DISCUSSION: my bts playlists

Hello, are we all streaming Jack in the Box? I’ve been making a lot of BTS playlists lately, and I just wanted to compile all of them in one post. I think they’re great for discovering new music or getting into BTS or just for something to play in the background, if I may say so myself. Give them a listen, and let me know what you think! 💜😁

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DISCUSSION: a playlist for violet made of thorns

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Violet Made of Thorns is one of my favorite releases of the year and one of my favorite books ever. It’s out in the world today, so to celebrate its release date, I wanted to share my playlist for it! You can read my review of it here.

This playlist is a little all over the place honestly, but I nailed down central themes of desire (and what comes out of it) and destiny (and defying it). Since the book has literally just come out, I tried not to spoil anything, which left my descriptions for each song a little repetitive. Whether you’ve read the book yet or are putting this on while reading, I hope you enjoy this playlist!

(You can listen to all my bookish playlists here.)

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DISCUSSION: bts lyric parallels (pt. 2: dreams)

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Happy Festa, ARMYs! Have you been watching the “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” music video? And streaming Proof? To celebrate BTS’s ninth anniversary (wow), I finally sat down and wrote the second post in the BTS lyric parallels series! You can read the first part (focusing on the “extended hands” motif) here. For this post, I decided to focus on “dreams,” both meaning ambition and fantasy, within BTS’s discography.

As in the last post, I also made some graphics to go with some of the parallels, and I’m really proud of them! Be sure to check them all out throughout this post. I was on a bit of a time-crunch writing this post, so it’s not as long as I initially intended but I’m still really happy with how it all came out. Hope you enjoy it!

Earlier this year, I finally wrote the part two to the “BTS songs + books” book rec list if you’re more interested in my book-ish stuff. You can also view my “bangtan” tag to see all my other BTS-related posts.

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SONG SATURDAY: bts songs + books (pt. 2)

Hello, we are back with another BTS songs + books post! I truly did not mean for almost an entire year (which. how has it been a year) to pass in between posts, but we’ll just say this one has been a long time coming. I have no idea when part 3 will be out at this point, but I definitely have plans to continue this series of posts!

This post also falls under my “song saturday” posts, where I pair books with a song. You can also view my other BTS-related posts (mostly non-bookish) here! If you liked this post and want to see more, don’t forget to follow me (in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post).

I think this set of book rec pairings came out a little happier than part one, just by nature of the songs. For like 3-4 of these, in particular, I could write whole essays about why this song pairs with this book; that’s how strongly I feel about some of these recs lmao. Anyways, here is a list of books paired with BTS songs!

Lyric translations are taken from Doolset Lyrics and BTS-Trans/Bangtan Subs.

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SONG SATURDAY: book recs + my top songs of 2021

It’s that time of the year: time to pair some of my most listened to songs this year with books! Like last year’s post, it was a bit difficult to pair my top 10 songs with books…and most of my top 100 honestly because the list was almost entirely BTS. I’m also reserving some of these songs for my next “BTS songs + books” posts, so I reused a couple from the first post, as well as some songs from the playlists I’ve posted this year.

This year, I hand-picked a few songs from my top 100 songs, as well as a couple of songs from my top 10 albums. So, the name of this post is a bit of a misnomer, but sometimes you have to do it for the quality of the book recs lol. Anyways, here are my top songs of 2021 paired with books!

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DISCUSSION: bts seasons playlists

Hello, I am back with another self-indulgent post that is not bookish in the slightest and instead entirely has to do with BTS! This idea popped into my head a few weeks ago and it wouldn’t leave until I implemented it. Here are my BTS playlists for every season!

I tried to cut the playlists down to 25 songs each but I couldn’t, so we’ll just let that extra song be a little treat. Also, each season playlist has a narrative (well, summer doesn’t really, but more on that later) but there are some songs that are kinda just there for vibes. Every playlist segues into the next season, wrapping around from winter to spring as well.

you’re my summer, autumn, winter, and every spring

(lyrics from “Ma City”)

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TOUR / REVIEW: Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

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**I received an ARC from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

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Book: Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

Release Date: October 12, 2021

My Rating: 3.5 stars


Rep: Chinese-inspired world and characters; wlw side characters, mlm side character; (Chinese-Singaporean author)

CW: implied torture, violence, blood, gore, death of a parent, self-harm (gouging, eye horror; non-graphic), child abuse (physical, verbal, emotional manipulation/gaslighting), vomiting, alcohol consumption

Summary: Girls of Paper and Fire meets The Tiger at Midnight in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, inspired by Chinese mythology, with rich magic and an epic slow-burn romance.

In an empire on the brink of war . . .

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

Ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, and a captivating romance collide in June CL Tan’s debut, a stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with a tender, beating heart, perfect for fans of The Bone Witch and We Hunt the Flame.

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TOUR: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

**I received an ARC for this blog tour.**

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Book: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.

The dead of Loraille do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.

As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.

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DISCUSSION: a playlist for the gilded wolves

The Gilded Wolves is one of my favorite series, so in celebration of the last book, The Bronzed Beasts, coming out today, I’m sharing my playlist for the series! You can read my reviews of The Gilded Wolves, The Silvered Serpents, and The Bronzed Beasts, as well as check out my gilded wolves tag.

This is honestly a collection of songs that I thought fit the series in general. When I was writing the descriptions for each song choice, I did realize that they all fit a certain theme, especially focusing on Séverin and his character arc…which says something about me and my music taste, but we’ll ignore that lol. That being said, this playlist doesn’t spoil the third book but might have some spoiler-y descriptions of the first two books.

Much like my playlist for The Ones We’re Meant to Find, which had a lot of water imagery, this playlist has a lot of god / divine / worship imagery! This fit The Silvered Serpent‘s arc of becoming a god, I thought. Listen and enjoy as you read The Bronzed Beasts!

(You can listen to all my bookish playlists here.)

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DISCUSSION: bts lyric parallels (pt. 1: extended hands)

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Happy Festa! Are you streaming “Butter”? To celebrate BTS’s eighth anniversary, I’m launching a new post series: BTS lyric parallels! Today, I’ll be examining songs with the “extended hands” motif, which falls under five different themes: distance, temptation, human contact, lifeline / anchor, and love / destiny.

This is my first post on my blog that’s not even remotely book-related, so sorry if that’s why you follow me. I originally was going to write this as a twitter thread but it got too long, and I wanted it somewhere where I could more easily format and keep for posterity. If you want more BTS and books content, I wrote two posts where I matched up a few of their songs with books: part 1 here and part 2 here.

EDIT (6/13/22): The second post in this series, focusing on “dreams,” is now up! Check it out here. You can also check out my BTS tag here.

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