Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

GoodReads Summary:
The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and self-empowerment.
Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.
Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.
Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.
Review:
I was provided this ARC review copy by the wonderful website that is NetGalley. I recently found Lang Leav’s poetry at the recommendation of a friend and I’m so glad I did.
When I read poetry collections, I like to read a few poems each time I sit down with it. I can’t just read the whole thing in one sitting. I just feel like I don’t get the full effect of the words being shared. With that being said, I read this in three sittings. I just enjoyed the poems so much that I had to force myself to put it down each time I was reading.
Some of my favorites were This Year, Idols, Saltwater, I Know Love, and Why You Fell in Love. They were uniquely written, with ample use of prose. I just felt some of them right in my soul. Some were relatable while others spoke to me on a level I didn’t know I needed.
I definitely recommend this collection to anyone that is a lover of poetry. This collection is full of growth and love and just all of the emotions, done wonderfully.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

milk and honey & the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey Summary:
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

The Sun and her Flowers Summary:
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
Review:
I am not a bookworm that usually enjoys reading poetry. So this will likely be a short and a little unusual sort of review. I don’t have enough to say about these collections to review them as two separate books, but they’re by the same author so I thought it would be acceptable to review them in one post together.
Like I said above, I don’t usually like poetry so these are not books that I would pick out for myself to read or pay money to own. The only reason I read these two poetry collections was that a fellow bookworm sent me the ebooks for free. Even though poetry isn’t a top choice for me, these two books have gotten enough hype and attention to peak my interest. I read these purely because they were free and I wanted to see what everyone was going crazy over.
All of this being said, I was honestly pleasantly surprised with milk and honey as well as the sun and her flowers. I surprised myself by actually liking them. I read milk and honey so quickly, I just couldn’t get enough. I took a little longer with the sun and her flowers so that I could really give it a chance. I liked these poems way more than I thought I was going to. They were honest and meaningful and really hit all the right emotions to be memorable. They spoke of challenging topics in a way that says it’s okay to talk about these ideas that for some unknown reason have become controversial. These words aren’t what you’d expect when you think of traditional poetry and I think that’s why so many people love them, they’re easy to read and relatable. I think they’re a great example of more modern and contemporary poetry.
While I was surprised by the fact that I did actually like these two poetry collections I don’t want to leave the impression that I’m over the moon about them like many others are. I liked them, I didn’t love them. I don’t generally like poetry at all. But some of the poems in these two collections were a bit simple and more like sentences than poems.
Ultimately, I liked (not loved) these two collections. I didn’t think I was going to like them at all, so that’s great. I would love to hear some opinions from those readers out there that genuinely love poetry. What did you poetry lovers think of these more modern ideas of poetry? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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