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Fate: The Winx Saga FanCast

So this is very different to my usual posts but since Netflix decided to ruin one of my favourite childhood shows and I’m quite bitter about it, I’m gonna recast it because Netflix can’t cast for shit, no offense to the actors. I’ll list my main choice(s) as well as some other mentions because I can honestly think of quite a few actors who I think would fit the characters quite well. This is just my opinion and just for fun.

Sadie Sink as Bloom

Abigail Cowen is probably the only one that I don’t mind so much out of the cast, as well as already being familiar with her from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina but I feel like that Sadie Sink would also portray Bloom well and the fact that she’s close in age to the character, currently being only 18. She’s best known for portraying Max in Stranger Things.

Sabrina Carpenter as Stella

I would love to see Sabrina Carpenter as Stella. She’s a Singer and Actress who had her breakthrough starring in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She would make a perfect Stella.

Paris Berelc or Barbie Ferreira as Flora

The Live Action show received backlash for whitewashing Flora, who is originally supposed to be Latina. She was replaced with a character named Terra, portrayed by white actress Eliot Salt. The whole thing just seems so unnecessary to be honest. Paris Berelc would make an amazing Flora, she is known for her role in the Netflix sitcom Alexa & Katie or at least that’s where I know of her from. I’m not entirely sure of her ethnicity though.

I’m all for body diversity in media, however they did it at the expense of a woman of colour but who says you can’t have both. So Barbie Ferreira, a talented “plus size” Latina actress, could also be an amazing flora.

Arden Cho as Musa

Musa is originally supposed to be Asian, more specifically East Asian, and inspired by American Actress Lucy Liu. While I did end up liking Elisha Applebaum and her portrayal of Musa, I don’t exactly know her ethnicity either but it doesn’t sit right with me that that chose to cast a white passing woman to portray her. Representation and racial inclusivity is important in media. Musa was always my favourite character in the animation and I just feel that Arden Cho would be the perfect Musa. She is best known for her role as Kira on Teen Wolf and she can sing really well too.

Naomi Scott as Tecna

I was disappointed when I found out that Tecna wasn’t even going to be in the new adaptation. Naomi Scott best known for starring as Princess Jasmine in the live-action film Aladdin in 2019. She also starred in the 2011 television film Lemonade Mouth and the 2017 Power Rangers live-action adaptation.

China Anne McClain as Aisha/Layla

Aisha is the only BIPOC main character left in the show after all the whitewashing they did. I wasn’t really paying too much attention to the series, I found it quite boring and probably missed a lot so correct me if I’m wrong but she’s not a princess in this adaptation….? She’s a stereotypical athlete who’s obsessed with her grades and performance. It’s almost like a completely different character. I think China McClain would be a wonderful Aisha, I’m familiar with her from when she starred in A.N.T. Farm, she also starred in the Descendants films.

Dove Cameron as Icy

This was an easy choice, Dove Cameron is absolutely stunning and has this sultry look about her that reminds me of Icy, she would be perfect for the role.

Sofia Carson

Quinn Shephard as Darcy

Quinn Shephard starred in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, as well as Blame and Midnight Sun. I feel like Quinn would make a great Darcy.

Camila Mendes

Yara Shahidi as Stormy

Yara Shahidi is a beautiful and incredibly talented actress who gained recognition for her starring role on Black-ish and its spin-off series Grown-ish.

I guess that’s all for today, what do think about my fan-cast? Who would you cast? This was fun, let me know in the comments what you thought of this and if you would like me to do more of these?

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The Sunday Post #50: Weekly Round Up

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

What I plan to read next:

Coming Soon:

Perfect Pairings #11

Upcoming Reviews:

Song(s) of the Week:

What I’m Watching:

BTS’ Bang Bang Con 21 was yesterday, it was live-streamed for free on their official BANGTANTV YouTube channel and featured their past concerts. It was a lot of fun, although it made me realise just how much I miss going to concerts.

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TBR inspired by BTS’ 2019 Festa Photos

BTS Festa is the celebration event of their debut anniversary – June 13th 2013. It takes place in the first half of June, with something being released almost every day. BTS are a seven-member South Korean group. For this post I’ll be focusing on 2019 Festa’s RM x SUGA split world photos. I found this HERE and I don’t know how anyone figured out the books featured in the photos, I really can’t tell what any of them are, except maybe The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket because I’ve already read that one. I don’t know if there’s any specific reason that these books were featured in these photos but I need inspiration for my TBR so here we are.

SEE ALSO: RM’s Bookshelf; Read Like Kim Namjoon

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful these photos are:

Here are the some of the book titles featured in the photos above. Hope you find something you’re interested in too!

Most of this books I have not read. I want to read all of them. I hope this post has some books that you may also be interested in. Have you read any of these books? If so please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on them.

Happy Reading!

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The Sunday Post #49: Weekly Round Up

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read

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Coming Soon

Series I’ve Finished II

Upcoming Reviews

Song(s) of the Week

What I’m Watching

I’ve been watching Run BTS! A weekly South Korean variety show starring BTS, I’ve been catching up with the episodes recently, its so fun. The series can be viewed for free on V Live and in each episode the members play games or participate in a variety of activities that require them to complete challenges, and sometimes carry out secret missions, in order to earn prizes or receive punishments.

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Clemi @ Clemi's Bookish World recommends books by Asian Authors
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Perfect Pairings #10: A Book for Every Song from ‘Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying’ & ‘Eyes Wide Open’ by Sabrina Carpenter

I’m back with another Perfect Pairing post because I’m having way too much fun writing these so today I’ll be pairing up books to all the songs from Sabrina Carpenter’s Debut EP ‘Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying’ & Debut Album ‘Eyes Wide Open’. The EP was released in 2014 with 4 tracks, while the Album was released in 2015 with 12 tracks including all 4 from the EP.

DISCLAIMER: All the explanations for these songs are my interpretations/opinions and may differ from the intentions of the artist.

For anyone that doesn’t know: Sabrina is an American Singer and Actress who had her breakthrough role when she starred in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World in 2014. I first discovered her when she starred in an episode of Austin & Ally in 2013. Sabrina was fifteen when these songs were written and recorded so they tend to explore the more playful, innocent side of life and relationships.

Eyes Wide Open // Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Everybody loves to tell me
I was born an old soul
Better keep my eyes wide open
There’s so much that I don’t know

Eyes Wide Open talks about finding who she is and finding her path. It’s such a great opener and title for the album about living in the moment.

For this I wanted to choose a historical fiction or a book that kinda gives me an old vibe. Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices series, one of my favourite series. Set in Victorian Era London, there’s action, romance, fantasy elements and very beautiful vivid descriptions of 1800’s London.

Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying // Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

‘Cause I’m young and I’m dumb
I do stupid things when it comes to love
And even if I always end up crying
Well, you can’t blame a girl for trying

This song is Sabrina’s debut single. It’s a light-hearted track about the misadventures of teenage romance. It was originally recorded by co-writer Meghan Trainor, but was eventually given to Sabrina.

I know this one’s a little controversial but I enjoyed this series. It was fun. I enjoyed the honesty that came through about dealing with anxiety. That more than anything felt the most authentic.

The Middle of Starting Over // If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Back to the beginning, gonna hit rewind
Chance to do it over, get it right this time
Life gives you pennies, turn them into dimes
I’m in the middle of starting over

This song speaks about moving on, starting all over again and forgetting the mistakes of the past.

If I Was Your Girl follows are young trans woman who goes to live with her estranged father to find new beginnings because of relentless bullying at her old school.

We’ll Be The Stars // Made of Stars by Kelley York

All our fears became our hopes
Climbed out every locked window

One of my favourite’s on this album. I love the message behind this song of endless possibilities and reaching your dreams. I listen to this song on bad days, when I’m feeling tired, and like I’m not getting anywhere.

Made of Stars is a book about three teenagers, Hunter, Ashlin & Chance. The story begins in November when Ashlin and Hunter visit their father and met Chance, starting to hang out every summer of their visit, but then things take a mysterious twist.

Two Young Hearts // A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton

Maybe in another lifetime
Maybe when we’re older

A song about a young couple wanting to be together. This song continues with the themes of being an old soul and young love. Just like in Eyes Wide Open, she references being an old soul.

A feel good historical novella set in the early 1800s. Two former childhood friends meet again as adults.  Sarah and Win have grown apart since Win left town to marry Sarah’s cousin. After the death of her husband, Win returns to town and moves in with Sarah and her family.

Your Love’s Like // Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

It’s hard to describe
It’s like Paris after midnight
Dancing in the moonlight

This is another one of our favorites! The use of metaphors describing what love feels like in this song is amazing, it really helps with visualising the song. The flow of the lyrics is so good and works really well.

Anna is a teenage girl sent off to attend a boarding school in Paris,  even though she speaks no French. In her first couple of days, she makes some new friends, a very varied and interesting crowd, including Étienne St. Clair. The book follows Anna through her year at SOAP as she deals with friendships, an almost-but-not-quite romance with St. Clair, and learning to appreciate living in Paris.

Too Young // Life According to Maps by Nash Summers

And it’s gonna hurt sometimes
No matter what you do
But nothing can change my mind

Too Young is about being told you’re “too young to fall in love.” It’s basically a slower version of Two Young Hearts. It felt like a repeat of that song and it’s not adding anything new to the message. In my opinion it wasn’t necessary to have both on the album.

In Life According to Maps, a new family moves into a neighbouring house and Maps gets the great opportunity to get to know Stacie and her brother Lane.

Seamless // Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn

Our language is sacred
Though people try to solve it
New adventures on the way

Seamless is a cute, fun, pop song. It talks about friendship and how it is truly seamless, because you will always be there for that person no matter what.

This is a book about friendship and family and love. One thing that I really appreciated was that the subject matter dealt a lot with the break-up of a close friendship. It’s about learning that what you thought could happen, just won’t. That things change, people change, that you can’t always make plans and live comfortably in them for your entire life.

Right Now // Paper Towns by John Green

I have a way of getting stuck on yesterday
I tend to miss the little things that come my way
Always looking forward
Always looking back

This song talks about how life often causes us to move too fast and miss the little things, or become stressed out about the future so much that we forget to live in the present.

Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were neighbours. One night when Margo shows up at Quentin’s window and leads on a night of breakings and entering and revenge filled debauchery. Then, she disappears. Quentin is convinced that Margo has left clues for him and becomes obsessed with finding her. Which, of course, means finding himself.

Darling I’m a Mess // Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

I’ll try to make our hearts beat in time
Even though your rhythm might not beat with mine

This track describes struggling to move on from a relationship with someone who you should see only as a friend. While it seems to be a little more shallow and has not much of a meaning behind it, this song is cute.

Bethany is one of three angels brought to Venus Cove to prevent the city from darkness. At first Bethany is more than determined to reach her goal, but then she meets Xavier, a boy who she falls in love with. Bethany’s character is very childlike, exploring life with innocence and curiosity. 

White Flag // Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Drown my dreams in a coffee cup
Palms out, wanna beg for luck
But I’m way too proud
Never giving up

White Flag is another upbeat song and showcases her vocals, all while maintaining the energy that Sabrina brings to all her songs. This song talks about learning from your mistakes, or looking for the good in things. She talks about how she won’t be pulled under the riptide of her problems, or won’t let them upset her because it won’t knock her down forever.

Take a Bow is told through four alternating perspectives, the characters are so different, both in personalities and aspirations, but their stories are weaved together perfectly. Each of them are real and imperfect and relatable. It’s about music, dreams, friendships, love. This books reveals the stress and anxiety performing arts students feel. The ins and outs of being in a band, of auditions.

Best Thing I Got // The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

And sometimes I can tell that I
I’m just a little out of time

This is a very sweet song. The song talks about Sabrina’s lover being the best thing she has in life, and all the ways she is thankful to them. Lyrically the song plays it pretty safe and intends to be a cute, feel-good song that doesn’t have much substance. That’s not always a bad thing though, if you just want to listen it something fun.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is about Hadley, who is on her way to her dad’s wedding in Chicago. While waiting in the airport after missing her flight, she meets Oliver and they get to know each other.

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed it! Have you listened to this EP/Album? If so did you enjoy it? Any favourite Songs? What are your thoughts on the book choices? Would you match any of them up with a different book?

Are there any albums or EP’s you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? What are your favourite Albums? Let me know in the comments!

I am always interested in discovering other artists and albums so feel free to comment your recommendations and I’ll check them out, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE.

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Perfect Pairing #9: A Book For Every Song From Life Support by Madison Beer

Madison Beer finally released her debut album titled Life Support on February 26th, 2021. Life Support was one of my most anticipated albums and she didn’t disappoint. So today I’m back with another perfect pairings post, where I’ll be matching up books with each of the tracks from this album. The Track list consists of 17 songs.

DISCLAIMER: All the explanations for these songs are my interpretations/opinions and may differ from the intentions of the artist.

Some background information: Madison Beer is an American Singer, she began her career by posting covers on YouTube in 2012 and rose to fame at the age of 13 after Justin Bieber tweeted a video of her covering Etta James’ song “At Last.” Now 21 years old and she’s just release her debut album.

SEE ALSO: Madison Beer’s As She Pleases EP

Life Support unravels the inner pain and delivers a more unfiltered image of her life. In many ways, Madison’s new era sees her finding her own voice and taking more control of her art. There’s a theme of struggling with one’s mental health and displays these private battles with brutal honesty that runs throughout the album.

The Beginning // Disney Frozen: A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick

The Beginning is the opening track. This is a non lyrical track, the vocals and harmonies provide an ominous tune to start off the album. It sounds so angelic and beautiful.

This tune gives me Disney Frozen vibes, A Frozen Heart is the novelisation of the movie, told from the perspective of Anna and Hans. It’s a fun read.

Good in Goodbye // Harley Loves Joker by Paul Dini

You put the “over” in “lover,” put the “ex” in “next”
Ain’t no “I” in “trouble,” just the “U” since we met
‘Cause you’re toxic, boy

I’ve had this one on repeat since I first heard it, it’s so catchy and I really love the wordplay. Good in Goodbye is predominantly a break up song that appears to be about cutting ties with a toxic person.

Harley Quinn has always been know for her unhealthy attachment to the Joker that borders on toxic/abusive. Throughout the comics/animation it becomes evident that it’s not a healthy relationship. 

Default / Frozen II: Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko

I know, I know, this must be coming for me
I swear, I swear, I will be the end of me, the end of me
You take, you take every last drop from me
I fear this will be the death of me, the death of me

In this song Madison refers to someone – maybe a significant other – as a person that brings her back to reality/keeps her grounded, it could also mean that she is being brought back to her destructive ways and feels she has not made progress. This song is most likely referring to Madison’s anxiety and depression. Madison is diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). Throughout Life Support, she’s been very candid about her struggles with mental illness.

This song has this eeriness to it that gives me Frozen vibes. Forest of Shadows is a novel that bridges the story between Frozen 1 and Frozen 2. I absolutely adored being back in the world of Arendelle. This is a brilliant story in it’s own right, with the characters we already love.

Follow the White Rabbit // Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki // Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Devil in a dress, I’ma love you like I do
Follow the white rabbit to see the truth

Follow The White Rabbit is a quicker, more energetic record that embodies a darker intensity than previous songs. This is one of my favourite’s on the album. This track takes inspiration from one of Madison’s favourite movies The Matrix, as well as, Alice in Wonderland.

I couldn’t really think of anything for this at first, saying Alice in Wonderland would be so basic of me and I haven’t read any retellings either (Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any good Alice in Wonderland retellings, I’d be interested in checking them out) but I ended up actually choosing two.

Pandora Hearts is a Manga series and one of my favourite’s. It’s rather dark, the artwork is so beautiful and I love the designs used for the characters and setting.

And Coraline. I’m gonna admit that I didn’t really love it, I enjoyed the movie a lot more but I really love the concept. It’s is a dark fantasy children’s novella that has been compared to Alice in Wonderland.

Coraline and her parents move into an old house that has been divided into flats. She finds herself bored in her new home and her parents are busy working from home so she is left with way too much time on her hands to explore.

Effortlessly // Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Told you not to feel
Told you not to hurt at all

In Effortlessly, Madison addresses how mental illness can affect your daily life and how she used to do basic tasks so effortlessly. She reminisces about how it used to be easy to breathe and feel emotions but these things have now become a struggle to her mental health.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster details the time in rehab spent by 18-year old Zach, who is an alcoholic with a traumatic past. Zach finds himself in a rehabilitation facility with no memory of his past. He struggles with the monster living in his dreams and inhabiting his thoughts. Through his time at the treatment center he tries to conquer his isolation and vanquish his fear of the monster.

Stay Numb and Carry On // Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

I don’t feel like anyone
The world is mad and they say I’m the crazy one

Madison uses the phrase Stay Numb and Carry On to depict the unhealthy coping mechanism she uses when dealing with mental health struggles.

Wintergirls is a story about a girl who’s struggling with an eating disorder. This is the reality that I struggle to live with every single day and I am so grateful someone was able to capture it so precisely. I’d be reluctant to suggest it to young people who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or severe depression because, as with just about every single book about these subjects, it could be a harmful trigger. Then again, I’m sure this book will appeal to sufferers and it has the potential to actually help them.

Blue // Teardrop by Lauren Kate

I was always blue behind the
Black mascara that I cry
You could be as sweet as honey
But I knew the darkness in your mind

Blue describes Madison knowing she should leave a troubled relationship. She realizes that when the crying and sadness start trickling in she should end the relationship.

Teardrop is a story about a girl, Eureaka, who causes storms by her emotions, if she cries, she will drown the world. It’s set in a fairly standard world, underneath which lies another, much more sinister one, Atlantis, that has been hidden for a long time and Eureka is the key to awaken it again.

Interlude // She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by R. H. Sin

I just wanna be someone
But I don’t wanna just be someone to you
Only you, I’m not for you

It’s funny how Genius lyrics actually summarises this as “a switch from happy songs to deeply emotional songs” as if I wasn’t crying from the beginning…. like what do you mean? I didn’t get any happiness from the previous 7 songs, they hit way too close to home.

Interlude describes this person in Madison’s life as having their heart in a constant eclipse. They are constantly changing their mind and can’t seem to make decisions about their relationship.

She Felt Like Feeling Nothing is a collection of poetry which conveys that you should love yourself more than you love “him”.

Homesick // A wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’ Engle

‘Cause I belong in space, floatin’ with debris
Somethin’ ’bout this place never did feel right to me

This was the song that surprised me the most, I didn’t expect to love it so much. This song is about how Madison thinks her real parents are in space living as aliens, she mentions how they left her behind and how she wants to be there with them.

She expresses that she thinks would be better for her in space. There wouldn’t be any pressures, people, hate, crowds so she could just be free. The ending of the song samples a scene Rick and Morty.

The novel tells us about Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, and their travel in the universe in order to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace’s missing father.

Selfish // Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

I bet you thought you gave me real love
But we spent it all in nightclubs
All you ever wanna do is lie
Why you always such a Gemini?

Madison explained the inspiration for this song in a Genius Verified, I’ll embed it below if you’re interested. I really love the Gemini mention in this song. The zodiac sign is often depicted as being two-faced, stemming from the sign’s focus on duality.

Gemini Keeps Capricorn is third installment in the Signs of Love series. It can be read as a standalone but characters from book one do make cameos and it’s fun to know who they are. This novel is M/M romance told from the POV of Wesley who is currently studying to become a lawyer and also flirting with his RA (resident assistance), Lloyd.

Sour Times // The Edge of Brilliance by Susan Traugh

I don’t want you thinkin’
My heart’s in the equation
It’s crazy that you’d be down to be a fucking rebound,
Ain’t even in my right mind, and you think that’s a green light
And that just doesn’t seem right

Sour Times is about not allowing youself to be taken advantage of just because you’re going through a difficult time or in a vulnerable state.

Fifteen-year-old Amy Miles has bipolar disorder. Things spiral out of control and Amy ends up in a residential psychiatric facility. There, she learns how to cope with her illness through counseling, group therapy, and medication.

BOYSHIT // Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

All the yellin’ and kissin’ and fightin’
We never could see eye to eye
‘Cause you might seem like a man but you’re not one in your mind

BOYSHIT is the fourth song released from this album. Madison expresses the idea that she is a woman and that she dealing with a boy assuming he is man but is not showing it through his childish ways. The phrase BOYSHIT is also a play on the word “bullshit”, as Madison stated on twitter.

This song/music video seems to emphasis female empowerment so I chose Outlander for lack of a better book, I didn’t actually enjoy it that much, but I did quite like Claire, a strong female lead who is unafraid to express her opinions and her desires.

Baby // Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Know I’m gonna drive you mad
Probably gonna call me crazy

Baby embodies Madison’s confidence with sensual undertones and is basically saying “take me as I am, or not at all”

Tilt is told from three different POVs; Shane, Mikayla, and Harley. These stories intertwine in some way, each character is unique and has a story to tell of hardship or heart break.

Stained Glass // Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

Lately, I’m countin’ the minutes that I’ve got left
And lately, I’m countin’ the words that I haven’t said
‘Cause you will never know what I been through
And you should be a little more gentle
But maybe I need to start taking my own advice

Stained Glass shares the message that people should be more gentle to others because you never know what people have been through or are going through. Madison uses many metaphors to express her pain at being scrutinized by the public. Stained Glass is the stand out track on the album for me, maybe because it hits very close to home.

Trigger warning for self harm

Kiss of Broken Glass is written in verse and tells the story of a girl who begins to self-harm as a way to fit in with other girls at her high school.

Emotional Bruises // The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

No doubt, time’s out, we never figure shit out
I can’t do this no more, cutting off the life support

In Emotional Bruises, Madison addresses how words are really impactful, someone’s words can really affect you emotionally.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a teenage boy named Charlie, who struggles to fit in at his high school. His escape is writing letters to his “friend” about the things that are happening to him. He slowly builds friendships around a group of teenagers who are a little older than him.

Everything Happens for a Reason // I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I used to believe
That everything happens for a reason
But I just can’t find a reason
You’d wanna hurt me so bad

In Everything Happens For A Reason, Madison conveys her continuous hopeless love for someone.

This book follows Noah and Jude through two alternative narratives. The twins write from alternative periods in their lives before and after a traumatic event and how their lives are being shaped and changed.

Channel Surfing/The End // Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

You’re bad for my health, I should probably get some help
I can’t control myself, I’m addicted to the hell

Channel Surfing is the last track off the album and marks the end of the record whilst alluding to some of her previous songs over a tape-like rewinding production that progresses to be a thank-you note to an audience. This features a snippet from Dear Society, another one of Madison’s songs that was originally planned to be on the album but was later removed.

This was a heartfelt story of love and loss, and dealing with the tragedy of losing a close friend. It had a very haunting aura throughout the book. The whole experience of reading this book was eerie. 

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe found some new books/music to read/listen to. Have you listened to this Album before? If so did you enjoy it? Any favourite Songs? Would you match any of them up with a different book?

Are there any albums/EP’s/Mixtapes you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? What are your favourite Album(s)? Let me know in the comments.

I’m always interested in discovering other artists and albums so feel free to comment your recommendations and I’ll check them out, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE.

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The Sunday Post #48: Weekly Round Up

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read

Currently Reading

What I Plan to Read Next

Coming Soon

Perfect Pairings #10

Upcoming Reviews

Song(s) of the Week

What I’m Watching

I haven’t been watching much of anything recently but I’ll be watching The Grammy’s Monday morning as BTS have been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and they will be performing. Will you be tuning into the Grammy’s? Any artists you’re excited to see?

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Aoife @ Pretty Purple Polka Dots recommends recent books set in Ireland
Anushka @ Living in Pages shares Feminist Book Recommendations
Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm shares Standalone Books Written by Women
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The Sunday Post 47: Weekly Round Up

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read

Currently Reading

What I Plan to Read Next

Last Week on the Blog

RM's Bookshelf; Read like Kim Namjoon
Mini Reviews: Goosebumps, #1-6 by R.L. Stine

Coming Soon

Perfect Pairings #9

Upcoming Reviews

Song(s) of the Week

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Mini Reviews: Goosebumps, #1-6 by R.L. Stine

Goosebumps is a middle-grade horror series that originally began serialising in 1992. I will admit I only read a few of these as a child, I was way too scared of anything even remotely scary to read these so I’ve decided to read them now, I thought it would be to read through all of these and review them.

Since there are over 40 books in the original series, all of the reviews will be super short with brief snippets of the overall synopsis and my initial reactions. I will also give them a rating out of 5. I hope you all enjoy!

Welcome to Dead House

Amanda and Josh move into an old house. Possibly haunted. And the town of Dark Falls is pretty strange, too. It’s got a slow start with a gradual build of suspense. Reading this as an adult, it’s clear that these are innocent books geared towards kids who like to be scared but don’t want to risk too much.

It’s a strange little story, but it holds up well for its intended audience. It’s quick, and light, so it’s good for an in-between-books filler read.

Stay Out of the Basement

A creepy scientist does plant-testing in his basement. The family moved to Cali for Dad to take a job in a science lab but then his experiments started getting a little strange and dangerous.

I’m not sure what to think of it to be honest, it kinda had some scary parts, but mostly it was predictable. It’s definitely gross and weird, to say the least. But overall, it’s pretty mediocre.

Monster Blood

Evan is forced to stay with his great aunt Kathryn while his parents are in Atlanta. He buys a can of Monster Blood at a dusty old toy store.

I didn’t really find anything creepy about this book, like in the previous two Goosebumps books. This one is just random and silly, and was actually quite boring.

Say Cheese & Die

A curious kid finds an old camera. He starts taking pictures of his friends and family but for some reason they’re coming out all wrong.

This has more of a scare factor than previous installments. I’ve always loved the concept of “mysterious” or “evil” cameras. This is an improvement from the first few books. It has an interesting concept which makes it quite enjoyable.

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb

Gabe can’t wait to explore the Great Pyramid in Egypt with his Uncle Ben, but once he gets inside, Gabe discovers he may never get out.

This had much more suspense, but was not really a horror story, but more an adventure one. Nothing overtly horrific occurs, but it was a fun read nonetheless.

Let’s Get Invisible

Max discover an old magic mirror in the attic on his birthday that can make him become invisible but the longer he stays invisible, the harder it is to come back.

I enjoyed this one. while it was predictable, it was still fun so I really didn’t care. I particularly liked where the story went and how it ended. Overall, it was a compelling story.

That’s all for now! Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the Comments!

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RM’s Bookshelf; read like Kim Namjoon

BTS are a 7 member group from South Korea – consisting of Kim Seokjin, SUGA (Min Yoongi), J-HOPE (Jung Hoseok), RM (Kim Namjoon), Park Jimin, V (Kim Taehyung), Jeon Jungkook – who has taken over the world with their talent, hard work and charm.

I should admit that I’m a Dynamite era ARMY, after watching a series of their performance videos, music videos, interviews, etc. I have come to love and admire them. Besides listening to their music, as a new fan, I’ve looked for information about things they like. Namjoon aka RM has expressed his love for reading and I was looking for more book suggestions to hopefully get me out of this reading slump I’ve been in for the past year so I finally went through Namjoon’s reading list to read some new books.

I doubt I could read all these in a month so I might make it a year challenge and update on it every month, at least until I’ve read all (or most) of them on this list. I’m just gonna say straight out that Namjoon’s reading interests are very far from my own.

Note: Almost all books are free in PDF format. However, if you can afford it, kindly purchase the books (digital or physical format) from Amazon, book depository or your local book shop. Please support the writers! A lot of these are also available on Scribd, I pay about AU$13.50 a month and it has a really good variety of books.

Also, some books that Namjoon has read are only available in Korean, I’ve listed the books below that I could find in English as either PDF files, or Kindle Unlimited and Scribd.

Here are the books recommended by RM of BTS. Hope you find something you’re interested in too!

1984 by George Orwell
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Demian by Hermann Hesse
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima 
Almost Transparent Blue by Ryu Murakami
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami 
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Human Acts by Han Kang​
Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 by Cho Nam Ju
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In summary, if Namjoon wants to open a book club, I definitely will join. If you find yourself needing something to read, I seriously recommend you to put these on your reading list. Maybe you have read some or all of these books, if so please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on them. Now I need for my bias Yoongi to drop his book list, I’m patiently waiting 🥺

Happy Reading!

Posted in The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post #46: Weekly Round Up

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read

Currently Reading

What I Plan to Read Next

Last Week on my Blog

Perfect Pairings #8: The Pretty Reckless’ Hit Me Like A Man EP

Coming Soon

Perfect Pairings #9
Perfect Pairings #10

Upcoming Reviews

New to my Shelf

These were all secondhand books that I received from a family member recently:

SEE ALSO: RM’s Bookshelf; Read like Kim Namjoon

Song(s) of the Week

What I’m Watching

I haven’t really been watching anything recently, but I did watch BTS’ MTV Unplugged performance. I’ve had their cover of Coldplay’s Fix You on repeat, it’s so beautiful. They also performed Telepathy for the first time, as well as, Blue and Grey from their BE album.

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