Vinyl Diaries: Brand New Eyes – Paramore

Paramore Brand New Eyes on VinylParamore Brand New Eyes vinyl

Brand New Eyes is an album I always underrate, until I listen to it and then I wonder how on earth it’s not my favourite Paramore album.

I think that this was pretty much the only CD I had in my car for the first 6 months after it came out, and I just listened to it over and over again. Perhaps I listened to it to death and that’s why I tend to underrate it. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes.

Paramore Brand New Eyes Vinyl side aParamore Brand New Eyes lyric sheet Paramore Brand New Eyes vinyl lyric sheet

My favourite memory of this album was when Paramore played Birmingham with You Me At Six as support. I think it was one of the first gigs Tom and I went to together, and it was such a good show. I believe that tour was the first time Paramore played arenas in the UK and I couldn’t help but feel a little proud of them, after seeing them tour Riot! in a much smaller venue a couple of years earlier.

Listen to

To be honest, I could list every song on the album under here and it took a fair bit of deliberation to narrow it down to just four songs. (Luckily for you, you can listen to the entire album either on Spotify or YouTube.)

Tell me about an album you underrate, until you listen to it.



Sometimes all the ‘how to get out of a reading slump’ tips don’t work, and that’s ok

Four books on the go

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a reading rut for most of 2016 so far. That’s not to say I haven’t read some great books though, but I’ve struggled to find time to really get into books.

At the time of writing this, I have four books on the go:

  • Allegiant Collector’s Edition – Veronica Roth: I’ve been reading this since it came out in October, and I’m pretty sure I’ve not finished it yet because of the ending.
  • Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard: I’m over half way through this and really enjoying it, but meh, the reading rut.
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell: if anyone can bring me out of a reading rut, it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I started this in the hope it would pull me out.
  • Wild Swans – Jessica Spotswood

There are thousands and thousands of blog posts floating about sharing tips on how to get out of a reading rut. But sometimes, all the tips in the world don’t work and you just need to give it time.

I keep scrolling through Instagram (shameless plug, you can find me here @eatreadglam) and getting all excited about people’s enthusiasm for something they’ve just read, or something they’re about to read, and wishing I felt the same. That said, I am having a hard time not buying A Court of Mist and Fury right now BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SURELY BEAUTIFUL BOOKS WILL PULL ME OUTTA THIS FUNK. RIGHT?

WRONG. The reason I’m stuck in a reading rut is because I’ve got so much going on with university and my job. I have never been one of those people who can steal five minutes with a book here and there. I’m one of those people who gets fully invested and sucked in and will not be moved from the sofa for at least an hour, and finding a spare hour feels increasingly hard at the moment.

There’s no point forcing it because I know I won’t enjoy what I’m reading if I do that, and my second year is almost at an end, so I’ll have time to read over the summer.

Sometimes, you have to ignore all the tips and just wait; just wait until you get that time when the house is quiet, there’s nothing gnawing at the back of your mind reminding you to do something, and you can relax and fall into someone else’s head.




Share The Love – April 2016 Edition

Share the love April

Well, we’re here again; at long last, Game of Thrones is back on TV! And, yeah, it’s the start of a new month yet again.

BLOG – Life With A View

I discovered Jeannie’s blog after seeing one of her blog posts about things to do in Reykjavik, and since then I’ve been excitedly reading each update she shares about things to do and see in Iceland, and what it’s like for an American expat living hthere.





April’s playlist was allll over the place. I’d got some Twin Atlantic, HalfNoise, Of Monsters and Men, the two new tracks of PVRIS’ deluxe edition of White Noise, and two throwback tunes from Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin – just to name a few.



I binge-watched series two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and THAT ENDING! I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT HOW IT ENDED!

Game of Thrones is back on TV, so that’s always good. And Tom and I have finally started watching Orange Is The New Black – I don’t know why it’s taken us this long, because it’s so good.



April wasn’t a great reading month at all, but I did enjoy doing a buddy read of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead with Llinos from The Lilac Linnet.



I snuck in another trip to Nando’s, so for the second month in a row I’m going to rave about their veggie wrap. It’s bliss.



What did you enjoy in April? Feel free to leave links.







Right In My Backyard

Dylan looking at a pondBlue and white striped sky

A striped sky hung overhead; blue and white lines repeating themselves, dragging my attention away from the quacking ducks landing on the pond, and the distant sound of cheers from the football ground.

Winter sun bathed my face and the dogs shuffled their feet, eager to dip their paws in the edge of the pond but unsure of the Canadian Goose that kept eyeing them up.

This pond and these paths have been here for over 20 years, the remains of an old brickyard, well hidden from the road. So well concealed that I didn’t even know this place existed until three years ago; it is a couple of minutes walk from my house and I didn’t even know it was here.


I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but it’s weird how we can live our lives so in a little bubble that we don’t even know about places right in our neighbourhood.

I’ve spent my whole life in the West Midlands, and I think it’s about time that I started to really explore it.