Frozen Pines || A Winter Playlist

Frozen Pines || A Winter Playlist

What does Winter….

look like? Stars coming out in the early evening. Animal tracks in the snow. Bare branches. Multicoloured umbrellas dotting the streets. Christmas lights. Snow-capped mountains.

taste like? Hot cocoa. Ginger cookies. Peppermint tea. Christmas pudding. Banana bread. A snowflake on your tongue. Eggnog.

smell like? Firewood smoke. Baking bread in the oven. Evergreen trees. Chestnuts. Coffee beans. Caramelised sugar.

sound like? Muffled sounds after a snowstorm. Rain pattering against the window. The splash of a puddle. Wind dancing through the branches. Children playing in the snow. This playlist.

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Never Let Me Go // Florence + The Machine
White Blood // Oh Wonder
Sense of Home // Harrison Storm
Fellow in the North // Cold Weather Company
Fireworks // First Aid Kit
O’City Lights // Gregory Alan Isakov
Frozen Pines // Lord Huron
Arctic // Sleeping At Last
All I Want // Kodaline
Like Real People Do // Hozier
Cold // Novo Amor
Oh Ms Believer // Twenty One Pilots
Vapour // Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Winter Winds // Mumford & Sons 
The Safety Dance // Sleeping At Last
Winter Came Early // Ilustrada

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Winter TBR

Winter TBR

Despite the blustery weather and the bone-deep chill of winter, there is something beautiful and whimsical about this season, and not only because of the Christmas holidays. The scene unfolding outside the window is almost ethereal: a milky moon hanging in the skies like an ornament dangling from a Christmas tree, the bare branches swaying in the wind and snowflakes dancing in the cold air, blanketing the sidewalks.

Winter makes me acutely aware of the simple things in life that make me happy. I love those moments spent inside toasty warm coffeeshops, sipping a warm cup of tea and reading to my heart’s content. I love the steam rising from cups of coffee, the feel of the scarf wrapped around my neck and the seasonal music playing in the background. I love snuggling in my warm bed while listening to the rain pattering against the window. I love the smell of baking bread wafting from the kitchen and hot homemade soup that always burns my tongue. I love oversized sweaters, hot chocolate with melted marshmallows and burning teakwood scented-candles.

The cold weather is basically the perfect excuse to stay at home and read all day. And there are honestly so many books I want to read this Winter that have been waiting on my shelves for so long! Here are a few of them but I am open to any recommendations 🙂


 

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden || At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honouring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent. As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. [Goodreads]

 

  • City of Thieves by David Benioff ||During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. [Goodreads]

 

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr || A stunningly beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. [Goodreads]

 

  • The Final Empire [Mistborn Trilogy #1] by Brandon Sanderson || In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more? [Goodreads]

 

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ||The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. [Goodreads]

 

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain ||At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. [Goodreads]

 

  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson || Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do. [Goodreads]

 

  • Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden || In this book we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable. [Goodreads]

 

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen || Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love. [Goodreads]

 

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Autumn Days

“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

-George Eliot

 

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A Chill in the Air

A Chill in the Air
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

October is without doubt the best month of the year. It is the epitome of the Fall season, from the weather, the food, clothes, music…you name it. Unfortunately it’s going by way too fast, and I wish I could somehow stop time or make this season last a year long.  I am writing this to the sound of thunder clapping, and the cacophony of crashing raindrops on the windowpanes. Each flash of lightning is a constant reminder that thunderstorms can be terrifying but also beautiful, which prompts me to consider all the reasons why Autumn is my favourite season, despite the aura of melancholy it seems to exude.

 Thunderstorms

I consider Fall to be a battle of two seasons, where winter eventually wins over summer, and this battle manifests itself even more clearly in the severe thunderstorms that often hit our island, resulting in major floods and chaos on the roads. They can be quite terrifying and catastrophic but somehow, there’s something about the sound of thunder crashing and booming that fills me with inexplicable joy, and despite my fear, I always look forward to it (except when I’m on my way to work!).

Sweater Weather

As the days slowly wane and the long nights approach, a chill creeps into the air. It’s the perfect kind of cold, not the bite of wintry bluster but that tender chill in the air. This change in weather is all that I need to start wearing cosy oversized sweaters and hoodies and it also compels me to start browsing stores for warmer clothes, so much so that by the time Winter eventually arrives, I am often broke…even more so than usual! Sometimes I wonder if my wardrobe has some sort of Undetectable Extension Charm, because if it doesn’t, I have no explanation for the huge number of winter clothes jammed inside.

Cold mornings, warm beds

I live for those moments when I wake up unexpectedly early, roused by the sound of clapping thunder, and realising that I still have hours until I have to get up for work. So I snuggle back between the warm covers and go back to sleep to the sound of the rain and the whistling wind outside. And if it’s the weekend, no one and nothing can make me get out of the warm bed…except for the postman when he arrives with my book mail!

Falling leaves

The first plunge of the rust coloured leaves initiates the first notes of the Autumnal overture. I revel in the sight of the trees skirted by pools of orange coloured foliage, and the tumbling leaves from the almost bare branches dancing in twists and turns as they fall to the ground. There is a carpet of gold and crimson adorning the concrete sidewalks, almost as if nature itself wants to give us the opportunity to walk on a red carpet at least once in our lifetime. And as I step over this lush blanket in my tatty old boots, I hum along to the crunch and crackle of the leaves underfoot, a sound so beautiful and satisfying!

The pumpkin King

…because obviously there would be no Halloween without our dear Jack Skellington! My obsession with The Nightmare Before Christmas started from back when I was still in primary school, having watched it on TV expecting a charming Christmas movie! Needless to say, my mother was appalled! For the life of her she could never understand how a skeleton could ever be considered ‘cute’. I love this movie because it brings so many wonderful childhood memories plus the songs are honestly addicting!

Scary movies that involve hideous dolls, clowns, serial killers or exorcisms are not my favourite and I avoid them like the plague. I learnt from experience never to overestimate my ability to cope with the nightmares that ensue. So during Halloween I mostly watch Tim Burton’s movies like Dark Shadows, Corpse Bride and TNBC.

Pumpkin Spice Candles

Autumnal-themed scented candles will always be my favourite and I certainly cannot fail from mentioning the most exquisite Pumpkin Spice Candle by P.F. Candle Co. It encompasses various scents to make this fall classic: pumpkins, toasted cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and creamy butter. The moment the wick starts to burn, your imagination will run wild with scenes of endless pumpkin fields, crunchy cinnamon toast and and earthy breeze on your face.

I also bought two themed candled from The Melting Library, one of which is also Fall-themed: Flannel and Fiction- Autumn Reading Inspired Candle and The Restricted Section- Harry Potter inspired Candle. I cannot wait for them to arrive!

Playlists

It is now becoming a yearly tradition to compile a Fall playlist and listen to it on repeat throughout the months that follow. These songs accompany me on hunts for the perfect pumpkin, during walks amongst orange-clad trees and trips to the coffeeshops.  Melancholic songs, acoustic, indie and folk music are my go-to choice for this season. Firewood Smoke is my recent Autumn playlist which you can listen to on Spotify (link down below). I truly hope you enjoy it!

  1. Ballad of Dwight Fry- Alice Cooper
  2. The Night We Met- Lord Huron
  3. Beekeeper- Keaton Henson
  4. Promise- Ben Howard
  5. El Buho- Blanco White
  6. Shield Your Eyes- Dry The River
  7. Have We Met Before- Tom Rosenthal
  8. Teenage Daughter- D.I.D
  9. The Words You Say- Harrison Storm
  10. I Found- Amber Run
  11. Land of the Living- Roo Panes
  12. Harvest- Dustin Tebbutt
  13. Dandelion Wine- Gregory Alan Isakov
  14. Saturn- Sleeping At Last 

Coffeeshops and Bookstores

As the weather turns brisk and cold, warm drinks once again become tremendously appealing. While I normally drink tea all year round, I obviously enjoy it much more when it’s not sweltering hot. My few favourite hot brews include English breakfast tea, Peppermint tea, Hazelnut cappuccino and hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows. Autumn weekends usually involve roaming around, discovering new coffee shops and retreating into their cosy interiors from the cold outside. I also love browsing bookstores during rainy days; being surrounded with overflowing bookshelves warms my heart better than any hot drink.

Home-cooked meals & Baking

When the air becomes cooler with a tincture of earthiness, it instantly brings to mind the warm dinner waiting for me when I get home. Basically all the food mentioned in the Harry Potter books are my favourite cold-weather treats: casseroles, pumpkin soup, apple pies, Yorkshire pudding, boiled potatoes, homemade fudge and banana bread hot from the oven. I also enjoy baking, especially when I get home from work as a way for me to unwind. I love the feel of the dough as I slowly give it shape, the scooping of chocolate mixture into colourful muffin containers and the smell that permeates throughout the house while you watch the cake mixture rise in the oven.

Fantasy Books

 For some reason, my love for fantasy books during the Autumn season increases tenfold, as one can see from my previous TBR post. Maybe the changing colours of nature and the long cold nights allow my imagination to run wild with possibilities of other fantastical worlds that had previously been out of my reach. The book that I will forever recommend as the perfect Fall read is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m almost certain that this book is an actual embodiment of Fall and once you start reading it, you will surely start craving apple cider, cinnamon rolls and caramel covered popcorn.

What’s your favourite thing about Fall? I hope you have a wonderful end to October and a Happy Halloween! x

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Autumn TBR

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The leaves cascade unto the forest floor in shades of molten-red and brown, dancing to a song of howls and woos, like a prayer to the forest nymphs. But the burning leaves now turn a smoulder-gold as the first drops of rain fall. The soft raindrops of summer are long gone, replaced instead by heavy drops of destruction. But as the storm passes, the soft light of the autumn moon peeks between the clouds and envelopes the trees, relishing the eerie glamour of the sleeping forest. It is a sight to behold. At it’s most glorious, Autumn is spectacular. 

I don’t know what it is about this season, but when I glimpse the first ember-red leaves on the sidewalk, by heart starts leaping with joy. The thought of spending my days swaddled in blankets, warming my hands on a cup of tea and reading a book gives me immense joy. Couple that with the sound of falling rain and the smell of baking bread and pumpkin spice wafting from the kitchen, and I would literally be in heaven. 

For some reason, I tend to read more fantasy books at this time of year, maybe because the blazing world of colour outside feeds my imagination and allows me to believe in worlds beyond our own. So here are the books that I’m planning to read this Fall, including a couple that I have already read and enjoyed. If you have any Autumn book recommendations, feel free to comment! x 


  • The Diviners by Libba Bray: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

 

  • Autumn by Ali Smith: Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour-hit of Pop Art (via a bit of very contemporary skulduggery and skull-diggery), Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.

 

  • Vixen by Rosie GarlandDevon, 1349. In Brauntone, where seagulls screech across the fields and the wind has a mind to change, Father Thomas arrives as the new priest. Determined to impress his congregation, he quells fears of the coming pestilence with promises of protection. For Anne, the priest’s arrival is an opportunity that at sixteen, she feels all too ready for. Convinced a grand fate awaits, she moves in as Thomas’s housekeeper, though hopeful of something more. But his home is a place without love or kindness. So when a strange, mute Maid is discovered, washed up in the marshes, and taken in, Anne is grateful for the company. Their friendship is to give Anne the chance of a happiness she thought she’d never know. But soon the plague strikes Brauntone, spreading panic. And as the villagers’ fear turns to anger, Thomas must sacrifice anything to restore their faith in him.

 

  • The Secret History by Donna TarttUnder the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

 

  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

 

  • Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente: Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. As the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, it becomes his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

 

  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo: Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.  these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

 

  • Before the Feast by Saša Stanisšić: It’s the night before the feast in the village of Fürstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman – he’s dead. And Mrs Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells – the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than smoking.Someone has opened the doors to the Village Archive, but what drives the sleepless out of their houses is not that which was stolen, but that which has escaped. Old stories, myths and fairy tales are wandering about the streets with the people. They come together in a novel about a long night, a mosaic of village life, in which the long-established and newcomers, the dead and the living, craftsmen, pensioners and noble robbers in football shirts bump into each other. They all want to bring something to a close, in this night before the feast.

 

  • Magic with Skin on by Morgan Nikola-Wren: In her much-anticipated debut poetry collection, Morgan Nikola-Wren has woven her signature romantic grit through a stunning, modern-day fairy tale. Chronicling the relationship between a lonely artist and her absent–albeit abusive–muse, Magic with Skin On will gently break you, then put you back together again.

 

  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Mariellier: High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm. But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop. When Cezar’s grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can’t imagine–tests of trust, strength, and true love.
  • The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman (reread): After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

 

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (reread): The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

 

  • Vicious by VE Schwab (reread): Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

 

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

Summer is only a few days away but the sun has already started painting the world vividly by it’s rays. So blinding. So brilliant. I used to count down the days until this season started, mainly because it meant three whole months without thinking about school or homework. Now that I’m working however, it doesn’t feel much different from the other seasons. But then I remember those warm sunny days when I was a kid, many mornings spent at the beach, binging on ice-creams, licking our chocolate-covered fingers and digging our toes in the warm gritty sand. I used to spend hours reading in the shade of the trees, while my father worked in the fields nearby…and later coming home to the smell of my mother’s new recipe. I loved these simple moments and I plan on embracing them again this year.

I have already compiled a new playlist in anticipation for summer (that’s how excited I am!) and it is a combination of songs that I’ve been enjoying lately. I hope you do as well 🙂

Coins in a Fountain– Passenger

Headlights (Acoustic Version)– Katja Petri

Yellow Sun– Crystal Fighters

Illuminate– The Kite String Tangle, Dustin Tebbutt

Tiger Striped Sky– Roo Panes

Beaches– Gone in the Sun

Tenerife Sea– Ed Sheeran

Green Light– Lorde

Don’t Let It Pass– Junip

September Song– JP Cooper

Going to California– Led Zeppelin

Perfect Day– Lou Reed

Riptide– Vance Joy

Sunshine Gold– Sam the Astronaut

[Spotify]

 I would also like to share with you some of the books that I’m really looking forward to read this summer. I tried to include a mix of everything: poetry, classics, contemporaries, fantasy, short stories and even non-ficiton books. I hope I can manage to read them all…the summer heat is known to make me pretty lazy!!

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Sunshine in the Meadow || A Spring Playlist

Sunshine in the Meadow || A Spring Playlist

This playlist is a combination of all the things that remind me of Spring. It makes me want to go on long drives with the windows down, run aimlessly amongst the trees, eat ice-cream for breakfast and have picnics every other day. I hope you enjoy it! x

Blood – The Middle East

Willow Tree March– The Paper Kites

Up&Up– Coldplay

Once There  Was a Hushpuppy– Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

Ragged Wood– Fleet Foxes

Return to Innocence– Enigma

Young Blood– The Naked and Famous

Hannah Hunt– Vampire Weekend

Hide & Seek– Amber Run

Another Story– The Head and the Heart

Love Like Ghosts– Lord Huron

The Child in Us– Enigma

Second Chances– Gregory Alan Isakov

Chinatown– Wild Nothing

[Spotify]