Monday, 25 November 2013

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

I feel like I need to write this book review now. This is one of the few books that has reduced me to floods of tears. It has a beautiful and meaningful love story that everyone dreams of. The characters are so perfectly written...I just can't find the right words to explain this story. 

Tessa Scott is a 16 year old who has battled leukemia for 4 years and this story is about the final year of her life. Now I know the book sounds depressing but I have read this in 2 nights! Couldn't put the book down. I feel as if I am emotionally attached to Tessa, I felt her pain. I want a boyfriend like Adam who loves me no matter what I look like and who will stay with me through the bad times as well as the good. 

This book has made me realise how precious life is and how most of us take it for granted half the time. You need to buy this book because it is THAT good. You're lying if you say you didn't cry at the ending.

If you're not much of a reader watch the film "now is good" it's the adaption from the book. That also made me cry! I'm watching the movie again on Thursday with Zoe. 

So I'm writing this just as I finished the book and sent a snapchat to everyone of my red raw tearful face! (Lovely) another lengthier blog will be up tomorrow cause I really do need sleep! I apologise for my absence however blog writing day is tomorrow so I will be writing as many drafts as I can so they can be uploaded each day on the go!

The rest is still unwritten 


Thursday, 7 November 2013

One to watch- We Were Evergreen

Venue- The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Date- 06/11/13

Rais and I arrived at the Trades club for 7.30. Fair to say I was rather excited to see We Were Evergreen live again as they had kindly put me on the guest list! I'd seen them walking around before the show and I noticed that a lot has changed since April! Michael's grown a beard and William's lost his moustache. However this isn't the only thing that has changed for the band! New songs, an album coming out?! More than exciting for us fans new and old!

Set List

Leeway is of course still a fan favourite, one of the songs that We Were Evergreen always play during their gigs. Have to say it's still one of my favourites as well and it always makes me smile. Some of their new songs had a reggae feel to them as Rais said "feels like you're on a beach in Jamaica". Couldn't agree more! This band just seem to improve with age (rather like a cheese). I can't believe I've just compared We Were Evergreen to ageing cheese...oh dear! I really have a lot of love for this band!

Now they weren't really known by all the audience but by the end of their set they had the crowd cheering and dancing to their new upbeat song "BELONG" which was lovely to hear. I particularly liked this song. The ending where Fabienne, William and Michael all played their drums was amazing to watch live. Had to stop writing notes just so I could have a dance and watch them play!

My friend Rais was busy photographing the whole set and I have to say I am glad he came cause he has got some good shots (if I do say so myself). Go and check out his facebook page showing all his photography. He has some exciting opportunities coming up so I'd really love it if you went and liked his page for me!


The band made their way through the crowd to the stage where Rais and I had taken a spot right in front of Michael. This is the most intimate gig I have been to so it was a lovely change. They had a few claps and my rather loud cheers (sorry I'm embarrassing) and began their first song. The crowd were easily won over by their unique sound and arrangement of instruments. I mean it's not everyday you see a 3 piece band playing a xylophone, ukulele, cymbals with their feet. Crazy but amazingly good to watch! One thing I never fail to do when We Were Evergreen are on stage is to have a good dance. They play catchy, happy tunes unlike anything I've heard before. That's a good thing because their sound is refreshing. They left the stage to a chorus of cheers, claps (and loud "wooooo"s from me).

After the set I made my way to the merch stand and had a chat with Michael. I'd managed to nab a setlist so Michael kindly signed it for me! After asking my name to write on the setlist he said "oh you're Megan May" Yep that's me! Now I proudly have a signed setlist (my first one) sat on my table waiting to be blu-tac'd on the wall.

Something exciting that happened last night was that I managed to ask a few questions to put on here for you lovely lot! I was desperate to write a piece about this band in the hope that some of you lot would take my advice and go and check them out!

Would you come to Hebden Bridge again?
Yes we're hoping to come back again maybe when the album comes out.

What did you think of the venue?
Love how the music sounds in here, the acoustics are great. We prefer smaller gigs because it's more intimate and the atmosphere is great. This is why we would come back to the Trades Club.

Any plans for a tour?
Most likely when the album is out.

When exactly is the album coming out?
No exact date set yet but it will most likely be March/April...probably April (exciting because this will be just in time for my birthday April 21st).

Who inspires you because some would say you have a unique genre of sound?
We had lots of inspirations and listened to various different types of music. We then made our own sound with elements of music we had listened to.

How long have you been together and how did the band form?
We've been together 5 years. Michael and Fabienne met at School. They met William at music school and We Were Evergreen was created.

I'd asked if I could get a picture with the band and Michael said I could when the others came up. I thought they'd left but he came back with the other members to find me and kindly took a photo with me and had a chat. If they're reading this now would just like to say thank you so much for answering my questions for this blog and also thank you for another amazing live show. I swear this band gets better everytime live! Only thing I missed was 'Baby Blue' played live as that will most likely be my favourite song ever because it's how I fell in love with the band. The best is yet to come from this band and I can't wait for the album and hopefully a tour!

Would love to do more posts like this as I really enjoyed writing this!

Please go and check this band out!
Twitter: @WeWereEvergreen
Instagram: wewereevergreen

Phew that's it for today's post! Don't forget to check out all the links and go and follow me on twitter as I post updates of when I post blog! @Megsiemay95

"The rest is still unwritten"


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Fireworks and celebrations

I love bonfire night. Although this year has been a quiet one and I haven't been able to attend any bonfires I still felt as if I got the experience! It was coincidental that I happened to reach 1000 pageviews yesterday and today these fireworks have put me in the mood for celebrating.

I have spent the last few days back at home doing several loads of washing and doing my assignments. I have to admit I have missed my family as I haven't been home for 2 weeks. This may seem normal to all the 'proper' students out there, but for me this is hard because I am a family girl at heart!

I drove back late tonight with my car (Derek) filled to the brim. I was shocked that I had so much stuff to bring back to my flat! I packed light when I travelled over! Nevertheless the drive home was actually really nice because all around me fireworks were being set off. There were several bonfires that I passed that provided me with a little trouble with regards to vision! However I arrived in one piece so it can't have been that bad!

Tomorrow I am in University from 10-1 and then I might well be heading home so I can go to a gig! I plan to write a proper blog review with reference to a setlist and having several images. If I'm lucky enough I am going to try and see if I can meet some band members and ask a few questions!


I also realised how much work I still have to do and I need to make sure that I get it done because otherwise I will end up failing!

As I said at the beginning I am so happy to have finally reached 1000 pageviews. If you like my blogs and you have a google account please give me a follow because that would be so lovely! Even if you don't the fact you read my blogs is good enough for me anyway! I appreciate all of you for reading my blog!

Thank you!

"The rest is still unwritten"


Monday, 4 November 2013


I have to say I have had a busy few weeks! I felt now was the appropriate time to hop back on my blog and write another post. Now for Halloween I was a cat for my student union party and when I went out in Leeds I was a vampire. I love the chance to dress up and was really excited to make myself into these characters. Now a cat is easy I know but I didn't have a proper costume so I threw a black t-shirt, disco pants, cat ears, a fluffy cat tail, black converse and I drew on whiskers. Now as the party was really dead and boring my friends and I decided to walk back to my flat and have a PJ party instead. This was much more fun and instead watched Twilight.

It felt like I hadn't seen that movie in ages. I think it's one of my favourites because the movie is so simple and you can tell it had a low budget. In my mind (weirdly) it makes it more believable (but that may just be my opinion).

On Halloween I actually went out in Leeds. We went to Halo. Now for this night I wore fangs (these were dental putty ones and only cost me £2.50 from a shop in Horsforth), I also wore red contact lenses which I bought from a shop in Leeds for £9.99. These were a bargain because I can wear them 30 times and they come with a proper solution. I recommend coloured contacts but I did take my friend who wears contacts on a daily basis with me so she could check them for me. I also bought some fake blood as well (£1.10) from a local shop. Now I did like this but I found it wasn't quick drying. I didn't want it to get on my dress so I decided not to actually wear it out in the end. I blow dryed my hair big and fluffy and messed it up so I looked wild. I also wore a bandage style dress from Topshop. Again as I am a 'flats' kind of girl I wore my converse (again). But it's what I'm comfy in right?

Leeds was fab. A little mad I'll admit but it was good all the same. We left Halo early and ended up in Yates. I think this may have purely been down to cheaper drinks! 

(We had to wait an hour for a taxi so we bought nuggets instead! CHICKEN NUGGET CHALLENGE)

I have to say I have been distant from my blog simply because I have an assignment deadline on Friday and I really want to well so I'm trying to focus on it! Now I felt bad about not writing especially when I enjoy writing my blog so here is my sort of 'update' post. I'm not promising when I'll write again it'll be when I get the time but I can promise you that it still means a LOT that you read my blog and I will try and make them as interesting as possible! 

A song I am loving this week is Drake- Hold on we're going home
A band I am loving this week is We Were Evergreen (now on tour with The Villagers)
I am also finding my love for Maroon 5 again

"The rest is still unwritten"