Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2018 Poetry Novel Reviews {#1-3}

Hey, guys!

2018 seems to be the year of graphic novels, but I've definitely read way more poetry collections and novels than last year. I've discovered a couple of new favorite poets and I've also come to terms with disliking different forms of poetry. Lots of revelations -- all the time. Anyway, here are three poetry novels and collections that I've read so far this year. I originally had four, but I realized I had DNF’d it. Three doesn’t seem like a lot, but compared to the last couple years, I’ve read a lot of poetry! 


Algedonic by R.H. Sin

Page Count: 128
Published on: December 12, 2017
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genres: Poetry
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Bestselling poet r.h. Sin, author of the Whiskey, Words, & a Shovel series, presents a poetry collection that illuminates the transformative power of emotional pain.

Algedonic is an aesthetic outlook on pain and pleasure. Complex emotions simplified into poetic interludes as only r.h. Sin can express. With his trademark of giving simplicity to some of the hardest of emotions, Sin reminds us all that there are often two sides to an emotional story and sometimes the pain transforms into something beautiful, something less problematic and maybe something that reignites a feeling of pleasure.


My best friend, Maddie, lent me her copy of this book at the beginning of the year. I absolutely fell in love with R.H. Sin's writing style and the overall theme in this poetry book. His poems are so beautifully written and I can't wait to read more of his work. Maddie and I actually convinced my mom to read Algedonic and she just hardcore related to this book. I'm so glad that she could find poetry to connect to and I'm so excited that I got bond over Sin's poetry with her. 



The Sun & Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Page Count: 256
Published on: October 3, 2017
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genres: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

My Rating: 2.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom


My friend group and I have been passing this book around all year and I honestly was really disappointed by this poetry book. I just don't think that Rupi Kaur's style vibes with me. I don't enjoy how she formats her poems and I don't particularly like how she formats the different "themes". I felt like most of her sections weren't cohesive and some of the poems just didn't fit in their section. I don't think I'll be reading more of Kaur's work. I might listen to her poetry, but i definitely do not enjoy reading it. 



A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

Page Count: 128
Published on: October 24, 2017
Published by: William Morrow
Genres: Poetry, Nonfiction, Cultural, African American, Autobiography, Memoir
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her.

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness.

As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.


This was one of the first books that I read this year. My favorite professor is actually friends with Nikki Giovanni. I think that it is so freaking cool. I really enjoyed Giovanni's work, but I felt like it the right poetry for me. I found quite a few poems that I absolutely adored, but I wasn't completely wow'd by the whole book. 

What is your favorite poetry novel? Comment down below!
Happy reading!

~Liv the Book Nerd~

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

{Book Haul} October 2018

Hey, guys!

      This past month has been an absolute whirlwind. I've read much more than I did in September and I've still managed to acquire an obscene amount of books. 

      This month I've done so much. I've continued on with college, I've written so many papers, and created a new story idea that I'm so freaking excited to work with. 

      I've also....wait for it....gone to a Sarah J. Maas tour event. YES! It was sooo freaking great. Expect a blog post about it soon! I can't wait to tell you all about it. I've been compiling notes and lists and things, so it should be a long'un. Stay tuned! 

      This month was a fantastic month for releases. The final installment in the Throne of Glass series came out: Kingdom of Ash! I'm currently reading it, so stay tuned for a review and my final thoughts! Spoiler alert! I love it!

      This month I've acquired 17 books. I've arranged them into different categories depending on how I got them. A huge shout out to my friends for fueling my book addiction. You guys are seriously the best. 

Here are the books I purchased, received, and preordered*!
*some books fit into multiple categories

Signed Books:

  • What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  •  Thank you Target book section!

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Thank you @GoodChoiceReading [website]

  • Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 
  • Gifts:

  • The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

  • Thank you very much to my Bardugo Babes on Instagram. Y'all are a true blessing and I'm so excited to read The Boneless Mercies. 

    My babes have such amazing Instagram feeds and they are such kind souls. Head on over to Instagram and give them a follow. 💗

    Mariana ~ @booksbymyshelf

  • Little Women - the 150th Anniversary Edition by Louisa May Alcott

  • My girl, Mallory is such a freaking pal. She had heard so many freaking gushes about Little Women from me and I can't believe that she bought me this beautiful edition of Little Women. It has the absolute best illustrations and it's just SO PRETTY! Thank you sooo much, Mallory! 💗
    Follow Mallory everywhere!
    Instagram - @bookishmalpal
    Twitter - @mallory4251
    YouTube - mallory4251

    Review Copies

    • Toxic by Lydia Kang
      • Thank you Entangled Teen for sending me this book. I hope to get to it very soon!


    Other Purchases

    • Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
    • Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
    • 9 From Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
    • Dear Evan Hansen by Val Hemmich, Steven Levenson, Ben Pasek, and Justin Paul
    • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    • Now I Rise by Kiersten White


    Sarah J. Maas

    Full disclosure, y'all...I purchased 5 copies of Kingdom of Ash this month. There were so many editions with special content, so I just had to. You all should know about my lack of self-control when it comes to her work. It's a given that I'll buy all of her books. 
    • KOA [Target edition]
    • KOA [Books-A-Million/Indigo edition]
    • KOA [Barnes & Noble edition]
    • KOA [SIGNED Tour edition]
    • KOA [UK paperback - technically arrived November 3rd)

    Which of these books should I prioritize? Leave the titles down in the comments!

    Happy reading, y'all!

    ~Liv the Book Nerd~
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    October 2018 Reading Wrap Up

    Hey, guys!

          October was a fairly great reading month! I actually read some books! I'm so happy! This past month was just soo busy! I turned 21, I went to Chicago, I went to the Sarah J. Maas event in Chicago/Naperville, and I read 7 books! 

          In the last week of October, I became SOOO  busy with school. That is why my wrap up and book haul are going up so late. I'd just like to apologize for my weird posting schedule. I've been trying to keep up, but I don't think I'll catch up while I'm in school. I just have so much to do for the last stretch of the first semester of my junior year. There is no way that I'll be able to post consistently. I'm definitely going to try, but it will be hard. I just wanted to be completely transparent with you all. Thank you for reading my blog posts guys!

    Here are the books I read this month!

    • The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black 
      • read via preordered ebook
      • 5 stars
    • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas 
      • 5 stars
    • Saga Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples 
      • read via ebook from Hoopla through my public library
      • 5 stars
    • The Wicked + The Divine 7: Mothering Invention by Kieron Gillen 
      • read via ebook from Hoopla
      • 4 stars
    • And I Darken (The Conquerors #1) by Kiersten White 
      • read via personally purchased ebook & physical copy
      • 4 stars
    • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 
      • read via audiobook through Hoopla
      • 4.75 stars
    • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 
      • buddy-read with Alex via audiobook through Hoopla
      • 4.5 stars 

    Favorite of the Month: Tower of Dawn by SJM (who's surprised, though?)
    Number of Pages Read: 2,177

    I will have reviews for these books up very soon!

    What are your favorite recent reads?

    Happy reading, guys!
    ~Liv the Book Nerd~
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    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    {Graphic Novel Series Review #19-24} Saga Volumes 4-9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


    Total Pages: 916
    Genres: Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction
    Where to Find Them: Goodreads // Amazon

    Series Synopsis:

    When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 


    My Rating (overall): 5 stars
    Volume 4: 5 stars
    Volume 5: 5 stars
    Volume 6: 5 stars
    Volume 7: 5 stars
    Volume 8: 5 stars
    Volume 9: 5 stars

    Hey, guys!

    It feels like it's been ages since I first read the first volume of Saga, but I feel like this story just gets better and better with every volume. I'm still reeling from volume 9. Vaughan and Staple's characters have this fantastic complexity and intensity that just resonates with me. Their fantastical story is just so well written and the full-color illustrations that tell the story are just absolutely stunning. The author and illustrator just do a fabulous job with this story. I've never really been bored while reading these books. They have captured my attention throughout and they have thoroughly captivated my heart. I absolutely recommend this series to everyone. 

    Trigger warnings for gore, sexual content, NSFW content, intense violence, death, drug abuse, PTSD

    Other Saga Reviews

    I hope you guys pick up these graphic novels. They are just so freaking fantastic and deserve all of the praise that they receive. If you love incredibly written characters, an action-packed storyline with amazing story/character arcs, and fantastic romance and humor; then this is the series for you!

    Happy reading, guys!