Rupi Kaur’s ‘milk and honey’ is a poetry book about life. Each chapter is about a different part of life; hurting, loving, breaking and healing. With every other page having a drawing on it, the poems are beautiful and inspirational.
Each poem is very deep and truly makes you think about life with a different perspective. It involves love, trauma, abuse, loss, healing and femininity. There is bound to be some poems every person would find relatable and touching in some sort of way. They are beautiful. moving, and, some, simple. But all are effective.
With a strong, defined theme of femininity, most of these poems are definitely aimed at feminist, or, at least, the female gender. And this isn’t meant to offend men. But I don’t think most men would find certain poems very enjoyable or relatable. Here’s an example of one, just so you can see what I mean:
Some men might like the poems like this, though. But it won’t be for everyone, not even every female will like the poems like this.
There are other poems which carry a deep meaning which aren’t as suggestive as that one, though. So there is something for everyone in this. Here’s an example of one, which has to be my favourite:
I just love how true and realistic it is! Throughout the book there are more poems like this which I think more people need to read. More people need to realise how important this in (even me, I think).
I’m not a huge poetry lover, but lately, I have been. So this was definitely the perfect, quick read – it literally took me about 20 minutes to read, including time to Snapchat some of the poems. I highly recommend this, even if you’re not a fan of poetry!
Milk and Honey is a poetry book written by Rupi Kaur. It’s so amazing, inspirational, deep and real. I haven’t really been one for poetry until just recently, so this was definitely a great read to help encourage me to read more poems. There are so many amazing poems in this book, but here are just a few I personally loved the most, in no particular order…
“if you were born with
the weakness to fall
you were born with
the strength to rise”
“how is it so easy for you
to be kind to people he asked
milk and honey dripped
from my lips as i answered
cause people have not
been kind to me”
“she was a rose
in the hands of those
who had no intention of keeping her”
“it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations”
is a museum
of natural disasters
can you grasp how
stunning that is”
as you were designed”
“if the hurt comes
so will the happiness”
“love is not cruel
we are cruel
love is not a game
we have made a game
out of love”
“we are all born
the greatest tragedy is
being convinced we are not”
“most importantly love
like it’s the only thing you know how
at the end of the day all this
where you’re sitting
nothing even matters
except love and human connection
who you loved
and how deeply you loved them
how you touched the people around you
and how much you gave them”
(this one’s in bold because it’s my favourite lol)
I am a major bookworm, and I love seeing what other people recommend and/or thoroughly enjoyed reading. It’s so interesting to see their opinions about a book you want to read, loved or even hated. So here are ten books that I enjoyed so much and think other people should read too…
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Right now, this is still my favourite book!! It’s so deep and explores depression, and other sensitive subjects in quite a mature and reasonable way. I first read this about four or five years ago now, and it has stuck with me ever since. Even the movie adaption is amazing.
This story focuses on Charlie, and his journey through high school. Charlie has depression, however, and doesn’t make any friends at first. That is, until he meets Sam and Patrick who introduce him to new things, make him feel included and give him confidence.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
I haven’t read the Harry Potter books, but I am currently about halfway through the first one. And from what I can gather, with how brilliant this book is, and with all the hype this series still has, it is definitely worth reading. Needless to say, I wish I read the series earlier; it’s so enjoyable and such an easy read.
Alice in Wonderland/Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
This timeless classic is such a fun read! It’s poetic, childlike and a lot like the Disney animation Alice in Wonderland. I read these two books quite quickly and enjoyed every moment. However, it can be difficult at times to read, because it sometimes has words which aren’t commonly used nowadays. But with the context, it’s easy to understand.
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
I originally read this when studying it in my English GCSE. At the time, I thought it’d be ‘a boring classic,’ but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s such a powerful book, with so many messages, and it’s also such an easy read. The dialogue can be a bit hard to read, what, with their slang, but after a few pages you get used to it.
This story follows two drifters in search of work, who find themselves a job on a ranch. But with one of the drifters, Lennie, having learning difficulties, their life isn’t easy as he keeps losing their job. But now, on this ranch, will things be easier, or will they be the same as before?
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
This is such a bittersweet book which I read a couple of years ago, after seeing the movie a billion and one times. With passion, love, adventure, and unpredictable scenes, it’s a gripping book. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with, due to the points of view and time changing, but soon you get used to it.
Librarian Henry De Tamble suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. Through this, he meets the love of his life, Claire, and they marry. But with Henry’s inability to remain in one time and place, their marriage and life become complicated.
Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal – Alexander C. Irvine
Aimed towards Supernatural fans, this journal takes you back to Season 1 of the show. It shows you different demons, John’s struggles, different events of Sam and Dean when they were younger, different spells and tips such as how to perform an exorcism (because who knows when you’ll need to perform one?). It’s the ultimate guide for a Supernatural fan!
I enjoyed this book so much, it was such a fun read and allowed you to get to know the characters more. I’d love to read another Supernatural book like this!
Stardust – Neil Gaiman
After watching the movie countless of times, I finally decided to read the book. It was the best decision I had ever made. I enjoyed it so much! You can check out my review of this book here.
The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood
I read this book because it was one of the books I was studying at University, in the first term. At first, I was slightly reluctant because I didn’t particularly enjoy the books we had read before this. But I’m so glad I decided to read it, because it was the opposite of what I had expected.
This book follows is a modern retelling of The Odyssey. Following Penelope and the Maids, we hear this story from their point of view. There are slight feminist points made here, but, in my opinion, it makes the book that much better.
Misery – Stephen King
As a huge Stephen King fan, I have recently made it my mission to read all of his books. So far, this is one of my favourites. It’s full of action, suspense and drama, which almost makes it impossible to put down. Literally. I have travel sickness, and I was reading this whilst on a car journey once, and even though I felt like I was going to vomit at any moment, I couldn’t stop reading. Eventually I had to, but still!
Novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car accident by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. She dresses his wounds, rescues his work, and gives him pain killers when he needs them. But is she really as friendly as she seems?
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Possibly my favourite book by John Green, this follows the story of two cancer patients who fall in love. It’s a fairly realistic and very emotional story, with some (sometimes dark) humour. I cried whilst reading this, and even throughout the whole movie when I saw it for the first time. It’s quite a powerful book and is a very easy read, being that it’s of a Young Adult genre.
Now that summer is coming up, it’s mandatory that you have that perfect summer book to read! There’s nothing better than sitting in your garden or on the beach, with that summer book. Here’s a list of some of the books that I think are perfect to read during summer…
The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han
This Young Adult book is the perfect summer romance that is pretty easy to relate to. Isabel “Belly” Conklin spends every summer at a beach house with her mother, her brother, her mother’s best friend and her two sons. Every summer is usually the same, but this summer is different. She finds herself in a love triangle, leaving you wondering who she’ll choose. It’s cliché, fun and sweet.
My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Another Young Adult book about a summer romance, that’s cliché but also fun and sweet. Samantha Reed has always watched her neighbours from her rooftop, wondering what their life is like, wishing to be one of them. But one day, Jase Garrett climbs up on her rooftop and joins her. Her life will never be the same after that day…
Shakespeare is probably one of the best figures in literature. What’s more relaxing than reading his sonnets? They’re all about love, death, time and having kids. Perfect.
The Choice – Nicholas Sparks
While this wasn’t particularly my cup of tea, it has such a good summer vibe. With sailing, spending time on the beach, and spending time with friends, it’s the perfect summer. This is full of drama and a clichéd romance. Gabby is a medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her boyfriend. Travis is a ladies’ man who works at the vets, and thinks that a serious relationship would be too much trouble for his easy-going lifestyle. When Gabby goes over Travis’ house one night, things happen, and her life won’t be the same again.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
A mystery is perfect for summer! When Nick Dunne’s wife Amy goes missing, he must find out what has happened to her – especially since he’s the prime suspect. What really happened to Amy?
Carrie – Stephen King
This is truly a classic! Filled with drama, horror and suspense, this novel is perfect for reading on the beach or travelling. Carrie is a bullied, lonely teenager who develops supernatural powers. When she gets invited to prom, how will things plan out?
Stephen King keeps you wanting more and more. It’s impossible to put the book down!
Alice in Wonderland/Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
You can’t have summer without a childhood classic. This well-known story is fun and random, making you want to read more. The two stories are quick, easy reads which remind you why you fell in love with little Alice.
Paper Towns – John Green
When Margo recruits Quentin on her quest for revenge, he’s in for a night he’ll never forget. He thinks that they’ll be good friends – maybe more – after that night. But, Margo mysteriously disappears the next day, leaving only a few clues. It’s up to Quentin and his friends to find her.
This fun mystery is unpredictable and full of humour, as well as drama and adventure. Margo’s clues really gets your mind working, and is very interesting – it’s much better than the movie!
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
This is a sweet and heartbreaking romance of two teenagers, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love. But these star-crossed lovers don’t have an easy journey together.
While this novel is probably thought to mainly be for the hopeless romantics, there are no clichés here, so I think anyone could enjoy it.
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
When quirky Louisa Clark loses her job in a cafe, she must find another job urgently to help her family. Soon she finds a job to take care of Will Traynor; a young, wealthy man who’s left paralyzed after an accident. Louisa shows Will that life is still worth living and soon their minds and hearts change, in a way that neither could have imagined.
Graceling – Kristin Cashore
This fantasy novel is both gripping and unpredictable. Katsa lives in a world where select people are born with an extreme skill. Katsa’s gift has allowed her to kill people; she’s been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight. With being the niece of a king, and having such a powerful gift, Katsa has been working as the King’s guard. But what will she do when she realises that what she’s doing is wrong?
The Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling
What better way to spend summer than reading the Harry Potter series? That’s what I’ll be doing (I haven’t read them yet, so it’s about time)!
This series is full of magic, fantasy, action, adventure, romance and mystery. With loveable characters as well, what more could you ask for?
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A romance and historical fiction novel; this classic will keep you wanting more. The story is told by Nick Carraway, whom gives us an insight to Gatsby’s life and the Roaring Twenties.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Socially awkward teen Charlie is a wallflower; always watching life go by, without getting involved a lot. That is until two confident, adventurous students allow him to join their crowd. They help Charlie discover friendship, love, music theatre. But as they prepare to leave school, Charlie’s confidence and happiness is at stake.
This novel is my favourite novel of all time. It’s presented in as Charlie’s diary, and is somewhat relatable in different ways for different readers. It’s realistic, fun and emotional. A good read for any time of the year, really.
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
I’m currently re-reading this! Set back in the time of The Great Depression, two drifters in search of work find themselves a job on a ranch. But nothing is easy for George and Lennie with Lennie having learning difficulties and so losing their job all the time. Will things go sour for them again at this new ranch – or worse?
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
This is the story of a slightly modern Romeo and Juliet. Young and naive Noah and Allie fall in love one summer, but things go wrong. Allie’s parents don’t approve and soon she’s to be leaving town. After a big argument, they end things. Years pass, and they soon meet again.
While I prefered the movie adaptions because of how cheesy the novel is, it’s perfect for those who love a good romance.
The Gingerbread House – Carin Garhardsen
This horror-mystery keeps you at the edge of your seat. In Stockholm, several murders have occurred in a short space of time. The police begin to suspect that there’s a link between the murders. The killer’s motives are personal and won’t stop.
Your mind will be working throughout this novel, wondering who the killer is. It’s a fun, easy read.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
This young adult novel is an easy, interesting read. It follows young Miles Halter who is interested in famous last words. Soon, he leaves for boarding school to seek what the poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” However, little does he know that at Culver Creek, student Alaska Young will change his life forever.
Hopefully this list will encourage you to read more this summer! There are so many other novels that are perfect for summer, but I wouldn’t have enough time to write them all down ;).
I first discovered Stardust back when it was released in cinema, in 2007. Instantly, I fell in love with the movie and listened to ‘Rule the World’ on repeat. To this day, it is still one of my favourite movies.
It wasn’t very long ago that I found out it was based on a book. I had to read it.
To my surprise, the book and film were quite different from each other. Yet I still loved them both!
Neil Gaiman’s novel is about love blinded Tristran Thorn, who lives in Wall. Tirstran isn’t like anyone else, though; his father is a human while his mother is a magical creature. When Tristran turns 17, he develops a big crush on the beautiful Victoria Forester. One night, they both see a falling star and Tristran makes a bid with her; if he retrieves the star for her, she’ll give him anything his heart desires. And so Tristran goes off into the land of Faerie.
Meanwhile, there are others whom are also in search of the star; three ancient witches who wish to cut out her heart to regain their youth. Did I mention the star is a lady, named Yvaine? The remaining sons of Stormhold also seek out the star because she has their dead father’s topaz necklace.
So, as you can probably tell, there’s inevitably a lot of action and magic throughout the novel. But that’s the best part. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting more. The action and magic are unpredictable, and, at some points, original.
The language Neil Gaiman uses throughout the novel truly gives it a ‘fantasy’ vibe, and you can actually imagine the magic he invents. The colours, dialogue, and clothing described gives it a sense of ‘otherness’. This is perfectly fitting for the setting of the novel. It actually made me not want to finish it quickly, because it was so fun to read, and was so exciting.
The characters and settings also add to that ‘different’ vibe. In Wall, they are probably what we’d consider (close to) ‘normal’. They live in a strong village, have traditions, and everyone knows everyone. They’re almost like us. However, in Faerie, they’re magical and unalike. There are witches, Lords, stars, hairy-old men, trees that can move… And much more. They’re fascinating and make the novel intoxicating.
However, I did have one problem with the novel. I didn’t think the representation of the witches, particularly the queen witch, at the end, was very realistic. Throughout the novel, the witch queen, Lilim, seems quite desperate to capture the star. She uses all of her youth and a lot of magic and effort to find and kill her. But when she finds Yvaine at the end, she doesn’t try to kill her, or even, at least, try to kidnap her. Instead, she has a conversation with her. And Yvaine – who almost died because of Lilim – talks to her and gives her a kiss. Yes, it was sweet and quite original to not seek revenge or anything. But throughout the movie, you’re set up to expect something more than that.
All in all, this was a very good read and I enjoyed it so much. I haven’t read many fantasy novels; I usually stick to young adult, romance and horror. But this has definitely persuaded me to read more of this genre – and from Neil Gaiman.
I wrote this book review for one of my University modules. I had a pretty good mark on it, so I thought I’d upload it on here as well;
“Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
This is the type of romance that would have hopeless romantics like me crying while the cynics would be throwing up. The novel focuses on a young girl, Louisa Clark, who loses her job as a cake seller but soon finds another. This new role that Louisa takes on involves taking care of a very handsome quadriplegic, Will Traynor, for six months. Will had his beautiful, adventurous life taken away from him in a tragic motorcycle accident. Now, left bound to a wheelchair, Will wants to end his life and has promised his parents six months until he does so. Louisa has relationship problems with her current boyfriend, Patrick. She has also suffered a traumatic experience. You can already tell this is not for the faint hearted. It’s not long before it becomes apparent that Will and Louisa can help each other have a brighter life. But things aren’t that simple. Like the iconic couple Romeo and Juliet, Louisa and Will’s relationship was destined to be doomed.
One of the things I love most about this novel is that you can see their passion slowly growing. At first, Will keeps making digs at Louisa by saying things such as “go and raid your Grandmothers wardrobe, or whatever it is you do when you’re not making tea”. Then, later on, his tune soon changes as he ends up confessing, “You’re pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning”. Can you hear me crying? Because I am! You don’t realise how meaningful it is until you read the book!
Their relationship is portrayed in a very realistic manner. It doesn’t happen straight away; it happens naturally. Moyes also shows us that, while Louisa’s relationship with Patrick does have its problems, Louisa still does actually care about Patrick. That in itself adds to the drama of the novel because she almost creates a love triangle for herself without realising it. Because, who said love was easy?
Louisa’s birthday party was something I also loved. It was a fantastic scene. The quote that comes to mind here is “she certainly gives a good bed bath” – that was how sarcastic Will is at this point. How Louisa was happy with everything apart from her boyfriends present for her was priceless. It was a cute and funny scenario at the same time. And the way her boyfriend, Patrick, looks at Will’s present questioningly and just says “tights?” in a judgemental tone, nails the ‘jealous boyfriend’ act perfectly. And Will likes that; he makes Patrick even more jealous by simply having Louisa do her job. Perfect! But, let’s be honest, we’re kind of rooting for Will anyway.
(Warning: from here on, there are spoilers!)
However, this book didn’t just make me cry (in a good way) or shout “GOALS!” all the way through it. The ending. Tissues at the ready, you’re going to need a lot of ice cream and chocolate to get through this. I feel that Moyes missed a great opportunity to show that a disabled life is still worth living. That you can do more than just be “stuck in bed waiting for someone to bloody get [you] out again”, as Will put it. Despite this, a good thing about it is that Moyes showed us that you can’t force someone to live. Love won’t solve everything. “You can only help someone who wants to be helped.”
Heart-breaking and dramatic are the best words to describe this book. It really has you questioning what life must be like for someone in the same situation as Will. It also forces you to think about how you would feel in his situation; to not be able to do anything you love anymore. Moyes makes readers empathise with Will and it really does add to the effect of the novel. It caused me to be a blubbering mess.
They said that The Notebook was ‘a love story to end all love stories’. They will definitely rethink that after reading this! But, do you want to know another good thing? The movie has been released on DVD, so you can cry for a good hour and a half, if you don’t feel like reading.
I don’t know about anybody else, but one of my favourite things about Summer is having more time to read. With University finishing pretty early (around April, I think), it means I’ll have even more time to read in peace. No essays or assignments or exams to worry about. I also enjoy the process of deciding what books will be read during Summer. So, here’s my reading list…
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky
This has to be my favourite book ever. I first read it in school, after watching the movie for Media to study. My friend let me borrow her copy and after reading it, I HAD to get my own. Since then, I have read it I don’t know how many times. It’s such an amazing story and can really change your perspective on things. The movie adaptation, I think, did the book justice. With its amazing cast, characters, narrative and soundtrack, what’s not to love?
‘Far From the Madding Crow’ by Thomas Hardy
I’ve never read this book or watched the movie adaptation. But, I’ve heard so many good things about this book, however, so when I went shopping with my friend (theseizurequeen.com), I couldn’t resist buying it! It had such a pretty cover and I even got £5 off because it was a bit damaged. Bargain!
‘The Harry Potter series (including the Cursed Child)’ by J. K. Rowling
I have never read the Harry Potter books. *Gasp*. I love the movies and enjoyed the new Fantastic Beasts film. However, it was only on my birthday and Christmas day last year that I was blessed with these books. I’m so excited to read them, but I’d rather wait until Summer time because then I don’t have any university worries hanging over my shoulder. I’ll be able to enjoy them in peace.
‘The Phantom of the Opera’ by Gaston Leroux
I am a HUGE fan of this movie with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum! As soon as I found out it was based on a book, I had to get it. I found it on Amazon at a pretty good price and couldn’t stop myself from putting it in my basket.
As well as Disney, I am also a huge fan of reading; after all, I am studying English and Creative Writing. So naturally, whenever I see a Disney book, I’ll buy it without hesitation. It’s a Disney-nerd-bookworm’s dream come true. A dream is a wish your heart makes. Here are some of the Disney books I own. (Until I add more to my little collection).
1. ‘The Isle of the Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz
This novel is about Disney’s villain’s children. You heard that right; this book will consist of the villains as parents, but the narrative will mainly revolve around their children. The villains were banished to The Isle of the Lost; a place that’s impossible to escape, with their powers also stripped from them. This fun book was also turned into a film, as a Disney Channel Original Movie,’Descendants‘, back in 2015.
2. ‘Disney Collection’
This fun book includes different stories and activities. Yes, it is probably for children, but the colouring pages are SO relaxing.
3. ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling
This isn’t exactly a ‘book of the film’ sort of book, but Disney DID make a two films based on this book. So, it technically counts, right?
4. ‘Cinderella; Book of the film’
This adorable little book is based on the 2015 version of Cinderella. Inside, it also has photographs from the movie, which is enough of a reason to buy it. Have you seen Richard Madden as The Prince?! Gosh, he almost gives me a heart attack every time. Talk about eye candy! Personally, I think it’s suitable for all ages who just want a relaxing, fun read.
5. ‘Frozen; Book of the Film’
This book is based on Frozen which was released back in 2013. There are also photos from the movie, helping to make it a fun read. Again, I think this is suitable for anyone who really just wants an easy read.
6. ‘Pixar Character Encyclopedia’
And who says Disney Pixar isn’t educational? They have their own encyclopedia!!
This book gives a brief character outline of all of the Pixar characters. It includes quotes, pictures and facts.
7. ‘The Princess Diaries: Guide to Life’ by Meg Cabot
I couldn’t resist including this. I don’t think I need to explain the movie that this is based on. But, I loved this as a child; I thought it was hilarious, even though I can’t really remember much of it now. Guess I’ll just have to re-read it ;).
8. ‘The Beast Within: A tale of Beauty’s Prince’ by Serena Valentino
This young adult book is based on the much-loved film Beauty and the Beast. It is a retelling of the story from Beast’s (or, should I say, Adam’s) point of view.
9. ‘Beauty and the Beast’
I actually bought this book today, which inspired me to write this post. The cover is simply beautiful!
This is based on the new upcoming Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and Luke Evans. Excited isn’t even enough to describe it! 😀
10. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll
These books are what inspired Disney’s and Tim Burton’s amazing version of Alice inWonderland. They are lovely books that are cleverly written. I just can’t believe that it was only last year I actually read them. Why did I take so long??
11. ‘Once Upon A Dream: A Twisted Tale’ and ‘A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale’ by Liz Braswell
These young adult books bring a new perspective to Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin.
Once Upon A Dream (left) is based on Sleeping Beauty. The twist is: what if Sleeping Beauty never woke up?
A Whole New World (right) is based on Aladdin. The twist? What if Aladdin never found the lamp?
These fun adventures are fun to read, especially with the special twist, which everyone will enjoy. The covers are actually what first caught my attention. They are so creative and stunning!
12. ‘365 things to do’
This is literally just another activity book; I had to include it otherwise I’d feel guilty.
13. ‘Alice in Wonderland’, a Tim Burton version
And last but DEFINITELY not least, is Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. Now, I’m also a massive Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fan, so I practically screamed when I saw this (on sale) in a shop. I had to buy it! What makes this specific book even better is that two of my friends were able to meet Johnny Depp and they got him to sign this book for me!! Friendship goals, or what?
**HUMBLE BRAG ALERT**
So there are all of my Disney books. I’ll make another post like this when I buy more.I thought it’d be fun to do, so hopefully it was also a fun and different read too!