Review: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey

Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 204

Source: TBR Shelf

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split 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.

2 out of 5 stars


Let me start off this review by saying I know that a lot of people love this book, and I can totally see why. I understand why so many people think this is a great piece of literature about femininity and loving yourself. I just didn’t connect with it at all.

As someone who has never experienced heartbreak, I didn’t find much to connect with. I think it is beautiful and raw and was a quick read, but the writing style didn’t appeal to me very much. I haven’t been a huge fan of poetry/free verse just because I don’t like the choppy style.

I enjoyed the last section of this book because I could relate to it much more. I think that if the whole book was about loving yourself first and being confident with your body I would have liked it more. One of my favorite poems was on page 183. It says:

we are all born so beautiful

the greatest tragedy is being convinced we are not

I really liked this poem because I feel like every single teenage girl can relate to this. I don’t feel beautiful all the time; I don’t feel beautiful without makeup or when I’m not dressed how I like. It’s hard growing up in a society where beauty is pressured by everything. When you don’t feel beautiful you start to believe you never were in the first place. I related to this poem more than any others in this whole book.

Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. I knew so many people loved it and rated it 5 stars on Goodreads, but I don’t have any experience with the things that were mentioned in the book so I don’t believe I can have an accurate opinion about the matters discussed. I think that if people found this book helpful then the author did her job well. I think this is a book with the good message of loving yourself first, and I can appreciate that. I can appreciate this book, but I don’t love it.

Review: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket


The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

Title: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Release Date: April 15, 2000

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: ebook

Page Number: 208

Source: Overdrive

Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


3 out of 5 stars

This was the first book that I borrowed from Overdrive, and I highly recommend using that app if your library offers it! It’s so cool because you just borrow ebooks from the library as if it were a normal physical book. It’s quite cool. Anyway, the book.

The Miserable Mill is the fourth installment in the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and this series hasn’t been enthralling me. I have rated each of these books 3/5 stars, so this one was pretty average for me. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.

I always forget how incredibly short these books are. I finished half of this book yesterday, so it was a very quick read. I enjoy Klaus the most from the siblings. He’s the bookish one who usually defines words, but he was hypnotized for most of this book from the eye doctor.

These books are quite strange in their nature because they’re pretty morbid. They are funny at some points because there are jokes that are for the adults reading to the kids. I thought that there were some funny parts.

This book was about the Baudelaire kids having to work at a wood mill, and of course come across Count Olaf eventually. This was slower than the first three, and there wasn’t as much action, but I look forward to reading more of this series.

Series:

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

February Wrapup + March TBR


Read:

  1. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling *review*
  3. A Mad, Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller *review*

TBR:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) – John Tiffany
  2. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
  3. Perfect (Flawed #2) – Cecelia Ahern
  4. Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt
  5. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR – January 8-January 14


The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon set up by booktubers involving reading and video/post challenges. I will be participating in the reading challenges from January 8 until January 14.

The Challenges:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started
  3. 2016 Release
  4. BookTube Recommendation
  5. Book you were excited for, but never picked up
  6. Retelling
  7. Diverse Book

Two challenges can be combined for one book. I’m very excited for this because it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a readathon!

TBR:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started, and a 2016 Release: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan
  3. BookTube Recommendation, and Book you were excited for, but never picked up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling
  4. Retelling, and diverse book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer

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Bookish Podcast!


Hello, hey, hi.

So, I think I have something a lot of you would enjoy. What is that you may ask? A bookish podcast brought to you by yours truly and a bookish friend, Allison!

For our Journalism class, our teacher asked us to add something new to the social media side of things, so we created a podcast where we talk about books. We talk about what we’re reading, our favorite book characters, reading challenges, upcoming releases, and much more. We would really appreciate it if you could listen in to our podcast!

PODCAST LINK

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Aww, cute logo ;)

Again, we’d really love it if you listened in. You’d also get to hear what I sound like. Ooh, ahh.

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Review: Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino


Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino

Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder's Secret, #2)

Title: Sword of Deaths (Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2)

Author: Christopher Mannino

Release Date: January 20, 2015

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 268

Source: Author

THE SCYTHE WIELDER’S SECRET CONTINUES

Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the only female Death. Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet, something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.

Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?


3 out of 5 stars

Huge thank you to Christopher Mannino for sending me this book!

This being the second in the series, I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed this book. This more a 3.5/5 stars, but I don’t usually do half stars. Anyway, I love the idea behind this series. It’s unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. Suzie gets thrust into this world of male deaths in her early teenage years, and she doesn’t know what to do, but takes it day by day. In the first book Suzie becomes friends with Billy and Frank, and their friendship continues throughout the second book. Suzie, being the first female in a very long time, of course has to find a boyfriend, and she chooses Billy, so I’m happy with that. I kind of knew they were going to be a thing since the beginning of the first book, but it was nice to see them together.

This book was a transition book, so it was just leading to the big point in the next story. We did get to learn a little more about Boskery in this book; Boskery is the soccer/football-esque sport in the world of Deaths. Suzie, or Susan, also finds a bracelet in her special library that holds secrets from the past. She is intrigued by the bracelet, so she holds onto it and mysterious things begin to happen.

Near the end, Susan and Billy, or Will, get taken on a trek to find more material that the weapons are made of. Things go down, and years are taken, dragons appear, and people are taken. This book ends in a nice cliffhanger, so I’m anxious to read the next one!

Series:

School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1)

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Intimidating TBR


TBR.

To Be Read.

The intimidating pile of unread books.

Books, books, and huh. More books.

Now. The problem of having “too many books” isn’t really a big problem. Why would it be a big deal to have a variety to choose from? Hmmmm.

I am currently 7 books behind on my Goodreads goal, but I have about 200 books on my shelves that I’d love to read. How does this happen? I am going to blame my busy life and the school year coming to a close, but I also have a difficult time deciding on a book. The thing with me is that I impulsively start books even if I don’t want to just because I feel obligated to read them because I’ve read the first few in the series.

Shocking, but true. Why would you choose to read something you don’t want to, Aubrey? Idk man.

My TBR pile is extremely large, and it is my goal to read as many of the books on my shelves as I can this year. I’ve read 24 books this year, and I’m pretty proud of that, but I’m still behind on my Goodreads goal. *cough 7 books.* I find that I struggle with having a large TBR pile because I feel overwhelmed and obligated to read and finish books. Problem? Yes and no.

I think my plan for attacking my pile of unread books is to just read them in the order on my shelves. I have all of my books in a beautiful rainbow *with some overflow on the top* and I always look at them and am proud of the books I’ve read. So, I think it would be good for me to read them as they appear on my shelves.

I also think that I should finish the *way too* many series I’ve started. I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books. I know. I know. I’m reading them this summer. Pinky promise. I’ve not finished the Giver Quartet. I haven’t finished Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy, Twilight, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hundred, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Rebel Belle, The Wrath and the Dawn, Outlander, The Raven Cycle. The list literally just goes on and on and on and on. I think that I NEED to finish some of these series in order to feel better about myself and have some closure.

I have no idea how I’m going to read all my books, but my goal is to have all the books on my shelves read before I leave for college. I have one and a half full years.

I CAN DO IT.

Take down the intimidating TBR pile!

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