Angels and Demons- Book Review πŸ“š

Hello world!

How’s everyone doing? It’s really been a while since I last spoke with ya’ll… I think that whenever I say “oh, I’ll be posting regularly now!” it’s just never happens. So from now on, no more promises. I’ll try to keep on posting as much as I can! I love writing so much so don’t worry, I’m not going to stop anytime soon. Anyway, for today’s blog I’m back with another book review! This time it’s on “Angels and Demons”, by Dan Brown. I actually bought this book while I was on a fun day with my mum in Tel Aviv! I shared that with you guys, and told you that after I’m done reading it, I’ll post an update with my review and thoughts. So here it is!

I’ll start off by saying that I’ve heard a lot of good things about Dan Brown’s work- my mum read almost all of his books, so I think that during my childhood seeing his name written over so many books in our living room library kind of got me into the mood.

“Angels and Demons” is a book in which there are many perspectives and storylines going on at the same time, and by the end of it they all come together and become one. I love these types of books, and Brown made it very simple for the reader to follow without getting lost. The main point of view is Robert Langdon’s, a Harvard professor, that one day is asked to identify a weird symbol on a dead scientist’s chest. He quickly realizes that the symbol belongs to the secret brotherhood “Illuminati”. The Illuminati was a known enemy of the Catholic church, and soon enough Robert finds himself stuck in a dangerous and deadly battle between science and religion.

That’s all I can say without giving the whole book and plotline away- I’m going to try and keep this review as spoiler less as possible.

I think that it’s best to firstly get this out of the way- it is truly a great book. It has so many twists and surprises within it, and just as you think that you know what’s going on, you find out that you really don’t. It is the kind of book that will keep you wanting to know more- you could definitely binge read it. A specific thing that I loved about the book is how educational it is. Everything but the plotline is real- every place or fact. I loved how smart the book makes you feel while reading it- you get educated on the history of Rome, the Vatican, the Catholic church, certain artists, science, and more! It is well written, in a way that is easy to understand and take in without confusing or mixing things up.

Most of the characters are smart and good at decision making in my opinion, which always makes the book more interesting and easy to relate to- they’re not being stupid or doing dumb things just to mess the plot up- they’re always making the most realistic choices, and that for sure helps make the book more interesting and intriguing as the characters are acting exactly as they should.

Besides being a very good book, with a very good plotline, there were two main things that kind of bothered me while I was reading. It’s something that I would like to know before reading a book- maybe it’s the feminist in me, but it’s important to mention in my opinion. The first one being the fact that there were about three “active” female characters in the whole book. Sure, we’re told a bit about Saint Maria, or other Christian saints, but apart from that there are three. The first one, Maria, that’s dead, and we only barely see her in “flashbacks”, another one, Chinita Macri, that literally only exists to put her male co- worker in a better light, and Vittoria Vetra, the other main character, which I would elaborate on more in a minute. There are a few other female characters that are being shown every now and then, but I’m pretty sure that those are the only female characters that have names, and are being talked about or with more than once or twice. The underrepresentation of women in the book really annoyed and angered me at times while reading it, and even though I know that this book was written a while ago (May 2000, to be exact) I still think that more women could’ve been part of the plotline.

The second thing that bothered me, again looking at the book from a more of a feminist perspective, is Vittoria Vetra’s character. Vittoria is supposed to be a smart scientist, who’s also very connected to her religion and God. However, at times while reading I noticed that she doesn’t act like a woman at all- of course, there isn’t a way that a woman should be acting, but still- after been through so much trauma, after loosing so much- the first thing she does is throw herself at the closest man possible. When her body was about to be violated by someone else, without her consent, all she did was “have fire in her eyes”, whatever that means. I get that different people act differently in certain situations, but for me, it really felt as if the person who came up with her character never spoke to a real woman before. It seemed like she was written based off a fantasy or a very strong stereotype. Adding that to the fact that she was the only “main” woman character in the book, I found it quite disappointing. While reading the book, I felt like instead of empowering women, Vittoria’s character only strengthen the stereotypes surrounding them.

To conclude everything up- I loved the book. Truly. I would definitely look forward to reading more books by Dan Brown, and maybe even re-read “Angels and Demons” some time as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interesting in learning in a unique and interesting way, as well as anyone who loves adventures and thriller. However, this book isn’t perfect, and the underrepresentation of women, as well as the way they’re described in the book bothered me.

I really hope that you enjoyed reading this review, and that I’m getting better at it! Usually I’d like to give more of my opinion on the storyline, but in “Angels and Demons” there are so many plot twists, that I wouldn’t be able to do it without giving the whole book away.

If you’d like to buy the book, you can get it right here

Thanks so much for reading, if you made it this far- I appreciate it! If you’ve already read the book, let me know what are your thoughts on it! Do you agree with mine? What are books that you’d recommend? Make sure to drink tons of water, and take care of your physical and mental health. And wear a mask! The pandemic isn’t over just yet!

See you soon, and take care!

Toodles! πŸ¦„

-Ocean girl

My Thoughts on Taylor Swift’s “evermore” πŸ‚

Hello world!

How have you all been. I’ve been good, I’ve taken the second dose of the vaccine a few days ago, and my shoulder is completely numb. But I’m good! I also lowkey realized that my blog basically became a baking blog or something, so expect some random stories and stuff, I really missed writing those type of blogs! But anyways. Taylor Swift’s 9th studio album, evermore, came out more then a month ago. When it came out I wrote a blog of my first impression of it, and in that blog I said that in one month I’d write my thoughts on it after listening to it more thoroughly. And here it is! Let me know what you think about the album, and if you agree with my opinions of it.

willow

willow is the first track on the album. When I first heard it, and I wasn’t too familiar with the album, it used to be one of my favorites. Now? not so much. It’s good, I love it and know it by heart and would die to be able to scream the words in a concert some day, but I feel like I’ve heard it way too many times on all kinds of different apps that it’s just not my favorite. It’s usually what happens to singles from all albums, but it didn’t happened to me with cardigan, the single from her 8th studio album, folklore. To conclude, love it, but isn’t my favorite. My favorite line from the song is “wreck my plans, that’s my man”.

champagne problems

OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE. From the very beginning this one was a favorite, but it just keep getting better and better. I love this song so much, and even though it’s lyrically sad, for some reason I keep finding myself screaming and singing this song incredibly loudly in front of my mirror(ball). I love it! So so much. There’s nothing else to add except for that lmao. My favorite line from the song is the entire bridge, which is amazing, but especially the part where she says “what a shame she’s fucked in the head”. Obviously.

gold rush

This song is so incredible, and again, just like champagne problems, it just keeps getting better. It’s so satisfying for some reason? Like I feel like it’s the perfect song to ice skate to or to dance to. It’s just so nice! I love it. My favorite part is when she says “with your hair falling into place like dominos”.

’tis the damn season

When I first heard ’tis the damn season I wasn’t sure that I really liked it, I thought that it was okay-ish. But now I really like it! The more I listen to it, the better it gets. I definitely need to keep on playing it in order to get used to it πŸ™‚ My favorite lines are “but if it’s okay with you, it’s okay with me” and “but if it’s all the same to you, it’s the same to me”.

tolerate it

This is track number five, therefore it’s quite emotional and deep. I love tolerate it, but it’s also a “skip” for me in a way. Even though I love the music and the lyrics, it’s sometimes a bit heavy if you know what I mean. I think that this is a really relatable song, and in a way, we all have someone who “tolerates” us. Someone who doesn’t give us the same love and energy we give them. So, even though this song is so freaking beautiful, I often skip it when listening to the album as it’s really emotional and deep. My favorite lines from this song are “use my best colors for your portrait”, “I know my love should be celebrated… but you tolerate it” and “If it’s all in my head, tell me now”.

no body, no crime (feat. HAIM)

OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS SONG. From the very first time that I heard it, and until today, I still feel the same- this song is freaking incredible. I love true crime, I love Taylor Swift… This is definitely a win for me! I really love HAIM’s voices as well, they’re so talented. I love listening to this song, and when I do I feel like a badass. My favorite part is the whole song, but if I had to choose just a few lines they’ll be: “that ain’t my Merlot on his mouth, that ain’t my jewelry on our joint account”, “she was with me, dude”, “good thing his mistress took out a big life insurance policy”, and “they think she did it, but they just can’t prove it, she thinks I did it, but she just can’t prove it”.

happiness

This song is another kind of a skip for me… Unlike tolerate it, I just don’t feel too connected or feel like I relate to this song too much. So it just became a sad song, one that I can’t relate to. So I usually skip it (still though I know it by heart and all lmao). My favorite lines are: “honey, when I’m above the trees, I see this for what it is”, “tell me, when did your winning smile begin to look like a smirk?”, and “all you want from me now is the green light of forgiveness… You haven’t met the new me yet, and I think she’ll give you that”.

dorothea

HEY HEY DOROTHEA lol I love this song so much! I remember not 100% understanding this song at first, but honestly I don’t think that I’ll ever fully understand any song. However, I love this song quite a lot, and feel like I could be a good friend of the speaker and their lover. I love the lyrics as well as the music and sounds, and it all really is quite magical in my opinion. It also reminds me of myself and my friend, for some reason. My favorite lines are: “and I got nothing but well wishes for ya”, “the stars in your eyes shined brighter in Tupelo”, “you’rΠ΅ a queen sellin’ dreams, sellin’ makeup and magazines, from you, I’d buy anything” and “but are you still the same soul I met under the bleachers? Well, I guess I’ll never know, and you’ll go on with the show”.

coney island (feat. The National)

Okay okay hear me out… I actually don’t love this song, and for a long time I used to always skip it and quite disliked it. HOWEVER, the more that I actually listen to it, the better it gets? I’m slowly learning to like and appreciate this song. I currently still don’t have favorite lines, as I truly used to skip this one lmao.

ivy

I never skipped this one, but it’s quite far near the end so I didn’t get to hear it as much when listening to the whole album- I never reached that far into the album. However I love it a lot and try my hardest to listen to it more and more. I like the music and lyrics quite a lot though! πŸ™‚ My favorite lines from this song are “oh, goddamn”, “my pain fits in the palm of your freezing hand, taking mine, but it’s been promised to another”, and “it’s the goddamn fight of my life, and you started it”.

cowboy like me

Oh my god I love this song so much ahhh it reminds me of Jess Mariano from Gilmore Girls. It’s so good!! I feel super ~mysterious~ while listening to it. I love the lyrics so much as well as the music and Taylor’s voice in this one. My favorite lines are: “and you asked me to dance but I said, “Dancin’ is a dangerous game””, “I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve”, “you had some tricks up your sleeve”, “now you hang from my lips like the Gardens of Babylon, with your boots beneath my bed, forever is the sweetest con “. (I just looked up what “Gardens of Babylon” meant… guess who’s tearing up in the middle of her biology class).

long story short

wowow love this song so much! Like I said last time, at first I thought that this was another song from August’s point of view, but it probably isn’t. Either way, I get Lover/reputation vibes from this song! It’s super fun and happy and I truly love it. I find this song quite loud, yet soft in a way. ANYWAYS here are my favorite lines: “actually, I always felt I must look better in the rear view”, “and we live in peace, but if someone comes at us, this time, I’m ready”, “no more keepin’ score, now I just keep you warm”, “past me, I wanna tell you not to get lost in these petty things”, “and he feels like home, if the shoe fits, walk in it everywhere you go” and lastly, “long story short, I survived”.

marjorie

This is such a sad song. In her eighth studio album, folklore, the 13th track is about Taylor’s grandfather. So in evermore, Taylor decided to dedicate her 13th track to her grandmother, Marjorie. This song is super sad, and hits hard. I honestly sometimes skip it as well, just because of how sad it is. My favorite part is when Taylor says “and if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were singing to me now” and then you can hear old recording of Taylor’s grandmother singing (she used to be on opera singer). This is super sad, and touching. This song gives me the chills every single time I listen to it. I would love it if Taylor Nation would restock the evermore vinyl on her store, because this would probably be the most emotional song to here played on a record player.

closure

When I first heard closure I used to laugh, because at the beginning it sounds like Taylor is playing around in her kitchen, making the sounds with her pots and pans. However, I’m a dedicated swiftie and I listened to it over and over and over again until I got used to it. Now I actually love it, and appreciate it for what it is! Yes, this obviously isn’t my favorite song, but it’s not bad. I like it πŸ™‚ My favorite lines from the songs are: “yes, I got your letter, yes, I’m doing better”, and “I’m fine with my spite, and my tears, and my beers and my candles”.

evermore (feat. Bon Iver)

Since this is the last song, I rarely get to hear it when I’m listening to the whole album. And honestly I’m not sure what I think of this one. I like it, but not a lot. I mean, after loving exile to death, I expected something a bit different knowing Taylor and Bon Iver’s voice dynamic. I’m still getting used to hearing Taylor singing the lower part, and Bon Iver singing the higher! It’s a great song though, and overall I really like it. My favorite lines from the song are: “I rewind thΠ΅ tape, but all it does is pause” and “gray November, I’ve been down since July”.

Other than that, Taylor also recently released the deluxe version, which has to bonus tracks on it. I still don’t know the tracks well enough in order to give an opinion on it, so I guess that I’ll wait with that! Hope that that’s okay with you πŸ™‚

But yeah, other than that I’m finished! I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog. Thank you for choosing to do so! I really appreciate that. Love you always, take a good care of your physical and mental health. Don’t forget to drink tons of water! See you next time.

Toodles! πŸ§₯

-Ocean girl.

Evermore- My First Impression πŸŒ±

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day eleven!

How are you all? Let me start off by saying sorry for not keeping up with blogmas- I literally had the most stressful week ever. However, I’m back now, and I think that I’ll be posting the days the I’ve missed anyway, just late. I had so many great ideas for blogmas, and I even started writing some of them. It’ll be a shame to let that all go to waste πŸ™‚ anyways, two days ago Taylor freaking Swift announced that her 9th studio album, “evermore”, would be out soon. WTH?? I think that I made it quite clear that I am a swiftie, so hearing that was insane to me! You can probably guess how excited I was.

Last time, when “folklore” came out, I live twitted my thoughts on the album. It was probably the best thing I could’ve done, as it was really cool going back and reading my first thoughts on the album. For example, I didn’t say too much about “august”, which ended up being my favorite song. It’s funny seeing my first impression of it. So I decided that today’s blogmas would be my first impression of the tracks of “evermore”! Then in a month or so I will post another blog, reacting and updating this one. I thought that I could be fun, so hopefully you will enjoy this as much ❀ But well, here we go! If you’re also a fan of taylor’s work, let me know your thoughts on the album in the comments below.

willow

Okay so first of all the music video is insanely good? Dude I literally teared up, I love how she kept the “folklore” vibe and references. The “invisible string” made me so happy, and I absolutely love how magical everything is. 10/10 no doubt. The music- holy cow.. she did it again. I really like the lyrics, and the music is so magical and mysterious. I read on twitter that someone said that this song kinda reminded them of “I think he know“, and I totally agree! I also love how she went from “is it cool that I said all that” to “that’s my man”. Definitely loved this one <33 My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “show me the places where the others gave you scars” and “I’m like the water when your ship rolled in that night, rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife”.

champagne problems

AHHH I think that so far this one is one of my favorite. I love the happy piano, along with the sad lyrics. I also read online that this song is about someone with mental illness, who had trouble committing to a marriage. That’s so sad! But any who, I don’t even know if that’s true- I just simply love the song. At first I thought that Taylor broke up with her boyfriend lmao but nah. So yes, I love this song so much. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “”this dorm was once a madhouse” I made a joke, “Well, it’s made for me””, “she would’ve made such a lovely bride, what a shame she’s fucked in the head” and “you won’t remember all my champagne problems”.

gold rush

I like “gold rush” as well, but it ain’t my favorite. I love how she says the word “folklore” in it, and I love the lyrics ’cause they’re incredible as always. I feel like this song would be a good one to clean my room and do my chores to? Just because it has a good beat, but also it’s soft so it won’t distract me from my work. My favorite lines from the song at the moment are “I don’t like that falling feels like flying ’til the bone crush” and “my mind turns your life into folklore”.

’tis the damn season

So I haven’t listened to this enough to say that this is my favorite song or anything, but I do think that it’s quite cool. I love the title, especially considering the fact that this song came out during December. The lyrics also hit close to home, and now listening and hearing them is kind of making me sad in a good way lol. This song for some reason reminds me of “illicit affairs“, maybe because of the lyrics and the vibe. I need to listen to this more before I can have more of an opinion on the song πŸ™‚ My favorite lyrics from the song at the moment are “and wonder about the only soul who can tell which smiles I’m fakin'”, “the heart I know I’m breakin’ is my own” and “to leave the warmest bed I’ve ever known”.

tolerate it

I actually only listen to this song about one or two times, so I don’t have much of an opinion on it yet. I know that since it’s track number five, it means a lot to Taylor and it’s quite emotional. And well after going over the lyrics again, it really is! I love the lyrics so much, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before I can fully express my love to it. My favorite lines from this songs are “I notice everything you do or don’t do”, “use my best colors for your portrait”, “I know my love should be celebrated” and lastly “I sit and watch you”.

no body, no crime

THIS SONG IS SO GOOD I CANNOT STRESS IT ENOUGH. I love true crime and I listen to so many podcasts about it daily. So I was super excited when I heard the song. I love the storyline, the lyrics, the music, the vibe, the background vocals, EVERYTHING. Truly. It’s so amazing and viby and I enjoyed listening to it all day today during a car ride. I love it. My favorite lines from the song are “I’ve cleaned enough houses to know how to cover up a scene, good thing Este’s sister’s gonna swear she was with me”, “(She was with me, dude)” and “they think she did it, but they just can’t prove it, she thinks I did it, but she just can’t prove it”.

Happiness

Again, this one isn’t one that I’ve listened to too many times. What I do remember from the times that I’ve heard it is that it’s really sad! I definitely will be listening to it a few more times for the next blog, reacting to this one. My favorite line from the song is “There’ll be happiness after you, but there was happiness because of you”.

dorothea

So I haven’t listen to this one as much as well (lmao I really need to work on that, don’t I) but people assume that this song is written from the “’tis the damn season” speaker’s lover. So it sound really cool. I kind of like it so far, but I’ll have to listen to it some more before making up an opinion about it. My favorite lines from the song are “but are you still the same soul I met under the bleachers?” and “you got shiny friends since you left town”.

coney island and ivy

So “coney island”, along with “ivy”, are the songs that I’ve listen to the least. Like, I don’t even have favorite lines or lyrics at the moment- I can’t even remember any! I’ll definitely have to listen to both of them more times before forming any opinion about them.

cowboy like me

I actually kind of expected this one to be similar to the song “betty” from “folklore”, but honestly I don’t really see it now. I need to listen to it more, but I like the storyline and I feel like I’d love this person’s point of view once I get to know them. My favorite line from this song at the moment is “takes one to know one, you’re a cowboy like me”.

long story short

So I actually listen to this one a few more times then the rest of the songs! When I first heard it I thought that this was another song from August’s point of view, because the music at the beginning really reminded me of the music at the beginning of “august”. The lyrics also made sense for it to be true. But Taylor said that there is not song from Betty/James/August’s point of view, so it’s not lol. But either way, I love this song so much, and I can already tell that I will love it even more. My favorite lines from this song at the moment are “long story short, it was a bad time” and “long story short, I survived”.

marjorie

So if you didn’t know, in “folklore” the 13th track was written about Taylor’s grandfather. So the 13th track in “evermore” is written about her grandmother. Honestly, this song hit really hard, it’s so beautiful and yet sad. It made me think a lot about my grandparents and my relationship with them. I love it, and will probably love it even more in the future. My favorite lines are “never be so politΠ΅, you forget your power. NevΠ΅r wield such power, you forget to be polite” and “I should’ve asked you questions”.

closure and evermore

So with both of these songs- I haven’t really decided what I think about them, I’ll have to listen to them over and over again. “closure” is sad, and relatable. “evermore” is also kind of sad I think, though I only listen to it once. It was weird for me hearing another Taylor and Bon Iver song, though it’s probably only because I’m not used to it yet. I currently don’t have favorite lines from either song.

THAT’S IT! This is today’s blog. It’s really long, so I’m super grateful if you choose to read all of it. I came back strong! lmao. But anyway, I really need to go to sleep. So let me know what you thought of the album if you’ve listened to it! What are your favorite songs? I hope that you’re taking a good care of yourself. See you tomorrow, hopefully!

Toodles! πŸ‚

-ocean girl

2020 Podcast Recommendations πŸŽ§

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day four!!

Hey everyone, how are you? I hope you’re doing well. I’m actually writing today’s blog early for a change, so hey, I might even put it up on time lol. So not a lot changed since yesterday. I’ve had some time to read, so I got really further into my book while listening to “folklore” on my record player. Now I’m just catching up on some people’s vlogmas, while typing this.

This year was a bloody weird one, and since usually I listen to my podcasts on the bus, I didn’t have as many listening sessions as I do every year. But still, some podcasts helped keep me company while I was at home, hanging up the laundry or washing the dishes. And I thought- well, might as well share them with you! So grab yourself a cup of tea, your headphones, open your listening up, and let’s get into them podcasts.

Pretty Basic

So the first podcast I will talk about today is “Pretty Basic” with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz. I’ve been watching Alisha and Remi’s vlogs and videos for a while now, and got super excited when I found their podcast, two years ago. Alisha and Remi are both lifestyle youtubers and best friends.

In their podcast they’re talking about their life, experiences, failed and successful dates, mental health and so on. I really like their chemistry, and how they’re managing to hold an equal and flowing conversations. Sometimes I really relate to what they’re going through, and sometimes I simply enjoying listening to someone else’s life. Either way, I always feel included in their conversations, I always laugh along at the jokes and get serious or sad when needed. I’ve been listening to their pod ever since the beginning, so I’ve probably listen to every single episode already. Take it from me- “Pretty Basic” is pretty great if you’re looking for a new laundry buddy.

Unsolicited Advice

Related to “Pretty Basic” and just as good is “Unsolicited Advice”. The co-host Ashley Nicole is Alisha Marie’s older sister, and also a lifestyle youtuber. Along with her best friend and co- host, Taryne Renee, the two give unsolicited advice to their listeners!

They talk about every-day, random struggles we all deal with- family drama, dating, best friends problems and work related stuff as well. Just like with “Pretty Basic”, I love the chemistry between the two, their jokes (especially dad jokes) and their big-sisters energy. I’ve listened to every episode of their podcast as well (except for an interview or something) and I love hearing how understanding and positive the girls are. I would really recommend this podcast as well, especially if you’re your friend group’s therapist.

Teenager Therapy

Speaking of therapy, “Teenager Therapy” is definitely the podcast for you if you’re, well, a teenager! It is a podcast created by five seniors in high school (they started the pod when they were sophomores I believe), in which they talk about their life- ups and lows, or in their words: “a podcast that’s a coming of age story portrayed in real time”.

I really like how their podcast is full of mistakes and failure as well as their successes. I really like how they disagree with each other in addition to supporting each other, and their “character development”. “Teenager Therapy” is truly an unfolding story line, and I really enjoy listening to how each of the guys (and Kayla) learn from their mistakes and repeat what they’ve done well. One of my favorite episode of theirs is the one where Gael, one of the guys, talks about a relationship he had with someone. Another favorite episode of mine is the one where they talk through their friendship and its problems. I would recommend this to anyone, especially to a teenager in high school. Their podcast is really one of those rare things in life that shows you how you’re not alone.

Extra Dynamic with ur mom ashley

The “Extra Dynamic” podcast is the last one for today. The podcast host is ur mom ashley, who’s a youtuber as well. In her podcast, Ashley is mostly talking to and interviewing her brother and sister, her parents, her boyfriend and her friends. They’re usually talking about life, catching up or talking about whatever big thing they have going on.

I’ve been watching Ashley and her siblings on YouTube for a while now, so I got excited when I heard that she’s starting a podcast. I enjoy listening to her podcast because it is so easy to relate to, it’s funny and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone really, as long as you’re interested in hearing a bunch of people having a conversation. I love it, I’ve listen to every episode and I’d do it again πŸ™‚

And that’s it!

Thank you so much for making it to the end of this blog. If you’d like, you can stick around and read some of my previous blog posts. Follow for future blogmas posts, as well πŸ™‚ Make sure to take care of your body and your mental health, remember to take a break when needed. I will see you tomorrow with a new blog! Happy December!

Toodles! 🎑

-ocean girl

Folklore- The Long Pond Studio Sessions Review

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day three!

Let me start off the blog as I usually do- how are you today? How are you feeling, how did your day went by? Anything new? Something really awesome happened to me yesterday- if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I worked through almost all of august, trying to save money for a record player. Well even though I’ve earned enough money, I wasn’t able to go and buy it because of covid-19. Until now. Yesterday my mum just asked me randomly if I’d like to and get it, as the stores just opened about two weeks ago. I was like “AH, okay!” and so I did!! It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it’s currently sitting on top of my bookcase. Before buying the record player I bought online a record of Taylor Swift’s 7th album, “Lover”, and played it on my new record player while writing yesterday’s blog.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I kind of think that we should get right into today’s blog. So, in case you didn’t know, during July 2020 Taylor released her 8th studio album, “folklore”. It’s incredible and amazing and you should definitely check it out. Probably my favorite of her albums so far. But well, usually when releasing an album, Taylor does this thing called “secret sessions”, where she invites some fans to her house, play the new album for them, tell them stuff about the songs… Last year she even did the Lover’s Lounge on YouTube. Since this year she was unable to do any of that, she teamed up with Disney+ and together they released the Long Pond Studio sessions- a film on Disney+ in which Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner play the entire album, and talk about the songs and the meaning behind them. Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver also joins them to play “exile”. As a massive fan of Taylor’s work and especially of “folklore”, I obviously watch the whole thing, and here’s my review πŸ™‚

So to start off, I LOVED the whole vibe of the film. It was very cozy, and I loved how every interview of every song was in a different location. The music was amazing, as it really stayed true to the original recording of the songs, but yet somehow it was different, in a very good way. I loved the extra fun facts and details about the songs that we got to learn while watching the film.

So the album starts off with “the 1”, which in the way that I see it, is talking about a good relationship that ended long ago. The writer is reviewing the relationship after being over it, saying “it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one” (or at least that’s how I see it, Taylor didn’t really go into details in that one). Honestly, even though it’s a great song, and I’ve listened to it so many times I could sing it to you in my sleep, it isn’t my favorite. Again, Taylor didn’t go into too many details with that one, but the performance was amazing. Same goes to “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor did say a bit more about this one, but it isn’t really my favorite so even though I sang along while watching, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was in the next song.

If you listen to the album you probably know that there’s a love triangle- instead of writing about her life, in a few of her songs Taylor writes about fictional people, a fictional love triangle, actually. “cardigan”, the second track in the album, is from Betty’s point of view. Betty is a girl, around the age of seventeen, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, James. The song “betty” is from James’ point of view- he’s kind of apologizing about his actions. The song “august” is from the other woman’s point of view. She’s reviewing and going over what she thought she had with James. According to Taylor, the song “cardigan” takes place about 20-30 years after that summer, when James cheated. Even though he treated her badly, Betty ends up forgiving him and making their relationship work.

In the song “Betty”, James explains how he didn’t know better, as he was only seventeen (“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything”). In “cardigan” however, Betty says that SHE knew better (“But I knew you…”). I really love how the songs are connected in so many ways, I wish I had time and space to talk to you about all of them. But, back to the film- Taylor said that it was her boyfriend, Joe, that wrote the chorus to “betty”, which I thought was so cool! It was also cool knowing that James and Betty end up together.

Then, Taylor went on and talked about “august”. “august” is actually my favorite song off the album, and it also ended up being “my song of the year” in Spotify. I’ve listened to it about 344 times (holy….!!). So I got super excited when Taylor talked about it, that I almost cried. Taylor explained how there isn’t such a thing as “the other woman”. August, just like anyone else, was a girl who wanted to be loved. She thought that she and James had something real, and is broken to know that they didn’t. That made me really sad, because I was like “yup, same”. I loved the explanation, and hearing the live version of the song afterwards made me extremely happy.

Two songs that I ended up loving more after seeing Taylor talking about them in the film were “this is me trying” and “peace”. Especially “this is me trying”. Taylor said that usually, in school, we get this little pat on the back every time we get a good grade, etc. But in “real life”, it is a little bit “harder” (I guess) getting that positive attention. Sometimes we’ll be going through so much stuff, and no one will know. But even staying here, even holding on to what we have is trying, it is still making an effort. Hearing that made me lowkey sad, but also it gave a whole new meaning to the song for me, which I loved. In “peace”, it was actually Aaron Dessner who made me change my mind about the song. The song is about kind of asking someone, “will you still be with me, even if I could never give you peace?”. Aaron talked about having depression, and how that effected his relationships in the past. How being unstable in that way made it harder to be with him. That literally made me cry- I loved that. I love how Taylor wrote this mostly about the fame (could be wrong about that but hang on) and how Aaron was able to take it to a different place, one where many people could relate to.

Seeing Taylor talking about “illicit affairs” made me think a lot too. I took it to a different place though- the line “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” made me think about something different then an affair. In every relationship, friendship or any type of communication you have with anyone- you can almost never have the same thing, the same energy and chemistry with someone else. This song made me think about previous friendship breakup and about people that are no longer in my life.

Wow I’ve been typing for some time now! I really need to put this blog out in like three minutes lol. So I think that I’ll stop here for now. These are my main points that I took from the film. Honestly, this review turned into me talking about “folklore” more then me reviewing. But alas, it is what it is.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and that if you’re a fan of “folklore” I’ve given you some things to think about :)) Thank you for joining me for blogmas day #3! Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous blogs, and feel free to follow in order to read the next blogs in my “blogmas” series. Take care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask if you’re going outside.

Toodles! πŸƒ

-ocean girl

Book Review: Midnight Sun πŸ¦‡

Hello World!

How have you all been? I hope that all is well. I was planning on making this blog for a while now, but for some reason I have been putting it off. Maybe it’s because recently I discovered this game you might’ve heard of, “Among Us”, and I love it so much! My friends and I play it often, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a new game new to play πŸ™‚ But apart from that, I finished reading “Midnight Sun” by Stephenie Meyer, the author of the well- known book series the “Twilight” saga. The books are about a 17 years old girl named Bella Swan, that moves to live with her father in Forks, Washington. She falls in love with a guy named Edward Cullen, who happened to be a vampire. Of course many other things unfold in the books, but I wouldn’t know because I’ve never read past the first one (though after reading “Midnight Sun”, I feel like I should).

Even though the main subject of the books is Bella and Edward’s love story, there are many other things going on in Forks, that the two have to deal with. The series is being told from Bella’s perspective and her point of view. The series has four books if I remember correctly (though there are a few books that are somewhat related to the series that the author wrote later on).

“Midnight Sun” is another book in TTS series, except Meyer isn’t sharing a new plot- it’s the first book, “Twilight”, re-written from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Meyer started writing it way back in 2008, but stopped once the first twelve chapters got leaked to the internet. However, she still finished it and released it on August 4, 2020.

I pre-ordered the book, and received it some time during August. I finished it during the third week of September. But before I can share my thoughts on the book, let me tell you my history with “Twilight”.

So I actually got the book by accident. Kind of. Back in 2016, when I was 13, my dad and I were inside a “second hand” book shop. They had this sale of “buy 4, get 1 free” or something like that, and while my dad was paying he told me to pick the fifth book. I was caught off guard, I saw a book cover of two hands holding an apple that seemed familiar, so I was like “okay!” and got it. I later read it, and well, actually really liked it. I don’t know- I found it quite funny, easy to read and very romantic. I’ve read it quite a few times, but never went on to read the rest of the books in the series. Then later on, during 2017 (I think), I watched the first movie and hated it. “Hate” is a strong word, but I highly disliked it. Even though I love Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and think that they’re both very talented, I really did not like how they represented the characters. It’s probably not their fault, but for example, something that I really liked about Edward in the books is how funny and sarcastic he is. In the movies, however, some stuff that was said in the books as a joke, came out as very serious and creepy. But! alas, I stopped watching the movies OR reading the books. The media told me that I shouldn’t like anything that has to do with vampires or “Twilight” at all, but more on that later.

Then, during quarantine, I was cleaning my book shelf when I saw the “Twilight” book, and decided to re-read it, as a 17 years old and not a child. Re-reading the book made me realize so many things. One, yes, there were many things that I no longer found romantic or cute. But two, I realized how the media made the “Twilight” saga seem like something so inappropriate and wrong, when in reality it’s actually a good book series. I’ve came across this video “Dear Stephenie Meyer” which explains it perfectly. You should totally watch it if you’re interested in TTS.

After re-reading “Twilight”, I found out that “Midnight Sun” was coming out, and knew that I had to read it. So I did. And here are my thoughts on it-

Let me start off by saying- I LOVED IT. Even though I’ve never read any other book in TTS, I already know that, in my opinion, it’s better then the rest of them. Because, well, I could relate to Edward’s mind better. The book is way longer, with over 700 pages, but that is because Edward is an over-thinker. And boy, so am I. In the book you get to learn more about the way Edward sees things (duh). You get to know his character better, and love him better. Something that made me really like him more is seeing how he’s being too hard on himself, and how insecure he is. Reading his perspective made him a whole lot more likable and relatable. Before, when I only read “Twilight”, I saw him as a snob. But now I got to see how he’s also dealing with stuff. Another person that you get to know more of is actually Bella. See, the original book is from her point of view, and you only get to know her from her own thoughts and feelings. But now, in “Midnight Sun”, a softer side of her is being shown. She comes off selfless, funnier and way smarter.

But going back to Edward, something that really bothered me about him was how he was basically telling Bella what to do all the time, being way overprotective and bossing her around. But after reading his side I realized how desperate he was to get that “yes” from her for every single thing, and how he always makes sure that she agrees to everything without his presence influencing her.

Of course we also get to know the Cullens and their history in “Midnight Sun”. We get to learn more about each of their stories, how they hunt, their dynamic as a family and even their inside jokes. We also get to read what Edward and his fam were doing while Bella was busy by herself in “Twilight”.

Honestly, I don’t really know what else to add besides what I already said. The book is VERY well written and you can clearly see how Meyer developed as an author over the years. Edward’s perspective is interesting, funny, and even got me to think about my own life and choices. If this is your first time reading TTS, I would recommend starting off with “Twilight” first. Maybe even finish the rest of the series, unlike me. Whatever you choose to do, I would recommend reading “Midnight Sun”. It’s a really good book, and I would definitely re-visit and read it again someday. Maybe even in the near future πŸ™‚

Hopefully you enjoyed this review, as I tried my best to make it interesting and explain the backstory to everything instead of just saying “ya, it’s good”. Sorry again for taking so long to post blogs lately, online school is sucking the life out of me, like a vampire loll, but I definitely try ❀ Feel free to stick around in order to read more posts, or even follow my blog for future content. If you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it! I’d love to talk to you about it.

As always, please make sure to take care of yourself, of your mental and physical health. I will catch up with you soon in another blog πŸ™‚

Toodles!! πŸ₯―

-ocean girl

Life Update & “The Devil All The Time” Review! πŸŽ₯

Hello World!!

what’s up you guys? How have you been? I really hope that you’re doing well and that you’re safe and healthy. So maybe you have or haven’t noticed, but I’ve been gone for three weeks now. I had to take a break for reasons that I shall soon update you on. But first- we hit 23 followers? What the hell? My last blog post, 10 tips for working and studying from home did really well! So thank you so so much for that. I truly appreciate it! And welcome if you’re new πŸ™‚ But now, I decided to come back and both update you on my life, and review a film that I recently watched- ” The Devil All The Time”. So enjoy your reading!

So actually, the last time that I posted was on exactly September 1st, the first day of school. I started my senior year, my last year in high school, and was really excited. Even though everything is so weird in the world, my school decided that it would be safe enough to go back to learning in person- but oh, they were wrong. I was in school for exactly four days, before I had to be isolated. Since this is our senior year, students from my grade decided to buy many fabric masks with our school’s logo on it, and give it to students from all over the school. It took exactly four days for the first kid to catch the virus, and since everyone wore those fabric masks, which, by the way, aren’t protective in any way, we were in big trouble. The guy that got sick with the virus is in my psychology class, and the day before he got diagnosed I spent 4 hours with him in class. Thankfully, we both wore the blue, store- bought, medical mask, and after taking a test to see if I had corona I tested negative, which was such a relief. However, I still had to be isolated in my room for two weeks just in case. Those two weeks were not fun, as besides going totally insane in my room, I also had to be taking classes in zoom. Each teacher thought (and they still do think so) that we are “so bored” at home, so I recieved crazy amount of homework. I lost motivation to do anything, which is why I haven’t been able to post anything in a whie. It’s been three days since those two weeks, and I already feel so much better. Something good that did came out of this is that I actually practiced playing my ukulele a lot, and also kinda learned to play the keyboard! I’m currently learning how to play “Clair de lune” by Debussy, and I truly love it πŸ™‚ I also have been reading! so expect some book reviews coming up your way.

One thing that I realized while being stuck alone with my thoughts for forever, is that I really should live my life more. I enjoy telling stories, but I don’t have anything to say. Why? I should do what makes me happy, I should stop being on my phone all day. Watch a film if you can’t go out, read a book and educate yourself. Watch the sunrise from your window… I’m definitally going to be working on myself in that sense, and will be sure to post all about it here. Actually, I’m really planning to be a whole lot more active now. Hey, I’m at home anyway, right?

I’ve been truly blessed with parents who are overall good listeners, and I’ve sorta started seeing them as friends, in the best possible way, especially my mum. I’ve been also blessed with the cutests dog ever, and she definitally made this whole thing easier and full of laughter and joy. Other then that I’ve been meditating quite a lot, and buying the weirdst things on AliExpress. But that’s it for now, for my short life update. As I will be posting more often I could get into more details about my day πŸ™‚

So. “The Devil All The Time”. Well, it is safe to say that I was really looking forward to that movie. You see, I’m a long time Spider- Man fan, and a big fan of Tom Holland in particular. I also feel like it is the destiny of every straight girl to fall in love with Robert Pattinson at some point, so there’s that. This movie is full of so many incredible actors and actresses, that I didn’t even care about the plot, I was simpy excited to watch their work. Well, I was disappointed.

The film was alright, the visuals were amazing. I just didn’t enjoy seeing the plot. I feel like I would have loved to hear the story on a crime podcast or something, but there was something about seeing everything unfold, and actually *seeing* things as they are, that was kinda hard to watch and even to process for me. The characters were all so very religious, and as a young adult who’s still trying to figure out her thoughts on the matter I found some parts hard to watch because of that. However, I will say this, I loved how in the end it all came around and everything got resolved. There were also many actors and actresses that I didn’t realised were in the movie until after seeing it, and it was super cool to see. I loved Robert’s acting- he was so good, I didn’t even think about him being Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen or even Cedric Diggory- I saw Reverend Preston Teagardin, and no more. Tom’s acting was also great, though I kept seeing him as Peter Parker which personally to me was nice. I have seen Spider-Man more times then I could count so maybe that’s on me.

Overall I feel like I came to see this movie with big expectations, which is why I was let down. Also, this isn’t the kind of movie that I would normally watch, and like I said, the reason I wanted to see it in the first place was because of the cast. I feel like I simply watched it at the wrong time- maybe if I’ll re-watch it in a few years, my opinion would change πŸ™‚ Would I recommend “The Devil All The Time” to a friend? Sure. I feel like this is the kind of movie that you have to watch and decide for yourself. Would I watch it again? Not right now, maybe in a few years.

Well, yeah!

So that’s it for today. I really hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and I’m thankful that you’ve choosen to spend your time reading it. Also thank you again for 23 followers! That’s so cool. It’s like a whole small class haha.

Chile, I’ll talk to you all in my next post! If you haven’t make sure to follow “ocean girl” for more posts like this! And check out other posts if you’d like. As always, take care.

Toodles!! 🧦

-ocean girl

Using The CeraVe Products For Two Weeks- Review πŸ§΄

Hello world!

How have you all been? What’s new? I finally started my summer break, which is super exciting! Even though I’m stuck at home just like most of you (I believe) I still have more time for myself. I started to read again, and it’s really fun and amazing. I’m actually currently getting a card for the library! If you’d like to, you can tell me what’s your favorite book in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check it out πŸ™‚ I’ve also been able to talk with my friends more, and hang out with my dog!

So apart from those things I’ve also been able to use social media more, for better and for worse. I follow a bunch of skincare pages on instagram and tik tok, and I’ve noticed that almost all of them post many good things about the “CeraVe” skincare company. I’ve been struggling with acne and dry/ oily skin for some time now, so I’ve decided to give it a try. My mum and I went to the store, and got the “Hydrating Cleanser” and the “Moisturising Lotion” by CeraVe, and I’ve been using just these two products along with sunscreen for around two weeks.

Before starting to share with you how it effected my skin, I think that it would be more helpful if you knew what my skin type is. So my skin is basically what they call “combination skin”, meaning that my “T” zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily, while the rest of my face is dry. Here’s a sketch I found on the internet that might be helpful for a better understanding.

So the products that I bought were for normal to dry skin, as I couldn’t find for a combination skin. My first impression of the products was great! The texture was so soft and light. I did not like how the cleanser felt on my face, it felt quite oily, but the lotion was so great, and I got used to it after using it for a couple of days. The lotion dissolved quite quickly on the skin, as you can see in the pictures, which I counted as a pro.

After one week of using it, I didn’t see that much of a difference in the T zone, but my cheeks were so soft and felt clean. Usually I tend to have very red cheeks, and I could actually see that they became a bit pinkish and not so red like they usually are after using the products. After two weeks of using both of the products, I was able to see a slight change in my forehead, and whenever I got a new zit, even though it wouldn’t go away over night, it definitely became way less swollen and kinda dryed out quickly.

In conclusion, I think that the products did a very good job overall. They were meant for dry skin, so where my skin is dry, they worked perfectly fine. I think that if you’re looking to try out some new skincare products you really shoud give these a go, just make sure that the products that you pick are meant for your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type, you can simply look it up! There are also many quizzes that you can take to find out. Also, I would recommend to also continue using other products- when I tried them, I stopped using my toner, serums and more, which is maybe why it didn’t work as much as the reviews claim it would! But I don’t know, I’m not a proffessional lol. Either way, I would give the “Hydrating Cleanser” 3/5 stars, and the “Moisturising Lotion” 4/5 stars.

And I guess that that’s about it! I’ve never actually done a review before, so, I’m hoping to get better and better πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for choosing to spend you time reading my blog, it means a lot. If you’d like to, you can check out other blog posts! You should be able to see them if you scroll down a bit. You can also follow my blog if you’d like to see more from me!

As always, take care.

Toodles! 🧼

-ocean girl