Monday, July 8, 2019

Review of Spotify’s Playlist

So quick admission I am ARMY well sort of I'm a new Army which has in itself been a weird discovery. Especially for my age. That being said I really enjoy BTS and their music, especially their message behind their music. So it was no surprise when I found out that they were doing a US tour I had to go (I went to the Chicago one on both night I have a friend who got free tickets for the second night) Needless to say that sealed the deal for me. Since then I have been listening to their music non-stop and then Spotify helped me to discover that each member has released their own playlist and I thought huh why not find out if we like the same music.

So I started with the oldest Jin (also happens to be my bias although at my age I have to say I like them all but no in the way most people have a bias) Anyway I digress... I have no idea what I was envisioning when I thought of a playlist that Jin would listen to. I think in my mind it was going to be a lot of slow songs and honestly it was going to be more Korean songs and I know that was a stereotype but for some reason I didn't think that Jin and I would have a lot in common music wise mainly because he is a lot more goofy then I am, he tells dad jokes, and he rarely speaks English (even though I am confident that he understands more then he let's on) he also is way more confident then I am and well he appears more traditional then the others so I just went with he would like slower old man music (yeah feel free to judge me now). Anyway I pulled up his playlist and image my surprise when not only did I know every song but I have every song on a playlist of my own *SHOCKED* yes yes I am.... huh

You can find this playlist here on Spotify

1. Rockstar by Post Malone (this one really blew my mind)
2. Perfect Duet by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé (okay not so shocked by this one)
3. Cross Me by Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper (I have no idea why this one shocks me but dang boy I love this song so yeah color me shocked)
4. Without Me by Halsey (now I know they did the whole Boy With luv thing but I didn't think he listened to her other music)
5. Me! by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie (IDK I'm torn on Taylor it feels like he would like her music)
6. You need to Calm Down by Taylor Swift (again Taylor doesn't surprise me and he doesn't like haters and tends to do what he wants so this does fit his personality from what he shows media wise)
7. bad guy by Billie Ellish (I was surprised by this one not sure why but this one didn't seem like it fit him...)
8. If I can't Have You by Shawn Mendes (seems like it would fit him I put Shawn in a Taylor Swift kind of category bubble gum pop if you would)
9. Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (this one doesn't surprise me especially with the guitar parts and the slow music)
10. Talk by Khalid (I LOVE THIS SONG seriously love it so I also love that he or just anyone from BTS also loves Khalid as well!!!)
11. Sicko Mode by Travis Scott (again this one threw my world off I mean I love it but not a lot of people do. Especially people who love some of the other songs on this list)
12. Boy With Luv (now this doesn't surprise me what I wonder is if the other band members will have a BTS song on their list as well. I honestly thought he would have Fire as he always talks about that song)

 So needless to say this was a real eye opener for me. It makes me wonder do they really listen to this playlist or do they just add these songs for us the fans? Also do they really like this music and do they talk about it the way we do? I just never hear them talk about music and they never suggest music (Well RM and Suga do but usually it is music they produced or helped produced or are on) so I just wonder how accurate this playlist is.

I am thinking of looking over the other members as well as this one took me by surprise. What are your thoughts on the playlist? Do you follow them?

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book Review ~ Scythian Trials by Elizabeth Isaacs



Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge.
Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species.
Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close.
During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history.
Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now.


Great world building and I loved the combination of ancient Amazons (Think Wonder Woman) and humans. Humans are known as Allos and Amazonians are Scythian. While this does have fantasy elements, fierce women fighters in a modern time it also has a love story attached to it. Basically to break it down the Scythian's train in elite schools if they are "worthy" and at the end of that time they pick a mate from Scythian men who compete in a trial to prove they are the best. Our main character Anya has a past she can't remember but doesn't like touch because of it. Her companion and counselor Jax has been able to help her through this but now with the trials approaching she is discovering things she didn't remember "triggers" and wondering if she is ready to accept a mate. I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast action paced book and flowed well enough that I wasn't constantly rolling my eyes at the "love story" or even the world building. I at times find myself wishing this was a real thing. I highly recommend this book. 


"... Fun and sensual fantasy [with] magnetic characters." ―Publishers Weekly
"The Scythian Trials crackles with life, hums with heart, and pounds with action for one hell of a read." ―San Francisco Book Review
"If you loved the Hunger Games and Divergent and just all around kicka$$ characters with an amazing storyline then you will love this." ―Books With Jess


Elizabeth Isaacs is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.
Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of readers throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Her newest work, The Scythian Trials, is slated for release in 2018.  



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Thursday, December 27, 2018


We covered C dramas yesterday so now I am moving on to Kdramas because while mentally I know there is a difference as an American it took looking things up to figure out who was who and why they weren't in my other dramas. I am now feeling stupid but more aware. I have noticed I tend to watch the modern stories of Kdramas and more of the ancient storylines of CDramas so go figure. So for my first Kdrama I started with 

Prison Playbook (Wise Prison Life) I couldn't find an official trailer so here's the music video 

So seriously I can't even begin to describe how much I love this show.. so let me just state I have watched it 3 times and I finally just ended up buying the DVDS because why not and this gives me to the reason to force others to watch it too. The main premise is the whole story revolves around the lives of convicts behind bars, their families and duty officers working in the correctional facilities. A superstar baseball pitcher, Kim Je-hyuk, is convicted of assault after he saves his sister from a sexual attack

So after that I was like well we have to see what else Netflix offers in Kdrama stuff and I stumbled across meteor garden 2018 

And honestly I had very mixed thoughts about this one. That being said I am not familiar with the original one. So it was a okay one for me not one that I was like EVERY ONE should see. So I moved on to 
Accidently In Love 
This one was a little bit better but still I struggled with it and didn't have the same love I had with Prison Playbook. 

So I tried yet another one called Black and I only got to episode 2 because it was so dark...

Then I moved on to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon which I thought would be a comedy turns out it has a little Criminal Minds in it. 

So now I am in the middle of two shows and craving one like Prison Playbook so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 

I really want to watch Heartless city with my new boo Jung Kyung-ho but I can't find it anywhere. Any suggestions? 

What kdramas do you watch? Where do you watch them? What kind are your favorites? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Love

So I have started a new obsession/love that I have to share... It's called Cdramas (Chinese Dramas) and I blame Netflix 100% it started off as a whatever I will try something different and has morphed into a FULL BLOWN obsession. I am googling actors, watching numerous shows, trying to keep up with everything and I can't even describe how hard I have been trying to learn the language so that I can just sit back and enjoy the beautiful backgrounds.

It all started with The Rise of Phoenixes

And I was in love from there on I couldn't stop watching this show... 70 episodes y'all and that is saying something as I can barely make it 3 seasons of any show before I burn out. From there I tried to find anything I could to just have more. I tried 
Ice Fantasy

But for some reason that didn't really hit the spot. So I wanted something like The Rise of Phoenixes with out the time commitment and I wanted roughly the fantasy aspect of Ice Fantasy so I settled on 
Eternal Love AKA 10 miles of peach blossoms

And my world was officially over. I am IN LOVE and couldn't stop watching in fact I have watched it numerous times as the first time I didn't get what was happening until mid -way through it was very confusing to this American but DEAR GOD I am in massively in love. There are almost 3 storylines going on and my favorite was SuSu and YeHua even though it was to me the most tragic I still loved that storyline.
OMG if you want to start a cdrama I am now recommending this one FOR SURE!!

I moved from that to Ashes to Love
now keep in mind this trailer gives the WHOLE story away but still look at the beauty of this show.
I am only 11 episodes in and I have to say I am confused how this can last 50+ episodes but I'm hooked enough to figure it out.

I also checked out Young Detective Dee and Painted Skin as well as Snow Girl as movies oh and I tried Brotherhood of the Blades 2... do you know of any more?

So what about you? Which Cdramas do you like? Which would you recommend to me? Where do you watch them? Right now I feel like I am stuck with Netflix but I am opened to other options. 

Review of Spotify’s Playlist

So quick admission I am ARMY well sort of I'm a new Army which has in itself been a weird discovery. Especially for my ...