IT by Stephen King: What Emma Listened To

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I’ve never been one for audiobooks. I embraced e-readers, but I guess I’m old fashioned in that I love having a physical book in my hands and the act of sitting down with a cup of tea and spending a few hours losing myself in a book. So what you’re about to read is half my review of Stephen King’s It, half a review of my first audiobook experience.

I really wanted to read It before the new film is released in the cinema, as I’m a massive lover of all things horror related, but at over 1,100 pages- the book is quite a big commitment and I have very little spare time since I work full time and have been spending the weekends working on my final coursework for my degree. Stephen King is also my favourite author, so what better way to dip my toe in than listen to one of his books? Spoiler alert though- I gave up and went to see the new film before I finished the book. I have seen the original two part series though, so I guess it’s not too much of a let down that I’ve seen the film before reading the book.

So I thought the best way to try and get through it as quickly as possible would be to give an audiobook a go… for the first time ever.

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A recent book haul

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I’ve been on an absolute book buying spree this month. I actually had to cut back on how many books I included because this is actually only a small amount of the ones i’ve bought… oops.

Many of them I don’t actually know what they’re really about, as I prefer to go into novels blind, but I’ve tried to speak about the synopses the best I can at this stage!

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What Emma Read: The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

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First impressions before reading the book

I actually picked this book from my kindle, pretty much at random. I originally thought it might be sci-fi for some reason, but after a quick Google search I realised it was actually alternative history based. I also knew it was an Amazon tv series, but I haven’t watched it, so I literally went into this blind. Completely blind.

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The March/April Playlists

Two years ago this month, I started making monthly playlists on Spotify. You can imagine what happened when I was making well over 12 playlists a year, so at the end of 2015 I decided to condense them into every two months, only getting round to truly sorting all my playlists out at the end of last year. Yes- i’m so lazy it took me an entire year to do.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to look back on my March/April playlists from the past two years to see what I was listening to, and whether my music taste has changed any!
I won’t be going through every song, because this would end up an obscenely long post, but I will link each playlist below if you want to listen to them.

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A Day At The Prison

As a person who inexplicably has a law degree, the concept of prison is pretty familiar to me. I’ve written extensively about crimes, but i’ve never actually set foot inside a prison, and my knowledge of prisons is down to Louis Theroux documentaries and Orange Is The New Black.

Recently a prison about a 45 minute drive from my house opened up as a museum, so since I had a day off, I went to have a look around.

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What Emma Read: Requiem For A Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.

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 *Before you read this, I haven’t explicitly said all of what happens in, or at the end of the book, but it is kind of spoilery, so if that thing upsets you, you might not want to read this!*

First impressions before reading the book:

I already knew the entire plot of the book, as I’ve seen the film many, many times. Normally I try to hold off watching films until I’ve read the book version, but in this case I don’t think I was aware of the book prior to seeing the film. I do love the film, therefore I went into this book knowing what happened, but I was still excited to read it.

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Music Top 10: January

So I thought it would be fun, since I’m obsessed with music (listening, not playing… I have the musical talent of a block of wood) to start a ‘Top 10’ according to Last.Fm of the songs that I’ve been loving that month. Then I can look back on all the music i’ve been loving throughout the year, and everyone else can get a sort of music recommendation from me!

Fair warning, I am a serial repeater of songs. I listen to them over and over until I can’t stand to hear them anymore, so the likelihood of songs appearing in more than one month is extremely likely.

So without further ado, my top 10 played songs of January are:

1. Tears of Joy by Slow Club

I don’t think words can actually describe my intense love for this song. I am fully obsessed, and have been for at least 5 months. It’s chill, it’s unique and it’s easy to sing along to. Their entire album ‘Complete Surrender’ is incredible, but this one’s my favourite.

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