Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review: All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Release date: August 9th, 2016
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 352
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.




I had no idea what to expect from this book when I requested it from Netgalley for review. I had not heard anyone talking about this book yet, but after looking for it from Twitter, I noticed that it has been generating buzz for a while now. I usually wouldn't pick books like this (literary fiction/adult fiction) up as ARCs, but I am happy that I did because this book was freaking awesome - beautiful, haunting, disturbing, lovely, and so much more.

Wavy's father Liam is a drug dealer. Her mother Val is only one of Liam's many conquests, a woman who is sometimes herself and sometimes like a completely different person. As an eight-year-old big sister Wavy is the only one taking care of her little brother. She trusts no one, talks very little and eats in secret. For her whole life her mother has told her that she is dirty and that nothing really belongs to her. 

Due to Liam's drug dealing and her mother's desire to keep tabs on Liam wherever he goes, Wavy and Donal are occasionally dragged to Val's sister's Brenda's place. Brenda has two daughters, Amy and Leslie (I want to think that the author has been watching Parks and Recreation and has picked these names from there - the main character Leslie is played by Amy Poehler) and a husband who is not very enthusiastic about the idea of raising the "white trash" children of Val's. 

Everything changes when Wavy meets Kellan, a twenty something ex-con who works part-time for Liam. Kellan and Wavy form a bond that is protective and loving. Eventually, their relationship develops into something more romantic. The problem is that Kellan is an adult, whereas Wavy is just a child. Though Wavy says that she loves and wants to be with Kellan, does she really understand what she is agreeing to? 

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things covers a number of years from 1975 to 1990 from multiple point of views. Throughout, the author keeps the reader somewhat distanced from what is happening - you witness, rather than experience. The novel shows rather than tells - like a good film, it is atmospheric, detailed and well put together without being overly emotional or melodramatic. Due to the multiple narrators, you never really have a chance to fully identify with any of the characters and the multiple point of views fragment the story in interesting ways. Wavy and Kellan are at the center of the story and much of the events of the novel are build around them. It is extremely interesting to read different accounts and reactions to what happens between Kellan and Wavy - the novel does not offer the "right" interpretation but rather gives the reader a chance to make her own conclusions.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is essentially the love story of Kellan and Wavy and t

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Release date: August 2, 2016
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 384
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.



Oh my, this just wasn't for me AT ALL. I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would after the first hundred pages or so, but It Ends with Us just wasn't the kind of reading experience I expected from Colleen Hoover. 

Growing up, Lily got used to hearing her mother being beaten by her father. At first her father always said sorry and told it would never happen again, but as time went by, it became clear to everyone that it would not stop. The one way Lily's mother could get rid of the violence was by leaving. But how can you leave someone you love even when that person hurts you?

This whole "How can you leave someone you love, even if he hurts him" question becomes very prominent in It Ends with Us. As Lily starts navigating her own adult life, she meets Ryle, a handsome surgeon with a dark past (how surprising!). As their relationship gets deeper, Lily starts to realize that Ryle might share some characteristics with her recently deceased father. Characteristics Lily swore she would never invite to her own life. 

Ryle is the ABSOLUTE WORST and even though the reader is probably meant to fall in love with him at first like Lily does, there is no way I could feel anything positive for a guy like that. He is arrogant (not in a good way) and violent and even before they enter into a relationship, the warning signs are there! He is probably supposed to be this great romantic hero at the beginning of the novel, but NO! He, for example, comes to Lily's door and begs for sex on his knees - apparently having sex once could help him forget her. As the novel processes I hated Ryle more and more and though Hoover does a fairly good job narrating Lily's thoughts and hesitations, I felt like something was missing. Throughout the novel, even at the beginning, Lily and Ryle lack any sort of chemistry and it feels like they don't really even know each other that well - they just have sex and then suddenly get very serious. If they would have had this epic love story that then turned sour I think I would have had an easier time understanding Lily's mindset and why she is hesitating.

When Lily was a teenager, she helped out a guy called Atlas who ended up becoming her first love. She hasn't seen Atlas for years, but he is still very much present in the novel through Lily's old diary entries. While Atlas was part of her life, Lily wrote "letters" to Ellen Degeneres, telling about her life and her love for Atlas. I feel like the Ellen-bit is a publicity stunt (like hey Ellen I mention you in my book) and completely unnecessary - the entries would read similarly without the whole "Dear Ellen" bit and occasional mentions of Ellen's show. Nevertheless the diary entries are a nice addition to the story and definitely made me like Atlas a lot more than Ryle. There is no love triangle in It Ends with Us, but relationships past and present start to merge and become the cause for both hurt and healing.

I formed my opinions about this book quite early and I feel like my early earned hatred for Ryle kept me quite negative throughout the book. In addition to Ryle being a total dick, I constantly felt like TOO MUCH was happening. The novel jumps quite a bit in time, and the very sudden twists and turns made me feel like I was reading a script for a soap opera. The characters remain quite one-dimensional and lack depth and I constantly kept looking for something to grab into so I could get more into the story. Atlas is a shining light within the story and a character I wish would have been more prominent within the narrative - he is pretty much the only character who kept occasionally reminding me why I have enjoyed some of Hoover's previous novels.

I know I am in the minority with my thoughts (the Goodreads rating for this novel is something ridiculous like 4.6 at the moment), which I think makes it even more important for me to write my thoughts down. I am definitely not giving up with Colleen Hoover though because she has written novels that I have absolutely loved. It Ends with Us just wasn't one of those stories for me. 


RATING:




"Did you just knock on twenty-nine doors so you could tell me that the thought of me is making your life hell and I should have sex with you so that you'll never have to think of me again?" 

"His head drops between his shoulders and he shakes it back and forth. He pushes off the door and stands up straight. He half-turns, heading for the hallway, but then suddenly drops to his knees in front of me. He wraps his arms around my waist. "Please, Lily", he says through self-deprecating laughter. "Please have sex with me." He's looking up at me with puppy dog eyes and a pathetic, hopeful grin."

"I want you so, so bad and I swear, once you have sex with me you'll never hear from me again. I promise."

"I'm not the kind of guy who needs someone more than once."

"There's a three-second pause where I think this could go one of two ways. He's going to leave me. Or he's going to hurt me."

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Play Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (NO SPOILERS!)

Release date: July 31st, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Pages: 330
Purchase links: Amazon - Amazon UK - Amazon CA - B&N - Book Depository - IndieBound - iTunes - Google Books - Adlibris

Description (from Goodreads):

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.



Don't worry, there will be no spoilers here!

If you have read somewhere that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reads like a piece of fanfiction, you have read right, because it very much reminded me of something I would expect to find from a fanfiction archive. It is based on a story by J.K. Rowling, but it does not read like a J.K. Rowling novel. Characters old and new are present and some elements of J.K.'s stories can be identified, but at the end of the day, the end result is something that has to be credited to Jack Thorne, not Rowling. 

For nostalgia reasons alone I was desperate to read this. I know seeing the play won't probably be a realistic option for me for a few years, so I was happy that I got a chance to somehow live the story through. Since it is a play, it is obvious that only reading it does not introduce you to all of the magical aspects the stage play most likely has. But at least you know what the play is about and don't have to rely on secondhand accounts and rumors.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child focuses mainly on Harry, now working for the Ministry of Magic, and his youngest son Albus. The play jumps in time quite a bit, so we get to see Albus in Hogwarts for a number of years. Both Harry and Albus are haunted by events from Harry's past, and it seems to Albus that he will never live up to some of the expectations his father has for him. Albus navigates his life at Hogwarts with an unexpected friend and runs into something that has a potential to turn his life, as well as the lives of those around him, very dangerous.

While I loved reading more about the characters I had already fallen in love with (Harry, Ron, Hermione and others) as well as new characters like Albus, I couldn't help feeling like something was missing. Maybe it is that distinctive voice and style of Rowling that is not as present in this as in the original novels or the fact that at the end of the day, this story is supposed to be experienced as a performance. Some of the characters felt very underdeveloped on the page, and there were a few relationships that I wish could have gone into a different direction. But at the end of the day, I am happy for the chance I got to spend a few hours back in the magical world of witches, wizards and Hogwarts and I really hope that one day I have the chance to experience this as a performance. 


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke (translated by Jamie Bulloch)

Release date: February 1, 2013 (first published in 1990)
Author links: Goodreads 
Publisher: Peirene Press
Pages: 105
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

The modern German classic that has shaped an entire generation.

A mother and her two teenage children sit at the dinner table. In the middle stands a large pot of cooked mussels. Why has the father not returned home? As the evening wears on, we glimpse the issues that are tearing this family apart.
"I wrote this book in August 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I wanted to understand how revolutions start. It seemed logical to use the figure of a tyrannical father and turn the story into a German family saga." 




After reading Aki Ollikainen's White Hunger, I got interested about Peirene Press and its titles and went to the library to browse the shelves to see if they had any other titles available. I came across The Mussel Feast and picked it up without any prior knowledge about it. I usually tend to obsessively check Goodreads ratings for all books I plan to read, but with this one, I just opened the page and started reading (of which I am happy about because I think one of my Goodreads friends had rated this 1/5 and seeing bad reviews from people I follow always find of make me hesitant about picking up certain books).

The Mussel Feast focuses on a German family - mother, a daughter and a son - who are preparing mussels for dinner to celebrate the promotion the father of the family as inevitably received as a result of his business trip. The book is narrated by the unnamed teenage daughter in a very interesting manner. She is clearly reflecting on something that happened in the past, but rather than doing that reflection for example via a journal, the way she narrates the story makes it seem like you are listening to her delivering a spontaneous monologue or a speech of sorts. She repeats same things again and again, which mimics the style of speech that has not been written down in advance. I must admit getting used to this style of narration took me a couple of pages, but after I realized how the author has structured the story and started to wonder the reasons for why she has done so, I immensely started to enjoy this novel.

At first, the family chats about harmless things like about how much the father hates grains of sand on his mussels or how good the mother's chips are, but after the food is cooked and the father is a no-show, the story starts digging deeper and deeper into the dysfunctionality of the family and the terrorizing and bullying nature of the father. In some ways, there is a divide created between the family before the mussels were cooked, a family living in fear of the father's temper, and a family post-mussel cooking, a family that is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

As the novel processes, the clearer image you get of the father. While at first he seems opinionated and a little old-fashioned, later on he appears like a bully, like a selfish dick who thinks the right way to do things is his way to do things. Through the eyes of this unnamed female narrator we not only get a certain image of the father, but also of the mother, who has very much adapted her life into something that would please her husband. Within only a bit over 100 pages, the reader is introduced to a problematic family and situations that will definitely make one think about familiar relationships, about marriage, about "normalcy", and so on. 

I was very impressed by this book and the ways it made me think. Also, my positive reading experience of both this one and White Hunger have really made me curious about Peirene Press and the other books it has published.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Play Review: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Release year: 1945
Author links: Goodreads
Publisher: the pictured edition is published by New Directions in 1999
Pages: 104
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

The Glass Menagerie[1] is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams. Williams worked on various drafts of the play prior to writing a version of it as a screenplay for MGM, to whom Williams was contracted. Initial ideas stemmed from one of his short stories, and the screenplay originally went under the name of 'The Gentleman Caller' (Williams envisioned Ethel Barrymore and Judy Garland for the roles that eventually became Amanda and Laura Wingfield although Louis B. Mayer insisted on casting Greer Garson as Laura).

The play premiered in Chicago in 1944. It was championed by Chicago critics Ashton Stevens and Claudia Cassidy whose enthusiasm helped build audiences so the producers could move the play to Broadway where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945. Laurette Taylor originated the role of the all-too-loving mother, Amanda Wingfield. In the 2004 documentary Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There, Broadway veterans nearly unanimously rank Taylor's performance as the most memorable of their entire lives. The Glass Menagerie was Williams's first successful play; he went on to become one of America's most highly regarded playwrights.

The play was reworked from one of Williams's short stories "Portrait of a Girl in Glass" (1943; published 1948).[2] The story is also written from the point of view of narrator Tom Wingfield, and many of his soliloquies from The Glass Menagerie seem lifted straight from this original. Certain elements have clearly been omitted from the play, including the reasoning for Laura's fascination with Jim's freckles (linked to a book that she loved and often reread, Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter). Generally the story contains the same plot as the play, with certain sections given more emphasis, and character details edited (for example, in the story, Jim nicknames Tom "Slim", instead of "Shakespeare"[2]).
 



A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my favorite plays (and movies) of all time and I have been meaning to read more Tennessee Williams for years! I was able to find The Glass Menagerie from the very small collection of plays my local library has in English and instantly read it through on one sitting. I immensely enjoyed the play itself, in addition to which I found myself enjoying the process of reading plays again. I was a theatre/film major for my undergrad and I feel like the amount of plays I read during those years kind of distanced me from plays for a while (also, we had to read all these really boring post war British plays that just didn't work for me at all), but I am not back in the game and DEFINITELY up for some play recommendations if you have any.

The three main characters of The Glass Menagerie are Amanda and her two children Tom and Laura. Tom is in his early twenties and supporting his family by working in a shoe warehouse. He is not a very dedicated worker and spends most of his free time dreaming about adventures similar to those he sees in movies. While Tom desperately tries to live in a future, in a world that is not yet his, Amanda lives in the past. She reminisces her youth, her glory days in the South and the number of suitors she used to have prior to marrying her husband and the father of her children, a man who eventually left his family for another kind of life. Laura is shy and I guess one could call her "fragile" (not a huge fan of calling people "fragile" like they are objects or something). She has no confidence whatsoever, as a result of which she never really is the kind of suitor-magnet her mother apparently was (also, times have changed since Amanda was young and the whole dating game has changed as a result of that!) Laura is often slated as "different than other girls". But what other girls? Different than what Amanda was like as a girl? This question of Laura's identity and where she fits with other young women is one of the most interesting aspects of the play.

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play (term coined by Williams, the play can be presented with "unusual freedom of convention") and Tom is both a character in it as well as its narrator. In addition to Tom, Amanda and Laura, the play briefly presents Jim, a "gentleman caller". In fact, much of the play is focused on Amanda's attempts to find a suitor for Laura. While Laura does not seem very interested in the idea of finding a gentleman called and much rather spends time at home polishing her collection of little glass figurines, Amanda is determined that a young woman ought to have a suitor. (While I was reading this I had these nightmarish visions of my mother trying to find a "gentleman caller" for me, because OH THE SHOCK OF BEING 25 AND SINGLE). Things with Jim do no necessarily go as planned, and the question of whether Laura will be an old maid intensifies even more.

I feel like all of the characters featured in this play are extremely interesting and engaging to read about. The way they interact with each other and with the world around them is executed so well, and I am now dying to see this on stage or on screen. I know there are multiple film adaptations of this out there and now I would like to know which one you would recommend for me? 

I still love A Streetcar Named Desire more, but after reading The Glass Menagerie I definitely want to read more by Williams as soon as possible. 


RATING:



Thursday, July 7, 2016

I Just Love Television So Much (#3) - Falling Out Of Love With 'The Mindy Project'


For its first two seasons, The Mindy Project represented everything I wanted from a show. It had a great cast, a kickass and opinionated and successful female lead, great jokes and most importantly, a storyline that made watching it feel like I was watching a very long and very good romantic comedy. As someone who loves the kind of relationships that turn from dislike/arguments to love (think Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail) I absolutely ate up the relationship between Mindy and Danny. I wrote fanfiction about the two, made photo edits, fangirled on Tumblr in the middle of the night with fans of the show and was determined that what I was watching was going to be one of those shows I would embrace for the rest of my life.

As an example of my obsession, here are some of the edits I made:




Now that I have finished with season 4, I almost wish I would have ended up watching it the moment the story of Mindy and Danny reached the conclusion to which a romantic comedy would have ended. There is a happy ending, and then it is up for the viewer to make the conclusions about what is going to happen to the relationship. I could have embraced the witty conversations and slow burning passion between the two for years to come, but now...  I continued watching the series while I had a hunch that things would not stay the way I liked them for a very long time.

Life is not perfect and relationships are not perfect. I know that. But for me, The Mindy Project was one of those escapist shows that allowed me to exist reality for about 30 minutes at the time through engagement in Mindy's somewhat glamorous world in New York. I am not really a relationship person myself and I don't believe that there necessarily has to be a great love story in everyone's life, but I love romantic comedies because they offer me an escape. Romantic comedies are often predictable, but there is also something extremely comforting in predictability at times when you just want to relax for a while and know that things are going to get a good outcome (maybe that is why I love Hallmark movies so much - you always know things are going to end well!) In our current world where escaping the reality is coming harder and harder, it is important to have something for self-care, something that hopefully gives you a little moment of peace or happiness once in a while. Obviously, The Mindy Project was not made for me to be used for my well-being, but I do feel like I lost something when I fell out of love with the show.

People have asked me why I still keep watching The Mindy Project even though I have said that I have not enjoyed the recent episodes at all. I don't really even know how to answer that question - the only thing I can say is that there is still a little hope in my pessimistic heart about the fact that the show could go back to what it was. I was hoping that would happen with the introduction of Jody, who arguably would have provided a quite similar love interest for Mindy than Danny is, but as I was looking for the romantic comedy elements, I would not have minded that too much. But Jody did not prove to be the Souther gentleman I wanted to be and as I kept watching, I started to dislike some of the characters I used to love more and more. I am mainly talking about Danny.

Ever since the beginning, Danny has been kind of conservative and very old fashioned in some ways. He is grumpy, thinks he is always right and drives Mindy crazy. He also drove me crazy many a time, but there was also something so attractive about him, especially as he started to get closer to Mindy. There is that one legendary episode in which he performs a dance for Mindy that kind of finalized everything for me - I thought he was the perfect fictional man ever created. But then, when things started to get more serious between him and Mindy, the show started to focus on sides of him that I couldn't go blindly with. During the fourth season, he changes into a completely different person and does things that are very uncharacteristic of him. The way he sees his future with Mindy - him working and Mindy at home - and the way he seems to lack any sort of respect for Mindy's ambitions just doesn't rub off well on me. And without spoiling the latter part of the fourth season for you, I want to say that he makes some decisions that just drove me off the wall. He does not make them alone, but he is the only one who knows what a shitty thing he is actually committing. After finishing with the season 4 finale I have two words to describe him: "dick" and "coward". 


Will I keep watching The Mindy Project once it continues after the season break? Most likely. The fourth season ends on a cliffhanger I have a hope will go a way that distances Mindy from Danny (of course they can never be fully distanced due to Leo, but no romantic involvement is needed) and the show introduces a new romantic interest to Mindy's life. The way the season finale ended gives hints that it could be Jody, but he in his own right so oh so problematic that I wouldn't wish a man like him for any of my friends - what he thinks is funny and sweet is just kind of stalkerish, and while I usually like the whole Southern gentleman thing, Jody's actions don't make him much of a gentleman. Mindy deserves someone who is loving and kind, not someone who is a complete douche (which is what the guys in season four pretty much all were). And before someone asks why Mindy even needs and love interest and can't a woman be happy without a man, I want to say that A WOMAN CAN DEFINITELY BE HAPPY WITHOUT A MAN - AT LEAST I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS! The Mindy Project just seems to have established itself as a kind of "dating show" that focuses on how Mindy balances her professional and social/romantic life, and it would just seem like an odd move for the show to have Mindy decide not to date for an extended period of time. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see Mindy embracing her life as a single mother without interest in dating, but I just don't see that happening. 


If you haven't watched The Mindy Project yet but think it is a show for you, I recommend you stop watching after the season 2 finale, especially if you are looking for a show that captures the essence of romantic comedies. I am so disappointed I had to write this, but I felt like I had to. This show used to mean so much to me, and how I am feeling about it right now feels like I have lost something special. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"There Must Be Something In The Airwaves" (#1)


There Must Be Something In The Airwaves is a semi-regular feature here at ReadReadRead in which I share with you music I am currently blasting from my headphones and falling very much in love with. 


Summer is here... or at least it should be. The weather here hasn't been very summery yet, but there is still hope. Despite the weather I am feeling like it's summer and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the songs I included on my summer playlist that I put together few weeks ago. I bicycle A LOT during the summer, so having good music blasting from my earphones is ESSENTIAL. 

John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 by Keith Urban


I LOVE KEITH URBAN! He is probably the number one artist out there I would love to see live. His albums are always a perfect mix of catchy songs and slower pieces perfect for sleepy time playlists. I love pretty much every single song from the new album RIPCORD (even the one featuring Pitbull), but this one is definitely my favorite. Every time it starts playing, I feel like singing along and I think that is a sign of a perfect summer song.

House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots


Twenty One Pilots is a new find for me, but I am already obsessed with their albums. House of Gold instantly became my favorite, and I have been listening to it on repeat for a few days now. It is catchy, the lyrics are AMAZING and the video is also extremely interesting and I highly recommend watching it if you have time for it. 

Leave the Night On by Sam Hunt


I love EVERYTHING Sam Hunt does, but Leave the Night On is the song I have been listening to the most recently because there is just something really summery about it. It is also brilliant for bicycling around and low-key singing along while biking. Also, look at that guy.... he played college football and then became a musician which makes him like a character from a new adult novel.

Toothbrush by DNCE


I was a MASSIVE Jonas Brothers fan and Joe was always my favorite. I discovered DNCE from Twitter a few months ago and have since been obsessed with CAKE BY THE OCEAN. Now that I have heard TOOTHBRUSH I think I have found my new dnce favorite. The video is also really good and worth a watch!

What have you added to your playlists recently? Let me know - I am always in the look out for new songs to fall in love with!