#BookReview A Dip in My Ocean by A.G. Stranger

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A Dip in My Ocean is a beautiful collection of poems by A.G. Stranger.

The poems are set against a beautiful backdrop, which really ups the poetry game. It makes it not only read beautifully, but look pleasing to the eye as well.

Some of the poems are hit and miss – I found the first poem War and Love to try to have forced rhymes (far and war, wound and sound), which ironically was my problem back when I wrote poetry in high school. This forced rhyme continued with a few of the works, but if you look past that – they are quite beautiful, some even haunting. Also, some of the white font on the light backgrounds made it hard to read. I think the background pictures are perfect, so maybe change the colour of the font slightly?

My biggest irk (which is a personal one) was that I could only open the file I received on my computer and the poems came up horizontal instead of vertical, so I had a difficult time reading them (tilting my head to the side also made me look quite amusing, according to my neighbors who saw me threw my open window).

I really enjoyed “Behind Her Gaze”, it connected with me on some level. “Senses” and “The Old Days” also really hit me right in the heart – it reminded me of when I lost my Father. “Existential Role” was also incredibly relatable. “The Masks” feels like something I should have read or realized in high school.

Overall, I really enjoyed these poems! I think they are beautifully written and give insight into the author’s mind and world. I think some of the forced rhymes may put readers off, but reading past those and ignoring them really enhance the works.

Four out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this collection of poems from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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#BookReview Dreams and Other Lastings by RJ Sobel

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Dreams and Other Lastings was a beautiful set of poems that left me breathless and feeling warm (despite it being the “winter” Season).

I truly loved these poems – I always love a good set of poetry, but I could really relate to these stories. This isn’t a long book, and isn’t filled to the brim with poems, but the content within them makes this small set of poems worth every single word.

Reflection, aging, and memory are just three of the many topics discussed within these poems. I found myself reflecting on my own life and finding ways to see how these poems mirror situations I’ve had. For example, wanting to write someone and letter and reflecting on life, the good and the bad. It was so beautifully written, it almost pains me to think this was the last of the four books (of course, I could find the first three in the series to fill that void to fix that problem).

I 100% recommend Dreams and Other Lastings to anyone who wants a quick read, something to relate to, or just some good, old-fashioned poetry to warm their nights.

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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#BookReview Journey Through Love by Tracey Niday

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Journey Through Love was a cute, short book of poetry that illustrates what it’s like to be in love.

I do enjoy some poetry, and this book was a great read! It’s a beautiful collection of poems based on being in love. It was very cute, and had wonderful descriptions! It’s a definite read for someone looking for a short but sweet read!

My one issue with this set of poems was there didn’t seem to be a set theme to the poems. No specific theme other than love – no iambic pentameter, etc. All of the poems seemed to be made the same way – kind of random – and it made me get quite bored. The poetry was beautiful, but I would have loved for the poems to change meter or word choice, anything different to make it unique!

Three out of five stars! Beautifully written, but it didn’t wow my socks off.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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#BookReview Pop Sonnets by Erik Didriksen

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Pop Sonnets was perhaps one of the best reads in sonnets, aside from the wonderful William Shakespeare himself!

This wonderful set of poems has sonnets based on many pop culture hit songs. Each sonnet is written in the typical Shakespeare form (or English form) “a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g.” All of the sonnets flow smoothly and do not seem to be to cheesy. Also, each sonnet fully describes the song it is based upon.

I absolutely loved this book! Each sonnet gave me a chuckle as I read them. It seemed as if Shakespeare could have written them himself!

Five out of five stars! I saw nothing wrong with this wonderful book of sonnets! I loved it!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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#BookReview Poetry for Strangers by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta

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Poetry for Strangers was a beautiful, breath-taking set of poems!

I loved this little book! It was by far the cutest set of poems I have ever read. Each poem is based on a single word, and tells a wonderful story. All of the stories within the poems are different, but they are flawless and smooth. I couldn’t ask for a better set of poems.

It was by far a quick read, since there are only about 50 poems in this set. But, that doesn’t mean there is a lack of quality since there is a lack in quantity.

Overall, I loved this book!

Four out of five stars!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads

 

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#BookReview Restless Ambition by Cathy Curtis

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Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter

This novel took me a VERY long time to finish – partially because it’s long, and partially because it didn’t draw me in. I love a good biography, but this book didn’t do it for me as much as I would have thought it would. That being said, it was well written and it’s a great read for those who like non-fiction.

Following a painter in the 1950s is the main path of this book. Grace’s life definitely deserved a book – the ups and down this woman goes through it more interesting than most soap operas. Her marriages and her motherhood are two of the more interesting parts of this novel, alongside knowing she was a female painter in the 1950s (which seems like it would be harder than today – there was no social media to show off your skill back then. You had to work hard to get noticed!).

This book is informational and seems like it was highly researched. I appreciate a biography that sounds more than someone who watched a couple YouTube videos and figured they could write a story about the person. It seems like the type of novel I would have loved in my art classes in high school – it’s researched and has incredible information I could have used for an essay or two. And considering I didn’t know anything about this author (or knew she existed) before reading this novel I was thoroughly impressed.

Overall, this was a great book. I definitely suggest it to those who enjoy non-fiction books and biographies.

Three out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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April Anthology Book Review: A Cup of Roses, Stories by 8 Writers by Fiona Gold Kroll

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Book Review
Book Title: A Cup of Roses, Stories by 8 Writers
Book Author: Fiona Gold Kroll, Ruth Frankel-Graner, Gerda Frieberg, Carol Green, Sam Hoffer, Raizie Jacobson, David Rapoport, Jenny Roger.

Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. As per usual, I was having a particular type of book craving – today it was anthology, and an overall short read. A Cup of Roses filled the bill, so I decided to pick it up and got so hooked I finished it in one sitting.

Review:

This anthology holds many different types of stories – humor, religion, drama, romance, food, history, joy, poetry, tragedy and so much more. For being so little, you wouldn’t expect much of an impact, but this book really had me interested and wanting more.

The book is incredibly easy to read, and each story is not to short but also not to long. The individual stories each have their own focus, none of which really seem connected. This helped me out when I began to get bored with a few of the short stories – each one had it’s own plot it centered around and did not depend on the others. These standalone stories are all well written, and are all written in different writing styles (since there are many authors that created this anthology).

Was this book my top, all time favourite anthology? No. Did it rank high? Yes. While it doesn’t get the gold, it definitely gets second place in my books. While the book didn’t wow my socks off, it did give me an interesting perspective into many different aspects of the writers lives/imagination. I wasn’t expecting to have to think or have my opinions rattled with this book, but it does just that. And as a reader and reviewer, I love a book that makes me think and form different opinions – or just gives me insight into something I haven’t thought about before.

I don’t have any recommendations for how to make this little series of stories better. It’s perfect in it’s own little way. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to read an anthology that doesn’t have one clear focus (and doesn’t have a connection between all of them). It’s great for a rainy day, a small lunch break, a school project, or just as a different type of read.

Would I want more from these authors? Absolutely. I enjoyed each story – while not all of them had my hooked to every word, they were all beautifully written and well thought out. I didn’t want to put the book down, I had to keep going (which is rare. Often I can set a book down and forget about it for a while, but I didn’t want to leave this book behind. I had to finish it).

Overall, this was an incredible read. I enjoyed each story, I felt educated, and the book made me think.

Four out of five stars.