Current Obsession: Coffee Radio

I was going to write a Current Obsession about Stranger Things on Netflix, but I thought I didn’t need to since it’s kind of a given that EVERYONE is obsessed with that show.

Besides Stranger Things (I’ve watched season 1 twice… that’s how obsessed I am), I am loving listening to Coffee Radio on Pandora.

While I was in San Diego this summer one of my roommates introduced me to this song “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso:

This song is the perfect chill song. I love listening to this when I’m studying or just hanging out. I created a station on Pandora for this song so that I could find more songs like this one, and I fell in love with the whole station.

All of the songs that are played are super chill, relaxing songs, but they’re also just good songs in general. I’ve listened to the playlist so much that it starts repeating the same songs, which could get annoying but I don’t mind.

Here are some of the songs I love from this station:

Let me know if you liked any of these songs or if you have any song suggestions!

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Postcards

I’ve been away from home for about 12 weeks now. I started out my summer in San Diego, went home for two days, then came to Davis. Although I did go home for those two days in between, I don’t really count that because of how short that was.

Before I left for this summer excursion, I was definitely excited to move out and experience independence. After a while, though, I do miss hanging out with my family. I miss being weird around them and not caring.

In college, especially with a roommate, we’re expected to maintain a little bit of decorum, which is a real pain to do for 12 weeks straight.

This is why I broke out into a huge smile when I read the first postcard my mom sent me.

I was the entire children’s book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written out onto one postcard. This was the weirdest, most random thing I’ve ever seen, which is why I instantly loved it!

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I love that it’s such a quirky thing to do. I’m still not sure why my mom started this, but ever since then, I’ve been receiving postcard after postcard with parts of kid’s books written on them.

They are all books I LOVED reading when I was little and it brings a smile to my face every time I get a new one.

I’ve gotten excerpts from I Want My DinnerCurious George, and even Harry Potter 🙂

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Thanks for injecting a little bit of weird back into my life, Mom! I can’t wait to see what’s next 🙂

(No pressure)

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Current Obsession: Thrillers… Kind of

I am not a fan of horror movies or scary books, but lately I’ve found myself leaning towards thrillers, more specifically anything with twists. I’m fascinated with the storylines and I absolutely LOVE the unexpected twists that make you question everything.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • This was a super popular book a little while ago and I think it’s also being made into a movie which is exciting!
  • A quick summary (with spoilers): Rachel is the girl on the train who passes the same houses everyday to “work.” She has a very active imagination and concocts a story about a couple she idolizes, who she has named Jess and Jason. She sees Jess cheat on Jason and soon finds out that Jess is missing. Basically, Rachel’s life is already and mess and then she gets involved in a murder that ends up connecting her past with Megan and Scott- the real life Jess and Jason.
  • The twist in this book was so great because the entire story is told from Rachel’s point of view, and as a reader we have no idea she’s an unreliable source. I don’t think I’ve read a novel where the narrator was an unreliable source, so knowing that she’s a little bit crazy and prone to alcohol-related black outs was very unexpected for me. Since I don’t normally read these types of books, I loved the change in perspective that the audience went through when all of this was revealed.
  • I don’t want to give away the biggest twist, but if you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it- even if you don’t normally read suspense novels.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  • This book I read by chance. I didn’t bring any books to San Diego,  so I borrowed this one from my roommate and I LOVED it. I really had no idea what to expect, except that some accidents happen and there are a lot of secrets.
  • A quick summary (with spoilers): Cadence’s grandfather owns an island off of the East Coast where her extended family goes to vacation every summer. This book takes place a few summers after an accident that left Cady with amnesia and intense migraines. Lockhart weaves the past and present together to tell the story of Cady and her two closest cousins Johnny and Mirren and their honorary cousin Gat. Lockhart spends almost the entire book letting the readers get to know this close knit set of cousins only to deliver the final twist that left me and my roommate questioning everything.
  • I don’t want to give it away in case you haven’t read it, but I’ll just say that after I finished this book my roommate and I talked for like an hour about every detail that hinted at this unexpected ending.

Now You See Me

  • This heist movie about magicians doesn’t seem like a thriller or suspense movie, but I’m including it in this list due to the huge surprise ending.
  • My roommates and I just watched this movie together and I think this is my third time seeing it. One of my roommates had never seen it before, and watching this movie through her eyes reminded me how great of a twist this movie has.
  • I needed to watch this movie a couple of times in order to understand the plot line, so watching it with someone who is seeing it for the first time is a great way to relive that shock, and that’s the sad thing about thrillers- once you see it, there’s no way to be as surprised again and that’s the best part of thrillers!

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

  • My dad recently introduced me to this 1950s TV series since it’s now available on Netflix. The only Alfred Hitchcock movie I’ve seen is Rear Window, and as a scared 7th grader I really hated it.
  • Now, I’m older and I have a greater appreciation for his work, which is why I’ve seen quite a few of these 30 minute episodes. I love that these are all in black and white, and that it was filmed in the 50’s, even though this time period is infamous in it’s portrayal of women.
  • Hitchcock portrays some women as smart and powerful, which surprised me. What I like the best about this show is the storylines though. Some of the episodes are just weird and they are so different than the suspense TV shows we have today. There’s a lack of background music and the show does move a lot slower, but I think it’s all a part of the charm.

 

Let me know what your favorite genre is right now or if you have any suggestions for books, TV shows, or movies!

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Current Obsessions: Audio Edition

 Hello everyone and welcome back to another installment of this lovely blog! So I’ve been obsessed with a few things these past few weeks, and they all fall under the “audio” category which is a random coincidence. (By the way, obsessed IS the right word because once I like a song or something I won’t listen to anything else for weeks!)

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So the first thing I’m obsessed with is a podcast! This is not a new podcast, in fact it was recently named the number one downloaded podcast ever, so I’m a little late to this party. But anyways, it’s called Serial. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, whether you’ve actually listened to it or not.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a podcast looking back at a (real life!) murder case from 1999. A high school senior, Hae Min Lee, was allegedly killed in ’99 by her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, but he claimed he was innocent. Even to this day, after about 15 years in jail, he refuses to give up his innocence. So the podcast tries to answer the question, “If Adnan Syed didn’t kill Hae Min Lee, then who did?”

I don’t want to give too much away, so instead I will say that this podcast really makes you think. I’ve finished episodes convinced of one thing, but after listening to the next I’ll question everything all over again! IT IS VERY ADDICTING.

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The next item on my list is an album called Badlands by Halsey. I first heard Halsey’s song “New Americana” on the radio a while ago. I loved that song, but I never really looked into her other songs. Recently I asked one of my friends for a good music recommendation and her response was “Halsey!” So I downloaded her only (*sob*) album on Spotify, and I haven’t been able to listen to anything else since! (BTW, I’m listening to it right now… :))

Her music is described as “indie” and that definitely falls into what type of music I listen to. (I love alternative music too like Imagine Dragons, Lorde, and Twenty One Pilots.) I just have to warn you that her music isn’t for everyone. She does swear in a few of her songs and she references religion multiple times, so if that is not for you then try the other three artists I listed.

The last item on my list is a little more complicated. So my dad got a record player for his birthday a few months ago and I recently started using it. We haven’t bought any new records, so I’ve just been playing ones from my parents collection… pretty old stuff (I love you mom!) like the “Grease” soundtrack, The Police, and Madonna.

I do like listening to the records, but for some reason I like watching them better. The whole concept of a record baffles me. I still don’t understand how a piece of plastic with some grooves in it makes music play! Anyway, I know it sounds weird, but I think I’m more obsessed with watching the record play than actually listening to it, as shown in the video I took. (The song playing is “Walking in Your Footsteps” by the Police. I love the opening of this song!)

That’s it for today’s post! Let me know what kind of stuff you’re listening to right now, I’m always open to new recommendations!

-Raveen