It’s Grace, at the end of a rainy day. While I’m still getting used to the sun setting so early (so sad), the fall is finally settling into winter and so things are finally starting to settle down a little.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been driving a lot and drawing a lot and all in all, doing a lot of things that keep me from reading but during which I still like some form of engagement. I can easily let a sketch suck me in for hours, but at the same time, it’s a nice complement for those media that I don’t normally get to access.
Lately, I’ve been on a huge audiobook kick. It helps me to feel like I’m getting the stories that I want even if I haven’t been the best about carving out reading time.
Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been listening to/watching/loving.
I haven’t been listening to much that didn’t exist in my previous post. When I say I’ve been listening to HERO a lot, I mean it. I need those hard-work-pays-off-someday-it’ll-all-work-out jams to get me going when I’m buried in books with no end in sight, and when I’m barricaded away from other people for extended lengths of time. I haven’t started a November playlist yet, but here’s October for those of you who want to know. Really, it’s been individual songs.
Sweet Creature by Harry Styles
goosebumps by Travis Scott
Let You Down by NF
Why Don’t You Come On by DJDS, Khalid, Empress Of
Vibe (ft. Emily Bonabon) by Frank Pierce, Famba
Good As Hell by Lizzo
Almost There by Anika Noni Rose
Just You and I by Tom Walker
Coffee by Havelin
Alyssa Interlude by Vince Staples
Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith
Sexual – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC by Zara Larsson
Let’s Go by Khalid
My Girl by The Temptations
Close to You by Rihanna
Please, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths
Autumn Tree by Milo Greene
I Believe I’m Fine by Robin Schulz, HUGEL
Foreplay by Jalen Santoy
Hypocrite (feat. Jared Evan) by Allan Kingdom, Jared Evan
Too Young by Lilo Key
In Your Atmosphere — Live at the Nokia Theatre by John Mayer
Homemade Dynamite (Feat. Khalid) by Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone, SZA
Now here’s where it gets interesting. I’ve managed to listen to one and a half audiobooks in the past month or so, which is quite an accomplishment for me. I don’t listen to audiobooks nearly as much as I should, and I’m unbearably picky about them.
As a Halloween aficionado, I needed something to get me in the spirit because I wasn’t sure whether — with midterms and all — I’d make the effort to read scary books. (Scary books are my vibe.) Dead is the New Black felt a little outdated, and the narrator was SO perky, but it fit with the upbeat but appropriately spooky feeling I was looking for.
Now, I’m listening to the Shiver audiobook by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve tackled the rest of her books on audio, and I’ve liked this one also. Normally I don’t like female narrators, but Grace’s voice isn’t bad, and Sam’s is great. Plus, lots of winter atmosphere.