The Home for Broken Hearts by Rowan Coleman


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Synopsis

The Door Is Open . . .

For young widow Ellen Wood, her Victorian home is a refuge—a place to feel safe with her eleven-year-old son, Charlie. But when money grows so tight that Ellen could lose the house, her sister, Hannah, makes a radical suggestion . . . rent out some of the rooms. Soon Ellen has three lodgers: Sabine, a German coworker of Hannah’s, recently separated from her husband; Allegra, an eccentric but wise novelist; and Matt, an up-and-coming young journalist in search of his voice, who has just landed a plum job in London. Ellen thinks three strangers are the last complication she needs, but they make her realize just how isolated she has become. Their presence exposes a secret she’s been keeping hidden, as well as a conflict with her sister that is both shocking and revealing. And while a love affair with a younger man seems like a fantasy powered by her imagination, Ellen can’t deny her deep connection to Matt, or the changes he inspires in her and her relationship with Charlie. Outside her home’s sheltering walls lies a world of opportunity as well as danger. Now that she’s had the courage to open the door, does Ellen dare step through?

Witty, moving, and deeply insightful, The Home for Broken Hearts celebrates everything that makes life worth living, from an author who knows just how to speak to the heart.

My Thoughts 

Honestly, I just wanted something light in between my spooky reads. I just wanted something light, and sweet, what I got instead was a book that made my blood boil. I wanted so desperately to jump into the book to slap someone. I have never in my life encountered a book that made me this angry. It started out just fine.

The main character Ellie’s husband has recently passed away in a car accident. Her husband and her son are truly her whole entire world. Ellie has been housebound since she got married, though it became much worse after her husband died. Her behavior is worrisome, but it was behavior that her husband almost encouraged. Anyway, Ellie eventually makes the decision to rent out the rooms in her house after the bullying of her sister. Which then brings in a whole new cast of characters who shake up Ellie’s life.

To Ellie, her life and marriage was perfect. But, as you learn through the narration, Ellie tends to see things through rose-colored glasses and wasn’t able to see or refused to see the writing on the wall. This was something that I found absolutely frustrating, she was constantly making excuses or rationalizing deplorable behavior and actions. But my anger wasn’t toward her. No, Ellie though frustrating was the type of person, I found myself wanting to protect. Her describing the safety of her home, her insecurities, her motherhood, her relationship with her sister, her husband; I just wanted to protect her. And fight the people who hurt her.

I should also mention that I didn’t finish this book, I actually couldn’t finish it I was so upset. To be completely honest, within only a few chapters I had figured out the “twist”, it was just a sentence, and facial expression and then I knew, and once I found out I was livid. The twist is horrible and heartbreaking. And it ruined the whole book for me because I was trying to convince myself I was wrong. But it just became more and more obvious, and then the interactions and behavior started to make more sense. It truly felt like I was being tortured, and Ellie was just so clueless. I started to skim because I had to know if I was right. I was, and I was done. The anger, but also the sadness was explosive for me. I went to bed angry and woke up angry. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t read it any longer.

I don’t know guys, this book messed me up and not in a good way. I just feel so bad, for people who don’t even exist.
1 star
sam
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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


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Synopsis

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

My Thoughts 

So after finally forcing myself to write my review of A Mercy, I found myself wanting to revisit some of the other Morrison books that I’ve read. Also, I’m trying to motivate myself into re-reading Beloved; that book freaked me the hell out when I first read it. But that’s a story for a different time.

Revisiting Toni Morrison’s work, left me in a puddle of tears. This is what Toni Morrison does to me, she creates these characters and she dissects them, she offers them up to us to explore and relate too, she makes us love them, she makes us mourn them, she hurts them & she hurts us.

Sometimes, like in The Bluest Eye, she makes us pity the devil, even when we want to condemn them, watch them burn, she makes us see beyond their ways, and understand. Not agree or even like, but understand. A part of me hates her for that, but I love that she has the talent and the skill to bring out all of these emotions in me.

The Bluest Eye was Morrison’s first book. Is it her best-written book? Definitely not, but it’s a damn beautiful book nonetheless. I’m going to give you guys that cons first because they are important and can ultimately decide your feelings on the book. It’s disjointed. The writing style is weird and non-linear, and sometimes It’s just damn confusing. It’s sad, disturbing, and there is a rape scene, & there’s no happy ending. Truly this is not me trying to keep you guys from reading this book, this is me trying to make sure that if you pick this book up, you go in with your eyes wide open. This isn’t an easy book to read, in terms of subject and structure.

If you can push past all of that, and all that is in the book. Hopefully, when you finish you’ll feel the way that I do. That The Bluest Eye is a beautiful book that explores self, trauma, family, friendships, identity, and motherhood. Maybe you’ll be able to understand why Pecola Breedlove so desperately wanted blue eyes, maybe you’ll sympathize with her and want to protect her. Maybe you’ll understand Claudia and Frieda’s plight, maybe you’ll be angry with them. It’s a thought-provoking, heartbreaking story. It’s filled to the brim with rich and diverse characters. You’re able to see the world the Morrison created through different eyes. It’s as beautiful as it is heartbreaking.

Ultimately, I can’t know how you’ll feel about this book, but I hope you read it. And I hope you’re able to take something from it.

5 stars

sam

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini


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Synopsis

The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed responds to the heartbreak of the current refugee crisis with this deeply moving, beautifully illustrated short work of fiction for people of all ages, all over the world.

A short, powerful, illustrated book written by beloved novelist Khaled Hosseini in response to the current refugee crisis, Sea Prayer is composed in the form of a letter, from a father to his son, on the eve of their journey. Watching over his sleeping son, the father reflects on the dangerous sea-crossing that lies before them. It is also a vivid portrait of their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of that city’s swift transformation from a home into a deadly war zone.

Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi’s, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with more than fifty-five million copies of his novels sold worldwide in more than seventy countries. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. 

My Thoughts 

I knew when I picked this book up that it was going to take a piece of my heart. I knew because I was only 17 when I read the Kite Runner, and six years later I’m still haunted by the characters that Khaled Hosseini created.

This book is essentially a prayer. It is the night before a father and son, will get on a boat, and sail across the sea in hopes of finding safety in Europe. The son, Marwan, is sleeping, and the father is looking over him remembering, and praying. It’s a short book that you can read in 5 minutes, but it’s so impactful and emotional. The artwork is gorgeous. like holy moly is it beautiful, it adds so much to the story!!

This tiny book might just haunt me as well. The characters in it might be made up, but their story? It’s one that many share and have lived through, and unfortunately, some didn’t. This small, tiny, heartbreaking book was inspired by Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to reach safety in Europe.

Go and buy this book, all author proceeds go to the Khaled Hosseini Foundation and the UN Refugee Agency!!

 

5 stars

sam

A Mercy by Toni Morrison


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Synopsis

In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. 
This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master’s house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives.
A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter – a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

My Thoughts 

This is a review I’ve been meaning to write since like last year. Every time I sit down to write it and think back to this amazing cast of characters my heart breaks and I end up crying. Which means I don’t end up writing a review. 
I picked up this book not because I was Genuinely interested in it, but because I was taken a Major Authors class and Toni Morrison was the author that was studied. That semester I went through many of Morrison’s works and when I tell you that she is an amazingly talented author who deserves all the awards, hype, and praise; truly, positively, mean it.
A common theme in most, if not all of Morrison, focuses on Motherhood. A Mercy is one of those books. A Mercy follows a cast of characters in the 1680s, a period in time in which slavery is in the beginning stages. This story follows, Jacob Vaark and his wife Rebekka, Lina a Native American, Sorrow who is a mentally unstable child (she’s like 11/12), and Florens an African who has never been enslaved.
Now obviously I can’t get too deep and specific and tell you my absolute exact feelings about this book because I’ll spoil it. And trust me, all my feelings about this book led to a 15 page, in-depth analysis about Florens, motherhood, & slavery. So forgive me if things are kind of vague.
The plot for A Mercy is non-linear so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the plot starts. This setup is one that not everybody would like but personally, I really enjoyed. To me, it added so much to the story to see who these characters were before they came to the farm, and also what made them come to the farm, but also we got to see what motivates their actions and their personalities. Things hop around, and though I enjoyed and felt it added to the overall story, I will admit that can get confusing.
This book though it focuses on each character, and their part in this changing world, A Mercy, is Florens’ story. Florens is a complicated, and frustrating character. There are times in the book where you just want to shake her and make her open her eyes, or just actually listen. On top of being complicated and frustrating, she is jealous and obsessive. She isn’t a character you can root for, you just have to listen as she tells her story, and she does.
Florens was abandoned by her mother, and the trauma from this abandonment is probably the reason for her character flaws. I say probably because I have a different take, but I can’t tell ya because…spoilers. Morrison wrote Florens in such a way that will lead to many different interpretations, actually it how she wrote all of the characters. The characters are fleshed out, and we learn so much about their life, but there are still something’s that are left for the reader to interpret for themselves.
My favorite character had to be Sorrow. When I tell that this child suffered, I mean it. How she was able to survive for so long was because of the women on that farm. I can’t say much more than, the Sorrow you first meet is not the one who’ll you see at the end. What Toni Morrison did with this character was just so freaking beautiful!
The writing is gorgeous, but admittedly it can get a little confusing. The characters are amazing, and well fleshed out. The plot is engaging, heartbreaking, and relatable. And as I said before, this is truly an exploration of motherhood, set in such a hopeless time period.
5 stars
sam

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur


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Synopsis: 

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

My Thoughts:

Okay, I decided to pick up this book even though I was supremely disappointed by her debut collection of poems, Milk & Honey. What really pushed me to go forward and read it though was because I was told that this collection is better, people who disliked her first collection has deemed to this one leaps and bounds better. I wanted to see if I agreed with this assessment, but also I’m a sucker for poetry. 

This collection similar to her last is divided Into sections: Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, Blooming. 

In the first section, Wilting was pretty good, but nothing that I could say was particularly beautiful or poignant, though all were very relatable. This section deals with the heartbreak after a breakup, jealously, and pining. There were a few, longer poems in this section, one I really enjoyed called, “What love looks like” highly recommend it, kept my attention, found it so relatable. The other longer poems did not keep my attention, they dragged on and were repetitive. Overall, this section was good, not great. 

The second section, Falling, focuses on depression, self image, loss, self love/hate. “Home” is a stand out in this section, this heartbreaking poem of loss and the long hard journey to reclaim what was taken. This poem in heartbreaking, and vulnerable and I applaud Kaur for having the strength to share this. This section as a whole is quite beautiful, I find myself connecting with this section so much because Kaur is so vulnerable. I connected with it much more, which made this section way more enjoyable than the first. Also, there wasn’t much repetition, which is great. 

Rooting, focuses immigration, finding yourself, her mother, and family. This section was poignant from the very first poem. Every single poem in this section was beautiful, every single one. 

Rising, focuses on love. I found this section to be the weakest in the book. Nothing spectacular, and I was bored. 

Blooming, the final section kind of mash up of everything that came before, but focusing more on self discovery. Finally coming into your own, blooming. This were I completely lost interest. 

Overall, Rupi Kaur just isn’t for me. While this collection was much much better, by the end of it I felt the same I did after reading Milk & Honey: disappointment. 

 

2 stars

sam

Batman/Flash: The Button


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Synopsis

The road to DOOMSDAY CLOCK begins here, with the invasion of the Watchmen into the DC Universe! BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON DELUXE EDITION is the prelude to this epic story. During the unforgettable events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman found a mystery he can even begin to solve a strange bloodstained smiley-face button embedded in the Batcave wall. All analysis suggests the button is not of this universe…so where did it come from? And who left it here? These are questions only the Flash can help answer. When the button is stolen by Reverse-Flash, Batman and Flash follow his trail to a parallel world, a twisted alternate timeline that should exist. Someone is sending the heroes on a bizarre trip through reality, showing them glimpses of fallen loved ones and forgotten friends but who? Wally West warned the Flash of an unseen force influencing our world distorting histories, pulling the strings, watching all—and the strange yellow button could be the key to finding it. Featuring the all-star creative team of writers Joshua Williamson and Tom King alongside top-tier artists Jason Fabok and Howard Porter, BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON collects BATMAN #21-22 and THE FLASH #21-22. The road to DOOMSDAY CLOCK begins here! NOTE: Lenticular motion cover will only be on first printing copies!

My Thoughts

Okay this volume takes place after Flash Vol. 3, and between Vol. 4. This book isn’t necessary reading to enjoy/understand what is going on in either Batman or Flash, as this sets up a different storyline/event. But if you’ve read Flashpoint you might enjoy this, seen we get to go back to that world. 

Before I jump into this review, I have to say I’m still shook over what Diana did to Mera, she was a straight savage and I loved it! 

In the first volume of Flash rebirth, Barry finds a smiley face button, that has some blood on it. To not spoil anything, Barry finds it after a really big but weird event, in which he realizes that things in his universe and memories have been tampered with. He then brings this button to Batman, because he wants to investigate it. In this volume, the button has been stolen by Reverse flash and it’s up to these two heroes to go after him and figure out who has been tampering with the universe and why. 

I don’t really have much to say other than, I’m disappointed. I expected to get some answers and all I got was more questions and a whole lot of Eobard Thawne. I was lowkey excited for this because I wanted to see what Importance this button held and what it could possibly mean for the universe. But it was just a 100 pages of disappointment. 

I mean It was cool to see the Flashpoint verse again and that Batmen reunion was sweet and all but, I just don’t see why all of this was necessary. 

This Doomsday 💩 better be worth it! But I already know it’s not going to be. 

Also, how dare Batman say he has a son. This man collects orphans like dragons horde gold. Batman has 4 SONS AND A DAUGHTER! And a WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER KIDS WHO JUST FOLLOW HIM AROUND. 

Honestly, I would recommend just skipping this. But I highly recommend the Flash, this run is doing some really interesting things and I’m excited to where it goes. 

2 stars

sam

 

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur


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Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

My Thoughts

I remember when this book came out, it seemed that everybody and their mother loved it. I mean I would see screencaps everywhere I turned, people were singing Rupi Kaur’s praises and honestly the excerpts backed it up. So of course, I had read this collection of poetry.

And let me tell you, it was extremely overhyped.

This collection is split Into four sections: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and the Healing. I guess it’s fitting my because It took me four months to finish it.

I’m going to be completely honest. “The hurting” was the strongest section of the whole entire book, and I would recommend this book just for that section alone. It was raw, honest, and heartbreaking. I mean this section had me hurting. It was a painful look into the author’s life and personal experiences and relationships. It was gorgeous and heartbreaking at the same time. Truly, if this book ended after this section I would give it a million stars. But it didn’t and everything after it, didn’t stand up to the raw beauty of this first section.

“The loving” was good but not as strong as the previous section, but still worth reading. There were only eight poems in that section that really stood out to me, everything else just didn’t hold up. But at the same time it’s a much stronger and interesting section than the last two, but pales when compared to “the hurting”.

Everything after “the loving” is repetitive and lousy in my opinion. It’s annoying to read the same thing over and over again. Like I get it, I have to love myself and shave my hair only if I want too, those thing really didn’t need to be said more than once.

In the end, Rupi Kaur’s debut collection did not live up to all hype and ended up being a very disappointing and laborious read for me. I hear her second collection is leaps and bounds better though, so maybe I’ll check it out sometime.

3 stars

sam

Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 3: League of Shadows


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Synopsis:

The sweeping new chapter in writer James Tynion IV’s acclaimed saga—featuring a league of talented artists including Marcio Takara (THE FLASH) and Christian Duce (BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL)—is here, in BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 3: LEAGUE OF SHADOWS.

Batwoman, an accomplished crime-fighter who’s overcome the darkest of betrayals. Clayface, a reformed villain whose potential is eclipsed only by his astonishing powers. New heroes like Azrael, an avenging angel, and Batwing, whose incredible armor makes him a true dark knight. Led by the Batman himself, this team of guardians stands ready to protect Gotham City.

But the secrets of the team’s most mysterious member, Cassandra Cain, are about to come to light. And that light will cast a shadow darker than anything they’ve ever seen before.

They thought the League of Shadows was just a rumor—a secret society of nihilistic killers often whispered about but never seen. But now the League is here, in Gotham. They’re destroying Batman’s team one by one. And their sinister leader, Lady Shiva, has come to reclaim her daughter—or destroy her.

Can even Batman’s arch-enemy Ra’s al Ghul and his League of Assassins stop the onslaught? Or have the Shadows come to stay?

Find out in BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 3: LEAGUE OF SHADOWS. 

Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #950-956.

My Thoughts:

This was the best one yet, I have no idea what is coming but I’m excited.

The fact that this volume focused on my favorite girl, Cassandra I was hooked from the first page. This volume had some of the most beautiful pages in terms of writing and artwork.

The team feels like an actual team now, they work with each other and interact with fondness, it’s amazing to see how they have evolved from the first volume.

The storyline was pretty amazing, the antagonists in this volume were perfect and did a great job at setting the stage for what is to come and I’m hyped!

Like can you guys tell I loved this volume??

Side Notes:

I really liked that Stephanie wasn’t in this volume

Tim Drake, yikes.

Clayface is such a sweetheart!

Ballet❤️

Psycho moms

All I want is for Cass to be happy and loved.

There is going to be magic! Which is great because I love just about every magic user in DC

Basil Karlo deserves love, rainbows, and sunshine. He deserves a chance, and infinite hugs and snuggles.

Kate Kane, is so bland. She’s like cardboard.

Bruce Wayne is a bad dad. But ya’ll should know that.

 

4 stars

sam

The Lily Dale Series by Wendy Corsi Staub


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Synopsis:

 Just days after her mother’s sudden death in a freak accident, Calla is sent to spend the rest of the summer with her grandmother in Lily Dale, a mysterious town of psychics where nothing is really as it seems.  But to unlock the secrets behind her mother’s death, Calla must first accept her newfound gift.

The longer Calla stays, the stranger things become and as her own senses begin to awaken, she wonders if her mother’s hidden past could explain her death. Calla must find out the truth, even if it means trusting the spirits she never knew she could see.

My Thoughts:

So, this is one of my all time favorite series! I read this series for the first time when I was 15, I actually remember buying the first book at a book fair. It was a series that I loved with my whole heart when I was younger and has managed to stay with all these years later, like I mean I thought about this series frequent;y, like all the damn time. Anyway, I recently re-read this series for the first time, and I didn’t think it was possible but I love it even more now.

The series follows 16-year-old Calla as she moves across the country after the tragic death of her mother. Calla is leaving everything she knows behind in California, to spend the summer with her grandmother in Lily Dale, New York. The crazy thing about this is that she hasn’t seen her grandmother since she was a small child and when she finally makes it there she realizes that Lily Dale is nothing like the neighborhood she left in California, because just about every single person in Lily Dale is a psychic. The more time that Calla spends in Lily Dale, the more her life changes. Some of those some changes are good, some bad, and some are life-altering.

If I’m being completely honest the first book, Awakening is the weakest book in the series. Calla is a grieving 16-year-old, some of the things she does/says can be pretty annoying, but for me easily forgivable because I understand where she is coming from. I really couldn’t imagine losing my mother in such a tragic way, and then have to leave absolutely everything behind, to stay with someone barely know. But at the same time, though at a time she could definitely be annoying, I loved seeing everything through her mind’s eye, and I was thoroughly entertained by her unwavering skepticism while being surrounded on all sides by psychics. Watching her growing relationship with her grandmother, Ophelia was amazing to me, I just loved seeing them connect especially after losing someone that was so important to them.

Now, when I first picked this series up I definitely was not expecting it to end the way it did. There was so much change, and unexpected twists and turns. The first book starts off as like a kind of watered down cozy mystery like you don’t even know that there is going to be a mystery until the last chapter of the first book. But, from then on the mystery is on full force and it takes you down so many different roads, it’s actually pretty crazy, but in a lowkey kind of way. The series as a whole is light, like not extremely heavy or sad, so when the author issues the first twist your like “whaaaaat” and it just gets crazier than that.

My favorite books in the series are the last two, Connecting and Discovering. Because they are my favorites I can’t tell you much, which sucks because I definitely want to. The last two are my favorites because they are strongest in the series. Calla in them has become stronger in every aspect and really finds her voice and purpose in this new world that she has been thrust into. The new relationships that she has built are so strong, and some, in particular, are just so beautiful. The the two chapters in the last book, make the series in my opinion. I cried so much, it was crazy. Everything wraps up so nicely, and there is a bittersweet end.

It’s just amazing guys, I honestly can’t recommend it enough!

5 stars

sam

Salt & Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed


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Sometimes, a book comes into your life and it changes your whole entire outlook and your life. For me that book was Salt. I read it for the first time in 2016, at a point In a time when I was struggling, with changing viewpoints, and me just changing as a whole.

I was struggling with the fact that I was not the same person I once was. I’ve since learned that change is a necessary part of life, and it shouldn’t be feared. But anyway, this book was everything I needed to hear, without even knowing I needed to hear it. This book is basically my heart laid bare. It’s hard for me to even explain it any more than that, I connected with this book in a way I’ve never before, and as a result, it changed my life. 

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Nejma:
Salt will always have a special place In my heart. As at the time I read it, it felt like every single poem was written just for me.

But Nejma doesn’t come close to Salt, unfortunately. This book had its moments, poems so beautiful and potent it blew my mind. But then those poems would be followed by poems that felt repetitive and where, and just didn’t make an impact at least not to me.

 

As a whole, I find that both books are beautiful, amazing collections of poetry that I would recommend to everyone. Waheed In her poems touches on a wide variety of issues, so I’m absolutely positive everybody will come across a poem that touches their heart.

Some of my favorites include:

put some honey and sea water by your bed. acknowledge. that your being needs sweetness and cleansing. that it is sore. that you are. soft.
— orishas

grieve. so that you can be free to feel something else.

be easy. take your time. you are coming home. to yourself.
— the becoming | wing

flower work is not easy. remaining soft in fire takes time.

she asked ‘you are in love what does love look like’ to which I replied ‘like everything I’ve ever lost come back to me.’

if I write what you may feel but cannot say. it does not make me a poet. it makes me a bridge. and I am humbled and I am grateful to assist your heart in speaking.
– grateful

Also, Nejma & Salt will be free to download through Kindle until July 28, 2018. I hope you guys decide to pick it up!

5 stars

sam