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Favourite Music of 2018

 

Favourite Albums of 2018 (in no particular order)

There actually weren’t many albums that I liked this year so here are my top four-ish. (So very different from last year.)

1. M A N I A by Fall Out Boy

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour.

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Favourite Reads of 2018

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I discovered so many amazing books this past year, including a new favourite novelist (Edward St. Aubyn) and playwright (Nelson Rodrigues). I’m not going to go much further into depth since I talked about almost all of these books in my seasonal check-in posts – look to my blog for those. In sum, I am looking forward to all the books I’m going to read next year!

P.S. Alice in Wonderland is the only book on this list I had already read – an old favourite.

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Reads of Summer 2018

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.

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Reads of Winter 2018

I haven’t really felt like writing a full-length review yet, but I thought it would be good to do a post about the books I’ve read so far this year – and show y’all how I’m absolutely not on track with the challenges I was thinking of taking up this year (I really don’t know why I thought I would since once I announce I’m going to read a book, my brain just does not want to). What better time to stop and look over the books I’ve read than just at the beginning of spring!

First, I’ve read 22 out of the 60 books I wanted to. I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m back on track with reading like I wanted to be – reading lots!!!

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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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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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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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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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Cycles & Spirituality {Book Review}

(This is my fifth review in exchange for a free book. You can find the other books I have reviewed here on my old reviews blog.)

Disclaimer: All material that follows is much more woman-friendly than for the men (sorry guys!), but men are welcome to learn as well.

 

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Anna’s rating: 5 stars

When Alison approached me about reviewing her book, I was quite excited to find someone else who knows about the world of charting. Her book did not disappoint! While there was much information that I already knew (as a person with pcos who started charting in an attempt to reach fertility), I still learned quite a bit and this book also refreshed everything that I had learned before.

This book is specifically directed to Christian girls who are not sexually active; however, I think any woman could benefit from reading this book. Not only does one learn how to chart her cycles (and why it is wonderful to be able to do so), but also multiple ways of lessoning the symptoms of PMS, and why the Pill is so harmful. I loved how Alison Protz tied the woman’s cycle into Christianity and the way she described charting your cycles as really a way embracing womanhood.

All in all, it was a delightful read and a book that I would definitely recommend to any girls (or women!).

You can read more about the book here.