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The Princess Saves Herself in this One {Book Review}

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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.

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4 stars · 5 stars · alternative music · country music · music · Music Reviews · Troye Sivan

My Favourite Music of 2017

This time I’ll actually list something that was released in 2017, since there were a couple albums that I quite enjoyed.

My favourites albums released last year, from least to most favourite (I provide links to the songs I just really really love).

 

 

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5 stars · a reader's life · Book Reviews · Books · Christian/Catholic · Classics · fiction · nonfiction · oscar wilde · Reviews · YA books

My Favourite Reads of 2017

 

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.

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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).

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A Study in Charlotte {Book Review}

 

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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.

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Music Reviews · Musicians · pop(ular) music · Taylor Swift

Look What You Made Me Do ~ song + music video review

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.

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Anna’s Favourites Day 2: Bleachers

I only have one album from this band, but I really love their music. This is another alternative music choice, of course. 😉

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  1. 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.)

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Anna’s Favourites Day 1: Amber Run

Remember how I posted yesterday about the music challenge? Well, I’m starting that today.

Looking through all my music artists in iTunes who start with the letter A, I knew pretty quickly that Amber Run would easily be my favourite out of all of them.

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  1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music? Which is my favourite album or EP?

I’m a big fan of alternative music because most pop(ular) music drives me nuts. I’ve always had slightly different tastes that tend to be on the lines of… well, not of the mainstream. Amber Run’s music has a calming effect on me without sending me off to sleep since it still has a beat. I also really love their lyrics – when I first discovered “For A Moment, I Was Lost,” I jumped on it immediately as being an album to which I could relate in its entirety. While that isn’t as true anymore, I still think the album is pretty amazing because the music is great and the lyrics are deep and meaningful.

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Music Reviews

Anna’s Favourite Music 2017

I started a tradition on my Facebook page a couple years back wherein every spring or summer I post all my favourite songs. Usually, I sort the songs by my favourites with a certain letter of the alphabet or something of like kind. However I had a different idea ever since I finished up with last year’s round – and I knew this one would probably make much more sense if I posted it on a blog. So, without further ado, here’s how this year’s music thing is going to work.

I’m going to choose my top singer or band from one letter of the alphabet; if I have more than one favourite and I can’t bring myself to only choose one, then that will be a post for another day. Then with each singer or band, I’m going to attempt to answer these questions:

  1. What draws me to this particular artist’s music?
  2. Which is my favourite album or EP from this artist?
  3. What is my favourite song from this artist?
  4. And then my favourite part — which songs best describes my past, present, and future?

I know for at least a couple of the singers I’ll be featuring, there may be some songs that I can’t find on YouTube, so I’ll just provide their names so any of those interested can find them on iTunes themselves. If I manage to select only one artist, but have a few songs from other artists starting with that letter which I also love, I will feature those at the bottom of my post.

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Top Ten Reads of 2016

Most books I read aren’t new releases, but I thought I’d do my own list of my favourite books that I read this year. Some are new, others not. I decided to stick to books that I read for the first time this year, so that rules out favourites like Hamlet and The Lord of the Rings. I chose books that made me fall in love with them because they are clever, well-written, and just add to the literary discourse of the human heart.

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4 stars · Play Reviews · Shakespeare

Richard III {play review}

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Two nights ago, I went to see Richard III at the Vertigo Theater with my Shakespeare class. It was the opening night of the play and a new take on the classic story for many; however, it was my very first time ever going to see a play. I might have been biased due to this fact, but I was absolutely enchanted by my experience.

The acting was phenomenal. From gut-wrenching sobbing to the dramatic dream scene, I was kept on the edge of my seat. I was particularly impressed with the actor who played Richard, the villain. As Richard is a cripple, the actor kept his leg slightly off the ground and twisted a little – he never let go of this hobbling position. Even with eerie villainous laughs, Richard still managed to keep the audience enchanted by him, swayed by his own humorous words – which is just exactly how Shakespeare meant Richard to be. The actor did such an amazing job, in fact, that I would definitely go to see a play just to see him perform again. Lady Margaret was also amazing – so much so that she seemed even better on the stage than she did on paper (but the, the stage is where she belongs, isn’t it?)

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