Music Monday #5: Back to School

Music Monday is a bi-weekly blog link up to encourage the sharing and discussion of people’s favorite music. Join in to share your own music and find new songs to listen to! A new playlist theme will be posted every other Monday.

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Theme

First off just let me say: THIS IS LATE I’M SO SORRY. I’ve been busy, and I’m sick, and a bunch of stuff piled up and I just wasn’t able to have this post written by yesterday. So… oops. Anyway, the theme this time is Back to School. Middle school, high school, college, Hogwarts, anything goes. As usual- interpret it however you want, and have fun!

Rules

  1. This is a bi-weekly feature. New themes will be posted every other Monday. You can post your own playlist any time in between the day the theme is posted and the day the next theme goes up (it doesn’t need to be a Monday).
  2. I make an album cover-y graphic for each playlist. You’re welcome to use mine or make your own, whichever you prefer.
  3. If you want, you can post your playlist on Spotify, 8tracks, YouTube, or whatever else works for you, and link to that from your blog.
  4. You may use whatever music you want, but if it contains explicit language, please mention that in your post!
  5. This isn’t really required, meaning I won’t kick you out or anything if you don’t do it, but try to listen to and comment on a couple of other people’s playlists as well. The intention of this is to encourage the sharing of people’s favorite music!
  6. Have fun!

Join In 

My Playlist

Pump-up, energetic indie-pop and alternative to help you stay positive and keep from falling asleep during math class.

Listen to it on Spotify

  1. New Americana by Halsey*
  2. Pity Party by Melanie Martinez (The Feels Remix)
  3. Queen of Peace by Florence + the Machine
  4. Roots by Imagine Dragons
  5. Don’t Wait Up by Robert DeLong
  6. Keep On Keepin’ On by Travie McCoy ft Brendon Urie
  7. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
  8. Seventeen by Alessia Cara
  9. 101 by WALLA
  10. Circles by Machineheart ft Vanic
  11. What You Know by Two Door Cinema
  12. Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood
  13. Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens) by New Politics*
  14. I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
  15. Ways to Go by Grouplove
  16. Best Day of My Life by American Authors
  17. War Paint by FLETCHER
  18. West End Kids by New Politics

Songs marked with an asterisk (*) contain curse words and/or mention drug use

Don’t forget to join with your own playlist!

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Monthly Wrap Up: August 2015

Monthly Wrap Up is a monthly (duh) feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! It’s the place to find out what’s going on in my life, what I’ve read, what I’ve posted, and more!

Just so you know, this wrap up is a day early because tomorrow is Music Monday and I didn’t want to post twice in one day.

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What I posted:

Music Monday continued into its second month with the themes Crush and Battle Anthems, and a new theme will be posted tomorrow!

I fangirled over Halsey and explained why everyone should be listening to her.

I did the Harry Potter tag, the 20 Facts You May Not Know About Me tag, the Handwriting tag, and the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag.

I reviewed The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten.

What’s up in my life:

I dyed my hair blue! Well, actually, it came out as a really pretty turquoise color- some parts are bluer and some parts are actually green. I’m suuuuuuuuper happy with how it turned out.

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On the less happy side… school started again. I’m taking so many classes this semester (SO MANY) but all of them are pretty fun except for chemistry and math. So, assuming I can stay on top of it all, it should be okay.

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A bunch of friends and I are planning to cosplay the Avengers at a local comic convention in October! I’m really excited about that. I’ll probably be going as Black Widow, as long as I can get a costume together in time. It shouldn’t be too hard, though, since I have a kind of last minute Agents of SHIELD costume I made a few weeks ago to use as a base.

AND I GET TO DYE MY HAIR RED

AND I GET TO DYE MY HAIR RED

So, I mean, that’s mostly it that month. Cool classes, and a LOT of work to do.

What I’m Listening To:

Bands/ Artists: New Politics, Nirvana, Halsey, Melanie Martinez, Marina and the Diamonds, twenty one pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way

Albums: Cry Baby (Melanie Martinez), Room 93 (Halsey), Vikings (New Politics), Electra Heart (Marina and the Diamonds), From Under the Cork Tree (Fall Out Boy), Hesitant Alien (Gerard Way)

Currently Listening To: Keep on Keepin’ On by Travie McCoy ft Brendon Urie

You gotta keep on keepin’ on, even with the feeling that you’re gonna keep losing, you gotta come back strong

Newly Released Songs I Love:

Drive by Halsey

All we do is drive, all we do is think about the feelings that we hide

West End Kids by New Politics

Used to hold our voices like a prison cell, but now we’re shouting from the rooftops

How was your summer? What were you reading, and what music were you listening to?

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 3

For the final day of this tag, I’m going to tag everyone reading this post!

Rules for the tag:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

My first two quotes for this were pretty deep and meaningful, but I think this is the most meaningful one of all…

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 1

I was tagged by enthrallingdimple and 1booklife for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge (thanks, guys!). I have waaaaay more than three favorite quotes, but I managed to narrow it down.

I didn’t pick them with a specific theme in mind (like picking quotes from a specific book), but I’m now realizing that they’re all by some of my favorite band members. So I guess I got lucky.

The rules are really simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

For the first day, I’m tagging A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts, The Writing Hufflepuff, and A Twist in the Taile (no pressure if you don’t want to do it, though).

And finally, the first quote!

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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (Book Review)

Want an example of how not to write a romance? Try this book.

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When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down.

I think that Adam’s OCD was very well portrayed. It totally messed up his life, but it also didn’t totally define his character. Near the end of the book, you could really feel his downward spiral, and his desperation to get better. I felt sympathetic for him through about half of the story (more on the other half later).

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The mystery portion of the story felt well written. It didn’t take center stage in the story- it was definitely a subplot- but it was enough to keep the tension up, which was nice. I don’t remember ever feeling like the story was dragging too badly. Without the mystery, it definitely would have dragged.

The superhero codenames were such a cute idea, too! And it was an interesting concept, too- the ultimate fake it ’til you make it.

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Adam said some really icky stuff though??? Like, most of the time he was a total sweetheart but he was REALLY demeaning to girls (all girls except Robyn, of course) and he was somehow an elitist about mental illness? He would be like “I may have OCD, but at least I’m not anorexic, haha! Anorexics are the REAL crazies!!!” and it was really gross. Basically, he thought OCD was okay, but anyone who was anorexic or a hypochondriac or self harmed was “crazy”. He thought he was somehow better than everyone else in his support group.

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this was Adam basically

Robyn was totally cardboard, which is weird considering that she was one of the most major characters in the story. I just didn’t GET her character. I didn’t really see any motivation for her except being in love with Adam.

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This story should’ve been told in first person, and you could tell that the author felt the same way, at least subconsciously. It led to some really wacky storytelling. It was third person omnipotent most of the time, but there would be moments where she wrote things like “Adam must have nodded because…” which doesn’t make any sense??? It’s third person. There’s no “he may have nodded”. He either nodded or he didn’t nod. So… I don’t know. The voice felt weird and awkward, and it was confusing for the reader.

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Why was it even written in third person? Who knows?

I WAS NOT AT ALL SOLD ON THE LOVE STORY and it makes me really angry because it had so much potential for cuteness. It was bizarre. Adam was obsessed with Robyn, in a totally unhealthy way. Their relationship was not love, it was infatuation- mostly on Adam’s side. And so little characterization was given to Robyn that it was impossible to feel any chemistry between the two of them. I’ve heard people raving about how cute this story is, and just… no??? It’s not cute??? It’s creepy as heck and totally unbelievable and I just DON’T GET IT.

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It had potential to be a great story about struggling with mental illness but it was kind of ruined for me by a crappy instalove plot (not to mention Adam’s weird elitism).  So… my reaction to this one is basically “no”. I’m going to be generous and give it two stars for a good premise and some redeemable parts.

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2/5 stars

Recommended for: as I said- anyone who wants advice on how not to write romance

The Handwriting Tag

Thanks to Elly @ A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts for letting me steal this tag! It looks like a super cute idea, and it was a lot of fun to do.

The tag is pretty simple- you just handwrite the answer to each of the following questions, then take a picture and post it on your blog. The questions are:

1. What is your name? And your blog name?
2. Blog URL
3. Write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
4. Favourite quote
5. Favourite song
6. Favourite band/singers
7. Say anything you want
8. Pass it along to a few bloggers
Here’s mine!
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