2017 May Monthly Reads

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

2017 may monthly reads

May is the month where I tried to challenge myself to read books in different genre ― poetry.

High school is where poetry goes to die
J.G. McClure, The Miseducation of the Poet: High School and the Fear of Poetry

I’m not a fan of poetry. It’s intimidating and reminds me of my high school nightmare memories when I had to recite a poem in front of the class.

2017 May monthly reads book review
The spotlight blind me

No. More. Spotlight. Please.

And all the massive amount of ‘this doesn’t make sense at all’ prose and verses that I have to remember because of exam didn’t help at all. But I decided to give it a try and surprisingly poetry is not that bad.2017 May monthly reads book review

1. Ivy In Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

2. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

4. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Milk and Honey is a major disappointment to me because I have been looking forward to reading it after seeing her posts went viral on Tumblr. Some of the poems are good but the rest are just meh. Alafiya‘s review summed up what I felt about the book perfectly.

2 stars for the beautiful thoughts.

So if I write my review
like this
will it
automatically
become poetry?
In my humble opinion
this book is
composed of
extremely beautifully
written lines
but there are very
few
poems
actually.
what i dont
understand
is why

you have to
click the enter key
to make it look
beautiful
when u can
continue
the same line
same paragraph
same page
also
why a published book
gives no shit
about
capitalizing ‘i’
is
beyond me

2017 May monthly reads book review

4. Ze Tian Ji / Way of Choices by Mao Ni ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mao Ni has finally finished the book and even though the ending is ambiguous, the book is one of the best books that I have read this year.

But…… If you are always part of the plot?”
If you have lived in a plot?”
If your existence itself is a plot?”

2017 May monthly reads book review

How. Could. You. Do. This. To. Me.

5. A Will Eternity by Er Gen ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

6. Wo Yu Feng Tian by Er Gen ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Credits: 1, 2

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30 comments

  1. I really want to re-read Tell Me Three Things! I loved it so much when I first read it but I’m not sure if I would feel the same way anymore. What did you think of it?

    1. I also feel the same as you. I liked it when I first read it but I don’t think I’d pick the book again lol

  2. God! Your blog looks amazing! 🙂

    Out of the books you’ve read, I’ve only read one of them (Everything Everything). Unfortunately, it wasn’t my favorite. Glad you at least gave it 3 stars. 🙂

  3. I loveee everything everything <3 . Tell me three things tue nadia ada download tapi tak baca lagi.

    Is that Chinese book ? You can read in Chinese ? Amazing. Bestnyaaaa

  4. Siqah download dan Tell Me Three Things tapi tak sempat baca lagi.
    Siqah suka juga poem. Tapi Rasya kata Milk & Honey tu tak best, so tak jadilah nak baca. Hehe.

    1. Hahaha. Some people could relate to Milk and Honey so I’d suggest for you to try read it first. Some of her poems are great tho

  5. Milk & Honey is so famous around Tumblr yet I feel you – it turned out as a disappointment for me too T_T

  6. I shud strat reading Ze Tian Ji / Way of Choices by Mao Ni right now! 😀

    Im not into poetry also and I thought never will I be. :3

    1. I could understand a little bit because Japanese used Chinese writing system as theirs like ours with the alphabet.

  7. I heard a lot about Everything, Everything that now I am convinced it is a must read. I am reading some poetry books right now but local ones. This one book is in Bahasa and it is the most confusing book ever. I never really in need of dictionary than I ever have with this. Totally agree with that funny review. Poetry book for me is actually a gamble. It gets stuck between actual poetry and thoughts that “everyone” feels they can relate too.

    1. I’m curious. What’s the name of the book?
      Poetry is somehow stuck in a grey area for me. What is poetry? Do the mere ramblings on Tumblr is not considered ‘real’ poetry? because I have seen people like Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur and there’s this one guy that I forgot his name writing words that people could relate to.

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