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Perfect Pairings #14: A Book for Every Song from Winds Will Change EP by William Beckett

I’ll be pairing up books with William Beckett’s second EP, Winds Will Change, this was released in 2012 with 4 tracks. William Beckett started out in a band called The Academy Is.. an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, they formed in 2003 and disbanded in 2011. After they disbanded he went on to release his 3 EPs, a Compilation Album (featuring acoustic versions of his previous songs) and a debut album.

SEE ALSO: William Beckett’s Walk the Talk EP

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

Great Night // You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Started out a night full of promise
But if I’m perfectly honest
It was too good to be true

The EP opens with the light-hearted Great Night, a feel good jam. It tells the story of going out and having fun.

This book follows Mark and Kate. They meet one night and find they both have things in common. It’s about coming to terms with the person you are, with the things you cannot change, with the feelings you have, or don’t have, and it’s about learning to be the person that you are.

Warriors // Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

There’s nothing left to fear

Follow-up track Warriors features the darker vocals that Beckett does. Even though this song is not the best out on the EP, it’s still a strong song.

Wink Poppy Midnight follows three characters in a triple perspective style. Wink is the mysterious and odd girl next door. Her fantastic imagination gives her a knack for storytelling. Poppy is the coldhearted bully who always gets what (or who) she wants. She is manipulative, selfish, and cruel, but everyone loves her anyways. Midnight is a kind, sweet, boy, who is hopelessly in love with this girl. When Midnight meets Wink, he gets dragged into her fantasy world. But when everything starts to go awry, the truth is no longer black and white, and Midnight is trapped right in the middle.

Scarlett (Tokyo) // A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I don’t care how far it is
I wanna go to Tokyo from the West most coast

Scarlett (Tokyo) stands out from the rest on the album to me and is really well balanced.

This is the story of two people – Nao, a 16 year old living in Tokyo and Ruth, a woman living in the Pacific on a remote island. The story alternates between Nao and Ruth. Nao is a girl who is really struggling in life. She is poor, due to her father losing his job, she is brutally bullied by her classmates. She is writing her story in a diary, writing to someone who she hopes to find this in the future and hear her story. Ruth, while walking on the beach, finds a lunchbox containing the diary and wants to help Nao.

Dig a Hole // I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere by Anna Gavalda

Judging by the look in your eyes
I’m getting carried away
With all my waiting and my wishing
But I know the winds will change
Together we’ll get caught in the rain

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The EP closes with Dig A Hole, with it’s more introspective lyrics, as it talks about waiting for something to happen.

This collection of short stories offers a good mix of different voices, tones, and emotions. We are allowed a glimpse into the very mundane life of the characters. Each perfectly encapsulates the bleakness of routine, the isolation and loneliness we all feel at times.

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 EP 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/EPs/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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Perfect Pairings #13: A Book for Every Song from IT’z DIFFERENT & IT’z ICY by ITZY

ITZY is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment, the group debuted on February 12th 2019 with the release of their Single Album, IT’z DIFFERENT, and consists of members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. So today I’ll be pairing up book (Manga) with the songs from their Single Album, as well as their EP, IT’z ICY, both released in 2019.

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

DALLA DALLA // Shugo Chara by Peach-Pit

Don’t measure me by your standards alone
I love being myself, I’m nobody else – Source: Genius Lyrics

Their debut song DALLA DALLA introduces us to ITZYs sound. I feel like this is a mildly-strong start to their career but nothing to really cement what they seem capable of. They seem like a dance-oriented group. Nevertheless, this was a great debut song.

Hinamori Amu is a girl at Seiyo Elemantary school, known for her edgy fashion sense and “Cool-n-Spicy” attitude. But in reality, Amu is just a scared girl who just wants to be cuter and more honest. She is also the owner of three Guardian Characters, sort of mascots that represent who Amu wants to become.

WANT IT? // Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari

Can’t nobody hold us down we fly where we wanna – Source: Genius Lyrics

WANT IT? is a fun, catchy song. To be honest though, I don’t like verses of this song much. Despite this, I really like the chorus of the song.

Atsuko “Akko” Kagari is chasing her dream of becoming a great witch like her hero, Chariot and so she goes to a prestigious magical school. The problem is, she sucks at magic. Through sheer force of will, she plans to overcome her lack of talent and makes some friends along the way.

ICY // WINK Club by Iginio Straffi (Creator), VIZ Media (Editor)

Icy but I’m on fire
A dream inside me, I’m confident
Look at me, I’m not a liar
I don’t want to be put in your box
– Source: Genius Lyrics

ICY is fun and energetic, if a little generic, but I really love the style of the music video. A large part of ITZYs appeal is based on visual aspects: the choreography, music video, costuming. That’s not to say that they’re not talented though. I started to enjoy this song the more times I heard it. This track flaunts their being confident and not caring what others think.

I’ve always been a fan of Winx Club ever since I was a kid so reading this comic made me feel really nostalgic.

CHERRY // Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi

They say they’re saying it all for my own sake
But even I don’t really know myself
Don’t try to fit me in your mold
I’m going to play the way I want now
– Source: Genius Lyrics

CHERRY is a slightly more mellow song that has a real focus on “rap” parts. While this song was the least exciting of the three on this album, I still quite enjoyed it. The sound make it clear that ITZY are neither seeking permission nor asking forgiveness to be themselves.

Ichigo was a normal student living in Tokyo until an experiment added wildcat genes to her body. Because this series is geared for young girls, it relies heavily on archetypes and cliches. It’s a fun series though and the art, however, is very pretty.

IT’z SUMMER // Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

I like this summer
Why are you hiding? What’s so serious? – Source: Genius Lyrics

This album has a summer theme to it. That point is driven home by the final new song on this EP, IT’z SUMMER. This song was a fun listen.

Ouran is a high-energy, rom-com about a average teenage girl who gets into a prestigious private school for rich kids. She stumbles into a music room that seems to be unused but is in fact the room for a host club, which she ends up being forced into after she breaks an overly expensive vase that she has no way to pay for.

Dalla Dalla (DallasK Remix) // After Hours by Yuhta Nishio

I don’t care for love
There’s much more fun out there in the world
– Source: Genius Lyrics

The final two songs of the album are remix’s of ITZYs previous songs from IT’z DIFFERENT. This first one was from American DJ DallasK. While I’ll usually always pick the original over any remix, this one was alright.

After Hours is a WLW manga that focuses on adult women and adult circumstances.  The focus of the title is Emi, an introverted club goer, and Kei, an older DJ.  When Emi finds herself seemingly abandoned by her friend, Kei goes out of her way to connect with her and give her a potential life and love path drastically different from her own.

Want It? (Imad Royal Remix) // Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

We a star, Queen boulevard, we live how we wanna
I don’t care what people think this is our persona
– Source: Genius Lyrics

While the song before didn’t top it’s original, this remix by Imad Royal for WANT IT? certainly did. With this remix, the vocals are given the justice they deserve.

This story revolves around a group of otaku women living in a place called the Amamizukan which is an apartment that prohibits men. Tsukimi loves jellyfish because they represent one of the last deep connections she had with her mother before she died. Her mother took her to an aquarium where they both admired a jellyfish.

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed it though and maybe found some new books/music to read/listen to. I might do ITZYs IT’z ME EP soon too. Have you listened to these EPs 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/EPs/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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Perfect Pairings #12: A Book for Every Song from The Rabbit Hole EP by Ashe

The Rabbit Hole is the debut EP from American Singer-Songwriter Ashe, it was released in 2018. The Track list consists of 7 songs and I’ll be pairing them up with books that I feel match each of the songs in anticipation of Ashe’s debut album, set to be released May 7th 2021.

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

This whole EP is a blast, it’s well created and definitely shows significant potential. The Rabbit Hole EP follows an exciting, psychedelic, musical journey. It chronicles peaks and valleys of emotions.

After Life // Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Hearing the song in the static noise
My golden ticket into the void

After Life has references to both Alice in Wonderland and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

This story revolves around a young boy named Charlie Bucket, who is extremely poor, and can only have chocolate once a year; on his birthday. It’s announced that Willy Wonka is to open up his factory to five lucky kids, finding a golden ticket in a candy bar meant you got to visit Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory, which had been closed to the public.

Choirs // Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Said I couldn’t change, so I broke the mold
And I put my dreams in bottles knowing they would float
To a better place where I could be myself

The track is about embracing your weirdness and overcoming the voices in your head that try to stop you from being yourself.

This story is about a girl named Alice who ventures off to a mysterious land called Wonderland. When she is there, she meets and becomes friendly with many different characters and has even more adventures with them.

Sometimes People Suck // The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

It’s the frauds and the fakes
All their stupid mistakes that get you down
It’s the lies and the cheats driving from the backseat
That stress you out and get you down

A light-hearted tune with a driving beat and a catchy melody, Ashe celebrates paying no mind to the people that suck.

Danielle Paige’s retelling of The Wizard of Oz is a version where Dorothy went back home, realised she didn’t particularly care for it, came back to Oz, gathered magic, and became the most barbaric ruler in the history of Oz. In this version Dorothy isn’t the only girl who went to Oz there is now another, Amy has realised that the words ‘Wicked’ and ‘Good’ no longer mean anything in this fight to save Oz.

Real Love // The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

You can’t please the whole world
I’ve tried and I have failed

Real Love is a standout track for me on the EP. This song acknowledges that life can be both really good and also bad. Ashe is acknowledging the fact that even though we are all unique and may not know each other, we all have a general longing for how we want to be loved.

The Darkest Part of the Forest revolves around a brother and sister, Ben and Hazel. Ever since they were children, they have dreamed of waking up the Prince, a young man who is sealed within an unbreakable glass coffin and has been sleeping for generations in the depths of the forest.

Wrong Side of Myself // The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

And lately I’ve been on a losing streak
Maybe you should stop trying to save me
You’re right by my side but
I’m on the wrong side of myself

Wrong Side of Myself focuses on the relatable anxieties of self-destruction and abandonment.

The Forbidden Library is about a young girl thrown into a whole new world where magic is real, and books can transport to magical places that are fascinating but also scary.

We Get High // Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

I’m looking for the light at the end of the night
I light a match and watch it all burn down

This Song combines the vintage feel of 1930s swing music with modern pop flair.

Wink believes in fairy tales. She believes in heroes, and villains, and epic adventures. She believes that her new neighbor Midnight is the hero of her story, and she believes that cruel, beautiful Poppy is the villain. Poppy knows that she’s the villain. Midnight, in love with both of them, doesn’t know what to believe. Wink, Poppy, and Midnight are all teens with vastly different motivations in the book.

Someone To Lose // In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

I never been someone you thought about
I never been someone you knew that well
I never been someone you talked about

This Song explores pushing boundaries for the sake of love, leaving us with serene images of lush gardens and strawberry fields. 

In Other Lands follows Eliot through five years of magic school, starting when he’s thirteen and concluding when he’s seventeen. It follows Elliot as he grows up, as he begins to understand his sexuality, making friends, and go through character development.

That’s all for now! I know some of these are quite basic but I really wanted to do this before the release of Ashe’s debut Album. I hope you enjoyed it though and maybe found some new books/music to read/listen to. Have you listened to this EP 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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Perfect Pairings 11: A Book for Every Song From Night Thinker EP by Amy Shark

I hope everyone has been well. Today I’ll be matching up books with Amy Shark’s debut EP Night Thinker, released in 2017 with 6 tracks. Amy Shark is an Australian Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter, she released and performed music under the name Amy Cushway between 2008-2012 that has since been discontinued. Despite being Australian myself, I don’t listen to many Australian artists, I probably should start. Anyways, let’s just get into it.

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

Drive You Mad // The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

You said you feel like there’s nothing you can’t say
And I felt that yesterday

Drive You Mad is the first track on the EP. It’s about wanting to be with someone, wanting to be loved, but even though the timing doesn’t quite work out, still wanting to pursue it.

This story follows a narrator called Nick as he tells us the story of his new neighbour, Gatsby. Along the way we discover the lavish parties Gatsby hosts, the reason for his wealth, the miseries of his past, and the long-lost loves he hopes to get back

Adore // Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

All of my money is spent on these nights, just so we can hang out
Squeezing in and out of these dresses, I wanna be found
By you

Adore is about being in love and having the confidence to make a move on those feelings.

Cath is an introvert whose discomfort with social settings leaves her dwelling in the backdrop of real life. She finds unlikely friendship and struggles to adjust her life at college. The relationship between Cath and Levi was gentle and slow building.

Weekends // Our Last Summer by Matthew J. Metzger

There’s a place for us
There’s a tiny little room for two
And it’s crystallised in my mind, that tiny little room
With you

Weekends is one of my favourite’s on the EP, it’s really catchy. In this song she sings about spending weekends hanging out with someone, where there are no responsibilities.

Our Last Summer tells the story of Ryan and Alex. Ryan visits his grandmother every summer, when the school year ends. It’s usually boring for him, because there’s basically nobody his age around, but one year he meets Alex, who moved there with his family. The two develop a friendship, which starts as a summer thing but ends up as more.

Worst Girl (feat. Allday) // Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We started a fire and let it burn out
Took you for granted

Worst Girl is the fourth track from the EP. The song serves as her first official collaboration, with the track featuring Australian rapper Allday.

This is the story of Samantha and her trying to find what happened to her best friend, Cassie. Sam is popular, rich, beautiful and has it all or so it may seem at first glance. Perfect boyfriend, perfect friends, perfect family. But everything is not as it seems. So when she’s found wondering around not even knowing her name after having disappeared for four entire days, everything in her life takes on a new turn. She wants to know the truth, to remember it all.

Blood Brothers // The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

What was I like before you?
Well I can’t answer that
Wrap me up in secrets

This song is about having a friend that turns into being more than friends.

Violet can sense the location of murder victims. Her gift is hereditary, and she inherited it from her grandmother. Everyone in her family, and her best friend Jay, know about the gift. When Violet returns to school for her junior year, she’s troubled by her attraction to Jay. He’s been her friend for years, but he matured greatly over the summer, and he’s now the object of desire for nearly every girl in the school.

Deleted // The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Can’t believe we’re sitting, talking, just under a meter apart
Totally alone, I feel you breaking off a piece of my heart

This Song tells the story about a hard-hitting crush, falling for someone and asking them to keep you in their memory, it’s basically saying ‘we might not be together but keep me in your memories because you’re special to me’. However, deleted scenes are left out for a reason. The fact that they haven’t been included suggests that there was a problem in the relationship.

The Notebook tells the story of Noah & Allie, who met and fell in love after spending a summer together. After many years of marriage and children, they both moved into an assisted living home together, and every morning Noah reads to her from a notebook the story of their life.

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed it! Have you listened to this EP before? 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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The Sunday Post #51: 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

Mini Reviews: Goosebumps, #6-12

Coming Soon

Perfect Pairings #11

Upcoming Reviews

Song(s) of the Week

Amy Shark’s new album Cry Forever was released April 30th, one of my favourite’s is Worst Day of My Life.

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Mini Reviews: Goosebumps, #6-12 by R. L. Stine

Goosebumps is a middle-grade horror series that originally began serialising in 1992. Since there are over 40 books in the original series, all of the reviews will be 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 enjoy!

SEE ALSO: Goosebumps #1-6 Mini Reviews

Night of the Living Dummy

Lindy and Kris are twins. They fight all the time, try to copy each other, make fun of each other, and pull pranks on each other. Lindy finds a ventriloquist dummy and she names it Slappy. After Lindy and Slappy start geting quite popular, Kris starts getting jealous and asks her parents for her own dummy.

I never grew up reading Goosebumps so I didn’t have any nostalgia for this series. The sisters in the story were rather annoying, but I was pleasantly happy with the creepiness of the dummies.

The Girl Who Cried Monster

Girl Who Cried Monster is about a girl named Lucy, who talks a lot about monsters. She loves scaring her younger brother Randy with stories about monsters. This becomes a big problem for Lucy when she actually witnesses a REAL monster, and nobody will believe her.

Overall this book is pretty boring for the most part. Lucy is this books annoying protagonist. Something R.L Stine excels in is writing unlikable main characters, those you just don’t like that much.

Welcome to Camp Nightmare

This book follows twelve year old Billy as he goes to summer camp. All is not as it seems though, and creepy things start happening and kids start disappearing.

I feel this book lacks atmosphere, I love the concept, not so keen on the execution. It was still quite enjoyable though.

The Ghost Next Door

Hannah is a 12-year-old girl living with her family in a small town. Hannah meets the boy next door, a 12-year-old named Danny with red hair and freckles. He’s moved into the old Dodson house. That’s strange – it’s sat empty for years. And Hannah never saw any moving van or people inside the house. Danny claims he’s in her grade at her school, but she doesn’t know him or any of his friends.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I even liked how Hannah and Danny interacted with each other. It was an enjoyable book!

The Haunted Mask

Carly Beth is a scaredy-cat. This wouldn’t be so bad – except for the fact that everyone thinks it is really funny to scare her. Sick of being the butt of everyone’s scare tactics, she vows that this Halloween will be different.

I loved the concept. the mask was creepy, but like most Goosebumps books, I wasn’t a fan of the main character and none of the other characters were exactly memorable either.

Be Careful What You Wish For….

Samantha Byrd is awkward like most teenagers her age. She’s also picked on a lot at school. But when she helps a strange “Crystal Woman” find her way one day she repays Samantha by granting her three wishes.

It doesn’t suffer from a terrible ending like the bulk of the Goosebumps series, instead oddly faltering in the middle when Sam makes her second wish.

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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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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Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm shares Upcoming books by Asian Authors

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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

Currently Reading

What I Plan to Read Next

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.

Around the Blogosphere

Clemi @ Clemi's Bookish World recommends books by Asian Authors
Sam @ RiverMoose-Reads recommends books with Trans Protagonists
Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger discusses Diversity and Representation in YA books

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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.