2017 Favorites | Songs & Music Videos

I thought I’d try something different today. As you know, this is a book blog. But I’ve also used this platform to talk about my favorite TV shows and movies before. Today, I want to talk about something I’ve been neglecting for years: music. So let’s take a look at some of my favorite songs and music videos of the year!

2017 was the year I fell into the K-Pop black hole. It’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to for months, so expect quite a lot of this list to be K-pop… 

ALEX & SIERRA – YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

These two have made this famous song into such a slow and hauntingly beautiful one! It’s astonishing to think this is the same song as in ‘Grease’. They’re so talented. 

ARTY FT. ERIC NAM – IDEA OF YOU

Eric Nam is a Korean-American singer, and I’m such a fan. I’ve had several of his songs on repeat during 2017 but this remains one of my absolute favorites. The entire song is in English, by the way.

BTS – BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS

This was the first BTS song I fell in love with, and started my love for K-pop. I discovered this at the same time as I did ‘Not Today’. While I do love their new album (especially Go Go) and older stuff too, there’s just something about this one that makes it my favorite.

EXO – THE EVE

I think The Eve might be my favorite EXO song to date. I love many of their songs, but there’s just something about this one in particular that calls to me. I’ve included the dance practice video here because this one doesn’t actually have an MV. Plus, the dance practice is excellent.

HKEEM & TEMUR – FY FAEN

I discovered this because it was featured in an episode of Skam! I don’t speak Norwegian at all,  but I’m fairly certain fy faen means ‘holy fuck’ or ‘damn’ or something along those lines? Anyway, it’s a great song. 

JEAN-BAPTISTE MAUNIER – JE REVIENS

I’ve loved this song for a while. I think I’ve been listening to it since it was released in 2015? I’m still not tired of it. He’s a genius. 

LUIS FONSI FT. DADDY YANKEE – DESPACITO

I couldn’t leave this off the list, now could I? This is just such a wonderful song, and it never fails to make me smile. Also, no, I didn’t listen to the Justin Bieber version. Fuck that. The original version is just so much better.

MONSTA X – BEAUTIFUL

I adore this song, and I ADORE the music video. They’re all just so talented and beautiful…

OUR LAST NIGHT – SHAPE OF YOU

This is a rock cover of Shape of You (originally by Ed Sheeran) by Our Last Night. This was my introduction to Our Last Night, and I’m so glad I found them. I’ve come to love many of their songs!

SEVENTEEN – DON’T WANNA CRY

SO MUCH TALENT IN ONE GROUP. Also, so many people. I love every single person in this group, though. 


That’s it. Some of my favorite songs of 2017!
I could’ve made this into an impossibly long list but I tried to contain myself.
Have you listened to any of these songs? What did you listen to in 2017?

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2017 Favorites | Songs & Music Videos

My Worst Reads of 2017

It’s time for the most negative post of the year: my least favorite reads of 2017. I’ll say it now, before I get some hate: these are MY least favorite reads of 2017. That doesn’t mean that you can’t love the book. If you did read one of these and loved it, that’s great! I didn’t though. And that’s okay! Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right? Let’s get into it.

THE I-TRULY-HATED-THIS-BOOK ONES

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne // Don’t even get me started on this one. I waited quite a while before picking this one up, because I’d seen such mixed reviews. I was in such a happy-Harry-Potter-mood though in the first half of the year, that I decided to give it a go. And it promptly ruined my mood and made me incredibly angry. Inge can attest to that, she witnessed my rants. I even made a video on why I didn’t like this one at all, if you want to hear my unstructured and ranty thoughts. Yeah, 1 star – a rating I don’t give often. 

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // This one took me by surprise. And not in a positive way… I buddy read this one during the Tome Topple readathon, and was so excited about it! It had been on my shelf for ages, and then I could finally watch the movie too. After finishing this, I will never watch the movie. I’ve already put my copy in the pile of books to be unhauled because I don’t want to be reminded of this trash ever again. It was sexist, creepy, weird, and incredibly offensive on many levels. I don’t understand how this has become so popular, and why no one (or at least not that I knew of) talks about the problematic aspects of this one. Again, I did a ranty video on it if you want to hear my thoughts and specific examples. 2 stars – doesn’t actually deserve the second one.

THE NOT-TERRIBLE-BUT-DISAPPOINTING ONES

The Girls by Emma Cline // This wasn’t a bad book, don’t get me wrong. I gave it three stars, which is my rating for ‘it wasn’t bad, but I didn’t really like it either’. My issue with this book is that I expected it to be about a girl who got involved in a cult, but in reality the cult isn’t the main part of the story. I also felt highly uncomfortable with how sexualized the main character is made to be when she’s only like 13. I understand this may have been the reality during this time, but I still hated it. 

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // One of my two DNFs this year… I was really looking forward to this because this is a well loved book. I decided to put it down because the writing style just wasn’t for me. I felt really detached from the story and characters, which made it less enjoyable to me. I can see why people love it, but it just didn’t work for me. 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // This one kind of broke my heart. I DNFed one of my most anticipated reads. I didn’t stop reading because I had any issues with the story, I didn’t get far enough into it for that. I quit reading because the writing style really wasn’t working for me. The short, choppy sentences made me feel detached and took me out of the story.


That was it! 5 disappointing reads in 2017. That’s not too bad, right?
I general, I’m lucky to like most of the books I read.
Which books let you down recently? Have you read any of these?

My Worst Reads of 2017

The Year of Re-reading | Notes on my re-reads of 2017

It’s almost time for me to show you my list of favorite reads of 2017. I know that it was a Top Ten Tuesday post already, but I didn’t feel like I could write my post already. I know the year is almost over and it’s highly unlikely I will finish a lot more books before it is. But I don’t want to risk it! What if I find an amazing book on December 30th and can’t put it in my list anymore? 

Anyway, while I was looking through the books I read this year for my list, I realized that I’ve re-read a lot of books this year. I’ve always loved re-reading for many reasons. I get to return to a world I love, and revisit characters that I adore. I might notice little plot things I overlooked the first time -or foreshadowing that I just missed altogether. Sometimes I also re-read books to see whether I still love them, years later. So today, I want to take a look at all the books I re-read in 2017!

The Others by Anne Bishop

Books: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked in Flesh
How do I feel about it? Still one of my all-time favorites

I re-read the first 4 books in The Others series by Anne Bishop at the end of January. Why? In March, the 5th book would be released and I wanted to make sure the previous events in the series would be fresh in my mind. This happens to be one of my all-time favorite fantasy series. I think I’ve read the first book about 4 times now, and I only discovered it in 2013.



The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Books: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
How do I feel about it? Loved the first book a bit less, still adore the series overall

This is one of the series that really got me hooked on fantasy in my early teens. I wanted to see what I would think of it as an adult, having read a lot more fantasy. I immediately noticed a difference with the first book. The writing style felt a bit choppy, because Paolini used a lot of really short sentences. He was so young when he wrote this, and I do think it shows. Still, I really loved it -and you can see him grow as an author throughout the series.



Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Books: Postmortem, Body of Evidence
How do I feel about it? Enjoyed it a lot less than I remember, the crime and scientific aspects are great but the sexism and racism really made me uncomfortable

I remember really enjoying this series as a teenager, so I was dying to re-read them when my mom received the entire series as a gift from someone. I decided to start with the first books, even though they are quite old (which can make an impact on the story when it’s a crime novel that relies on science, in my opinion). To my surprise, I still loved the crime and scientific aspects of the story. But I didn’t like the racist and sexist comment Marino gave, and think the main character Kay should address them instead of just feeling superior to the rest. I will probably re-read the rest of the series at some point, but I’m in no hurry.



Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Books: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows
How do I feel about it? It’s still one of my favorites! Why don’t I hear her books mentioned more often?

I started reading this series when I was a teenager (maybe like 14 or 15?) but I never continued after the second book. I have no idea why because I remember absolutely loving them. I saw them at my local library this year, so I decided to re-read the first two and then continue. I have re-read the first two, but still haven’t continued… These books are absolutely amazing. They’re set in Ireland, and the atmosphere of these is just mind-blowing. I also love the main characters, and how Juliet Marillier addresses some serious topics like rape and its after effects in a thought provoking way.



Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Books: The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of The Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince
How do I feel about it? No explanation necessary, I think. They feel like home.

I decided to re-read these because I needed to wash away the foul taste The Cursed Child left in my mouth. I mean, I always re-read at least one Harry Potter book every year. And this year, I had discovered HP fan fiction. I was all in the wolfstar (Remus/Sirius) feels thanks to fan fiction, when I decided to read The Cursed Child. It then made me so mad that I had to try and re-read all the books to wash away my anger and disappointment. Maybe I’ll re-read The Deathly Hallows during Christmas!



The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

the song of achilles

Book: The Song of Achilles
How do I feel about it? Still one of my all-time favorites, still crushed me emotionally

I read this one for the first time in the beginning of 2015, almost 3 years ago! I rave about this one all the time on my blog, so I decided I needed to re-read it to know whether I’d still love it just as much, 3 years later. And I do. This time I had my own hard copy, and used it to my advantage by tabbing all my favorite passages, quotes and moments. Needless to say, I used a lot of sticky tabs. 



Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

the gray wolf throne

Book: The Gray Wolf Throne
How do I feel about it? Quite enjoyed it -but I do think it’s a filler book

This is a special case. I actually only started this series in 2017! I read book 1, 2 and 3 in the first half of the year and decided it was time to read the 4th and final one last month. Only problem? Because I had gotten so addicted to the books in the beginning and absolutely sped through them, I couldn’t remember many details from the third book. So I re-read it before continuing on to the final one. I actually read this one for the first time this year, and re-read it only a few months later!



Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

theft of swords

Book: Theft of Swords
How do I feel about it? Currently re-reading, still enjoying it

Finally, my current re-read! I am re-reading Theft of Swords as I’m writing this. I discovered this series in the beginning of 2015 so again: almost 3 years ago! I absolutely adore Royce and Hadrian, the main characters of the series, and have recently read the fourth book in the Chronicles series (prequel series), The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. It reminded me of my love for these two, so I decided it was time for a re-read. I might finish this before 2017 ends and continue with the sequels, but I can’t predict that right now.


How do you feel about re-reading? Do you like it, or not? Have you re-read anything this year?

I personally really enjoy re-reading. I know I could spend that time discovering a new favorite instead. But there is just something so comforting about returning to a favorite place or characters! Sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.

The Year of Re-reading | Notes on my re-reads of 2017

What Have I Been Up to Lately?

Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, typing away. I know you’ve seen some Top Ten Tuesday posts appear in the past few weeks. Thank the universe for scheduling, right? Otherwise it would have been complete radio silence. 

I haven’t been posting lately. Whether on my blog or my YouTube channel, I just haven’t found the time or motivation. I could come up with a 1000 excuses. And I do still feel like I need to apologize to you for my absence. To be honest, I know I shouldn’t. This blog, and my channel, are a hobby of mine. I love reading. I love talking about the books I’ve read. I love reading your blog posts and leaving comments. My love for the bookish community has never faded. But I just don’t have much time right now. So here’s what’s been going on in my life lately. 

I’m still working. No surprise there, right? I’m finding it harder than I thought I would to combine a full-time job with reading, blogging, and every other hobby.

I’m excited again about working out. I know, that doesn’t happen often. I usually have to force myself to work out. But in the beginning of September, I participated in a 6K run in support of Think Pink with my colleagues. And to prepare somewhat for that run, I decided to go back to the gym. I’ve discovered that I really, really enjoy weight training. I love the machines, I love pushing until the last rep and seeing how much weight I can challenge myself to push. I haven’t found to courage to start with barbell workouts yet, but I’m hoping I will in the near future. 

I’m excited again about cooking some new, healthy veggie/vegan meals. I want to invest time back into my food, so I start eating a bit healthier. 

I’ve fallen down the KPOP rabbit hole. Yup. It started with BTS, now I’m just all over the place. I’m listening to music, watching music videos and dance practices and random videos of the group members. You’ve sucked me in. 

I started watching Descendants of the Sun. I want to get back into TV shows, and this one looked like a lot of fun! I’ve watched 10 of the 16 episodes so far (I think) and I absolutely love it. 

I turned 23. 

My blog turned 3.

I went on a trip to Naples, Italy. It was wonderful -and sunny!

I’m exhausted. I know, not a fun item, right? But it’s true. I’ve been feeling so exhausted lately. Sleeping 9 hours a night and still being tired. 

That’s what’s been going on in my life lately! I do apologize for my lack of comments on your posts. I just haven’t had the time. I am not abandoning my blog, don’t worry. But I won’t be able to post as much as I used to either. I hope you’ll bear with me.

What Have I Been Up to Lately?

In Which I Apologize for Being a Terrible Blogger

I have been a terrible blogger the past few months. I took a month-long hiatus a while back, and then decided to pick my blogging back up. That went fine during the month of June. Since July has started though, I’ve been slacking. I’ve barely posted anything, aside from Top 5 Wednesdays and my weekly wrap ups. And I’m sorry. 

I do want to keep my blog going. And I want to create amazing content for you guys, and review the books I’ve been reading. I think half of the books I’ve read this year, I haven’t reviewed yet… 

I haven’t been feeling my best lately. I just don’t quite feel like myself at the moment, and can’t bring myself to write anything. I also haven’t read a single book this week. I’ve read tons of fan fiction though. What I’m trying to say here is: I’m sorry for not being present here. I’m sorry for not reviewing any of the books I’ve read, or writing any posts. 

I can’t write posts that I’m not 100% behind. And so I’ll have to cut back on writing posts and making videos until I’m feeling up to it. Or until I’m reading anything, for that matter. 

I hope you’ll all understand! 

In Which I Apologize for Being a Terrible Blogger

5 of My Favorite Minor Characters

This was actually a Top 5 Wednesday topic last month. But since I was on hiatus during the month of May, I never really got to participate in this topic. I thought it was pretty fun, so here I am a month later with my 5 favorite minor characters. Minor characters are not the same as side characters: side characters still play a bigger role in a story than minor characters do.

Galadriel // The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // I am forever bitter about Galadriel. I feel like she wasn’t included nearly enough in The Lord of the Rings itself -probably because she was a woman… I haven’t read the Silmarillion, and I hope she plays a bigger role there. She’s just amazing.

Nyx // Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop // I didn’t know whether Nyx counted as a minor character, because this series basically consists of only main and side characters. Everyone gets a voice in it, which is why it’s so vivid. Nyx is a vampire, and she dresses in black velvet. Just because she thinks the stereotypes are hilarious -and because she wants her prey to know what’s coming for them…

Nightblood // Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // Nightblood is a sword. A sword with a desire to kill and maim. And it’s so hilarious, I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. 

Nymeria // A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R.R. Martin // Nymeria is Arya’s direwolf. And I love her.

Seamus Finnegan // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // I am intrigued by Seamus, really. Aside from his ability to explode anything, he also had some character growth in The Order of the Phoenix. From barely being allowed to go to Hogwarts to fighting with the DA.

5 of My Favorite Minor Characters