Review: Cavity by Caitlin Conlon


Title: Cavity

Author: Caitlin Conlon

Publisher: Caitlin Conlon (self-published)

Publication Date: September 30th, 2017

Format: Paperback

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 40

Summary: Cavity is a small chapbook about the first three months following a heartbreak. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: Cavity by Caitlin Conlon”


Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: May 30th, 2017

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 380

Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon”

Review: Sometimes Love is in You by Alexis B. Mendez


Title: Sometimes Love is in You

Author: Alexis B. Mendez

Publisher: Amazon Createspace

Publication Date: April 26th, 2018

Format: Kindle

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 82

Summary: “Sometimes Love is in You” is poetry and prose encompassing loving yourself even when you thought you couldn’t. Sometimes you look for love and can’t find it. Sometimes you hope and hope that you will find it. And sometimes you find it in an obvious place. Sometimes you find love in you. (Source: Goodreads)

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Review: Painful Broken Sunshine by Jasmine Smith


Title: Painful Broken Sunshine

Author: Jasmine Smith

Publisher: Amazon Createspace

Publication Date: 16th April 2018.

Format: Kindle

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 111

Summary: life’s a journey. there’s family, love, growing, heartbreak, and tragedy. this title explores the ups and downs of life’s journey. life is a painful, beautiful, broken piece of sunshine. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: Painful Broken Sunshine by Jasmine Smith”

April Wrap-Up


It’s nearly been a whole month since I restarted my book blog! 13 POSTS THIS MONTH! I’ve already been through so many changes! I will be developing my blog’s aesthetics over time, hopefully giving you all something new and fresh to read and take in! 


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

★★★ (3 stars)


I wish I could give this a higher rating but for an opening book, it lacked the depth which thankfully Siege and Storm brought. Still hooked me though!

The Day Is Ready For You by Alison Malee

★★★★ (4 stars)

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An incredibly cathartic poetry collection coming out later this year.

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

★★★★ (4 stars)sobs

A fantastic new adult fantasy book! I mean, would you just look at that cover!?!

Wayward Daughters by Ashly Kim

★★★★ (4 stars)wd

A heart-warming yet visceral self-published poetry collection. 

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

★★★ (3 stars)ysiar

An all-knowing, tangible poetry collection that leaves you wondering about the universe and yourself.

Glimmerglass Girl by Holly Lyn Walrath

★★★ (3 stars)glimmerglass girl

An emotional indie poetry collection where you find yourself folded between the pages.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

★★★★★ (5 stars)sas1

An explosive, turbulent sequel to Shadow and Bone. I was left wanting more! First 5 star read of my new blog!

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

★★★★★ (5 stars)nmtw

My second 5 star read of the month. Beautifully honest and emotive poetry collection.

I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip by Alicia Cook

★★★ (3 stars)ihmvds

An impactful modern poetry collection about the road to recovery.


Hello April Hello Spring!

April TBR

April Book Haul (so far!)

Top Ten Books to Read on World Book Day

Until next time,

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ARC Review: I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip by Alicia Cook


Title: I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip

Author: Alicia Cook

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication Date: March 18th, 2014

Format: ARC E-Book

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 160

Summary: The follow-up to Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible.

The reader’s experience with this unique collection is lifted from the page as Cook has collaborated with a number of up and coming musicians to transform some of her poetry into song. Like her debut book, this one is divided into two parts. Modelled after a vinyl record this time, the collection is separated into the EP record, holding Cook’s shorter poetry, and the LP record, holding Cook’s longer poetry, prose, and songwriting. Together, they form an inspiring collection for all those recovering from something. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “ARC Review: I Hope My Voice Doesn’t Skip by Alicia Cook”

Review: No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay


Title: No Matter the Wreckage

Author: Sarah Kay

Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing

Publication Date: March 18th, 2014

Format: Paperback

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 133

Summary: No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay’s knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects (“Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”), among other curious topics. Both fresh and wise, Kay’s poetry allows readers to join in on her journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It’s an honest and powerful collection. (Source: Goodreads) Continue reading “Review: No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay”

Top 10 books to read on World Book Day!

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It’s April 23rd, which means it’s World Book Day! Here are some of my favourite books!

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugosoc

Why should I read it?

  • Fascinating and complex characters who are all flawed in their own way.
  • Kinda enemies to damn good friends.
  • Rep = disability, people of colour MCs, LGBTQIAP+, mental illness.
  • The world-building.
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2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugocrooked kingdom

Why should I read it?

  • By the end of the book, you’ll know the six MCs inside and out.
  • The stakes are EVEN HIGHER.
  • Wylan – what a boy!
  • The feels.
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3. The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Gallowayttitkb

Why should I read it

  • Aesthetically unpredictable – you will discover something new within the pages every time.
  • Incredibly deep prose – you will feel things.
  • Depression rep.
  • Character-driven.
  • Set in Scotland.
  • All about surviving trauma.
  • Hope. Hope. Hope.
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4. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoontsiaas

Why should I read it?

  • It will move your soul.
  • Jamaican MC, Korean-American MC.
  • Ownvoices Jamaican-American.
  • Poetic as heck!
  • Explores cause and effect – are we in control of our fate?
  • Examines numerous themes – racism, immigration, family, societal expectations.
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 5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomasthug

Why should I read it?

  • One of the most important books of this century.I felt everything with this book. Anger. Fear. Grief. Everything.
  • Ownvoices African-American MC
  • Black Lives Matter.
  • Looks at police brutality and systemic racism through the eyes of a young adult.
  • Starr Carter is a bad-ass.
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6. Please Hear What I’m Not Saying by Isabelle Kenyonphwinss

Why should I read it?

  • All proceeds go towards MIND, a mental health charity.
  • Poetry anthology contains around 116 poets from varying backgrounds. I had the honour of contributing to this.
  • A range of mental health subjects discussed, such as BPD, depression, Alzheimer’s, social anxiety, self-harm, anorexia, addiction.
  • Will move you to tears.
  • It’s incredibly insightful.
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7. Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaimdaomt

Why should I read it?

  • A stream of consciousness.
  • Talks about depression and heartbreak in-depth.
  • Will cause goosebumps!
  • Will feel like a big old hug.
  • Watch Sabrina’s videos also while you read along. You will be immersed.
  • I also met her and she’s super lovely in person!
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8. The Translator by Leila Aboulelatt

Why should I read it?

  • Discusses grief, identity, and societal stigma.
  • Ownvoices, Sudanese MC.
  • Aboulela’s poetic writing style.
  • Set between Scotland and Sudan.
  • In-depth descriptions of Sammar’s thoughts and feelings.
  • Time moves differently in this novel through the poetic language.
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9. The Colour Purple by Alice Walkertcp

Why should I read it?

  • Ownvoices African-American MC.
  • F/F romance.
  • Celie, Shug, and Nettie are amazing characters.
  • About spiritual liberation and finding oneself again.
  • Discusses racism, feminism, and religion.
  • Celie’s character development.
  • Opens your eyes to a lot of issues which still occur in the world today through systemic racism and sexism.
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10. soft in the middle by Shelby Eileen


Why should I read it?

  • Ownvoices LGBTQIAPD+
  • Body-positivity.
  • You will feel whole again after reading.
  • Affirmations like: it is okay to not be okay.
  • Discusses self-love, platonic love, romantic love.
  • Will hit home hard.
  • I mean, would you just look at that cover?!?!
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Have you read any of these books? What do you recommend to read on World Book Day? Let me know below!

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