Blogs Have Writing Styles?! (aka I have an existential crisis)

Hi everyone!

A second before writing this post, I was reading Fadwa’s post on her favourite blogs and was suddenly struck by something. Blogs really have a writing style. Thinking about it… well, duh, of course they do.

If you’ve read many of my posts, or especially if you used to follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed that my blogging style is either quite informative or very chatty and to be honest I’m not in love with it?! If you’ve ever seen how I write when I write for the sake of writing (e.g. creative writing) then you wouldn’t think it was the same person at all.

When I write for the sake of writing or to tell a story, or even when writing poems, I favour more “flowery” language. I like to use imagery and create a world in my writing in which things seem a bit more abstract and magical. Think The Night Circus (except not half as good).

But could I translate that into a writing style for my blog? Probably not exactly, it would be silly. A blog isn’t a magical realism story. A piece of paper is just of a piece of paper, after all… but perhaps I could adapt it? Find a happy medium which I prefer to my current writing style?!

I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now and I started when I was only 14, so I’ve kind of been stuck writing very similarly to how I did then, and well, I’m almost 17 and I don’t write or talk the way I did when I was 14, so maybe it’s time to change how I blog as well.

Is it too early for an existential crisis? Maybe 🙂

Thanks for supporting me thus far and if you’re new to my blog… I hope you’ll stick with me a little bit longer.

Lots of love,

Keira x.

SEVENTEEN’s Teen, Age Album Review

teen, ageSEVENTEEN’S second full-length album Teen, Age was released on the 6th of November 2017.

The album consists of 13 tracks, including a short intro and outro. For the purpose of this review, I will be looking at all 11 full-length tracks.

The album shows their growth as a newly successful group, including a variety of styles and unit tracks.


  • CHANGE UP: CHANGE UP was first released prior to the album being dropped and features the group’s unit leaders: Hoshi, S.Coups and Woozi. Musically, it is a mix of trap, R&B, pop and EDM with smooth raps and falsetto vocals. Lyrically, the song talks about the effort which the leaders of SEVENTEEN put into the group to help keep them successful, happy and healthy. I didn’t like the song at first, but it has grown on me! 3/5.
  • WITHOUT YOU: Without You has an understated electro-pop sound, slightly reminiscent of the group’s previous track Don’t Wanna Cry. Vernon’s line at 0:35 is probably my favourite part of the song. The song tells the emotional journey of someone who has recently lost a loved one and how they come to accept that they must no change and move on. 3.5/5

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  • CLAP: CLAP was the title track of the album. It has a funk pop vibe, mixed with a blues-rock sound and is incredibly catchy. Lyrically, the song is incredibly relatable and uplifting, like the opening line: “It’s alright, it’s alright, these things happen. Things get all tangled up like earphones in your pocket”Overall, this is currently my all-time favourite SEVENTEEN song. 5/5.
  • BRING IT: BRING IT is a duet featuring Hoshi and Woozi. It has a darker, heavier beat and sound than most of the other songs on the album. It has an almost military feel. It’s one of my less favourite songs on the album, as I’m not a massive fan of the beat drop or the flow. 0.5/5

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  • LILILI YABBAY: Lilili Yabbay is a song by the Performance Team (aka Hoshi, Jun, Dino and The8). It has an experimental EDM sound. It’s definitely more of a song I would go and see someone dance to than something I would listen to by itself, which I guess is kind of the point? In any case, as a song, not one of my favourites but not bad either. 2.5/5.
  • TRAUMA: TRAUMA is a song by the Hip Hop Team (aka S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon). It’s a rap song, but with quite calm and understated rhythms and a singing-rap style chorus. It’s one of my all-time favourite SEVENTEEN songs and is really such a masterpiece. The lyrics talk about each of the members personal traumas and it’s honestly a little bit heart-breaking. 5/5.
  • PINWHEEL: PINWHEEL is a song by the Vocal Team (aka Woozi, Joshua, Jeonghan, Seungkwan and DK). It’s a slow, sweet song perfect for showcasing their honey vocals, but isn’t the most unusual ballad ever. 4/5.

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  • FLOWER: FLOWER features Jeonghan, Seungkwan, The8, Wonwoo, Dino and S.Coups. It’s one of the darker, heavier songs on the album, but not nearly as dark as BRING IT. It has a more upbeat and bouncy rhythm and a very catchy vocal chorus. 3/5.
  • ROCKET: ROCKET features Joshua and Vernon, the two members with an American background. Thus, the song is actually about a 50/50 split of Korean and English. It’s a fun, playful and empowering song which talks about just going for things and not bothering about what other people think of you. 4/5.

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  • HELLO: HELLO features DK, Mingyu and Jun and I believe it was the last of three songs they wrote quite a while back. It’s a cheesy, poppy love song and whilst it’s not really my thing, it’s not horrible either, just didn’t seem to match the maturity of the other songs on the album. I feel like it would have fit more on one of their earlier albums than on this one. 1.5/5.
  • CAMPFIRE: Campfire feels like a sort of sweet “goodbye until next time” from the group, with a sweet and chill rhythm and muted raps and vocals. It’s a soft caress against the ears and flows nicely like a bubbling brook. 4/5.

Overall, this is my favourite SEVENTEEN album and was one of my favourite albums of 2017 and I definitely recommend you check it out. It was really the album that got me into the group to begin with.

CATEGORY SCORE (5)
Title Track 5
Variety 4
Cohesiveness 3.5
My Music Taste 3.5
Overall 4

4 microphones out of 5


Who are SEVENTEEN?



SEVENTEEN are a South Korean boy group who debuted in May 2015. There are 13 members: S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, Seungkwan, DK, Hoshi, Jun, The8, and Dino. They also have a subunit called BSS containing members Seungkwan, DK and Hoshi.


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. This was the last in my series of SEVENTEEN posts, so if you’re interested, you can check out my top ten favourite SEVENTEEN songs of all time and my introduction to SEVENTEEN

Also, hey! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long 😦 I was sick and then had to catch up with school work. But now I’m on holiday for a week so I can catch up with blogging again!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below! 

Do you have a group or artist you love and really want to see me a do a segment on? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


ALSO I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: 

For album reviews like this, do you prefer reviews like this, or did you prefer the style I used for the BTS album reviews? Please let me know!


 

Intimidating Books That Are So Worth It

A lot of the time people can find long books or series quite intimidating… or maybe it’s just me. In any case, to follow this week’s theme of quantity and quality, I wanted to recommend a couple of longer books or series which are definitely worth it!


#1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

The first couple of books in the Throne of Glass series are sort of average length, but thy do get very long towards the end and there are quite a few of them… but it is totally, completely worth it! The series starts out as a YA Fantasy series, but ends slightly more mature and is pretty much just brilliant. Kingdom of Ash is the last book and comes out on the 23rd of October, so this is the perfect time to start this series if you haven’t already 🙂


#2: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker


The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Djinni is currently a stand-a-lone novel (and works as one, although I think some kind of sequel or companion is planned) and is an adult historical fantasy book. It reads very much like magical realism and the writing is gorgeous. This book is just wonderfully crafted and one of my favourite books that I’ve read recently. It isn’t horribly long, coming in at just under 500 pages, but I was a little bit intimidated by it at first so I’m including it anyway.

In The Golem and the Djinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.


#3: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëI think most people have probably heard of Jane Eyre as it is a well-known and much-loved classic. This book is just over 500 pages in this edition (and in mine), which is quite long, but not massively so, except that it is a classic, which already means it is most likely more densely written and harder to read in the first place. In fact, I put this book off for ages, even after starting to read it, but now I absolutely adore it and will recommend it to anyone who wants a good classic to read because it is just that good.

Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE.


And that’s it!

What books were you intimidated by but ended up loving? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.


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COUNTDOWN | TOP 10 SEVENTEEN SONGS

Interested in listening to some SEVENTEEN songs but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve listened to every song they’ve ever released and are wondering which are my favourites. Either way, you’re in the right place! And if you don’t know who SEVENTEEN are, you can read this post too, but you might also want to check out my introduction to SEVENTEEN! Today I’ll be talking about my 10 favourite songs by K-Pop group SEVENTEEN.


#10- ROCKET


I won’t try to act like I’m someone else. Your yesterday, today and tomorrow is yours. Don’t care anymore about other’s eyes on me.

This song is just so fun and playful that  can’t really help but love it! It also has such a good, empowering song and so sweet as well!


#9- THANKS


Thank you, thank you, that’s all I can say. How to wait and what love is, you taught me all.

To be honest with you, I was a little bit disappointed with this song when I first heard it because I loved CLAP so much, but it has since grown on me a lot, especially because of the amazing performance, and has become one of my favourite SEVENTEEN songs 🙂 Also this was a song especially for their fans, which makes the lyrics so, so sweet and emotional.


#8- Pretty U


Should I ask the internet? What to wear, where to go. I should have studied hard like this.

There is a music video for this song, but I actually started loving this song by watching the dance practices and live performances, so I decided to include one of them instead. The choreography is like something out of a musical, which goes really well with the cutesy, in-love song.


#7- VERY NICE


If I can catch a glimpse of your elusive heart my whole body is itching and beating. What is this sensation, what do I do?

This is really SEVENTEEN’s signature style. It’s fun, playful and very catchy.


#6- Without You


I was scared of being alone so I spent my time foolishly. Didn’t even know how time was passing.

I’ll just say that apart from really liking this song, Vernon’s part at 0:35 was stuck in my head for the longest time. The lyrics of this song really tell a story, so I can only give you lyrics from the beginning or else SPOILERS. But my favourite lyrics are at the end ;(


#5- Don’t Wanna Cry


I loved you so much, where’d you go? Did you leave because you don’t like me anymore?

Like with Without You this song really describes a story, with character development and everything, so I can only share lyrics from the beginning with you, but this is a great song. It was the first SEVENTEEN song I ever listened to as well 🙂


#4- Our dawn is hotter than day


Only the stars fill up the night sky as it shines on us.

We’ve reached the most recent song on this list! This song is such a good summer song that makes me think of drinking cocktails (or in my case, mocktails) at the beach under soft lighting whilst the sun is setting. It’s soft and calm but slightly sultry in a way as well. The lyrics are also so, so pretty.


#3- CALL CALL CALL


Whatever the difficult problem is, yeah, I’m always on your side.

In some of their recent music, SEVENTEEN has been mixing some heavier guitars and other more “rock” instrumentation in which I love. This song is their most recent Japanese release and is the song which first made me fall in love with Wonwoo. In any case, this song is just so much fun!!


#2- TRAUMA


I’m barely breathing, like I forgot how. It’s too hard for me to be lenient with myself.

This is the song which made me realise that I really enjoy stripped back, slower and softer rap. The song is really personal for the members, talking about the rappers’ personal “traumas” which made this song even more emotional.


#1- CLAP


It’s alright, it’s alright, these things happen. Things get all tangled up like earphones in your pocket.

Before this song, I liked SEVENTEEN. I would listen to Don’t Wanna Cry and I would occasionally watch interviews or live performances of them if they showed up on my feed. This song changed everything and made me go and listen to every song they’ve ever released and basically fall in love. It’s a masterpiece AND SO CATCHY in the absolute best way.


Who are SEVENTEEN?



SEVENTEEN are a South Korean boy group who debuted in May 2015. There are 13 members: S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, Seungkwan, DK, Hoshi, Jun, The8, and Dino. They also have a subunit called BSS containing members Seungkwan, DK and Hoshi.


So that’s it for this post! If you liked it, you might want to check out my introduction to SEVENTEEN or my Top 10 Favourite BTS songs.

Also, watch out for a review of SEVENTEEN’s 2017 album “Teen, Age” coming this weekend!

What are your favourite SEVENTEEN songs? Did you discover any new ones today? Do you disagree with my list? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!


If you have any requests for other reviews (be that books or music, old or new), leave me a comment below, pop me an email or go here for more information.

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an introduction to SEVENTEEN

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on Twitter you wouldn’t know but this week’s them is “quantity and quality”. You’ve probably heard the phrase “quality, not quantity” or “quality over quantity”… but this week I wanted to celebrate things with both quantity and quality. There will be some bookish stuff as well, but on the music side of things we’re going to be looking at K-Pop boy group SEVENTEEN, so please look forward to it!

Today isn’t for sharing the best SEVENTEEN has to offer, but rather giving you a general overview of who they are, who the members are and a little bit about their discography! Stay tuned until the end of the post because I’ve recommend a couple of videos that you definitely don’t want to miss! So without further ado, this is SEVENTEEN!

disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I got something wrong, please let me know! 


Who are SEVENTEEN?


SEVENTEEN are a 13 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for their use of complex formations in their choreographies, and their slightly more boyish concepts compared to some other boygroups.

SEVENTEEN debuted under Pledis Entertainment in 2015 and were the first boygroup to debut with a one-hour live showcase. As they are such a big group, they have three teams: the Hip Hop Team, the Vocal Team and the Performance Team, which come together to make one group. Their fans are called Carat.


Meet the members of SEVENTEEN


S.Coups.gifS.Coups

S.Coups (born: Choi Seungcheol) is the leader of the group, as well as the eldest member. In addition to being the leader of SEVENTEEN, he is also the leader of the Hip Hop Team. He is the main rapper and a vocalist in the group.

S.Coups was born on the 8th of August 1995 for being strong and reliable, but also cute. He may seem intimidating, but if his members he cry, he will cry too. He enjoys reading and sports, but dislikes roller coasters.

Check out this clip of S.Coups performing his song “Phenomenon” live!


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Jeonghan (born: Yoon Jeonghan) is the lead vocalist of the group and ranks himself as the third best visual of the group. He is a part of the Vocal Team.

Jeonghan was born on the 4th of October 1995 and is known for playing pranks on other members. The group voted him as having the best personality and he enjoys it when his members confide in him. He is constantly sleepy ad doesn’t really like sweets.

Check out Jeonghan performing his song “Purple Rose” live!


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Joshua (born: Joshua Hong/ Hong Jisoo) is one of the group’s lead vocalists and is part of the Vocal Team. Both of Joshua’s parents are Korean, but he was born and raised in America. Joshua has said that music is his life. 

Joshua was born on the 30th of December 1995 is known for being gentlemanly, although recently he bas become more of a joker. He enjoys riding a bike by the Han River and watching anime. He also loves chicken and can cook.

Check out Joshua performing his song “Can’t live without losing you” live!


JunJun

Jun (born: Wen Junhui) is a lead dancer and sub-vocalist in the group. He is one of the Chinese members and is part of the Performance Team. He ranks himself third in terms of visuals.

Jun was born on the 10th of June 1996. He thinks he is a little awkward and feels that his emotions change frequently. He feels most comfortable at home and is the group’s alarm clock.

Check out Jun performing a solo, Chinese version of the group’s 2018 song “THANKS”!


Hoshi.gifHoshi

Hoshi (born: Kwon Soonyoung) is the leader of the Performance Team. He’s also a main dancer, lead vocalist and sub-rapper. Additionally, he is a member of the sub-unit BSS. Hoshi choreographs most of SEVENTEEN’s dances.

Hoshi was born on the 15th of June 1996 and is known for being the mood-maker of the group. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and likes collecting weird pictures of the members.

Check out Hoshi perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


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Wonwoo (born: Jeon Wonwoo) is a lead rapper and sub-vocalist with the deepest voice of the group. He is part of the Hip Hop Team and was in the top 100 “Most Handsome Faces of 2017” by T.C. Chandler.

Wonwoo was born on the 17th of July 1996 and is known for being wise and a little bit shy, but has a warm personality. He is the cleanest member of the group and prefers scary movies to comedies.  

Check out Wonwoo perform the song “You’re my baby” all the way back in 2013!


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Woozi (born: Lee Jihoon) is the Vocal Team leader and lead vocalist of the group. He has a background in classical music and produces most of the group’s music. He can play the guitar and the piano.

Woozi was born on the 22nd of November 1996, hates aegyo and is hardworking. He was originally supposed to be part of the performance team. He likes the X-Men series and films starring Hugh Jackman.

Check out Woozi performing his performance-oriented song “With You”!


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DK (born: Lee Seokmin) is the main vocalist of the group and is part of the Vocal Team. He is also the leader of the subunit BSS. He was part of a rock band in middle school.

DK was born on the 18th of February 1997 and is known for being funny and loud.  He has spoken about how he used to be bullied for his weight, and explained how words can hurt, but he tries to be a positive and hard-working person.

Check out DK perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


MingyuMingyu

Mingyu (born: Kim Mingyu) is a lead rapper and sub-vocalist of the group. Additionally, he is also the official visual and was in the top 50 “Most Handsome Faces of 2017” by T.C. Chandler. He would like to try acting in the future and used to play bass in high school.

Mingyu was born on the 6th of April 1997 and is known for being the handyman and cook of the group. He has a bright personality and eats a lot. Once, he placed second in national football championships. 

Check out Mingyu performing his vocal-oriented song “Like The Beginning”!


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The8 (born: Xu Minghao) is a lead dancer, a rapper, and a sub-vocalist. He is one of the two Chinese members and is part of the Performance Team. He has a background in b-boying.

The8 was born on the 7th of November 1997 and is known for seeming cool on stage. He enjoys pranking people he is close with and has been practicing Chinese Wushu (martial art) since he was five years old.

Check out The8 performing a solo, Chinese version of the group’s 2017 song “CLAP”! 


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Seungkwan (born: Book Seungkwan) is the second main vocalist of the group. He is part of the Vocal Team as well as the subunit BSS.

Seungkwan was born on the 16th of January 1998 and he is known for being sensitive, a little bit savage and very funny. He is indecisive, so he takes a long time when shopping and enjoys walking alone without thinking about anything. He loves hamburgers and is allergic to tomatoes.

Check out Seungkwan perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


Vernon.gifVernon

Vernon (born: Hansol Vernon Chwe/ Choi Hansol) is the main rapper of the group as well as a vocalist. He was born in New York, but moved to Korea when he was little. He is part of the Hip Hop Team.

Vernon was born on the 18th of February 1998 and is known for being easygoing, shy and looking like Leonardo di Caprio. He looks childish, but places an importance on not being prejudiced.

Check out Vernon performing his song “Lotto” live!


DinoDino

Dino (born: Lee Chan) is the main dancer of the group as well as a lead rapper and sub-vocalist. Both of his parents are dancers and he has choreographed a couple of SEVENTEEN’s dances. Dino is part of the Performance Team.

Dino was born on the 11th of February 1999 and is the youngest member of the group. He likes to hug things when he sleeps and hates not being able to speak his mind. Michael Jackson is one of his role models.

Check out Dino performing his rap-oriented and hype song “The Real Thing”!


SEVENTEEN’s Discography


SEVENTEEN has a growing discography, including 2 albums, 1 repackaged album, 1 Japanese mini album, 1 special album, 5 mini albums and 2 singles. They also have a subunit “BSS” who have one single.

If you read my introduction to BTS you might know that I talked about the four eras of BTS music so far. SEVENTEEN don’t have such clear splits in their music, so instead I’m going to talk about their music as a group as well as within their three teams!


THE HIP HOP TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S Hip Hop Team includes S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon. Their main role is rapping and they write most of the rap lyrics for their songs.

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • chill rap
  • talks about the members personal “traumas”

Trauma Definition

THE VOCAL TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S vocal team includes Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK and Seungkwan. Their main role is singing and music production (especially Woozi).

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • a light, almost ballad pop song
  • talks about waiting for someone you love

THE PERFORMANCE TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S performance team includes Hoshi, Jun, The8 and Dino. Their main role is dance/performance and they make most of the group’s choreography.

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • a more instrumental, EDM style song with all sorts of twist… like electric guitar
  • talks about having faith

SEVENTEEN

SEVENTEEN includes all thirteen members. They combine the talents of all three teams to create something amazing together. Very few songs on their albums are done as a whole group, with the majority being unit songs (either as teams or otherwise), but their title tracks are always done together. They explore a variety of genres as a whole.

  • the title track of 2018 mini album You Make My Day
  • a light, playful sound
  • talks about the feeling of “ah what to do” you feel when you have a crush

BSS

BSS is a subunit of SEVENTEEN including DK, Hoshi and Seungkwan, which debuted in March 2018 with the single Just do it. They’re pretty hilarious, as any SEVENTEEN fan would expect, so I recommend checking their song and performances out!


HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!


note: these are not music videos.

SEVENTEEN MOMENTS (IF THIS DOESN’T MAKE YOU LAUGH I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL):
THEY REALLY PULL OF COVERING GIRL GROUP SONGS:
JUST A FUN INTERVIEW:
BECAUSE THIS IS JUST IMPRESSIVE:


And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe learned something!

Are you excited to listen to some of SEVENTEEN’s music now? Or are you already a fan? Please let me know what you thought and leave me a comment if you have any questions… I’ll do my best to answer them!

Thank you for reading this post today!  Watch out for tomorrow’s post on my favourite BTS songs of all time! Happy listening, Keira x.

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!


If you have any requests for other reviews (be that books or music, old or new), leave me a comment below, pop me an email or go here for more information. You’re also welcome to request other posts as well!

Have your own music or book to submit? Take a look at my review policy.

Also make sure to follow me on Twitter to see what the new theme is each week, follow this blog so you’re notified when I next post, and add me on Spotify (I’ll add you back and we can see what sort of songs each other listen to)!

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Books are an escape (+ recommendations)

I was thinking the other day about why I like books so much. As I’ve become older I’ve come to appreciate them as amazing pieces of work, and for the insight and knowledge which they can give me, but on a more basic, instinctual level, that’s not what draws me to reading. I came to the conclusion that books offered me an outlet and an escape from my life. They were a place of comfort when I wasn’t in the best place in my life, and when I am feeling good generally they are a fun pastime which allow me to let my imagination free.

In any case, today I thought I would share with you a couple of ideas about what you could read if you ever want an escape!


CHOICE 1: MAGICAL REALISM


Magical realism is great because it’s almost fantasy, but not quite, and will make you question basically everything. Because of the nature of this genre, magical realism books usually have gorgeous writing. A good place to start would be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireThey’re on the line between magical realism and fantasy, but I love them. Another good choice would be The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.


CHOICE 2: FULL-OUT FANTASY


Magical realism not cutting it? Need dragons, magic and the lot? I’ve got your back. With a good fantasy book, you can forget the real world exists at all! I especially recommend Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. If you’re more into the adult fantasy genre, then Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is excellent.


CHOICE 3: A GOOD LAUGH


When the world gets touch, maybe laughter is the best medicine! I don’t read comedy, but these books cracked me up. If you like some non-fiction occasionally Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari is excellent (Aziz Ansari is a well-known comedian, if you didn’t know). In search of something a little bit lighter? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli deals with some important topics, but is also hilarious, or you could reread Twilight and (if you’re me) laugh at the old you who thought Bella and Edward were the most romantic couple ever.


CHOICE 4: CRY IT OUT


When I’m sad, one of my go-to things to do is to watch Les Miserables and cry for the whole two hours. It’s incredibly cathartic, so why not find some books to do the same! I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson is one of my all-time favourite books, The Icarus Show by Sally Christie is beautifully yet horribly sad and if you’re looking for some nostalgic tears, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is definitely the way to go.


And that’s it!

What books do you like to read when you want to escape? Or do you have something else you prefer to do? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy reading, Keira x.


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Put A Smile On Your Face

One of the best things to do when you’re feeling down is to first listen to music that will help you cry it out and then listen to infectiously fun music. Equally, one of the best things to do if you’re in a good mood is to celebrate by listening to some good music, so today I’m going to share six songs with you that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face!


Bruno Mars- The Lazy Song


Don’t feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone, ’cause today I swear I’m not doing anything.

Apart from having one of the strangest music videos, this song is just a little bit weird and a lot of fun all around. It perfectly embodies what we feel like when we just can’t be bothered to get out of bed or being a normal, functioning human being.


ASTRO- Hide and Seek


Hide carefully, I might see you because you shine brighter than anyone else.

Okay so this music video is so interesting to watch and the plot is kind of bittersweet, but in any case, this song is probably one of the purest, happiest things to come out of a boy group and I’m kind of in love. Trust me, this song will grow on you and then you will find it stuck in your head and you will be dancing even if you haven’t listened to it in a week.


The Rembrandts- I’ll Be There For You


It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, but I’ll be there for you.

So I haven’t actually watched FRIENDS (shock, horror, I know, I will eventually), but this song is excellent. It’s a kind of rocky theme tune that is my absolute favourite kind of theme tune and it’s so comforting and sweet as well!


TWICE- KNOCK KNOCK


No need for that gold key or get lucky, if you truly mean it everything’s gonna be okay.

Okay so if you know anything about K-Pop, you know that TWICE are just completely owning feel-good, cute, girly songs at the moment and I actually don’t like many of their songs, but this one is just masterful. It’s catchy, but not annoying and it’s just incredibly fun.


Taylor Swift- Shake It Off


But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving, it’s like I got this music in my mind, sayin’ it’s gonna be alright.

This song really needs no introduction, but it’s a great song to dance (or shake) along to and it’s got a really positive and freeing message as well!


N.Flying- Hot Potato


If you could be born again, what would you be? A potato.

N.Flying’s recent music is just basically a meme in song form. They’re fun, funky, and a little bit ridiculous. The MVs are also hilarious as well. Definitely a good choice to put a smile on your face, as long as you don’t mind feeling the urge to listen to the song on repeat for the next month or so!


So that’s it for this post!

What do you listen to when you’re feeling down? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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4 Songs About Mental Health

One of the best ways to feel more understood and perhaps help work through and identify your own mental health problems is to find what you’re feeling represented in the media. One great way to do that is through music, as it is such a good way to express raw and painful emotions. So here are a few songs which do just that.


Shawn Mendes- In My Blood


Laying on the bathroom floor, feeling nothing. I’m overwhelmed and insecure, give me something I could take to ease my mind slowly.

This song is stripped back and raw, which makes the message even more emotional and I love the beautiful and profound simplicity of the music video. Despite some of the darker lyrics of this song, it’s quite a positive outlook on mental health, professing that it isn’t in the narrator’s blood to give up.


SEVENTEEN – TRAUMA


I don’t wanna be alone, no I don’t wanna be forgotten.

In TRAUMA, the rappers of SEVENTEEN talk about their own personal “traumas”. Things that they’ve struggled with in the past, or that they struggle with now. We all have things which we struggle with, which we can either let hold us back or we can use them to become better, so this is a really excellent song. Apart from that, it’s just such a good song in general.


Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful


You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are, and you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart.

As opposed to other songs on this list, this song isn’t about the narrator’s personal struggles with mental health, but rather talking to the listener, or talking about some person whom the narrator is observing who is struggling with her own self-worth and confidence. This performance in particular is very powerful.


Agust D – The Last


Depression, OCD, they keep coming back again from time to time. Hell no, perhaps that might be my true self.

This song is particularly brave, especially considering the social climate of South Korea, where mental health and getting psychological help is very much a taboo topic still, and talks about Agust D’s personal experience with issues such as depression, OCD and social anxiety in a reflective way.


So that’s it for this post! Songs are a great way to feel understood, but also to just let out some of your emotions so I hope some of these songs inspired you, motivated you or otherwise helped you.

What did you think of these songs? What songs would you add to this list?

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!


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Mini Reviews Volume 1

Sometimes I have some reviews to post but they’re not quite long enough to warrant a single post, so I collate them into mini review posts like this one! Enjoy 🙂


DISCLAIMER: I received free copies of both of these books in return for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.


Sarah's GhostSarah’s Ghost by Ben Kavaliro

SARAH’S GHOST is a supernatural thriller that will make you laugh, cry, and reel in shock. It contains terrifying suspense and multiple twists. (Goodreads.)

I struggled with connecting to the characters in this book or with feeling sympathy towards them. I found myself being unusually apathetic towards major events, simply because characters are perhaps the most important aspect in determining whether I enjoy a book and I could neither connect or enjoy the characters in this book. Perhaps they are simply too far removed from my reality or my interests, but whatever the case, I could not get in to this book because of that. I found some of the humour crude and many of the issues dealt with in the first 40% to be outside of my interest.

That being said, the writing style is engaging and for those who are more invested in the supernatural or plot aspects of the book may well have enjoyed this book, especially in the latter half which I did not read.

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As I did not finish this book, I can not give it a rating as per my rating policy.


A Dance With DemonsA Dance With Demons by Sir Richard Alexander

Two neighbouring nations have never been at peace, but become even less so now. One summons evil creatures to fight for them and the other bolsters their militia with their own people. (Goodreads.)

A Dance With Demons was fun. It wasn’t particularly revolutionary, world-changing or otherwise mind-blowingly brilliant, but it was a good, fun read which made me look forward to reading some more of the fun fantasy stuff that I have sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read when I particularly need saving from boredom.

Although at points the romances were a bit too awkward for my tastes, some of the friendships were pretty good although they could do with filling out and developing (perhaps in the next instalment?) and the personality of some of the side characters in particular was both amusing and engaging. (I particularly enjoyed Shen’s blunt logic and Rick’s sweet optimism.)

The plot really carried this book for me and it was decently fast paced, making this book an ideal boredom reliever!

2 stacks of 3 books (2/5 rating)
I wavered between a two and a three for this one, so it’s more like a 2.5, but seeing as I don’t do half ratings for books we’re rounding down because I like to be harsh! This just means I liked the book, except for a few aspects. Check out my rating policy for more details.


So that was it!

Do you want to go and read either of these books now?

Happy reading, Keira x.

Why do we want to go to Hogwarts?

It’s just a school, right? A fictional school, but still a school. So why did so many of us want to get that magic letter and be whisked away from the parents who baked us cakes, gave us clothes and tucked us in to bed to attend Hogwarts? (Not that all parents do those things, but mine certainly did.)

Originally this post was supposed to talk about some books set in schools that I love, but I actually don’t usually love books set in schools, and I certainly don’t love them because they are set in schools, so that post wouldn’t have been very fun to write or read. Hence, I decided to talk about this instead, which is why I am currently typing this whilst waiting for my new textbooks to arrive in the post so I can do my homework and whilst wearing gloves so that my bones don’t freeze and break because my room is freezing and the heating hasn’t kicked in yet.

Anyway, so today is really more of me asking a question than providing an answer. Why did you want that Hogwarts letter?

For me, I think it was a combination of reasons. My mum always joked that I was basically a Hermione, so that was probably a pretty major factor. And who wouldn’t want cool magic?! But really, if I think about it critically and a little bit cynically, I read and loved Harry Potter during a time where I wasn’t having the best time at school, and perhaps more importantly, wasn’t completely happy with who I was. I didn’t every really have a desire to be “like everyone else” and that wouldn’t explain why I wanted to go to Hogwarts into my early teen years, but I did always want to be unique, special, different, as if that would somehow make a more worthy and likeable person. There’s not much more special than going to Hogwarts now is there?!


So why did you want to go to Hogwarts?

Let me know if you want more sort of discussion-type posts like this or maybe more posts about my personal journey through mental health problems and how I’ve become much more understanding and knowledgeable about the type of person I am. I think I might like to do some posts like that, but only if someone was going to be interested in reading them!

Thank you for reading, Keira x.