New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra is better known for her multi-platinum single with Gotye, Somebody That I Used to Know. But she's also a star on her own right.
Her sound is my new-found music love. If the crazy videos, her cool style and powerful lyrics don't get to you, then try her powerful voice. You can say whatever you want, but this girl can belt it out. Limbo is my current favourite, but it was a close cut in between that and Settle Down or Come Into My Head. Have a listen to those too if you have a chance.
I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful week peeps. Happy Monday!
Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1945. So it's no surprise that in 2001 the date became the 'Holocaust Memorial Day'.
Millions lost their lives in that tragedy. And while the world remembers them,
Literature has made them immortal. Their pain and suffering, something we
should never forget. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has an fantastic bibliography section with the names of books inspired or written about the genocide. See it here.And while you are there, consider joining the Build a Bridge campaign to stop discrimination and hatred in your local community.
On my latest article for Lancashire Life Magazine, I talk about the work of Italian-Jewish writer and Auschwitz survivour, Primo Levi. Not his autobiography, If This Is a Man, which is equally powerful, but the book based on his last essay - The Drowned and The Saved, a powerful account of the psychological effects endured by the prisoners during and after their imprisonment. Read the article here.
Primo Levi committed suicide just after finishing this essay. A very powerful account and statement, indeed. One we should all read in order not to allow it to be repeated not only on a large scale, but also on our everyday lives and local communities.
Since today is Australia Day, I couldn't help but give a shout out to one of my favourite authors - Rebecca Lim.
Rebecca was a lawyer who quit the rat race to pursue writing; taking the gamble in between a profitable career and a dream. For that alone she's my idol. Brave woman. And to add to the excitement and the hype, she'll soon be published in Brazil as well.
Sometimes just having a shelf full of books isn't enough. As a book lover, you might feel the urge to spread your love all over the house. Well... In that case, this is for you!
It's not that having shelves full of our favourite reads isn't good enough. And if you are after shelving ideas, we have those too. Just click here. It's just that we breathe and eat books and we want them all around us. ^_^
If you want them on your walls, you'll be pleased to know that Penguin has themed up with Osborne & Little to create a wallpaper covered with Penguin's classic covers, including the first book ever published by Penguin - Ariel by Andre Maurois. You can find out more about it here.
If a multicoloured book effect is a step too far for you, then you might like the more neutral options at Mydeco.com. It comes in white, grey and sepia.
I'm all for indie bookshops, but Nomad Books takes it up a notch. This is the indie that feels like a big store.
Let me put it this way: I would love to work there. No, I would love to live there. Or to live nearby. If you live in Fulham, London, and haven't popped in... Shame on you! You don't know what you're missing.
This little indie, if I can be as bold as to call it "little", not only is full of style and charisma, but it also offers an array of events and book clubs; a team of staff that are not only very helpful, but also passionate about what they do; a children's corner full of space and comfort; and a fab selection of books - especially travel books. Not to mention all the knick-knack paper lovers like myself just adore accumulating in every available corner of their house... notepads, cards, bookmarks... You name it.
Alicia Keys needs no introduction. If it wasn't her voice, sound or songwriting talents that hooked me, then maybe it was the fact she's talented, stylish, gorgeous, around the same age as me and a mum like me. So it's really a no-brainer.
I have to admit when I first heard this track I didn't like it much. I found it a little bit too wet. So it's slightly ironic that it has has not only grown on me, but also become quite fitting for this time of year. Hence why it made it to Music Mondays! ^_^
Hope you guys had a good Monday and have a fab week!