2015 Book Reviews (January – June)

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2015 Books

Here are my book reviews from January to June of 2015. I decided to break this year into two since I read a considerable amount in half a year (almost the same as ALL of 2014!) All reviews are spoiler free & I’ve given a small summary of the plots. I also have my own rating below each book. There are books I’ve read for uni & for leisure. I read more after my semester had ended since I was quite busy with college work. But anyway, enjoy!

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The 70’s

Lately I’ve been really liking the 70’s for some reason. Obviously, I wasn’t around in the 70’s since I’m only 21 but lately I’m really attracted to 70’s style clothing and music.

I’ve been wearing necklaces that my mother gave me. One of them is this kind of pendant like necklace. The other is a surfer type necklace which is 70’s in style. You can see me wearing it here:

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I’ve also been on the look out for print and Hawaiian shirts. The terrible the better :L . I know conventionally people believe they’re kind of “ugly” but I’m really into them now. I’ve been trying to find a brown corduroy blazer everywhere, but I’ve been having no luck. I just think they’re so cool.

I’ve been listening to a lot of actual 70’s music along with contemorary music that has a 70’s style to it: funk, disco and everything in between. This includes Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, 10cc, Earth Wind & Fire, Kimbra, The Black Keys, Saint Pepsi, Leah McFall and Flight Facilities.

One really 70’s inspired song is “Foreign Language” by Flight Facilities. Even the video is like a 70’s crime show. You can hear it hear:

Top 35 Songs of 2014

Another year, another list. After last year, I decided to cut down the amount of songs to a more refined 35. A good year all the same for music with the soundtrack to Mockingjay- Part 1 providing some outstanding tracks. Kimbra’s The Golden Echo was the album I was most looking forward to, and it seriously excelled my expectations. Hozier’s debut album Hozier is without a doubt the album of the year. It’s an album of great substance and it really packs a punch. I was really looking forward to Charli XCX’s Sucker but I found it to be disappointing and slightly juvenile in style. Charli is smart and she can create great music and I know what she was doing in creating this album. It’s kind of a teen pop/punk “edgy” album. A lot of people will enjoy it, heck if I was 14 I’d be revelling in these songs. It will do well and you know, bills gotta be paid so fair enough. I wish her the best. 😛

On we go with the the top 35 songs of 2014:

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Passion & Performing

I love seeing people getting really passionate about what they’re doing. There’s nothing better than seeing someone getting really into something an lose themselves. You can tell they love what they’re doing.

Firstly, a guy I find who’s really passionate about his work is the movie critic Mark Kermode. Apart from being a movie genius and wonderful critic, he has linguistic charm. He can cut deep down into a film and see its layers for what it is. He has an expansive knowledge of cinema. He also tells it how it is. He’s unafraid yet he knows when to give credit to honourable and ambitious films where it’s due. What I love though is when he gets really animated when he’s talking and he uses his hands. It shows true passion. Great insights and diction; enjoyable just to listen to him.

A singer who I love listening to and who really gets into her performances is Kimbra. She’s a great singer in the studio but her live performances really are something else. Look up any of her live performances and you’ll be blown away. You can watch one of my favourites below of Plain Gold Ring which is like from 2010. I love how she throws her voice around live but again what gets me is her hands. She dances and grasps the air as if the music and the beat were somehow physically tangible and she can feel it. She moves through the music and lives in it for that 4 and a half minutes. She’s a performer who’s in the music. She just lets go towards the end. Brilliant.

Another musician/ singer who is really cool to watch is Martin Doherty of the Scottish electronic band “CHVRCHES.” He’s pretty animated when he plays synths but he’s the singer for like one song I think: “Under The Tide.” I love how he dances, as if he’s in his bedroom alone. He goes mental at the chorus. It’s brilliant and we should all dance as if no one’s watching. 🙂 Also his Scottish accent is charming as fuck!

I also love how Florence Welch performs (of “Florence + The Machine”). She’s a Goddess. Her stage presence is amazing and she’s such a free spirit. I remember she said something in an interview that I always try to remember:

“What I really like seeing from the stage is people having their own moments, when people are doing some performance of their own.”

I like the idea of just doing your own dance and having your own moment and not caring about what’s going on around you. You could also extend that to real life: do your own thing and not care about what others are doing.

Another good performer I like is Lorde. The way she dances is so authentic and erratic.

I also like how Charli XCX dances during the first 20 seconds of “What I Like.”