Monthly Mixtape // Mellifluous: Sweet and Cute Songs

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Monthly Mixtape is a music feature created by Eve @ Twist in the Taile and Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages (check out their blogs!!). Each month they come up with a one-word prompt as inspiration for a playlist.

mellifluous

mellifluous, adjective: 1 : having a smooth rich flow 2 : filled with something (such as honey) that sweetens

Unfortunately I missed last month’s mixtape, but when I saw this month’s theme I was DETERMINED not to miss it. It’s just so sweet and cute?? That’s also what I went with when picking out songs. So I ended up with a lot of love songs lol.

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What kind of songs or music do you think of when you hear ‘mellifluous’? Any songs on my playlist that you like? Let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Mixtape // Petrichor

Monthly Mixtape is a music feature created by Eve @ Twist in the Taile and Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages (check out their blogs!!). Each month they come up with a one-word prompt as inspiration for a playlist.

petrichor

petrichor, noun: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

I absolutely love the word ‘petrichor’ and its meaning. The songs I chose I find really relaxing, positive and/or hopeful in their messages, which is how I imagine petrichor would sound as a mixtape.

I love that last time Hayley Kiyoko dominated my playlist, now it’s Troye Sivan’s turn

How do you imagine petrichor would sound like? Any songs popping into your mind? Did I include one of your favourite songs? Let me know in the comments!

 

Monthly Mixtape // Schwarmerei

Monthly Mixtape is a music feature created by Eve @ Twist in the Taile and Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages (check out their blogs!!). Each month they come up with a one-word prompt as inspiration for a playlist. I meant to do it last month, but since I was so out of blogging I completely forgot about it.

schwarmerei

schwarmerei, noun: excessive and unbridled enthusiasm or sentiment

Sooo throughout the past few weeks I’ve just been adding songs that I thought fit the prompt to this playlist – which means I got 37 songs on here lol. It got a bit out of hand haha. It was SO HARD to choose though! All of these songs are such bops and definitely shout ‘schwarmerei’* to me

* It’s a really cool word but SO HARD TO SPELL

What song immediately pops into your head when you hear ‘schwarmerei’?* Do you listen to any of the songs on my playlist? Are you participating in Monthly Mixtape? Let me know in the comments!

* Or read the definition of it anyway haha

Review Timekeeper: Just Go Read It Trust Me

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Genre: YA | Fantasy | Steampunk
Series: Timekeeper #1
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating:  ★★★★summary

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Omg guys where to begin? I loved this book so much – definitely one of my favourites this year. The only reason that I gave it four stars is because it felt a little bit predictable at times, but that didn’t stop me from loving it AT ALL.

First of all the worldbuilding is so cool. Victorian London steampunk-style has been done before, but the world is ‘controlled’ by clock towers. That sounds kind of creepy, but they just keep time from running normally. It is a bit confusing at first, but throughout the book it’s explained more and more and I loved the background story of how this society came to be with the Greek Titans. Not just that, these ‘myths’ were seperately told in the story and while at first I thought that would ruin the pace, it didn’t. At least not for me. It was just so unique and I loved it.

Then there’s our protagonist Danny. Not only is his father trapped in a town which means he might never see him again, he’s also been in a horrible accident himself that could have killed him, giving him PTSD. I could relate so much to Danny that I cried. It was so accurately written and I just want to give Tara Sim a hug as a thank you.

Speaking of which, in this Victorian London homosexuality isn’t a crime (though it is frowned upon by a lot of people) and women are fighting gender roles. Bless. Danny’s best friend Cassie is a mechanic (a regular one like in our world who works on cars) and his colleague (and maybe friend in the sequel? I’m digging their possible friendship) Daphne is a clock mechanic which is unheard of especially since she’s also half-Indian.

And of course the romance. Guys the romance is so beautiful. It’s so pure and emotional and cute and did I mention beautiful and healthy and oh my God I love it so much. It’s just?? I have no words?? For the book tour I’ve created a playlist so listen to that below and the cute songs on there will give you a taste of what it’s like. But seriously favourite romance of 2016.

While it took me a while to finish this, it was in no way because of the book it self. I had a concussion for two to three weeks so I couldn’t read and then I got super busy with school, but when I finally got around to reading it I couldn’t put it away. Though at times it felt a bit predictable, there were still twists and turns, lots of action, lovable characters and scenes… Gosh just read it you won’t regret it (I hope). This book deserves all the attention and love. I don’t even know how to put it into words. Just know that I need to get my hands on a physical copy.

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“You’re everything. You’re… You’re chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.”

Flaws – Bastille
Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
Fix You – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Find My Way Back – Eric Arjes
Bring Me Back To Life – Extreme Music
My Fault – Imagine Dragons
Once In A Lifetime – Landon Austin
Suspension (Acoustic) – Lights
Ordinary Human – OneRepublic
Always – Panic! At The Disco
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
War of Hearts – Ruelle
Wake Me Up – Sam Tsui
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
For Him – Troye Sivan
Youth – Troye Sivan
Shiver Shiver – Walk The Moon

And if I got you excited, enter the giveaway to win a finished copy! (U.S. and Canada only) Click here to enter

Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

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Music Monday: Dance

Music Monday is a bi-weekly link-up hosted by Bridget from Stay and Watch the Stars. It’s been a while since I did a Music Monday, but I (sort of) have the time and I feel better, plus I don’t want to miss this theme: Dance!

Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON

This was the first song that I thought of when I read the theme haha

Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

Dancing Queen – ABBA

Pretty much all of their songs Wild at Heart – Arashi

Yeah it was hard for me to choose since a lot of their songs are perfect for dancing, but in the end I decided on Wild at Heart

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen

You’re The One I Want – Grease

Of course there are a lot more songs that I’d love to dance to, but I’m going to leave it at these!

One day when I have a bit more time I’ll put all of my Music Monday playlists on Spotify (or at least I’ll try haha) What songs do you love to dance to? 

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Music Monday: Crush Your Enemies

Music Monday is a bi-weekly link-up hosted by Bridget from Stay and Watch the Stars. You may remember that last week I said I was going to make two playlists, well here’s number two! If you want to check out my previous Crush playlist, click here.

Warriors – Imagine Dragons

Here we are, don’t turn away now. We are the warriors who build this town.

In Which I Kick Harry Potter in the Face – Draco and the Malfoys

I’m gonna kick you in the face. I might do it 27 times just in case. I know nothing could ever replace, the picture in my mind of your kicked in face. 

Ready, Aim, Fire – Imagine Dragons

With our backs to the wall, the darkness will fall. We never quite thought we could lose it all. Ready, aim, fire, ready, aim, fire.

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

‘Cause baby now we’ve got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love. So take a look at what you’ve done. ‘Cause baby now we’ve got bad blood. 

Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons

I’m bleeding out. So if it the last thing that I do, is bring you down. I’ll bleed out for you.

Hunt You Down – Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

You can run on for a long time. Run on for a long time. Run on for a long time, but sooner or later I’m a-hunt you down. But on or later I’m a-hunt you down.

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

I raise my flag, dye my clothes. It’s a revolution I suppose. We’re painted red, to fit right in.

Spells and Scars – Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls

Boy you’ve got some nerve to think you’ve got a chance, to take down the master with his infinite, power and conviction to our noble cause. So you’ll need more than spells and scares.

Rotten to the Core – Descendants

Mirror on mirror on the wall, who’s the baddest of them all? Welcome to my wicked world.

This is War – 30 Seconds to Mars

It’s the moment of truth and the moment to lie. The moment to live and the moment to die. The moment to fight, the moment to fight. To fight, to fight, to fight.

Battle Cry – Imagine Dragons

Nobody can save me now. The only sound is the battle cry. The battle cry. The battle cry. Nobody can save me now. It’s do or die.

Can you tell I love Imagine Dragons? And remember when I said that this playlist might be my first one without Disney? Yeah, I lied. Rotten to the Core couldn’t be left out. If one day I form an evil squad, I want this to be my theme song. Am I the only one who finds it kind of funny that I put Bleeding Out after Bad Blood? Anyway! If you made a playlist, share it with me in the comments! I’d love to check yours out. Also, any Imagine Dragons fans out there?

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Music Monday: Nostalgia

It’s time for another Music Monday! Except that it’s Friday. Ssssh.

Music Monday is a bi-weekly link-up hosted by Bridget from Stay and Watch the Stars. This time the theme is ‘nostalgia’.

My playlist

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You can also listen to this playlist on 8tracks.

Wish – Arashi

The song that introduced me to Arashi! Also my favourite Japanese drama <3

Crashed the Wedding – Busted

Probably not my first song (I honestly don’t remember which one was my first Busted song), but one of my favourites! I even made a music video for it with a friend haha.

Sakura Kiss – Chieko Kawabe

The opening song to my favourite anime! <3

Hakuna Matata – Lion King

Except the Dutch version is more nostalgic to me haha.

Pokémon Theme

This wasn’t just the theme song of Pokémon, it was the theme of my life.

Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse

First song I heard of Lifehouse, now one of my favourite bands. I especially love to listen to them when I’m writing.

Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid

Again, the Dutch version is more nostalgic to me!

I’ll Be There for You – The Rembrandts

CLAP CLAP (I’m 100% positive I’m not the only one who claps haha)

Tale As Old As Time – Beauty and the Beast

And once again, Dutch version is more nostalgic, though I definitely prefer this one (as with all the Disney songs I prefer the original)

If you made a playlist for Music Monday I’d love to listen to it, so feel free to share the link to your post in the comments! Are any of these songs nostalgic to you as well?

– The Writing Hufflepuff