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!


Okay, so the title is a bit of a misnomer. It would be better to call this the “asian-language edition” but that sounds kind of funny and seeing as the majority of the list does happen to be K-Pop I just went with that instead, but any songs in a Asian language are eligible for inclusion on this list. In any case, the following is a collection of my 30 favourite songs so far this year. It changes a lot, but this is how I rank them at the moment (let’s be honest, it will probably change the day after I post this but whatever).

Because this is just a quarterly update I’ve only quoted my favourite lyrics from each as opposed to giving a little spiel about why I like the song. In my end of year one I’ll give a bit more detail 🙂 Enjoy!

Continue reading TOP 30 SONGS 2019 JAN-APRIL: K-POP EDITION


Hello everyone! So if you are familiar with book blogging, you would know that bloggers often do wrap ups at the end of the month of the books they read that month (look out for mine in the next couple of days ;)) but I wanted to do something similar with the music side of my blog as well, so here are some of my favourite songs released in January! Please also be aware that I tried not to repeat songs ever, so some of the songs may not be in my final top 5 because of this.

Continue reading BEST OF MUSIC: JANUARY 2019

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Title Track 5
Variety 4
Cohesiveness 3.5
My Music Taste 3.5
Overall 4

4 microphones out of 5


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.


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!



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.


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!


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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.

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