31 October 2018

October Playlist


What can I say about the music I listened to in October? At the beginning of the month I rewatched Stranger Things season two and naturally got obsessed with the soundtrack all over again, hence inclusions from the likes of The Romantics and The Runaways. I've been too busy to stumble across any new artists, but I have been listening to The Smiths non-stop - morbid and so good. And that's pretty much it, but I'll let the music speak for itself! Have a listen here:



What have you been listening to recently?

-Emma

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13 October 2018

September Book Haul


Regretfully it's been a few months since I've chatted books on this blog - and I guess that happens when you don't have much time to read (snooze!). While I'm planning to do a round up of things I've recently read soon, I thought I'd first talk about a few books I've bought recently (or very kindly received!) lately. But I'm always posting updates about what books I'm reading on my Instagram - and have been changing up my photos recently as I was getting bored with the same old backgrounds, etc. It feels good to get back into the reading game again and I'm excited to pick up these...


Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber*
From the outset this looks like your standard YA book about a girl and guy falling in love, but I have high hopes as this is from the author of Wing Jones which I really liked. The Californian desert is an escape from Reiko's claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets, but then she meets Seth. Their summer fling doesn't look like it's going to last, but Reiko learns something about herself along the way. I have literally no expectations for this, but it seems like a nice summer read.

Normal People by Sally Rooney
I've gone on and on about Sally Rooney's first book Conversations With Friends, which I read and loved last year. Her new book Normal People was released recently so I knew I had to buy it. Connell and Marianne are very different people despite having grown up in the same small town in rural Ireland. This is a love story about how a person can change another person's life, and how difficult it is to talk about how we feel. If her first book is anything to go by, this will be an interesting and unique read.


Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne*
This has very recently been optioned for TV, so you might be hearing a bit more about it! This book is about a teenager called Olive who joins a summer camp called Camp Reset, after finding herself in a dark place. Olive wants to solve all the world's problems, but how can she do that when she can't even fix herself? I always find Holly Bourne's books a pleasure to read and love that she tackles such important topics.

Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman*
My current read. This is a non-fiction book written by Michelle Elman who is a body-positive activist. In her childhood she experienced some serious life-threatening health issues where she had to have fifteen surgeries, which left her physically and mentally scarred. Later in the book I presume she’ll talk about how damaging striving for a perfect body can be, and how social media is very focused on how we look – so far, it’s a really compelling story and I’m enjoying it.


Are you going to add any of these to your to-read list?


-Emma


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