Hello everyone! Today, for my first (of many, hopefully) music post of 2021, I’m going to be chatting about my top ten songs from Taylor Swift’s two 2020 releases (I think it’ll become quite clear as this goes on that I’m very biased towards one!). Onto the post!
Hello everyone! Today, I’m going to be doing the Folklore book Tag, which has prompts related to the Taylor Swift album, and I found on Sprinkled with Words. I haven’t written up my thoughts on the actual songs from this or Evermore yet, but I’m definitely hoping to at some point soon because there are some I really love. Anyway, onto the post!
The 1: A Book You Grew Out Of
I’m trying to think of some kind of nice answer for this, but I’m really struggling, particularly as I still read and love a lot of middle grade and young adult. The only thing I can think of is a book I loved as a child called My Life Starring Mum, which I HATED the last time I reread it a few years ago.
Cardigan: A Book You Keep Coming Back To
I have reread Murder Most Unladylike/Arsenic for Tea countless times.
The Last Great American Dynasty: A Book Where Everything Goes Wrong (in the Best Way)
The best answer I can think of is Secrets of the Stone by Kamilla Benko, because everything goes spectacularly wrong at the end and just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.
Exile: An Ending you Didn’t Like (Or a Ship that Sank)
I’ve been finding this one kind of hard to answer because I’m pretty good at picking romances I’ll enjoy most of the time. However, I really wasn’t keen on the ending of the Unhoneymooners, it just didn’t feel right to me at all.
My Tears Ricochet: A Book That Broke Your Heart
The Good Bear broke my heart a little bit, with the ending. But it’s very uplifting and beautiful overall.
Mirrorball: A Book that Speaks to Your Soul
I don’t feel like I talk about the impact Radio Silence had on me when I read it, as I sat my National 5 exams. I put a lot of pressure on myself at both school and university to do well, and it was so difficult at that time, and the things this book had to say about academia were so relatable and helpful to me.
Seven: Characters You Want to Take Home and Protect
My standard answer for this kind of question is Ade from Boy in the Tower, but some more recent ones are Col and Esther from the Midnight Guardians, and Jake and Meg from Otters’ Moon.
August: Summer Love
Heartbreak Boys! It’s hilarious and the romance between Jack and Nate is FABULOUS. Plus it gets bonus points for having a really summery, sunshiney cover.
This is Me Trying: Mental Illness Rep
One of my favourite books that deals with mental health is Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. It follows Evie, who has anxiety and OCD.
Illicit Affairs: Forbidden Romance
I read tons of romance, but I’ve realised I don’t actually read very many things with forbidden romance. I really don’t like it when cheating is a plot point, which is probably one of the main reasons why. I guess Bryson and Kai from Date Me, Bryson Keller would technically count for the reason that people don’t think they should be together for other ( deplorable, homophobic) reasons and they have to be very secretive
Invisible String: Soulmates
I’m becoming less and less convinced that soulmates actually exist, but I think Georgia and Lucas from Mhairi Mcfarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me might just be. They find their way back to each other despite a huge number of obstacles being in the way.
Mad Woman: Vengeful Woman
This one is HARD. The best I can do is Emma from the Dark Artifices, who is determined to find out how her parents died. Epiphany: A Loss You’re Not Over One of my favourite Shadowhunters characters died in City of Fallen Angels and I’m still furious about it to be honest.
Betty: Love Triangle, F/F Romance
I can’t think of anything that combines these, so I’m going to do one for each! My favourite love triangle recently was in Love Songs for Sceptics, and an f/f romance I really enjoyed last year was the Falling in Love Montage.
Peace: Found Family
I think my favourite found family is Morrigan’s in the Nevermoor books, between the Hotel Deucalion lot and Unit 919.
Hoax: A Character that Fooled You
I obviously can’t say who it is because it’s a huge spoiler, but I did NOT expect the murderer in Arsenic for Tea to be who it was.
What’s your favourite song from Folklore? Do you have any thoughts on the books or characters I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing a bit of a different music post, in which I chat about my fave classic (aka from her 2010 and before albums) Taylor Swift songs, because I’ve been listening to her so much recently and having so much fun with it that I couldn’t tear myself away from it to write this. Also, Speak Now is my 2nd fave album from her yet there are less songs on here from it than Fearless- which is causing me to have a slight existential crisis! But anyway, onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Wonderstruck book tag, because I love Taylor Swift so much right now (and always tbh) and I just really fancied it, especially since the lyric in the title comes from one of my ABSOLUTE favourite Taylor Swift songs. I found it on Dora’s blog and it was created by Olivia. Onto the post!
- Link back to the creator (Olivia)
- Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
- Feel free to use any of the graphics in this post
- Tag however many people you’d like at the end!
You’re Not Sorry – A Book That Un-Apologetically Broke Your Heart
This is unexpectedly tricky. I don’t really read a lot of all out bleak books. Ways to Live Forever, I think. It’s absolutely heartwrenching.
Back to December – A Book You Still Think About Even After You’ve Finished
About 3 or 4 years after finishing it for the first time, I still think about the Lost and the Found at least a few times a week. That ENDING, bloody hell.
If This Was a Movie – A Book You Really Want to Become a Movie
I think the Flatshare would be god tier as a romcom film. It’s the kind I’d watch over and over and over.
Gorgeous – A Book With the Most Beautiful Cover
In Darkling Wood, which was designed by Julian de Narvaez. The book is amazing as well.
Shake It Off – A Book That Gets Hate But You Love
I’ve seen a lot of hate for Geek Girl and its sequels over the years! They’re quite niche to be fair, so I get why they’re not everyone’s thing.
Never Grow Up – A Book That Gives You Childhood Nostalgia
My childhood faves were the Pony Club Secrets series. I have so many memories tied to them and such a deep attachment that even now I could tell you pretty much every plot point of every book. I actually would love to reread them some time soon.
Sparks Fly – A Book You Instantly Clicked With
I knew within a couple of pages of Murder Most Unladylike that I would be a very big fan for years to come. I was right.
Style – A Classic That Will Never Get Old
My faves are always the same: the One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Charlotte’s Web. And I love Style.
End Game – A Book With a Romance You Love
If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know my fave book romance ever is Harriet and Nick from Geek Girk. But more recently, Cara and Hector from the Year After You were a couple I shipped so bloody hard.
I Knew You Were Trouble – A Book You Couldn’t Help But Become Obsessed With
I didn’t expect to enjoy Girl 38 as much as I did, but WOW it blew me away.
Bad Blood – A Book Where You Loved the First One, But Hated the Sequel
Oh, that’s not something I have too often that I can think of. I loved Karen M mCmanus’s first and hated her second but they’re both standalones.
What are your thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? And which of these songs is your favourite? I think mine has to be Sparks Fly, and I’d love to hear about yours in the comments!
Hello everybody! Today, since I am very much still in my Swiftie feels since Lover was released so recently, you’re getting a different music post than I’d originally planned- which is about 1989. Onto the post!
Welcome to New York- this love letter to New York is such a great choice for opener. It sets up what the album will be sonically really well, and it’s got great production and melody. And in typical me fashion, I’m very into the clapping. Also, the bridge of this is SERIOUSLY underrated,
Blank Space– if you don’t love Blank Space, I’m sorry but I do not understand. I think the whole “Taylor Swift is a jealous lunatic who tortures all her boyfriends and scares them away” thing is ridiculous, sexist and completely unfair, so when I first heard this I was initially very confused, till I worked out that she meant it to be a satirical takedown of this idea of her. The lyrics are so amazing, Max Martin and Shellback are ridiculously talented at prodcution and the whole thing is just so much FUN- it came on when I was in Waterstones the other day and I started mouthing along whilst being at the till, and even did some of the actions Taylor does when she performs it (very subtly, so I don’t think the bookseller noticed!). Hands down one of her best songs EVER.
Style- oh, this song. It’s about an on/off relationship, and it’s SO GOOD. It’s another super catchy one and the lyrics give a very vivid idea of the relationship, but the things I love most about it are the vocals (especially the backing vocals) and the music itself- the guitar sounds amazing and I’m very into the keyboard at the prechorus. And of course, this is 1989, so the synths are pretty superb as well.
Out of the Woods- I find this song so frustrating, which is perhaps apt given it focuses on a doomed relationship. I love the lyrics and her vocals are sublime, but the production is a bit too busy to let you really notice it. I highly recommend the acoustic Grammy Museum version.
All You Had to Do Was Stay– If the story that the high-pitched stay in the chorus came to Taylor in a dream is true, I wouldn’t be at all surprised, because something that perfect surely wasn’t thought of in some mundane way. The song is basically her telling off an ex who abandoned her (I suspect Harry Styles, personally), and I’m in love with it- I know a lot of people hate it on the basis that it’s a bit less vulnerable than track 5 usually is, but it’s a really excellent song so I don’t hold a grudge. The production is flawless, the multilayering of the vocals sounds SO good and the lyrics are simple but effective.
Shake it Off– honestly, I think this song gets a lot of unfair critcism. Is it her lyrical masterpiece? No. Is it exceptionally fun and catchy? Yes. Both qualities you need in your lead single, making this the perfect choice for it! I always want to sing along, and I think it’s a pretty excellent pop song tbh.
I Wish You Would– this sounds like it’s very likely about the same person that All You Had to Do Was Stay is, but in this one she misses him and is willing to forgive him. I really like the drums and guitar in this, and I think the verses are fab, but I’m not quite so keen on the chorus (though I don’t hate it). The repetition of ‘I wish I’ before the bridge sounds gorgeous, and there are some standout turns of phrase.
Bad Blood– I used to think of this as the big black spot on this album, but I’m actually really surprised listening this time. Bloody hell, those verses are so good, and I know it’s an unpopular bridge. The chorus is still grating, but I don’t think I’ll be skipping this anymore. Also, stellar vocals. This was such a nice surprise!!
Wildest Dreams– I first heard this on the radio, for some reason, and I knew immediately it was Taylor Swift and that I loved it a great deal. I think this is another Harry Styles one, quite possibly, but I kind of prefer the music video storyline, so that’s how I think of it, and it’s a clever concept executed in a really excellent way. My favourite thing about it is the heartbeat in the backing track, but the vocals are a close second. Also, I know everyone looks at Reputation as the album where she started aiming at sultry with some love songs, but personally I think this is the best one in that vein she’s ever written. The way she BREATHES in the chorus is heavenly.
How You Get the Girl- this is basically the sequel to All You Had to Do Was Stay, which actually tells him how to make amends. And the picture painted here is so convincing and romantic, you’d probably take him back even though he’s been so absolutely rubbish. It’s an unconventional love story with great vocals and a pretty melody, and it ges this girl every time.
This Love- yeah, I kind of wish this one had stayed a poem. I can’t believe it made the album when the bonus tracks are as good as they are. I like the chorus vocals and guitars, but it’s a real weak spot for this album.
I Know Places- this is one of the most underrated Taylor Swift songs. It uses hunting as a metaphor for the scrunity of a celebrity relationship. I’m obsessed with the high notes, and the production is perfection to the point I can’t BELIEVE she’s not worked with Ryan Tedder for more than just this and Welcome to New York.
Clean- this is an exceptional ballad, and it’s a very cleansing song, as is the intention. The vocal and simple synths make it very chill, Imogen Heap’s backing vocals are gorgeous and it’s stunning in terms of the lyrics and how they all tie into each other.
Wonderland- this song uses Alice in Wonderland as a metaphor for a toxic relationship, and it’s surprisingly effective. Very clever lyrics and bouncy production that uses lots of gimmicks to great effect make this a lot more fun than most songs in this vein, and the pre-choruses alone mean this should be on the actual album. The “ay ay” thing gets annoying after a while, but otherwise I’m super into it.
You Are in Love- this is a gorgeous ballad about the love story of Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff. It obviously didn’t end all that well, but the song still stands up well. The gentle instrumental goes really well with the lyrics, and it’s just a really beautiful story. I LOVE the singsong vocals in the chorus so much too.
New Romantics– I will NEVER not be salty this isn’t on the standard edition of the album; I actually think it should have been a proper single, because it captures the vibe of the album so well. It’s one of my favourite Taylor Swift songs ever, and it’s just everything. It’s about a lot of different things, and very hard to explain, but it’s so catchy and clever and all somehow fits together
Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What is your favourite song from 1989? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about Taylor Swift’ s new album Lover, which I’ve been super excited about since LONG before it even started being teased. It marks a return to light after the darkness of Reputation, and I really enjoyed listening to it and seeing what a different place she’s in. Onto the post!
Hello everybody! So, today, as I write this, I have no idea what’s coming, but yesterday when you’re reading this, Taylor Swift released something and today’s post is a Swfitie celebration of whatever it may be, about books that remind me of some of her songs. My personal hope for whatever is out is that it’s the lead single from her new album (which I want to be called Next Chapter, and a mix of Speak Now and 1989), and I’m VERY excited to see if my predictions come true. Onto the post!
Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the songs from Reputation, as it’s round about a year since it’s release and I’ve never shared my thoughts on it before- it was the last album I listened to and really enjoyed before I started doing music posts. Onto the post!
Ready for It?- this took so long to grow on me at first, mainly because it was so bizarre to hear Taylor rapping, but it’s really grown on me in the year since it was released. I think the verses are ridiculously catchy and while it was initially my least favourite thing about it, I now love that the pre-chorus sounds slightly like Wildest Dreams, but more cynical. I think the bridge works so well too. I seriously wouldn’t have guessed how much I’d like this by now when it first came out!
Endgame– I have super mixed feelings on this. I basically love everything that Taylor sings and the message of the song (which is kind of a less heartbreaking the Last Time, which is by far my favourite !) and can’t really stand Future or Ed Sheeran’s verses. I’d prefer it to all be Taylor’s experience, because I just felt like it didn’t really fit the song to have it as a collab.
I Did Something Bad– I am obsessed with this, from the opening strings to the vocals to the lyrics to Taylor calling out the way people pretty much witch-hunt her, and I love the Blank Space vibes that her narrating the song as the person the media portray her as (at least, I think she is). Also, I totally screamed in delight at the first pre-chorus because I wasn’t expecting Taylor Swift to ever require being censored, and because the line is just all round badass and amazing and I love it!
Don’t Blame Me– this so sultry and intense, and I think it’s brilliant. I don’t have any major reasons why other than I just do, other than the melody being great and just generally loving the way it sounds, because Taylor’s voice sounds even more fantastic than usual during it, and because I’m obsessed with the echo effect used.
Delicate– oh, this is such a fave. It’s so, so romantic and I love it’s storytelling, especially that it focuses on how Taylor feels loved for herself rather than her fame. I tend to cry when I hear it, and I think the melody fits really well with its lovely tone and meaning. The chorus is so catchy too, and like with Don’t Blame Me I just think it sounds amazing overall.
Look What You Made Me Do– there was such a mixed reaction to this when it was released as the first single, and I fell firmly in the camp of loving it. I love how sassy and spiky it is, and I think the way Taylor sort of snarls rather thing sings really emphasises how much she dislikes whoever this song is about (my bet’s on Kimye). I’m totally here for the “old Taylor is dead” spoken section. It’s a great song to listen to if you’re feeling angry too!
So It Goes– I really don’t have a lot to say about this one. I find it repetitive, and a bit dull, and I tend to skip it when listening to the album.
Gorgeous– the opening music of this is so pretty, and it really sets the feel of this song. It’s about Taylor meeting her current boyfriend and thinking he’s out of her leauge because he’s so gorgeous. I love the writing, especially the tongue in cheek parts, and it’s just a positive, fun song overall, even though it’s less optimistic than some of Taylor’s love songs from previous places.
Getaway Car– this was my favourite when Reputation was released and it still is now. It’s about a short-lived doomed relationship that was mainoy an excuse to leave someone else. The getaway car metaphor througuout is great, and I just love the melody. The bridge is one of my favourite bridges ever, I think. The whole song is so catchy, but the bridge especially.
King of My Heart– like Endgame, there are sections of this I really like, and others I really do not. It’s about a similar sort of thing to Delicate- that he loves her for her and not her fame- and I think I’d probably like this more than I do if I wasn’t comparing it to such a masterpiece. I think the verses are prettygreat though, especially the rythym of them,
Dancing With Our Hands Tied- I’m pretty ambivalent towards this, to be honest. It’s about a new relationship being exposed to the public, and while I enjoy it when I hear it, it’s not one of the standout songs of this for me. My favourite thing about it is the melody/rythym of the verses and pre-choruses, but I’m not keen on the chorus. I also really enjoy the bridge.
Dress– this has always been one of my favourites from the album. It’s got the same sensual feeling to it as Don’t Blame Me, but has a more upbeat tempo that makes me like it just a little more. It’s so melodic and catchy, and again, similarly to Don’t Blame Me I just love its sound overall. The bridge is so romantic especially!
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things– this is the most joyous revenge song I have ever heard, and I think it’s Taylor’s best revenge song ever. It heavily references the Kimye feud, and I love the storytelling style of it, alongside the top-notch sarcasm throughout. I am here for ALL of this. ALL of it. The pettiness of the spoken section in the bridge gives me such joy too, as does the bridge in general to be honest. I do love a good bridge!
Call It What You Want– I know I’ve called just about every song on this romantic, and they totally are, but this is probably the most overt love song. I think the rhyming in the second pre-chorus is a bit dodgy (eg “trust him like a brother”…) but otherwise I’m a big fan, especially since it focuses on how this new relationship helped Taylor get through that period where people were lying about her and making her out to be someone she isn’t.
New Year’s Day– I love Taylor’s new pop direction, probably even more so than her early stuff, but this is so remniscent of her first few albums and it’s fabulous. It’s a soft and sweet piano ballad about being there for someone you love through both the good times (represented here as New Year’s Eve) and the bad (represented here as the clean up on January 1st). Its simplicity makes its meaming even more striking and clear, and it’s so powerful that I have definitely teared up on quite a few listens.
Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What’s your favourite song from this album? I’d love to hear in the comments!