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Books & Music Recommendations

Hey guys! It's been a long time since recommendations posts. Anyways, yesterday I did a poll on Instagram and the winner theme was "How I am planning my return to "normal" / new goals". Considering that this is something very personal and genuine to write about, I decided to do a easier one today and leave that one for Wednesday. However, this week, apart from today's and Wednesday's post, you'll have another one on Friday - consider it a weekend special - about last weekend in Lisbon.


MUSIC


I've been crazy for music for as long as I can remember. It's something that runs in my family, mainly my dad which still is crazy for music. I don't remember a car ride without my headphones one, most of my baths I take a speaker with me, I literally listen to music like 1h30 per day. I remember being really young and my dad used to wake us up with Rammstein on his speakers, those were the times.

- FUN FACT - Remember Belle? When I was about 8 years old, I was getting out of Belle (I just had to step from the boat to the pier. Tiny Helena decided to do that while changing the song on the MP3 with those cute Hannah Montana headphones and a red outfit. As expected, I didn't put my feet on the pier, so I fell off the boat into the water.. just because I was changing a song.


This intro was just to show you how music has been in my life forever. Nowadays, with Apple Music, I don't buy any CD's but I still have a lot of those here at home, so on my way to Lisbon, me and my sister decided to take some of them to listen to on that 3 hour ride.



As you can see on that image, the last album we bought was Wiped Out by The Neighbourhood and it came out in 2015 - 5 years ago. It was lovely to hear these CD's, and some of them have amazing art work! This is something we don't have on apple music or spotify. CD's come with their little image or lyric book and the CD itself can be beautiful. On these streaming devices we only get to see the cover.



Anyways, I opened the I Love You from The Neighbourhood. My sister went to their concert some years ago, where she met most of the band, they dedicated a song to her and her friends and they got to smoke with Jesse - she also got autographs. Lucky girl.



From all of these, the albums I recommend the most are:

  1. I Love You by The Neighbourhood

  2. Ultraviolence by Lana del Rey

  3. Electra Heart by Marina

  4. Battle Born by The Killers

  5. Wiped Out by The Neighbourhood

These have to be my lifetime favourites, they're all very different, but I love every single one of them.


However, recently my dad got my granddad's speakers home, they are Quad from 1957. At first I was skeptical, I couldn't see how something from the 50's would work fine. Now, I'm in love with them, they are the most powerful speakers I've ever had in my house and they have emotional value as well since they remind me of my granddad. The design is epic for that time, I think, and the sound is mind-blowing.


With these home, I started to develop a big interest in vinyls. My dad is always skeptical because he thinks that vinyls are better for Jazz music and 70's / 80's. So when he sees me buying albums from 2019 he's like very judgy. But he ends up listening to the whole album with me because Quad's quality makes you feel like the singer is in the room. We only have these home since December so I've only bought 3 vinyls.


Two of these are my all time favourite albums. The Lana one and The Neighbourhood one.


This is The Neighbourhood's self titled album. It isn't available on apple music, which was one of the main reasons why I bought it. It has literally my favorite song ever - Too Serious. Listening to it today was like a dream. Those speakers' acoustic makes magic, and to hear one of my favorite albums ever in that situation is lovely.


This one is Norman Fucking Rockwell! by Lana del Rey. This album SCREAMS vinyl vibes. It's one of the best to listen to on vinyl, it brings every vibe I'm sure Lana wanted to pass on. Every single detail is beautiful. Her songs simply make the sound of the vinyl working part of the song in a weird and stunning way. I definitely recommend this one for vinyl lovers. Mostly the piano calm songs like Norman Fucking Rockwell!.


A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975 was the first vinyl I bought and, as much as I love the album, I was disappointed. Some songs are simply not clean and the quality is really really meh. Sincerity is Scary, I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes) and I Couldn't Be More in Love are the songs that have the best quality.


My To Buy Vinyl List:

  1. Sweetener by Ariana Grande

  2. Fine Line by Harry Styles

  3. Lust for Life by Lana del Rey

  4. Badlands by Halsey

  5. Ultra by Depeche Mode (This one is super difficult to find in PT)


BOOKS


I'm not much of a reader. However, lately poetry has caught my attention. I wrote the first poetry book I got. It was "Stories for Rainy Days" by Naela Ali. I did a blog post about it.


LINKS:

Portuguese Version: Histórias Para Dias De Chuva

English Version: Stories for Rainy Days



The illustrations combined with her thoughts or short stories made it so beautiful. I related with some of the things she wrote. It’s easy to read, yet, it makes you want it to last forever. The short stories are so relatable and so likely to happen in every girl’s life, that’s one of the things that makes it lovely.

- from mini blog series part 1 - click here.



Basically, that book made me want to explore more about poetry. So I bought another one - Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. This book is tough and has a lot of difficult thoughts - relatable ones, but it makes you feel like you're not the only one feeling certain things. It is way darker than the other Rupi's book I'm going to talk about next.



LINKS:

Portuguese Version: Leite e Mel

English Version: Milk and Honey



As the previous Kaur's book, the sun and her flowers is as relatable as the last one. The best part of these books is that she starts broken, but you can see her bloom. I love poetry mostly because you can open the book in a random page and just read that poem. I love it.


LINKS:

Portuguese Version: o sol e as suas flores

English Version: the sun and her flowers


However, I do read books other than poetry, I'm currently reading Isabel Allende's In The Midst of Winter and I'm about to start Animal Farm by George Orwell.

I plan on reading more, it's an activity that's growing on me.


See you on Wednesday <3

Until then, follow me on @lenadosantos

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