April/May Reading Wrap-Up

I’ve gotten way behind in my wrap-ups these last two months. I’ve totally slacked on writing my thoughts and impressions right after finishing a book and with an April reading slump, AP exams, and the end of high school, I just haven’t kept up with my blog. So here’s a very brief and bare summary of what I’ve read during the past two months.

April

I read four books and got into a bit of a slump because The Wise Man’s Fear was long and dragging. I also listened to much of the second Harry Potter audiobook.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare | 3 stars
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss | 4.25 stars
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss | 2.5 stars
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski | 4.5 stars

May

I finished eight books and made progress in two more.

 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale | 5 stars
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes | 3 stars
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes | 3.5 stars
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | a million stars
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | (re-read)
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | (re-read)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | (re-read)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | (re-read)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | (re-read)
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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | re-reading, almost done
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale | barely begun

I’d just like to take this moment to say that ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas is everything. It’s an absolute gem. And my favorite book ever. And you should read it. ASAP.

That is all.

Thanks for reading.

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2014: Best Music

This list includes my favorite music that was released in 2014 and my favorite music that I discovered in 2014 (some released prior to this year). I’ve divided the list into four categories: artists, albums, songs, and music videos. If I include an album, there may be favorite songs on it that I don’t include on the songs list to avoid repetition. If an album is listed as a favorite, the artist is not listed as a favorite to avoid repetition. Nothing is listed in order of how much I like it; it’s just listed. Here we go!

Favorite Artists 
1. Ed Sheeran
Sing, Don’t, Photograph, Give Me Love
2. Mumford & Sons
Hopeless Wanderer, Broken Crown, I Will Wait, To Darkness/Kripa
3. The 1975
Sex, The City, Girls
4. Florence + The Machine
    Drumming Song, Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), Howl, My Boy Builds Coffins
5. Demi Lovato
Really Don’t Care, Fire Starter, Without The Love, Something That We’re Not
6. Ariana Grande
Problem, Love Me Harder, Break Free, Bang Bang

Favorite Albums
1. Bangerz
(2013)- Miley Cyrus
SMS (Bangerz), My Darlin’, Someone Else, On My Own, Hands In The Air
2. 5 Seconds of Summer– 5 Seconds of Summer
Good Girls, Beside You, End Up Here 
3. She Looks So Perfect- EP– 5 Seconds of Summer
Heartache On the Big Screen, The Only Reason
4. Amnesia- EP– 5 Seconds of Summer
Amnesia
5. Les yeux plus gros que le monde– Black M
Je ne dirai rien, Ailleurs, Spectateur, Pour oublier, Solitaire, Sur ma route, C’est tout moi
6. Lock Me Up- EP– The Cab
Lock Me Up, Moon, These Are the Lies
7. 1989– Taylor Swift
Blank Space, Style, All You Had To Do Was Stay, I Know Places, Wonderland, You Are In Love
8. FOUR– One Direction
Steal My Girl, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Night Changes, No Control, Stockholm Syndrome, Fireproof, Spaces
Honorable Mentions:
Pure Heroine 
(2013)- Lorde | Buzzcut Season, Glory And Gore, Team
Prism (2013)- Katy Perry | This Is How We Do, International Smile

Favorite Songs 
1. Animals– Maroon 5
2. A Sky Full of Stars– Coldplay
3. Hey Brother– Avicii
4. Bailando (English Version)– Enrique Iglesias
5. Yellow Flicker Beat– Lorde
6. Centuries– Fall Out Boy
7. Blame (feat. John Newman)– Calvin Harris
8. Take Me to Church– Hozier
9. The Hanging Tree– James Newton Howard
10. The Heart Wants What It Wants– Selena Gomez
11. City On The Hill– Casting Crowns
12. Riptide– Vance Joy
13. Jealous– Nick Jonas
14. Chandelier– Sia
15. Bet My Life– Imagine Dragons
16. Flaws– Bastille
17. My Blood– Ellie Goulding
18. Beating Heart– Ellie Goulding
19. The Outsiders– Eric Church
20. Summer Love– Justin Timberlake
21. Come With Me Now– KONGOS
22. Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)– AWOLNATION
23. 23 (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, & Juicy J)– Mike Will Made-It
24. Classic– MKTO
25. Stan– Eminem
26. Human– Christina Perri
27. Whatever She’s Got– David Nail
28. Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)– Iggy Azalea
29. Waves– Mr. Probz
30. Stay With Me– Sam Smith
31. L.A.LOVE– Fergie
32. La La La (feat. Sam Smith)– Naughty Boy
33. Mammoth (feat. Like Mike)– Dimitri Vegas & MOGUAI
34. Tsunami– DVBBS & Borgeous
35. Remember the Name (feat. Styles of Beyond)– Fort Minor
36. Cannonball (Earthquake) [feat. Matthew Koma]– Showtek & Justin Prime
37. Booyah (feat. We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson)– Showtek
38. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)– Iggy Izalea
39. I Lived– One Republic
40. Happy– Pharrell Williams
41. Summer– Calvin Harris
42. Play It Again– Luke Bryan
43. Where It’s At– Dustin Lynch
44. Ghost– Ella Henderson
45. Riverside– Agnes Obel
46. Boom Clap– Charli XCX

Favorite Music Videos
1. Chandelier– Sia
2. The Heart Wants What It Wants– Selena Gomez
3. Night Changes– One Direction
4. Blank Space– Taylor Swift
5. Sur ma route– Black M