I decided to put together a small Spotify playlist inspired by NPR’s article, “The 100 Best Songs of 2017.” I tried not to include more than one song from each artist and/or album, but I simply could not help myself with Paramore and Imagine Dragons.
Albums and artists included in this playlist are:
After Laughter by Paramore
Harry Styles by Harry Styles
Evolve by Imagine Dragons
Divide by Ed Sheeran
Synthesis by Evanescence
One More Light by Linkin Park
Melodrama by Lorde
Younger Now by Miley Cyrus
Rainbow by Kesha
On the playlist, I could not include:
“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
“Hard Feelings/Loveless” by Lorde
“Red Bone” by Childish Gambino
and “1-800-273-8355” by Logic
On the playlist, I also included a YouTuber by the name of dodie. Unfortunately, we do not have her CDs in the library, but you can check out her songs on Spotify and on YouTube.
Big Little Lies
I love the fact that this is a miniseries and I am kind of hoping that they do not make a second season, as is rumored (though I’m sure I would watch anyway). Since it’s based on a book and the “first” season completely covers the material, there’s a concrete beginning, middle and end. No need to mess with something so perfect as this! The plot is enticing, and you will find yourself theorizing on the various mysteries going on amongst the children and parents of Otter Bay Elementary. The acting is fantastic; Nicole Kidman got a lot of attention for the series, but I found Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline to be the most compelling. The Monterey scenery with its beautiful bay views from these women’s luxury homes will make you want to get up and move there immediately (if only we could all afford it). The best part about this series, however, is the soundtrack and the innovative way the music is integrated into the action of the show. This was definitely one of my favorite TV shows of 2017.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
A fantastical and somewhat terrifying allegory for childhood. A small boy finds magic, wonder, and terror all contained within the country lane on which he lives. The story reminded me so much of how big a world the street that I lived on seemed as a child and the endless possibilities for adventure and discovery that my neighbors and I found there. I found myself believing that the narrator was truthful about what had happened to him, but at the same time… maybe it was just an elaborately imagined tale to cope with different things going on in his life, something that he convinced himself was real? Each scenario is somehow plausible, and the dual possibilities make the text even more interesting. I don’t think this story is extremely scary, but don’t be fooled by the fact that the protagonist is seven years old. This does not preclude him from danger, even from those who are supposed to protect him. A great tale for dark and cold winter!
Also available as an ebook and eaudiobook on OverDrive and Libby.
Calling all book and movie lovers! Join us at the Movie Tavern at Main Street in Exton on Tuesday, November 14th for the 6:30 showing of Murder on the Orient Express. We’ll have a discussion after the movie for anyone interested in discussing and comparing details from the book and movie.