The Playlist Shuffle Tag

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So, I do love to share some of my favourite music and I’ve seen the Playlist Shuffle Tag swirl around for a bit now. I was so happy that Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff has tagged me now! I am a little afraid of the weird mix that is going to come out of this, but I bet it will be fun.

The Rules

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.

*I will make 2 playlists, because I haven’t updated my iPod in ages and mostly listen to songs on YouTube now. They have the “My Mix” option on there, so I am going to use that as “shuffle”*

iPod Playlist

  1. 9 Crimes – Damien Rice
  2. Speed of Sound – Chris Bell
  3. Eisberg – Andreas Bourani
  4. Breath of Life – Florence + The Machine
  5. Transatlanticism – Death Cab for Cutie
  6. Footloose – Blake Shelton
  7. Martha’s Theme – Murray Gold
  8. Rectifier – Daft Punk
  9. Song for No One – Miike Snow
  10. Sie sieht mich nicht – Xavier Naidoo
  11. Best Shot – Birdy & Jaymes Young
  12. Fern Beard – The Submarines
  13. Almost Paradise – Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
  14. Capitol Letter – Patti Smith
  15. Can’t Fight the Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes

YouTube Playlist

  1. Great Summer – Vance Joy
  2. Sweet Louise – The Belle Brigade
  3. Chasing Rubies – Hudson Taylor
  4. Wasting My Young Years – London Grammar
  5. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
  6. Stronger Than Ever – Raleigh Ritchie
  7. Bad Blood – Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
  8. Fantasy – MS MR
  9. Midnight – Coldplay
  10. Half the World Away – AURORA
  11. C’est La Vie – Stereophonics
  12. Treading Water – Alex Clare
  13. Cherry Wine – Hozier
  14. In Your Dreams – Dark Dark Dark
  15. Runnin’ (Lose It All) – Naughty Boy feat. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin

I Tag

Anna|Astra|Cátia|Cristina|Joan|Josie|Marie|Rami|Sara|Summer

*I hope none of you have done this before, if you have, feel free to ignore it! I would love to hear of your music!*

Do you know some of the artists/songs I’ve mentioned? Some stuff I haven’t listened to in a really long while it feels like. Then there are some artists missing that I listen to quite a lot. Just click on the songs to listen to them on YouTube! I have to say that C’est La Vie and everything by Hozier, Years & Years, Rhodes, BANNERS and AURORA is instantly stuck in my head whenever I listen to it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I Wish Were Books

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, which is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! Here’s what she had in mind:

This week is all about music & books. We previously did books we’d give theme songs to so feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books (check out my love songs I wish were books for an example of what I mean)

It sounds like a really cool idea and I always love to share some of my favourite songs! I am not sure how exactly to explain why I would want them to be books. The lyrics or maybe the music video were probably the reason, I’ll just leave it at that for now.

I Found by Amber Run

Falling for your kidnapper? Classic story! There’s another music video that continues the story, but it leaves on a cliffhanger and I would love to know what comes afterwards!

Nature Boy by AURORA

AURORA’s voice is magical! It makes everything sound enchanted and surreal and I know that she only covers the song, but it makes me that much more intrigued about the story from the lyrics.

Bloodsport by Raleigh Ritchie

I don’t really know how to explain this. I could see a story about a poisonous relationship though.

Magnets by Disclosure feat. Lorde

This would be such a good revenge story! Put some more background info on all the characters in it and voila – new book!

From Eden by Hozier

You’ve just watched the video, right? I apparently seem to have a knack for people who connect to their abductors.

Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift

TayTay always has really great music videos and this one seem cool, set in old-fashioned Hollywood-ish times. Love between colleagues, regret and longing – I am totally in!

The Stranger by Lord Huron

A stranger appearing in someone’s life. Do they know each other? Suddenly they are both in danger and need to trust each other to get out of the mess.

Katie Queen of Tennesee by The Apache Relay

A tale of unrequited love – who is this Katie person? Is the guy really in love with her or only with the idea of her?

Let It All Go by BIRDY + RHODES

I imagine a heartbreaking love story, but it’s set in some sort of fantastical realm. Definitely not just a normal contemporary, yet something that pulls on your heartstrings like crazy!

Half Light by BANNERS

People drifting apart from each other, one of them is changing and the other one doesn’t understand what’s happening. They aren’t realising the full potential of who they could be.

My explanations aren’t the most detailed, so if you want to discuss bookish ideas, I’d love to do that in the comments. What are some songs you would like to see extended in form of a book? Did you know/like/dislike some of my examples? Don’t hesitate to share a link to your TTT below!

Opposite Book Tag

Since people seemed to like my Taylor Swift Book Tag, I searched the internet for another one so that I wouldn’t solely talk about TV shows on here. Believe me, I could talk about them 24/7, but it surely doesn’t hurt to change things up every now and then. That’s why I decided on doing the Opposite Book Tag!

So, the tag is very simple. You have to find books on your shelf for a number of opposing examples. Let’s get started! (And excuse the mediocre photos. I couldn’t find all of the books on the interwebs, so I photographed them myself.)

First book in your collection/Last book you bought

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Hmmm … my first book was probably some sort of picture book, but I have no clue which one, so I’ll go with the first English language book in my collection: I speak English! In many ways I believe that book played a huge role in my ever growing affection for this particular language. And the last book I bought was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Over the holidays, I fell in love with the TV show and couldn’t bear waiting until April to dive back into the world, so I ordered it with the TV cover.

A cheap book/An expensive book

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I got myself a French copy of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry at a flee market and it cost me like 2 Euros, so that definitely counts as cheap. Finding a really expensive book is difficult though, since I’m always looking for a way to find the cheapest possibility. If you buy as many books as I do, then you just really have to. I suppose my most expensive book is the complete the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, which cost about 35 Euros and is now used to store my autographs of Ben Barnes and Skandar Keynes.

A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist

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Phew, this is for once a little easier category since I can choose almost any random book I own. Female protagonists most likely prevail in my collection, but I do have books from male perspectives as well. So I choose Bitten by Kelley Armstrong for the female protagonist (click on the title to find out more about the book) and Paper Towns by John Green for the male protagonist. No particular reason for that one, just the first one I saw on my shelf.

A book you read fast/One that took you long to read

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I flew through We Were Liars by E. Lockhart! It was such an easy and unexpectedly gripping read that I could barely stop and was truly sad when it was over. Das Buch (which translates as The Book) by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein on the other hand took me forever. It’s not that I didn’t like it though. As of today, it is still one of the most memorable books I’ve ever read, but it took me months to get through it.

Pretty cover/Ugly cover

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I love pretty covers and I get really mad when a series doesn’t match, so I am definitely one of those people who judges a book by its cover. And I doubt that I actually own a really ugly cover, just maybe boring ones. Okay, I own one ugly one, but I need it for a later category and I want to avoid using books twice. So for the pretty cover I choose Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, because I like the use of colour and the style of the cover in general. And for the ugly one, I’ll go with Colorado Kid by Stephen King, because it’s just nothing interesting.

A national book/An international book

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So for all of you who didn’t know, I am from Vienna, Austria and the book I am choosing is called Gut gegen Nordwind (Love Virtually) by Daniel Glattauer, who – big surprise – is Austrian. I love that book so much! It’s comprised of E-Mails between two strangers, click on the English title to read more about it! Again, I can now pick a random book from my shelf (my English language books outweigh my German ones by far). I’ll go with Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie) by Cecelia Ahern, just because the content of the book is so similar to the one of Love Virtually.

A thin book/A thick book

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So, this “book” (I’m not sure it really deserves the name) would have been my choice for ugliest cover, but I needed it for thinnest book. The Greatest Man in the World by James Thurber was an impulsive buy, because I desperately wanted to read the Secret Life of Walter Mitty after watching the movie and it’s combined with the Greatest Man. I was really disappointed when I got it in the mail though. I’m not sure the Host by Stephenie Meyer is really my thickest volume, but the German version has something shy of 865 pages, so I’d say it’s amongst the largest books I have.

Fiction book/Non-fiction book

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This is such a vague category. I’ll go with My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick for fiction and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling for non-fiction, just because they are some of my most recent reads.

Very (way too) romantic book/Action book

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I have a large Nicholas Sparks collection, so this one is easy. The Best of Me was the last movie adaptation so I’ll take that for romance and The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner for action. That counts right?

A book that made you happy/One that made you sad

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Having books in general makes me pretty happy … okay, I’ll try to take this serious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A Good Year by Peter Mayle just gives me a warm and fuzzy happy feeling inside and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak just really gets to me in a more sad way.

Sorry this got longer than I thought. I hope you still enjoyed this little insight in my reading habits and if you want to do it too, consider yourself tagged! If you want to discuss any of the books or have more questions, I am more than happy to talk in the comments!

Taylor Swift Book Tag!

Since I don’t want to bore you with all my NaNoWriMo stuff and I have no idea what else to write about, I’ll do the Taylor Swift Book Tag for you! I  know I’m a little late to the party, but her album 1989 didn’t come out that long ago, so … deal with it!

So, let’s do this!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
(pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with)

I’ll have to go with the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth … loved Divergent, liked Insurgent, hated Allegiant. In case you don’t know what happens, I don’t want to spoil you. Let’s just say I wasn’t pleased for several reasons.

2. Red
(pick a book with a RED cover)

This seriously made me wonder if I should organise my bookshelve, so that the books are colour coordinated. Turns out, I don’t have many red books and I didn’t want to use Allegiant twice. But I do own the movie tie in of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I remember reading this within two days or so and really enjoying it. Honestly, this is the only zombie book I own.

3. The Best Day
(pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic)

I’m going to go with A Good Year by Peter Mayle. Whenever I read this book, I feel like I’m in the South of France, in a small village with the sun warming my skin. Since I actually spent a couple of months in the South of France to work there, this definitely makes me feel nostalgic.

4. Love Story
(pick a book with forbidden love)

This is far more difficult than I imagined and the only book I can think of is How I Live Now by Meg Rossoff. If you want to know more about it, you should click here, because I already wrote a post for it!

5. I Knew You Were Trouble
(pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love)

Definitely Warner from the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi! Again, you can check the books out in my previous post!

6. Innocent
(pick a book that someone ruined the ending for)

This might disappoint you, but I can’t think of one single book where that happened. I’m just amazing at avoiding Spoilers it seems. Sorry.

7. Everything Has Changed
(pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development)

Another tough one. I’m choosing Cheryl from Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I really enjoyed that book and I think that you can see how she changed throughout her journey. It is somewhat of an autobiography, so it makes sense that her character goes through some sort of change. Still haven’t seen the movie though … need to do that soon because it features Reese Witherspoon and Thomas Sodaski!

8. You Belong With Me
(pick your most anticipated book release)

Okay, this is going to sound crazy, but I love to have movie tie ins for my books. So, the book I am waiting for has been out for years, but I want to have it with the actual film cover. That book would be The Duff by Kody Keplinger. Since I have no idea how the cover is going to look like, the picture above is the regular one.

9. Forever and Always
(pick your favorite book couple)

Anna and Etienne without a doubt! If you love romance as much as I do, there is no way you’re going to get around reading the Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins. I love those books!

10. Come Back, Be Here
(pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I hope there is no need to explain, but I wrote about the book in a previous post as well.

 

And here are some bonus questions that were added during Katytastic‘s BookTube video for the tag!

11. Teardrops On My Guitar
(pick a book that made you cry a lot)

I cried so hard while reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. WWII is just a really emotional topic for me and I loved Zusak’s style of writing, which made it so much easier to understand and feel with the characters.

12. Shake It Off
(pick a book that you love so much, you just shake off the haters)

Are there haters for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? Somehow I can’t imagine it, but if there are haters out there, I’d shake them off. Love the book to bits and again wrote a post about it!

So, I hope you liked this. If so, leave a comment/like and feel free to do the tag yourself! In case you want more stuff like this, just let me know!