It is a few months in to the year and I am making sure to remind myself that there is no hard and fast rule to reading. Obviously. Take it at my own pace, admit if there is a book I am not enjoying, move on, maybe come back to it later, maybe not. I think that rather than trying to reach a seemingly impossible number, it is way more valuable to spend time on books I really feel a connection to. That being said, I feel that in the spirit of all things social distancing, my pile of finished books will grow exponentially over the next few weeks.Continue reading “Mini Book Reviews #2”
You know it, new year – new goal to read more books. Predictable as ever. Regardless, we are just over one month in and I am three (and a bit) books deep. Two were Christmas presents and another was a charity shop find on a cool and crisp Sunday day out in Romsey. Cute, I know. When it comes to a winning novel, for me it’s either going to be a thriller or something deeply rooted in relationships – platonic, romantic or family orientated. To give you a rough idea, my current lasting favourites are A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara) and The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern). The first, truly heartbreaking, spanning years of the relationship between four friends in New York; the latter somewhat based in a world of fantasy, but it’s the relationship between the two protagonists that I found particularly compelling.Continue reading “Mini Book Reviews #1”
I started following Matt Haig on Twitter after one of his books (How To Stop Time) featured on Lush Book Club, with the intention of reading said book, and immediately I found his voice to be one I understood and respected relentlessly. Of course I am yet to read How To Stop Time, but I did eventually decide that it was about time I actually made a start on his collection. Easy decision then when it came to my Mum asking what I wanted for Christmas; any book by Matt Haig please!
Now here is a spiritual album and a half. Just a few seconds into ‘Ojos En El Carro’ and this band had fully caught my attention. As I delved into the album I fell deeply under Mint Field’s spell. A duo that do just what they want; long tracks with haunting layers and absolute bliss.
Have you ever listened to an album that has made you want to flee to a cottage in the country and spend countless nights by the fire, with nothing but your thoughts to keep you company?
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a country music fan, but during a writing slump I decided to pick up this review opportunity and it was surprisingly inspiring.
Though not exactly my taste in music, I was enamoured by the passion behind this album and the feelings that it evoked. Countries is a truly profound album with a heartfelt story as Van William explores heartbreak in many ways, from the loss of his family business, to the ending of a six year relationship.
It is Tuesday, 21st November, finally. I have been waiting for what seems like forever to see Wolf Alice for the second time, to hear their latest album, Visions of a Life, in all its glory.
My most recent visit to Margate was my favourite yet. Not only did I finally see Metronomy (in my home town no less), everywhere I looked was a touch of magic – the whole town thriving with creativity and really shining as a community. For the first time in ages, I felt so much joy to simply be back home and that is all thanks to By The Sea.
Where do I start with this band? From the moment I heard ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, I knew I was hooked. It was just one of many songs introduced to me by my boyfriend at the time. Our tastes in music were fairly matched, and he especially had a good ear for bands that I would adore.
It has been nearly a week since Superfood released their absolute belter of a second album and I still can’t get enough. I hadn’t written anything in a little while and wanted to get back on track with it all. I think it’s safe to say that the press release for Bambino came just in time.