The Mystery Blogger Award

The amazing Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads nominated me for this award! Thank you! This is all very exciting as this is the first one I’ve ever been nominated for! So, here we go!The Mystery Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Display award logo
  • List the rules
  • Thank the person that nominated you!
  • Mention and link the award creator: Okoto Enigma
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice

 

Three Things About Myself

  1. I’m a huge fan of pop music. A lot of people seem quite in shock that a straight male loves pop music, and that’s a stereo type I would really like to break. Why does music have to have gender associated with it? Lorde and Taylor Swift are my two favorites, and I feel so lucky that I get to see both of them live this year!
  2. I’m writing this post from Arizona. While I live about 1,000 miles East of this place, I’m currently visiting Arizona because that is where most of my family lives! Cool to see wild cactuses.
  3. The word “semantics” bothers me. And now it’s forever going to plastered on my blog.

Five Questions from Velvet Spades:

  • What is that one book you own that you would NEVER lend out to anyone for fear that you might never get it back? (Either due to nostalgia or because you love the book too much to let it go)
    • I would probably say my copy of The Catcher in the Rye. The book means so much to me that it would take a very special person to fork my copy away from me. I read that book for the first time in 8th grade and then re-read it my senior year and found it still held its value to me. It’s just a book I keep coming back to. I just feel it takes what being young is to such an extreme that anyone can relate to it in some way. And while people who read it either love it or hate it, if you haven’t read it yet, I strongly recommend that you do.
  • Would you rather go into the past and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great-great grandchildren?
    • Definitely the past to meet my ancestors. I don’t think I would want to know where I end up. I want it to be a surprise.
  • If you could go on a two week vacation tomorrow (& of course money is not an issue) where would you go?
    • Europe – just travel everywhere in there. Would love to. Taste all of the wine, chocolate and cheese.
  • If you were given a lifetime supply of anything in the world, what would you choose?
    • Front row concert tickets. Yes. That would be quiet nice and save me a lot of money. (Tbh honest, I’ve yet to actually buy front row, only GA and waiting a long time to get to the front haha).
  • Good news or bad news first?
    • Bad, that way the good news can (hopefully) make everything better.

 

My Five Questions:

  1. Who is one person you would freak out if you met in real life?
  2. Front of the plane or back of the plane?
  3. What’s the first song that comes up when you hit shuffle on your favorite playlist?
  4. What book would you recommend for “non readers”? Why?
  5. If you had to write the ultimate fan fiction, which five characters would you choose to include in it?

Nominations:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Bentley @ Book Bastian

Erin @ Undercover Binge Reader

Reaghan @ thats so reaghan

Heidi @ bookloverblogs.com 

 

I’m excited to see all of your answers!

Best,

Daniel

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STICKY NOTES by Indy Yelich (Review)

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I don’t think it’s a huge secret around anyone who knows me that I have a huge, huge, huge respect for this family in general, as Ella (Lorde), is the person who pretty much helped me discover that there are people out there just like me, going through the exact same experiences. So, both her and her sister, the author of this book, Indy, I have been following on social media since around 2015. Basically, this family is a powerhouse of talent and creativity. However, I will not let any bias sway me in my thoughts towards this poetry book, so please keep that in mind.

I feel it’s only appropriate to give a bio of the author and then the description of the poetry book, in general.

Bio: Indy Yelich is a 19 year-old young writer living in a world of lights and loudness, hopping between LA and NYC (recently settling in NYC), who is the sister of the famed, young icon Lorde, and the daughter of accomplished, New Zealand poet Sonja Yelich. Indy likes M&M’s and writing sticky-note reminders to herself.

Description: sticky notes is the debut poetry collection from rising poet Indy Yelich, separated into to two section LA and NY. The poems in this collection tackle everything from heartbreak, to city life, to being “the sister”.

Basic Thoughts:

I had been aware that this was coming out for quit awhile, and was honestly half super excited, half nervous. The “half-nervous” part comes from the fact that, while it’s really unfair to compare Indy to anything but herself, I feel the world had a lot of pressure placed on her leading up to the work; she had a lot to live up to. While I understand that this stigma of being “the sister” or “the daughter” is something she wants to separate from and, as a student, is something that I try to not base my opinions on, it is an issue that is there and may be ignored by me, but won’t be ignored by some.

Before getting deeply into this, let me say I deeply commend Indy for taking that step and putting herself out there – stepping away from the stigmas that come with being the sister and daughter of people that already have such a huge reputation.

NOW, getting into the poetry itself…

It’s good. It’s actually quite good. But, just like anything, there are pros and cons.  Let’s get into it.

Pros:

  • Very easy reading; great for people unfamiliar with reading poetry
  • Very emotional and the author was able to get the point across easily
  • I think the book covers a very wide spectrum of things, which I found nice (i.e. they didn’t all harp on heartbreak, etc.)
  • Reading this made me feel really “in-touch” with the author; it was a very intimate experience
  • Extremely relatable to youth, in general

Cons

  • Some adjectives got in my way
  • I thought the content lists were poems

Overview

I marked the hell out of this one. Not with corrections, no, but just because I felt like it.

Starting with one of the pros, I felt like this book is, and is going to be, very easily accessible to people who aren’t that familiar with poetry already. All of the poetry is free verse, so you won’t see many rhyming patterns in it or anything, which I think helps it convey the emotions it wants to get through a lot easier without any of the cheese. I felt that, a lot of the time, the message Indy was trying to get across to the reader was usually pretty easy to get within the first read or two.

I feel this book does show a very wide variety of raw emotions and feelings that are easily accessible to youth (and older people reminiscing about youth), but also looking at many things from different perspectives. I felt that I was really digging into Yelich’s mind at some points.

I do have to say that I thought the two content pages in the beginning were actually poems because I’m…I don’t know. But, I’m quiet embarrassed by that, but I think Yelich should be proud that she managed to make poem titles that strung together in such a way that I thought them poems haha.

One point of contingency for me was that sometimes I felt some of the adjectives were a little over-used and could have been taken out and still had same effect on the reader, but I feel that is just any pattern you see with younger poets (including myself), so it’s nothing to really ACTUALLY fuss about, but I did have to mention it.

While the book is filled with a couple of Rupi Kaur type poems – really short, if we’re being basic about it – the majority of the book is filled with nice, full poems that make you swoon at some points (my favorites being “thievery” and “hero”, both from the LA side of the book). I feel that Indy is very in-touch with her emotions and knows how to convey that to the audience – managing to do so in her first collection

FINAL RATING: 4 out 5

Final Thoughts

Overall, I felt that this was most definitely strong first publication from Indy.

I felt all of the content were things highly relatable to my life, especially as a new adult.   This book, from what I can see, has managed to get youth reading and get people actually excited about poetry, which is one thing that is so magical about this work. I feel like Indy has a lot more to say, and I’m excited to see it.

Indy is on her way to honing her poetic voice down to a tee, and this is an amazing start to that. I’m excited to see were her career grow.

But, for now, I think she’s definitely managed to separate herself from the title of “the sister”.

Best,

Daniel xx

Buy the book here.


I did a really cool interview with a local poet that you can check out here!

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES: Week 2 (Jan. 26, 2018)

So comes the second week of my Friday favorites! Just to note, I will be slightly changing the criteria for the “internet thing” (stated below), and I will also have a few announcements at the end of this post!

This list will consist of my weekly favorite:

  • Physical Thing
  • Non-Physical Thing (This can include but is not limited to anything from Movies, Videos or Online Articles)
  • Song

 

FAVORITE PHYSICAL THING

Vital Farms Eggs

Purchase at your local Publix or Whole Foods from $6 – $8

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I’m sure you’ve noticed my note for my roommates to keep their hands off of my eggs…yes I actually have to write a note for them not to use something that’s not their’s… Am I being an a**hole or just using common sense? We’ll never know.

I know what you’re thinking: SEVEN DOLLARS FOR A DOZEN EGGS HELLLLLL NO!!!!

Well, let me just say that that is exactly what I thought when I purchased these on the recommendation of a coworker describing how darkly orange the yolks were. Even with my doubts, I still decided to take the leap and just buy them because of the deep desire to see this dark orange yolk.

While in college, I have recently started the habit of trying to get up every morning and make myself something more substantial than cereal in the morning, and I have found that, because of this, the couple of hours after waking up are not only much more enjoyable, but give me some purpose in the morning other than eating cereal in my pajamas. And, while cracking these eggs (pasture raised, brown shell, and just as orange-yolky as described), I honestly felt a little better towards myself.

While I don’t think purchasing non-organic or pasture raised things makes you a bad person by any means (as many of the things I currently buy are neither of those things), deciding to purchase pasture-raised or organic foods is more of a life choice you make as a human being.

I quite like these eggs, and I think I’ll continue to purchase them as they give me the extra boost in the morning of “If you don’t do anything else right today, Daniel, at least you know your eggs are coming from a good place.”

And as stated above, I quite like that.

 

FAVORITE NON-PHYSICAL THING

Lorde’s Vogue Australia Video

Watch it here.

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As you may or may not know, I am huge fan and supporter of the artist Lorde. I recently stumbled upon the video she did when she was on the cover of the October 2017 issue of Vogue Australia, and it just really brightened my day.

It’s 1 minute long, and I highly suggest you give it a watch.

 

FAVORITE SONG

“Words Fail” – Dear Even Hansen

Listen to it here.

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While the musical is not under-rated, I feel, as a song, “Words Fail” is. The song manages to completely sum-up the entirety of the musical soundtrack, and I think it’s one of my favorite songs from any musical.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

This very well may be my only post this week, and while I would like to have posted more, unfortunately school can get in the way of that in terms of reading and writing. However, I will always try to post at least once a week, even if it’s just my Friday Favorites.

I will not put a schedule on book reviews, as it varies on how fast I can read some books, and I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, as this is supposed to be something fun for me to do, not add to my stress.

That being said, I will, more than likely, have a new book review up in the near future – more than likely next week.

Also, I have had a project in the works that I am so excited to be sharing with you! While the timeline on when that will be up is unclear, it is definitely in the near future!

Anyway, those are just a few announcements about the future of this blog.

Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoyed my Friday Favorites, if not, keep in mind that these are just the honest opinions of an English Major.

Best,

Daniel xx