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!


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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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.