Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Songs I Love

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I’ve done a post about audiobooks before, so I decided to go with music this time. I’m going to tell you about Ten Songs I Love. I’ve included a Spotify playlist below if you want to listen to any of them!

  1. Welcome to Your Life – Grouplove
  2. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION
  3. Kitchen Sink – twenty one pilots (it was unbelievably hard to narrow this down to just one of their songs, so listen to all of them)
  4. Let It Go – The Neighbourhood
  5. Where I’m Going – Sir Sly
  6. High – Young Rising Sons
  7. Tell the World – Eric Hutchinson
  8. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor) – Jr. Jr.
  9. Queen of the City – Joshua James
  10. Ease – Troye Sivan

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs that should be books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

This week is all about music & books. We previously did books we’d give theme songs toso feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books (check out my love songs I wish were booksfor an example of what I mean) — Thanks to the couple people who suggested making this one an official topic. I don’t know why I hadn’t…I think I thought my post WAS for TTT in my head when I thought back to it.

Run by AWOLNATION | Spotify Link

Yes. The whole album. I was going to try to pick one song on there, but I think that whole album is a story that would make a perfect book. Just listen to Run or Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) or Headrest for My Soul or Windows. Run would be a book kind of like My Heart & Other Black Holes but more reflective on humans as a whole. I don’t know. I just think it’d make a great book.

Oceandust by Hands Like Houses | Spotify Link

I like a lot of sad music, you guys. But this song could be such a powerful book. Just check out the chorus:

I don’t want to pretend that I’m stronger for it all
I don’t want to pretend that the sadness is gone
‘Cause I wanna know that I’m steady on my feet
I don’t want to pretend so peace will be real to me

Afraid by The Neighbourhood | Spotify Link

I think this could be two different stories. In one, a psychological thriller. He’s afraid someone else is going to be him the next day. And maybe when he wakes up, he is someone else. *shudders* But in the other, it could be a story of a character struggling with their mental health. Literally afraid they are losing themselves.

Kitchen Sink by twenty one pilots | YouTube Link

Remember when I said I like sad music? Yeah. Here’s another. I just really want to know the story behind this one and I think it could make a really wonderful book.

Blue Neighbourhood video trilogy by Troye Sivan

I want this entire video trilogy to be made into a book. If you haven’t listened to these songs or watched these videos, go do it now. You won’t be sorry.

Chocolate by The 1975 | Spotify Link

I think this could turn into a book that comments on drug use amongst teens. But it could also turn into a historical-fiction-esque book with a Bonnie and Clyde kind of feel. Feds chasing them.

I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers | Spotify Link

The lyrics tell the whole story.

Love Like You THEN Breakdown More THEN I Don’t Love U by Eric Hutchinson | Spotify Links 1 // 2 // 3

That’s a story right there. Contemporary YA – fall in love, fall out of love, angry but upbeat ending. This would kind of refreshing to not have the couple get together in the end.

What songs do you wish were books?

SUNDAY FUNDAY (on Monday) – 1,500 Miles

So Sunday Funday is something that the lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week. I only tend to do it on weeks that actually have something really exciting happen. I also tend to do them on Monday instead of Sunday. Oops. But this past week was so ridiculously awesome that I had to write a post about it.

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I took TWO road trips this week. Yeah, I’m pretty much dead, but it was well worth it. On Tuesday, I went to Birmingham, Alabama (a little over 3 hours each way) to go see AWOLNATION for the second time and the first time in the States. I had an incredible time and the show was absolutely amazing. Not that they weren’t already, but this show just solidified in my mind that they are tied for first (with twenty one pilots) as my favorite band. Here are a few pics.

AWOLNATION, Birmingham, AL

Then on Saturday I drove over to Decatur, Georgia (a little over 5 hours) for a little getaway. On Saturday, I had lunch with the absolutely lovely Becky Albertalli (and her ridiculously cute son, Henry) at a place called Thumbs Up Diner. Then we headed to Little Shop of Stories (you’ve probably seen me mention this place about fifty times on the blog – I love it so much), where Becky BOUGHT ME TWO BOOKS. If she wasn’t already one of my favorite people (she was), she made me love her even more with this. I had a fantastic time talking to her about books (my TBR grew even more because she told mem about some awesome books she’s blurbing), the Decatur Book Festival, and so much more. Plus, I got to hold Henry and he’s the sweetest kid.
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For anyone who’s ever asked me about Little Shop of Stories, here’s a few pictures. It’s the cutest place ever!

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After lunch with Becky, I went over to a brewing company in Decatur where I was going to take a tour but when I pulled up no one was there and it was kind of sketchy and I didn’t want to go by myself. I actually think the place was closed because as I was pulling away, two people with the company logo on their shirts pulled up to put a sign on the door. Oh well. So I headed to B&N for a coffee and then went ahead to Little Shop of Stories for the book club. They were discussing The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, who WAS THERE. I’m really glad Vonya (the woman who usually runs the book club) told me about it at Becky’s book launch, because I had a fantastic time. Renee was really nice and I enjoyed the discussion we all had about her book. Plus, she called Sabaa Tahir for Kim (Little Shop’s store manager) because Kim’s pretty much in love with Sabaa. As you can imagine, we had a great time.

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After the book club, a few of us headed down to Colbeh, a Persian restaurant, for dinner. We had some delicious food (Renee pretty much told us what to order!) and some great conversation.

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I can’t even really put into words what an incredible time I had on Saturday. Lunch with Becky and dinner with Renee, Kim, Rachael Allen (author of 17 First Kisses), Ricki Schultz (editor and hopefully soon-to-be author), and MaryAnn Dabski (also a hopeful author). The food was delicious at both places, as was the conversation.

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After dinner, Kim and I went back to Little Shop to get my stuff, and she let me go through their collection of ARCs and take a few. I told you she was awesome. I had a pretty freaking amazing haul, if I do say so myself. LOOK AT WHAT I GOT!!!

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On Sunday, I spent a little time with Kim at her house (she kindly let me stay with her Saturday night) then went to two comic shops in Decatur (Oxford Comics and Criminal Records). I was looking for two specific issues, which I didn’t find, BUT I had a pretty awesome haul anyway!

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Then I drove home. Overall, I drove at least 1,300 miles this week, and that doesn’t include going to work on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So probably about 1,500 miles in a week. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement. I’m one of those people that HAVE to travel to stay sane, but even I’m done with travel for a bit (you know, like a month or so. Haha). In the end, these trips were TOTALLY worth it.

How was your week?

Note-Able: AWOLNATION’S “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)”

Note-able is my very, very irregular post in which I talk about songs, musicians, bands, concerts…in other words, any music that I find special or worthy to be discussed.

Note-Able on Caught Read Handed

I love AWOLNATION. Their album Megalithic Symphony is one of my most played albums. The physical CD is one of the few that is constantly in my car AND on my phone AND my MP3 player. I will play that CD until it’s dead and then I’ll buy another one. I don’t care that I have it on my computer and could just burn another. When I found out yesterday (apparently I’m a little behind) that they were FINALLY releasing a new album in March and had already released a single – Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) – I immediately bought it. I have played it at least thirty times.

I’m so excited to have new music from them. My favorite thing about AWOLNATION is that while they do have a distinct sound, every single one of their songs is different. And incredible. They’re versatile and unique. Plus, Aaron’s vocal range is amazing. Yeah, alright, I’ll tone down the fangirl. I just really appreciate them as a band, and I’m really happy about the new music. I’ve included the music video for “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” below. It’s a fun video so you should definitely check it out.

What do you think? Do you have a song you think is note-able? Link me up in the comments! I love discovering new music.