A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
You are what you read.
Little Mix shares why they chose the following books for their Bookprint.
1. The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
Leigh-Anne: “This book is about a girl who gets bullied for having dark skin. In the end she stands up for herself and learns to love the skin she is in. The book taught me to love and embrace myself for who I am!”
2. Lola Rose Jacqueline Wilson
Jesy: “Jacqueline Wilson always used to capture my imagination with her stories and really made me feel as though I was in the story. I always used to find reading books really boring but Jacqueline Wilson made it so fun and I literally could not put the book down!”
3. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Perrie: “I loved fairy tale books when I was younger, such as Rapunzel, Peter Pan (because I loved Tinker Bell) Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. They used to make my imagination run wild! That’s why I live in such a fantasy, fairy tale world now! It’s fun to make believe.”
4. Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis
Jade: “This book helped educate me at a young age about issues around the world (in this case Afghanistan) and also made me appreciate how lucky and grateful I am for everything I have.”
Little Mix may have been brought together on The X Factor but you can’t manufacture chemistry, that indefinable quality that so few bands possess but Jesy, Jade, Leigh-Anne and Perrie have in spades. The first group to win The X Factor around the world, there is a unique bond cemented via their shared experiences on the show and one that comes across as a very modern take on girl power in their songs. As their debut single “Wings” says: “These wings are made to fly” and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing for the past year. With a UK platinum debut album and their first UK tour selling out venues all across the country, Little Mix are now ready to conquer the US and the rest of the world in 2013.
But it hasn’t always been this way. “I’d never sung in front of anyone before The X Factor,” explains Jesy. “I was working in a bar and then I was a dancer as well. I’ve always wanted to sing but I’ve never had the confidence to do it.” For Leigh-Anne it was a similar story of knowing what she wanted to do but not being encouraged to actually get out and do it: “It just always seemed so far away.” “All my teachers at college said that I’d never get into any of the stage schools in London because I sing too pop and I’m not musical theatre enough and that knocked me for six,” continues Perrie. While Jade was playing gigs around the north-east UK, she was disillusioned with music long enough to have signed up for an art degree before The X Factor came calling. It was this dedication that brought them to The X Factor, carried them through to the live shows, and even further to the heights they’ve reached today.
Their debut album DNA manages to sample each of the girl’s personalities, while simultaneously encapsulating what it is about the group that’s so special. “All of our songs mean something. We’ve never ever gone into the studio and gone, ‘yeah, that will do’. We wanted to make an album of singles,” explains Jesy. “We want longevity,” states Leigh-Anne. “We want to be around for as long as possible so we took our time with the album.” To paraphrase a certain other girl band – you can’t mistake their chemistry.