Can you believe there’s only one more month left in this year? On one hand I can’t wait to leave the shitshow of 2017 behind when it comes to news and the whole wide world, but for me personally 2017 has been so good so I can’t quite get my head around this year being nearly over. I’m super excited for Christmas and my holidays though!
November has been really awesome when it comes to books. All of my reads were really good and interesting, even though I haven’t rated any of them five stars (all of them were really close though, I feel a bit bad about it). I’m also past my record of books read in one year! (From last year, 58 books!)
I enjoyed reading this so much! The poems are all really good, I nearly gave it five stars but I realised I feel about it the same way as about Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers which I just read as well – so I really like it, but it’s not quite as novel or exciting for me personally to get five stars.
But The Princess Saves Herself in this One is beautiful from the badass title, over the really clean and nice layout to the adorable last few pages. It’s about emotional abuse, about terrible and amazing relationships, it’s about feminism and being strong, it’s about suicide and loss and growing, it’s about being your own hero and becoming happier.
(It also has a list of trigger warnings in the beginning, yay!)
The first half was really sad and hard to read but every poem was so beautiful and well-written, I certainly didn’t want to stop reading. I really enjoy this style of poetry and even when they are super short, they always touch me deeply.
The second half is more empowering and while still sad or hard in sometimes they made me kind of happy and pumped and badass myself (or something).
Such a good book.
I loved reading this! Milk & Honey got five stars from me and this book is nearly as good as Rupi Kaur’s debut.
Maybe I didn’t find it quite as good because the novelty of her writing and style wore off a bit? But that doesn’t mean I didn’t love The Sun and Her Flowers.
The poems are about abuse, femininity, family, origins, friends, growing, dealing with the past, falling in and out of love and much more. They are short (not all) and beautiful, poignant and interesting. They not only deal with Rupi Kaur’s life but also her family, especially the women.
The illustrations were as beautiful as those in Milk & Honey, if not even better. I’ve always loved the combination of text and art in books and it’s a great combination and also beautiful to look at.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Good afternoon, I think I’ve been scarred for life.
I’ve wanted to read this book for a while, especially since I heard more about it because of the TV show (which I totally need to watch at some point – I’ll either start next week or in 10 years) and now I did it and I’m not quite sure what to think about it??
The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely a great book about a dystopian future that is pretty damn horrifying. Women don’t really have any rights (apart from breeding) and no one is really allowed to have fun or enjoy themselves and of course everyone is watched by the Eyes.
Offred – the protagonist – is in the first generation of this new “era” and because of that, she remembers how life was before and she and everyone else is brainwashed into becoming these joyless, thoughtless members of some sort of cult, basically. Her life is so bleak and only there to give birth, nothing else.
So many parts of this book where incredibly terrible and repulsive (I’ll just say “Moira’s feet”, “the ceremony” and “salvaging”) and sometimes these events are described so clinically, which made everything even worse.
Offred isn’t exactly your typical hero and she doesn’t really *do* anything for most of the book which is also why it took me forever to truly get into it. I was interested from the beginning but the slow plot doesn’t exactly get me hooked. I wanted to know what happens to her and everyone else though and I didn’t really get any answers to that which annoys me a bit BUT I also see why that makes it even more fascinating and invites thinking about this story in more detail.
I’m wondering if all of the parallels to 1984 (which I haven’t read yet but will try to do soon) were intentional. I think both books make you think about some of the same things (the power of thoughts and words and brainwashing and an all-controlling and all-seeing state) but they also look at separate aspects of a possible dystopian future. In The Handmaid’s Tale it’s more about reproductive rights and how people might feel when their whole life changes so completely and how they try to live in these roles that they have become assigned to.
This is definitely a great story and it can be really important to think about these topics, I just wish the writing was a bit more to my taste.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was so lovely to read! I really Savannah’s videos of reciting her poetry and I’ve wanted to get my hands on more of her poems for a while!
Graffiti (and other poems) is about growing up and learning and experiencing so many new things and being overwhelmed, being in love, being okay. It’s beautifully illustrated (seriously, I couldn’t help but “aww” a few times when turning the page) and the cover is incredibly pretty, I’m quite in love with it.
The poems are short(-ish) and written in what seems to become my favourite type of poetry. I enjoyed reading them a lot, they are interesting and calming and so nicely written.
I hope Savannah will continue writing more because I think she’s really good at it.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve known a bit about Malala for years but I never really knew her story and what she went through and why. This book was so insightful not only about those two points but I also learned so much about cultures I didn’t really know anything about.
Malala describes her life as a Muslim, a Pakistani and a Pashtu in such great detail, but this book doesn’t just contain her story, it also includes the story of Pakistan and the Swat valley Malala grew up in. This is a part of the world you only hear bad things about on the news and being a year younger than Malala, I basically just know about the Taliban but not how it was before or what changed for the people in Pakistan when they arrived.
She recounts her life from being born to going to school to being shot, but she adds the stories of her country, her parents, her school and the groups that made her life so difficult and that was so interesting to me and I feel like I learned so much.
I have a huge respect for everything Malala did and survived, especially now that I know how difficult it is for girls in Pakistan and I realise how disheartening that must be.
Even though Malala did exceptional things and won countless prizes, she is still a normal young girl and she lived through many of the same experiences other children and teenagers have. I really liked reading about those normal moments too, Malala isn’t just an activist, she’s always saying that she’s just as normal as everyone else. She’s honestly so humble, I’m so inspired by her.
Even though the book got really dragging sometimes and I got confused with all the names and complex history I loved reading about her life and everything beyond.
I admire people who stand up for their rights so much and I’m so happy I could learn from her.
By the way, if you have any good poetry books similar to those above to recommend, please do! I’m really into poetry right now and I’m trying to find more of my favourite style.
See you soon ❤