Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday Hope Treize

Q: Many readers/bloggers are also big music fans. Tell us about a few of your favorite bands/singers that we should listen to in 2012.

Just as my reading is eclectic, so is my music. I'm a fan of music from some select musicals (my favourite is The Sound of Music), yet I am just as comfortable with Paolo Nutini, Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Mumford and Sons and many others. I don't pigeon hold myself as liking only one genre; provided I like the music, I will get it. And if an artist I like makes something I don't like, I won't get it. Just how people try to read books they want and avoid depression after a bad book, I try not to let stereotypes or expectations dictate my music.

I also tend to have phases. I'm in what I think of as 'My Dad's Music' phase at the moment. He's as eclectic as me, and used to listen to TLC, Black Eyed Peas and others. Growing up with them, they're subliminally ingrained in me!

Also, friends of friends played this song at New Years and I've fallen in love with it. I just can't stop singing or listening to it! I actually listened again as I posted this.

2012 Must Reads: Which books are at the top of your list to be read this year (new or old releases)?

NEW: I really want to read the sequels to many of last year's great debuts, such as Insurgent (Divergent), Outpost (Enclave) and A Million Suns (Across the Universe). There are other sequels I'm excited for such as The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies/I am Number Four) and there are bound to be things I'll hear about as they come out and think "Of course! How could I forget?!" 

OLD: (I'm classing this as anything that has already been published) I've decided that Nicholas Nickleby is going to be my next Dickens read so I've got that ready for when I decide to read it, but I'm also excited about the prospect of my next Austen novel. I was thinking Sense and Sensibility.

I'd also like to read George R. R. Martin's series since I now have all the books. The same for the Lord of the Rings. Legend, Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Fire and Thorns are among those which are only really a month or so old but they are also something I'm hoping and looking forward to reading when I finally sit down with them.

I also have ends of series to read. throughout Autumn and December, I feel like I started the first books of many series, and now I have all the sequels to read. I have the few I've mentioned above, as well Chronicles of the Necromancer, Runelight, The Dead Tossed Waves and others I can't be bothered trying to find on my (recently tidied) shelf. I feel like I have too much.

It was a good hop, but I feel overwhelmed with how much I'm going to have to read this year! I'll leave you with this thought, which occurred to me when I read TGIF question.

Surely all so-called old books remain new books until you've read them? Just like all old news is new until you've heard it. (Courtesy of David Eddings)


  1. Love your choices, Alex!
    Old follower, just hopping through.

    Here's our #FF post

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

  2. Love how you did your list with series & older books. I just finished Anna Dressed in Blood and loved it! I also want to continue with the George Martin series.

  3. I also chose Adele and Gaga. :) Lots of others in common, too.

    new follower.
    My FF

  4. Hopping through. So funny to think of TLC and Black Eyed Peas as Dad's music. It was popular when I was a teenager - and I'm not super old yet. I love Florence and Adele.
    My Hop

  5. We have similar music tastes too!
    I was already an adult and married for TLC and Black Eyed Peas lol Oh how blogging makes me feel old sometimes lol

    I'm not really excited to read anything this year. I'm just going to take the books as they come and hope for the best.

  6. Thinking about what I WANT to read this year is a little overwhelming. So many books, so little time to read them all. But I think that's the best part - never running out of stuff to read!

    I'm really excited for Insurgent. I loved Divergent (it was my favorite 2011 book... or one of them anyway) and I cannot wait to find out what happens to Tris and Four!

    As for older books I want to read, I'm also going to work on Game of Thrones! I have the first book, now it's all just a matter of reading...

  7. (If you posted above but are not '@'ed, it's because I could find your blog and comment, provided you had a follow Friday post)

    @Tanya I'm glad you liked how I organised it! I thought about everything I wanted to read an decided it best to organise them like that! Anna was good? I'm glad to hear that since I'm flirting with the idea that I may read it very soon. GRRM is great, but I for one am put off by their length and how much time I'll have to dedicate to them.

  8. Whoa, that song is amazing. Very peppy-sounding but lyrically sad, and I like how certain parts repeat, like a machine that's getting stuck and needs to be wound up again.

    Definitely looking forward to "Outpost". And Karen's read it already! Lucky blogger. :-)

  9. Hey Alex

    Glad to see a fellow musical theatre fan! ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog this week.