book, film or television series. This is especially true if, like in my family, DVDs and books are common gifts to each other.

Curry’s are running a competition they’re calling #Currysfiresidefiction where they’re asking people to write about their favourite book and film or television series of 2014.

Usually I’m one of those people who hates questions beginning with “What’s your favourite xyz”, however this was surprisingly easy for me to answer.

Favourite television series of 2014

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Breaking Bad – the entire collection. Before embarking on my travels around South America, my boyfriend and I realised we needed something to keep us entertained for three months of many overnight bus journeys. Our decision? Get every episode of Breaking Bad. Having only ever heard about how incredible Breaking Bad was
and how much we were missing out on by not watching it and the fact that every single episode adds up to around 48 hours killing plenty of travel time, Breaking Bad was the clear winner.

So I filled up dropbox and my ipad with episodes – leaving not much space for anything else.

We watched the first episode on a National Express bus to Amsterdam a week before we left for South America as a trial run. Just to check the ipad work and that the series showed promise. And wow did it show promise?! It was hard work not watching the next few episodes on my own.

I’m sure many of you are fans of the show too, but just in case you’ve not watched it (change that – go watch it now!), here’s a quick synopsis:

“Walter White, a chemistry high school teacher, is diagnosed with cancer. Due to desire to leave his family with some money after his death he starts cooking crystal meth with a former student and drug dealer. Watch as Walter White, who’s brother in law is part of the DEA (the police that work against drug dealers) goes from chemistry teacher to big time dealer throughout the entirety of the show. How will it end!?”

Every episode left us wanting more and as the series went by not one episode disappointed. It’s action packed, it’s funny and it’s sad: It’s everything a good television series should be and when it finished I just didn’t know what to do. Fortunately there’s a spin off series coming to our screens next year!

Best Book of 2014

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This was slightly tougher as I’ve read many a good book this year. From Lena Dunham’s fantastic “Not That Kind of Girl” to “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and “Us” by David Nicholls. But the book that really kept me interested the whole way through? Amanda Knoxx’s “Waiting to be Heard”. If you’re not familiar with Amanda Knoxx’s case she and her Italian boyfriend were convicted of murdering her housemate Meredith Kercher while the pair were studying abroad in Italy. The trial is full of hotly debated to this day. Is she innocent, or is she guilty?

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Wherever you stand on Amanda’s involvement her book is extremely interesting. Of course she hotly defends her innocence and talks about the desire of the Italian authorities to find someone, anyone responsible. It’s a real page turner and will have you checking news articles for the latest updates on the case.

What was your favourite book, film or television series of the year! I’d love to know.