Hobby Corner: November MUSIC Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Hobby Corner, a monthly edition I introduced to talk about my hobbies and interests other than reading. It’s always important to not forget these things, so here I am to talk about some of mine.

This month’s topic: music!

Everyone listens to music in some form or another, so I think we can all relate to this one in some way. I’ve listened to all kinds of music and my tastes have changed over the years, but I’m always keen on listening to pop music of many kinds. But not only do I enjoy pop music, I also enjoy musicals, K-pop, J-pop, instrumental, electronic, dance. Pretty much anything with an uplifting or cool beat I like.

So today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite music! Each is in it’s own classification, so here we go:

Owl City

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Owl City has been my favorite artist for several years now. I love the albums he puts out and I find them to be so fun and easy to get into. My favorite album is Ocean Eyes as it has some of my favorite songs like Vanilla Twilight, Fireflies, and Tidal Wave. Really, the whole album is amazing, but those are a few of my favorites. I’d classify him as electronic pop and I really suggest giving a listen!

Hamilton

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Is anyone surprised this is here? Anyone? I didn’t think so. I am OBSESSED with this music and I really, REALLY want to see the musical. It’s amazing and I love how it tells some of the history behind America, of course with a little tweaks here and there. It’s crazy. I listen to this soundtrack on a weekly basis, if not daily, and I’ve memorized a lot of the words to most of the first act, and a few parts of songs in the second. It’s amazing and my top favorite song is My Shot, but I also love Right Hand Man, Satisfied, and Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down). Just watch this performance and tell me you don’t want to see it live:

Lindsey Stirling

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Lindsey’s been around for a while. She’s even performed on America’s Got Talent – and then they didn’t think she’d go far with her violin playing and dance moves after a while. Oh how wrong! Her music is uplifting, powerful, they tell a story, and they’re so fun. Shatter Me is probably my favorite album of hers that’s out and I love songs like Shatter Me, Roundtable Rival, and Heist. Definitely check her out because it’s so good!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who are some of your favorite bands/artists? What genres do you listen to? Got any recommendations of your favorites? Let me know!

Hamilton Book Tag

hamiltonposterYou have no idea how excited I am to do this tag. Once Hamilton was introduced to me, I was hooked. And it’s only been about a week, but it hit me pretty hard.

For those that live under a rock, Hamilton is a Broadway musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. Now, that may sound boring, BUT IT’S NOT. The music is a mix of hip-hop/rap/pop, the lyrics are easy to understand (mostly), the way the songs are sung are glorious, and you get to learn a little bit of history through it! It’s glorious. Go buy it and listen to it.

This tag was originally created by Maureen Keavy and there are 10 questions and then 6 bonus questions, so let’s get on to the tag!

1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

I’d want to be in either the Throne of Glass world OR the A Court of Mist and Fury world. I mean… I want to be with my favorite characters, and these places have magic, so either I’d want to be where the magic is or be a faerie. Either way will be enough for me.
2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

I think that Pauline from the Remnant Chroicles by Mary E. Peason is underrated because she goes through a lot not only to protect her princess and best friend, but she had a secret that she held for months before it couldn’t be a secret any more. And though she doesn’t want to cause confrontation or anything, she knows right from wrong and she knows when things do need to be said. I think she’s just a very smart young lady with a great heart.
3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Have you heard of Richard Gansey III? That boy is one determined little bugger and boy, he won’t stop at anything until he’s found Glendower. It’s quite amazing just how determined he is. (P.S. This is my favorite song from the play.)
4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warn for spoilers!]

SPOILER: If you want to know my sorrow for who I wish was still alive, highlight after the colon: Rahim from The Rose and the Dagger. MY HEART. SO SAD. I almost CRIED.
5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warn for spoilers!]

I’m honestly having trouble thinking of one. I mean… I’ve read plenty of books where couples break up due to some stupid reason or good reasons or whatever reason, but they more often than not end up back together, so….
6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

The first villain that comes to mind is Valentine from The Mortal Instruments series. I think he’s pretty sassy sometimes, but often more serious than not.
7. The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warn for spoilers!]

SPOILER: All of the next couple of sentences will be in white font, so highlight if you want to see the twist: CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT ACOMAF AND THE TWIST AT THE END. I mean, WHAT THE ACTUAL F**K TAMLIN. SO UNCOOL.
8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned

The Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. So addicting. So much sex. So much drama. So goooooood.
9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard was an awesome book told from four points of view: Safiya, Iseult, Aeduan, and Merik. My favorite characters were Iseult and Aeduan, and oh man, so much is going to go down. Yaaaasssss.
10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Honestly, I think that Harry Potter will forever be remembered. It’s such a huge part of people’s lives when they were kids – or adults – and I think that it’ll just be passed down for a while to come.

Bonus Questions

1. Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

Blue and Gansey. My babies. I love them so much. Also Vhalla and Aldrick because, let’s be serious, they’re an amazing couple. Literal power couple. And there’s plenty more I could list, but some of them I didn’t really see as a couple until the second book, so…
2. Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

Let’s just talk about Manon and Aelin’s fight, shall we? Manon always kicks ass, and the whole scene was just intense. INTENSE. Oh man, I want to reread that scene again just because it was awesome.
3. Say No To This: Guilty pleasure read

I’m pretty sure the Off Campus series definitely qualifies as a guilty pleasure. *fans self*
4. What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

I want to forever read about the Raven Boys. There’s just so much more adventure to be had!
5. Right Hand Man – Favorite BROTP

Karou and Zuzana 5ever. They are friendship goals, oh man.
6. What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

Harry Potter. I didn’t start reading the books until I was 20, and I still haven’t finished the series five years later. There’s just soooo much hype around them, and now that I’m on the fourth book, they just keep getting bigger and bigger. There’s so much pressure, man!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Have you seen/listened to Hamilton? What’s your favorite song? Who do you think is the sassiest villain? Also, what book or series were you late to reading compared to a lot of other people?