The Summer Book Tag

Your girl is back from the grave! I haven’t been on for personal reasons, which is why I was MIA last week. But I am back now and here to spread a bit of joy. I’ve missed being on here…I’ve missed you guys so much. You seriously have no clue how grateful I am to have you, even if there’s just a small handful of ya right now. I’m glad to be back, especially as it’s Eid. I hope everyone else who celebrates is having a great day.

As it is Sunday, it’s a book tag day! Summer has recently arrived, so I thought what better way to kick things off than a summer themed book tag? It didn’t take me long to stumble upon abookloversplaylist‘s tag and voila!

Feel free to give this a go. See you Wednesday for a Writing Wednesday post!

xoxo – F

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6.25 SOTD

It seems like ages since I’ve last done this when in reality, it’s been over a week. I won’t bother with details about my little absence, so I’ll dive straight into today’s song.

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10/10 would approve of this song once they’ve heard it. Honestly, the first time I listened to “Beautiful Mess,” I was blown away. From the first word sung, Kristian commands your attention. His voice is captivating, emotive, and well beyond his seventeen years. Honestly, I’ve listened to this so many times since its release, it’s near one of my most played songs. I can’t stop using the word “honestly” because I legit mean what I’m saying!

The song is about how love can conquer all.

Even through a line of fire/When everything is on the wire.

Even up against the wall/Our love is untouchable.

It’s a stunning ballad that doesn’t sound dated in the slightest. From the lyrics, you have this image of the struggles—the “beautiful mess” thrown at you. Despite everything, love will always be there because it’s unbreakable, it’s untouchable, and it’s the one thing that can shine above the darkness weighing anyone down.

There’s a reason why this came second in Eurovision this year. I love it, I still listen to it on a daily basis, and I’m not tired of it yet. Kristian has such a bright future ahead, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for him next. I’m definitely #TeamKris

6.16 Happy Things

Hello everybody, and welcome to another Happy Things post. I didn’t do one last week because I wasn’t feeling very positive, but enough has happened this week that I’ve managed to compile a list. It’s been a little rough for me mentally, but I’m doing the best I can.

Anyways, hope you all have had a lovely week. Enjoy your weekend, and here are the things that made me happy this week. I admit some of these might be a stretch, but it’s the little things that count sometimes, right? See you on Sunday for a book tag!

xoxo – F

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6.16 SOTD

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you’ve all had a lovely week. Here’s today’s song of the day.

the man

The Killers just released “The Man” two days ago as their lead single from their forthcoming album Wonderful Wonderful. FINALLY we get some new The Killers!!! Their last album, Battle Born, was released way back in 2012…yeah, five years ago. Kids who didn’t grow up with their music or don’t know who they are will finally be introduced to one of the best bands of the last decade.

I’m really digging this new song. It’s very The Killers and sets a really nice tone for the album. They’re definitely returning with a splash, and I can’t wait to hear more! You should definitely give this track a listen, Killers fan or not.

Writing Wednesday: TFS Ch. 3 Beginning

Welcome to another Writing Wednesday, everyone! Hope you’re all having a fantastic week thus far. It is SO HUMID, but that means rain, which I’m totally fine with. I love summer rain and the petrichor that follows.

I have managed to start the next Therapy For Souls chapter after like, five days of not writing a thing. Last week was just terrible for me and I had no motivation to write or do much, but it’s somewhat back.

I really love the new cover my friend Snigda made for it. She graciously did it as a surprise. It’s so pretty!

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I am completely in love with this story. I know it’s still early days, but I love the concept I’ve conjured in my head, and Parisa is hands down my favorite mc I’ve ever written. It’s amazing how inspiration can come to you at any moment. Society and the Manchester bombing triggered my creative juices, and here we are. That sounds terrible…

Anyways, today’s excerpt is the beginning of Chapter 3 of Therapy For Souls. It is now just one day from opening night, and Parisa is having inner turmoil regarding her tour. The title of this chapter will be called “Tour a proporio rischio,” which is Italian for “tour at your own risk.” I think what you’re about to read will be a nice hint as to why I chose that for the title.

Hope you enjoy this excerpt. I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ll see you Friday for a Happy Things post.

xoxo – F

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6.14 SOTD

The real question is, how is it already Wednesday? I swear it was Monday like, yesterday. This week is passing by faster than I expected. I’ll see you a little later for today’s Writing Wednesday. For now, here’s today’s song of the day.

keep on falling

I absolutely ADORE Manel Navarro’s “Keep on Falling.” What a brilliantly beautiful song to stick it to everyone who criticized him for his Eurovision song and performance. He represented Spain this year with his song “Do It For Your Lover” and came in dead last. I honestly never got the hate. He’s such a chill and positive person, and all he wanted was to bring summer to Kiev. Although nearly everyone shat on him and his song, he handled the negativity with class and brushed it off, remaining positive throughout the process.

Anyways…this song is such a gorgeous ballad and really suits his voice nicely. When I first heard it, I immediately thought of Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love” because it has that kind of vibe to it (he is heavily influenced by Ed, which is understandable). Manel has that Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz thing going for him like Cody Simpson (lowkey think it’d be cool if they did a song together. They seem like they’d get along). I think “Keep on Falling” is the perfect song to showcase the fragility of his tone. The singer/songwriter thing is definitely his strength. He just shines here.

If anyone wants to judge Manel’s vocal capabilities based on “Do It For Your Lover,” then they’re really being narrow-minded. Close this eyes and give this song a listen. I swear you’ll get lost in the strings, the guitars, his voice…it’s a gorgeous song.

6.13 SOTD

Happy Tuesday, everyone. So…the Warriors won the NBA finals, finishing off the series with a 4-1 win. It was just 9 points… However, the Cavs played their best and they did it for Cleveland. I’m proud of them for fighting, and they humbly accepted their defeat.

Enough basketball. Here’s today’s song of the day.

vdgm

Pavel & Venci Venc’s “Vdigam LEVEL” is my jam right now omg. I found this song after looking up some of Kristian’s other songs and didn’t give this a listen until a few days ago since he’s only a feature. After the first listen, I was hooked.

The artist is a Bulgarian rap duo—naturally, I don’t know what they’re rapping or what Kristian’s singing about—and according to the lovely comments on the music video, it’s a diss track to another Bulgarian rapper. Apparently it’s better that I don’t know what they’re saying because the lyrics are meh, but sound great. Hey, as a non-Bulgarian speaker, I thought it sounded pretty dope. I found this gem in the comments and couldn’t help but laugh.

omg plane

That last one kills me. Too funny. Maybe that’s why Kristian’s hanging around a plane in the video..hmmmm.

Sometime’s it’s just better if you don’t know what someone’s singing/rapping about. Regardless, this song is such a bop. The chorus is super catchy and sounds great, and the raps sound equally amazing. Oh, and that beat…from the beginning, it’ll make you want to dance.