Vinyl diaries: Paramore – Emergency 7 inch vinyl

Paramore Emergency vinyl side a

Paramore Emergency vinyl side b O'Star

I lied when I saw that Same Trailer, Different Park by Kacey Musgraves was the first vinyl record I bought. I recently rediscovered Emergency by Paramore on vinyl, which I’d completely forgotten about. 

I bought this when Emergency first came out in the UK in 2006 – wow, almost ten years ago! I won’t lie to you, I bought it because the cover was a poster, which took pride of place in my room for several years. (If you want to see the cover, you can see it here.)

Back then, posters were a big deal. There was an unspoken competition between my friends and I about who had the most, and the coolest posters, so I definitely was not above buying a vinyl record for a cool poster. 

This hasn’t been played a huge amount. I remember listening to it on repeat for a couple of days after I got it on my Mum’s record player. I remember absolutely loving O’Star too and wishing it was on their debut album. 

Emergency was the first Paramore song I heard. I remember listening to Kerrang on a Sunday afternoon when they did the unsigned show and they played Emergency. Before the song had ended I’d decided they were my new favourite band.

I did a bit of poking around the internet and it turns out this vinyl is actually pretty rare and was only printed in the UK. Go me for buying a vinyl for the poster!

While we’re talking about rare. I’m on the hunt for Paramore’s first album, All We Know Is Falling, on vinyl and it seems that was a short run too so if any of you just happen to see it somewhere for a decent price, please let me know.

Tell me about the first time you heard one of your favourite bands.


Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Yes Please Amy Poehler

Along with Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind Of Girl, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please got a lot of attention and hype at the end of last year.

When I first heard about Yes Please, I didn’t really know a lot about Amy. I’d seen her in some really popular SNL sketches on YouTube, but that was about it. Not really knowing a person hasn’t stopped me from picking up an autobiography before though. 

Santa gifted me Yes Please and since then I’ve seen a few episodes of Parks & Rec, so by the time I got round to reading it I knew a little more about Amy. 

Yes Please Amy Poehler

The first thing to note is that this is one hefty book, even for a hardback. It’s 329 pages long, but the pages are all nice glossy stock, which I think is what makes it so hefty for its size. The nice stock makes the photos in it look brilliant also. 

Amy makes use of footnotes in Yes Please, especially the parts where she has other people write a couple of pages and there’s a bit of a back and forth in the footnotes, which was funny. 

While I enjoyed Yes Please, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to and I can’t quite put my finger on why. I enjoyed reading about Amy’s career, the things that happen behind the scenes on TV shows, and I liked her messages about being yourself. But something stopped me from loving it. 

I should also mention that, if you’re watching Parks & Rec. and don’t want it to be spoiled, it’s probably best to leave reading this until after you’ve finished watching it, because the book spoiled it for me. 

Yes Please Amy Poehler - I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that it isn’t funny. I mean, how often do you read sentences like the one above? 

Maybe I would have loved it more if I went into the book knowing more about Amy. Or perhaps I should have listened to the audiobook instead. A lot of people said the audiobook was excellent, and sometimes it’s hard to get humour across in words, so perhaps hearing Amy’s voice would have helped. 

Or perhaps I read one too many reviews and over-hyped it for myself. 

Have you read Yes Please? Or have you read an autobiography recently? 


Yes Please Book Cover Yes Please
Amy Poehler
Autobiography, Humour
October 28th, 2014

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.


Rainbows at Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe

Rainbows at Kilchurn Castle

Have you ever seen both ends of a rainbow? Neither had I until I went to Scotland. 

In my post about Strone Hill & Oban, I mentioned how quickly the weather had been changing in the morning. In the afternoon we headed to Kilchurn Castle, and the weather still had no plans to do calm or settled.

When Tom and I went to Scotland over Christmas, we visited Lochawe and took photos of Kilchurn Castle but we couldn’t figure out how to get to it. We would have missed it again this time if we hadn’t spotted a couple of cars parked in a clearing from the road. I’m not sure why there wasn’t a big sign saying ‘glorious ol’ castle this way’.

The sky was blue when we first got out of the car and started walking towards the castle, but we could see a dark, ominous looking cloud rolling in. 

Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle

Dark clouds over Lochawe

Blue skies at Lochawe

See what I mean? The two photos above were taken seconds apart. I think all I did was turn from one side to the other; beautiful blue sky on my left, and dark clouds on my right.  

With the cloud moving in, we hotfooted it to the castle. 

Chiltern Castle at Lochawe

Kilchurn Castle at Lochawe

What I liked most about Kilchurn Castle is that they allow you to wander it freely. What I really mean by that is that it isn’t ruined by health and safety, which surprised me since there were no staff or anything like that at the castle to make sure no one does anything stupid. I like that though. 

Kilchurn CastleKilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle

Lochawe cannon-hole

Scottish Heritage had put some new staircases and little walkways in to allow you explore the upper levels of the castle and get some stunning views of Lochawe and the surrounding area. 

Stormy clouds over Lochawe

As we got to the top of the tower the dark clouds moved in and opened. Of course, they would wait for us to climb up to the top of the tower before they decided to ‘make it rain’. 

But since it was sunny in parts, it produced beautiful rainbows, WHERE YOU CAN SEE BOTH ENDS! Never in my life, have I see both ends of a rainbow at the same time. 

Rainbow at Lochawe

I raced back down the castle, hoping to find a leprechaun and his pot of gold. But which end do you go for? If you can see both ends of a rainbow, how do you know which end the pot of gold is at? 

The little girl that you can just about see in the photo below, had the same idea also and was trying to beat me there. 

It was quite funny because she kept asking her grandparents (I assume they were her grandparents) why the rainbow kept moving away. As she got closer and closer to the carpark, she started to get really annoyed at the rainbow. 

Rainbow at Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe

Rainbow at Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe

The rain cleared through quickly, and the skies returned to blue a few minutes later. 

Rainbow at Lochawe

I fear that Scotland may have ruined rainbows for me. Normal rainbows, where you usually can’t even see one end of it, just aren’t going to cut it anymore. There’s only one thing for it: I’m moving to Scotland! I wish. 

Have you ever seen both ends of a rainbow before? 





Lies Like Love – Louisa Reid review* & blog tour giveaway

Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid

Lies Like Love blog tour banner

Have you ever read a book that left you aching inside, mourning when you finished, and that you couldn’t stop thinking about for days after you finished it? They’re the best kind of books. 

If you haven’t got time to read the rest of my review, that’s a pretty good summary of Lies Like Love. 

I discovered this book at the UKYA Extravaganza when I heard Louisa give a quick synopsis. Unfortunately, I reached the table just as someone picked up the last copy. I may or may not have let out a slow-mo movie-style ‘NOOOO!’, so I’m pretty happy to be on the Lies Like Love book tour – thank you Faye and Louisa. 

Synopsis: LIES
‘There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .’


I think she’s verging on psychosis . . . now she’s lashing out.


She’s got no one else to fight for her.’

Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal. She’s trying to fit in. But what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love? What happens then?

It took me a while to write a coherent review for this book. Lies Like Love is one of those books I loved so much that I just flailed at the keyboard for about four hours and wrote absolute rubbish that did it no justice. You know what I’m talking about, right? 

I’m going to be vague about what actually happens because I think this book is one of those where you’ll get the best experience if you know as little as possible. However, I can talk about the characters, writing style, and everything else. Anything but the plot. 

Something which isn’t mentioned in the synopsis is that we also read from the point of view of a boy called Leo, who goes to school with Audrey. 

Lies Like Love is split into three parts. Within that, it’s also split up by month, and then each chapter is either told by Leo or Audrey. That might sound a little confusing but it’s not at all, and there’s no way you can get Leo and Audrey mixed up. 

Speaking of our main characters; they’re both well-developed and detailed characters, and I felt like I knew them by the end of the book. They’re realistic, have issues to handle, and both of them undergo character development during the book. 

The other characters are interesting also, and I enjoyed the relationship between Audrey and her little brother, and between Leo and his aunt. Too often, it seems that families are non-existent in YA books, so it’s nice to see a book where they exist and the characters have an actual relationship with them. Can you imagine such a thing?!

Louisa’s writing style is easy to read, hooks you straight away, and she makes you feel what the characters are going through. I’m not going to lie to you; at times it was dark and hard to read because I really felt for the characters and what they were going through. 

I took Lies Like Love on holiday with me. I expected that I wouldn’t read much and would have to finish it when I got home, but I finished it in two nights. As soon as I put it down my brain was nagging me to pick it up and find out what happens next. 

Honestly, this book was a breath of mountain-y fresh air. I love young adult books, but so many of them have characters which are perfect, there’s no character development and families are extinct. To read a book with imperfect characters who develop and have family relationships was a real joy. 

If you’re a fan of quite dark and realistic YA, then I cannot recommend this enough. I think that if you liked All The Bright Places or books similar to that, then you will enjoy this. 

There are three tour wide giveaways on the Lies Like Love blog tour, where you can win:

  • A signed copy of Lies Like Love
  • A signed copy of Louisa’s debut novel, Black Heart Blue 
  • A bundle of swag 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’re interested in seeing more posts from the Lies Like Love blog tour, you can see the full schedule here.

* I received a free copy of this as part of the book tour. As much as I like free books, it does not sway my opinion. This book was genuinely awesome. 

Lies Like Love Book Cover Lies Like Love
Louisa Reed
YA contemporary
July 3rd 2014


'There were a few problems . . . bullying . . . a fire . . .'


I think she's verging on psychosis . . . now she's lashing out.


She's got no one else to fight for her.'

Sixteen year-old Audrey just wants to be normal. She's trying to fit in. But what happens when the person closest to you suffocates you with their love? What happens then?


Oban & Strone Hill

Strone Hill

Hello loyal subjects, I’m back from Scotland and I’m going to start waffling about it right now!

I decided the best way for me to post about it is in chronological order, so today’s post is about Sunday morning. 

Something I learned quickly in Scotland is that the weather is incredibly changeable. On Sunday morning we had; sun, rain, hail and snow. 

We planned to go to Loch Lomond but less than 10 miles into the journey it began snowing heavily, so we changed our mind and headed towards Oban in the hope the snow would clear. Thankfully it did, as driving on snowy roads in my new car was a little scary. 

The snow suddenly cleared. One minute it was snowing heavily and the sky was white, the next it was beautiful and blue, with fluffy white clouds. 

We pulled into the first car park we saw because the scenery was stunning. The first stop we came across was Strone Hill, which had a little trail that led to a waterfall. Having never seen a waterfall in person before, I was all over this. 

Strone Hill

Strone Hill

Strone Hill

Strong Hill waterfall

After marvelling at the waterfall, we headed back to the car and decided to carry on towards Oban for lunch. 



Oban was not what I expected. For some reason I expected it to be bigger. Secondly, I did not expect to see what looked like a colosseum perched on top of a hill. I also did not expect to see lampposts wearing jumpers.

We headed up to ‘the colosseum’ and discovered it was called McCaig’s Tower and it provided us with stunning views of Oban, Mull, and Kerrera. 





I’m missing Scotland already, I wish I could go back. Keep an eye out for more posts about my trip to Scotland over the next few weeks; I’ll probably be posting about it once a week. 

Where have you been recently? 


If I Stay – Gayle Forman – did it live up to the hype?

  Last week I read Hereafter by Tara Hudson and I was left feeling underwhelmed by it, and wanting to read a book that did a good job of handling ‘what’s next.’

I’ve heard a lot of good things about If I Stay, and the film, which is why I had put off reading it for so long. If a book / series is really hyped up, it makes me wary and puts me off, but it finally seemed like the right time to pick it up. 

Promising cellist Mia is involved in a horrific accident and is forced to make an incredibly hard decision. That’s all I will say about the plot, because it’s best going into the book knowing as little as possible. 

If I Stay takes place over the course of 24 hours. Forman weaves flashbacks in to help us learn more about about Mia and her family without it feeling forced. 

I’m pleased to tell you that all of the characters in this book are realistic and normal. You won’t find any manicpixieunicornpeople here. They are normal people, who might remind you of people in your own life, which makes it more relatable and devastating. 

It’s impossible to read If I Stay and not put yourself in Mia’s situation and ask yourself what choice you would make, and I love a book that does that. 

The version I have, which is a movie tie-in, has some information from Forman about what inspired her to write this and a Q&A with cast members. I always enjoy reading things like that because I love to know what inspired an author. 

Did it live up to the hype? Being 90% Vulcan, I’m always intrigued when I come across books which people say made them cry and wonder if it will make my eyes leak. If I Stay did not make my eyes leak, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Unfortunately I can’t say that it’s become a solid favourite for me, as it has for others, and I can’t pinpoint why. You know when you read a book and you really enjoy it, but it feels like there’s a barrier or a ‘but’ that stops it from becoming a favourite and you can’t figure out what it is? That. To be fair, it may be to do with my Vulcan-ness. 

That said, I really did enjoy it and I will pick up the sequel. 

Have you read If I Stay? 

If I Stay Book Cover If I Stay
If I Stay
Gayle Forman
Young adult, romance,

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. 


Saying goodbye to my first car


Last night I dropped my car off at the garage in anticipation for getting my new car tonight. 

I’m one of those people who gets overly attached to objects and feels genuinely guilty for getting rid of something. I feel like if I get rid of something, I’m getting rid of the memories. On top of that, I do feel a bit guilty because my Dad bought me it. 

When I first had this car and when I first passed my driving test, it represented freedom for me. I didn’t have to beg my parent for lifts, or hope I could get a lift to a concert, and I could go out whenever I wanted to. 

I went on my first holiday without my family in this car, I drove around for a couple of hours in it after breaking up with my first boyfriend, Tom and I have been all over the place in it, and it’s taken me to so many wonderful places. I’m sure we all have fond memories of things that have happened in cars. 

I’m going to close this blog post out with an on point song recommendation: This Car by Cassadee Pope. I’ve been a huge fan of Cassadee since she was in Hey Monday and her album makes for pretty good car singalong music too. 

Tell me about your first car