A SUMMER’S DAY IN SONGS

WJSN- Boogie Up

The sun is out, the shorts are on and it’s time for summer fun to begin!


Shawn Mendes x Camilla Cabello- Señorita

The sun is setting, but this song will keep you warm as it steams with summer heat.


MONSTA X x French Montana- WHO DO U LOVE?

The perfect sexy song for winding down on a summer night (maybe eat some BBQ?)!


Amber-Simone- Strawberry Kisses

You feel asleep last night, and now you need to run errands. Greet the morning sun with this relaxed, quiet R&B song!


Red Velvet- Sunny Side Up

I hear summer love is fun… time to get ready for your date?

BONUS: Ennio Máno- Aves

You are home from your date (my date was with orange juice and a book, what about yours?) and now you need to sleep… relax to this summery jazz and sleep tight!

JUNE TBR

Summer is almost here! (Not looking forward to the heat, but I am looking forward to it being light later.) I finally finished mock exams, so now I have loads of IAs (read: coursework) to do, but it’s still less pressure so hopefully I’ll be reading a bit more this month. Without further ado, here are the books I will (hopefully) be reading, and the music releases I am anticipating!


I’ ve already read Monstress Vol 1, but I own volumes 1 and 2, so I plan on continuing the series this month. Marjorie Lu & Sana Takeda’s Monstress series is a series of comics (kind of) set in an 1900’s Asia in an alternate universe. It incorporates elements which will be familiar to readers of dystopia, fantasy, and steampunk!

Then, I want to read the final two manga on my shelf that I haven’t got around to yet. I have the first volume of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul series in German which I picked up earlier in May and want to get around to. Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kanedi as he is thrown in to the world of Ghouls when he is transformed into a half-human, half-Ghoul hybrid.

Orange by Ichigo Takano follows a girl who receives a letter from her future self telling her to watch over the new transfer student, for only he can save her from a terrible future. My edition is an omnibus of the first half of the series.

So you may have noticed that I am picking lots of quick reads, and if you have you would be right: I have ridiculously large TBR and have been a bit slumpy lately, so I want to read some quicker and easier books to help decrease the size of my TBR a bit and also get me out of a slump. These Penguin Modern Classics are all around the 50 page mark, which is perfect for a slightly more serious quick read!

Letter from Birmingham Jail is the letter that Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote whilst imprisoned. The Breakthrough is a short story by esteemed author Daphne du Maurier about a deranged scientist who attempts to extract the essence of life. Finally, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Glittering City is a story of charming and untrustworthy Fussy Joe breaking hearts in 1960s Lagos. (And yes, the fact that it is slightly lighter than the other two annoys me.)

  1. LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS (x5) by Sam Steiner- a play in a world where real life has a word count, and not just Twitter.
  2. Passing for Human by Liana Finck- a memoir in Graphic Novel format.
  3. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami- a short story collection from the esteemed Japanese author, which I will be buddy reading with the lovely Adele @bookishdella.
  4. Croquette & Empanada by Ana Oncina- a Graphic Novel eARC that I received from NetGalley combining food and romance.

And of course, I plan on finishing the books I’m currently reading (hopefully). The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu is a YA magical realism story about girls who are never allowed to fall in love, simply because of the street they live in. I’m not very far in- only about 9%- but I’m enjoying it so far.

An einem klaren, eiskalten Januarmorgen zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts (aka: on a clear, ice-cold January morning at the beginning of the 21st Century) by Roland Schimmelpfennig is a very interesting contemporary novel following a variety of characters in Poland and Germany whose lives seem to be linked by something. I’m about 22% through this book, making it the most read of my current reads.

Finally, we have A History of Korea by Kyung Moon Hwang, which is simply a fairly short comprehensive history of the Korean peninsula. I started reading it and using it for research into my History IA on Ancient Korea, and now I will be finishing it for my own enjoyment!


There aren’t actually many music releases this month that I am aware of and excited for (although I do want to know when Taylor will be dropping her new album)! It is possible I have missed something, so please do let me know what music you are looking forward to!

That being said, girl groups such as IZ*ONE, WJSN, and fromis_9 look to be dropping some things this month, and we will be getting a mixtape from The8 of SEVENTEEN, so I’m interested to see what that will bring!


So yeah, about three times the amount of books I’ve had on TBRs recently, and less excitement for music, but there we go! If you haven’t seen my May Wrap Up, you can check that out here.

What are your reading plans for June? Are there any upcoming music releases you are excited for?

Happy reading, Keira x.

P.S. As per the results of a poll I hosted on my Twitter yesterday, I will be posting my current WIP in serialised form, so watch out for that coming soon!

MAY 2019 WRAP UP

Hello everyone! May has just ended as I am writing this and the heat definitely signals an approaching summer. I had mock exams this week, so not much reading happened, but here is a breakdown of what I’ve been reading and listening to this month!


Mangas made up half of everything I read this month (largely because I had exams and anything more taxing was just not going to happen). For some I keep starting new series instead of continuing other ones, but oh well.

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REVIEW: RILAKKUMA BY AKI KONDO

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rilakkuma - By Your Side

Firstly, I want to say that from reading some of the other reviews of this book that people seem to have been going in expecting something very different than what this book is intended to be: this is a small collection of affirmations with cute illustrations to turn to when everything seems to hard and you just want a bit of a pick me up and encouragement. This book is like a pat on the shoulder or a good hug. This book is NOT a story or a self-help guide and it is also not intended to be.

The illustrations are the shining stars of this book. They are sweet and made me feel happier all by themselves, so they are very fitting. I also love the love for food and beds which is evident in the illustrations (very relatable). I will admit to not being familiar with Rilakkuma, but I would imagine that these illustrations would be especially pleasing to those who are.

As for the affirmations themselves, some of them are insightful, but many of them are nothing special. However, I don’t really have a problem with this, because I don’t think they need to be. This book isn’t trying to shift your world view or unveil some kind of fantastic revelation, but simply to remind you of the things that are so simple and true, but so easily forgotten when we are too hard on ourselves.

However, I have docked a star and I will now address the main reason why: the formatting. I will preface this with a disclaimer that my edition was received from NetGalley, so it may not be the same as the print version, but it is likely quite similar as the book had already been published by the time I downloaded the book. This book is obviously translated from the Japanese, and the original illustrations are all done in Japanese. As such, the English translations have simply been typed underneath/next to the Japanese on the illustrations or at the bottom of the page on the pages where the affirmations are written. Additionally, the type set used and the way these English translations are incorporated are particularly clunky, resembling the kind of subtitling one might find on a YouTube video, and not a translation in a book.

I believe the publisher should have either found a way to replace the Japanese with the English (at least on the affirmations, if not on the illustrations) as is done in manga translations, or have picked a more fitting and less jarring type set, especially as the aesthetic of this book is so key to the reader’s enjoyment. This is, of course, not the author’s fault, but it is worth mentioning and keeping on mind if you are considering purchasing the English translation of this book. Maybe try and take a look inside before you buy and see if it will bother you too much.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a sweet book to remind you to go easier on yourself and to comfort you when you’re feeling down (and you’re not too put off by slightly clunky type set and formatting issues with the translations), I definitely recommend this book!

4 stacks of 3 books (4/5 rating)

REVIEW: NOCTURNAL BY WILDER POETRY

I received an eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Nocturnal is a sweet poetry collection, with a loose narrative exploring a journey of self-discovery and growth after a heartbreak. The poems do not run into each other or form a continuous narrative, rather the book acts as a collection of poems which, by themselves, are weak, but when grouped together in thematic groups serve a much greater impact upon the reader.

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