Man, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. My deepest apologies. I’ve got another Anna Rant on the back burner, I promise.
Anyway, on to it.
Top Four of This Period (in no particular order this time)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This book was just as incredible, although maybe not quite as good, as The Secret History. Donna Tartt’s writing in this book is just stunning. At times, I felt as if though I were studying a painting rather than reading a book because her description is so vivid – which is quite appropriate for a book that revolves around a painting. This novel is also very character-driven, which I absolutely adore.
Anna’s rating: 1 out of 5. Or 1000. Whatever the percentage as little as possible. Is there a 0 out of 5 option on Goodreads? We should make one.
Episode 1 of Anna Reviewing Trash That Shouldn’t Be Called Poetry
My friend has this thing where she reads John Green books even though she knows they’re terrible – just so that she can talk about how terrible they are. I decided to offer my services to the We Read Trashy Millennial “Literature” So That You Don’t Have To club.
One of my favourite reviews:
“hitting enter after every word does not make it poetry.” [x]
I would add that neither does the addition of only one sentence to a page.
Before anyone thinks that this is a list of books from 2017 that I liked – stop right there. I don’t read many new books. Ergo, the title is “My Favourite Reads of 2017” not “My Favourite Books of 2017.” See?? Alright, we can continue.
I definitely didn’t read as many books as I am usually prone to doing, but that means I can just move on up from here and read more next year!
Without further ado, here is my top ten list (the ordering could probably be shifted around a bit as always).
A Study in Charlotte is going to be one of the last books I manage to get in before the end of the year, and since I had enough things that I both loved and hated about it, I thought it was a good time to write a review. And post quotes I liked. Lots of them.
Description (taken from this review): A Study in Charlotte follows the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they solve crimes on a modern-day college campus. In this story, both Sherlock and Watson were real people and Arthur Conan Doyle was Watson’s literary agent, who helped publish the tales of their cases. Many years later, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson find themselves caught up in some copycat crimes that appear to be framing the two, using scenes directly out of the old stories.
I wanted the two of us to be complicated together, to be difficult and engrossing and blindingly brilliant.
And now on to my thoughts. Obviously, spoilers galore.
Has Taylor Swift gone and become a completely new person, bitter and enraged by her exes, the media, and the ill treatment she has undergone — or is her new song commentary on all of the above (as in “Blank Space”)?
When I first got to the chorus of LWYMMD, I was appalled with Taylor’s new music style. The lyrics seemed to scream bitterness – as a friend of mine commented, when it came to harsh treatment from the media and people in her life, she didn’t seem to be able to “Shake It Off” anymore. The lyrics that shook me the most are probably, “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh… because she’s dead.” The instagram post on which Taylor captioned, “There will be no further explanation. There will just be reputation,” only seemed to confirm my fears. And then that music video starting with a zombie Taylor Swift… *shudders* It wasn’t looking good. But after following Taylor’s career for so long, and seeing her appear to lose that sweetness and enthusiasm she used to have, perhaps I was just too emotionally involved and that blinded me.
I only have one album from this band, but I really love their music. This is another alternative music choice, of course. 😉
What draws me to this particular artist’s music?
My friend Dru sent me “I Wanna Get Better” probably close to two years ago, as one of her many ways of support. I instantly fell in love with the song, but didn’t listen to the entire album until probably almost a year later. I just really love their unique sound that’s so different from anything else I listen to – and the lyrics, as always.
2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?
I’ve only listened to Strange Desire so far. (I have this stubborn inclination to sometimes, never ever, listen to other albums of an artist, in fear that I won’t like their other music and I’ll feel that I can’t call them a favourite anymore.)