2018 has been a great year for reading. I have enjoyed a lot of books but of them there have been a few that have really stood out. The majority of the books selected are ones that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, my mind has been drawn back to the stories or characters of the books.
Check out the below ‘quick picks’ of some of my favourite books from 2018.
The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
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While I didn’t rate the book five stars, I did enjoy it a lot. Throughout the year I have kept returning to it and thinking about the storytelling. The Darkest Part of the Forest has renewed my interest in not only Holly Black but stories that feature Fae.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
- The Story: The idea of the boy in the coffin that has been there for years and the town that is on the borders of the supernatural was just great. I keep thinking about how effortlessly I was pulled into this story.
- The characters: I really enjoyed the characters and the siblings in this book. The way in which the story ends with the protector, the lover, and the prince, was so great. Also loving the QUILTBAG representation.
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by Eileen Myles.
Author page: link.
Review Tagline: Poetry that packs an emotional punch.
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Blurb: The first all-new collection of poems since 2011’s Snowflake/different streets—and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice—here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts—like nobody else—the way we speak (inside and out) today. Evolution, with its channeling of Quakers, Fresca, and cell phones, radiates vital insight, purpose, and risk, like in these opening lines of the title poem:
so I buy
a Diet Coke &
a version of “me”
about me on the
earth & its sneakers
& feeling like
the earth’s furniture
but that can’t be
true or like
the coke & the Times
it’s true for a little
Release Date: 21st of September, 2018.
Length: 176 pages.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: In Evolution we see a lot of the poet, Eileen Myles, in her work. I really enjoyed everything Evolution had to offer, the poetry is both emotional and refreshing – Myles shows us all that poetry can be.
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Since we’ve made to the last week of the (Inter)National Poetry Month, I thought I would give you a quick run down on all my favourites things about poetry. So enjoy.
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So painful and real – so beautiful.
About: the sun and her flowers is the second poetry book by Rupi Kaur and it is just as good as her first. Similar to Milk and Honey, this book is contains some painful and emotional moments from Kaur’s life.
The book is broken up into five sections:
wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. The book seems to follow the journey of a flower, and tends to have a focus on love, emotional well being, and healing, all the while intersecting the work with pain.
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Love & Misadventures
by Lang Leav
Six Word Summary: Hurt, love, hope – read and enjoy.
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the princess saves herself in this one
by Amanda Lovelace.
Six Word Summary: Quick, emotional read with empowering thoughts.
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Love Her Wild
Six Word Summary: Such love – Such passion. Read it!
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The last poem is one that has gotten me through some tough times – Emily Dickinson’s Hope. Hope is a classic and is a metaphorical comment on the nature of hope. If you have never heard of Emily Dickinson, then you need to click the above link, hell even this link, and read as many poems as you can.
Dickinson has her own style and tackles some very weighty issues. I am in love with her, once again, morbid style. There is a focus on death, the self, and love in her work and coupled with her witty observations she creates truly inspired poems. I ‘hope’ 😉 you enjoy the below poem, Hope.
Continue reading “Five Poems That Changed My Life: Day 5”
I’m not going to lie to you – the below poem is a place holder. Albert Goldbarth is still the poet but the poem that truly changed my life was waaaay too long to put in this post. The actual title of Goldbarth’s poem that had an intellectual and life changing effect on me was: The Library.
Which can be found: here.
Do yourself a favour and click the link. The poem is on the long side, but it is quite an easy and entertaining read. The poem is just a long list where each line starts off with ‘This book’ and then goes on to detail all sorts of books. So once again, click the link 🙂
For those of you who are interested, The Library has previously been featured on my blog. In my post ‘Top Five Fictional Libraries,’ I have Goldbarth’s poem listed as number two on my top five list. If you’re interested in seeing what else makes my list, head on over and give it a read 😀
The Library poem is a list poem and list poems are my jam, yo. My undergraduate degree was a mixture of Writing/Ancient History/Cultural Studies and my main writing focus ended up being poetry because it is awesome. After I first read The Library, I knew I had found my favourite style. Over the years I’ve written many list poems and I can say that they are incredibly fun to write and would encourage anyone who is interested to give them a go!
The below poem, while not the life changing The Library poem, is still one of Goldbarth’s that struck a chord within me. I really love the below poem and think its incredibly sweet, so I hope you enjoy, The Sciences Sing a Lullabye. Continue reading “Five Poems That Changed My Life: Day 4”
Day three – Hump day!
Carrying on with yesterdays theme of death, a third poem that I can’t stop thinking about is Billy Collin’s No Time.
The first time I read a Billy Collins poem, I knew I had to have more. I finished reading all the online poems available and then started ordering his books, one by one. I now have a (I think) pretty kickass collection of his poetry books and I lend them out to my friends every chance I get – have to share the love some how. Continue reading “Five Poems That Changed My Life: Day 3”