TOP 4 ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2019

Last year I read very few 2018 releases (read: one) and whilst I don’t generally fixate on new releases a lot anyway, I do like to read some. So, I thought I would share with you guys 4 books which I am waiting to read when they come out this year!

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GOT7’S PRESENT: YOU & Me | Album Review

GOT7’s newest album PRESENT: YOU & ME was released on the 3rd of December 2018 and is a repackage album, combining all of the songs from the previous album with new songs and previously unreleased songs.

As such, the album has a wide variety of music and also showcases the musical tastes of each member through unit songs and solos. I will be reviewing all of the the songs on this album!


THE REPACKAGE ALBUM 

Miracle is the title track of the repackage album. It’s a wintry pop-ballad with a touching music video. The song talks about feeling less lonely now that the listener is here. Instrumentally, the song features soft piano and gradually building and diminishing string sections. This, accompanied by the sweet vocals and the soft, musical rap creates a beautifully atmospheric, emotional and honeyed track. 4.5/5.

Take Me To You is an upbeat pop-ballad with soft rap featuring the whole group. It’s soothing, calming and understated. A pleasant track! 3.5/5.

Come On is the last of the songs on this repackage to feature all 7 members. It’s a chill hip-hop song that makes me wish my hip-hop dance skills were better! 3/5.

1:31AM is a duet by JB and Youngjae. It’s a gorgeous, slow ballad with a perfect balance of emotional rawness, vocal prowess and gentle instrumentation! 4.5/5.

Higher is a duet by Mark and Jinyoung. It’s a good dance performance song, but does little for me outside of that context and it’s very repetitive. 1/5.

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I Love It is barely over 1 minute long and the shortest song on the album. It features Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom in a chill hip-hop track. I quite like this genre, and whilst its not the best chill hip-hop song ever, it’s listenable and calming. 2.5/5.

WOLO  is a hip-hop song by Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom. I’m really not a fan of the beat drop in this song or the play on “YOLO” so I’ll have to give this song a pass, but their rapping is good as usual and mixes well with Yugyeom’s vocals. 1/5.

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King is duet by Jinyoung & BamBam. It’s a rap/hip-hop song, and I must say I prefer it as a performance song than a song I would generally listen to. 2/5.

Think About It is a song from JB, Mark and Youngjae. The R&B/pop-ballad fusion that is this track suits and showcases these members really well and just makes my ears happy! Soft, slightly sensual and splendid! 4/5.

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From Now is a Yugyeom solo and is also based on R&B/soul music. I especially like the slow section. An atmospheric piece to showcase Yugyeom’s vocals. 4/5.

Hunger is a Jackson solo and features his typical rap/Hip-Hop style of music. It’s an incredibly short song (less than 1 minute) and is designed as more of a performance song than anything else, so I’ll give it a general sort of 2.5/5.

Phoenix is a rap/hip-hop duet by Jackson and Yugyeom, but I’m really not a fan of the forceful rap style in this song. Yugyeom’s vocals are sweet, but I don’t particularly like the instrumentation. Good for those who like a harsher, less melodic rap though! 2/5.


THE ORIGINAL ALBUM

Lullaby was the title track off of the original PRESENT: YOU album and has a deep house influence. The chorus is incredibly catchy and I find myself singing it at random times. I especially love the ending where the vocals are really brought to the front as the instrumental becomes simpler, it highlights the pure vocals excellently. While not an emotional masterpiece, this is wonderful music for a pick-me-up or a random dance party. 4.5/5.

Enough is one of the b-side tracks featuring GOT7 as a group and, like the rest of these group tracks, is based on the dance/EDM genre. It’s a good dance song, but nothing particularly special. 2.5/5. 

Save You is a dance/EDM song with 90s influences and I’m not a massive fan, especially of the pre-chorus. 1.5/5.

No One Else is again a dance/EDM song, but is quite different to the previous two. It starts off slightly slower and has a really interesting percussion which I’m a little bit in love with. It’s a bit hypnotic, a lot of fun and great to dance to3.5/5.

I Am Me is the final of the group b-side tracks and is also a dance/EDM song. It has a more airy and open beginning than the other tracks, and generally has an almost euphoric sound, which fits nicely with the overall meaning of the song about accepting yourself. 3.5/5.

Sunrise is JB’s solo song and has a R&B sound reminiscent of the vocalist’s mixtapes. Featuring absolutely gorgeous falsetto, it’s sexy, seductive and sensual with an otherworldly atmosphere. 5/5.

OMW is Mark’s song, but features Jackson and Jackson helped to produce it along with Mark. The song is a sort of chill hip-hop and feels like a journey at a soft, steady pace. Mark is taking his time to move through the song and it suits his personality. That being said, there aren’t any parts which stand out as particularly good. It’s a good, relaxing song, but nothing special. 3/5.

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Made It is Jackson’s solo and is his typical sort of  rap/hip-hop that he does for his solo songs. For its genre, it’s a good song and Jackson’s rap is good, as always, but there is a high pitch sound in the background which hurts my head. All in all, not my style of music, but good for its genre2/5.

My Youth is Jinyoung’s solo. It has a very soft rock sound and talks about missing youth. The song is poignant and sad, yet hopeful, and for some reason makes me think of The Breakfast Club when I listen to it. 4.5/5

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Nobody Knows is Youngjae’s solo. It’s a sort of haunting pop-ballad and showcases the emotional intensity of his gorgeous, gorgeous voice. The song speaks of loneliness and dealing with suffering by oneself. It’s devastating, arresting and powerful5/5. 

Party is BamBam’s solo and is, well, a party song. The beat drop is decent and makes a good tune to dance too, but I feel that the song does not showcase BamBam’s talent, is quite disjointed and I’m not a fan of the autotune. Overall, BamBam has done better than this disjointed, half-there track. 1/5.

Fine is Yugyeom’s solo; it’s a slightly creepy R&B/Soul track which suits Yugyeom’s voice perfectly. It’s slow and steady, with a sensual movement throughout4/5.


Overall, I noticed a general trend: I love the R&B/soul based tracks and the ballad tracks, am generally okay with the dance/EDM tracks and then the rap/hip-hop tracks are fairly hit-or-miss. I found the title tracks of both the original album and the repackage to be excellent and I loved many of the members’ solo songs. The group b-sides were superior on the repackaged album, but generally speaking the b-sides from the original album were better as many of the b-sides from the repackage were originally designed as performance pieces and don’t work well for me outside of that context (with some notable exceptions of course). Overall, some of my favourite GOT7 songs to date have come out of these albums and I am thrilled to finally have a studio version of 1:31AM to watch… I’ve been waiting!

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CATEGORY SCORE (ORIGINAL) (5) SCORE (REPACKAGE) (5)
Title Track    4   4.5
Variety    4   2
Cohesiveness    3.5   3
My Music Taste    3.5   3   
Overall    4   3

So what did you think about these albums? Stay tuned for more reviews and a countdown of my favourite GOT7 songs later on in the week after a short break for some bookish goodness, and please show my Very Posty December lots of love! I also recommend checking back at the previous posts from this December… BOTH of them have featured GOT7! Happy listening, Keira x. 

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.

Books are an escape

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.

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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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)!