BLOG TOUR + ARC REVIEW: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Before anything else, I would like to send my thanks to Penguin Random House for this opportunity, and a shoutout to JM of Book Freak Revelations for being accommodating all throughout the process. Visit his blog and send him some love! ❤

This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 400 pages
My Rating: ★★★★✩

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synopsis

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.


review

People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they’re just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don’t realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they’re shitty because they’re afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them.

There are so many good things I want to say about Holding Up The Universe but I have absolutely no idea where to start.

When this book’s blurb first came out, people were outraged because it seems to tell a story of a boy who is unable to recognize faces and a girl who was once called America’s Fattest Teen, and that gives the impression that no one will ever love a fat girl but a man who has prosopagnosia. But what people don’t know is that this story is far from being offensive. And it is exactly what I needed it to be.

The book is told in two perspectives, Libby’s and Jack’s, which I though was really important, and it was also very easy to identify them from one another. You know what this book has made me into? More empathetic. And that’s what I love the most about it! It tells you a story of two incredibly relatable characters. Are you not confident with your body? Read this book. Have you been bullied? Read this book. Have you been home-schooled? Are you new to your school? Are you pretending to be happy? Are you pretending to be someone else entirely because that seems to be an easier option? Read this book.

Honestly, there are so many good points. Knowing where the author got inspiration for this book is an additional tug to the heart. The writing is flawless, the book has just the right mix of romance and comedy and drama and… sugar, spice, and everything nice? tumblr_o5citlAb7y1ui5anco1_500.gif

The relationships between all the characters are too strong and real, although there were parts where there were too many unnecessary characters that it became too difficult to remember who is who.

I think the most important thing about this book is the message it tries to send out to the readers, You are wanted, you are loved, and you are necessary.” I wish this book existed when I was bullied in high school.

“It’s funny right? That even though we’re basically alone in here”—he thumps his chest—”it’s easy to lose track of yourself.”

Highly recommended. I’m definitely getting myself a copy now that it’s out in the world! Make sure you do, too 😉

And don’t forget to check out the tour stops:

JM from Book Freak Revelations
Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads
Bianca from The Ultimate Fangirl
Josiah from The Bookish Fanboy
Eriele from This Is Not Your Book Blog
Fay from Bibliophile Soprano
Nicka from Read by Nicka
Elena from The Queen Reads


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REVIEW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Publication Date: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Number of Pages: 310 pages
My Rating: ★★★✩✩

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synopsis

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


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Singapore for the Books

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When a booknerd starts planning a trip away, it’s no surprise anymore when bookstores are included in the itinerary.

In my recent trip to Singapore (well, not so recent anymore!), I made a plan to visit as many bookstores as I could without turning my parents and sisters into dust in the wind waiting for me to finish browsing. I made a list of bookstores and libraries I wanted to visit, but unfortunately only made it to one of them. What I didn’t know, however, is that Singapore has tons of indie and used bookstores! So despite not getting what I wanted in the first place, I still ended up getting what I really wanted, and that is being surrounded by books.

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Book Point, Bras Basah Complex
231 Bain St, Singapore
10AM-7PM

Looking for a good place to buy art materials and books from? Bras Basah Complex is the one! Book Point is the leading book store in Singapore and they have TONS of used and rare books that are still in very good condition! I spent too much time looking for something to buy because everything in Singapore is too expensive for my liking. But I did end up taking one home! More on that later…

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391 Orchard Road, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City
10AM-9:30PM

I literally got lost inside this bookstore.

It’s located inside a shopping mall. Imagine the size of one storey of a mall, and imagine that size the size of an actual bookstore. 

Get the picture? YES.  The fourth storey of Takashimaya Shopping Centre is Kinokuniya. Before Kinokuniya, I have never in my life seen a more diverse collection of books in one place. Aside from books and magazines, they also have non-book items such as stationery, collectible toys/figurines, DVDs, and much more.

Really, I could spend a whole week just staring at all the books I can’t afford.
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Airport Blvd, Changi International Airport Terminal 1, Singapore

Before our flight back to Manila, we made a quick tour inside what probably is the best airport in the world, Changi Airport. Inside I found a small book store that offers a small range of books, international newspapers, and a selection of premium gifts, souvenirs and travel accessories.

Like I said earlier, everything in Singapore is expensive so I only purchased one book as remembrance. The Beach by Alex Garland (S$17/₱595). 

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If you’re planning on visiting Singapore anytime soon, I recommend you check out Library@Orchard and BooksActually!

Have you ever been to any of these bookstores? Any bookstores you think I should visit soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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I Broke up with my Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Ever since I discovered Goodreads in late 2013, I never stopped obsessing over it. Accepting every single friend request, adding every single book to my to-read shelf, spending hours discovering new books, and more.

You probably already know this, but I’m saying it anyway. Goodreads is like the Facebook of bookish people. Actually, not really, but it does involve socialising with people from the bookish community and sharing each other’s opinions, reviews, current reads, and more.

Here you can separate books according to your liking, create lists with shelves, take quizzes, join giveaways, and keep track of your reading progress.

Goodreads is a really nice platform when it comes to discovering new books and sharing book recommendations to your friends. But I have a slight problem with it: the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

See, for 2 consecutive years I was part of the many who set a reading goal; I did so with 40 and 50. It’s not much when compared to most people who can read a hundred and more in a year, but I did accomplish both goals and even surpassed them, and maybe that’s where my ‘problem’ started.

Looking back at the books I read in those 2 years (you know, you can always view your ‘Read’ shelf on Goodreads. Amazing, right?), I realize I don’t remember some of them. Heck, many of them! But when I look at the ones I read in years before that, it turns out I remember most of them. So what seems to be the problem? And why is that the case?

After months of deliberating, I finally came to the conclusion that the Goodreads challenge is a huge pain in the bum. For me, at least.

It has its pros and cons. The pros being:

  • You can set a reading goal for the whole year;
  • Quit procrastinating and just read as much as possible;
  • Earn a pat in the back for accomplishing it;
  • Umm, also, bragging rights.

And the cons being:

  • Your friends’ reading accomplishments can sometimes be discouraging;
  • Become disappointed with yourself upon failure to accomplish reading goal;
  • Forcing yourself into reading as much as possible to reach desired goal;
  • It has a little reminder like, “You’re 4 books behind!” which is also translated to: DISAPPOINTMENT AND ANXIETY;
  • And especially in my case, you don’t get to enjoy a book as much because you’re too focused on accomplishing your reading goal.

I’m a university student, a graduating one more so. And as much as I’d like to read all my stress away, my responsibilities at school take most of my time.

That’s why I decided to stop obsessing over the Goodreads challenge, but not altogether, no. The reason being I want to find out how I performed during the whole year, see which book I read is the longest and which one the shortest. But really, I don’t care if I end up reading 50 or 30 or 10 this year. It’s July, I’ve only read 15 books, and I’m completely fine with it.

As a student whose extra time is super limited (ugh), you gotta spend some time watching movies or reruns of your favourite tv series, spend time with your family, socialise, read some news, enjoy the nature, practice something new.

My case is different from many others—that I’m sure of. But if you’re like me who don’t have the luxury of time, you shouldn’t stress yourself into reading a specific number of books just because everyone’s doing it. You have the rest of your life to read that book. You don’t have to be discouraged, don’t have to be pressured, because time is in your hands and you gotta enjoy it while it lasts.


This post was originally posted on Fiction Over Reality as I was her chosen guest for her Special Feature Friday! Thanks, Rachel, for being so kind and sweet!

How many books are on your Reading Challenge?

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On Female Empowerment, ‘Lit Without Limits’, and a Book Club!

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Maria Clara is the mestiza heroine in Noli Me Tangere (translated: touch-me-not), a novel written by the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal in 1887 during the colonization of the country by Spain to expose the inequities of the Spanish Catholic priests and the ruling government. (Source: Wiki)

Maria Clara’s name and character has since become a byword in Filipino culture for the traditional, feminine ideal.

In a world where women are expected to behave in a certain way to please men—believe me when I say that it is not easy. From education to suffrage to marriage, history proved that women were oppressed. To this day, more people than ever are standing up for women’s rights. Although we’re not there yet, it is safe to say that we’re making progress, and I certainly hope this continues.

I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

― Malala Yousafzai

The best thing you can do to help with this progress, my dear reader, is to educate your pals. Misogyny or prejudice against women is very common up to this day. It is the assumption that all women are weak, fragile and sensitive that oppresses them. Tell your pals they’re wrong, tell them that some women are weak and some are strong, but some men are, too, right? Ask them to think about what they just said, and ask them to tell their mothers the same.

When your pals objectify women, educate them. When they joke about sexual abuse, educate them. Talk to them. They’re your friends and they will listen to you, and if you convince them, they’ll do the same with their friends. And the string goes on and on and on until it finally connects us all.

For myself, it doesn’t stop there. I recently got invited to be an ambassador of a non-profit organization called Lit Without Limits. The organization donates empowering literature to young girls in mentoring groups, to inspire them to find value in themselves, their education, and their purpose in the world.

LitWithoutLimitsDONATEHEREI didn’t have to think twice, reading and female empowerment are two of my greatest interests. Lit Without Limits strive to empower girls through strong female protagonists and vital messages about their innate power to stimulate a passion and working vision for their educational and personal pursuits.

Lit Without Limits is not just about donating books, it’s about making connections and bonding over books! We are launching a book club on Goodreads! It will be so amazing to have you with us, join us in reading WILD by Cheryl Strayed which I’m absolutely enjoying thus far!

Make sure to check out the following links below:

LIT WITHOUT LIMITS
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads Book Club

My Book Got Lost in Transit!

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Nothing is worse than believing you own something, only to have it snatched away from you.

Whoops. That sounded deeper than I intended to! But really, this whole thing was so heartbreaking.

On April 12th, the Chicken House editions of The Death Cure and The Kill Order by James Dashner from Book Depository were finally dispatched.
I’ve been eyeing this edition for years now, but it’s not available where I’m from. So when I saw that they’re both on sale, I immediately purchased them without hesitating.

You know Book Depository, they offer free shipping worldwide and ship each book separately.

So after 3 weeks, when my copy of The Death Cure and even another book I purchased from them later than April 12 arrived, I was feeling panicky. You know, I JUST WANT MY BOOK RIGHT HERE IN MY ARMS WHERE IT BELONGS!!

On May 12th, exactly one month after, I decided to contact help@bookdepository.com and told them my concern.To my surprise, they responded within the day! They said that, unfortunately, my book got lost in transit so they’ll send me another copy. I was bummed that I have to wait a few more days for the book to be dispatched and another 7-10 days for delivery, but I was grateful all the same.

Kill-Order-Classic-669x1024-669x1024Six days later, they emailed me that they could no longer send me the replacement copy of The Kill Order because of its availability, but would refund me instead. Call me over reacting, but I was heartbroken! I’ve been dying for this edition, and now it’s all gone. Well, not really gone, but I’D HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE NEXT TIME IT’S AVAILABLE!!!

After 2 days, I got my money back.

The book is out of stock on Book Depository so I’d have to wait until it becomes available again. Otherwise, I’d have to make a special order thru my local bookstore, but that would only mean more expenses.

I would just like to commend Book Depository for their incredible customer service. The representative I’ve been talking to was so nice and responds within a few hours!

MAY WRAP-UP!

MONTHLY WRAP-UP

I’m officially the worst blogger ever.

I feel like I’ve been abandoning my blogging and reading and bookstagram lately, and what’s even worse is I don’t feel bad about it. It’s liberating and refreshing. But it’s not to say I’m not coming back! I have a few drafts made for the next couple of weeks. So maybe, stay tuned?


BOOKS READ IN MAY

Before We Were Strangers  – Renee Carlino
★★★★✩

Although I found the pacing weird and the writing average, the whole thing about two people crossing each other’s paths after 15 years was just promising. Renee Carlino has awoken the hopeless romantic inside me after months of not reading anything close to romance.

This book is too cheesy for my liking, to be honest. BUT SUPER SWOON-WORTHY.

I originally gave this 3 stars, but considering I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and the story and New York in general days after finishing the book, I’m giving it a 4.

Bet MeJennifer Crusie
★★★✩✩

If you’re a fan of Sophie Kinsella or has a thing for the classic chick lit, Jennifer Crusie is a go-to author. This book was hilarious, cute, light and fun! The characters are adorable and were well-crafted. A three-star means I liked it!

I Was Here – Gayle Forman
★★★✩✩

For someone who loved all of Gayle Forman’s previous works, I’m still in denial to say that this book was a let down. Of course, we’ve had too many suicide books in the past, but I Was Here is unique in its own way. It involved mystery and self-consciousness.

However, instead of letting the romance take center stage, it would’ve been nicer if the friendship between Meg and Cody did. Although for Cody to focus on her future rather than to dwell in the past seems like the better idea, I would love if there were more stories of their past, making it really a book about friendship, rather than focusing on the romance that I found really weird and unrealistic.


MAY BOOK HAUL

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them – J. K. Rowling

The Death Cure – James Dashner

The Beach – Alex Garland


MAY BLOG RECAP


2016 READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
(5/25)

☑ A Ya bestseller – I Was Here


*yawns* BORING, NIKKA. Let me know if this post made you feel drowsy! 😛

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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If no one tagged me to do a tag but I still wanted to do it, is it still considered a ‘tag’? It is, if I’m tagging my friends, right?! 😛

This is the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag where, basically, I share rather different opinions on books compared to what readers usually think. I do not intend to offend anyone but I do, however, stand by my opinions.

Anyway, I promise to do this without spoiling anything!

1. A popular book or series you didn’t like.

Okay, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer wasn’t that bad. I remember flying through it but it left me completely unsatisfied and uninterested to read the next two books. I mean, the ending?!?! That’s it?! I just don’t get the hype!

2. A popular book or series that everyone hates but you love.

18I don’t think everyone hates the Just One Day series but I don’t see it much on social media. It’s not very well-known compared to Gayle’s If I Stay duology, and I honestly think it deserves more attention. Maybe the publishers need to do something with the covers, lol!

3. A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.

Ugh, I absolutely hate how P.S. I Still Love You turned out! It made me so mad how such book could be “adored” by many! If you’ve read the book and didn’t like it or if you don’t mind being spoiled, please see my review which contains more angry emotions than I intend to.

4. A popular book genre you rarely reach for.

Non-fiction/Memoir, maybe? I don’t think it’s something I would be willing to read any time. But there are a few that I’m very interested in, like Malala’s and Connor Franta’s.

5. A popular beloved character you didn’t like.allegiant-tris-image

I’m probably getting hate for saying this and for being a heartless witch, but Tris wasn’t anything but generic to me. I thought she was too dependent on Four.

6. A popular author you can’t seem to get into.

Oh my god… this question… it came up…. it’s Tahereh Mafi. I saw Shatter Me for $4 once and bought it. I ended up selling it online for half the price without even reaching chapter 2. I was desperate! I was like, “Nope. No. GO AWAY. I don’t need you on my shelves. NOOOO.” I believe it took me THREE DAYS to get over the writing writing writing! Reading it was so exhausting. I’m never coming back.

7. Popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

Badly written love triangles are soooo yesterday, but not many authors would think so! I have no problems with love triangles that are well-written like in Me Before You, but the trope becomes a problem when the character turns into a turd and is hardly likable. I mean, if you’ve giving me a love triangle, make it difficult for me to decide! Don’t give me an angel and a devil and let me end up with the devil because you like bad boys. No. Just no.

1a8. Popular series you have no interest in reading.

I have nothing against my dear friends who love these series but I just don’t find them interesting. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I know, I know, you can hate me now. I love Matthew Daddario and even that is not enough to make me watch the series. Whoops. (Those covers are to die for, though.)

9. The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie do you prefer more than the book? 

Divergent and Insurgent were sooo much better than the books! I haven’t seen Allegiant but I heard it was traumatic, lol. I thought the movies were different yet more simple and made more sense. You gotta give it to Theo James, though. And Ansel Elgort. And Miles Teller, tbh. Even the villains are swoon-worthy. Dear lawd, this cast.


I’m tagging my friends and fellow bloggers bookfreakrevelations, readbynicka, fictionairesblog, bookishfanboy, and aliceinwonderbookland!

Do you agree (or disagree) with me? I’d love to know what you think!

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10 Upcoming Book-to-Movie Adaptations You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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Book-to-movie adaptations may be an issue to some, but after years of seeing books get published and adapted for film, I figured I don’t really mind. In fact, I enjoy comparing the books and films too much sometimes that it gets annoying!

I’ve always been the type of person to want to read the books first before seeing the movies (well, except Harry Potter because I didn’t even know it was based on a book when my sister dragged us all to the cinema when I was 5. You get the picture.). So I did a little research (read: Google-d) and came up with this teeny tiny list of books that are not well-known enough, but are actually adapted for film! I wanted to share them with you because they all sound like great reads.

I will excuse myself as early as now: here lies the proof that I’m a bit of cinematic nerd. I LOVE CINEMA. I’M OBSESSED WITH AWARD SHOWS. SOMETIMES I FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF FOR THE NUMBER OF ~*OLD ACTORS*~ I’M CRUSHING ON. I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE A BUNCH OF SCREENSHOTS FROM EVERY TIME I WATCH A MOVIE.

This might come off as a bit biased, because I obviously love the artists/directors chosen for these adaptations, but here we go:

 

  1. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
    What it’s about: 
    Set after WWI, a lighthouse keeper and his wife Isabel hears a baby’s cries near their home off the coast of Australia. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
    Who’s starring: Michael Fassbender will star alongside Alicia Vikander as his wife.
    Why I’m excited: Lately I found myself fascinated by anything historical. And considering this one seems like a mystery of some kind, and it’s FASSBENDER AND VIKANDER, I don’t think I’d pass up. Nope.
  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    What it’s about: 
    After her mom, Bernadette, disappears, 15-year-old Bee dives into emails, documents, and secret correspondences to find her.
    Who’s starring: Richard Linklater is set to direct the film, and Cate Blanchett has been cast as Bernadette. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber — the writers behind (500) Days of Summer — are set to write the screenplay.
    Why I’m excited: RICHARD LINKLATER?!?!?! I mean, in case you don’t know yet, the guy directed the three Before movies and Boyhood! Cate Blanchett, on the other hand, is a goddess. I also look forward to her seemingly new role in contemporary fiction, unlike the movies she previously starred in like Cinderella, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and her latest film Carol.  Also, I was thinking Emma Fuhrman would be fantastic for the role of Bee.

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SONGS OF THE PAGES: Before We Were Strangers, ‘To the Green-eyed Lovebird’

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Have you ever read a book that gave you too many emotions that you couldn’t possibly put those emotions into words? Well, thank the heavens for the gift of m u s i c, right?

They say you’d know a person based on the music she listens to, and for me to share my playlists to the world would be like cheating on myself because I hold them to my heart dearly.

The idea of creating a playlist based on a book came up to me on the night I finished reading Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino.

23309634A love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

I love the whole premise of a rekindled love, and this book was so hopeful and beautiful and made me fall in love with New York.

I initially gave this book 3 stars for the weird pacing and, for me, the lack of intensity. But after finding myself unable to get it out of my mind, I thought 4 stars would be more fitting.

In this book, Matt is a photographer and Grace is a musician. This playlist will include songs mentioned in the book (JEFF BUCKLEY!!) and some that I love and thought would make a perfect soundtrack for the Matt and Grace’s love story.


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‘Hallelujah’ – Jeff Buckley

Baby, I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew you
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ – Jeff Buckley

It’s never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It’s never over, all my riches for her smiles when i slept so soft against her
It’s never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
It’s never over, she’s the tear that hangs inside my soul forever

‘Outro’ – M83

I’m the king of my own land.
Facing tempests of dust, I’ll fight until the end.
Creatures of my dreams raise up and dance with me!
Now and forever, I’m your king!

‘We Don’t Eat’ – James Vincent McMorrow

Me, I was holding all of my secrets soft and hid
Pages were folded, then there was nothing at all
So if in the future I might need myself a savior
I’ll remember what was written on that wall

‘Flightless Bird, American Mouth’ – Iron & Wine

Then when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog-eared map
And called for you everywhere

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‘Bloom’ –  Paper Kites

When the evening pulls the sun down
And the day is almost through
Oh, the whole world, it is sleeping
But my world is you

‘Nicest Thing’ – Kate Nash

I wish that without me your heart would break
I wish that without me you’d be spending the rest of your nights awake
I wish that without me you couldn’t eat
I wish I was the last thing on your mind before you went to sleep

‘Youth’ – Daughter

Well I’ve lost it all, I’m just a silhouette
A lifeless face that you’ll soon forget
My eyes are damp from the words you left
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.

‘Til Kingdom Come’ – Coldplay

In your tears and in your blood,
In your fire and in your flood,
I hear you laugh, I heard you sing,
“I wouldn’t change a single thing.”

‘Underground’ – Cody Fry

And the ground began to shake
No time left to hit the brake
That little light was closing in
And suddenly I’m floating
Love I see you now, oh
You found me here underground

‘Just A Dream’ – Tobias Jesso Jr.

I can’t explain the world to you
I can’t explain the things that people choose to do
There’s a thing called hate and there’s a thing called love too
Like the love I have for your mom and for you
My baby, she looked at me and she smiled

‘Can’t Stop Thinking About You’ – Tobias Jesso Jr.

Marianne, I know I made you cry
All those lonely tears
Marianne, I’m scared to apologize
After all these years
There’s got to be something I could do
I can’t stop thinking about you

‘Halo’ – Ane Brun, Linnea Olsson

You know you’re my saving grace
You’re everything I need and more
It’s written all over your face

‘Like Vineyards’ – Little India

We won’t cry anymore
We won’t fight anymore

I want to grow old with you

‘(Nice Dream)’ – Radiohead

They dug me my very own garden
Gave me sunshine, made me happy

Nice dream, nice dream, nice dream


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