The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – Book Review

More than its predecessor, The Sun and Her Flowers discusses an even wider range of topics. This poetry collection discusses sexual assault, gender inequality, racism, feminism and family.35606560._sy475_

With this new collection, Kaur opens up the dialogue to even more important topics, giving emphasis to friendship, to how we treat our planet, greater attention to social stigmas of beauty while giving focus to bonds between mothers and daughters, which made me enjoy this second book by Kaur a lot more. By expanding her topic range, she allowed more people to feel connected not only her work but to other individuals as well. Which means, so many more people can find comfort through the words printed on these pages.

I read The Sun and Her Flowers in one sitting, and while I enjoyed it for the most part, there was a good chunk of poems I just couldn’t connect to. I don’t blame the author, it’s normal given that not everyone feels connected to the same topics.

Just like I stated in my review of Milk and Honey, Kaur writes in an emotive way, not to mention that the metaphors she uses are exceptionally powerful and have the capacity linger on your mind.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. And I truly recommend it if you are into contemporary poetry.

Bye, keep on reading.

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – Mini Book Review

‘milk and honey’ is Kaur’s debut poetry collection. I consider that the main purpose of this book is to bring light to important topics such as violence and abuse, as well as celebrating femininity and love.123

This book is dived in 4 parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. This division makes you feel like you are going on an internal journey the entire time. Kaur’s poems give an incredible message about how important it is to love yourself and not change who you are to please others.

She writes in an emotive way and some of the metaphors were exceptionally powerful, but they didn’t make me feel all that much, which made me sad. Unfortunately, it didn’t speak to me on a deeper level. But I do see it as poetry, and good poetry nonetheless.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. And I truly recommend it if you are into modern poetry.

Bye, keep on reading,

10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe – Book Review (Blog Tour)

This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour organized by Random Things Tours, thank you so much for the opportunity. unnamed

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Acorn Independent Press
  • Publishing Date: 5 Mar. 2019

Favourite quote: “So the thing about Hamlet’s madness is he puts it on, he assumes it, as some kind of defence, some kind of protection.”

This book follows Ruby whom dad has died a year ago. She missed a lot of school days and we get to get to experience what she deals with when going back. One day she finds something extremely daunting: an envelope addressed to her and it is in her father’s handwriting. Inside the envelope, there is a list saying ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’.44532426

What can I say about this book? It was sent to me at the right time. I read it while being terribly sad, almost depressed and in need of a book that made me feel every emotion. This book made me laugh and cry, which rarely happens to me while reading. I wasn’t able to put it down, everything happened to Ruby and once you get started with the list this story becomes a rollercoaster.

I loved the character development in this book, we can see Ruby as well as Josh and their mother growing up and becoming themselves again at the same time. A great thing about this book is that it manages to bring to light a multitude of important topics, such as self-harm, suicide, bullying, among others without making it feel forced. Another thing I really enjoyed was the fact that you never know if Ruby is doing something because of the list or because she feels like it since she only mentions the topic of the list once she has completed it.

I don’t have anything negative to say about this book, it’s a really good story, with credible characters and a great plot. It didn’t blow my mind but not every book has to blow your mind, right?

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

I recommend it to everyone going through a rough time but remember this is a book that talks openly about topics that might be triggering to some people.

Bye, keep on reading.

 

 

Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox – Book Review

I received this arc over NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox is a collection of poems. It touches various topics, such as love, lust, depression and self-harm. 43370097

Keep in mind that I love poetry but this book didn’t do it for me at all. I know poetry is extremely subjective and that is why I don’t feel like I’m in the position to say it is a bad book just because it isn’t of my liking.

The writing is quite good and I feel like it could have been a great book. Sadly, overall it felt too melodramatic and sometimes it felt quite depressing and morbid just for the sake of it. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is important to talk openly about depression but in this book, I felt like it was being romanticized, which is never a good thing. Besides that, the book didn’t seem to grasp the reality of those feelings, which prevented me from enjoying most part of the poems.

With that being said, if I was still in my teen years, in my emo phase, I would probably have different feelings towards this book. Just because of what it made me feel.

Sadly, I gave this book 1 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.

 

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller- Book Review

9781455554287_p0_v1_s550x406This book is one of those sensitive tragic but yet simple love stories. It’s the story about Francesca and Robert as they meet each other.

As the story unfolds we learn that Francesca is lonely and feeling a little neglected by her family, being reduced to the “function” of housewife, and that is where Robert is important, he is the one who lights up her passion for life in again.

I really liked the fact that this book didn’t make any type of moral presumptions, it just tells you what is happening and lets us make up our minds. However, the writing wasn’t really my cup of tea, the dialogs seemed a bit too wooden for my liking.

The Bridges of Madison County is a nice story if you are into romance and all. But since it is not really my type of book I can’t say I enjoyed it that much. I understand why the book is popular, it gives voice to our cravings/urges in a way and it reminds us what falling in love is like.

I neither hated nor loved the book, it was an okay read for me. It has its strengths but it also has its weaknesses. If you are into the all love story kind of book and don’t get triggered by adultery, I’d say give this book a shot.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.