K-pop Album Review: Taemin – Want

taeminwantTaemin released his second mini album ‘Want’ on February 11th along with a music video for the title track of the same name. I have been a fan of his solo work since his full album release in late 2017 ‘Move’ and that title track was one of my top songs of 2017. I didn’t think there was any way Taemin could top Move, but my god he has somehow managed it.

The album features 6 full length tracks + an outro. The whole vibe of the album is Taemins usual dirty sexy and sensual signature sound that I’m a huge fan of. Want is straight up a song about how he seduces us, I mean, the guy is self-aware of how much he slays his fans at least and he works it. This album does have a bit more of a dark gothic feel with some of its tracks, particularly ‘Shadow’. ‘Truth’ and ‘Monologue’ are slower and more heartfelt songs and ‘Never forever’ is a bit lighter and we are left with a nice haunting outro. I can’t help but feel that Monologue may be a song about his fellow SHINee member Jonghyun who sadly passed.

Want is easily one of my top songs of 2019 and we are still only in February! Have you listened to Taemin’s new album? What is your favourite song? I have ordered the physical album from Yesasia to add to my collection. If you haven’t heard it and are curious, I’ve included some links for you to check out.

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A-Z Book Tag

Here is the first tag post on my blog, thanks to Lauren over at Northern Plunder for tagging me and I tag anyone that wants to do this tag for their own blog! Here goes..

A: author you’ve read the most books from

J. K. Rowling purely because of Harry Potter, though I’m getting pretty close to that with Banana Yoshimoto and Yukio Mishima books.

B: best sequel

I’m going to go with Catching Fire from the Hunger Games series.

C: currently reading

The Wicked King, it’s getting intense I’m scared.

D: drink of choice while reading

Whatever I happen to be drinking.

E: e-book or physical book

Both! Kindle is great for bed time reading because it lights up, during the day I usually read a physical book.

F: fiction character you would have dated in high school

I was always attracted to the dweebs at school so probably Ron Weasley.

G: glad you gave this book a chance

Throne of Glass. I heard so much love/hate regarding the series that I put off trying it, until I tried it. I’m now up to Queen of Shadows.

H: hidden gem book

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, I will keep mentioning this book until everyone reads it.

I: important moment in your reading life

Watching PewDiePie’s first ‘book review’ video in early 2018 and hearing about Yukio Mishima. I decided to pick up one of his books after not reading a book in years and have been a regular book reader ever since. Cheers Felix.

J: just finished reading

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, highly recommend!

K: kind of books you won’t read

I’m rarely in the mood to read contemporary because it’s not a big enough escape from reality for me.

L: longest book you’ve read

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (617 pages).

M: major book hangover because of

Deathly Hallows, I dragged that book out for months because I didn’t want it to end.

N: number of bookcases you own

3, I would get more but lack of space.

O: one book you’ve read multiple times

I’m pretty sure I’ve yet to re-read a book!

P: prefered place to read

Laying in bed.

Q: quote that inspires you/gives you feels from a book

“He had never been willing to believe that life had to be as gray and dull as people claimed. He heard them saying: “Life is like that,” but he couldn’t agree. He never stopped believing in mysteries and miracles.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story.

R: reading regret

There are no books that I regret reading, but I regret NOT reading for so many years.

S: series you’ve started and need to finish

Throne of Glass.

T: three of your all time favourite books

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

The Neverending Story by Micheal Ende

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

U: unapologetic fangirl for

Death Note.

V: very excited for this release

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

W: worst bookish habits

Buying books and not reading them for months.

X: x marks the spot! start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Gryffindor edition.

Y: your latest book purchase

Orange The Complete Collection.

Z: zzz snatcher book, last book that kept you up way too late

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge, highly recommend!

Book Hooked Box January 2019

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Book Hooked Box is a new monthly bookish subscription box based in the UK, launching with their first box in January 2019 themed ‘Fairy Tales’ I decided to give it a go at the recommendation of Lauren and a very reasonable price of £25 per month/box. I was given a shipping notice and the box arrived the next day. Although my box was a bit squished, everything was well packaged and in perfect condition.

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Each box comes with a small box of chocolates, a hot drink, a bath/body item and a new release book (this one came with a signed book plate!).

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As a first box bonus we also received an art print by the very talented Tecsie and a bookmark.

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This months book was Stain by A. G. Howard, a dark princess and the pea retelling.

February’s theme is ‘Surviving Disaster’.

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My Top K-Pop Songs Of 2018

I’ve listened to A LOT of K-pop this year but obviously not every release. This is just my personal favourites list from this year, not necessarily in this exact order but close enough.

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  1. NCT 127: TouchOk I don’t even stan NCT but this song makes me SO HAPPY and I’ve played it throughout the year whenever I’ve needed cheering up. Also Yuta in the MV is just adorable. Top spot for giving me all of the good feels.
  2. LOONA: Favorite – A group that I do stan and finally debuted as a 12 member group this year, although not the title track, Favorite just feels so Loona to me and I love the MV. Fierce ladies and a great track. STAN LOONA.
  3. Kim Donghan: Sunset – Former member of the group JBJ, Donghan released this as his first solo title track and just wow. He looks and sounds AMAZING and I couldn’t stop playing this song when it came out.
  4. The Rose: BabyPure perfection, need I say more. Woosungs voice is magic. This group is still too under rated. I hope 2019 is a strong year for them.
  5. Nu’est W: Help Me – My ultimate group, Nu’est W’s last release before Minhyun returns from Wanna One to them next year. They have done so well since Produce101 and I am SO PROUD. I can’t wait for Minhyuns return.
  6. Nu’est W: Dejavu – Same as above.
  7. Noir: Airplane Mode – An extremely talented yet UNDER RATED GROUP! Noir debuted early this year and both mini albums they have released have been SO GOOD. I truly hope they get more recognition next year.
  8. D-CRUNCH: Stealer – Same as above. These guys debuted this year and I’ve had this song on repeat for a long time.
  9. BTS: Trivia: Seesaw – Finally a BTS song. Suga’s solo song from the Love Yourself Answer album just blew me away.
  10. Jonghyun: Just For A Day – Ah, Jonghyun. This is from my favourite full length album released this year, Poet Artist. Every song is so good, but this one is my favourite. A true artist.
  11. LOONA: Egoist – Olivia Hye was the 12th and last member of LOONA to be revealed and this was the song she debuted with, and it’s one of my favourite LOONA solo songs.
  12. BTS: Singularity – Taehyung’s solo song from Love Yourself: Tear, he is my BTS bias and well, that voice.
  13. BTS: IDOL – I don’t think much needs to be said about this one, it’s BTS.
  14. BoA: Woman – The queen of Kpop finally had a release this year that I LOVED. Long live the queen.
  15. Leo: Cover Girl – Leo from Vixx released his first solo album this year and this is my favourite track from it.
  16. (G)I-DLE: Latata – Probably the most popular female group debut of the year.
  17. Wanna One: Boomerang – Wing Wing Wing Wing.
  18. fromis_9: Love Bomb – The only release so far from fromis that I’ve loved, it’s damn catchy.
  19. Monsta X: Shoot Out – Another group I havn’t really liked any release from until they blew me away with this comeback.
  20. Twice: Yes or Yes – I feel like I have to put this on here because it’s been stuck in my head since it came out.

Japanese Releases

 

What have been your top K-pop songs from 2018?