Folk Off: Folk Music to Make You Feel Something

I can’t believe I created an entire playlist geared towards folk music, without including Ezra Bell. Not sure I was okay in that moment, but to make up for it, I’ve made an incredibly long mix of new folky tunes for you guys.

Second try’s the charm, right? This playlist is filled with folk songs that are more personal to me, whether they’re songs I listen to pretty often or bands that make me feel.

Folky Friends: A Pacifying Playlist

folky music - folky tunes
Attribution: Taneli Lahtinen

Folk songs are the cure to a forsaken soul. How do you get over any inconvenience? Tune the world out, and tune in to a bone chilling list of folky numbers. Here’s a list of beauty, real and true. I highly recommend giving Shakey Graves & Ed Masuga a listen.

What I’ve Been Listening to in June

Attribution: Adrian Korte

I've been listening to some pretty chill music this month. To take a break from curating topic-based playlists, today I'm simply sharing what I've been listening to in June. I hope this also diversifies the music I share with you, so you can get a better idea of new songs that deserve a listen.

60 Days of Reading: Young Adult Books for all Ages

Young Adult novels have my heart. Reading them, interpreting them, and writing down my thoughts is all part of the fun when it comes to binging these texts. The only trouble is time.

As it turns out, writing in depth book reviews is extremely time consuming! So although I love to create those posts, this month we are going to have to suffice with a reading list!

Good thing I’ve been reading a lot of young adult books lately.

Spotlight Jams: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Rainbow Kitten Surprise
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A Guilty Pleasure Playlist for Indie Lovers

For June, The Messy Life is featuring a spotlight showcase in place of our typical list of Messy Melodies for the month. The band of choice? Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

I discovered them a couple of months ago, and have been binging their albums ever since. By now, I’ve overplayed just about every publicly released song these guys have  created. A rarity for me, and a sign that I have to share them with you.

Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Kathleen Glasgow’s novel, Girl in Pieces, is raw in the way it reveals an unfiltered range of thoughts. It’s as if all the worries readers have never dared to voice aloud, have come to life on the pages beneath our fingers and suddenly, we are forced to face the reality of our fears.

Glasgow reminds us of the value that comes from determination. She takes a story that is not often seen, and reveals it to the world boldly, and unashamed. This bravery has created representation for millions of people around the world - voices that deserve to be heard.

Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star is the perfect feel-good book. Nicola Yoon takes readers on a couple’s journey through love, loss, and heartbreak. She even includes mini-chapters to elaborate on interesting theories and themes throughout the book.

Pick up this novel for a second and I promise you won’t want to put it back down.

Book Review: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now is one of those strikingly rare stories that always disappoints you in the end. No matter who reads it or how many times it is read, the ending never fails to break your heart.

Not because of a weak plot or poor writing, but because the lovably flawed protagonist can’t help but be who they are.

You know the type.

The Messy Life’s Reading List for 2018

In 2017, reading became one of those hobbies I struggled to make time for. I could try to make excuses for this, but to be frank I can’t afford to keep up with my own demand. It also hurts that after you buy a book, it’s worth little to nothing on the market. Honestly, the economy’s rooting against readers.

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