Em(body)ment of Wonder by Tanya Sangpun Thamkruphat:
Each one of us is on a path to somewhere. But where exactly? Life is full of forks in the road, and we were not given a map or an instruction manual when we stole our first breaths of air from the atmosphere. But the heart is salient—a compass pointing not north, but onward. Em(body)ment of Wonder retraces the path Tanya Sangpun Thamkruphat has traveled. This is what she learned along the way.
Rating: 4/5 stars~ A lovely short read, very positive messages, would recommend.
Honeybee by Trista Mateer:
Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but not knowing where to put it down. Honeybee is putting it down. It’s small town girls and plane tickets, a taste of tenderness and honey, the bandage on the bee sting. It’s a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you.
Rating: 5/5 stars~ An amazing, great, beautiful read, loved the style and language, would highly recommend!
I, girl x by Annalise Grey:
Carleigh is a 14 year-old girl trying to carve her own place in this world. Her younger brother’s mental illness is slowly invading every aspect of her life. Her family is troubled. Friendships are unbearable. And just when calm begins to seem possible, one night will change Carleigh, and her family, forever.
Rating: 3/5 stars~ Was a good read, liked the storyline, just felt lacking at points.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath:
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
Rating: 5/5 stars~ Loving the language and the imagery, can’t wait to continue reading!
i am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick:
Like finding a four leaf clover, breaking a fortune cookie, wishing on a shooting star, or blowing a dandelion, this collection is written from a place of hope. Life presents a multitude of moments we hope work in our favor. One moment has us building a fortress of daydreams and anticipation, and the next it may come crumbling down. Yet, no matter how many times our hopes fall, we seem to be able to rebuild them again and again. i am tired of being a dandelion explores the spectrum of hope in romance and self love, along with the hope to grow to become the best version of oneself.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars~ Some lines are repetitive, doesn’t really have a “voice” and not really my favorite so far.
we hope this reaches you in time by r.h sin and Samantha King Holmes:
Ideas, poetry and prose from Best Selling Authors Samantha King Holmes & r.h. Sin.
Rating: a generous 2/5 stars~ Bound to be lower, no “voice” just reused quotes, there’s no feeling. Section One, Samantha’s part, is so far the better half.