GOODREADS: Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split 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.
- He placed his hands on my mind before reaching for my waist, my hips or my lips. He didn’t call me beautiful first, he called me exquisite.
- You might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all the other loves irrelevant.
- You’d rather have the darkest parts of him than have nothing.
- It must hurt to know I am your most beautiful regret.
- You must not have to make them want you. They must want you themselves.
- The thing worth holding on to would not have let go.
- When you are broken and he has left you, do not question whether you were enough. The problem was, you were so enough he was not able to carry it.
- I will not have you build me into your life when what I want is to build a life with you.
- I don’t want to be friends with you. I want all of you.
- Accept yourself as you were designed.
- Losing you was the becoming of myself.
- The world gives you so much pain and here you are, making gold of it.
- You must never trade honest for relatability.
To be quite honest, I was a bit disappointed. I guess, maybe because I was in complete awe of the other book, the sun and her flowers that I expected so much more from this. There are some I was able to relate with, but overall, the bookmarks can be counted. (if you know what I mean. But then again, I would still read her books. ❤
GOODREADS: One memory. One special summer. Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. She had leukemia.Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.
- Her face could stop traffic and that was without any makeup. She was as natural as I remembered. Nothing fake about her. Her smile had once made everything perfect in my world.
- You make being here worth it.
- She was hard to ignore.
- There was no easy relationships. Marriage was the hardest of them all.
- Life wasn’t easy. Love wasn’t easy. Not the real thing anyway. The real thing hurt like hell and gave you the best moments of your life.
- I want to experience how complicated and hard times feel knowing I’m facing them with you.
- I wanted all this with her. The works. Every complicated beautiful moment of it.
I felt like the author couldn’t move on from what happened in the past. I mean, it’s supposed to be a stand alone, with a story to hold it together. I just felt that the whole book was exactly like the title, a memory. It focused more on what the characters had before. It wasn’t successful in building a momentum for the readers, like myself to feel their love for each other. It felt forced. Like, if the characters told each other I love you, it’s because they said it, not because that’s how I felt throughout the book. I don’t know if I’m making any sense.
Although, kudos to the twist. I saw the baby coming. But what caught me off guard was the reason behind what triggered Octavia to do such thing. And again, I want a best friend like Eli. ❤
GOODREADS: The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence–so clear and pared-down, they become universal.
- Don’t be so very engaging, amusing or witty or bright. You are causing confusion and jams in tight spaces. You are an accident in waiting. The type of accident with casualties spanning from me to you and here to there, a potential tragedy.
- I miss you in tiny earthquakes in little underground explosions.
- Just because you do it doesn’t mean you always will. Whether you’re dancing dust or breathing light. You’re never exactly the same, twice.
- If you were married to yourself, could you stay with yourself?
- One day I will tell you what I’ve been. It will scare you.
- The worst thing about somebody who betrays you, somebody who turns out to be a completely different person to whom you first thought, is the love that you still feel in your heart for them.
- If you’re afraid to write it, that’s a good sign. I suppose you know you’re writing the truth when you’re terrified.
- Seize that loveliness. It has always been yours.
- Today is the first day of the rest of it. Of course there will be other first days but none exactly like this.
I was not entirely impressed. It was a 2/5 for me.
GOODREADS: Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson’s debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor’s powerful testimony, and a love letter “to those who lie awake burning. The Chaos of Longing is a brutally honest exploration of desire—physical, emotional, and spiritual.
- All the makings of you are love at first sight. When I dream of you tonight, I will hold you hostage underneath my eyelids.
- You told me not to fall in love with you but you knew the contours of my heart.
- I’ve closed other doors in attempt to be yours. But you’re always eyeing the window and I can’t cure your wanderlust.
- In the beginning, all I wanted was to be yours. It took time to realize that I have to stop giving myself away as if I didn’t belong to myself.
- There’s a universe swirling inside you. You have to learn to be your own earth, wind, fire and water. You are a natural phenomenon – not a natural disaster.
- Don’t shrink your truth to make it fit nice and neat in others as if it’s origami. Unfold and free yourself.
I somehow find it a bit pale and bland. In my interpretation, most of the content are about lust and desire and tidbits of other things.
Though, I am in awe of how he creates the metaphor, built by everything in our daily lives and transform it into something deeper. I love how the inclusion of the most mundane things make it seem more relevant.
*** It’s not something I would read over and over.
GOODREADS: December 1st… A time to reflect and remember for Georgia, and also, she’s decided, this year will be a time for change. Starting with high emotion on the anniversary of the day that changed her life and ending on a loud, raucous and raunchy Christmas night, we get a little dip into the lives of some of the Carnage Series favorite characters.
This is probably one of my favorite series. ❤ I love Cam but not as much as Sean — but it all gets tangled some way or another. Anyone would wish they are fucking G. (well, except for the deaths in her family) but she is one lucky gal for being loved by so many.
And though I love Sean so much, I am really happy for George and cam for finally being able to start their own family, raising their children in peace. I love that Jimmie and Ash are still a part of their lives & her insanely protective brothers. ❤
MORE PLEASE. ❤
GOODREADS: 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.
MY GOD. How can I describe this book? I simply can’t. The only thing I need to recount and share is that I have been bookmarking and highlighting NON-STOP. If I was reading a hard copy, it would be wet with neon markers.
I love 97% of the book. ❤ ❤ ❤
- You left and I wanted you still yet I deserved someone who was willing to stay
- It isn’t what we left behind that breaks me. It’s what we could’ve built had we stayed.
- I could be anything in the world but I wanted to be his.
- You’re everywhere except right here, and it hurts.
- If I’m not the love of your life, I’ll be the greatest loss instead.
- Why is it that when the story ends, we begin to feel all of it.
- You do not just wake up and become a butterfly.
- My mother sacrificed her dream so I can dream
- Never feel guilty for starting again.
- When death takes my hand, I will hold you with the other and promise to find you in every lifetime.
- I will no longer compare my path to the other.
- The day you have everything, I hope you remember when you had nothing.
- How do I love myself enough to know your accomplishments are not my failures.
GAHH. It’s about loss, self love, accepting your flaws, loving yourself, holding yourself accountable for your actions, living life, finding value and everything in between. ❤
GOODREADS: A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will last only one hour, and it will be only make-believe. One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn”t guarantee a happily ever after… it only further threatens it.
Okayyy, I would have never thought of that twist. I already new Six was Cinderella but that they were able to conceive a child? Woahhh.
You all know how much I love Hoover books but Love at First sight disgusts me. It’s absurd!! Attraction at first sight, sure. But love? really? Can you honestly tell me that you would do anything, even give your life to the person you just fucking met? Geeez. What a lunatic.
The book was fairly easy to read. I finished it in a day, well given that it’s only less than a hundred pages, there is.
- I try to pay attention to the road, but she makes it pretty damn hard.
- We all have deal-brakers. Some of us just hope we can keep them hidden forever.
- Never. Not after this. Not after you.
- Because we show up, six. that’s what we do. It’s me and you, babe.
Colleen Hoover, you really are the best. This may not be your finest hour. But I will still read your books, over and over. ❤
GOODREADS: After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon. When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.
Angela Graham made sure that whoever reads this, will want to read the next one. Good Job on the cliff hanger!
So this is not about Logan, but damn do men, cheating when they have someone who truly adores them. Cheating men are such pigs.
Back to the story — The story wasn’t really captivating. In gist, Cassie had a crush on her neighbor, Logan who turned out to be a playboy. He has a son though, who Cassie got close to. They spent their entire time playing House with each other & eventually fell in love. Until after a certain night where Cassie was ready to actually give in, Logan said some stupid things about wanting only her body but then, Cassie got into a car accident.
I just feel like it is missing something. You know how when you cook or eat and the food is okay but you can’t really pinpoint what? if it lacks salt or pepper or something else? That’s what happened here. It didn’t bore me to death but there wasn’t really anything there too — no drama, no conflicts, no love but just enough banter here and there.
- With you, I welcome it like a breath of fresh air, but it’s still very new to me.
- She was everything, and for the first time in my life, I knew I would never want anyone else.
- This was love. Unconditional, all-consuming, mind-blowing love.
It’s a 3 out of 5 for me. If you have a copy, read it. But it’s not a book I would go out of my way to recommend.
GOODREADS: That’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
I abhor the characters. If you’ve been cheated on, don’t read this book. It will open up your scars and break into tiny little pieces. I happen to have a lot of issue about the book.
- How selfish is Molly’s Mom to actually publish her daughter’s open heart like that?
- Stupid, Stupid, Selfish Molly. You don’t go have fucking sex with someone else when you’re in a relationship. And no, don’t even begin to tell me that they are broken up. Two, you don’t go on top of your boyfriend’s brother for christ sake!
- Patrick’s disgusting selfish desire to hold back Molly from something she is good at and something that can actually be good for her. Let the woman decide, asshole! And do not diminish the idea right away! You absolutely had no right.
- Gabe, gabe, gabe, gabe – Don’t go fooling around with your younger brother’s girlfriend. Sure, admire her from afar. Don’t trigger anything or flirt. Geez.
- Stupid, Stupid, Fucking Molly. If there’s a book your mom wrote about flirting — it definitely came from your real life experiences.
- Idiotic Ego of Patrick and Gabe for trying to get to each other’s nerves and caring only if they win in the expense of a person’s feelings.
The story started out with this third wheel conflict and it ended unresolved. I was hoping at the very least of Molly’s black soul that she will pick someone. She already broke both of their hearts, yet no one won at the very end. She betrayed the universal girl code several times even after making a dozen promises. She does not deserve any pity.
The book was alright. As you can see, I was invested in the characters and cursing each one. I think I would have loved the personality of Gabe in a whole other context not concerning Molly.
Sometimes you have to decide which stories to tie up at the ending, and which ones you have to let go.
GOODREADS: ‘Bobby Gugino realized he may have met the man of his dreams in Jody Olsen, only neither of them were gay, so far as Bobby knew. But when Jody came out and ended his marriage, Bobby’s entire worldview was skewed, and his own health issues lead to his own coming out. Fast forward four years and Bobby runs into Jody again, but Bobby may be too busy making up for lost time to see how great they are together.’
If you are looking for a very light read, this is it! There’s no too much drama, no sudden twist, no surprise just romance between two guys who came out late in life, trying to figure out how to look for their own rainbow in this multi colored world.
- Now I found you and fuck the rainbow. It’s like I’m walking into the sun. The sun makes the rainbows so the way I see it, that’s better. I’m just scared and I need you.
- You’re allowed to be scared, Bob. But I got you . . . Okay? I love you. It’s me and you.
- I’ve got all I need with you. Home, babe. You give me a home.
GOODREADS: ”In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever. Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.”
Mainly, I appreciate the effort to raise awareness and to teach us a thing or two on different mental disorders but if I am completely honest, No. I didn’t like the story. I wasn’t drawn to it and definitely not invested in the characters.
Vivi is this ball of energy, a sunshine to others and a friend to everyone. Before the said summer, she was acting out of the ordinary and was diagnosed bipolar and tried to kill herself in order to feel something, anything. Jonah is acting parent to his younger siblings while her mother grieves for the death of his father. Together with grief, he has to grow up, take care of his siblings and look after their family restaurant.
Some of the lines that stuck with me:
- The natural world makes the finest architects, designers and artists look like silly amateurs.
- He’s the ring to my Frodo, the wardrobe to my Lucy prevensie. His presence in my life sets me on my journey, and I can feel it, a vital mission pulsing in my bones.
- But life surprises you. It tells you to close your eyes and blow out the candles, and then sometimes smashes your face into the cake before you can even make a wish.
- Well sometimes the universe gives you back, when it doesn’t want you yet — it just wants to remind you that it could, if it wants to.
- He looks at me with a look of amazement, like I’m a whole galaxy, glittering and vast and uncharted.
- How about you just let me be me and I’ll let you be you. We’ll feel everything we feel and not apologize for it.
- He said the measure of the man is in those decisions. Do you keep yourself and your family in safe harbor always? or do you move forward and brave the storms?
- Each broken person is different and there is no right way for everyone. Just a whole lot of wrong ways.
- No matter what heaven you believe in, your time on this earth will end. What I’m saying is that you should listen – really listen – to the slosh of the waves and the distant call of pacific birds. You should fill your lungs with ocean air, while you still can.
- Sometimes you have to scream to be heard and sometimes you have to open your lungs and let the words fly because they are inside you.
- This is going to ruin a few days. It might make some weeks harder. A few hard weeks in a great, big life.
- Sometimes trying to make things better makes us better too. The point is, I’m trying to create good things in the midst of bad.
- Maybe we are dying planets, jonah being drawn into the darkness. When we collided, we bounced each other back into orbit. And now we have to do that – we have to return to our own paths because that’s what we gave each other.
- That’s the thing they never tell you about love, just because one ends, that doesn’t mean it failed.
- A cherry pie isn’t a failure just because you eat it all. It’s perfect for what it is and then it’s gone. And exchanging the truest part of yourself – all the things that you are – with someone? What a slice of life. One I’ll carry with me into every single someday.
- There are thousands upon thousands of other stories. One is that it’s hard sometimes and maybe the path isn’t perfect but you get there. Some difficult weeks in wonderful lives.
- Keep talking. Because even when it doesn’t feel like it, more best days are always ahead. Claim them.
What are the two things I learned from this story?
One is that you can certainly have a bad day, a bad week or a bad month. But you can still have the best life.
Two, not all relationships are meant to last. But each person that you can encounter teaches you something, they have a purpose in your life.
GOODREADS: The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.
CAPTIVATING. The Story is simply captivating.
Where did this little girl come from? Is she a changeling? Should I be scared? Is this some sort of sci-fi fiction? Does she have powers? and why in the hell is this girl so smart?
As I kept on reading chapter after chapter, I felt nothing but pure curiosity how this story unfolds, what secret ursa is keeping and is she really from another universe? Man! Ursa got her story figured out! From her earpood and hetrayeh to the quarks!!
In a way, everyone needs to be more like Ursa. She is stubborn, knows what she wants and fights for it, courageous, strong willed, resourceful and curious about every little thing! AND, she sees the joy in all places! ❤
This is my first time to read a Vanderah and I’m sure as hell won’t doubt to read another one. ❤ (Two days too! )
GOODREADS: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
This book will let you experience butterflies in your stomach at one point and when you’re invested already, it will make you see pain, fear and trauma.
First, let me just put it out there:
- Everything about him causes my lungs to fail and heart to go into over drive.
- You can’t get mad at a real ending.
- Not everything is going to go my way and not everyone gets a happily ever after. Life is real and sometimes it’s ugly and you just have to learn how to cope.
- LIVE (Like + LoVE)
- When it’s you and me, Sky.. it’ll never be anything less.
- Life can’t be divided into chapters .. only minutes. The events of your life are all crammed together one minute right after the other without any time lapses or blank pages or chapter breaks because no matter what happens life just keeps going and moving forward and words keep flowing and truths keep spewing whether you like it or not and life never lets you pause and just catch your fucking breath.
- The bad things aren’t you. They are just things that happen to you. You need to accept that who you are and the things that happen to you, are not one and the same.
- Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choice feels the least wrong.
- There will be days that I don’t think we’ll know how to survive. But we will. We will, because we have each other. So, I’m not worried about us. I’m not worried at all.
THE BANTER. ❤ ❤ ❤ I am fascinated with guys in the books who has a PHD in Banter. GAH. The way they twist their statements . . . ❤ ANYWAY, what I liked about this book is that it’s not just another romcom YA. It talks about the grief and devastation of a child who experienced a very traumatic sexual abuse at such a young age from her father. Alcohol, drugs and let alone depression will never be and should not be an excuse for anyone to sexually abuse someone. It haunts the victim and they carry it with them, no matter how long it has been.
I guess the only thing I didn’t like about the book is the romance part. I know I did say that I love the banter, but it’s just that. How can they fall in love in just 2 months and talk about forever? How can Sky feel ‘broken’ after just going out for 2 days? How can she feel devastated just because a guy refused to talk to her for a week? I mean, come on!! Get a grip! Sure, there were I love yous but I don’t really believe in Sky + Holder. 😛
It was an okay read but there was no I-can’t-put-it-down urge. Tho, I finished it in 2 days!
Goodreads: Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Okay, I . DID . NOT . EXPECT . THAT.
This is no secret, I love Colleen Hoover’s books but this is mind blowingly different. It got me all confused — in an intellectual, magnificent way of writing. Verity is the ultimate manipulator!
Okay, before I spill some more details . . this is sick af but I kind of connected with the Verity from the manuscript. It’s creepy as hell and I’m not saying that I can kill a person or attempt to kill one, at the very least. But I honestly feel the same way about kids, and I don’t know if it’s ever going to change. All I can say is that the Verity in the manuscript is twisted but I do understand where she’s coming from, (not the sex addict part though).
- Will Jeremy hate Lowen when he finds out that she hid the letter from him?
- Will Crew grow up as twisted as Verity is?
- Did Verity really just wrote the manuscript as a practice to be good at writing from an Antagonist point of view?
- Is Jeremy the bad guy for lying when in fact he knows about the manuscript already?
You can never truly know a person inside and out. This book has so many plot twists I don’t even know where the truth is! I have no idea who the good person is. Verity is twisted and disturbing but YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN. ❤
I completely recommend you read this book . . A S A P
Goodreads: ‘When your world, your life and all of your hopes and dreams for the future are ripped out from under you, how do you go on? Death without dying is not only the most painful kind of death, it’s also the most painful kind of life and I don’t know if I’m strong enough to live it. I spend my lonely days and nights trying to make sense of what my life has become. Do I have the strength to move forward into the light, or should I just let the darkness take me? I’m Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy and this is the story of me, just me.
I’m no longer a part of an us, it’s just me.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m absolutely stunned by the first book and was really excited to read the sequel but sadly, my expectation did not live up to what the book has to offer.
Sure, the vagina- ripping – nine – inch cock wins the girl. But what irritates me about the book is how Georgia endlessly repeating that she was in love both with Maca and Cam at the same time. I feel like it negates all that she mourns, all that she feels and all the love confessions she had with Maca. Yes, I might be going overboard here but how can she expect people to empathize with her for grieving for her husband when she’s now saying that she is also in love with another man? Damn it, Georgia. You are looking like a whore to me. Maca definitely deserves someone so much better than you.
Hands down to Cam for being in love with the same girl for over 15 years and loyally, I might add. But sexual intercourse aside as his cock has its own mind. I think he might just be a sex addict to me.
But still happy for the both of them for finally getting their happy ending. And no, I don’t think I’ll be reading the third book with how disappointed I am with this.