Friday, 31 March 2017

March Books

This month I read the entire " A Series of Unfortunate Events", The Bell Jar and De Gales hus by Karin Fossum.

A series of unfortunate events,
I saw the movie when it came out, and I loved it, and I remember I read the first book, but I guess I didn't read the rest, and then I saw that Netflix started to show a series about the books, and I watched  it and I loved that too. So I went to my local library and borrowed the first nine books and they ordered the rest of the books from a different library. And I read the books in a hurry, at first the books were small enough that I finished almost a couple a day and then in the end they took a day to read which is why I have counted them as not 13 books but 6.

These books are a captivating read, I genuinely want good things to happen to the main characters and they are facinating as are the things that happen to them. I love how it is written with lots of quirky words and twists and turns in the plot and over the top characters, but in the end, maybe the characters are not so over the top but more human?

I recommend this book to all ages, I don't think intended demographic matters much, if you like something read it and don't care about which isle it is in. After all Harry Potter was a children's book but adults all over the world read those books and loved them. There are gems everywhere so go explore. I try to, both in new genres and in new isles and sometimes I pick out books that look interesting or just randomly when I am at the library. After all they are free to borrow so what do I have to loose?

At first I was sort of miffed because it seemed like the author was not sure how old the baby was, but after a while it was clear that the baby was a genius like her siblings but also was growing, and her words started to mean things.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, is a book I have read several times, and while I like the mood of the book and understand the protagonist is sick, I just don't like her all that much and sometimes feel like she should just get a grip, which is most unhelpful when someone is battling depression. I just don't feel for her at all. The Bell Jar is a good read if you can read about people who are psychically ill and it does do a good job portraying mental illness.

De gales hus, in my opinion is a far better book, the main people in this book are easier to relate to and I don't want to reach into the book and pound them as I did with the other one. This book is set at a later date without shock therapy but still with lots and lots of pills.
I do think it makes a good sneak peak into the life of someone who is institutionalized and different kinds of mental illnesses, all the characters seem convincingly sick in different ways and I find myself hoping they will get a little bit better, but I somehow still think a few of them might be happier inside the institution.

It is not overly graphic but it does talk about sore topics such as death, suicide and self-harm. I would recommend this book, although  I am not sure it is translated to all that many languages.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Final C-ute Single Final part

Another Tsunku song. I must say I love this song as well. The pv is not as cheap as most H!P pv's, and the girls look fierce. I adore the dance and the beat and the feel and I have been playing it non-stop since it came.

And on the 29th I will buy all three songs while I wait for my copy from Japan that I hope Miss.Felt has procured for me. ^^

Today I feel not as devastated  of their imminent departure but more melancholy and  with anticipation in regards to their imminent concert. Yay concert.

I will see you soon C-ute.

Final C-ute Single Part 2

The second song on the single, this one is written by Tsunku, he asked the girls what their thoughts were and wrote this song which I think is nice.

The Pv is stunning, and I do like the concept of all the leaders and sub-leaders of H!P to dance in the background even if it looks a bit mis-matched. I think it would have looked better with different outfits and less white room...

Although the lyrics are nice and the girls look happy I would not have liked this song as the only song in the single, but it does complement the others.

Goodbye C-ute

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Final C-ute Single

It is Tuesday again, and ℃-ute is releasing their final single on the 29th of this month, and as usual it is a three songs single, the first of the three songs are here.


Final Squall, 
I am not sure which squall they are talking about, the wind kind or the scream kind or both.

サヨナラ, just that word.

I like the song, reading the lyrics they seem meaningful and appropriate. Somehow the song is both upbeat and genki as C-ute is but also sad and bittersweet like a last song should. I was afraid they would have trouble topping off the last release, but this song is a good goodbye. I like it, I don't like saying goodbye, but the song is still a good goodbye song...

The farewell seems imminent and unavoidable, I feel sad, there will never be another C-ute for me, they are special, mostly since I have followed them from the beginning. 

I will miss C-ute a lot, and I hope the next two songs on the single will be just as good and send the girls off properly. C-ute is the group for me where all the members shine and have great stage presence and charisma, they can dance and sing and move our hearts, I actually care about them and at the moment the other groups of H!P are a bit hit and miss, some girls are great, some songs are great but they are not as strong as C-ute, but then again, they have been together for so long.
So when there is no more C-ute I am not sure what I will find, if the other groups can step up a bit, they are not bad, but, they are just not C-ute.

Thank you C-ute.

I hope you will bloom again.