Song Of The Day#60-Next Year By Speak Low If You Speak Love

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I’m not exactly sure how to put this song into words because I’m still kind of in shock. How on Earth did I not know about this band before? They are way too good to miss out on! Go Listen to them right now!

Speak Low If You Speak Love is an acoustic indie/pop band from WESTLAND, Michigan. Next Year is off of their most recent EP that is also a split EP with their friends, Northbound.

My Favourite part is:

And honestly, I think I like being sad,
It’s a narrative of everything I never had.
That’s why I smile when I put on my cap,
Just knowing what’s underneath my hat.

So when I finally cut it off it’ll be for me,
And maybe next year I’ll be happy.

you can listen and get a free download of the whole EP (with Northbound’s half) Here.

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4.7/5-It took me over a month to finish this book not because it was slow, boring, or uncreative, but because I couldn’t bring myself to finish the last few chapters I had left. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. The book made me so angry at times, yet still made me laugh a lot and cry too.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret. He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret. At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again?

(My Opinion)

This book was amazing, most of the characters flew off of the pages because they were so  funny and creative. Well-written without too much description or explanation in the first few chapters that it was a quick and easy read. A very moving tale about abuse where we learn the different sides to his family. The idea for this novel was executed almost perfectly with a good amount of flashbacks and touching moments.

Almost perfect in my eyes. There are a lot of books that I wished were tweaked a bit better or were a bit clearer on some parts so that I could put it up in my “Forever love and cherish” book pile. Swati Avasthi’s Debut novel could have been clearer on a few of the secondary characters. I wished she made Jace’s ex-girlfriend clearer and more history about his best friend.

Such an emotional book! I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it for the longest time because I didn’t want Jace’s adventure to end. I loved how his brother, Christian acted towards Jace near the ending because it surprised me, I thought Christian would have reacted differently. Also, the flashbacks about Jace;s old life and what he liked about it and what he despised because most of them were about his father. In this book, I loved how the relationships between Jace’s brother and his new friends weren’t too fast and they were very unpredictable while the slowly blooming romance was in fact that. Slowly blooming. Holy crap, the writing style was what I loved from authors. It was so easy to read that, the words flew off the page and I couldn’t remember if the book was past or present tense because I was so caught up in the story of Jace.

An amazing novel about getting over the past and fighting to not become the monster you’ve known all your life. A total must read for everyone. Swati Avasthi’s next novel will probably be a smash hit if its anything similar to Split.

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#1

Click on the title of the book to see my review on them! These are quotes from the books that I have read in the past three weeks.

8105542 Invincible Summer By Hannah Moskowitz

Favourite Quote:

You here need you.

And my heart just breaks all over Gideon’s bed.

Always. Always always. I spin my fingers in so many circles. I here you need me.

 This Is Not A Test By Courtney Summers

Favourite Quote:

“But you didn’t die,” he says.

“I did,” I say. “I’m just waiting for the rest of me to catch up.”

 Twisted By Laurie Halse Anderson

Favourite Quote:

“Hey, Tyler,” Bethany said to me.

I had this weird rushing noise in my ears. My jeans tightened near the zipper.

 Between The Lines By Jodi Picoult And Samantha Van Leer

Favourite Quote:

“Oh, darling, that’s what love is. It’s some power greater than you and me, that draws us to one special person.”

 The Things A Brother Knows By Dana Reinhardt

Favourite Quote:

There’s a saying about the military that you go in a boy and come back a man. But I’m pretty sure Boaz went in a man and came back a ghost.

 Split By Swati Avasthi

Favourite Quote:

I always thought saying sorry was more about alleviating guilt, that apologies were designed for the mouth, not for the ears.

If I Lie By Corrine Jackson

Favourite Quote:

I’m two hours late when I pull in to the driveway. It won’t matter that I’m  always on time. People never see how good you are. Fuck up once, and it’s like you are wearing a neon sign.

Split By Swati Avasthi

4.7/5-It took me over a month to finish this book not because it was slow, boring, or uncreative, but because I couldn’t bring myself to finish the last few chapters I had left. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. The book made me so angry at times, yet still made me laugh a lot and cry too.

(Summary from Goodreads)

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret. He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret. At least so far.

Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again?

(My Opinion)

This book was amazing, most of the characters flew off of the pages because they were so  funny and creative. Well-written without too much description or explanation in the first few chapters that it was a quick and easy read. A very moving tale about abuse where we learn the different sides to his family. The idea for this novel was executed almost perfectly with a good amount of flashbacks and touching moments.

Almost perfect in my eyes. There are a lot of books that I wished were tweaked a bit better or were a bit clearer on some parts so that I could put it up in my “Forever love and cherish” book pile. Swati Avasthi’s Debut novel could have been clearer on a few of the secondary characters. I wished she made Jace’s ex-girlfriend clearer and more history about his best friend.

Such an emotional book! I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it for the longest time because I didn’t want Jace’s adventure to end. I loved how his brother, Christian acted towards Jace near the ending because it surprised me, I thought Christian would have reacted differently. Also, the flashbacks about Jace;s old life and what he liked about it and what he despised because most of them were about his father. In this book, I loved how the relationships between Jace’s brother and his new friends weren’t too fast and they were very unpredictable while the slowly blooming romance was in fact that. Slowly blooming. Holy crap, the writing style was what I loved from authors. It was so easy to read that, the words flew off the page and I couldn’t remember if the book was past or present tense because I was so caught up in the story of Jace.

An amazing novel about getting over the past and fighting to not become the monster you’ve known all your life. A total must read for everyone. Swati Avasthi’s next novel will probably be a smash hit if its anything similar to Split.