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Music: Top 5 Right Now

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Poison – Carrie Hope Fletcher

Turn The Music Louder – KDA ft. Tinie Tempah, Katy B

Into You – Ariana Grande

Plastic – Nina Karolidou

Tears – Clean Bandit ft. Louise Johnson

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Book: Carrie Hope Fletcher’s ‘On the Other Side’

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From the title, you can see that I am recommending Carrie Hope Fletcher’s On the Other Side. Spoiler alert. This book is remarkable and once you pick it up, you’re not going to be able to put it back down in a hurry.IMG_5064.PNG

I must preface today’s recommendation by stating how incredibly biased I am, due to the fact I was already a huge fan of the author before reading her debut fiction novel. Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, YouTuber, singer, songwriter and author. But even being biased in favour of Carrie, I only recommend things that I truly endorse or have enjoyed and I promise that this review is entirely honest.

I managed to get my hands on the book three days before the release date by going to Carrie’s first book signing for On the Other Side. This was held in Sheffield’s Orchard Square Waterstones (my closest Waterstones while I am at university). It was held here as Carrie is currently touring with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (in which she plays Truly Scrumptious) and as part of the tour she has been performing at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre for the last three weeks.
Although I only got to meet Carrie briefly while she signed my copy of the book, she was so lovely and made the wait (and missing my train) so worthwhile.

On the Other Side is ‘a love story like no other’, excuse the cliché, but it’s true. Framed creatively within Evie Snow’s venture to lighten her soul after death so that she can pass through to heaven, the story is brilliantly beautiful.

IMG_5096.JPG‘Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .’

Now, it’s no secret that I am a sucker for a good love story or that I am a hopeless (or hopeful) romantic. The love story in this book filled my heart with so much joy (and wet my eyes occasionally) and the ending was perfect. For those that have read the book, I will leave my spoilerific list of eye-watering moments at the bottom of this post.

The book was so well written and I didn’t want to put it down. It took me two and a half days to read (which is good for me since I’m a slow reader) and I was sad, when I was finished, that I had no more pages to read.

This is a book I’m going to try to force my friends and family to read too because it’s just too beautiful and magical (and I mean really magical at parts) not to be read by everyone. I truly recommend you, yes you, to pick up a copy. Waterstones (not sponsored) are currently selling copies half price. Click here to go to their website.

I have never had a favourite book, not really, and especially not since being a child, but with finishing On the Other Side I can finally state that this is my favourite book and will be for a very very long time.

Thank you Carrie, I cannot wait for further novels from you! ❤

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SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ ‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’.

MY SPOILERIFIC LIST OF EYE-WATERING MOMENTS FROM ‘ON THE OTHER SIDE’:

  • When Evie and Vincent parted ways for the last time (p205).
  • When Isla said her mother was the greatest artist that ever lived (p255).
  • When Lieffe thinks that Evie is brilliant (p261).
  • When Vincent says ‘Evie, you were my single greatest adventure’ (p302).
  • When Vincent says ‘Goodbye’ and lightning strikes the tree (p331).
  • The very end (p340).

Music: Chris Bourne

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Today I am recommending Chris Bourne. I found his music though his brother, James Bourne, who you may know as one third of Busted and one sixth of McBusted. It was at a McBusted gig that Hollywood Ending were performing as a support act and I realised Chris Bourne was a member. Following that gig, I became a huge fan of Hollywood Ending but about a year and a half/ two years later they split up. Chris, who produces and writes music, has recently started his own solo career and the following track is his debut single:

I love this song so much and I hope that those to follow are just as good. Please check him out and show him some support!

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Music: Once Upon a Dead Man

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12509323_300x300Today I am recommending Once Upon a Dead Man, a recently established band featuring Charlie Simpson (of Busted and Fightstar) and his brothers Will and Edd, and long-time friend Simon Britcliffe. The four have released a debut EP album called ‘Concepts and Phenomena’.

As a fan of Charlie Simpson and his past musical work, including his solo album, I was obviously going to check out his new endeavour Once Upon a Dead Man. I listened to the album, expecting something good, but it was even better than that. It has a similar style to Charlie’s solo work but with an electronic undertone, and Charlie’s voice is also complemented by the extra voices of his band mates.

Below is my favourite song from the EP:

Check out Once Upon a Dead Man (click here to go to their YouTube channel) and their EP!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://vimeo.com/onceuponadeadman

 

What I’m: June

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skjdfsWhat I’m reading – I am currently reading Paper Towns by John Green. I thoroughly enjoyed the film so I thought I would pick up the novel. The story is about a girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman and her neighbour Quentin Jacobsen. The blurb reads as follows: ‘Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow’.

What I’m watching – With the university year finished, an abundance of time and very little to do, I 3rd-rock-from-the-sun.jpghave taken to watching a lot of TV. Currently I am watching Friends, 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Big Bang Theory. All three I would recommend, especially if what you’re after is a light watch which you don’t have to put a lot of energy or concentration into.

sakdjWhat I’m listening toPlastic by Nina Karolidou, Like I Would by Zayn, My Demons by Starset, Bulletproof by Young Guns, Give Up by Once Upon a Dead Man and MFT80s by Chris Bourne. sakj.jpgFurther proof of my very eclectic music taste…

What I’m eating – STIR FRY. I think I’m obsessed with Stir Fry… is that weird? At least it’s healthy and easy to make. I make stir fry with cabbage, pepper, onion, broccoli and carrots with either rice noodles, cous cous or rice. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t add meat.

What I’m quoting – ‘In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.’ -Nikos Kazantzakis

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Music: Top 5

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  1. Tessa Violet’s Sorry I’m Not Sorry

  1. Bring Me The Horizon’s Follow You

  1. Shawn Mendes’ Stitches

  1. Jack Savoretti’s Catapult

  1. One Direction’s History

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What I’m: March

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61bsOddrJwL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_What I’m reading – This month I have been reading The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis which is a side novel to The Mortal Instruments series. This book is quite enjoyable and acts as a handbook to new Shadowhunters (and also has Clary’s notes all over it).

I have also been reading The World According to Wolverine by Matthew K. Manning which is a fun book all about the comic book character of Wolverine.cc514bd2-9de1-4af6-840e-5dc07bd07b54

Both of these were presents for my birthday and I’m enjoying them thoroughly.

What I’m watching – I have been watching Once Upon A Time (I’m obsessed), Friends (also obsessed), Shadowhunters and The Big Bang Theory!

CdsQaTpUkAAlnfeWhat I’m subscribing to – No new subscriptions but I have definitely fallen in love with Wheezy Waiter’s new style of video. He used to do skits and sit-down vlogs, but now he has taken up a daily-vlog style with some artsy cuts. Very enjoyable, do check him out.

What I’m listening to – The top few tracks this month, between my friends and I, are: Broken Generation by Of Mice and Men, X G63587518307449407470197420_TwentyOnePilots-StressedOut15on Give it to Ya by DMX (from Deadpool), Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots and finally, Judgement Day by Stealth (from Suits).

What I’m eating – Too much. I’ve eaten a lot of cake this week… let’s leave it at that.

What I’m quoting – Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness (from Unknown).

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QUOTE: David Bowie

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‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’

‘I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.’

‘I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.’

‘There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.’

‘I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.’david-bowie-2013

‘I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.’

‘What I do is I write mainly about very personal and rather lonely feelings, and I explore them in a different way each time. You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer for Christ’s sake. As a person, I’m fairly uncomplicated.’

‘I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.’

Rest in Peace, David Bowie.

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What I’m: January

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stardustWhat I’m reading – Lately I’ve been much better getting books finished. I’ve finished the 6th Mortal Instruments book: City of Heavenly Fire. I, then, moved on to Carrie Hope Fletcher’s book: All I Know Now.

What I’m currently reading is Stardust by Neil Gaiman. This book is set in the Victorian era starting in the unusual village called Wall. This village is separated from a whole other world, the land of Faerie, where Tristan, the young protagonist, is from. He finds himself adventuring off into this new land, zdda sent there by his true love Victoria to find a fallen star. There is also a film based on this novel, information for which, I will link here. It is a truly beautiful film with such a wonderful cast.

What I’m watching – I have recently been watching Once Upon A Time Series 1 and 2. I love this show because it has a unique concept: all fairytale characters have been cursed and therefore pulled from their world and dropped into ours. A 28-year-old Emma Swan, daughter of
Snow White and Prince Charming, is the saviour: the only who can break their curse, but only if she believes. It’s a fantastic show.tumblr_nudpu8BP491uslmbwo1_1280

Other than OUAT, I’ve been watching good ol’ Friends. There’s no use in me explaining that show because if you don’t know it you’ve clearly been living under a rock. However, if you don’t know the show, you should definitely look it up. It’s classic, and fantastic in every way.

What I’m listening to – I have been listening to a lot of Young Guns recently, and I absolutely adore their music. My favourite song of theirs in Bones, I’ll insert the video below.

Other artists and albums I’m listening to in Adele’s newest: 25 and Bryan Adam’s Get Up. Two amazing new albums. Check out Bryan Adam’s songs You Belong to Me and Brand New Day and Adele’s single Hello and the track Miss You from her new album.david-bowie-2013

What I’m quoting

‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’ – David Bowie.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: https://thebookstop.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/stardust-by-neil-gaiman/, http://52heures.barsentrans.com/, http://plus-premieres.tumblr.com/post/128664399616/bryan-adams-get-up-deluxe and http://michaelcavacini.com/tag/david-bowie/

Music: Young Guns

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yOUNG-GUNSToday I am recommending the rock band Young Guns since I have recently gotten into their music and absolutely love them.

Technically, I found this band a long while ago as I had listened to a single of theirs on repeat – this was Learn My Lesson. I hadn’t thought much more of them though until a friend of mine reintroduced me to them with the song Bones, which is brilliant! The video is pretty cool too.

As a fan of pop-punk and alternative music, I was bound to love Young Guns as their style of rock really fits into this. The vocalist has a great voice and the rest of the band make the songs sound incredible.

Check out the few videos below as a taste of their music:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.soundspheremag.com/features/interview-young-guns-leeds-festival-2012/