My Thoughts on Shawn Mendes

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m going to be talking about my thoughts on Shawn Mendes (the album, not the singer himself), and all of the songs on it. Onto the post!

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In My Blood– this song is about being in an incredibly low place, but pushing yourself to overcome it. It’s something almost everyone can relate to in some way, and I was quite emotional when I first listened to it. A powerful first single and opening to the album.

Nervous– while I don’t love the slow verses of this, I still love how Shawn’s voice sounds on it, and the chorus is great. I also think the bridge is fantastic (I am, possibly weirdly, a total sucker for a good bridge. Please reassure me that other people have parts of songs that are typically their favourite!)

Lost in Japan– this is very R and B in sound, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like it, as I wasn’t sure I would initially! I love the concept of it, and I think it was another excellent choice for a single.

Where Were You in the Morning?- this title is, as Shawn put it in an interview, quite self-explanatory, and I really like it. His falsetto on the chorus is fabulous, and I love the instrumentals too. The cool, confident vibe of the lyrics is fab as well.

Like to be You (feat. Julia Michaels) – this is hands down my favourite of this album. It’s about a couple just after an argument, and them wanting to know what the other is thinking. I think the conversational style and the concept are so unique, and Shawn and Julia’s vocals are strong separately and when they come together. The way their voices blend is beyond stunning.

Fallin’ All in You– while I don’t really love Ed Sheeran as an artist (I don’t hate him, he’s just not someone I personally listen to unless he’s on the radio), I think his songs are generally really well written, and his involvement in this song definetely shines through. It’s a tender love song that tells a story, and it’s a super lovely ballad.

Particular Taste– this is, along with Lost in Japan, the mosy R and B song on the album. I initially thought I’d hate this (and LiJ), but I like it a lot! It’s a total earworm, and it’s just so fun to listen to.

Why– this is a stunning ballad, and it’s about someone wondering why they and the person they love (who loves them back) don’t just get together. It definitely brought a few tears to my eye

Because I Had You– this one is about moving onto a new relationship, and I am obsessed with the melody. OBSESSED. It reminds me a bit of Justin Bieber’s for Love Yourself, but it’s different too, and there’s something about it I just love.

Queen– this is the third in my top 3, and it’s about someone who acts like they’re above everyone else. Like In My Blood, I think that’s something most people will have experienced in one way or another, and I have a feeling it’ll be deeply cathartic to sing this after the next time I come into contact with a person like that. And possibly hum under my breath while I’m near them… The lyrics are suitably scathing for the topic, and I really like this.

Youth (feat. Khalid)- this is such a powerful, timely song; it’s about not letting tragedies in the news affect our view of the world, and it’s beautiful. The message is needed and important. Aside from how much I love it in that sense, I also liked Khalid’s voice, as well as his harmonies with Shawn, even though I’ve never heard of him before.

Mutual– this is about someone wondering whether or not the other person in a relationship feels as strongly about them, and it’s my 2nd favourite of the album. The alt rock/pop mix (which is how I’d describe it, and would love to know if you agree) is amazing, and it’s so catchy and cutting and downright delightful.

Perfectly Wrong– this is another ballad, and it’s even more emotional than Why; it’s about two people who are together, and are bad for each other and yet perfect for each other at the same time. The simple piano backing is absolutely fitting, and it’s so raw and emotional.

When You’re Ready– this is so sweet! I love the lyrics, I adore the melody and I think it’s a gorgeous end to to a fabulous album. It’s super cute and catchy.


What are your thoughts on this album? What are your favourite songs, and do we have in any in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

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My Five Favourite Cover Songs

Hello everybody! Today, I thought it’d be fun to talk about some of my very favourite covers that artists I like have done. Onto the post!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (George Ezra)- George has done a variety of amazing covers in the Live Lounge, but I just had to pick this given that I adore it, but detest the original to the point I can’t even listen to it. I love how different this version is, and the fact George often slips the word Ezra into his covers somewhere.

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Mayré Martinez and Rafael de la Fuente)- I found this because I love Rafael in Dynasty, and I think this is a fabulous song, even though I didn’t love the original. His voice is wonderful, and at lots of pitches too, and he and Mayré sound beautiful together. I really wish they’d do a few more songs than they already have together.

Psycho (Shawn Mendes) I didn’t expect to enjoy this- I knew it wasn’t the sort of thing I tend to like- but Shawn made it into his style, and I like it a lot. It’s been stuck in my head for days now, as I write this! His cover of Here by Alessia Cara is fab as well!

Riptide (Taylor Swift) this was the first time I’d ever heard this song, and I fell in love with it. I love Taylor Swift during all her eras, and I really love her pop stuff, but if you’re especially into her ballads you should check this out for sure. It’s much slower than Vance Joy’s orginal version, which I also love, which makes it much easier to sing along with!

Somewhere Only We Know (Lily Allen)– I think this song, originally by Keane, is stunning, and this is my favourite version of it. It just sounds utterly beautiful, and the John Lewis Christmas ad it accompanied in 2013 was heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures, which is how I think of this song. I don’t feel like Lily Allen was the obvious choice to sing it, but for me, she was the perfect one.

What cover versions do you love? Are you a fan of any I’ve mentioned too, or will you maybe check them out after this post? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

Thoughts on Staying at Tamara’s

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my thoughts on Staying at Tamara’s, the almost two week old second album by my joint favourite artist ever, George Ezra. Quick disclaimer that I’m not uber up on technical terms; these are just my feelings/opinions/thoughts on what these songs are about and what they are. Onto the post!

Pretty Shining People– this is a wonderful opener to an album largely about escapism. It’s so beautifully sang, and the lyrics are uplifting and wonderful. The chorus is especially lovely and makes me feel likeI can take on whatever rubbish thing lies ahead that I’m worried about.

Don’t Matter Now- I initially wasn’t sure if I liked this or not, but after testing it 100 times since it was released last July I’m fairly sure I do. It’s about escapism (every song is, in some way, I think) and it’s so catchy. I can’t believe it didn’t get more radio play, as it’s exactly the sort of thing that’s fun to sing along to, and will get stuckin your head for DAYS (and only ever be mildly infuriating, which is a bonus. ) .

Get Away- the introductory instrumentals to this are just 😍, to begin with. I like it’s message, again one of escaping, and another of my favourite things about it is the brass band section. The new section of George’s band is one of my favourite things about the album in general actually.

Shotgun– this very quickly became my favourite song of the album. I listened to it at least 50 times on the first day it was out, and at least 50 more in the following week. It’s sunshine and joy in audio form, and I love the fun lyrics and the way it captures a lovely summery feeling. The pre-chorus and chorus itself are unbelievably catchy, the little bit where George almost speaks (‘I could get USED to this’) makes me grin and it’s just infectious in its joy. It’s also George’s favourite, which makes me even happier I fell so head over heels for it.

Paradise– this was the first official single of the album, and I played it so much the day it was released. It got completely stuck in my head, I think it’s just LOVELY and it makes me very happy that it pops up on the radio quite a bit to brighten my day. Also, the key change heading into the pre-chrous and that line (‘I know you’ve heard it from those other boys’) is one of my top moments of the album.

All my Love– despite it being about something quite different, this feels like this album’s version of Blind Man in Amsterdam. It’s short, sweet, and about always being there for someone. There are some fab lyrics and I love George’s voice on it, but it’s not one of my favourites.

Sugarcoat– this one was very unexpected for me in becoming a top 3 favourite. I’d actually almost been dreading getting to it as I didn’t like the title much, but my god it’s good. It’s about a romantic trip to South Africa and taking the next step in a relationship I think, and it’s dreamy and swoony and I adore it. I also really like the way George kind of talks to himself at one point, and the way it’s quite a self contained story, which is something I’ve always loved about George’s songs. The instrumentals are amazing too. So unexpected, but so good.

Hold My Girl- this is my 2nd favourite song of the album. It’s a beautiful ballad that makes me cry basically every time I hear it, and I love it so much. I sneakily found it on YouTube last summer well before it got released, and I’ve been listening ever since. It’s stunning.

Saviour (feat First Aid Kit)- this one has quite a dark sound to it, remniscent of Wanted On Voyage in a lot of ways (particularly Did You Hear the Rain?), and I must admit I still have no idea what it’s about. I think it’s fantastic though!

Only a Human– this is another amazing ballad, and it came very close to being in my top three favourites list. It’s about not blaming yourself when you make a mistake and put too much pressure on yourself, and it’s so poignant. The message feels very universal; something everyone needsto hear sometimes, and it makes me happy and sad at the same time.

The Beautiful Dream- there are parts of this which remind me of Breakaway (by far George’s most underrated song ever, in my opinion) so I obviously love it. It’s stunning, we see a few glimpses of falsetto in and it’s a perfect ending to a great album. Can I have George Ezra 3 now, please?

Are you a fellow fan of George Ezra? What’s your favourite song from this album? If you’ve not heard it, have I convinced you to give it a go? Would anyone be interested in a post like this for Wanted on Voyage? (I only ask as it’s a bit older, I’m planning to do one for other artists I love’s new stuff as and when it’s released). I’d absolutely LOVE to chat about this album with you, so let me know the answers to these in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

5 Excellent Songs for When You Feel Angry

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Today, I’m going to be talking about songs I like to listen to when I’m the angry sort of upset! Onto the post!


F*ck You by Lily Allen– the cheery melody contrasts so much with the absolute hatred of the lyrics, and it’s incredibly catchy. The cheeriness of the chorus especially makes for perfect stealth anger humming! It’s also featured in Bridget Jones Baby, which I adore and was where I first heard it, so it cheers me up to remember the film as I listen.

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My Favourite Disney Love Songs

Hello everybody!

Today it’s time for another love themed post, I’m going to be writing about my favourite romantic Disney songs. Onto the post! (Please note there will be a spoiler for Frozen if you haven’t seen it!)

Love is An Open Door- this one is possibly marred a bit by the fact that Hans turns out to be an evil villain who wants to kill Anna, but it’s still a seriously good song. It’s catchy, pretty funny and I just really like the scene. It doesn’t take the crown for my favourite Frozen song, but it has tough competition seeing Let it Go is spectacular, and In Summer is the most joyous song possibly ever, and I still like it a lot.

Kiss the Girl- I love the Little Mermaid soundtrack an awful lot; Sebastian is the best. This song, which is sung when Ariel and Eric take a boat trip together and Eric must kiss Ariel in order for her to remain human, so Sebastian is attempting to set a romantic vibe and coax him into it. This is super fun, and it’s different to alnost any other Disney love song I can think of since it’s not the couple who sing it.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight- another sing that fits that bill is this one from the Lion King. It’s written by Elton John and it’s beautiful, and it’s one of the loveliest scenes in the film (even though the writing in the sky caused all that controversy…).

I See the Light– this is definetly the most visually stunning scene of Tangled (and as someone who loves purple and gold, as you can probably tell from my blog colours, may I just say I highly approve of the colour scheme of it too). It’s a totally beautiful song, and as a Chuck fan it always surprises me just how good a singer Zachary Levi actually is!

Something that I Want– this is SUCH a good song, and I think I’d count it as a love song. It plays over the end credits of Tangled, and my interpretation of the lyrics are that it’s about Rapunzel and Flynn, and how finding each other changes their lives (that may be totally wrong, but it’s the way I understand it and it feels like a love song. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments!). It’s toe-tappingly catchy, I love the lyrics and how it sort of tells the story of the film, and I also just really, really like Grace Potter’s voice!

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite Disney love songs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My 5 Favourite Love Songs

Hello everybody!

Today, I have something quite different for you. I’m going to be talking about music, specifically love songs seeing it’s Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not a music blogger and don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I do love music and these songs, and hope you enjoy the post!

Money or the Girl (Into the Ark)- this is quite potentially my favourite song of all time, and Into the Ark my joint favourite musician of all time (you’ll see the other one in a minute). I love the lyrics, the story I think it tells and Taylor and Dane’s voices are as beautiful as ever. Their covers of Burning Love/Not a One are also GORGEOUS, and their original Better than Never at All (which I’m pretty sure Dane has said he wrote for his girlfriend when he was in Australia on a trip ) is super lovely too. Basically, I really love Into the Ark, and all their songs so I can’t pick just one.

Budapest (George Ezra)– I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this song, considering how often it was l the radio when Wanted on Voyage was released back in 2014, and it’s well deserved. The lyrics are fab, George Ezra’s voice is forever flawless (he’s that other joint favourite I was talking about) and it’s insanely catchy but never gets on my nerves no matter how many days in a row it’s stuck in my head. Other bits of romantic loveliness from George Ezra I recommend are Listen to the Man, Barcelona and Hold My Girl.

Something Just Like This (Coldplay)- I really, REALLY dislike the version of this including the Chainsmokers, but the One Love Manchester performance made me fall in love with it. I just love the concept of the song in general, and the chorus is so, so catchy and lovely. My absolute favourite Coldplay song.

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)– a classic, and rightly so. This song is so sweet and pretty and lovely. Fun fact: when Saffy was a very small puppy and slept downstairs, this was one of my favourite things to sing to her to soothe her to sleep.

Let Me Love the Lonely (James Arthur)- this song is about falling in love when you aren’t comfortable with people, and it’s stunning. My absolute highlight of Back from the Edge, this is hugely underrated as no one EVER seems to have heard of it.

Thank you so much for reading! What love songs do you love? Have you ever listened to any of mine? Are there any other music posts you’d especially like me to do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

A Q&A : Books, Music and TV

Hello everybody!

A little (a long), while ago on Twitter, I asked for some questions for a Q&A post, so today I’m going to answer them all. I was so pleased with all the questions, and I already can’t wait to do another one of these (especially if anyone enjoyed it; please let me know what you think in the comments!)

Onto the post!  

First and last crush on a fictional character?

The first was Aiden from Pony Club Secrets, last was probably Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss. The two biggest are Nick from Geek Girl and Sirius Black.


Favourite show/musical? And favourite character from it?

My favourite musical is Sunshine on Leith, which is based on the music of the Proclaimers, and I also loved Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat


If you were a Disney character, which one would you be and why?

This is SO hard. I asked my mum who she thought I’d be, and she said Belle as I’m almost always reading! I’d say Rapunzel, but I don’t think I’m optimistic enough in all honesty. In a dream world, I’d like to be Olaf.


How do you plan/write your reviews?

Badly 😂. I try and write notes on as many as possible throughout the month, then sit down at the end and write them all up (and usually put it off till the night before I want the post to go up).  If I forget to write notes, I wing it.

 If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I’d love to be a dog (probably either a cocker spaniel or a golden retriever, though really any breed as I adore them all).


Peter Pan or Tinkerbell?

Tinkerbell. Peter Pan is FAR too whiny for my taste.


What’s your favourite guilty pleasure snack?

I try not to be guilty about treats, but I do indulge in quite a bit of chocolate…

 Do you think words have the power to change us and if so do you think this is a good thing?

Absolutely, and yes. Words shape who I am, and my knowledge.


What book have you had on your TBR forever, that you still haven’t read yet?

Loads! Based on the person who asked me this (hey Aimee, if you’re reading) I’ll say Abi Ephinstone’s books. I read the Dreamsnatcher and enjoyed it, but have still never got round to books 2 or 3.


If you could only read one author or genre for the rest of your life who/what would you choose?

I’d read mysteries, because you can find a mystery in most books and could therefore read almost everything!

 What was your first favourite book?

A picture book called Second Best.
What are your pet bookish peeves/things you can’t stand?

I’m not keen on selfish or whiny main characters (or those I perceive to be those things, anyway), unless it’s clear it’s been done on purpose. For example, I really rooted for Olivia in Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls as she’s not conventionally likeable but we can see why. I’m 50/50 with animal deaths, and I detest any poor treatment of animals. 

 What do you really love to see in a book?

I personally quite like instalove if done well, but I also like slow-burn romances. I love characters who are so brave but don’t really know it, if that makes sense. I love seeing a foreign country, or fantasy worldbuilding. I love a good mystery, of course. And a really nice friendship!.

Three elements for a perfect story?

A middle grade mystery, with fab friendships and an exciting, excellent plot.

What’s your fave mythical creature?

I love a good dragon, and also unicorns.

If you could live in one bookish world, which one would you choose?

Stoneybrook in the Babysitters Club. I’ll be nice and safe, be able to look after lovely children and go on fun adventures to places like New York.

What got you started with blogging?

I had wanted to for ages, and decided in June that I might as well give it a shot.

Most underrated book?

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, which will most likely not come as a surprise. I’m planning a whole new feature this year about other books I love which are underrated and why I think everyone should read them. The first will be my favourite Enid Blyton series…

Most underrated Disney film?

I think I’ll go for Oliver and Company! I also bareky ever see love for Zootropolis, which I adore SO much.


Favourite t.v. show?

I love lots, but Suits is probably my all time favourite. There is literally nothing I dislike about it.


Best thing to binge watch on Netflix?

I have only ever binged the Good Wife on Netflix, which I adored. On DVD, I got through Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and the Mentalist VERY quickly.


Your ideal cosy night in?

A nice film or boxset, Maltesers and Counters, mint choc chip ice cream, crisps, a blanket, pillows and dog cuddles please.


Favourite genre to read
?

Mysteries!


Who are your top 5 singers?

George Ezra and Into the Ark are my joint absolute favourites then Tom Odell, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and Coldplay.


Who are your top 3 favourite Grey’s Anatomy characters?

Meredith, Christina and Alex.

 What underrated book do you wish everyone would read?

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, or the 39 Clues series.


What classics do you plan to read in 2018?

I have a few I want to read, but I’d especially love to get to Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess and the Wolves of Willoughby Chase.  I’d also like to give some Jane Austen a go!

What is your daemon? 

Ive never read Northern Lights, so I’m not really sure. According to the quiz I just took, a terrier. 

What was the last book you DNF?

I think it was Things a Bright Girl Can Do. 

What’s your favourite and least favourite genre?

MG- Mystery and fantasy, YA- contemporary for favourites. Not big on horror or dystopia at all, and I’m not that into sci-fi.

If you were a book character, what type of book would you be most likely to end up in? (Mystery, adventure, etc)?

I’d like to feature in a mystery, seeing they’re my favourites. Realistically it’d probably be very dull! My life would not make a good book.


Which characteristics in a protagonist really make you connect with them?

I love really brave characters that have to work hard to be so, e.g. Hazel from Murder Most Unladylike or Ade from Boy in the Tower. And those who love animals are always lovely too!
 Which fictional character would you most like to marry?

In what may come as no shock whatsoever at this stage, Nick from Geek Girl. Or maybe Airen from Pony Club Secrets. Outwith books, it’s even harder. Patrick Jane from the Mentalist, Harvey Spectre from Suits and Caleb Rivers from Pretty Little Liars (and also Jackson or Derek or Mark from Grey’s Anatomy). And film wise, Duckie from my all time favourite Pretty in Pink or Andrew from the Proposal, a new fave from this year.Thank you so much for reading! Do we share any answers? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy xxx