Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Published: 8 July 2016

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Rating: 3.5/5

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry divided into four sections. Each section dealing with a different theme. I found this to be quite a quick and easy read at only 208 pages. In fact I smashed it out in less than one day! The cover design is simple but STUNNING. I love the bees! the way the poems themselves are set out in the book are equally as stunning especially with the illustrations hand drawn by Kaur herself scattered throughout (double the talent!).

The four chapters/ sections are labelled: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Consequently the themes of the poems for each section centre around these headings. This was another book I picked up having seen all over bookstagram with everyone raving about it. For me the hype both was and wasn’t justified.

This is because even though I LOVE the cover design and think the entire book is composed beautifully, I could not personally relate to the themes of many of the poems. Hence why this was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. This is not to say that I hated the collection of poetry or did not enjoy reading it! Like I said I smashed through this! Not only because of the way its set out but because even though I did not necessarily relate to them all I thought all the poems were beautifully written. You can tell that they came from the heart and soul of Kaur and that even if they do not resonate with you that they would with someone else.

Having said this there were a handful of the poems that did resonate with me. When I read these particular poems I got a real sense of wow or wanting to think deeper on the topic. I got a feeling like ok I am not the only one that feels this way or thinks these things! I also despite not being able to connect with most the poems thought to consider myself lucky that I could not. As a lot of them deal with some quite dark/heavy topics that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Overall I think the Aesthetic of this book is beautiful, the way it is written is beautiful and the concept is beautiful. However due to my own life experiences many of the poems did not resonate with me which is why I am giving Milk and Honey a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

Have you read this poetry collection? What were your thoughts? Any other poetry recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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WWW Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

This is my first ever WWW Wednesday! I wanted to participate as a way to offer you guys more regular content as well as keep you up to date on what I am reading these days. So here we go.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: So for the past couple of weeks I have been reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have made big progress on this book and actually only have 2 or 3 of the individual stories left to read before I finish it. I do plan to write a review on this book when I finish it just like I want to try and do with every book I read. However here are a few of my current thoughts:

  • I love Norse Mythology in general so learning more about it through Gaiman’s portrayal has been great fun.
  • I love Loki he is amazingly awesome! (And misguided.)
  • That cover is beyond beautiful I mean look at it!
  • Overall really enjoying this read however the way it is set out is annoying me and making it hard to get through.

I hope to be finished this read by the end of this week and hopefully can have my full review up by the end of next week to give you all my thoughts and final opinion.


Recently Finished: The book I finished before starting Norse Mythology was actually a collection of poetry called Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I smashed this out in less than one day! It is very easy to read and well set out. I am hoping to have the review with my in depth thoughts and feelings up by the end of this week. But again here are a few quick points:

  • I love the simplistic beauty of this cover (those bees are so cute!)
  • This is a very quick and easy read.
  • I found a lot of the content hard to relate to.
  • However all of the writing is beautiful and some poems made me stop and think and just wow.

So to sum up this is a quick and easy read but not all of it related to me. Keep an eye out for my review!


Next up:  Now this section is a little trickier for me at the moment I am having such mixed feelings about what to read next! Firstly with the release of the synopsis for the new novella/ short story and many bookstagramers talking about it at the moment. I have a strong urge to re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Like I can hear the books from here screaming at me to take them off my bookshelf and read them right this instant! haha but seriously I love this series and will happily re-read it for what will be the third time. I mean the plot the characters oh the characters! My babies! Feysand is like my biggest OTP and one can never get enough Rhysand in your life! He is the ultimate of book boyfriends! I don’t care what anyone says fight me on this!

On the other hand though I have many books on my bookshelf that I am yet to read as well as more that should arrive any day now from Book Depository. These include the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  I am loving the Outlander TV show at the moment so I am excited to delve into the books that started it all. Also I only read the Grisha trilogy for the first time last month and loved it so really want to read Six of Crows. Altogether though I have many great reads lined up! I have a feeling ACOTAR will win but hey I tend to read whatever I am in the mood for at that time, so I may surprise you!

Have you read any of these great books? What are you currently reading and plan to read next? What do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy reading and watching.

 

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