RST: Music I Listen to While I Read

It’s no secret that I love reading. I think it’s pretty obvious since I run a blog that’s dedicated to books and everything related to it. Most of us have our specific things we do to get comfortable while reading. Some eat snacks, others have a drink nearby and many have music playing in the background.

I don’t always listen to music while I’m reading, it depends on the book and my mood. Oftentimes I forget my iPod at home or my phone’s battery is dead (because I’m one of those people who forgets that a phone needs to be charged in order to stay on). I don’t usually read in public because I don’t like distractions especially if it’s a book I’m really enjoying so I tend to read at home more often than not.

I used to have a reading playlist but I don’t have a specific one anymore. I found a few on 8tracks and I relied on those but I don’t always have internet so that became an unreliable option for me. The one playlist from 8tracks that I do remember was ‘He’s My Cup of Tea’ but I don’t know who made it. I made a note of the songs and I still listen to them when I’m in the mood for a chilled out vibe.

That playlist features songs like:

  • Cold Coffee by Ed Sheeran
  • Amsterdam by Imagine Dragons
  • Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  • Please Don’t Say You Love Me by Gabrielle Aplin

….just to name a few.

As I said, my choice of reading music changes depending on my mood, the book I’m reading and the phases of the sun. It’s very rare that I read without music or any kind of background noise. I can’t read in complete silence because I feel that it’s better when I’m tuning something out. I’m not even listening to the music as I read. At times I miss three songs before I notice that I’ve been lost in the book and I love that feeling. I love knowing that I’m being pulled in and even more so when I don’t realise that it’s happening.

For my current unofficial ‘playlist’ I have:

  • On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men
  • My All by Mariah Carey
  • I Swear by All 4 One
  • Long Distance by Brandy
  • What Makes A Man by Westlife
  • Back At One by Brian McKnight
  • Make You Feel My Love by Adele
  • Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

…of what I can remember.

As you can see I mainly stick to those old school slow jams. I need something that doesn’t have a lot of bass and songs that are familiar so I don’t get pulled in by the song instead of the book.

Sometimes I listen to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack but then I end up focusing on the music and not the story which bugs me a bit. My main reason for needing the background noise (and not a movie because there’s talking) is because I have a short attention span and with music I lose track of time, allowing me to read for longer periods of time and before I know it, the sun is rising and the people in the house are getting up for the new day.

Well, there you have it. Just a quick post going through my connection with music while reading. Hope you guys enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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I’m Taking a Break

As you can see from the title, I’ll be taking a break. I know I just came back from a hiatus that lasted from mid-2016 to the end of the year. I also realise that I just started a new blogging schedule and this break can’t come at a worse time.

Thing is, as important as my blog is to me, I have other important things to focus on as well i.e. my studies and my life.

My blog helps with my mental health but I don’t think this outlet is going to help me when I’m stressing about deadlines and whether or not I’m doing well enough to pass. I have to prioritise, you know.

In saying that, I’m sad to be stepping away but it’s what I need to do if I want to excel in achieving my goals.

Any posts that go up while I’m gone were scheduled beforehand and I don’t think I’ll be scheduling any more for the moment. I won’t be reviewing novels/comic books for the foreseeable future and I’ve already updated my review policy.

Good luck to those currently writing exams and happy reading,

See you when I get back,
Caron xx

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to James over at this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me for this award. I’ve been seeing this one go around and I’ve been waiting for the day I was nominated so thank you, James! To new friends and the epic journey of finding new cool and interesting things. Onward we go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RULES:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (Being kind)
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination (passing the love, that was given)
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice (At least)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)

MY FACTS:

  • I haven’t stepped foot in a library in 10 years.
  • My voice gets high pitched when I’m really excited.
  • I prefer Classic Rock music over other genres
  • I have a fear of heights and flying.
  • I dabble with the piano a bit.
  • I’m 22 and I still have a ‘blanky’ from the time I was 12. It’s Winnie the Pooh themed.
  • I don’t read/watch anything horror related because I believe in ghosts and me being very spiritual, I’m always afraid it’ll attract unwanted spirits.

 

I NOMINATE:

bytheletterbookreviews

Coffeehouse Chatter

BookBum

mychestnutreadingtree

Written Word Worlds

ChocolatePages

The Book Review Cafe

Write Through The Night

The Not So Secret Life of a Fangirl 

Living in Pages

The Book Was Better

adoptabookaus

Rachel Reads Ravenously 

The Book-Filled Day

Cafe Book Bean

 

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Writing: An art or am I just going with the flow?

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

So here’s the thing: anybody can write. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it. Anyone can pick up a pen and write something down. Does that make them a writer? What exactly makes someone a writer? The answer: I don’t know.

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old and I’ve been calling myself a writer since I handed in my first story to my third grade teacher. I got a high mark and lots of praise so I figured since I had the talent, I might as well continue. I moved on to poems but I realised that I don’t understand poems in general, making me not like them so I went back to writing whatever random story popped into my head.

Even though anyone can be a writer, there is a bit of talent behind it. Some skill even. It’s not necessary that whatever someone writes automatically becomes a bestseller but it can happen. I’ve seen people come from out of the blue and rise up like a friggin phoenix and impress so many people with their literary skills. I’m not sure if, at times, luck has anything to do with it.

With writing, what I used to do was have papers strewn all over the place. I’d use my mirror and my cupboard doors and dry-erase boards an jot down any idea that popped in my head. Now I have a specific book for that but it was nice to see my ideas from my head to any available surface. I don’t always think up a full plot before I start a story- that’s also a new thing I’ve been doing. The last NaNo I took part in was 2015 I think, and although I didn’t reach the goal, I did go about it a different way. I had a plot, a music playlist, random scenes thrown out on the page. It was great, and while that story still isn’t complete, I know what I wanted from it.

I don’t write as much as I used to and it saddens me because I’m ‘too busy’ with so many other things that I don’t allow my thoughts to process and let new ideas form. I have a few WIP that I want to get back to because I believe they have potential. There’s one that I’m leaving as is. I’m not interested in writing about that topic anymore so I’m just going to let it stand.

I don’t know where I was supposed to go with this post but this is what I came up with. Thanks for sticking around.

Caron xx

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