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 a post where I matched up a few of their songs with books (part 2, soon!).

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DISCUSSION: a playlist for the ones we’re meant to find

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find is one of my favorite releases of this year, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I read it months ago. It’s finally out in the world today, so I wanted to share the playlist I made for this book! You can also read my review of The Ones We’re Meant to Find here.

I wanted to put these songs in an order that followed the events of the book, but then I realized that might be a little too spoiler-y. Thus, the songs are more ordered in a cohesive flow. I chose certain songs for certain scenes (that I obviously won’t say here), but they’re not in any sequential order, according to the book. I hope if you’ve read the book, you can envision the scenes I meant these songs for.

There’s a lot of Florence + the Machine on this playlist because I just feel like their music matches the atmosphere of The Ones We’re Meant to Find. She also writes a lot of water imagery in their songs, and this playlist has a LOT of water imagery because there’s a lot of it in the book!

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SONG SATURDAY: bts songs + books (pt. 1)

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After I opened a Q&A form for my blogiversary, a lot of people asked me to pair BTS songs with books! I actually had this idea a while back, but I didn’t think I could do it well enough because so many of their songs have such a personal message. However, I decided to give it a shot since there was interest and here we are.

I’m actually really proud of how this post turned out! I’m not sure why I didn’t think I could do this post honestly; I was putting this together and was like, wow I’m a genius. This post is a continuation of my “song saturday” posts, where I pair books with a song.

This is part one in a planned series of posts although it might be a while till I do another one of these. Part two is in the works but I want to be able to read more books that’ll match the songs so it’ll take some time! Also, some of these pairs are less about the exact lyrical message and more about the vibes. That being said, here’s a list of books paired with BTS songs!

Lyric translations are taken from Doolset Lyrics.

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SONG SATURDAY: book recs + my top songs of 2020

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I’m back with another Song Saturday, and this time it’s for my most listened to songs in 2020! This year, I pretty much just listened to the same albums on repeat, so it was a bit difficult to pair a lot of my actual top 10 songs with books because they all had the same vibes.

My top songs are constantly updating because I listen to the same songs over and over again, so I chose random songs from my top 100 songs to pair with books. Here are my top songs of 2020 paired with books!

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DISCUSSION: a playlist for these violent delights

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These Violent Delights has been one of my favorite books this year, and I’ve been waiting to share this playlist for months! Now it’s finally out in the world, so I can spread my love for this book through song.

This playlist is a mix of some songs that I associate with Juliette or Roma or both of them and then some songs that are just vibes for the book overall. And yes, a lot of this IS from Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom album (which, for those who don’t know, is heavily influenced by Romeo and Juliet) and from the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby (2013) (which, for those who don’t know, is an amazing soundtrack).

I don’t necessarily think any of these songs are spoiler-y, considering you already know from the summary that Juliette and Roma are exes. I’ll reference some of their characterizations, but that’s not really plot-spoiler-y so. I did try to be as vague as possible in my explanations for choosing these songs so as not to spoil anything big.

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TOUR / REVIEW: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

**I received an ARC for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

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Book: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Release Date: August 18, 2020

My Rating: 3.25 stars

Rep: ownvoices Thai-American protagonist, love interest, and side characters; bisexual Thai-American side character, Indian-American side character

Summary: The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.
Until now.

In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of dating practice.

In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms.

The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date.

If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.

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