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July Wrap-up

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On the last day of every month I’ll be doing a wrap-up with my favorite books, music, and posts from that month. 

In July, I worked a ton turned up the amount of books I was reading, and got back on my blog. I started taking Italian online from Wellesley college, as well! (Although my italian is horrible. Don’t make me say anything.)

Check out last month’s wrap-up: June

books

18798983Legacy of Kinds by Eleanor Herman | Goodreads

This is kind of my everything right now. I can’t stop talking about it! A re-imagining of Alexander the Great with some kick-ass heroines and incredibly well-written? YES.

19542841Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa | Goodreads | Review

A beautiful story of friendship that I cannot recommend enough. This book surprised me in so many ways, and surpassed every expectation!

23015948Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten | Goodreads

Holy cow. This book floored me. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is shocking, honest, and despite not being super relatable for me, definitely a powerful read.

music

“Hurricane” by Halsey

“Eventually” by Tame Impala

“Runaway (U&I)” by Galantis

“Molecules” by Atlas Genius

posts

 

During July, I had multiple non-book review posts, which I am proud of. I had three! music related posts: my Summer Playlist, my Favorite Spotify Playlists, and my favorite songs from the Paper Towns Soundtrack. If you haven’t checked these out and are looking for some new music, I’d definitely give ’em a click! Then, after going to go see ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL, I wrote about my thoughts on the movie. Which were positive, considering I saw it three times.

July was a great month for me, but it’s end means closer to the end of school! I’m hoping to read a ton in August, and get content prepared for the beginning of school. I’m also looking to work on my college applications (!!!!!) and wrap up Italian classes.

Here’s a great August!

 

Favorite Songs from the Paper Towns Movie

Background/poster taken from http://thats-normal.com/2015/03/the-paper-towns-movie-poster-is-here/

Background/poster taken from That’s Normal

When I saw Paper Towns last week, the thing I loved the most (other than Radar and Ben) was the soundtrack.

It’s an incredible mix of current indie musicians, both known and unknown. Plus, my favorite Bon Iver song, “Re: Stacks”, is featured in a particularly beautiful moment of the movie, and caused some serious freaking out in the theater.

The songs featured, taken from Indie Wire

SWINGIN PARTY – Kindness
MOMENTS – De Lux
MUST BE SANTA – Bob Dylan
TAXI CAB – Vampire Weekend
LOST IT TO TRYING – Son Lux
THE LADY IN RED – Chris De Burgh
RED RIVER VALLEY – Woody Guthrie
WALT WHITMAN’S NIECE – Billy Bragg & Wilco
MY TYPE – Saint Motel
RADIO – Santigold
RUNAWAY (U & I) (SVIDDEN & JARLY REMIX) – Galantis
SEARCH PARTY – Sam Bruno
POKEMON (THEME) – Nat Wolff, Austin Abrams and Justice Smith
NO DRAMA QUEEN – Grouplove
GREAT SUMMER – Vance Joy
BE MINE – Alice Boman
BURNING – The War On Drugs
RE: STACKS – Bon Iver
ON A GOOD DAY – Robin Pecknold
FALLING – Haim
TO THE TOP – Twin Shadow
USED TO HAUNT – The Mountain Goats
LOOK OUTSIDE – Nat Wolff

My Favorites

“Lost it Trying” by Son Lux

I particularly love the intro, which is the definition of a midnight driving song. It has such a big sound, and is such a unique track. It slowly progresses into the more intense middle section, which I absolutely adore. Son Lux has become a recent obsession of mine, and this track is a particular favorite.

“Search Party” by Sam Bruno

There is something about this song that is so easy to love. It’s an easy song to sing a long to, and is such a radio song without being one at the same time. (Meaning it’ll be popular, I think.) It’s a dancing, a singing, a driving, a cleaning – an everything song.

“To The Top” by Twin Shadow

“To The Top” is a big song by definition. It feels like you’re sitting on top of the world, and looking down at it for the first time. Twin Shadow almost sounds Imagine Dragons-y in this track, so I’d definitely check it out if you’re a fan of them.

“Burning” by The War on Drugs

Me and The War on Drugs have such a complicated relationship. I like some of their songs, but not all of them (check out their album though – it’s incredible!). This one is definitely one I love though. It’s musicality and similarity to a lot of other bands I love (St. Lucia, Arcade Fire, and Haerts particularly) is probably why!

“Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver

Bon Iver is kind of my everything.

I own every single Bon Iver song ever released, and “Re: Stacks” is probably my favorite of all of them. It’s such a beautiful and haunting track that is perfect for evening car rides, rainy days, and thinking moments. I love it for writing emotional scenes as well, and in Paper Towns is fit so perfectly.

“Runaway (U & I) – Svidden and Jarly Remix” by Galantis

An incredible remix. It’s perfect for the scene in the movie it’s used for, and such a dancing song. Perfect for nights and fun moments with friends! I need to listen to the original song now.

The soundtrack on Spotify

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you would like more posts like this, and what you thought of the Paper Towns movie and soundtrack!

Summer Playlist

Background Image from WeHeartIt

Background Image from WeHeartIt

I’ve had an incredible summer thus far. It’s been my first summer where I can drive on my own and have more independence because my jobs and my age. Due to this, the music I’ve been listening to has been more summery, more “driving music”, and more bright and airy. Here’s my summer playlist!

AMERICAN OXYGEN – Rihanna
‘CAUSE I’M A MAN – Tame Impala
GHOST – Halsey
CARRY ME – Joywave
BARCELONA – George Ezra
UNTIL WE GET THERE – Lucius
MOLECULES (SINGLE VERSION) – Atlas Genius
FORGET – Saint Cava
LOST IT TO TRYING (PAPER TOWNS MIX) – Son Lux
TEETH – The Japanese House
MOTHER & FATHER – Broods
LIFTED UP (1985) – Passion Pit
EVENTUALLY – Tame Impala
LEAVE A TRACE – CHVRCHES
BODYACHE – Purity Ring
HEAD.CARS.BENDING – The 1975
THE SUBURBS – Arcade Fire
AGAPE – Bear’s Den
RUNAWAY – Mr Little Jeans
I SHOULD LIVE IN SALT – The National
I FEEL AGAIN – Nic Hessler
STRAIGHT NO TURNS – Wild Cub

And to listen to the mix on Spotify, you can go here, or listen below.


 

I hope you enjoy this mix of brighter and darker sounds for the day and nighttime, and it can be the soundtrack to your summer as well!

My Favorite Spotify Playlists

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I’ve recently gotten back into Spotify.

One of the best parts of Spotify (in my opinion) other than the “Discover” tab, is their premade playlists. You can choose playlists based on mood, activity, or environment, and then choose from a bunch of playlists that appeal to different musical tastes.

IT’S AWESOME.

I’ve put together a list of my favorites to share with you all, mainly because I know that there a billion and two playlists, and since I’ve listened to a bunch of them, I’ve got a good selection of some places to start.

indie electronica

One of my favorites, and the first I ever tried, is their “Indie Electronica” playlist. It’s a great mixture of indie music, and not all of it is on the electronic side. There’s also a bunch of songs by artists I already love, like FKA Twigs, SOHN, Banks, and Glass Animals.

If you’re an Indie fan, I definitely recommend this playlist!

dark and stormy

 

The “Dark and Stormy” playlist is one I love to put on when it’s Dark and Stormy out, or when I’m in the mood for music that matches this. (Think Bon Iver and quieter style songs.) It’s a great mix of songs, featuring indie, some more popular songs, and also some electronica that’s on the quieter side. I love this mix for evening time.

instrumental study

A studying playlist is an obvious must-have for me. I discovered this playlist during my finals studying mayhem, and it proved to be incredible for me. It’s over three hours long, so there is plenty of material to work through! Plus, it’s mostly classical music or more modern classical. A lot of piano ballads. It’s a great studying playlist in addition to the one I made!

evening chill

“Evening Chill” is one of the best evening playlists I’ve found. It’s great for blogging, tidying up, reading, getting ready for bed – it works for everything. It’s a mostly indie playlist, but also has a mix of acoustic and more popular songs. It’s a great playlist that I absolutely ADORE.

heaviest hits throwback workout

Of the workout playlists, this probably is my favorite. I love throwback songs (and this one is throwback to the 2000s, so I know most of them!), especially when working out. It does have a LOT of rap in it, but I’ve found that’s fun to workout to. Have a good workout!

the indie mix

 

This one is my most played, most loved, and must-have playlist. It’s just straight indie music. It’s mostly the newest indie that you should listen to, but it’s also some older songs. This playlist is just a straight-up goodie. It’s everything I need in a playlist and works for every activity. Listen to this playlist.


I hope this helped some of you that were daunted by Spotify playlists, or hadn’t discovered their beauty yet! Just hit “Follow” on any playlist and it’ll show up in your sidebar. If you find a song you like, hit the little check mark next to it and it’ll be added to your music collection.

Have fun listening!

 

June Wrap-Up

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On the last day of every month I’ll be doing a wrap-up with my favorite books, music, and posts from that month. 

June was all work and barely any reading for me. Oh well!

Check out last month’s wrap-up: May

books

18798983Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads | Review

Guess who read Jellicoe Road for the eighth time this month? That’s right, ME! I reread it in honor of my birthday, June 19th, and I cried for the entire last fifty pages. Fun fact: crying makes it very difficult to read.

19542841The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | Goodreads | Review

This book surprised me in so many ways. It’s a touching and gut-wrenching story of friendship, growing up, and learning about the world around you, with the backdrop of a frightening Kevinian Cult.

23015948A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass| Goodreads | Review

NO WORDS FOR THIS BOOK. Holy. my. goodness. I just. Sarah J. Maas, I love you. I worship you. I am floored by you over and over and over again.

23492282Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry | Goodreads

The sequel to Nearly Gone, and just as gritty and intricately woven. NEarly Found is one heck of a book. Review coming soon!

music

“Remember Me as a Time of Day” by Explosions in the Sky

Note: The soundcloud track below has been uploaded by someone who is NOT Explosions in the Sky!

“American Oxygen” by Rihanna

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“Forget” by San Cava

“Heart Like Yours” by Willamette Stone (from If I Stay)

posts

I didn’t do as many fun posts as I like to, but I did do a couple! At the beginning of the month I did a post called A YA Inspired Summer, which features books that I want to do something from. It’s a bit hard to explain, so I’d recommend just reading it. I also posted my book goals for the TBR Takedown (which I completely failed at – I read NONE of the books I wanted to and instead went to the library). Last Saturday I posted my thoughts on The Great Gatsby and why I don’t think it’s all that great of a book, a post I love.

For reviews, I had a month full of them! I had two particularly awesome reviews (in my opinion) – my review for Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry, and my review for Weightless by Sarah Bannan. My review of The Boy in a Black Suit by Jason Reynolds also got a lot of love on Twitter, so I thought I’d include that too.

 


It’s JULY you guys. June went by so fast for me. I’m working two jobs so I had about zero time, and the time I did have I spent watching Star Wars with my best friend (by the way, I’m a TOTAL Star Wars nerd now. #AnakinandPadme4ever) or sleeping. I’m starting my Italian class in July (!!!!) and I’m hoping to do some more reading.  I’ll also be doing my first solo swim lessons! I’ve been shadowing this past month, and so it’s time for me to do my own. I’ll be teaching kids starting at the age of three all the way up to adults how to swim and I’m so excited about it.

What did you do this month?