Music Monday 8/10/2017

This is a pretty mellow list this week considering the amount of music that I listen to. Either way, comment down if you have listened/want to listen to these songs!

Ride // Thomston, SACHI • I cry pure tears of joy whenever Thomston releases music. Ride is amazing (surprising? nope.) and leaves me desperately needing the merch!

Stay on my side, I hold you tight and we can ride this out …

Underdog // Banks • This is somewhat different from the dark and brooding Banks that I have listened to frequently and I am loving it.

Baby, you could make it as the underdog …

Monster // Jacob Banks, Avelino • This song really should’ve been on the last Music Monday, but it seems I forgot. Either way, this song is what introduced me to Jacob Banks and his amazing music.

They made a monster out of me …

Pray // Sam Smith • This is a beautiful song. If you weren’t a fan of Sam Smith before, be prepared for this song to change your mind.

And I’m gonna pray …

So, Soo Pretty // LANY • The song title speaks for itself.

Love Is Blind // Låpsley • The chorus is THE BEST THING MY EARS HAVE HEARD SINCE SLICED BREAD.

Love is blind when the lights go out …

Elysium // Bear’s Den • I didn’t realise this song was so good until I found myself singing it constantly. This song is beautiful for fans of Sleeping At Last.

Brother, do you believe in an afterlife? Where I souls will both collide? Some great Elysium …


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Spooky Books That I Want To Read

It’s finally October! A time to whip out the face paint and drop some money on a spooky costume for the evening of October 31st. I’ve collated a list of books that I want to read, but are spooky (in no particular order). Comment down for suggestions and opinions!


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Music Monday 14. 08. 2017

It’s been an extremely long time since the last Music Monday, so expect an extremely large list of music that I’ve been loving!

Way Down We Go // Kaleo • The lead vocalist (JJ Julius Sons) has such a textured, rough voice which really gives this song an added kickass vibe!

Oh, father, tell me, we get what we deserve …

Holdin On // Flume • Oh my gosh, the beat drop in this song … I’m shook.

Hey, I can’t let you go with nobody …

PRIDE. // Kendrick Lamar • I’ve kept this song in my playlist for a while, but I had to put this on the list! The slow, down-to-earth vibes definitely meshes with me.

Love’s gonna get you killed, but pride’s gonna be the death of you …

Trouble – Stripped // Halsey • I love Halsey’s music and voice, but this instrumental version of her song “Trouble” just accentuates everything. I love it!

Let’s cause a little trouble …

Flawless // The Neighbourhood • Okay, I thought I would only like “Sweater Weather”, but when I added “Flawless” to a playlist and listened to it, after a while I realised the mellow-punk vibe and it started growing on me. I’m beginning to like The Neighbourhood …

I fell in love today, there aren’t many words you can say …

Angel On Fire // Antony and the Johnsons • I love this song. Point blank, no questions. The voice is so deep and amazing and the lyrics are beautiful. This was written for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, so even better!

Warm my heart, set my hands on fire …

Man On The Moon // POWERS • Okay, the beginning of this song—where do I even begin?

I’m just a man on the moon, I keep spinnin’ in circles around you …

Lay It On Me // Kasbo, Keiynan Lonsdale • If you flick through my blog, you would notice how big of a fan I am of Keiynan Lonsdale. He was on my favourite childhood TV show and now he’s on famous American movies and TV shows (The Flash, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda)!

But your feet ‘ain’t moving, are you cool with us?

Fetish // Selena Gomez, Gucci Mane • I’m also a huge fan of Selena Gomez and have been for almost seven years! So, of course I love her new song! (no matter how interesting the music video is …)

I push you out and you come right back …

Unstoppable // The Score • I thought this song wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but I just can’t get over how feel-good it is!

They can say what they want, ’cause we’ll be screaming out …

Black Mambo // Glass Animals • I’ve listened to Glass Animals before, but never really got into their music. It wasn’t until I heard this song in Atypical that I was interested and began exploring more of their music. Love the voice and the melody!

Soldier // Fleurie • THE BEGINNING OF THIS SONG IS SO MELODIC AND KIND OF CREEPY BUT I LOVE IT.

Solider keep on marching on …

For My Help // Hayden Calnin • THIS SONG IS FROM THE 100 AND IT IS WHEN THE DAD IS IN SECTION 17 WITH THE HAIR CLIP AND I’M CRYING RIGHT NOW. I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH.

Silent screams are hurting me, just ask for my help …

So there’s Music Monday for this week! If you listen to these songs, tell me what you think! (also watch The 100 (but don’t base it off the books)).

 

July Wrap Up and August Goals

It feels good to finally be doing these again! Here is everything I read and watched in July, as well as my August goals!

JULY

books i’ve read this month …

  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • 13 Reason Why by Jay Asher
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Wow! I did tell you I got out of my reading slump! Luckily it happened while I was on holiday, so I was able to devour a seemingly insurmountable pile of books.

favourite movies this month …

  • The DUFF – Frumpy high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF — designated ugly fat friend — to her prettier and more popular pals. Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca enlists the aid of Wesley (Robbie Amell), a charming jock. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and revolutionize the school’s social order.

favourite TV shows this month …

  • Outlander – After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives. “Outlander” is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon.
  • The 100 – When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the 4,000 survivors living on a space ark of linked stations see their resources dwindle and face draconian measures established to ensure humanity’s future. Desperately looking for a solution, the ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test its habitability. Having always lived in space, the exiles find the planet fascinating and terrifying, but with the fate of the human race in their hands, they must forge a path into the unknown.

favourite music this month …

AUGUST

books to be read this month …

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

my goals for this month are …

  • Make the most of my time before I go on holiday for six weeks.
  • Spend more time with my family and appreciate the hard work and sacrifice they put in for me.
  • Cut my hair again! I would love to have it shorter than I’ve ever had it – try out something new!
  • Be productive and work well at school. Finish to-do lists easily and get everything done!

What This Hiatus Has Taught Me.

Whether you’ve noticed or not, I’ve taken a 6 month long break from my blog and my social media platform for this blog. This isn’t the first time I’ve taken a break, but this is by far the longest!

Anywho, I feel like coming back and once again changing the game a little bit. As I get older, I mature and the things that I once appreciated on my blog, now seem a little ridiculous. That being said, if you notice anything askew, it’s most likely me revamping the website to be more up-to-date.

So, what have I been doing for the past six months?

Good question!

I’ve been feeling a little faraway from this blog and whenever I thought about posting on it, I always felt a tiny bit of dread. This is not the best feeling to have, especially when you’re writing content for people to read. It’s best to be in a zone that matches the mood of your blog. So, I decided to go away and rethink the message the I want to put out for The Book Type Gal. I’ve decided to make a larger effort with the content I supply on this website, as well as make my Instagram more appealing and more to the standard that makes me feel good about what I do (sharing my passion of books with the world!).

But between then, I have finally gotten out of my year and a half long reading slump! After finishing a book that took me aaaaages, I was ready to tackle my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge and read those books that I have wanted to read for so long!

I’ve also been spending more time focusing on school and the work that is coming my way. I’ve decided not to pressure myself with posting weekly on this blog (though it does offer a creative outlet amidst the pressure of assignments and tests), but instead do my work to the best of my ability. In the past, I’ve gotten lower than wanted on assignments and tests while others around me have gotten higher, and while this bummed me out at the time, it has allowed me to sufficiently feel better about the work I do nowadays, no matter what teachers tell me (though it is still a good idea to listen to their advice – even the worst teachers have a point). I have a stronger mindset because of the failures that have been put my way, both with school and life. So for all of you reading: don’t be hard on yourself. If there is anything that I have learnt and that will be deeply rooted in me forever: you may fail in one aspect, but in others you will succeed. You may be a really great writer, but you’re horrible at maths. Don’t fret – some of those mathematicians may be really bad writers. No one is perfect in everything (no matter who they are and how they present themselves). Someone may be better than you at one thing, but you are better than them at another. You have your limits, but you also have exceptional talent which will grow if you put your mind to it! If you believe, you will succeed. So get out there, and make the most of it!

So far, 2017 has allowed me to push my boundaries. I’ve auditioned and made it into a singing group (which meant I had to be brave and tackle my fear of singing in front of others), ventured into the land of public speaking with our school’s debating team and been able to interview actors and actresses of a movie. There is so much more to come and I’ll definitely try to update you all along the way. Here’s to another 5 months of this year!!

… Okay, wait a minute … Only 5 more months of 2017? The year has flown by so fast – faster than last year (and trust me, 2016 was quick!). Where has the time gone? I definitely have some catching up to do with you!

Thank you so much for sticking along for the ride!

Aeva x

Riverdale: The River’s Edge

Riverdale is a chilling “teen soap opera” with romance and all the mystery a small town with it’s quirky inhabitants could get.

Season 1, Episode 1

Riverdale, season 1 Trailer

Rating: 🎥 🎥 🎥 🎥 🎥

Over the past few days, I have seen much hype around the new TV show, Riverdale. It continuously popped up on my Facebook feed as the show adapted from the Archie comics. I was impressed, but the trailer didn’t immediately make me want to binge the show. I had my questions about it. Eventually, with it’s continuous marketing on my social medias, I decided I would test the waters, see if this show was good enough to continue.

When the show arrived on Netflix, I was eager to begin and within the first few moments knew I was going enjoy the show.

So, the characters. Jughead is the narrator of the story, a quiet boy who was once Archie Andrews’ friend. He spends his time writing a novel about the death of a Riverdale inhabitant, known as Jason Blossoms. He and his sister, Cheryl, drove out to Sweetwater River for a boat ride where soon, a boy scout found Cheryl sitting by the waters edge, Jason nowhere in sight. It is later presumed he is dead after his body cannot be found.
In later scenes, Cheryl is shown to be the grieving sister, still the head of the school, popular, mean and devious.

Archie is the main character and boy, oh, boy he is the most handsomest around! He has a knack for writing music (he has a beautiful voice!) but finds he is expected to work for his father’s company and play varsity football. His ultimate dilemma in this episode is choosing how to juggle his passions. Over the summer, he hooked up with his music teacher Ms Grundy which leads to scandals and secrets throughout the show.

His best friend is Betty Cooper, who we find has a crush on Archie. She is the typical “girl-next-door” who needs to find the courage to ask Archie about moving forward in their relationship and gets reassurance from her best fried Kevin Keller that he feels the same way. She’s the sister of Poppy, Jason’s girlfriend. Soon, Betty befriends the new girl, Veronica Lodge and finds this is a way to stop her from always being what everyone believes her to be, perfect. To be honest, I found that I shipped Betty and Archie more than any other character.

Veronica Lodge presents herself as a confident girl, coming to Riverdale after being in New York. Her father is on trial for fraud and embezzlement and so her mother and her decide to start afresh. She catches the eye of Archie, and upon a dare are both locked in a closet for seven minutes where they soon kiss. Veronica frets that it’s wrong and unfair to Betty but does it anyway. I found this scene to be so annoying! This is mainly because I want Archie and Betty to be together.

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Archie (left) and Betty (right) are at the Chook’Lit Shoppe where they first meet new girl Veronica (middle). Doesn’t she look so good!?

The scenes in this show are very cinematic. The colours and camera shots create a very beautiful and intriguing look. The music score is fitting and the set locations are perfect.

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Jason (left) and Cheryl (right) Blossoms at the beginning of the episode.

I found the town of Riverdale to be somewhat similar to the town of Rosewood, where the inhabitants of the show Pretty Little Liars reside. Within the town are secrets in every single person which gives this show something dark to ponder over. I love it! After all, aren’t secrets the foundation of a good teen drama?

From a distance, it presents itself like so many other small towns all over the world. Safe. Decent. Innocent. Get closer, though, and you start seeing the shadows underneath. 

This episode ended on a definite cliffhanger … they found Jason’s body. It happens that he was shot in the head which gives us more questions, especially since Archie and Ms Grundy heard a shot when they were together. I think there are a ton of more secrets to do with Riverdale. We’ll just have to find out.

Overall, this show definitely stepped up and proved to be an excellent teen drama!

Shadowhunters: A Door Into the Dark

Season 2, Episode 2 

Promo 2×02 “A Door Into the Dark”

Rating: 🎥🎥🎥🎥

This episode begins with Jace and Valentine returning to the ship after escaping a risky situation where Jocelyn tried to kill Jace.

This fuels anger between all of the characters especially Clary and Jocelyn, who reveals that Jace has demon blood in him and shows a scene where Jace is a baby and turns the flowers all black.

Everyone says that Valentine is the monster but you—you just tried to murder your own son! 

Victor Aldertree is continuing to stir things around at the Institute and I still feel something shady about him. We’ll see in the coming episodes.

Now, Valentine is beginning to build his army, going to fight clubs to find the best and strongest. I love how Alec and Izzy’s relationship are shown in these scenes. I enjoyed their fighting scene very much. So badass!

This episode is the time when Clary is beginning to question her role as a Shadowhunter. She feels unwanted, Alec fuels this feeling even more, and wants to return to the way things were before—when she was a mundane. This causes her to ignore everyone around her and try to become human again, returning to painting and blocking the world away. However, she gets sucked into Valentine’s trap by seeing that Dot is alive and trusting her!

At the same time, Simon is trying to find Camille after Raphael (yes!) talked to him. Simon enlists the help of Magnus and they travel all the way to India (how convenient is portal travel?) to find her. In this scene, I began to view how Harry Shum Jr plays the role of Magnus. Don’t get me wrong, Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr are probably the best at depicting their characters, but in this part with Simon, I felt the acting to be a little forced. I love Harry Shum Jr and how he plays him, but I really didn’t connect with Magnus this time around. Maybe I’m a bit too harsh? I know it’ll definitely get better as the episodes go by and I’ll begin to loosen up!

Jocelyn and Luke are trying to find Clary after being taken, and after some deliberation, the only way they can track her down is to use Alec and his parabatai bond with Jace as they think Clary is with Jace. Luke uses an adamas stone made by the Iron Sisters (Lisa Berry will be playing Sister Cleophas in the show. Instead of taking the role of Luke’s mother, Sister Cleophas will now be Luke’s sister) with a parabatai rune marked on it and they gather Alec to start tracking Jace and Clary. They are aware of the consequences which can end badly for Alec, but begin despite some trepidation.

Alec is able to find Clary and Jace, but he suffers a lot and the adamas is beginning to hurt him. My heart was beating incredibly fast at this time! MY POOR ALEC! The pain transpires to Jace who is trying to escape off the ship with Clary. This slows them down and they are incredibly close to being killed. It’s now that Dot opens a portal for them to escape to, risking her life which results in her later being killed.

This episode was good and the tension was at an all time high! I’m so pumped for episode three when Maia makes her appearance.

Catch my next review tomorrow!