Saturday, 17 February 2018

Prompt #38: A book with an ugly cover (2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge)

whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin


I wanted to read a book on my TBR list. I looked at all of the books on my shelf and on my Goodreads TBR list, and this is the closest book I could find with an 'ugly' cover.

At first, I was a little confused at what the picture on the front cover was supposed to be. I soon figured out the picture is of a compass. I don't think the font is spaced out evenly.

I really wanted to read this book and this is the closest prompt I could find.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

whiskey words & a shovel by r.h. Sin (Book Review)

Rating: 3 stars

whiskey words & a shovel I by r.h. Sin is a collection of free verse poetry. 

It’s a revised edition of the original collection, which was published in 2015. This edition contains revised poems, an added foreword, and more poems. 

The poems centre on Sin’s past relationship troubles, and his present relationship with Samantha, his muse, who has helped him find happiness. 

The poems vary in length, some extremely short, and some a little longer. They’re straight to the point and written in a simple manner, easy to understand. 

Some of the poems are about the author’s heartache, which may finally bring peace to readers who have experienced similar suffering. Others are optimistic and inspiring, encouraging readers to love themselves.

This is the first book in his whiskey words & a shovel poetry trilogy.

I'm conflicted about my overall feelings of this book, since there were some really good poems, and there were some really cliche poems. 

I found some of the poems really relatable, and loved how they were expressed in a clear and honest manner. I liked how a number of inspirational poems were included among the heartache.

I didn’t like how some of the poems were a bit repetitive, and blatantly cliche. 

The poems were easy to read, since they were straight-to-the point and written in a simplistic manner.

Recommended for: anyone who's 14 years and older, and is a beginning poetry reader, or anyone who wants to read straightforward poetry. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR List The Longest

I'm participating in my first Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. This week’s topic is Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read. 

  1. Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins 
I picked this book up at my school library a few years ago because it was a YA contemporary romance novel set in Paris (all things I love, especially Paris). I started reading it and I was really enjoying it. I got distracted and I had to return it to my school library. I've heard amazing things about this book (and the other books in the series) on Booktube. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up again.

  1. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
This book is a really popular YA book so I added it to my TBR a few years ago. The release of the movie prompted me to pick it up. I started reading it, got distracted by uni work and then I had to return it to the library. I need to get around to reading it so I can watch the movie. 

  1. Room - Emma Donoghue 
I've heard good things about this book and I think it’s interesting how it’s told in the point of view of a five year old child. The movie was released not long ago so I thought it would prompt me to read it, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. 

  1. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty 
I've heard really good things about this book, and I like how it’s set in Australia. I bought a copy and got it signed by Liane Moriarty at the Melbourne Writers Festival. I thought the recent release of the TV series would prompt me to read the book, but for some reason I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. 

  1. Dancing in the Dark - Robyn Bavati
I borrowed this book from my school library, I started reading it and was really enjoying it. I got distracted and I had to take it back to the library. I bought it at a secondhand bookshop, and I find ballet really interesting, so I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up again.


  1. Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson
I found the concept of this book really interesting, it's a dark retelling of Peter Pan in Tiger Lily’s point of view. I borrowed it from the library, along with a heap of other books. I got distracted with school work and reading other books and I had to return it. I don’t know why I haven’t borrowed it again. 

  1. What Happens Next - Colleen Clayton
I saw this book on Goodreads ages ago and I was attracted to it because of its gorgeous cover. Then I read the plot and knew I had to add it to my TBR list. It's so far down on my list I'd forgotten about it until I made this post.
  1. The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
I started reading this book a few years ago, I think it was sometime in 2014. I read a fair chunk of it, but I got distracted and I haven’t gone back to it. It’s still listed as ‘Currently reading’ on Goodreads. I think I'm embarrassed to go back to it because it’s been so long. I listed it on my 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge TBR, so this will be the year (hopefully)! 

  1. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern 
This is another book I’ve heard a lot of hype about on Booktube. The circus aspect sounds so interesting. I think I’m afraid of reading it and thinking it doesn’t live up to the hype.

  1. Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson 
I watched this movie numerous times as a child and I loved it. I don’t know why I never got around to reading it, especially when my sister owns the book.