Besides Books (but not really, there are books)

I’m still really busy with school, and not doing a fantastic job keeping up with blogging (oops). I am slaying at my 8 week course though, so that’s good. I am hoping to catch up on commenting soon! I try to keep up with the top few sections of my bloglovin’ list every so often but then I get distracted or face internet problems and don’t make it as far as I’d like. I will find a way to defeat the list, somehow! And I will probably do a recappish post tomorrow, but I kind of forgot about the whole 28 days thing because that’s what an intense short class will do to you, and I had this one almost ready!

book sets

I mentioned in this post that I got my niecelets some books for Christmas.Neither of the sets had actually been opened and I was actually pretty sad about it, but the oldest niece decided to read Ivy and Bean (Though, because they are Ivy + Bean, she insists on saying “Ivy Plus Bean”) the other day and finished one of them pretty quickly and really liked it! It made me feel really happy! She asked if we could read one of the other ones together sometime this week and I’m super excited about it! I’ve also been reading Dora and 5 minute Princess stories with the youngest niece. I haven’t done a whole lot of reading one on one with the middle one, but I do watch her dance a lot =)

I am behind on every TV show I watch.  And there are so many I want to start! I am hoping once my short class ends I can start catching up. I am incredibly excited about the new season of Game of Thrones! The character posters are kind of lame, but aren’t they always? I’m excited about so many things, but the wedding (Marg’s hair is ridiculous and I love it so much) and Oberyn and everything in the North and Arya and Saaaaansa are some highlights. And dragons, of course. I’m just excited. Do you watch? Are you excited? What are you most excited about? 

And speaking of GOT, I saw Kit Harington in Pompeii last night. The movie isn’t exactly great but I enjoyed it, and more importantly, KIT. He is ridiculously good looking. He should be in all the things ever.

This MS MR cover of “Do I Wanna Know” by Arctic Monkeys is one of my favorite things at the moment:

Tell me some of your favorite things?

Besides Books

Besides Books

Daughter

Website | YouTube | Soundcloud

I am wasted, losing time
I’m a foolish, fragile spine
I want all that is not mine
I want him but we’re not right”

I discovered Daughter through tumblr. The first song I saw and listened to was “Smother,” which you can check out above. I loved it and wanted more, so I went to Spotify. I fell in love with the sound and Elena’s voice. It quickly became music I could listen to over and over again. It’s also music that distracts me from other music. If I open up iTunes to listen to say, One Direction (I like catchy pop songs and I’m not ashamed) sometimes I’ll see Daughter and it becomes necessary for me to listen to them instead. They’re album If You Leave‘s first track, “Winter” begins with this perfect first line “Drifting apart like two sheets of ice” and it infiltrates my brain all the time.

“Cos’ this is torturous electricity
Between both of us and this is
Dangerous cos’ I want you so much
But I hate your guts
I hate you”

They’re gaining popularity now and I guess they’ve released “Youth” as a single which is actually my favorite song along with “Landfill.” I haven’t listened to the radio much lately and my local station isn’t exactly the best with new music, so I wasn’t aware. While looking for a video to share (before I figured out how to embed Spotify tracks), I found out they were on Letterman. Maybe they’re more popular than I thought, but every time I try to talk about them nobody knows who they are! If you love them, let’s be Daughter fan friends, okay? Or if you haven’t heard of them before but listen and like, let me know!

“Woken up like an animal
Teeth ready for sinking
My mind’s lost in bleak vision
I tried to escape but keep sinking”

Bomb Girls

IMDB | Website

From the site: Set in the 1940s, Bomb Girls tells the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a munitions factory building bombs for the Allied forces fighting on the European front. The series delves into the lives of these exceptional women from all walks of life – peers, friends and rivals – who find themselves thrust into new worlds and changed profoundly as they are liberated from their home and social restrictions.

I’ve only watched the first season because it’s all Netflix has at the moment. Candians can watch full episodes on the website but citizens of the USA are not allowed. This is extremely hurtful, but one must survive and hope that season two will be on Netflix soon. The website also has information about the time period including pictures of women in factories at the time, pictures of what women wore, and cool propaganda posters. Bomb Girls has a lot of strong female characters that are easy to like and dislike. Do you watch Bomb Girls? Let’s talk. Not about season two, though.

Copper

IMDB | Website

From THR found on IMDB: Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while interacting with the uptown Manhattan crowd and the black community.

BBCA’s “About” has some spoilers for the first season so I used this one instead. This show isn’t perfect, it has its issues. It’s TVMA so there are some sex scenes (Not as bad as HBO) and a lot of violence. However, It also has Tom Weston-Jones as Detective Kevin Corcoran and he is gorgeous and has an accent. It has some pretty spectacular accents, a lot of Irish. There’s also some great singing. There’s Sarah, a freed slave and wife of another freed slave and doctor, Matthew. Sarah is probably my favorite character along with Corcoran, which is funny because I didn’t like her that much in the beginning! Don’t you love characters that change your mind?

The site also has a lot of neat stuff like The Fashion of Copper where the costume designer talks about fashion choices and shows sketches.

And this happened:

ROBERT MOREHOUSE  with adorable dog

Do you watch Copper? Let’s talk about it’s good/bad/weird parts and how pretty Corcoran and company are. I’m up to date on this one.

So that’s what I’ve got for now. If there’s anything you’re loving right now and want to talk about, feel free to let me know about it!

Sorry if this isn’t your cuppa, it might become a semi-regular thing but it won’t be weekly. It will probably just be whenever I want to share something non-bookish with people. Perhaps I’ll even come up with a better name for it.