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// “who cares if we are under thunder showers” // a rainy day playlist.

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I remember making one of these years back, but for the most part my tastes have altered somewhat AND new music has been released over the years. So here’s a new one.

(Link to 8tracks playlist below)

  1. Sick of Losing Soulmates – dodie. : The chorus especially always reminds me of a rainy weather.
  2. The Night We Met – Lord Huron : PERFECT for rainy evenings. 
  3. All I want – Kodaline : Ever since this song was released, it has been linked to rain, and with good reason.
  4. Heavy Weather – Billie Marten : Heard this one a few months back and I loved it. “The rain is ours, and we are lovers of / Heavy weather.”
  5. Cherry Wine – Hozier : I’ll make a playlist without a Hozier song? Not happening.
  6. Shiver – Coldplay (or better, the cover by Floriane Hu) : I like the cover more tbh, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlirYOKtkvw
  7. For Emma – Bon Iver : Listen, if you haven’t heard this song yet, you need to. Just close your eyes and listen to it.
  8. Half A Heart – One Direction – The single One Direction song I still love.
  9. Fearless – Taylor Swift : “There’s something ’bout the way the street looks when it’s just rained”. Queue the nostalgia.
  10. fallingforyou – The 1975 : The ambience is very rainy.
  11. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt : The tune reminds me of the sun coming after a drizzle, but the lyrics remind me of pouring rain.

https://8tracks.com/mixes/6368919/player_v3_universal

// who cares if we are under thunder showers // a rainy day playlist from Sripurna on 8tracks Radio.

 

~ Sreepurna.

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Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? – Holly Bourne : Book review

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Summary:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

Book Review:

Rating: 4 stars /5

Thank you UsborneYA for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a bold and honest book. I was a little unsure before going into it, because while I had heard a lot about Holly Bourne’s books, I had never read them before. Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? ended up being a book I enjoyed a lot. As is clear from the message it is trying to spread, #KindnessIsContagious, Bourne’s YA novel deals with the important issue of how society as a whole affects the mental health of a particular individual. The writing is very concise but effective. Olive is a difficult protagonist to “relate with” or even at times have a liking for, but I could feel her moods changing in the way the author changes the tone of her voice. I was also surprised by how much I liked almost every character, especially the Camp Reset group. Special mentions to Sophie (whom I could understand best), Lewis (who was the sweetest and the most precious thing ever), and Jamie (who looks like everything I detest but ended up making me want to give him a hug. He is also refreshingly realistic, in a way that I can’t explain further without giving spoilers).

While the novel is mostly fast-paced, at around the 75% mark I started waiting for the inevitable, and it got sort of tiring. I am not sure if it was only me, and I am not even sure of the reason, but there were parts when things got really overwhelming, especially with some of Olive’s internal thought processes. Parts of it made me feel low in a way that goes beyond the usual sadness you feel from reading something sad. I have a feeling that this book should come with some trigger warnings, but I can’t really put my finger on what exactly they should be for? There were just some parts when I had to close the book and tell myself to breathe. Anyway, Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? also does a great job in exploring the topic of mental health, and, in the process, showing how abstract and complex the topic can be.

The best part about the novel is how purposeful it is. The message is strong and beautiful, and the book itself is like a movement. I love how Holly Bourne sort of employs these characters and pages to spread a message beyond the fictional world. It’s been a while since I read a YA book that had such a clear and obvious point to its existence. I cannot not recommend such a book that wants to spread the virus of kindness, and while it’s slightly long and not perfectly flawless, it’s a book that I would want everyone to read. You can’t go wrong in trying to spread kindness.

XO

– Sreepurna.

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“and then the sun came crashing in” // summer playlist + reading list

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Playlist:

All the songs that remind me of summer. (Scroll down for 8tracks link).

  1. Riptide – Vance Joy
  2. Sand in my shoes – Dido
  3. Rhythm of love – Plain White T’s
  4. Waves – Dean Lewis
  5. Someone New – Hozier
  6. Brighter Than The Sun – Colbie Caillat
  7. Some Nights – Fun
  8. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  9. Wake Me Up – Avicii
  10. Rude – Magic!
  11. Lush Life – Zara Larsson
  12. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  13. Happy – Pharell Williams

Bonus songs: Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles, Barcelona – Ed Sheeran

Here’s this same playlist on 8tracks –

http://8tracks.com/mixes/8733661/player_v3_universal

“and then the sun came crashing in” // summer playlist from Sripurna on 8tracks Radio.

 

Reading List:

Summer mainly feels like YA contemporary novels, but I’ve tried to incorporate some other books as well.

  1. Summer series by Jenny Han – I am not a fan of this series personally, but I don’t think you can exclude this one from a “summer reads list”.
  2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – Henrietta always feels like summer.
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Not summer-y in a cheerful sort of way, but more like in a dark way.
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Self explanatory
  5. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – Of all of Shakespeare’s plays, this one is particularly summer-y.
  6. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah – I remember reading this one summer years ago.
  7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I call these books “quality YA”. It had one of my favourite books of all time. And basically all of Matson’s books are very summer-y.
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Essentially gives off summer vibes.
  9. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson – Have you seen the name of this book??
  10. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins – I haven’t read this one, but it is necessarily a collection of twelve short stories in summer.

Hope you guys are having a lovely summer! XO

Sreepurna. ❤