On January 31st "Miss Americana," a Netflix original documentary, starring Taylor Swift was released. As a long time fan, I was eager to get a taste of life behind-the-scenes for the mega pop star. To me, Taylor Swift was always relatable in terms of how she presented herself, her morals, and her overall character. Through the years, her music was where she shared her life experiences and the most vulnerable parts of herself. The documentary, however, opened my eyes to the person behind the catchy melodies and the lyrics that made everyone who listened feel a little less alone.
Book Club: Aug/Sept/Oct
It's been a bit since I've updated on book club, but we're still going strong. We've been meeting monthly and I was been able to reach my Goodreads challenge goal for the year! Although not everyone has loved every book, I've liked that we're taking the time to read and then come together and discuss and analyze each book, whether we loved or hated it. I feel like it's getting me back into the groove of looking at literature critically and I missed having the opportunity to do that. So, without further ado, here are the books we read in August, September and October:
Book Club: A Series
In the ever growing age of the internet, social media, and a world full of distractions I've found it rather difficult to stay on top of reading. In recent years, I've noticed that if a story doesn't pull me in almost immediately I either don't finish it or it takes me an exuberant amount of time to get through it. Having grown up through words, depicting stories of some of my favorite characters, it's been disheartening for me to have fallen so far off the wagon.
I've always be a voracious reader. I'm not one to take my time, especially if the story line catches my attention easily. I binge read, book after book, I even used to be able to read multiple at a time. Up until recently however, life and my inability to focus has put reading on the back burner for me.
Two years after the release of their EP Simple Life, their official transition as a country duo, Megan & Liz have re-entered the scene. On March 11th their new EP DEUX dropped and it quickly topped the country charts landing them at #4.
If you have't been following these two, they paved their own way in the music industry, starting out as YouTubers. They posted weekly videos filmed in their Mom's kitchen in their Michigan home, mostly covers while occasionally uploading original songs they wrote themselves. Flash forward a few years and they've released several EP's, grown an incredible fan base via their active use of social media, and, despite their label being dissolved, these two have consistently been at the forefront of their career. They promote their work, they write the lyrics, they interact with the fans and have done so since the very beginning.
It's 2016 and at 22 years old I've seen my fair share of romantic comedies and chick flicks to know they all have one thing in common. There's always one male or female character, no matter the age, that is perpetually single. They're a virgin in every sense of the term: they've never been kissed, never been on a date, they're shy/awkward and the one thing that is constantly on their mind? Their eternal single-dom.
At fourteen she was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Mattie Ross in the award winning film True Grit. She’s more recently known for her role in Pitch Perfect 2 as Emily along with her friendship with the queen of pop, Taylor Swift. Hailee Steinfeld, 18, is now dipping her toes into the world of music. On August 4, 2015 she released her first single Love Myself, an anthem for self-love as well as a song that spiked a lot of speculation. Following the success and chart topping hit, Steinfeld released her first ever EP entitled Haiz on November 13, 2015 with four tracks including: Love Myself, You’re Such A, Rock Bottom, and Hell Nos and Headphones.
In September of 2012, after hearing tons of rave reviews, I finally decided to pick up The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and see what all the hype was about. I have yet to read a novel since then that even comes close to the hard hitting, emotional roller coaster that was the love story between Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. From start to end I was hooked on every word, line and page of that book, It completely captivated me. (For a joint review of the novel click here). With that being said it was crucial, for me, that the movie not disappoint. This novel was one that pulled at my heartstrings from the very first page, so I had high expectations for the film adaptation.
Just Living That Simple Life
If you don't already know these talented, gorgeous twin singing duo then I'd like to introduce you. They're names are Megan (brunette) and Liz and if you aren't already a fan you will be after you listen and buy https://t.co/kliuc5zFcA their new EP "Simple Life." I myself have been a fan for a few years now and believe me when I say their music gets better and better with every new song and relatable lyrics that come with it. They're 21 and originally from Michigain until they moved to Nashville in 2011, then to LA in 2013 and back to Nashville where, for them, it feels more like home.
After having a rough start to the year, not releasing their very first debut album due to the collapse of their label, the twins have rebounded with a bang, A bang that has brought them to the #4 spot on the Country chart on iTunes that is! Their new EP "Simple Life," which was released June 3rd, has personal and honest written all over it. It is clear from these seven brand new songs that the genre of Country music and Megan and Liz were meant to be. I don't think we've ever heard such raw and a clear cut level of talent from them, like this, ever before. I've always known they can sing, and I've always loved their music, but this EP is different.
The image Quentin Jacobsen creates of Margo Roth Spiegelman has affected his perception of her and taught him that imagination is not equivalent to understanding. He manages to create this idea of who he thinks she is. Quentin begins applying this to other aspects of his life so much so that he expects his friends to be other than who they are. He becomes wrapped up in the mystery of Margo and the idea he created of her. It’s not until he comes face to face with her once again that he realizes Margo can’t be wedged down into a simple idea. Only after coming to understand Margo and her story do all the pieces begin to fit. The preconceived notion he created about knowing others, particularly Margo, begins to take a life of its own.
Stories have always been my safe haven. I hope my words can be the same for you.