Poetry Review: She Must Be Mad

Poetry Review: She Must Be Mad

Hey guys. In this week’s blog I’ll be reviewing Charly Cox’s poetry debut, She Must Be Mad.

She Must Be Mad is a book about revisiting young love and painful times. There are three sections within the book; She Must Be In Love, She Must Be Mad, She Must Be Fat and She Must Be An Adult.

I have to say, I didn’t relate to a lot of the things Cox describes in the book because I’ve never had drunken night out or anything like that.

The mental health part of the book resonated with me and also some of the weight issues. I still struggle with how I look, I always will, but we learn to accept ourselves as we are.

Cox also describes what being an adult is all about and how it’s not what we expect it to be. She has a lovely writing style and makes the reader welcome in her world. She’s not afraid to tell her story in detail and that’s what I love about people.

Cox tries to make you feel less alone in a world that tells you want to be and how to act. She comforts you with her words of wisdom about when she went through her youth. The part at the end about being an adult actually made me want to cry because this year I turn 20 and I’m petrified. I don’t want to face being an adult and I don’t want to let go of my teens. But knowing others feel the same way I do is reassuring.

If you want a heartfelt read about youth, lust, love and mental illness, then this is the book for you. Until next time, love, Vee x

Anxiety: A Poem

Anxiety: A Poem

Hey guys! This week I’m going to be sharing a poem about what anxiety feels like for me. I hope this can help make others feel a little less alone and maybe create a tiny bit more awareness for mental health in general.

Anxiety is more than just being shy around strangers and having panic attacks in shopping malls;
It’s looking up what you want online before you go to a restaurant
It’s having meltdowns in the middle of the night
It’s struggling to stand when you need to keep going
It’s feeling so alone even when you’re surrounded by people.

Late night panic attacks and crying fits are just the tip of the iceburg
You know nothing until you look into my dark, twisted mind.
The lies I tell myself creep in through the window
Consuming every waking moment.
Am I a failure?
Am I going to survive this episode?
You may think I’m a social butterfly
But wait until you see what’s really inside
There are thousands of butterflies screaming to be let out
There are times when the pain is too much to bare.
But you know what they don’t tell you about anxiety?
“You’ll survive.”

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and whether you have experienced similar feelings. This poem is quite raw and unpolished so I’d appreciate the feedback ❤ Until next time, love, Vee.

Arc Book Review: Becoming Mrs Lewis

Arc Book Review: Becoming Mrs Lewis

I was gifted the Becoming Mrs Lewis Arc from Harper Inspire to review. I was both excited and nervous because I’ve not read much historical romance! However, as you will see below I thoroughly enjoyed the story…

About

Becoming Mrs Lewis is written by Patti Callahan and is the story of brave Joy Davidman who fled from her abusive husband in New York to travel across seas to London, UK with her two sons. Joy strikes up a friendship through letters with C.S. Lewis talking about their beliefs in God and soon the pair become closer than ever.

Review

I finished this enchanting love story about Joy and Jack’s (C.S. Lewis) friendship turned love a few weeks ago. I was feeling all the emotions!

First of all, I want to point out how eloquent the writing style was because I honestly believed Joy Davidman was speaking to me through the pages. Also, even though I am an atheist, I still believe in something. Religion consumes Joy’s whole life and she makes it her mission to find out her purpose in it. I can relate to Joy thinking she is destined for more because I feel as if I have this epiphany every day, sometimes a couple of times a day!

Secondly, the blossoming love between Joy and Jack makes you impatient; you want him to just kiss her already! Alas we have to wait a while. But let me tell you the kissing scene is worth the wait.

Since I started the book I’ve been fascinated by Joy and I read all about her and Lewis’ love. She is inspiring and her story is brave and courageous. Callahan’s book is a beautiful tribute to an even more beautiful woman who deserves more recognition.

The character development was wonderful to see unfold and I found I couldn’t put the book down half of the time. I’m not a huge lover of historical books but this love story managed to captivate me. You will laugh and cry along with Joy and Jack in their journey throughout the book but the main thing to take away from this book is to love. Love with all you have and don’t regret a single moment of it.

This book is a journey of self discovery in itself. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this masterpiece when it comes out next week. Until next time, love, Vee x

10 Female Characters I Aspire To Be

10 Female Characters I Aspire To Be

Hey guys, in this week’s blog post I’m going to be talking about my top 10 characters who I aspire to be.

1. Tess Baker from Silence is Goldfish

When I read Silence is Goldfish, the first thing I noticed was how confident Tess was. She was comfortable in her body how it is. She didn’t care how anyone looked at her or what they said. All she cared about was her friends and family. Tess is one of the 10 female characters I aspire to be because of her fearless attitude towards life and not being afraid of who she is.

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2. Tracy Beaker

I adore Tracy. She’s one of the female characters I aspire to be because of her can do attitude and the fact she still acts like a child. I recently read My Mum Tracy Beaker and it was adorable. Tracy deals with so many issues in her life and makes up porkies. But she gets away with it because of her confident bravado. She is such a character, I would love to be her real life friend (although I think I’m a bit too timid.)

3. Kaitlyn from Floored

Floored is a YA novel I adore written by tons of authors, including Non Pratt and Lisa Williamson. Kaitlyn is going blind in the book and she struggles knowing she’ll have to rely on people one day. But she is a strong minded person who takes no shit and is the wisest one in the group.

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4. Sam from Sasquatch, Love and Other Imaginary Things

Another YA novel with a big twist. This family go on a TV show to look for Bigfoot. Sam, the middle child in the Berger family is bold and courageous. She pretends not to notice her parents are struggling with money so she goes along with the plan to win a TV show. She tries everything she can to beat the other team for her family and she values her family and their support. I aspire to be as caring and supportive as Sam is.

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5. Stevie from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Stevie is a quiet girl who lives with her depressed mother in Lewes in the UK. She makes them dinner, cleans and goes everywhere because her mother can’t get to the shops. She’s tired but she takes on another job to support them. She even makes a friend who’s a refugee and helps him paint his community centre as it was vandalized. Stevie would do anything for her friends and family and that’s why she’s one of the 10 female characters I aspire to be.

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6. Penny Lee from Emergency Contact

Penny Lee starts college and meets a cute guy but she’s so shy and introverted. However, Penny has her own style and won’t let anyone come in the way of that. She knows what she wants and goes for it. She keeps herself to herself which is what I do. But Penny grows in the book and blossoms. I hope to always keep my authentic self, even if other pressure me to change.

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7. Rhiannon from Every Day

Rhiannon from David Levithan’s Every Day starts off a quiet character, not wanting to upset her boyfriend Justin and keeps out of everybody’s way. However, as the story goes on and she meets A, she slowly discovers who she is and fights for what she wants. She breaks up with her boyfriend and goes on the hunt to find A. I hope to be as driven as Rhiannon is.

8. Isabel from Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy

Isabel is your typical high school bitch who is hard on the outside but soft on the inside. She has problems opening up but it doesn’t mean her heart isn’t full of love. Throughout the books her character develops more and she starts to let people in. She still acts like a bad bitch and I hope I can be soft on the inside while having a thick skin like her.

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9. Grace from Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy

Grace wants to be with Sam and she will make that happen no matter what. Grace does what she can to be with him and take care of him. She hates disappointing her family but I found myself cheering her on when she left them behind. Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do. I hope I can be as loving and take care of my own needs as Grace does.

10. Lucy from The Light We Lost

Lucy is in love with Gabe but she is also in love with her career. He goes off to do photographer in Europe while she stays behind in the US to pursue her dreams. Even though they love each other deeply, they both have things they want to do. I admire Lucy for sticking to her job and doing what she loves and not running off to be with Gabe when he asked. Love is about give and take, not just take take take.

So there you have it, my 10 female characters I aspire to be. I hope you enjoyed reading and I’ll see you next time. Love, Vee x

Poetry Review: Sunshine

Poetry Review: Sunshine

Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be reviewing Melissa Lee-Houghton’s poetry collection, Sunshine, which was shortlisted for the Costa book awards.

Blurb

Sunshine is the new collection from Next Generation Poet Melissa Lee-Houghton. A writer of startling confession, her poems inhabit the lonely hotel rooms, psych wards and deserted lanes of austerity Britain.

Sunshine combines acute social observation with a dark, surreal humour born of first-hand experience. Abuse, addiction and mental health are all subject to Lee-Houghton’s poetic eye. But these are also poems of extravagance, hope and desire, that stake new ground for the romantic lyric in an age of social media and internet porn. In this new book of poems, Melissa Lee-Houghton shines a light on human ecstasy and sadness with blinding precision.

Review

Although Melissa’s style isn’t one of my favourites, I think her portrayal of mental health is accurate and she describes some of our deepest, darkest thoughts as humans. She has a unique writing style and talks about sexual desire, sadness and ecstasy. There is lots of talk about sexual sensations; I think this borders on sexual obsession throughout the book.

Some poems I could feel her strength and in a lot of others I could feel her raw emotion, her sadness, her bitterness. She struggles through life, trying to find the meaning of it. It is heartbreaking and comforting all at once, knowing that others feel the same way that you do; that we aren’t weird or crazy. She talks of addiction and abuse and her time spent in psych wards, trying to make sense of the world we live in.

If you enjoy no filter language, mental health topics and intimate encounters, then this is the collection for you. Full of raw emotion, Melissa has left her heart open, like any good poet does, for the world to see.

I hope you enjoyed this review and I’ll see you next time! Love, Vee x

Poetry Review: In Full Velvet

Poetry Review: In Full Velvet

Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’ll be reviewing Jenny Johnson’s poetry collection In Full Velvet. I hope you enjoy!

 

Blurb

Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body’s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination. Characterized by formal poise, vulnerability, and compassion, Johnson’s debut collection is one of resounding generosity and grace.

 

Review

I bought In Full Velvet as an impulse buy and I had never heard of it before. I read a lot of Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur’s work which is much different from Johnson’s writing.

I thought that Johnson’s descriptions of nature were refreshing and I enjoyed reading about the metaphors and the LGBT poems, especially the ones regarding gender identity. Johnson has a unique way of words that grips the reader into her writing, even if you can’t relate. Some of the poems I couldn’t understand but the overall meaning of them is recognizable.

Some of my favourite poems from this collection include Little Apophat and Vigil. If you like poems about nature, LGBT, gender identity and desire, then you’ll love In Full Velvet.

Have you read In Full Velvet? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Until next time, love, Vee x

Poetry Review: Those Were The Days

Poetry Review: Those Were The Days

In this week’s blog post I’ll be reviewing Ryan Harbold’s debut poetry collection, Those Were The Days.

About

“Those Were The Days” is a poetry collection that is, the entire life I’ve lived and all the crazy from it.It’s all about your youth and all the nights that turned to days. Being drunk and stupid, falling in love and knowing absolutely nothing but thinking you do. It’s nostalgic and all about what life was like when you’re growing up. The confusion. All the teen angst emotions. The best friends that are now strangers and of course all the good memories you forgot about. It’s about time you lived in your car. It’s the girl who left you speechless with butterflies that you don’t know anymore. It’s all the drugs and stress you drowned your head in. It’s just everything you felt under the stars back then.

Review

I enjoyed reading Ryan’s poetry; it’s all about being a teen and how he got by at the worst points in his life.

His writing is smooth and he says exactly what he thinks and I love modern poetry like that.

I think it’s important to know that everyone goes through bad and good in their life, even at 19. Ryan writes about the friends who got him through and the girl he loved. He writes so honestly that I admire his work and the fact he’s able to spill his heart out. We need more poetry collections like this one.

If you’re looking for poetry about love, loss, teen angst, growing up and friendship, then I definitely recommend reading Those Were The Days.

You can follow Ryan on social media and his username is @wordsryan.

You can find his book here.

Until next time, love, Vee x

Poetry Review: Cavity

Hey guys! A while ago I interviewed Caitlin Conlon, a poet, who kindly sent me her chapbook of Cavity. Today, I’ll be talking to you about it and why I enjoyed reading it.

 

Review

Cavity is about heartbreak and the heart wrenching hurt that comes with it. Conlon describes lost love in the most sad yet beautiful way and her choice of words had me rooting for her to get through this break up. Some poems are about how she misses him, others about how much hurt he caused her.

The poems aren’t necessarily about how to get over a break up, but more about the fact that you aren’t the only one feeling these feelings. Everyone goes through different emotions and stages in a break up but Conlon describes her emotions in such vivid detail that we feel like we are going through the break up with her. Conlon is truly a fantastic poet and I can’t wait to read more of her work. Her use of metaphors was also exceptional and I can’t recommend her collection enough. If you’re a fan of Amanda Lovelace, you need to read Cavity.

I really enjoyed reading this collection and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you are going through a break up and need words of wisdom, or a shoulder to cry on, then this chapbook will be your saviour.

You can buy Cavity here: www.cgcpoems.shop

Until next time, love Vee x

Book Review: Floored

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! So this week is a book review about Floored, a novel about when seven lives collide and what happens in the aftermath. Enjoy!

Blurb

Floored is written by seven authors; Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

When they got in the lift, they were strangers. Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means; Dawson, who used to be on TV, used to be handsome, and is sincerely hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it; and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but wants to be here the most.

And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.

Review

I bought Floored solely because Lisa Williamson had co-written it but I ended up loving all the characters and the craziness of the story. I even ended up liking Hugo, the most pompous prick there was. It was such a thrill reading this book; some nights I couldn’t put it down and it really has helped me with my reading slump.

I spent the first few chapters trying to guess who’s writing was who’s but after a while it all melted together and I ended up thinking it was written by one person, one voice.

I think having Steven Jeffords die in the lift and the fact his death brings them together every year to celebrate life, was an excellent idea. Every single one of them has problems in their lives and although they only see one another once a year, it means more to them than any friend they’ve ever had. These unlikely bunch mean so much to each other, they will run all around the country to see one another. That’s true friendship. No matter how often you see your best friends, they will still always be there for you in your time of need.

My personal favourite was Velvet because in the end, she finally finds her place in the world, her voice to speak up for herself. Like all of them, they find their purpose in life and having friends help you along the way is the best bit of the journey.

This book was so well written and gripping; I truly hope all the writers collab again in the future. I can’t believe seven people managed to pull this off; I hardly ever read collabs because of my bad experience with them in the past, but this book has changed my mind. I cannot wait to read all the authors’ other books.

This is a must read for anyone who needs a friend, a laugh or even a virtual hug from a book. Go and buy this book, now!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and let me know if you’ve read Floored or any of the authors’ work in the comments. Until next time, love, Vee x

Poetry Review: An Unapologetic Expression

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Review

The book is split into six chapters and all the poems are very inspiring and mindful. The author’s goal is to inspire others to follow their dreams, no matter what their background is. The chapters include poems about identity, love, death and everything in between. There are even ones about parents and how you don’t have to be like them, you can follow your own path, your own destiny.

The book is very short so it’s a quick but powerful read. I really enjoyed the poems about following your dreams because I’ve been re-evaluating my life decisions and what I should do. The poems make me want to do something, be someone. And that’s what all great poetry should do. No matter how long a book is or how short the poems are, if the author is passionate about what they write, then the words have the ability to empower the reader.

I recommend this collection to anyone who loves inspiring poetry that includes poems about identity, mindfulness and nature.

If you would like to purchase An Unapologetic Expression, then you can find it on Amazon or Payhip.

If you would like to follow TL Rodgers on social media, here are the usernames:

Tumblr and Instagram: @simplywoke

If you or someone you know has a poetry collection to review, please email me at: greenv745@gmail.com to inquire. Until next time, love Vee x