The Sounds of Freshman Year

Helloooo my lovely friends! I’m back with a post all about what I’ve been jamming out to lately. I haven’t shared my music tastes in a while and I thought it was about time.

This year my tastes have shifted a bit. I’m still into the same general genres (basically everything except heavy metal) but I have found myself listening more to certain genres than I did before coming to college. Why, you may ask? My roommate and I had incredibly similar music tastes, but she listens to more electronic and upbeat music than I usually do, so she turned me on to a bunch of new stuff. Basically, I learned that I really like electronic music and remixes.

I also found myself listening to the same music over and over and over again until I literally couldn’t listen to it anymore, so this list is pretty much my freshman year in a playlist.

Some highlights:

  • LANY (i’m in love with this band)
  • HONNE (s/o to my friend maya who turned me on to them)
  • “waves” by Miguel, remixed by Tame Impala (surprisingly amazing)
  • “All in Love” by The Tallest Man on Earth
  • “Number One” by Tove Styrke (s/o to the Riverdale soundtrack)
  • all the blackbear (aka i’m in love with blackbear!!!!!)

I feel like I’m half a basic college student and half cool and edgy when it comes to my music tastes.

Actually, scratch that.

I’m totally a basic college student. Not cool and edgy at all.


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What I’ve Been Listening To

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I’ve fallen off the band wagon with my music posts but I’M BACK!

(and yes that is a star trek gif and no you can not make fun of me for it) (leave if you don’t like star trek thank you)

I’ve been listening to a lot of the same music lately – mainly because I’ve had no time to listen to new stuff – but here’s what I’ve been jamming to in the car and while doing random tasks. I hope you enjoy!

((no you can not judge me for my inclusion of “Bet On It” from High School Musical, the One Direction song (their new album is actually REALLY good) or my Ennio Morricone)) ((I listen to a wide range of music so no judging is allowed here))

You can follow me on Spotify over here to check out all the music I listen to on a a daily basis!

Let me know what you’re listening to lately and leave comments of songs you like from this playlist!

New Music I’ve Been Loving


I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately, partly because I went to Austin City Limits Music Festival the other week and heard some great new stuff. I’ve also not had a Music Monday up lately (I BLAME COLLEGE APPLICATIONS) so this will all be new stuff!


Daybreaker – Moon Taxi

One of my friends adores Moon Taxi, and I saw them at ACL on the day that Daybreaker, their new album, came out. It’s a stellar one – very NeedToBreathe-esque, so if you’re a fan of them I’d definitely check out Daybreaker! Some standout songs are “Year Zero”, “All Day All Night”, and “Run Right Back”.

WILD – Troye Sivan

I’m a bit late on the game but THIS ALBUM IS SO FREAKING AMAZING. It appeals to that part of me that is super into electronica/synths/interesting vocals. Troye has an incredible voice and his lyrics are impeccable. My favorite titles of the EP are “Wild”, “Fools”, and “The Quiet”. Also, check out his music videos for “Wild”, “Fools”, and “Bite” – they’re incredible!

ZABA – Glass Animals

I’d heard a bit of Glass Animals before, but I’d never gave them a serious listen. And oh boy was I pleasantly surprised. They’re such a cool band. They have interesting synths on their album (cue the rainforest animals?) and combine them with stunning vocals and out-there lyrics. I’m a convert. Song loves: “Gooey”, “Flip”, and “Walla Walla”.

Badlands – Halsey

Now, I loved Halsey’s EP. But Badlands. It blew me out of the water. (And live she’s even more incredible!) The musicality, stunning lyrics, and a great combination of guitar and synth made this album a standout. I’m obsessed. Favorite songs are “New Americana”, “Castle”, “Colors”, and “Roman Holiday”.

My Love is Cool – Wolf Alice

I’m seriously bitter because they played at ACL second weekend and I went first weekend. *cries for years* This album is amazing. I love it. I play it on repeat at all times of day. It’s slow and fast and bright and sad. It’s everything and anything you could ever want in a record. Favorite songs include “Bros”, “You’re a Germ”, and “The Wonderwhy”.


“Pierre” – Ryn Weaver

I’m not a huge fan of the entire album, but “Pierre” is sing-out-loud-in-your-car-and-not-care music to the extreme. Her voice is flat-out amazing and the musicality of this track made me fall in love with it!

“Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON

Not a new one but YES. If you ever have the chance to see WALK THE MOON live, do it, because they’re one of those bands who blow you away live. This track is one of my favorites off their most recent album, mainly because it’s such a fun one.

“Molecules” – Atlas Genius

The single off their new album and it’s everything. Loud, boisterous, and perfect to belt out in the car. (Which I do often.) Go listen to this track, whether you’re fan of Atlas Genius’s music or not!

That’s it for me! What are some of your recent musical loves? Share them in comments!


August Wrap-Up


On the last day of every month I’ll be doing a wrap-up with my favorite books, music, and posts from that month. 

This month I went to Boston, celebrated the end of the summer, and started school. I worked on college applications and planning for my senior year!

Check out last month’s wrap-up: July


18798983Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten  | Goodreads | Review

A poignant story about death, love, and friendship that I adored. I basically absorbed this book – it was that good. (Also, that cover. Just. THE PRETTY.)

19542841Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid | Goodreads | Review

Adi Alsaid wins for best book about the end of high school ever. The Nevers list, the friendship, the romance, the questions – it was all brilliantly done by an equally brilliant writer who I continue to love.

23015948What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler | Goodreads | Review

This is an incredibly important book that I am so glad was written and published. Aaron Hartzler is one heck of a writer, and he approaches the subject of rape in the perfect way. It makes you just the right amount of uncomfortable and leaves you questioning everything.

23149128 (1)Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Goodreads

I just read this one and I am still recovering. It’s such an interesting concept – a girl who can’t leave her house and falls in love with the boy next door. It’s a fresh romance story that I absolutely adored.


“Eventually” by Tame Impala

“Feeling OK” by Best Coast

Lost It To Trying (Paper Towns Mix) by Son Lux

“Forget” by Saint Cava

“Should’ve Known Better” by Sufjan Stevens


I was super busy this month so I didn’t have a ton of fun posts, but I did have a few! I did a post on the future of publishing for my generation, which was a post I loved writing and also got some great response. More recently, I did a post saying goodbye to the summer, where I recapped what I was up to this summer. I loved sharing all my activities! I also did a post featuring my “forever albums” – also known as “albums I’ve been listening to for forever and still adore” which featured some of my favorite albums and artists ever.

I started school last week, which is a half great and half horrible experience, but I’m excited to be a senior and for the things that are coming in the next few months! Stay tuned for more posts about school, organization, books, and overall fabulous things as I struggle through the school year.

Happy August, and hello September!

My Forever Albums



I have this tendency to listen to the same albums consistently for weeks, months, years even. These albums are like staple pieces of clothing in your wardrobe – I’ll listen to them for forever and never get tired of them. I thought I’d share my list, in hopes that they’ll become some of your “forever albums” too!

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

This is just… This album is everything to me. My dad played it for me in 2010 when it came out and I just fell in love. I’ve been listening to this album for five years and I still love it just as much. It’s my driving soundtrack, my writing playlist, my blogging music, and my falling asleep tunes.

Some favorites from the album: “The Suburbs”, “Rococo”, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”, “Wasted Hours”.

Goddess – BANKS

If you know anything about me, you know that BANKS is my queen. She is my goddess. I’ve been listening to her for about a year and a half (I was obsessed with her EPs before the album came out) and I still can’t get enough. Her vocals, her lyrics, her sound – it’s just everything to me.

Some favorites from the album: “Stick”, “Fuck Em Only We Know”, “Drowning”, “Beggin For Thread”, “Goddess”.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Obviously Bon Iver is on this list. I’ve been listening to Bon Iver for about four years, and oh have those years been glorious. In addition to his self-titled album, his EP Blood Bank and his earlier album, For Emma, Forever Ago, are also included in this entry. Bon Iver is kind of like Arcade Fire for me – he’s my go to for every situation. Particularly nighttime or rainy days though!

Some favorites from the album(s): Off Bon Iver – “Towers”, “Hinnom, TX”, “Wash”; Off Blood Bank – “Babys” and “Woods”; Off For Emma, Forever Ago – “The Wolves (Act I and II)”, “Creature Fear”, “Team”, “Re: Stacks”.

Continuum – John Mayer

I was introduced to John Mayer sometime around 2009/2010, and I’ve been in love with him since. I own ContinuumBattle Studies, and Paradise Valley, but Continuum is my favorite. This album is such a staple for me, mainly because it has such a consistent sound and is mixed so beautifully.

Some favorites from the album: “Belief”, “Stop This Train”, “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”, “Bold As Love”.

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – M83

M83 is incredibly underrated. This album is absolutely incredible, and found on a whim by me in 2011/2012. It’s a lengthy album too, so definitely an undertaking when I had no job and had barely heard any of the music. I was rewarded, though! This album is a killer, and one I come back to consistently.

Some favorites from the album: “Midnight City”, “Wait”, “Raconte-moi une histoire”, “OK Pal”, “Another Wave from You”, “Fountains”, “Outro”.

Soft Connections – Nic Hessler

Where are all the Nic Hessler fans? There need to be more of us. Nic Hessler is a recent discovery of mine, and one I stumbled upon at my local music store. I fell in love with the first couple songs and bought it on impulse. When I listened to the entire album I was so happy I’d bought it. I seriously listened to the first song of the album on repeat for about a half hour once. I love it that much.

Some favorites from the album: “I Feel Again”, “Hearts, Repeating”, “Do You Ever?”, “Expel Me”.

Youth – Wild Cub

Wild Cub got fairly popular after their tour with Vampire Weekend last spring, but I was onto them before that! I’ve been a fan since the fall of 2013, and am still going strong. Wild Cub just have such a great sound. They also do incredible covers, so I’d check out their Soundcloud if you’re a fan of the album!

Some favorites from the album: “Shapeless”, “Thunder Clatter”, “Drive”, “Hidden in the Night”, “Blacktide”, “Lies”.

And the one you all knew was coming….

The 1975 – The 1975

My everything album. The 1975 are my one true loves. This album, along with their EPs, are the soundtrack of my life, and have been for the past two and a half years. I can’t get enough of them. After two concerts and three acoustic shows, you’d think I’d have enough, but not yet! If you somehow haven’t heard of them yet, go listen. Now.

Some favorites from the album(s):Off The 1975 – “The City”, “Talk!”, “Settle Down”, “Menswear”, “Pressure”; Off Facedown – “Antichrist”, “Woman”; Off Sex – “Milk”, “You”; Off IV – “fallingforyou”, “Haunt//Bed”; Off Music For Cars – “Head.Cars.Bending”, “Milk”.

What are your forever albums? Let me know in comments!

And you can listen to all these albums on Spotify below. (It’s 100 songs and six and a half hours, so get comfy.)

July Wrap-up


On the last day of every month I’ll be doing a wrap-up with my favorite books, music, and posts from that month. 

In July, I worked a ton turned up the amount of books I was reading, and got back on my blog. I started taking Italian online from Wellesley college, as well! (Although my italian is horrible. Don’t make me say anything.)

Check out last month’s wrap-up: June


18798983Legacy of Kinds by Eleanor Herman | Goodreads

This is kind of my everything right now. I can’t stop talking about it! A re-imagining of Alexander the Great with some kick-ass heroines and incredibly well-written? YES.

19542841Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa | Goodreads | Review

A beautiful story of friendship that I cannot recommend enough. This book surprised me in so many ways, and surpassed every expectation!

23015948Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten | Goodreads

Holy cow. This book floored me. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is shocking, honest, and despite not being super relatable for me, definitely a powerful read.


“Hurricane” by Halsey

“Eventually” by Tame Impala

“Runaway (U&I)” by Galantis

“Molecules” by Atlas Genius



During July, I had multiple non-book review posts, which I am proud of. I had three! music related posts: my Summer Playlist, my Favorite Spotify Playlists, and my favorite songs from the Paper Towns Soundtrack. If you haven’t checked these out and are looking for some new music, I’d definitely give ’em a click! Then, after going to go see ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL, I wrote about my thoughts on the movie. Which were positive, considering I saw it three times.

July was a great month for me, but it’s end means closer to the end of school! I’m hoping to read a ton in August, and get content prepared for the beginning of school. I’m also looking to work on my college applications (!!!!!) and wrap up Italian classes.

Here’s a great August!


Favorite Songs from the Paper Towns Movie

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Background/poster taken from That’s Normal

When I saw Paper Towns last week, the thing I loved the most (other than Radar and Ben) was the soundtrack.

It’s an incredible mix of current indie musicians, both known and unknown. Plus, my favorite Bon Iver song, “Re: Stacks”, is featured in a particularly beautiful moment of the movie, and caused some serious freaking out in the theater.

The songs featured, taken from Indie Wire

TAXI CAB – Vampire Weekend
THE LADY IN RED – Chris De Burgh
RED RIVER VALLEY – Woody Guthrie
WALT WHITMAN’S NIECE – Billy Bragg & Wilco
MY TYPE – Saint Motel
RADIO – Santigold
POKEMON (THEME) – Nat Wolff, Austin Abrams and Justice Smith
NO DRAMA QUEEN – Grouplove
BE MINE – Alice Boman
BURNING – The War On Drugs
RE: STACKS – Bon Iver
ON A GOOD DAY – Robin Pecknold
TO THE TOP – Twin Shadow
USED TO HAUNT – The Mountain Goats

My Favorites

“Lost it Trying” by Son Lux

I particularly love the intro, which is the definition of a midnight driving song. It has such a big sound, and is such a unique track. It slowly progresses into the more intense middle section, which I absolutely adore. Son Lux has become a recent obsession of mine, and this track is a particular favorite.

“Search Party” by Sam Bruno

There is something about this song that is so easy to love. It’s an easy song to sing a long to, and is such a radio song without being one at the same time. (Meaning it’ll be popular, I think.) It’s a dancing, a singing, a driving, a cleaning – an everything song.

“To The Top” by Twin Shadow

“To The Top” is a big song by definition. It feels like you’re sitting on top of the world, and looking down at it for the first time. Twin Shadow almost sounds Imagine Dragons-y in this track, so I’d definitely check it out if you’re a fan of them.

“Burning” by The War on Drugs

Me and The War on Drugs have such a complicated relationship. I like some of their songs, but not all of them (check out their album though – it’s incredible!). This one is definitely one I love though. It’s musicality and similarity to a lot of other bands I love (St. Lucia, Arcade Fire, and Haerts particularly) is probably why!

“Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver

Bon Iver is kind of my everything.

I own every single Bon Iver song ever released, and “Re: Stacks” is probably my favorite of all of them. It’s such a beautiful and haunting track that is perfect for evening car rides, rainy days, and thinking moments. I love it for writing emotional scenes as well, and in Paper Towns is fit so perfectly.

“Runaway (U & I) – Svidden and Jarly Remix” by Galantis

An incredible remix. It’s perfect for the scene in the movie it’s used for, and such a dancing song. Perfect for nights and fun moments with friends! I need to listen to the original song now.

The soundtrack on Spotify

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you would like more posts like this, and what you thought of the Paper Towns movie and soundtrack!

Summer Playlist

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Background Image from WeHeartIt

I’ve had an incredible summer thus far. It’s been my first summer where I can drive on my own and have more independence because my jobs and my age. Due to this, the music I’ve been listening to has been more summery, more “driving music”, and more bright and airy. Here’s my summer playlist!

‘CAUSE I’M A MAN – Tame Impala
GHOST – Halsey
CARRY ME – Joywave
BARCELONA – George Ezra
FORGET – Saint Cava
TEETH – The Japanese House
LIFTED UP (1985) – Passion Pit
EVENTUALLY – Tame Impala
BODYACHE – Purity Ring
THE SUBURBS – Arcade Fire
AGAPE – Bear’s Den
RUNAWAY – Mr Little Jeans
I FEEL AGAIN – Nic Hessler

And to listen to the mix on Spotify, you can go here, or listen below.


I hope you enjoy this mix of brighter and darker sounds for the day and nighttime, and it can be the soundtrack to your summer as well!

My Favorite Spotify Playlists



I’ve recently gotten back into Spotify.

One of the best parts of Spotify (in my opinion) other than the “Discover” tab, is their premade playlists. You can choose playlists based on mood, activity, or environment, and then choose from a bunch of playlists that appeal to different musical tastes.


I’ve put together a list of my favorites to share with you all, mainly because I know that there a billion and two playlists, and since I’ve listened to a bunch of them, I’ve got a good selection of some places to start.

indie electronica

One of my favorites, and the first I ever tried, is their “Indie Electronica” playlist. It’s a great mixture of indie music, and not all of it is on the electronic side. There’s also a bunch of songs by artists I already love, like FKA Twigs, SOHN, Banks, and Glass Animals.

If you’re an Indie fan, I definitely recommend this playlist!

dark and stormy


The “Dark and Stormy” playlist is one I love to put on when it’s Dark and Stormy out, or when I’m in the mood for music that matches this. (Think Bon Iver and quieter style songs.) It’s a great mix of songs, featuring indie, some more popular songs, and also some electronica that’s on the quieter side. I love this mix for evening time.

instrumental study

A studying playlist is an obvious must-have for me. I discovered this playlist during my finals studying mayhem, and it proved to be incredible for me. It’s over three hours long, so there is plenty of material to work through! Plus, it’s mostly classical music or more modern classical. A lot of piano ballads. It’s a great studying playlist in addition to the one I made!

evening chill

“Evening Chill” is one of the best evening playlists I’ve found. It’s great for blogging, tidying up, reading, getting ready for bed – it works for everything. It’s a mostly indie playlist, but also has a mix of acoustic and more popular songs. It’s a great playlist that I absolutely ADORE.

heaviest hits throwback workout

Of the workout playlists, this probably is my favorite. I love throwback songs (and this one is throwback to the 2000s, so I know most of them!), especially when working out. It does have a LOT of rap in it, but I’ve found that’s fun to workout to. Have a good workout!

the indie mix


This one is my most played, most loved, and must-have playlist. It’s just straight indie music. It’s mostly the newest indie that you should listen to, but it’s also some older songs. This playlist is just a straight-up goodie. It’s everything I need in a playlist and works for every activity. Listen to this playlist.

I hope this helped some of you that were daunted by Spotify playlists, or hadn’t discovered their beauty yet! Just hit “Follow” on any playlist and it’ll show up in your sidebar. If you find a song you like, hit the little check mark next to it and it’ll be added to your music collection.

Have fun listening!


June Wrap-Up


On the last day of every month I’ll be doing a wrap-up with my favorite books, music, and posts from that month. 

June was all work and barely any reading for me. Oh well!

Check out last month’s wrap-up: May


18798983Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads | Review

Guess who read Jellicoe Road for the eighth time this month? That’s right, ME! I reread it in honor of my birthday, June 19th, and I cried for the entire last fifty pages. Fun fact: crying makes it very difficult to read.

19542841The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | Goodreads | Review

This book surprised me in so many ways. It’s a touching and gut-wrenching story of friendship, growing up, and learning about the world around you, with the backdrop of a frightening Kevinian Cult.

23015948A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass| Goodreads | Review

NO WORDS FOR THIS BOOK. Holy. my. goodness. I just. Sarah J. Maas, I love you. I worship you. I am floored by you over and over and over again.

23492282Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry | Goodreads

The sequel to Nearly Gone, and just as gritty and intricately woven. NEarly Found is one heck of a book. Review coming soon!


“Remember Me as a Time of Day” by Explosions in the Sky

Note: The soundcloud track below has been uploaded by someone who is NOT Explosions in the Sky!

“American Oxygen” by Rihanna

“Forget” by San Cava

“Heart Like Yours” by Willamette Stone (from If I Stay)


I didn’t do as many fun posts as I like to, but I did do a couple! At the beginning of the month I did a post called A YA Inspired Summer, which features books that I want to do something from. It’s a bit hard to explain, so I’d recommend just reading it. I also posted my book goals for the TBR Takedown (which I completely failed at – I read NONE of the books I wanted to and instead went to the library). Last Saturday I posted my thoughts on The Great Gatsby and why I don’t think it’s all that great of a book, a post I love.

For reviews, I had a month full of them! I had two particularly awesome reviews (in my opinion) – my review for Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry, and my review for Weightless by Sarah Bannan. My review of The Boy in a Black Suit by Jason Reynolds also got a lot of love on Twitter, so I thought I’d include that too.


It’s JULY you guys. June went by so fast for me. I’m working two jobs so I had about zero time, and the time I did have I spent watching Star Wars with my best friend (by the way, I’m a TOTAL Star Wars nerd now. #AnakinandPadme4ever) or sleeping. I’m starting my Italian class in July (!!!!) and I’m hoping to do some more reading.  I’ll also be doing my first solo swim lessons! I’ve been shadowing this past month, and so it’s time for me to do my own. I’ll be teaching kids starting at the age of three all the way up to adults how to swim and I’m so excited about it.

What did you do this month?