Milk and Honey Book Review

milk and honey

While I was off hanging out in Detroit, I got the chance to finally read some books I’ve been meaning to for ages. One of those books is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s a poetry book about her life with a general theme revolving around romantic relationships. I was a bit underwhelmed after having read it. Here’s my thoughts.


Milk and Honey

I came into this book with very high expectations. I had heard so many good, positive things on social media that I was prepared to have my socks blown off. Unfortunately, they remained firmly on my feet. Some of the poetry I have a hard time recognizing as poetry. It seems more like a jumble of artistic notes scribbled in a notebook for inspiration, but somehow that notebook got published without a second thought. After having finished the book, I saw a few people talking about what I have deemed “spacebar poetry” where you just kind of randomly space out a sentence and call it poetry. That’s what a lot of this book felt like. Sure, they were filled with lovely sentiments, but honestly, I could’ve written them. In about 15 seconds. And their conclusions are not that profound.

From page 96.

While the little short poems were not that great, I did enjoy many of the longer poems. The extra room to expand on metaphors and meaning really helped improve the poems. On the opposite page of the poem I posted above is one of my favorites that compares the author to a city:

From page 97.

The other thing that really stood out in this book is the illustrations. They are very simple and profound. Some of the illustrations are incorporated into the poetry really beautifully.

From page 13.

In general, I would recommend this book. It’s a very quick read – an hour or less. The longer, more thought out pieces make up for the shorter, more obvious pieces.

You can buy Milk and Honey on Amazon.


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Almost Adulting Book Review

Almost Adulting

I was super excited to read Arden Rose’s book Almost Adulting. After all, I love the concept of “almost adulting” – not knowing how to pay your taxes, trying to use a parking meter, figuring out what a 401K is…you get the idea. I must admit, I was a little disappointed in the book. I love Arden, but it ended up falling a bit flat.


Almost Adulting

First off, let’s talk about the good parts of the book. The beginning chapter was really strong. It was perfect parts anecdote and advice, without being too repetitive. However, the rest of the book spiraled into a drain of repetition (which I will discuss in a second). The book contains lots of cute little lists that break up the book and add a nice touch. The lists are also usually surprisingly helpful.

In addition to the lists, the illustrations in the book are adorable. The cover is covered in cute cacti, tea cups, records, and avocados. The inside is sprinkled with an assortment of other lovely illustrations, all pertaining to the story at hand:

Now, for some of the less good stuff. While a lot of the advice in the book is good advice, it becomes extraordinarily repetitive. I felt like a lot of the chapters could have been cut down 50% without losing any meaning. And while the first few iterations of what it means to “almost adult” are amusing, by the fifth and sixth iterations, it’s a little old. The writing style isn’t awful. Arden has a nice conversational tone, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Overall, this book isn’t bad. It’s not the greatest, but it’s a quick read, especially when you skim over the repetitive parts. I’d recommend it if you are already a fan of Arden. Otherwise, it’s probably not worth your time.

You can buy Almost Adulting on Amazon.


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The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet Review

the long way to a small, angry planet book review

I found this book from some list somewhere of good queer books. And The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet is indeed a good book.

The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet

The title very aptly describes the main plot. The book introduces readers to a spaceship that punches holes through space. We get to know each of the characters on the ship, many of whom are different species. As in alien species, not talking jaguars or something. Most of the novel is dedicated to getting to know the characters, and then their journey to a small, angry planet.

I must admit, all of the different species boggled my brain a bit. It’s the kind of book where you should probably re-read it to get all of the nuances and understand it completely. I’m still semi-confused. But, you learn to go with the flow, and eventually you grasp a better understanding on the difference between Sissix and Ohan (I just finished this book and I still don’t remember what either of their species is called).

As for the queer part, the blatant queer is fairly brief. I will reveal no spoilers, but I definitely spent about half the book waiting for it, and was a bit disappointed. In general, though, the novel did a good job fostering an accepting atmosphere. No one cares about someone else’s sexuality or shoving them in a box.

Overall, this is a solid, good science fiction book. The characters are well fleshed-out, the technical aspects are explained adequately, and the plot is fun and interesting. I would recommend it.


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Bad Feminist Book Review

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Original image from Wikimedia Commons

After following Roxane Gay on Twitter for a long time (I recommend you follow her), I finally read her book Bad Feminist. Here’s what I thought of it:

Bad Feminist

Overall, I thought it was a good book. Not great, but good. It took a little while to really get into it. The essays towards the first half of the book were a little boring. Once it got into more race/gender stuff, I enjoyed them a lot more. A lot of the essays contained a bunch of pop culture references, which I wasn’t expecting, particularly. Some of the references flew over my head. Some of the essays had reference after reference that I wasn’t familiar with, so those ones were a bit lost on me. The references weren’t explained enough for me to grasp. Other references were appropriate and interesting. I agree with her immensely on Orange is the New Black. I cannot get into that show no matter how hard I try.

I  wish the essays went deeper. While the essays in the latter half had more description that was really good, the ending felt rushed. It was a bit of a “here’s five pages of explanation, and a two sentence conclusion to barely sum it up that sort of connects the description to the actual point of the essay.” Some of them were a bit wander-y, and I wasn’t sure where they were supposed to be going.

I also wish there was  more unifying theme across the essays. While they were separated by subject, it felt a bit awkward to jump from sexual assault to The Hunger Games and back to sexual assault. I think further subcategories would have helped.


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The ABC’s of LGBT+ Review

the abc's of lgbt+ review

I finally got my hands on (I finally caved and bought it) The ABC’s of LGBT+ by the lovely Ash Hardell. I loved it so much that I thought I should discuss it. So, here we go! Also, be warned this may turn into me fangirling more than a review. Just getting that out of the way.


The ABC’s of LGBT+

Overall, I thought this book was fabulous. I’m not sure y’all are aware about how apprehensive I am about YouTuber books. I have read some very good ones, and some really awful ones. This one most definitely falls into the former category. The writing is good, which is usually one of the biggest things that bugs me in books. It does have a very “glossary” vibe – but that’s kind of the entire point of the book. Plus, I love glossaries. They’re great quality reading material. I’ve definitely read through glossaries in textbooks for fun before…

Anyway, even if glossaries aren’t your thing, the book is broken up with some great commentary from a bunch of people who identify with the identities being discussed. These are my second-favorite part of the book (we’ll get to my favorite in a second). The additional background and story really connects the reader and provides a deeper understanding to what’s being discussed.

Spectrums!

Now, my favorite part of the book: spectrums! Or more specifically, all the pictures of spectrums! Reading this book, I realized just how little I’ve been exposed to spectrums outside of the very basic binary ones. I’m also a  visual learner, so this was quite helpful.

Here’s my favorite one. It’s the Gender Unicorn (one reason why it’s my favorite) from Trans Student Educational Resources:

via Trans Student Educational Resources

Granted, this is a fairly simple graphic, but I really liked it. I thought it did a good job separating different aspects of a person’s identity, so it actually makes you think instead of just lumping everything together.

Overall, I’d *highly* recommend reading this book. If you’re trying to find a good label or just want to be better educated, READ IT!


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