Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Poems and Poets


So I constantly watch YouTube videos of slam poetry but lately I have also been reading a lot of poetry as well.Here is a short and sweet list of a few books I have read or books I want to read.  I am going to included videos of my favorite poems by said authors from this list.Enjoy the list and comment with any poetry recommendations you might have.




Title: Our Numbered Days
Author: Neil Hilborn

"When you're dumb enough for long enough, you're gonna meet someone too smart to love you, and they're gonna love you anyway, and it's gonna go so poorly," Neil Hilborn writes in his debut full-length collection, OUR NUMBERED DAYS. In 2013, Hilborn's poem "OCD" went viral, and has amassed over 11 million views to date. While this collection ruminates on love, heartbreak, and mental illness, these poems are anything but saccharine. Hilborn uses the same humor and self-deprecation that propelled "OCD" to success in order to make his unmatched vulnerability all the more powerful. Ultimately, Hilborn is a poet of the people: his work is accessible, honest, and entertaining―a revitalizing entry in contemporary poetry.

Neil's poems always leave me feeling in awe of his way with words.




Title:No Matter The Wreckage
Author: Sarah Kay
Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects ("The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.
This poem is great! It hits you in all the feels.

Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
#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.







Title:Satan Says
Author:Sharon Olds

Poems examine life as a child, a woman, and a mother; death; and our relationship to the world. This book, Olds's first, was published when she was 37, and it launched her Pulitzer-winning career.

I am trying to write my
way out of the closed box
redolent of cedar. Satan
comes to me in the locked box
and says, I'll get you out. Say
My father is a shit. I say
my father is a shit and Satan
laughs and says, It's opening.

Waiting On Wednesday (70): Depression & Other Magic Tricks

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from  Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Title: Depression & Other Magic Tricks 
Author:Sabrina Benaim 
Release Date:August 8, 2017
Publisher:Button Poetry

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. 

It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.





I just found out about this and I literally can't even.
It will be a good day when I get my hands on Depression & Other Magic Trick.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)
Check out Sabrina Benaim perform one of her poems. 


I first found out about Sabrina Benaim thanks to Button Poetry. After watching her perform "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" Words can't describe how much I needed to see/hear that poem at the time. Sabrina does wonderful things with words and I'm here for it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(69):Lord of Shadows

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from  Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..


Title:Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 23rd 2017
Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry Books

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.


So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)
Cassandra Clare is milking that Shadowhunter cash cow for sure...but honestly each series and short story are greats reads so I don't see why people complain.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Review:Ash and Bramble


Title: Ash & Bramble
Author: Sarah Phineas
Published September 15th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

A prince.

A ball.

A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.

The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.

But it is not the true Story.

A dark fortress.

A past forgotten.

A life of servitude.

No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.

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If you know me then you now that i'm a sucker for Fairy-tale retelling's. I picked up this book on a whim and i'm definitely glad I did.The concept of this fairy tale retelling is definitely interesting and a bit eerie . The main characters live in a world where the Godmother is evil and kidnaps people, 

Pin wakes up one day with no memory of her past life, she is told that she is a seamstress and that all she is now is a seamstress.In the beginning I kinda liked Pin she was brash and just wanted to find out about her before. Then insert name change ( Pen) and lost memories..after all that my investment in Pin/Pen kinda wavered.She was still intriguing but at times I was over her in general.The secondary characters really did it for me.I would love to know more about the story-breakers in the Ash & Bramble world!!! Shoe was a great love interest and he was probably my favorite character. I'd really like to know why he did what he did at the end.

The cover is gorgeous and  I  think it fits the story pretty well.The story was slow and  confusing at times. I feel like Ash & Bramble could have been great but there are so many plot holes it's not even funny.I mentioned that i'm a sucker for Fairy-tale retelling's right?? That means I wanted to love this book I really did but when I finished Ash & Bramble I felt a bit meh about the story.With all that being said I may still check out the sequel. 2/5


Friday, May 5, 2017

Review:You're Welcome,Universe

Title: You're Welcome,Universe
Author:Whitney Gardner
Publisher: Knopf

 A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

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Deaf culture. Graffiti artists. Words and artwork combining to tell the story. Sounds like this books has it all right...Well it does and it doesn't. I wanted to like this book I really did, but honestly it wasn't for me.Which is a shame because not to long ago this book was featured on a W.O.W  post of mine.

The characters were okay characters, the type that you'll forget within a month or two.It took a lot for me to like Julia she wasn't very likable... like at all.The story had a lot going for it but I felt like the characters were flat. One of the few things that I do really enjoy about this book is the emphasis on friendship. The main thing about Julia's story besides art/graffiti is the message that good friends ship ACTUAL good friendship is a wonderful thing. I like how this book doesn't have romance, just a great relationship dynamic between Julia and her new friend, Yoga Pants.

I stand by what I said in my W.O.W about the cover of You're Welcome,Universe,it is absolutly gorgeous love all the vibrant colors and the fact that there is a POC on the cover sadly that's not something you see all that often.You're Welcome,Universe wasn't really my cup of tea even though I had high hopes for the book.Despite the fact that I wasn't all for You're Welcome,Universe  I do think it has it's merits. 2/5



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (68)Saints and Misfits

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from  Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Title: Saints and Misfits
Author: S.K.Ali
Release Date:  June 13th 2017 by
Publisher:  Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.


While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tight knit Muslim community think of her then?



So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday(35)Top Ten Summer Feel Covers

Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today Top Ten Tuesday is a Cover Theme Freebie!! So that mean you get to choose well after a bit of thought I decided on...

Top Ten Summer Feel Covers
















The Firelight Girls By Kaya Mclaren

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

What We Lost By Sara Zarr

The Secret Ingredient By Stewart Lewis















The Night We Said Yes By Lauren Gibaldi

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me By Meredith Zeitlin

While It Lasts Abbie Glines

 Even In Paradise

The Disenchantments










So there you go,that's our  list of Top Ten Summer Feel Covers
Comment and post a link of yours.:)

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