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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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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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(I’m not gone, I promise.)

I’ve got a bad cold, so it looks like it’s going to be a lazy day. Perfect time for a blog post, eh? I thought so, too.

Reading

I just finished reading The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. It’s a book that teaches writing by showing examples of writing, a technique of which I most heartily approve. I put this book on hold at the library because after reading The Raven Cycle, I am absolutely spellbound by Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing has such magic to it, and she makes me fall in love with writing in a way that only my friend Gina (author of the recent The Rose and the Sword) has been able to do before.

This was such a great read not only because I got writing advice from my beloved Maggie (if I was born in the time of Homer, I’d probably offer sacrifices to beg her to be my Muse), but because I discovered a new favourite – Brenna Yovanoff (now I have to go look for books she’s written). Not only was her story right up my alley (modern YA with a twist of the Gothic), but she showed her writing process in a very different way from Maggie and Tessa (just the short story with comments here and there). Brenna first told a story from her childhood of a drowning that stuck with her the rest of her life before showing the short story as well as a very different earlier draft. While I wasn’t a big fan of Tessa and her world-building, her story at least kept my interest. The book also had a few sections of words from the author s – for example, how to gain ideas and the overwhelming doubt that plagues readers.

Anna’s rating: 5 stars (note to self: need to buy a copy of this book to have forever)

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