My Latest Music Obsession

By now, you all should know that music is one of my loves. I love all different types of music. Pretty much the only genre I won’t listen to is rap. I hate, HATE rap.

Recently, I fell in love with Halsey. So many of my blogging buddies were listening to Halsey, so I wanted to give her a shot.

And I LOVE her. Oh my god. If I could marry her, I would. I’ve been listening to her entire Badlands album nearly constantly. I don’t even think I could pick a favorite song.

Actually…

It’s a tossup between Ghost and Is There Somewhere. Or Castle, or Gasoline…

Oh hell, I love the entire fucking album.

It takes a really special artist for me to love the entire album. So way to go Halsey.

My fourteen year old brother and I normally never see eye to eye on music, but even HE loves Halsey. So awesome.

So if you haven’t heard of Halsey, you need to look into her and listen to her music. I swear after one song you’ll be hooked!

Review: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Book Title: Playlist for the Dead
Author: Michelle Falkoff
Published Date:  January 27th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular NowPlaylist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it’s about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
I love music, so I was excited to read this book once I realized that music played a significant part in the story. Unfortunately, even with a kick ass playlist, this book let me down in a big way.

I could tell almost immediately that this book was going to be a letdown for me, and yet I continued to read it. I kept thinking that it would get better, these characters would get more interesting, I would get more invested, but it just never happened and I finished the book feeling like I just wasted my time.

I was expecting this book to be chock full of feels, but it wasn’t. I was expecting to sympathize with Sam, but I didn’t. I was expecting to be blown away by the writing, and I wasn’t. It hate it when that happens

Sam would have been a better character if he had been fleshed out more. I didn’t care enough about him to even pay attention to him. I didn’t care about Astrid, and the mystery of what happened that night and how Hayden came to kill himself was not was compelling as I was hoping it would be.

I really only finished this book because of the music. The writing style was strange and the characters were very poorly developed. I can’t even recommend this book, that’s how disappointed I was in it. It had so much potential and it just didn’t live up to it. I am giving this book 2 stars.

My Music

So I struggled with a topic for this week just like I always seem to do, but then I realized that I had never talked about my other love (outside of reading & outside of my cats) and that is music. I have a very eclectic taste just like I do with my books and what I like to read. I like rock, I like some pop and I looooove country. Like borderline obsessed with it. I’ll do some alternative and I do love me the soundtracks. Especially for movies that I have loved. I absolutely gotta have the soundtrack.

There are some types of music that I cannot stand. Rap is my number on cannot stand music. It’s not even really music to me and most of it is so offensive to women that I can’t even handle it. Of course that happens to be my 13 year old brother’s favorite genre of music and he is allowed to listen to the more offensive stuff at his dad’s which really upsets my mom. Classical makes me think of either elevator music or the music they play when you are on hold on the phone. Jazz, icky, ick. So not my thing. Actually makes me consider sleeping whenever I hear it.

I thought about putting some video clips of my favorite songs in this post, but I didn’t want to slow down the blog for anyone. That’s a pet peeve of mine so why would I do that to someone else?

I’m really on a country kick right now, even more than usual. My top country artists include Reba McEntire (she’s my all time favorite) Taylor Swift (yes I know she’s kinda Country/Pop but I love her) and Carrie Underwood, oh and Lady Antebellum, love them. Of course I cannot forget the men Garth Brooks, Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn & Vince Gill.Blake Shelton is okayish. Luke Bryan is fun & attractive to look at, but I’m not sold on his music.

So what are your favorite types of music and who are your favorite music artists?