May Book Wrap Up

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Is it really that time already? I can’t believe how fast May went! This month was my first without school, so I went a little crazy with all the free time (read: binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy and the Harry Potter movies).

I got some good writing in with that time too. I’m writing chapter three of Candy Wrappers (progress has been a bit slow, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along), and I’m writing a story-blog with a friend called Typing Templar (it’s pretty cool, if I may say so myself. You should totally go check it out!).

I also started a podcast called Book Talk, where I share a bit about books I’m reading, new blogs and authors to check out, and some other cool stuff. I have an author interview in the making for the podcast, so I’m pretty excited about that.  And if you leave a review I will be forever grateful (no pressure or anything).

Somehow between all that jazz, I managed to read ten books! I really do amaze myself sometimes. So, without further ado, here are May’s books!

P.S. The titles are links to the original posts.

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Martini Henry

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I loved this book so much. It was fresh and thoughtful and original and an amazing read!

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Pale Highway

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was an okay book, but it lost me as soon as it started with the talking slugs. Other than that is was very well researched and an interesting read.

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Sick

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was a pretty good book, and I definitely did not see the twist in the end coming. Sick was a little disturbed, but still a very entertaining read.

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Sicker

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I liked part two of the Sick series much more than the first. It was pretty dark and twisty, but I couldn’t put it down.

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In The Highlands

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Thoughts: There were people in my fifth grade class that wrote better poetry than this. I was very disappointed.

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The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This was a truly beautiful book. It used poetry as a tool to reinforce the passages in the book. I think every feminist (and non-feminist) should read this.

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The Travelers

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This book was layer after layer of deception, secrets, and lies. The further I got the more it sucked me in.

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Wow. Just wow. Never before has a book so perfectly captured the chain reaction of a teenagers life.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: The book was deep and thoughtful, and the writing was absolutely beautiful. I do, however, feel that the hype surrounding the book is a little much, and I was expecting more than I got.

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Shatter Me

Rating: ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I haven’t actually posted the review for Shatter Me yet (the link is to my review on Goodreads), but I was very disappointed with this book. The writing style annoyed me, and there was way to much romance and desperation.

And there you have my reads in the month of May! What books have you read this month?

 

 

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Book Review- The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

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The Ascent of Feminist Poetry by Charles Bane, Jr.
Published by Transcendent Zero Press on November 1, 2015
Genres: Feminist, Poetry, Women Writers, Feminist Theory
Pages: 32
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Charles Bane, Jr. once again takes a route to poetic interpretation that honors the role of small presses in moving poetry toward its most obscure destinies. In this discussion of feminist poetry and its outlier status, Bane explores the rising trend of female poets and what this means to the future of poetry.

Small presses are important because they assume risks the larger publishers want to avoid. They set market trends, and are market rogues. Honest small presses that love the craft want to push boundaries, lift curses, and broaden the creative dialogue. The small press is often overlooked in the long run, and Mr. Bane makes special note of the contributions these presses add to the art of poetry.

This is not so much playing the devil’s advocate as giving an emerging poetry a solid analysis and voice. Expect an trenchant look into the next big thing in poetry.

The Ascent of Feminist Poetry was very insightful. It speaks about problems in our society and the decline of true culture, among other pressing matters. There is insightful text sprinkled with poems from various female authors, covering a wide range of poetry styles.

The poems are used as a way to reinforce the text surrounding them, giving me chills. It was pieced together expertly, and gave a deep insight into matters I didn’t even know existed, yet affect people on a daily basis.

The book was very short, which made it a quick read. Even so, it has my mind spinning with the context, and I doubt I’ll be able to stop thinking about it for a while.

As much as I enjoyed it, the book was a bit tricky to understand, and I had to stop and go back over some passages a couple times to make sure I was understanding the meaning completely.

I am going to give The Ascent of Feminist Poetry four out of five hearts.

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*This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way affected my views or opinion of the book.

 

Book Review- In The Highlands

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In The Highlands by Aaron McMillan
Published by For The Right Reasons on February 3, 2016
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 96
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Debut book of poetry, based on travelling around the Scottish Highlands. Includes beautifully written poems presented alongside picturesque photographs which have also been taken in stunning locations within the Highlands.

I love poetry, especially when it’s accompanied by other mediums. So I was really excited when I was offered the chance to read In The Highlands. The idea behind the book sounded wonderful and beautiful and magical.

But my gosh was it a disappointment.

The poems did nothing for me. I felt no emotion, no fascination, nothing. They reminded me a little of the poems I tried to write back in first grade; bad rhyming, bad form, and bad content. It felt like there was no work put into it… like someone took a five minute hike, snapped some pictures, and thought they would be the next Langston Hughes.

The pictures didn’t do anything for me either. They felt very amateur, like a fifth grader on a school trip. They were a bit like a slap in the face; just kind of on the page to reinforce my suspicion that there was absolutely no work put into what could have been an amazing poetry book.

About three quarters though the book I gave up. I’m going to give In The Highlands one star.

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way influenced my opinions or views of the book.