Catch-22 | A Review

I will admit that this is an odd novel. It’s not linear so characters and events get introduced as if the reader should already know about them, and a lot of the experience is trying to piece together what happened. But I love this novel! I loved it the first time I read it and it was a much smoother read this second time. I mean, any book that starts with the line “It was love at first sight,” has to be good, right?

Goodreads Blurb:

The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy. The novel looks into the experiences of Yossarian and the other airmen in the camp, who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.

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Artist Spotlight | The Vespids

When I’m listening to random playlists on Spotify and I think “who is this?” and have to stop what I’m doing, I know that I’ve stumbled across a band or artist that could be my new obsession. After having one of these experiences, I introduce you to The Vespids. This might be my favourite band that I have discovered in the past couple months and they have, as I’m writing this, a total of 53 followers on Spotify (one of which is me!). It’s heartbreaking. So is a vain attempt to get people to notice them, I’m going to write a whole blog about it. Every little bit counts, right?

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The Umbrella Academy | The Comic I Never Thought Would Be A Show

So this is something I’ve been meaning to read for a while now because a) Gerard Way, and b) it was made into a Netflix show. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this comic but whatever I thought this would be like it was not that. I’m not even sure if I can put into words what this story is or this world. But I will say that it intrigued me. Enough that I’m curious as to where the story will go from here.

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EP Review | ‘Not Your Kind’ by Hoity-Toity

Full disclosure: this is a band that I had never heard of before they followed me on Twitter after I posted my artist spotlight of Forever Emerald. I thought it would be a nice way of saying thanks just to go listen to their music. However, I’m choosing to write a whole post of their latest EP because I was surprised by a) how much I enjoyed it, and b) how few people seem to be listening to it.

Image from their Twitter

This EP came out on June 30, 2019 from the band Hoity-Toity which is a California based band made up of Shelby Muniz (vocals), Aria Hurtado (guitar), Tana Snyder (bass;backing vocals), and Kelsey Caselden (drums).

So here are my thoughts.

I’m going to go through each track in the order they come in. There’s only five so bear with me.

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Teen Titans: Raven | If ‘Beautifully Depressing’ Was A Genre

This is a newer comic that instantly caught my eye when it came out because I’m a huge Teen Titans fan. It was a really big deal for me as a kid and Raven is certaintly one of my favourite characters from the series–beaten out only by Beast Boy (who’s getting his own comic soon!). So I definitely wanted to get my hands on this comic and last week I did!

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Artist Spotlight | Forever Emerald

Another band that I’ve only gotten to know in the past couple of weeks but whom I’m really excited to watch and see what they release in the future. I’m not going to go as far as to say that I love everything they’ve released so far but there does seem to be the potential for amazing things to come from this pop-punk band.

Side note: I feel as if pop-punk is all I listen to these days… Perhaps it is time to diversify a bit before I get stuck in one genre (what a terrifying thought).

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‘Wrong Side of Hell’ by Sonya Bateman | When Novels Try to be Edgy

This is one of those books that I got for free on my Kindle and I wasn’t expecting much. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I found myself enjoying it. Let’s be frank for a moment: this isn’t literature by any means. But as a supernatural thriller? I liked it.

For one, it’s a fast read–not only because it’s not terribly long but also because the action rarely lets up and never for very long. I enjoy this every once and a while. Not all books have to do something revolutionary or deep; sometimes they’re just a fun ride. This is one of those novels.

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