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Hey guys! It’s Friday!

Time for another LONG awaited lol, My Happy Playlist.

So this week I’ve been really into:

1. We Are Young – Fun feat. Janelle Monae

I first heard this song on Glee and I was like I know this song, I should know this song…but I didn’t know the song. Then YouTube was promoting it and I watched the video but I thought the video was so weird and not what I thought the video would be about at all. Finally I heard it on the radio and started singing along, it got stuck in my head and the rest is history.


2. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

I first heard this song on a NOW That’s What I Call Music ad and I was singing along like I knew so, maybe that wasn’t the first time, or maybe it’s one of those one listen and you’re hooked songs. Either ways I loved it, I looked it up on YouTube and the video was so fun, I just had to have it. Makes me smile all the time. 🙂


3. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran

I believe it played in the ball scene in Vampire Diaries, season 3 but I fell in love with it watching a fan video with the song. Then I fell in love with the lyrics. Oh, how I love hearing it, makes we want love indeed especially with all the Vampire Diaries hotties. Swooon! 🙂


4. Call Me, Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Apparently this song is a hit and has been sweeping the nation by storm with endorsement from the Biebs himself but the first time I heard it was when Guy Ross interviewed her on NPR’s All Things Considered Weekends podcast. They played it in the background, she explained her inspiration, i.e. her boyfriend and I immediately went and looked it up on YouTube, it’s been a fav ever since, such a catchy song. The video is hilarious and twist at the end, lol. It’s gone so viral a bunch of celebs did parody videos on it, I like the one Selena, Justin, Ashley Tisdale and a bunch of their friends did, hilarious. 🙂



5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

I don’t even know where I heard this, probably one of my friends made me listen to it, but at any rate I love it, so slow and heart wrenching, makes me think. The video is….there, like she’s just walking slowly and singing, there really is nothing special about it. I’ve been told its in the Twilight movies, that won’t make me watch ’em but if that makes you want to listen to the song, all the better. 🙂


Well that’s what’s been helping me move my feet this week.

What about you, what are your favourite songs this week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂


Title: A Study In Scarlet

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Published: 1887

Description: “A Study in Scarlet” is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In “A Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities. (Taken from Goodreads)

I have been wanting and meaning to read a Sherlock Holmes novel since the beginning of time! I love the character, I love the lore, I love the movies, I was completely into Sherlock Holmes without ever reading Sherlock Holmes which is like being into Harry Potter without reading the books, which by the way is complete nonsense. So I was beyond elated when Soho Press chose A Study in Scarlet for our second read especially when I found out it was the very first one.

Then I read the book and fell in love all over again. The story is amazing, Sherlock stole my heart. I mean I could sit for days just listening to how he deciphers what he does. I would kill to be Dr.Watson, kill.

And then we moved on into the second section of the story and I thought my audiobook must have a glitch or something because it obviously skipped the ending and went on to another story. I was confused, I backtracked, I double checked, it was just so out-of-place and it wasn’t until THE END of the section that I realized THIS was the explanation to the motivation behind the crime.

Mr.Doyle, sir, no, NO,NO! That was horrible. If you were alive, I’d tell you to rewrite that section or something. It was so….different than the writing I’d seen before, it wasn’t fun, I didn’t connect, it was TEDIOUS to get through and I spent the entire time wondering when we’d get back to Sherlock. Now I can only imagine this was because it was your first Sherlock novel and the others just got better and better without this weird section because the beginning was MAGNIFICENT!

All in all I loved the book as you can tell and I’m overlooking the iffy middle section because we do return to Sherlock and the present day after this weird section but it wasn’t as good when we got back. The ending was…eh alright, I guess but I was looking for a wilder more fun explanation than I got. Oh well it was still an awesome book and I recommend it to everyone, it gets a 4 out of 5.

Have you ever read a Sherlock Holmes novel?

What was first, was it good, did you fall in love?

If not, what are you waiting for?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading! 🙂



PS. Sherlock references Dupin and I was like OMG! Hands down, game over! This is the best challenge ever! Thank you Soho Press! 🙂


Title: The Murders In The Rue Morgue

Author: Edgar Allen Poe

Published: 1841

Description: In just five stories, Edgar Allan Poe laid down most of the ground rules of detective fiction. In the three tales featuring Auguste Dupin (‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget‘ and ‘The Purloined Letter‘) he created the Great Detective, not to mention the locked-room mystery, the notion of armchair detection and the secret-service story; ‘The Gold Bug‘ revolved around the use of cyphers; and ‘Thou Art the Man‘ made use of false clues and the least likely suspect. (Taken from Goodreads)

Edgar Allen Poe has always been a rather familiar name to me, I think of Mr.Poe and I think of classics, however which specific classic I had no idea. His works were unknown to me and remained so for many years. That is until I read The Eyre Affair and they mentioned his supposedly very dark story, The Raven. After that encounter I decided maybe Mr.Poe had nothing to offer me as horror wasn’t my genre of choice.

However due to Soho Press’s amazing classic crime read along challenge I was officially introduced to my first Edgar Allen Poe novel.

I found the story to be interesting and fun. I was listening to it between classes on my iPod and I was always dying to dive back in to see how the case would be resolved and to hear how he made his deductions.

After reading The Murders in the Rue Morgue I realized the reason we needed to track a course through the evolution of the crime fiction because before reading this story I was not aware that Sherlock Holmes had a predecessor. I had no idea there was another person who was even remotely close to the Sherlock Holmes character and I found this rather fascinating to read.

Auguste Dupin was a rather interesting character as was his accomplice and the parallel’s between them and the Holmes gang is astounding and fun to draw. The answer to the riddle that is the mystery was odd to say the least and a bit out there but I suppose plausible in some way.

All in all I enjoyed the story and the insight this book gave me on the crime genre and I suggest everyone give it a try, especially if you’re into crime and mystery stories.

Have you ever read Edgar Allen Poe before?

What was your first one and did you like it?

Have you ever read a Dupin story, who do you prefer Dupin or Holmes?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading! 🙂

Okay I know I said I wasn’t going to undertake any reading challenges this year but when Books on the Nightstand announced that Soho Press was hosting a Classic Crime Read-Along I just couldn’t resist.

Mystery was what brought me into the reading fold. The first book I can remember reading and wanting more of was Nancy Drew #6 – The Secret of Red Gate Farm. I read that book and was just like, can I get another one? Lol!

Now Nancy Drew might be childish but since that tender age I’ve always had a soft spot for mystery and crime novels.

That being said I couldn’t wait to dive into this challenge. Now you might be thinking, I’ve read so many crime novels in my lifetime I do not need a challenge to read anymore but that is not really what this challenge is about. Soho’s Classic Read Along is aiming to plot a timeline through history using crime fiction to show how the genre was born and has subsequently evolved over the years, which I think is just brilliant.

Now sadly my blog posting has been lackluster at best and so this announcement is a bit on the late side as it started in March. However I am sure that anyone that wants to join in can easily catch up and be on par before we discuss this month’s book of choice. So far we’ve read The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe, A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey which are all relatively short reads.

All the details can be found on their blog as well as the schedule.

I urge everyone to give this challenge a try to expand your crime fiction knowledge.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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