This is not a Spectacle by Isabelle Kenyon

Reading poetry, is I assume very much like writing it- personal. Some poetry can be read literally, while some is nuanced. This is not a Spectacle is a book of poetry that in my opinion falls in the later category, and at 60 pages, covers a range of issues, emotions, and topics.

They are going to love you.” (Letter to my younger self) Continue reading This is not a Spectacle by Isabelle Kenyon

Best of 2017

Another year is wrapping up and I’ve added quite a few excellent books to my shelf! I’ve been taken to magical places, been introduced to new characters, found a new love for poetry, and even read outside my comfort zone! There are several series that I have fell in love with, and looking forward to the next books to be released in 2018. I have a new passion for indie authors, and a new found call to action in supporting them. Overall, 2017 has been a wonderful year of reading. Narrowing the “best” down to ten was HARD. There are far more that I would highly recommend and that are loved by yours truly! I really wanted to give you what I found to stand out, books that left a mark on me!

Without further ado in no specific order, I give you The Best of 2017! Continue reading Best of 2017

Beach Glass & Other Broken Things by Amanda Linsmeier

Summary

“Beach Glass & Other Broken Things is a collection of twenty-three stories about girls and women on the cusp of self-realization. It highlights the complexities of characters becoming who they really are, from a girl who tracks down her absent father, only to discover he’s made a whole new life without her; to an eighty-four-year-old grandmother falling in love for the first time; to a woman who finds comfort with an unlikely life coach while grieving over her husband’s suicide. Beach Glass & Other Broken Things delves into unimaginable fragility, and unbreakable hope. It celebrates women who are happy or broken, and the ones who save themselves or allow themselves to be saved.”

Review

Beach Glass & Other Broken Things is a collection of short stories, all seen through the eyes of women in real life circumstances; abuse, death, body dysmorphia, motherhood, and so much more.  Continue reading Beach Glass & Other Broken Things by Amanda Linsmeier

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

“I know now that I was born in the heart of the crimes committed against me.” Nadia Murad

Summary

I hadn’t realized how small my village was until I saw that All of Kocho could fit into a schoolyard. We stood huddled on the dry grass. Some whispered to one another, wondering what was going on. Others were silent, in shock. No one understood yet what was happening. From that moment on, every thought I had and every step I took was an appeal to God. The militants pointed their guns at us…

If you don’t want to convert, we will let you go to the mountain,” they said. And so we went to the second floor when they told us to, barley saying goodbye to the men we left in the yard. I think if we had known the truth of what was going to happen to the men, no mother would have let her son or husband go.”

Review

This is perhaps the hardest “review” I’ve ever written. Nadia Murad is a true hero, the definition of courageous and what I envision when I think of powerful women.  Continue reading The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

Summary

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.”

 Review

Published in 2012, I am a little late reading this highly recommended and raved about magical fantasy. Characters in The Night Circus frequently use the word complicated, and that is precisely how I would describe my feelings. Continue reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Cardinals

As much as I love Hallmark Christmas movies, and I really do- life isn’t one. Sometimes you have to make your own version of a happy ending, often out of a storyline you’d certainly rewrite if you had a magic wand. The holidays for some are filled with both joy and grief. Grief for lost loved ones, for bygone Christmastimes and realization that new traditions, and memories will be made out of a change you didn’t want.  Continue reading Cardinals

Like Waves by Amanda Linsmeier

2017 has been a year of reintroducing poetry into my reading. I had forgotten how wonderful reading poems can be, which can invoke every feeling you have. Like Waves is a stunning example of true emotional intellect, that does indeed stir up emotions ranging from deep sadness to unequivocal joy- and everything in between.  Continue reading Like Waves by Amanda Linsmeier