A-Z: Favorite Songs

Within the past few years, I began listening to more alternative/rock/whatever-you-wanna-call-it music, so I figured I would share some of my favorite songs in A-Z style!

(I am also super into country music, so one day I will do a similiar post but with country music!)

Another Travelin’ Song- Bright Eyes

Ballad of the Mighty I- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds



Exit Wounds- The Script

Feels Like Fire- Ryan Adams

Goner- Twenty One Pilots

Hard Way Home- Brandi Carlile


Just Another Girl- The Killers

Kiss Me Slowly-Parachute

Little By Little-Oasis

(The) Mixed Tape- Jack’s Mannequin

Other Side- Metric

Photograph- Ed Sheeran

Quesadilla- WALK THE MOON

Run-Snow Patrol

Space- Something Corporate

Therapy- All Time Low

Untangled Love-Brandon Flowers

Victorious- Panic! At The Disco

(The) Wire- HAIM

XO-John Mayer

Your Type- Carly Rae Jepsen

Zigzagging Toward The Light- Conor Oberst


If you are also interested in rock and alternative-style music, leave me a comment with your recommendations!

If you check out any of these amazing artists/bands, let me know what you think!


Brandi’s Pokemon Indigo League TBR Pile

For the next few weeks, I will be participating in the #ReadThemAllThon!! Here are details as to what it is all about:

What Is It?

The Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon is a 3 weeks long reading challenge based on theKanto’s Indigo League. Long-time fans of the series would recognise this as the first set of gyms Ash Ketchum had to conquer in his quest to become the Pokemon Master. Now you, my friends, will also embark on a journey to become the very best. Instead of fighting gym battles, you’ll be reading books instead!

When Is It?

The read-a-thon will run for 3 weeks between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September.

You can sign up anytime between now and the end of the read-a-thon.

Readatmidnight.com is the creator of this awesome read-a-thon, and you can view her original post about it here!

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(Yes I picked Pikachu, I know I am unoriginal, I just really love him.)

TBR Pile


This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for quite a while now! So many of my bookish friends have read it already and absolutely love it, so I can not wait to finally pick this one up!


Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

I think it’s time to give this book another try and find out what all the hype is about!


Even weeks before it’s release, maybe even months before, I heard such fantastic things about this one! I read Illuminae, also written by Jay Kristoff, and really enjoyed it. Nevernight seems a little denser than books I typically read, but I am hoping to read it never the less!


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Why haven’t I read this one yet, especially because it has been sitting on my shelf for so long? I don’t know. but I plan to read it now!



I can not wait to jump back into the Throne of Glass series!


Incredibly late in starting this series, but it is finally time! (Have you read it? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!)


The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Also really late in starting this series, but now should be the time! I haven’t even seen the movie because I knew I wanted to read the book first!


Are you doing #ReadThemAllThon too? Link me to your post so I can see what books you are reading!

Fading Away From Old Friendships

It is a liberating yet discouraging feeling when you begin to fade away from people you had once had a strong relationship with.

You change as you grow up- this is a well known fact. You broaden your mind, you change your interests, your personality matures, you figure out who you are. You slowly become who you are going to be for the rest of your life. 

When you begin to grow into the person you are going to become, you may subtly or drastically change from the person you once were. Sometimes, this difference sets you apart from the only people you have known since kindergarten.

These people you have known for basically forever may not always support you in this self-revision. I mean, can you blame them? A person they have spent the majority of their free time with- seemingly gone; poof! Just like that. 

In rare occasions, you have that one person- from Pre-K, from fifth grade, from last year-completely and entirely supporting you in each one of your personal endeavors. These are the friends-the friends that are considered family- that you keep. That you hold close.

It is okay to be disheartened when your closest friends can not support you in your life decisions.  but that is their problem; never apologize for becoming a different, better, a “more-you” person.

It is heartbreaking when old friends don’t have that same urge, that same need to keep updated on your life. It leads you to ask yourself things like, is this change bad? Is this now who I am suppose to be? How come they don’t like who I am becoming?

If YOU are choosing who YOU wanna be, then it is not wrong. Don’t be stuck in your past self because you are scared of what people think.

They may not like who you are becoming; again, this is not your fault. It means they just were not meant to continue on as part of your life. It’s sad, but it happens to everyone.

It is an incredibly fulfilling realization that you have control over who you will be in your life. It’s been said before, and it’s simple: The people who are worth keeping around are the ones who fully support and love you.

Don’t be afraid. Be yourself. Live the life you want for yourself. The right people will come along and love you for who you truly are.

I Wanna Write.

I wanna write

To release all my emotions:

My fury, my depression, my elation, my calamity.

I wanna write

To impress others by showing them

Yes, I can actually be good at something.  This is me. I’m a writer.

I wanna write

To be creative

To free the part of my brain that so often gets hidden in the midst of a serious and painful reality.

I wanna write

Because it’s easier than talking to people

My words are too  often frozen and cemented on my tongue.

I wanna write

To show others who I am

And to unleash my soul onto them.

But, this begs my next question…

Who even am I?

I don’t even know who I am.

I wanna write

To learn who I am

And who I wanna be.

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The Wonderful Feeling of Sitting at the Beach

There’s a sense of calamity and serenity you get, while sitting by the ocean.

Or the lake,

Or the sea,

or any body of water, really.

You hear the changing of the waves arriving abruptly at shore, then leaving quietly having only left wet sand in it’s path.

Your whole body seemingly becomes covered with sand, water, warmth, love, happiness, and peace.

The endless body of water, whether crystal blue or mucky brown, looks back at you with ease and lack of judgement.

You look out over the horizon and think about the gigantic world out there; all the people, all the places, all the things you have yet to see.

Because after all, you are one single person in a world filled with billions-

That realization is equally terrifying and comforting.