Book Review: This is Not For Us- And all the things they tell you

There is a certain subtlety to Arushi Singh’s poems, they do not politely knock on the door of your conscience and wait to be ushered in, they make themselves at home.

This is Not For Us by Arushi Singh

This collection opens with Syria and you are at war, with the world, with humanity but you also grieve and it’s the desolation that carries you through onto the next poem and before you know it, you find yourself listening to #mentoo.

I am not talking about listening with your ears, but with your understanding and questioning the opinions you’ve held over the years on abuse, harassment, loss and trauma.

I can’t say me too; and that is part of the problem.
It happens to men too.
#mentoo

Unfeminine resonated with me, so did Never Argue with a Spoon because if there’s one thing that in most cases hinders the progress of humanity it’s got to be policies and bureaucracy.
I came across this book on Amazon as I was looking for some poetry books and decided to read it. It’s a good collection of thirty-six poems or so that do pack a punch and for a start, it’s a great read and I do hope to read more of the author’s works in the future.

Details

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About the Author

Arushi Singh

Arushi is a poet and literature student from Delhi, India. She has written two poetry collections- “Deviant:The Obscenity of truth”, and “This is Not For Us- And all the things they tell you”. For more visit her website: http://arushisingh.com/ or her author page on: Goodreads

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Reading and Writing updates for this month

It’s NanoWrimo time and I have written 5,000 words so far. I have let the editor in me win so much so that I cannot go through 500 words without chopping off some words 😦

How’s your writing coming along? Are you participating in NanoWrimo too?

Well, when it comes to reading, I have ventured forth into fantasy, thrillers, crime fiction and a bit of YA this month. I’m more into Literary Fiction and sometimes Historical Fiction but this sudden shift of interest has me asking questions about the influence seasons have on readers.

 

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November #TBR

I read The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie in two days simply because there’s this warlord called Bethod, a barbarian, who has unleashed war on the lands and his out to rule all the lands. If there’s one thing that stood out for me was how savage and vicious the fights were in this book. If you’re into epic fantasy then you should try 527 pages of this book!

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Loved this book!

I also just finished reading Cold Fire by Dean Koontz. It’s either the second or third title by the author that I’ve devoured. In 421 pages, we meet Jim Ironheart who knows when death will strike and he rushes in any situation he’s compelled so as to save lives. A chance encounter with a reporter, Holly Thorne, leads Jim down memory lane, and in an attempt to unravel the mystery that’s Jim Ironheart, Holly finds herself at the threshold and you cannot help but hang on for the wild ride.

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I was spooked and thrilled by this book!

My next read is The Dark Volume by G.W.Dahlquist and at this rate I don’t see myself successfully writing 50,000 words but whatever I do write, it’s going to be worth something.

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10 Things a Husband needs from his Wife by Erin Smalley

A wonderful and understanding companion of a book for Christians.
10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife: Everyday Ways to Show Him Love by [Smalley, Erin]
Anyone who is married would learn and relate to a thing or two in reading this book. The author’s tone is friendly and light and she shares her personal experiences and struggles and also adds some other couples experiences to bring out a point.
I found the questions for reflection and weekly challenges very interesting and who knows maybe this would come in handy for my married friends.
I also found her take on leadership at home interesting because she interpreted submission in a different light than most Christians and what stood out for me was that you’ve got to work on your relationship daily.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review and it’s been a great reading and reflecting experience.
Reviewed also on: Goodreads
Get a copy today from: Amazon

Investigating with Harry Bosch

Hi, I’m a fan of Michael Connelly’s books, are you?

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I’ve just finished reading The Brass Verdict and it felt good seeing Bosch back in action with his uncanny ability to play suspects to his advantage.

What had me with this book was the opening:

Everybody lies.

Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The Victims lie.

A trial is a contest of lies.

Those first three lines reminded me of Yo Gotti’s hit Women lie Men Lie featuring Lil Wayne. The hook goes something like this “women lie, men lie, women lie, men lie, women lie, men lie, numbers don’t lie.” 

It also brought up awesome memories of the TV Show Numb3rs which I loved, until, they cancelled it. I loved the character, Prof. Charlie Eppes and his fascination for solving anything related to numbers. (It could also do with the little known fact that I suck at Math)

And I digress, but now, let’s get back to the book. We are introduced to Mickey Halley,  who gets the call that he’ll be taking over another lawyer’s practice after the man’s found dead. Mickey knew the lawyer. They’d worked some cases back and he’s not looking to get back in the game that fast, but when a high profile case is involved, he finds himself doing just that. He also has Detective Harry Bosch, the FBI and a some bigwigs in the court system watching his every move.

Frankly speaking, if I were Mickey, I would have just let it go and said I was not ready to take up an entire practice, but I’m not. I also know nothing about the legal system in America, being that I’m Kenyan and in my country, a whole lot of people are clearly in violation of the law.

I loved the pace because you have two leads who are coming back to the fold and so, you don’t want to rush things and at the same time, you don’t want things to crawl.

It’s been a while since a read a book by Michael Connelly and I enjoyed this one. I am looking forward to reading The Closers next, however now that we are talking my ultimate go-to, let’s get some action, kick up the adrenaline, Connelly book has got to be “The Poet.”

What’s yours?

A Review of Helium by Rudy Francisco

Well, hello Button Poetry. I see you and I feel you. 

Helium by Rudy Francisco
I couldn’t help but feel as though I was sitting down to a meal as I read this. The book is divided into four parts; the first is to whet your appetite with poems like Good Morning and Page (which I relate to because I face blank pages every morning when I sit down to write), the second part is more like when your family starts asking your date questions. They simply want to know a bit more about your date. The third part is the main dish. This is where your folks make it clear to your date that if they are not here to stay they’d better excuse themselves from the dinner table and leave for good. I’ll say Adrenaline Rush, 98, Liberty and Brother and if you do not get it then To the Man Standing in the Corner Holding the Sign That Said “God Hates Gays” packs a punch, he starts out by pointing out the ironies of life and flaws in our opinions and closes by 

I want you to tell your God that my God is looking for him

The final part is the dessert and in total you’ve got 17, 16, 17, 8 poems from each part respectively.
I’m off to check out his performances on YouTube.

Thank you NetGalley and Button Poetry books for sharing this awesome book with me, now, I need more of the author’s works and I hear that YouTube is a good place start.

For more visit:

The author’s website: https://www.iamrudyfrancisco.com/

The author’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/rudyfranciscothepoet

Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Begin Again: Allie and Kaden's Story by [Kasten, Mona]

About the book:

He makes the rules. She breaks them all. A new start. It’s the only thing keeping Allie Harper going, when she packs up her life and moves across the country to Woodshill, Oregon. She’s about to start college, desperate to leave the ghosts of her past behind her. Even if that means never talking to her parents again.

Now the hard part – finding an apartment before classes start. Just when it seems she’ll have to live out of her car, Allie visits one more place. It’s beautiful. With one exception: can she stand being roommates with campus bad boy Kaden White? Sure, Kaden is sexy with his tattoos and careless attitude, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. With nowhere else to go, Allie moves in.

The first thing Kaden does is make a set of rules. Either Allie obeys, or she’s out:

1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Easy enough, thinks Allie. Who would want to get involved with a brute like Kaden? But the more she gets to know him, the more she sees beyond his gruff facade. He, too, is harboring some painful secrets. For Kaden and Allie, it gets harder and harder to ignore the sparks between them. And the lines between the rules start to blur.

My thoughts after reading it:

This book had me till the very end. Kaden is as moody as he comes and Allie with her insecurities and zest for life has him looking at life in a new way. I found their back and forth take on their feelings and relationship to be quite engaging, because though they loved each other, they had so many issues and unresolved emotions from their past to deal with.

Allie had just moved into a new place and had four years of college to look forward to and the author smoothly introduced other characters who would become good friends to see her through. I loved Dawn’s commitment and loyalty to their friendship. I also had the distinct feeling that she had some issues to deal with and given that this book is part of a trilogy I cannot wait to read Dawn’s story.

The pace is great, the introduction of nature and the outdoors in the form of Kaden and Allie’s hiking trips was a fresh outlook for me. I love the outdoors.

Of course, what’s college or young adult without some stuck-up personalities and Sawyer did make an appearance if not once, but twice!

On flow, I’d say that it was smooth because I read it in one sitting and that says a lot about how engrossed I was.

I am grateful to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I’d also love to send my love to the author, Mona, for writing such a great read! Danke schön!

How many coffee cups is it worth: ☕☕☕☕☕

Check it out –> here 

 

 

Let’s talk: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

There are books that pack a punch and unless you’re emotionally prepared for it, you find yourself at the end of the book unmoved if not slightly disconcerted that it was not all that.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This book calls for much more than that, it also calls for your attention to detail because the author portrays miniature intricate details of the characters.

If you look at the whole picture and fail to dissect the little aspects of it, then you’d probably miss out on the little spark that burns brightly from the first page.

I really wanted to read this book because every #bookstagram blogger kept posting their reviews and with time the green colored cover of the book had me thinking of well manicured lawns that I had to walk on. I have had this kind of urge for two books; The Corrections and The Help, and I loved both.

The first chapter begins with the aftermath of the fire that Lizzy, the youngest Richardson and rebel of the family, is believed to have caused. The story then takes a different turn sharing insights into what led to the fire and in turn we are treated to a community, families and what feels like “saving face,” in Shaker Heights. Whereas, Bill and Elena come off as the perfect couple, successful and rich, there are various intricate aspects of their personalities that are brought to light by their engagement with Mia (as their help) and her daughter Pearl. Mia is an artist who has never stayed for long in one place and when she settles in Shaker Heights, her daughter Pearl, finally seems to love the place and is mesmerized by the Richardons. Pearl meets Lexie, Trip, Moody and with time Lizzy, the dynamite of the family.
It soon becomes clear to Mia that Elena, Mrs. Richardson, has created a perfect world around herself and in doing so, what seemed like extending a hand to her in the form of employing her to work in their house, was one way to contain her bubble. It is obvious from the beginning that though Elena is a stickler for rules, Mia is not and this creates an opportunity for Lizzy to express herself, question everything.

When two worlds collide, there’s bound to be some strain and this book has a lot of it, with secrets and bonds between the characters enhanced and sometimes shaken based on misunderstandings.

It would seem like a good title under literary fiction and women’s fiction, but then there’s no single genre that it’d fit and when a book goes beyond a boundary, it makes for an interesting read. It is definitely not Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Paranormal Romance but it sure did feel like an abstract painting filled with details that only a keen eye could discern.

I would have waited till next year or even December to read this book had I not gotten it courtesy of Netgalley and I do find myself wondering how dramatic it would have been, had Linda lost the custody case in the first place, where would that have left Elena’s effort for calling in favors?